Well… it’s been a minute

Hello (hello…hello…)! Hmm, I think there’s an echo in here. <blows off cobwebs and dust> So, hi! How have you been? I’ve been rather busy lately with various signing events, working on books, and querying. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and have a seat. We’ll chat and catch up.

First off, what have you read lately that really knocked your socks off? I’ve swan-dived into T. Kingfisher’s works, and can’t recommend Bryony and Roses enough. It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a very down-to-earth heroine and her beast. It has several twists on the theme and was just absolutely amazing.

Next up by the same author is the Clocktaur War duology. Slow burn secondary romance in a fantasy setting, the main characters are all wanted criminals sent on a suicide mission. No one expects them to survive, least of all them, but Slate, Brenner, Caliban, and Learned Edmund are nothing if not incredibly determined and outstandingly lucky. I don’t feel either book would work as a standalone. It feels like a single story cut into two books for length, but both halves are lovely.

Querying – I’m still waiting to hear back from several agents about A Thread of Magic. I love this book so much, and I’ve been extremely happy it gained the interest it has, but it’s future remains in limbo.

Books! Yes, I’m working on books! The final book in the Edgeworld Chronicles series, The Ravyn’s Revenge, is currently going through an intense edit. This has resulted in some deep revisions of sections, so it’s taking longer than I’d like, but I wasnt it done right. Once the initial edit is complete, I’ll know how long before it’s ready for release.

After Ravyn, I’ll be tackling Hinata, sixth in the Wolves of Sorrow series. Currently, my plan is for Hinata to be the penultimate book in that series, but depending on how the story unravels it may become the final book.

Beyond these two series, I want to explore more of the hybrids remaining on Earth Prime, write another book with an eye toward querying for tradpub, and do some edits on A Fox’s Mate as I’ve seen so many issues in it. That latter one irritates me to no end as it’s the only book to have a professional edit through a small press. So, new edit, possibly alternate covers for Wolves of Sorrow and Edgeworld Chronicles, and new stories! Looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me.

But wait! There’s more…

If you reach the blog via the main page, you might have noticed a new tab along the top: Appearances. Sounds fancy, huh? I’ve started going to in-person book events (Sumiton’s BookFest 2023 being my first), and have several planned for the rest of the year.

Capital City Author Event (May 17-18) is the main event (heh) for the year. Hosting over 80 authors and vendors at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel, we’ll have a Dancing through the Decades/Meet-n-Greet on Friday night, and signings on Saturday. I do know there are other events happening in the city that weekend, so you can keep having fun once you’ve bought ALL THE BOOKS and met all the folks! Come see me and say hi!

After that, I’m attending Prattville’s inaugural Pride event at Cooter’s Pond Park on June 23 as an author/vendor. The Edgeworld Chronicles will be front and center, and I hope to debut some of my book-related goodies then as well. There’ll be live music! Food trucks! And lots of goodies!

At this time, I have two months in the heart of summer free of events only to have two back-to-back weekends in October. Yay! The melting months are for huddling in my AC.

October 5th is the Howlers Art and Literary Fest at the Union Station Train Shed. There’ll be food trucks, visual and textile arts, and books! I adored the first one and can’t wait to have a table at this one. Come see me (please).

October 12th, I’m back at the Sumiton Book Fest and I. Can’t. Wait. That’s it. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

Keep an eye on the Appearances tab. If you can make it, I’d love to meet you. You can also preorder books from me so you don’t have to carry them with you.

So, that’s been me since (checks the blog) last October. Oh, except a fall resulting in a broken nose which I’m still battling with insurance over. But that’s a whole other box of crap. I’ll try not to be a stranger. Tell me how you’ve been.

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