I blog every third Monday over at the Deadline Dames, and today, I thought I’d share that post here too.
Where did November go? I swear, I blinked and the month was gone! And yet here we are, in the last month of 2013, just a few short weeks away from starting a new year.
Pretty soon those of us who make resolutions, or affirmations, or goals will be busy deciding just what exactly we hope to add or subtract from our year to come.
But before we get there, I thought I’d look back over November and share a few cool things that filled my days.
1. I turned in book #1 of a new trilogy. I haven’t talked a lot about this new series, but yes, I am writing a new urban fantasy-esque series, the first book of which is titled, HOUSE IMMORTAL. I also got a peek at the cover for the book, and it is stunning!
HOUSE IMMORTAL is not a part of the Allie Beckstrom world, or the Cedar Hunt steampunk world. All new stuff here! HOUSE IMMORTAL will be out next September, and I’ll send out reminders, share the cover once it is finalized, and talk more about the story as soon as I can.
2. On that note, if you want to get (probably monthly or quarterly) reminders from me in your email, I am going to try doing a newsletter again. You can find a subscription link in the sidebar (right over there, top right). What will the newsletter contain? Exclusive snippets, behind-the-writing-scenes info, news, pictures, free fiction, and of course my knitting and knitting patterns I design.
The first newsletter will go out in a week or two, so there’s plenty of time to sign up.
3. While I did start my first-ever Nanowrimo novel, I didn’t hit the required 50K to declare the event a success. What I did do, was finish a novel under deadline, and also copyedit another novel: STONE COLD, which is book #2 in the Broken Magic series. That is the last book in the spinoff duology from the urban fantasy Allie Beckstrom books, and is told from Shame’s and Terric’s point of view. HELL BENT, book #1 in the series came out November 5th.
Thank you, readers who have reviewed, or tweeted, messaged, or emailed saying you enjoyed HELL BENT. You rock! STONE COLD will be out April 1st.
4. The last exciting thing I wanted to share with you was that I was invited to attend the first annual Indies First Day, which coincided with Small Business Saturday. This event was sparked by this letter written by Sherman Alexie. Two of my local bookstores: Reader’s Guide and The Book Bin asked me to come in and talk books, or sell books, or sign books to celebrate the day. I was more than happy to do so and had a great time chatting with readers. Thanks again, readers, for coming out, shopping local, and making it a great day!
5. Okay, one more thing because the cuteness is beyond belief. Here is The Book Bin’s newest member, Rose Weasley, all curled up under the table where I was sitting. Isn’t she adorable?
I hope you all had WONDERFUL November, and that your December turns out to be the best month of 2013!
I promised I’d talk a little more in depth about the panels at Orycon and the big Sci-Fi Authorfest at Powell’s Books. Here goes (with links!):
I was on four panels this weekend, and enjoyed them very much! My fellow panelists were Craig English, David F. Walker, Sheila Simonson, J.A. Pitts, Ken Scholes, Stephen Couchman, Adrian Phoenix, Renee Stern, William F. Nolan, Jennifer Brozek, Rhiannon Held, Anne Bishop and Patricia Briggs.
It was terrifically fun to listen to all these amazing people offer up information and wisdom about writing, the creative life, the creative business, and the joy of geekdom.
I had a chance to attend a panel about writing and illustrating for the RPG industry (something I know next to nothing about) and really enjoyed listening to the panelists: Jess Hartley, Larry Elmore, Jason Andrew, Rhiannon Louve, Robert Plamondon.
I also attended the Fairwood Press book launch party, where they were launching J.A. Pitts collection: Bravado’s House of Blues, and sharing the limelight with Brenda Cooper’s novel The Diamond Deep, and Raygun Chronicles, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt.
All-in-all, it was a great weekend and I was once again reminded that this is a community of creative people who are gracious and hard-working and lovely.
Powell’s Books Sci-fi Authorfest 7
Powell’s put on another fantastic multi-author signing on Sunday! I love these signings because the writers and readers are always so happy and excited to be there. It’s a big, happy reading party! This event was covered by the local newspaper, the Oregonian. You can check out their slide show of awesome authors and readers here.
But my personal favorite moment? When a real life Terric Conley from HELL BENT showed up to tell me his opinion of Shame’s book and to clear up some details about what really happened in the book!!
I’ve been a little blog silent the last week or so. The reason for the silence is that I had a deadline for a first book in a series and a release date for another first book in another series land in the same week.
In case you’ve never experienced this yourself, both events call up a collision of emotions, expectations, worries and tasks that must be dealt with Right. Now. Both events at the same time create a sort of chaos that steals time, devours sleep, and blowtorches the crap out of your candles at both ends no matter how fast you put out the fires.
Some people probably come out of this experience invigorated and excited, I came out of it tired.
Anyway, right after the release day and deadline day was local science fiction convention Orycon. Even tired, I had a great time! I sat in on some panels, and moderated a few too. I ran into friends I hadn’t seen in years, met some new people, and generally kicked back and enjoyed myself.
Mind you, there were costumes and artwork and goods and writers and artists and fun everywhere, and the only picture I took of anything was this lovely typo:
How delightful is that? I’ll have a donut that gives me the power to defeat deadlines with a single blow, please!
Tomorrow, I’ll cover more on the panels at Orycon, and the big author signing at Powell’s Books.
HELL BENT, book #1 of the Broken Magic series (spinoff books from my Allie Beckstrom series) is out today!
Confetti!!! It’s a parade!! I’m so excited to share Shame and Terric’s story!
In case you missed Tiffany Rose’s fabulous graphics for the Shame and Terric countdown, here they are:
“How about you drink this?” Terric said.
I turned. He held the coffee out. “Why? Did you poison it?”
That, finally, got a dazzler of a smile out of him. “And ruin a good dark roast? Please.”
Tiffany deserves a HUGE round of applause for her time and effort creating and sharing these beautiful pics with us. Tiffany, you are an amazing talent! Thank you so much! *crowd goes wild*
And to further celebrate release day, let’s have another excerpt:
Just because I am a curious bastard, I took my time unlocking my door, waiting to see who had arrived behind me.
The footsteps paused. Something scratched and skittered.
I glanced over at the stairs.
Dessa slipped up the last few steps, a duffle bag slung over her shoulder, large purse over the other, and a square, cloth-covered wire cage in one hand. She stopped. Waited for me to say something.
“Miss me already?” I asked.
“I don’t know what you mean.”
“I mean, you appear to be stalking me.”
“No,” she said, “I’m renting a room.”
“Next to mine.”
“Is it?” she asked with an air of innocence that fooled no one. “They said it was the only room that was open.”
“You aren’t worried about me being here, are you Shame? Afraid of a little girl next door?”
I smiled, leaned against the hall and pointed at the cage she was carrying. “What’s in the cage?”
“It’s not a cage, it’s a hat box.
“With a cloth over it.”
“I have shy hats.”
“Come on now. Let’s have a see.”
She shook her head. “My curtains don’t rise just because some man expect them to. Ruins the mystery.”
The hat box scratched and skittered again.
“Bird? Gerbil? Lizard? Am I close?”
“Fedora, cloche, baseball. Hats.” She walked down to the door on the left, flicked her keys forward into her fingers. She unlocked the door, and leaned into the room.
This is an old inn and the doors are narrow. She had to slide in sideways, which meant the cloth over the cage lifted and I saw a tiny furry black and white face, with close-set ears.
A ferret. She was smuggling a ferret into the inn.
“There’s a no-pet rule, you know,” I said.
“Oh?” she asked unconcerned.
“Yes. So make sure your hats don’t go for a stroll in the middle of the night.”
She was in the room now, and had placed the cage on the floor. “I assure you, my hats are very well behaved.” She shut the door, and I heard the slide and click of the locks setting.
In stores now.
We’re still counting down to Hell Bent‘s release on Tuesday November 5th! The amazing Tiffany Rose has been knocking it out of the park with these graphics! What do you think about this picture of Shame she posted yesterday?
And how about this picture of Terric, posted today?
I LOVE having pictures of the boys, and can’t thank her enough for making and sharing these!
You know what else I love? Getting an awesome review from Julie at Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks.
She gave HELL BENT 5+ stars! Here’s part of what she had to say. To read the rest, or follow Julie’s awesome reviews, click here.
Holy crap on a cracker, this one put me through the ringer! In fact, I don’t remember the last time I was this affected by a book. To be honest, I believe it knocked me out so much is because I read all of the Allie Beckstrom books and in that series, Shame goes through hell and back (sometimes literally). So to see him in this book, going through both happy and devastating moments, made my heart truly go out to him. I don’t believe you need to read the Allie books to get anything out of this book. I honestly think if you are a fan of urban fantasy with a snarky element to it and a very unique concept and world, you will love this book. I’m just saying you will get just a little bit more out of it if you met Shame and Terric previously, as I did.
Devon did a perfect job telling the story through Shame’s point of view. The book is told in the first person and not once did I feel this was a woman trying to write from a man’s pov. One of the things I adore so much about Shame is his humor and snark. He has a sarcastic sense of humor and I love that kind of laugh. Devon definitely manages to incorporate Shame’s ‘smart-mouth’ while giving us a great inside view of what is going on inside Shame’s head and heart. He is such a beautiful mess but one you will love if this is the first time you meet or one you will love even more (if that is even possible) if you have followed his adventures before.