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Friday, February 19th, 2010
Crimson Wind snippet

Here’s from Crimson Wind:

The man was shaking as he stabbed the air in front of her face with his finger. He might need it broken to teach him a lesson in manners. Course she was in the middle of stealing his car. He might deserve some leeway for that.

“You bitch! I am going to teach you a lesson.”

He flicked his cigarette butt at her. Max batted it aside.

“You know,” she said, “the pointing was rude, but I let that pass because I can see how you’d be upset. I mean, sure, the world is going to hell in a handbasket and you’re probably going to die screaming any day now, but I get that seeing someone steal your car would make you mad enough to lose your manners. But the cigarette? That’s just uncalled for.”

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
Crimson Wind (sequel to Bitter Night)

For those of you wondering just what Crimson Wind will be about, here’s a little blurb:

Max is a Shadowblade—a supernatural warrior created to serve and protect her witch, Giselle. She was made to kill and she’s very good at it. But there are some troubles you can’t solve with a gun and Max has run smack into one. Since the devastation of her covenstead four weeks ago and the revelation of the coming apocalypse, Max has been itching to bring her family back to the safety of Horngate. The only trouble is they think she was murdered thirty years ago, a belief Max has done everything in her power to cultivate. So she’s naturally a little worried about how they’ll feel when she tells them she’s alive and never bothered to get in touch. And oh by the way, mom and dad, she isn’t human anymore. As if that wasn’t enough to worry about, the Guardians have made a major move in their war against humanity and now it’s a race to save her family before they are swallowed by a a blood storm of wild magic. That is, if Max can even get off the starting block. First she has to deal with an enraged wannabe lover who can destroy worlds, a pissed off mage, and a pig-headed witch.

ETA: I originally said this would be out in October 2011, but I was mistaken. I’m fairly certain it will be out in March of 2011. Sorry for the mixup! If that changes, I’ll let you know.

Sunday, January 10th, 2010
Going to be on the Radio January 14th

So mark your calendars! I’ll be on with Carol Berg, Dennis McKeirnan, and L.E. Modisett. Here’s the link. I think you’ll be able to listen afterward too, if you miss it.

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
Crimson Wind updatery

So today I got back into the groove of Crimson Wind, following the holidays and cold. I ended up writing 3200 words today, which makes me very happy. It means I may have found my way back into the groove. I think I even like a lot of it. Which is more than I can say about what came before, but I’m not sure if I can trust my own opinion on those other chapters since I had such a hard time with them having to draft them four different times. But I’m on track again and very pleased.

One of the things that’s been difficult is getting back into the heads of the characters. Max is easier than Alexander, especially since he’s more transitional. What I mean is that he’s undergone more changes and has to find his footing and identity again. That means he’s changing and developing, which means he’s in flux for me. But he’s about to go bad ass. More bad ass than before. It should be fun.

And now, a snippet from Crimson Wind.

She was watching him with cold implacability. Magic curled in her eyes like ribbons of smoke. Even this depeleted, she still had deep reserves of power.

“Never forget what I can do to you,” she said. “That was just a tiny tast of what will happen to you if you let anything happen to her.”

“She runs after trouble like starving sharks after blood,” he rasped.

“Yes. No doubt that will make the trip more interesting for you. Now go. It’s nearly dark.”

He hesitated then nodded respectfully and left. Outside, he found Niko at his side.

“Damn. That looked like it hurt,” the other man said with an unsympathetic grin. “Glad it wasn’t me.”

Alexander tossed him a baleful look but did not rise to the bait. “So where is Max? I do not want her to leave without me.”

Niko’s expression turned grim and a chill spidered down Alexander’s spine.

“Where is she?” he demanded.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
squeeee! news

Bitter Night has been nominated for Romantic Times’ Best Urban Fantasy of 2009! I’m soooooo excited!

Monday, November 9th, 2009
The Hollow Crown revision process step one

So I’m usually rather disorganized about my editing process. My editor sends me a letter giving me her feedback. Usually that involves a couple of pages of the larger issues, then a list of things by page number that are much smaller issues to deal with.

The way I usually approach the revisions (once I’ve howled and stomped my feet that it isn’t perfect–not that I expected it to be, but I can dream, can’t I?) Anyhow, the way I usually approach things is to scribble notes all over the editorial letter so that I can remember what my thoughts are as I go through, and then I start at the beginning and just start rewriting from page one. I do this because I’m a linear writer and so I need to start at the beginning and push forward.

This time, I’m trying to be more organized about it. First, I printed the manuscript out in comment mode, which means that the page numbers match my editor’s page numbers, but the print is about 9 point and I have two inch margins on the sides and three inch margins at the bottom–lots of room for making notes.

The next step is to go through and put post it notes on the pages where my editor indicated problems. After that, I’ll go back through and mark the specific problems so that I’ll be able to notice them when I get there.

After that, I will go back and read the whole book and try not to take a lot of notes, unless something obvious jumps off the page. Then I’ll start at the beginning and reread the chapter, and then go through and make changes to it, then rinse and repeat.

Hopefully this means I’ll be able to approach the changes more carefully. We’ll see. Reports to follow . . .

Saturday, October 31st, 2009
Contest, interview and Release Party

Bitten By Books is hosting a Release Party with a Character Interview and Contest on November 3. You could win a $75 and $50 Amazon gift card. If you go now and RSVP, you can get an extra chance to win! (that means you have to show up on the 3rd and ask a question).

So, go now and enter. And spread the word!

Thursday, October 29th, 2009
The Big Idea

If you want to know more about how I came to the ideas for Bitter Night, I’m talking about just that on John Scalzi’s Whatever. So come read!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
reviewage

In another post of shameless self promotion, I’m asking you to post reviews of Bitter Night (and my other books too, let’s not make them feel bad), on Amazon, B & N and wherever else you can. It would be incredibly wonderful.

On another note, if these words were real, what would they mean? Are they verbs? Nouns? Adjectives? Definitions please!

Prink
shicking
craddle
pijal

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
Bitter Night Release Day!

yep, that’s right. Today is the day that Bitter Night releases. You know what that means? That’s right. Shameless self promotion. And not only that, I’m asking you to go promote me. (yes, make me a general of your armies. Be my minions! Mwhahahahahahaha!)

Anyhow, here’s what I’m asking. Spread the word. Blog about the book. Twitter about it. Invite me to interview on your blog. Tell everyone you know. Tell the bookstores you frequent that this is the best book ever. Oh! And I’d love to see photos of the book in the wild! Send me pics and I’ll post them! That would be awesome. Tell strangers in the grocery line. Tell strangers in bookstores. Tell your family and friends. And then come back and tell me so I can praise you with much lavishness!