Trees

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This probably should go on the personal blog, as this post has no book news value whatsoever. I have a really difficult time sitting still while watching TV.  I like to do something with my hands.  I knit, I crochet, I rip pieces of paper... You get the picture. A while ago Kid 1 bought me a little gemstone tree.  I have a random collection of odd objects on my desk and this tree is my favorite.  I keep messing with it when I pause to think.  There is something oddly compelling about the irregular shapes of gemstones and the fact that you can move the branches whichever way you want them to be.  One day I was looking at it and it … Continue Reading …

German Sweep

I just clicked Accept for the translation of Clean Sweep to German via Amazon Crossing platform.  :D  Like a boss.  Next plan: French translations.  (I know you guys think I am ignoring it; I am not.  Things in publishing take forever.  Je m'excuse très humblement.) … Continue Reading …

One hundred

You probably won't believe this but there are 132 health professionals reading this blog and willing to help Doolittle.  Thank you so much, everyone.  I really, really appreciate it.  The only way I can actually manage all the feedback is by posting a scene at a password locked location on the blog and if you have a moment, I would appreciate you guys proofreading it.  i will do this today, hopefully. Thank you once again. … Continue Reading …

Have we met?

“I thought you might be injured.” He looked at me. “We’ve met, you and I?” I deliberately took a big step back. “What?” he growled. “I’m making room for your ego.” “Fine. I should’ve left a note!” “You should’ve.” “Answer me this, did you hesitate at all or did you see the seventy foot tall ****, went “Wheee!” and ran toward it with your sword?” “She ran toward it,” Juke quipped. "He was biting people in a half!" I growled. “I rest my case,” Curran said. “A note wouldn’t have made any difference.” *** PS.  I... that is Doolittle needs some medical assistance from a physician with an injury to one of the … Continue Reading …

Back from Vacation

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Email from Jill Myles (aka Jessica Clare):  Are you alive? Me: Sort of.  I tried to give my advance back to Ace and they wouldn't take it. First things first, the news from Ace is that they don't mind giving us a little more time.  I am probably going to torture friends and volunteers with the draft we have now and see if it's salvageable and then we'll go from there.  So no publishing apocalypse so far.  I unplugged completely for a month and it was so therapeutic, I can't even tell you.  One of the best things about applying was not reading about any fights on Twitter.  I am probably going to make that a permanent solution. Somehow … Continue Reading …

Gone for the Holidays

A few days ago I seriously considered returning the advance money for the Kate Daniels contract.  I didn't contemplate it because the books are not selling well- they are performing great. Or because someone was mean to me on the internet.  :)  I did it because I was convinced I couldn't meet our current deadline. I dutifully sat before the computer every day and produced nothing, which of course, only made me more guilty and less likely to write. So much guilt. We had a long, eventful, and enormously rewarding year.  We released our first hardcover, the first book in our new series, and a novella.  Just days before 2013 ended, we also … Continue Reading …

Author Branding

I meant to answer this earlier, but life interfered. K. writes You talked about a few times how your publishing company wants you to be a brand. If you write about series that are funny action with a romantic subplot then your publishers want more of the same from you, so you don't alienate fans and such. Even Alphas: Origins you said had to be toned down a lot in a anthology because your name was attached to it. What I'm getting at is that in media such as music and movies there is a lot more leeway for artists to try new things and hopefully have a focus for artistically evolving and creating something new. It just seems like the … Continue Reading …