Things are going slowly here in the cave, but that's sometimes a good thing. Making sure the stories work is more important than speed.
Rarely Pure and Never Simple is with the line editor now. Final word count to come, but it will be at least 10K longer than the original version.
There are new scenes, scenes that have been moved about, adjustments to character arcs and romance arcs, and an eye kept out for problematic language.
It's still the same story? But I hope it's a better story, too.
Ryld's Shadows: AURA 4, with Bellora Quinn, should be back from all the betas soon. We're getting blurbage and things ready for submission in the meanwhile and hope to have news for you next month. Fingers crossed for us.
All right, so it's been a bad week for writing work. Some weeks are like that.
The new AURA novel I'm working on with Bellora is with the betas - there's even a title. Yay! Ryld's Shadows will be offered to Pride first when it's ready. We'll see if they want it. :D
Blurb will be coming soon. If you want to catch up before the release, meet some of the characters, you can pick up the first 3 volumes individually or as a box set.
I've run out of books to read to you - yes, I've read all the books in the world. (No, not really - I had an opening this week.) So, this week we delve into the backlist for a scene from the AURA series. Because I felt like it. :D
The AURA books are available singly, at all the usual places and also in a handy Box Set.
Angel Martinez, Bellora Quinn
AURA, the Agency of Unnatural Resettlement and Assimilation: it’s a weird job, but somebody’s got to do it.
A magical catastrophe tears the fabric of reality, causing unpredictable holes between worlds through which anything might fall—elves, centaurs, trolls, yeti. The brave officers and employees of AURA struggle daily to help the lost and injured, and contain the irretrievably violent while their research staff scramble to find a way to reverse the effect.
Anything can and does pop through into the human world, sometimes with disastrous and deadly results. It’s a race against time to see if the AURA mages can repair reality and stop the inter-dimensional flood before something crosses over that proves strong enough to destroy the world.
Barnes and Noble
Time for some reading! Today's excerpt guests are the amazing team of Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham who've allowed me to read a bit from the newest installment in their Elemental Evidence series, Digging Deeper. I've been enjoying this series myself - paranormal mystery/suspense is a favorite of mine - and I hope you will too!
Elemental Evidence 4
Bellora Quinn & Sadie Rose Bermingham
Barnes and Noble
Unearthing the past brings them closer together…and to danger.
A maniac is on the loose in London, drugging young women and assaulting them before burying them in shallow graves.
When Inspector John Cordiline asks Jake Chivis for his unique assistance as a Fire Elemental with the Cemetery Rapist case, he feels he can hardly refuse. What begins as a simple job—trying to get memories from a suspect to aid conviction—soon takes a darker turn when one of the victims dies and an offer of help comes from an unexpected and unwelcome source.
Dr. Mari Gale is disturbed to find that his former lover Tomas Arregui is London and wants to meet with him. Despite his best efforts to avoid the man, fate seems to be pushing him onto a collision course with Tomas. And the impact will cast him into more trouble than he could ever have imagined.
Digging deeper for the truth could be the death of them.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of non-consensual sex, murder, graphic violence, desecration and description of confined spaces.
Hi everyone! Today I'm reading from the beginning of Quinn's Gambit: AURA 1, partly because it's up for a couple of things over at the PRG Reviewer's Choice Awards but mostly because it was too damn fun reading a Groof scene. You'll see what I mean.
In case you have a chance to vote in the PRG awards, a handy link:
Reviewer's Choice Awards 2016
After a terrible magical accident at Berkeley created unpredictable holes between realities, all manner of non-human creatures started popping into our world. These displacements, called Random Anomalous Reality Events or RARE, have taken magic out of fiction and relocated it firmly in reality, resulting in a great deal of chaos and confusion. Displaced elf Valerian works with AURA, the Agency of Unnatural Resettlement and Assimilation, to intercept these beings as they appear in the human world, helping the peaceful ones and subduing the violent, malevolent ones. It’s good, satisfying work, and Val would be happy if he wasn’t so lonely.
Quinten is a young mage just trying to get by, but New York isn’t the easiest city to make a living in. If his methods are sometimes morally dubious, his heart is still in the right place. Of course, for Quinn, the right place means firmly locked away, protected at all costs. Living by his wits and sometimes magically induced luck, he works as a ‘freelance magic user’, or unregistered mage and small-time con, according to the authorities. The last thing Quinn wants is to draw the cops’ attention, but when an Event happens right on top of him, he’s forced to turn to AURA for help. Valerian isn’t at all what he’d expected in an AURA cop, and he certainly wasn’t expecting to join forces with the sexy elf, a snarky drow and a bitter incubus, when certain individuals in power try to stop the RARE by any means necessary.
Things are not all what they seem at AURA headquarters, and a greater evil lurks at the top than anyone could have imagined.
That's a lot of things, isn't it? For a month where very little is happening, I have a bunch of news snippets today:
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.