Production on new releases has been moved into 2022 for both my publishers, which gives me a little breathing room.
And what happens when my brain gets breathing room? A new character walks in. Naturally. There he was, at three in the morning. No name. No backstory. Just STANDING there atop a fencepost giving me a LOOK.
Rather than start a new novel and outline and agonize and get that in production somewhere, I thought it would be fun to just write as it occurs in a serial format to fill the time between releases. (That's a teensy bit of a fib - I didn't actually start writing until I had a direction. But things will fill in more clearly as we go.)
Zie's initial episode is the next blog down, if you care to start following along. "Shadow Run" will post every Monday, until the story finds an end. I will try to keep the episodes short? But I'm not making promises. High fantasy. Probably some violence along the way. Probably some NSF episodes soon, too. Just so you know. (I've typed the word "episode" so many times this week, it no longer looks right.)
Status updates this week:
First, quick reminders for anyone who still wants to pre-order paperbacks for signing and pickup at GRL in St. Louis this October:
Also, Amazon has chosen Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters for their September Monthly Deals. Normally, the book is $3.99, on sale all of September for $1.99. The publisher will be dropping the price at all other sellers to match. Yay!
To Chicago, specifically.
Next week, I'll be online rather less than usual since I'm flying out to Chicago to help with a move. Maybe I'll remember to take pictures while I'm there - miracles do happen!
Regular blog posts have been scheduled, so no interruption of those. :)
We have dates! Hooray!
Ryld's Shadows: AURA 4 will:
For anyone unfamiliar with the series, AURA is urban fantasy that takes place mainly in New York, available from Pride Publishing and all the usual vendors.
*deep breath* Things are still moving slowly, but they're moving. We have:
1. A signed contract for Ryld's Shadows: AURA 4. More info on actual production dates and cover and so on will come later. I was anxious, but the publisher snapped it up quickly.
2. Some actual progress on Variants 2 - From the Noblest Motives. An actual chapter one is nearly complete. Some of you may recall I had to trash the entire beginning after rewriting Rarely Pure and Never Simple. It just didn't work any longer. Some of you may also know that I tend to write slooowly at the beginning of a new project. 300 words is a good day.
3. If you're going to be at GRL in St Louis this year (all gods of travel willing), I'll be participating in the charm bracelet scavenger hunt. (Participants pick up a charm bracelet and a list of authors to find - each author gives them a charm representing their work.)
The charm I picked is a hedgehog to represent both Leopold from the Brimstone series and Mrs. Pickle from Geoffrey the Very Strange. The gold one is the official charm. The one with a bit of pink is one I'll have a few of in case you'd like an extra Leopold charm. I just thought they were pretty.
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.
For Rarely Pure and Never Simple, that is. Quite possibly the most extensive rewrites I've ever done for any piece.
It is, in essence, still the same story. Some things have been moved about, some things added, some small things taken away, some inconsistencies addressed in character and worldbuilding as well as a better foundation laid for the rest of the story.
I think it's time to stop messing with it and move on to the rest of editing. :) Yes, this has set the writing calendar back a bit, but it was necessary. On we go...
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.
Well. I tend to go from no news to too much news. Fasten your seatbelts. Secure the lap bars. This is a bit.
Gravitational Attraction - An ESTO Universe Novel returns next week! May 11. This is a reissue - aside from the glorious new cover and a few necessary edits, there have been no changes or additions.
Turk and Isaac are back in their fast-paced, culture clash space opera! Pre-orders are up now if you want to snag one early:
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Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Variant Configurations 1 is approaching the end of rewrites - and these are serious rewrites. Just about everything from some of the characters, to the order of events, to the worldbuilding, to the romance needed some help. (Don't despair, dear readers who enjoyed it before. It is, when it's all said and done, the same story. But I hope it's a better told, more compelling story.)
Some things needed more help than others. But once rewrites are done and it's in the hands of line editor, we should be getting a firm date from the publisher on the reissue.
Also - I can confirm that Variant Configurations will be a three book series. Some high level plotting has begun so I don't lose my way and there are working titles:
From the Noblest Motives: VC 2
In All Its Tainted Glory: VC 3
The goal is to have all three out this year. But I need to emphasize this is a goal and not a firm promise in case Stuff Happens.
Offbeat Crimes is going through translation right now! Starting with, not shockingly, Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, which has been translated into Italian and French so far.
Something to keep close for a bit, too, is that Offbeat Crimes is in the queue for audio as well. :D In the queue being the operative word. I'll probably have more news on that farther into the summer.
Gelatina Al Lime E Altri Mostri
Kyle Monroe, il suo irritante nuovo partner e i loro compagni freak del 77° Distretto devono imparare a lavorare assieme per fermare un crudele assassino che potrebbe perfino non essere umano.
L’incontro con una strana creatura gelatinosa in un vicolo lascia Kyle Monroe segnato per sempre, svelando strane abilità che vorrebbe non avere e facendogli ottenere la riassegnazione a un distretto in cui tutti i poliziotti hanno abilità paranormali difettate.
Proprio quando sta iniziando ad abituarsi ai suoi compagni di squadra, arriva il suo nuovo partner. Alto, fisicamente perfetto e a suo dire senza alcun talento psichico malfunzionante, Vikash Soren irrita Kyle in ogni modo. Ma, per quanto gli piacerebbe odiarlo, Kyle si ritrova stranamente attratto da lui, e le loro non-abilità si intersecano in modi inattesi. Se riusciranno a imparare a lavorare insieme, potrebbero essere in grado di fermare il misterioso assassino che sta lasciando corpi mutilati lungo le rive dello Schuylkill.
Gélatine de citron vert et autres monstres
Kyle Monroe, son nouveau partenaire irritant et leurs collègues bizarres du 77e arrondissement doivent apprendre à travailler ensemble pour arrêter un meurtrier vicieux qui n`est peut-être même pas humain. La rencontre de Kyle Monroe avec une étrange créature gélatineuse dans une ruelle le laisse marqué et changé à jamais, révélant des capacités étranges qu`il souhaiterait ne pas avoir et lui valant d`être réaffecté dans un commissariat où tous les flics ont des capacités paranormales défectueuses.
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.