And we’re back. My apologies for missing last week; Clockwork Alchemy consumed the entire weekend, but in a good way. There’ll be a few photos after the cut, along with two other things of note. Before that, I do want to answer a comment left by H on Saturday in a bit more detail. They asked what the latest news was on the seventh Monkey Queen book.
Hopefully, it’ll be late this year. Part of the delay is due to my not being completely happy with the story I had planned for the seventh book. At this point, I need to either figure out how best to rework what’s been written, or scrap it and start over. I know where the overall storyline is going after that; I just need to get it to that point.
Another part is real life getting in the way. Getting the Monkey Queen books ready for print after they’re written requires covers and formatting. That has taken money and time, and though I may be looking into steps to cut those costs, it’s not like with the Peavley Manor and Skyblade Saga stories, where I’ve had help (thank you, Shei and Amber!). Also, Willow has been busy for most of the last year, both with her Yokai art book and her real life things. (She did pass the review and earn her Ph.D last year, and was immediately hired for a teaching and research position, all of which has eaten up a lot of her time.) I don’t want to ask her to commit time to do a cover until I know what the story is going to be.
And other writing projects have also come up. Skyblade’s Gambit took some writing time, and I still need to finish up Skyblade’s Claim for a release later this month. The Peavley Manor short stories begged to be written and were fun to do (and helped me get out of my writing lull). And I have another project, a steampunk/fantasy thing, that I want to finish by September. After that, I can take a long look at Michiko and Beth and try to get book seven going. But it will, sooner or later, get done!
More stuff after the cut! (WARNING: Lots of photos, may take a minute or three to load.)
Opening the Sunday catchup with a reminder: The second Peavley Manor novelette, “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”, is now available! You can get your copy for free – that’s right, free! – by subscribing to my mailing list! Click here to sign up, and in your final confirmation email, you’ll get a link to download the ebook! You can also get a copy at Amazon, for 99 cents US/UK/AU, €0,99 or £0.99!
After the cut…things move like clockwork!
Sunday catchup, and the big story is the upcoming release of “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”, the new Peavley Manor novelette! If you’ve subscribed to my mailing list, you can download your copy for free! Check your email for the newsletter that was mailed out earlier today for links to grab the ebook in .mobi (for Kindle devices and apps) or PDF!
If you haven’t subscribed to the mailing list, no worries. Click here to subscribe, and you’ll get a link in your final welcome email to download “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”!
And if you prefer, you can skip the mailing list and preorder your copy through Amazon! It’ll be released Tuesday, May 16!
After the cut: An exclusive excerpt from this new story, and more! Continue reading
Sunday catchup, and there’s some news on the writing front: The final draft of “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”, is done! The production part of things will be finished shortly, and I’m aiming for a publication date of May 16. Stay tuned for the official announcement, coming soon to a social media thingie near you! More after the cut. Continue reading
Sunday catchup! I’ll lead with the big news – work on the second Peavley Manor novelette, “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”, is almost done! I’ll be trying something different again for distribution, which I’ll announce when the story is ready to be published…and if everything goes well, that should be sometime in the next two weeks! Check back here for more this coming week, or keep an eye on my Facebook page or my Twitter feed! More after the cut. Continue reading
Today’s Sunday catchup will be brief, due to a badly-timed power outage. But I do have an announcement, for those who missed it during Friday’s Tea Party: Work is underway on the second Peavley Manor story! It looks like it’ll be another novelette, and the title is… “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”! Look for it sometime in May!
And If you missed Madame Askew’s Tea Party last Friday, you can watch it on Facebook. The delightful, vivacious Madame discussed tea, dances, Scotland, a naughty cat, more tea…and “Book Fair Frenzy”! I cannot thank Madame Askew enough for her time and her kind words. Don’t forget – the good Madame and/or other members of the Temporal Entourage host a Tea Party every Friday night, so do drop by!
More next Sunday as always, Assuming the lights stay on, that is.
Sunday catching up! One more reminder: If you somehow missed it, you can read “Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)”, the debut novelette for my new series Peavley Manor, here! If you like it, don’t forget that you can buy your own nicely-formatted ebook copy at Amazon.
And this is definitely not the last you’ll be seeing of Alice and Macalley…work is in progress on their second story! Stay tuned for more!
After the cut…lots! (Warning: There may be spoilers.) Continue reading
Sunday catchup, and we’re starting with this reminder: If you missed it, Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page) is out! You can get a nicely formatted copy at Amazon for 99 cents…or click here to read it on this blog! Either way is fine with me; just let me know what you think, and spread the word.
After the cut…well, best put the kettle on first. Continue reading
Hello, Sunday! As you may have noticed, the story I’ve been promising for the last few weeks is still not ready. I’m trying things in the presentation I haven’t tried before, and getting those ready is taking longer than I thought. But, if you check back later this week…patience can be rewarded
After the cut…one of those “try something different” Sundays.
Starting off Sunday with an update on the project I previewed a while back. The reaction has been generally positive from what I’ve shared so far; many thanks for those who took a moment to leave feedback. The story is almost done; I’m just waiting (as of this writing) for one last correspondent to answer a research question. With any luck, it may be posted this coming week! When it is, I’ll update on Twitter and Facebook. More after the cut. Continue reading