what you blog you have to borrow

Just a very short Sunday catchup post today, as I’m staring at the Dreaded Deadline Doom for Skyblade’s Claim. Check back later this week for more; once I get everything in place, I can announce the official publication date and post an exclusive extended preview. But until then…

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Willow Wednesdays: Uncovered

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more! Continue reading

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someone has to see a blog for him and me

Sunday catchup! Work is going mostly smoothly on Skyblade’s Claim, and I’m hoping to have a completed first draft by this time next week. I don’t want to commit to a release date yet, but feel free to mark your calendars for June 27. Just do it in pencil. More after the cut! Continue reading

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you’ve blogged it in the tea leaves, and the tracks are on TV

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.)

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I tried to blog her ’cause I can’t resist her

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!

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The Thorn Harbour Road Rally – out today!

Start your engines! Today is the day that “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”, the new Peavley Manor novelette, makes its official debut!

Well…technically, that happened Sunday if you were subscribed to my mailing list. That’s when the newsletter went out with links to let you download “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally” in .mobi or PDF. If you’re a subscriber and didn’t see the newsletter on Sunday, check your spam or junk email folders.

If you’re not a subscriber, it’s not too late! Click here to sign up, and in your final confirmation email, you’ll get a link to download the ebook!

And if you don’t want to subscribe…or if you want to help support what I do…or if you want to give an ebook to a friend…“The Thorn Harbour Road Rally” is available on Amazon! Click here to buy your copy, or search your local Amazon store. It’s just 99 cents US!

Whichever way you choose to go, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks, as always, for your support!

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you and I will blog up all the way

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

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The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel) – coming May 16!

Start your engines! The second Peavley Manor novelette, “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”, will be coming Tuesday, May 16! Read on to find out how you can get a copy…for free!

It’s Race Day in the town of Darbyfield, and after an accident, heiress Alice Peavley and her gnome valet Macalley jump into the race behind the wheel of a friend’s motorcar. They’ll have to go up against five other racers and confront dangerous roads, dirty tricks, and a hungry bear. It’ll take all of Macalley’s brainpower, and all of Alice’s wits and determination, for them to win the Thorn Harbour Road Rally!

There’ll be two ways to get your copy of this new story. You can buy it for 99 cents US on Amazon, as with “Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)”, and help to support what I do. It’ll be released on May 16, and you can preorder it now! (Outside the US? Just search your local Amazon store!)
However, if you’ve signed up for my mailing list, you will receive “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)” for free with a mailing that should go out Sunday – and this’ll be a file formatted for your Kindle! (I’ll also send a PDF just in case.) If you haven’t signed up, now will be a good time. I’ll be kicking the mailing list back into gear, with bi-monthly mailings filled with news, previews and more. And your email address will never be sold, given away, or used for anything except sending you that newsletter. Promise. (And if you’re reading this after the novelette has come out, you’ll get it for free when you sign up for the mailing list!)
Click here to sign up for the mailing list, make sure your goggles are properly strapped on, and I’ll talk to you on Sunday!

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Willow Wednesdays: It’s oni make-believe

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more! Continue reading

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the blog on the phone wouldn’t leave me alone

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

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