Happy Almost 2016! I hope everyone is making it through this holiday season without too much stress.
I wanted to take a moment to thank those of you who spread the word about my promotion last week, as well as those of you who added First of Her Kind to your e-book collection and/or TBR list. You helped it break into the Top 10 for Free Epic Fantasy books for a couple days, and that was totally cool. 😀 I hope you enjoy the read. As always, feel free to drop me a line or give me a shout-out and let me know if you liked it. Heck, let me know if you didn’t like it. I can’t grow as a writer without useful constructive criticism. Of course I like the praise much better, but you have to take both with equal grace.
Edge of Darkness, the third and final book in the Darkness & Light series, is still scheduled to be released within the next couple of months. No firm date yet.
What other projects am I working on?
Glad you asked! Bound in Shadow is still in the hands of a couple publishers. The wheels of traditional publishing are slow, somewhat cumbersome things. So I wait. Impatiently. Check e-mail. Frequently. Sigh. Scowl. Check e-mail again. Check the spam folder. Scowl. And wait some more. In the meantime, the second Coinblade Chronicles book, as of yet untitled, is well underway, and I have some idea what will be happening in the third as well.
I’m trying to knock together some short stories for various reasons, but I have several problems with that. One, lack of writing time. What little I have gets devoted to CBC2. Two, I’ve never been really good at telling a short story. They all seem to grow to novella length and beyond. Three, whereas I can generate plot ideas for novels, generating plot ideas for shorts leaves me staring at a blank wall. Why torture myself then? Partly because of those last two points and partly because ‘various reasons’.
Those of you who remember Fader and Roe from The Adorned, don’t despair. I’m planning to give them some attention again in 2016.
And, of course, I have several other ideas rolling around in my head, some new characters, new worlds, all clamoring for my attention. So you really never know what’s going to pop out next. How can you be the first to find out? Glad you asked! (My, but you’re full of wonderful questions this morning.) Sign up for my Newsletter. I promise no spam and lots of entertaining articles. Trust me, it’s not a Buy My Books!!!! sales-pitchy type of newsletter. There’s other stuff. And giveaways.
Now, since it is Wednesday and I’m here, how about a WIPpet? You can read what other authors are offering from their current WIPs by following this link. Today, for the last Wednesday of 2015, I went to page 30 of CBC book two and pulled this tidbit for you. Very rough, first drafty stuff and no context because that’s how I roll. Enjoy!
There were more voices and people around me than there should have been, even given the size of Dell’s household staff. I sat with my hands braced on my thighs, staring at a spot on the floor and trying to breathe around what were certainly cracked ribs.
Worn but polished boots wandered into my line of vision, paused, continued on. Some time later they returned, stopped, and turned to face me. Above them were striped pants, then a broad, gold sash beneath a sword belt. I tipped my head, my blurry gaze traveling up the rest of the crisp, spotless uniform until it found the Watch Captain’s face.
“Not today, Harding,” I said. “I’m not in the mood.”
A scowl tipped his mouth downwards, though from my vantage point, looking up, it could have been a smile–with enough imagination and perhaps another bottle. Harding hadn’t smiled at me since finding me with his sister in what could only be described as a delightful, yet compromising, position. The man certainly knew how to hold a grudge.
“I’m here at the behest of Master Ruke,” Harding said.
I wrinkled my brow and winced at the burn the movement sent across my temple. “Who?”
“Talmynn Ruke? The Chancellor’s Master of the House?”
“Oh.” Who knew Talmynn had a complete name and a title?