Sunday catchup! I’m back from Gaslight Expo 2017, rested and revved up for further writing and steampunk adventures! (Sorry about missing last week. The tea dueling started at a rather early hour on Sunday.) There’ll be a quick wrap up, and other things, after the cut, but this announcement first for those who might have missed it on social media:
Coming later this fall – the new Peavley Manor novelette, “The Missing Mallard (Or Duck, Macalley! Duck!)” The feathers will fly when Alice and Macalley get mixed up in a crazy yet sinister scheme! Stay tuned for more! Continue reading
And Sunday catchup is back, with this reminder: Copper Cove is coming Tuesday, September 26! My newest book is a steampunk fantasy novella with adventure, romance and a great deal of tea! You can read an extended preview here, and preorder it through Amazon! More after this image, and the cut.
And Sunday catchup is back! My apologies for missing last week. I had two things going on – finishing the latest draft of Copper Cove, and trying not to melt during the monster heat wave that California had going over the Labor Day weekend. Holy cats, was it hot. There are a few goodies after the cut, but first, this update: Copper Cove has been sent to two beta readers; one has finished and given some useful feedback, and the other should be done shortly. The cover designer is hard at work. With any luck, I’ll be able to announce a publication date sometime this week. Click for more! Continue reading
Sunday catchup, full steam ahead! Work is continuing on Copper Cove, and though we don’t have First Draft Sign yet, that should only be a day or two away. I’ll keep you posted. After the cut: Where you can find me (or, places to avoid in the near future). Continue reading
Sunday catchup, and again it’s going to be light, between working on Copper Cove and the fact that some of my future plans are still being finalized. I did want to let you know that later today, the ever-delightful Madame Askew will be doing Facebook Live videos from San Diego’s Steampunk Day At The Library! Click here for more info on the event, and here for Madame Askew’s Facebook page, where you can sign up to be updated whenever she and/or the Grand Arbiter go live!
This coming Tuesday will be a red-letter day for nerd music fans, as it’s the official release day for Love Problems by the Doubleclicks and Trust Issues by the PDX Broadsides! I’ll try to have reviews for both soon, but no promises.
And another one of nerd music’s bright lights, Meri Amber, is now doing regular live shows on Twitch! Follow her there to get updates as to when she’s on, or check her Twitter timeline.
And with that, tea and writing call. More later.
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!
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.
If you’ve read “Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)”, you’ve seen the mention in the acknowledgements of Madame Askew (a.k.a. Jocelynne Simone), whose videos on tea dueling helped to inspire parts of that story. I’m pleased to announce that Madame Askew will be discussing “Book Fair Frenzy” during the weekly Facebook Live video on her Temporal Entourage’s page! It’ll be Friday, April 21 (tomorrow!), starting at 6:30 PM Pacific / 9:30 PM Eastern / 3:30 AM CET! If you can’t make it for the live webcast, it’ll be available for viewing shortly after the webcast wraps up; check my Twitter feed for the link, or check here on Sunday.
Oh, and since Madame Askew will be discussing a story I wrote, I will be taking part in the live chat. There may be questions. There may be behind the scenes insights. There may even be a surprise. But make no mistake…there will be tea and biscuits!
Click here to find out more about Madame Askew, her trusty sidekick The Grand Arbiter, the rest of the Temporal Entourage, and their many adventures, and also to be notified when the event goes live. Hope to see you there!