Catching up!

The other day I realized that I’ve been so busy lately I’ve been neglecting this blog. I didn’t even post on INFINITE’s release day! So, here’s some catching up:

1. INFINITE is out! That’s an entire series of books. That’s amazing. I still can’t believe it’s real. When I go into bookstores and see my books there, I feel weirdly disconnected, like it’s someone else’s life. I’m not sure it will ever feel quite real.

But with all three books out, I get to make pretty piles of books like this.

Incarnate series without jackets

And it never gets old.

For the release of INFINITE, I went to Austin, Texas (Round Rock, specifically) with author Brodi Ashton. We signed books at The Book Spot (where there may be a few signed copies leftover if you want to order them). We did a couple of presentations at my former high school, which was really cool — and kind of amazing, since they built a new school recently and it’s enormous.

From there, we went to Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN, and signed books with C.J. Redwine and Myra McEntire. There might be some signed books left there, too. (You should ask before you order.)

It was a wonderful trip, filled with family and friends and airport hi-jinx. Unfortunately, the sky dumped a foot of snow on Virginia exactly at the time I was supposed to do some local-ish events with a few other friends, and I’m not brave enough to do that much driving in scary weather. But I’ll make it up to you, Virginia and North Carolina.

2. I’ve been working my tail off on THE ORPHAN QUEEN! One of the reasons I was so busy during release time is that we were really pushing the deadline for this manuscript, trying to make it as polished as possible before turning it in to copyedits.

So, I can’t tell you much about the novel yet, but here are a couple things you might be interested to know:

  • I’ve seen a few cover comps (drafts, not final) for this first book and you guys are going to scream when you see the final thing. Scream. It’s going to be so cool and amazing. The tone of the cover is very different from the INCARNATE covers, but, well, it’s a different series. And there’s definitely something spectacular about it that you’re all going to be talking about. 
  • There’s going to be a surprise inside! Well, not a huge surprise, considering the type of book it is, but it’s something that I’ve always dreamed of having in one of my books.
  • It’s officially (I think) a Winter 2015 book. I don’t think it has an official release date yet, but Winter means anywhere from January to the first half of April. So it’s only a year away!

Since the final draft is officially off to the copyeditor, I’m back to work full time on OQ2! It’s about halfway finished (I think, wordcount wise, but the amount of story left to tell is a little intimidating) and I’m excited!

3. Because I know all of you are wondering how the real stars of this show are doing — the ferrets! Well, Katniss is fully acclimated to the ferret room now. A week or so before I left for INFINITE traveling, she started snuggling with Todd, and he seemed to not mind. I kept them separate when I wasn’t around, but Todd gradually got over his dislike of her, and she gradually got over her (completely warranted) distrust of him. I left her little cage up while I was gone, but reports from Hubs indicate that she slept in the big cage with the boys. A few days after I got home, I took down the little cage (which caused some panic).

So, all is well in ferret land. They play. They snuggle. They cause trouble.

Katniss, Todd, Hiro
Katniss and Todd
Katniss and Hiro
That’s how I’ve been! How about you, internet land?


Comments

Catching up! — 8 Comments

  1. I’m so jealous of the ferrets! They’re adorable. My cat would NOT be cool with such new additions. Aaaaand WOW. Orphan Queen! I’m so fantastically excited. Winter 2015 seems FOREVER away, but at least it’s something great to look forward to. I can’t wait for the cover!

    • Thanks! I think they are pretty great pets. My cat isn’t a huge fan of them, but she’s learning to cope. Ferrets have been around longer than she has (though not these three).

      Winter 2015 DOES seem like forever away . . . but it will be here sooner than either of us realize, I think!

  2. YAY! More ferret photos from my favorite ferret whisperer. They’re seriously adorable! Also, congratulations again on the series! I’m seriously obsessed, as you know. I’m making it a mission to keep reminding people to read it this year ;)

    • Thanks, Alexa! I need to do better at posting ferret pictures — and posting in general! I was really good for a while, and then deadlines started eating my brain. Eep.

      Also, I can’t WAIT for you to read Orphan Queen, or at least see the cover! The comps I’ve seen are goooorgeous. You’re going to love it. :D

  3. Those guys are absolutely adorable! I’m very excited to get to see the Orphan Queen cover and I will definitely be on the look out for any ARC copies that may come available. The book pic is beautiful with the pastel colors! I’d love to buy a box set of the trilogy. Glad to see you had a good time on your book trips. When you get to make it to NC, hopefully it is relatively close to my side of SC so I might get to come :-)

  4. Aww, wish I had known you were in Austin, we (my mom & I) would’ve loved to drop by and see you! Next time…

    I literally just finished reading Infinite, and honestly — I haven’t been so entranced by the final chapters of a book, since I read HP & the Deathly Hallows way back in ’07. I’m still swooning, and now I have to figure out how to explain it to my mom, without giving anything away, and wait for her to read it for herself ;) So, well done!

    And, I think it’s hilarious you have a ferret named Katniss, even if you didn’t purposely name her after a certain heroine of another book series, that’s still an awesome name for a ferret :)

    Best of luck with the Orphan Queen!

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