What’s New in My World
updated July 7, 2014
A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80)
Click here for Round 3 links for ROW80
The Secret Dreams of Sarah-Jane Quinn will be included on a thumb drive given to all attendees of the RNC Convention 2014 (July 9 – 13) and the RWA 34th Annual Convention in San Antonio (July 23–26, 2014). Woot!
Blink of an Eye has an official cover, which am I pleased to say captures the feel of the book’s setting and my mental image of the story’s heroine, Mackenzie Bright Runner. I’m almost done with Mackenzie’s part of the story and will be moving on to write Elijah Riemer’s, then I will decide how I’m going to present them. This story – apocalyptic dystopia – is a departure from my usual, but I think it will be well received. I’m aiming for a summer release, if all goes according to plan.
The long-awaited continuation of Gus and Sarah’s story (The Secret Dreams of Sarah-Jane Quinn) is still in progress, although I admit I’ve been concentrating on Blink of an Eye . I’m happy to say I’m done with the planning stage, so writing will go quickly once I get back to it.
The third installment of the Harper & Lyttle series hit a major roadblock when the book I wanted to write – a hilarious jaunt through middle-aged body image and weight loss – decided it wanted to be something deeper and more serious. I’ve wrestled with this for a while, and have finally come to the conclusion that I need to write the story as it wants to be written, not as I first envisioned it. It will still have my trademark humor (has anyone guessed I’m an incurable smart-ass?) but possibly with a dose more reality and a deeper message than I had first planned.
The third installment of The Devil’s Mansion series is brewing in the back of my mind, slowly coming together. Unlike the Harper & Lyttle books, this series must mesh together a little more closely, and threads of each story are intricately woven into the others. It takes a lot of maintenance and a hella spreadsheet to make sure the timelines stay true – which means that while Sundown is gelling in my imagination, so is the fourth book, The House of Smoke and Shadows, which will take everyone back to Pennsylvania.
Did you know I offer signed print editions for a reduced price (reduced from Amazon), which includes shipping? Check out the Signed Print Editions link under Book in the main menu.