Writing: If you've been following along, you know that copy edits for HOUSE IMMORTAL were due last Wednesday. I tore through the entire book in Word, marking and changing as I went, and then I printed the book out and read through it a second time, hand-marking changes, which I then input into the document. I am happy to say that I turned the copy edits in on time! Yay! This is the book that will come out in September. Since it is the start of a new series, I am both excited and nervous about it. HOUSE IMMORTAL is lighter in tone than the Broken Magic series. I think it leans closer to the tone of the Allie Beckstrom books, but with a quirky sort of slant to it. It's been great fun to write, and I sure hope readers will enjoy it. I am currently outlining/scene sketching book #3 in the trilogy. Tomorrow, I'll dive in and start writing even if I'm unsure of exactly where I'm headed. Deadlines, people. Deadlines. Other stuff: The garden is in, although I had to replant zucchini and carrots. I still need to put in garlic and potatoes, and probably spinach, but there's still time for that. I have also sprayed ten gallons of weed killer around the edges of the yard to combat the ivy and blackberries. Not sure that it did much good...I see another round of poison and a machete in my future. We're doing a home-improvement project that has me sorting through a lot of junk and clutter in the basement. I love having a cleaner more organized space, but man, it takes some time and effort to get through all the sorting, throwing, and recycling. By the end of the project (which will likely take months) we're hoping for a fully organized, functional basement. Random Crafting: Speaking of organizing...Sunday, I threw together a jewelry holder in about an hour using the old frame from our bathroom vanity, a spare lace curtain, some paint, string and a staple gun. Really easy, pretty cute, and a good way to keep the tangles outta my bangles. Plus it turned out to be a fine little organization project using the things we already had on hand. *win*
Last week when I checked in, I mentioned I'd be plowing through copy edits for HOUSE IMMORTAL all week. Well, I was right. About an hour ago, I finished going through the entire book. Since copy edits aren't due until tomorrow, I've printed the book and am going to give it a quick read to see if the changes I made make sense. Remember, this is my last chance to really change anything on a large scale, so I want it to be as good as it can be. Then I'll write up the Acknowledgement and Dedication and send it all back to my editor. What will I be up to next? Book #3 in the House Immortal series is due in September, and I'm just beginning to put notes together for the structure of the story. While I'm waiting for the revision notes for Book #2 (INFINITY BELL) I'll outline book #3, leaving enough wiggle room for the inevitable changes that will take place during Book #2's revisions. That's one of the things about writing a series with installments released every six months--you end up plucking a lot of strings that set off echoes in future books. Heck, I changed some things in the copy edits of HOUSE IMMORTAL (book #1) because of how INFINITY BELL (book#2) came together. In other news, I want to thank all you awesome readers who picked up STONE COLD! Thank you for hanging out with Shame and Terric, as they tried to get their messy lives (and deaths) together. 😉 Oh, and another big thank you goes out to readers who left a review for the book, mentioned it online or encouraged a friend to give it a try. You all rock. Until next Tuesday*: read well, be well! *Remember: If you have any questions, or something you'd like me to blog about, just leave a comment.
Tuesday. Lots of good things about it: 1. It's not Monday 2. New books are released 3. Supernatural is on 4. It shares the first letter with my actual favorite day of the week 5. I will be blogging here, faithfully (fingers crossed) That's right. I might blog more than once a week, but I'm going to try putting up a post every Tuesday, even during my very tight, very brain-dead deadline weeks (you have been warned). I hope you'll check in and see how many Tuesdays in a row I can chain together. This counts as one (1). 😉 Speaking of deadlines and favorite days of the week: Thursday I turned in the manuscript of book #2 in the House Immortal series. Book #1 is titled: HOUSE IMMORTAL and comes out this September. Here is the awesome cover: Nice, right? And now for exciting news! I can officially announce the title for Book #2. Ready?? INFINITY BELL So spiffy! I love it. INFINITY BELL will be out next March, and I'm very excited about it!
Behind-the-Scenes: TitlesChoosing titles for my novels has always been a collaborative effort between me, my editor, and publisher. Generally, I have an idea for a title and sometimes an idea for an entire series of titles. But I always pull together a list that I think would work, because there are things like marketing to consider. Sometimes we use a title out of that list, sometimes my brilliant editor comes up with the title. The first title of my first novel: MAGIC TO THE BONE was my editor's suggestion. That title not only fit the novel nicely, it also set up the "style" of titles for the rest of the series. I think my original working title was "Dead Down 13th" (too mystery) and my second suggestion was "A Lick of Magic" (too paranormal romance.) My editor understood the "feel" of urban fantasy and I think her title is so much stronger than mine for telegraphing what kind of novel it is. The titles of my steampunk novels were my suggestion, incorporating metal into the steampunk/fantasy/western style: DEAD IRON, TIN SWIFT, COLD COPPER. I also suggested the titles for my urban fantasy spin offs: HELL BENT and STONE COLD. For the first novel in the House Immortal series, titled: HOUSE IMMORTAL (see what we did there?) we went with a suggestion from my editor. I had another title in mind and while mine worked on one level, hers gave the novel a scope and tone that more clearly represents what the story and entire series is about. I love this title. Like I said, she's brilliant. INFINITY BELL was my suggestion, and #2 on the list of titles I thought might work for this novel. My goal was to match the "feel" of the title my editor came up with for book #1, and to also encapsulate the scope and range that this novel adds to the series. I think it works really well, and my editor agrees. So there you have it. A little behind-the-scenes look at how my novels receive their titles. If you have a question you'd like me to answer, or something you'd like to see me blog about, please leave a comment. I've got a whole lot of Tuesday blogging ahead of me. 🙂
STONE COLD is officially out today! This is book #2 in the Broken Magic series, and I am so excited to share it with you all! *cue the confetti!* If you'd like read some reviews of STONE COLD and interviews with me, check out these blogs that are giving away copies of STONE COLD: here, here, here, and here. My Newsletter is chock full of good stuff this month! I am giving away a signed copy of HELL BENT and STONE COLD to one lucky subscriber. You can sign up right here on the sidebar of my blog if you'd like to receive the newsletter. The newsletter is a quarterly thing, and I keep it fun, share some behind-the-scenes goodies, and offer up a free treat or two. Which brings me to this. There's one more thing I'll be giving away to a lucky newsletter subscriber. This guy: Yes! That is a teeny-tiny Stone the Gargoyle I designed and knit. I'll be picking a winner for him out of my newsletter subscriber list on Friday the 4th, so if you'd like to get in the running to own him, there's still time to sign up!
This is going to be another one of those quick catch up posts, which means I've been pretty busy lately. But in case you're curious about what's been happening in Devon land, I shall sum up: