Monthly Roundup: January

What I’ve been working on: The Orphan Queen novellas! I’ve spent this month working through the second and third novellas, and now I’m getting to work on the fourth! Even though they don’t come out for a while, I really want to have the whole series of novellas finished by the time I turn in the first one, because they all go together–like a short, serialized novel. One story. Four parts.

I’ve also done my part in editing MY LADY JANE before we (Brodi, Cynthia, and me) turn it in. You guys. This book is so funny. I love it.

What I’ve been reading: Not as much as I’d like (still), since I’ve been under two deadlines this month. But I did get a few books finished!

THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E. Pearson (ARC) – Oh you guys. I am in love with this series. It starts with THE KISS OF DECEPTION and if you haven’t yet read it, go do it now. It’s so beautiful.
THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE by Cynthia Hand (ARC) – I was predisposed to like this one because Cynthia is my friend, but believe me when I say this book is vivid, emotional, and will tear you up. And it’s so, so important.

What I’ve been watching: ALIAS! Hubs and I started watching this show based on recommendations from a bunch of friends. Plus, I’m a huge fan of FRINGE and they’re the same creator. And . . . man. I am loving this show. Partway through season 3, I’m so completely invested in the characters, their lives, and I think I screamed at the cliffhanger at the end of season 2.

What I’ve been yarning: Socks! And rainbow yarn!

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What I’ve been fluting: Um, truly not as much as I should. I promised I would, and then the deadline crunch hit. But I’ve moved my computer into the same room I practice flute in, and the stand is still up, so every day I see it and feel guilty. That’s a start, right?

What the ferrets have been up to: Katniss is a really good shoulder ferret. She loves taking rides around the house, and she’s great about moving around when I bend down or lean over — whatever she needs to do to stay up. So I didn’t think too much of it when I paused in the bathroom to clean something and she moved — and hopped onto the bathroom counter. That wouldn’t have been a problem, but I’d forgotten the soap dispenser is motion activated. And Katniss walked under it.

So then I panicked because she had soap on her and she panicked because she had soap on her and then she panicked more because I was putting water on her — but it wasn’t warm enough (ferrets have higher body temperatures and what’s lukewarm to us is cold to them) because the water in my sink takes forever to heat. But I really wanted the soap off her before it irritated her skin. Eventually the water was hot enough and she stopped trying to murder me, but the damage was done. She was soaking wet. I gave her a brief scrub with a towel and released her into the ferret room. Then she zinged around trying to dry off on anything that looked remotely absorbent. Her tail was all bottlebrushed and it was enormous.

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What the Kippy has been up to: Kippy for President.

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Other things you might be interested in: I’m giving away quote cards for THE ORPHAN QUEEN! Here’s how you can have one!

And if you preorder THE ORPHAN QUEEN from Books of Wonder (where I’ll be doing my launch), there will be a special shiny quote card in your book when you get it!

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There’s a giveaway on Goodreads (US only) for ARCs of THE ORPHAN QUEEN.

TWO teasers were revealed this month. The next one goes live at 12k adds on Goodreads.

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