It's that time - time to let you all know where I'll be at GRL this year. GRL (the Gay Romance Literature Retreat) is an annual retreat for readers of LGBTQ+ romance, which this year is being held at the Hilton at the Ballpark in St. Louis.
Official event dates are 10/6 - 10/10 this year. While registration begins on 10/6 and there are some events scheduled for late afternoon/evening, the author specific events start Thursday morning.
I will be these places:
Author Lounge (come and chat, pick up some swag and stuff) 12:00 - 12:45
Author Lounge (see above) 10:00 - 10:45
Panel: Writing the Rainbow (it's about more than just the G in LGBTQ+) 11:30 - 12:20
Featured Author Booksigning (open to the public, anyone can come see us! I will have books to sell!) 10:00 - 11:30
Also on Saturday, don't forget to pick up your bracelet from Ari McKay for charm collecting! I will have hedgehog charms for you, but you need to have the bracelet first! :D
There are additional hedgehog charms if you're a Brimstone fan (or if you purchase some Brimstone :D ), but these are separate:
Someone (*coughFreddycough*) decided I needed a prettier, more story appropriate graphic for Shadow Run. I absolutely adore it:
Shadow Run is a high fantasy serial about:
Zie, who's been fleeing from something horrible for a long time
Essenin, who spots him in a tavern and is interested
Davitts, who really would rather not, thanks, but since Ess is determined...
New episodes every Monday.
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...
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.