The next installment is available on the Innkeeper page. Thank you so much for your patience. We’ve had a … clump, I guess, of deadlines. Jim and Dali’s novella was written and turned in. Our editor, Anne Sowards, had this to say about it:
I had such a great time with the novella, “Magic Steals”! It’s a quick, fast-paced read and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to find out more about Dali’s magical abilities, and to see how she develops more confidence in herself (and of course the progression of her relationship with Jim). I kind of loved her family and extended family and community and how they meddled whenever possible as well. It was hard on Dali, but very entertaining for me as a reader!
There are some edits, which we will have to discuss with her on Monday, but overall I’m relieved because most of the novel was written in a NyQuil-induced haze of despair. I can’t remember the last time we were so sick. My ears are still clogged. It’s been two weeks. But at least we’re able to breathe and sleep now. Thank you so much to all of the first draft readers. By the way, Wikipedia is incorrect when it comes to Indonesian mythical creatures. Toyol should be tuyul.
The copyedit of Burn For Me was due on the 15th, and was turned in also. Our editor, Erika Tsang, was really patient with us. Considering that after she very politely asked me where we were with the copyedit, I told her that those were not the copyedit drones she was looking for, Gordon and I both consider it to be a good sign.
The galley for Magic Breaks will be in this Monday. Glad to have them off our plate.
The remodel of the site has commenced. We’re trying to make sure that we clearly present information, because there is a lot of it, and you might see some wonky formatting. We do apologize.
On the personal front, we had fought off the above-mentioned sickness, survived prom, and Kid 1’s birthday party. The plan is to now work on Sweep in Peace, edits to the Magic Steals novella, continue to remodel the site, and write the next Kate and Curran book. We have the beginning and it is killing me that I can’t give you a snippet of it, but I don’t want to spoil anything. But we’re going to plot it within the next couple of weeks, so now is your chance to tell us what mythology elements would you like to see in the next book. Magic Breaks is a game changer, so we have some room to stretch out.
What’s next? The next big milestone is Romantic Times convention. It will be held in New Orleans this year and we’ll be attending. We are bringing 60 copies of Clean Sweep to give away.
So yearly schedule update for those who are interested.
1. Finish Magic Breaks. 2. Finish the Avon Book. 3. Start Innkeeper 2.
4. Attend Romantic Times.
5. Go to one day writing workshop in San Angelo, Texas. – set for September 2014. It will center on plot.
6. Comicon. Axed. We’re not going. The schedule is too tight.
7. Sort out newsletter. -Ugh. Not done yet.
8. Write Kate 8.
9. Write Avon 2.
10. Release a story collection.
11. Write a novella for Ace.
12. More Curran POVs. – You might get a Jim POV when he finds out about the end of Magic Breaks. Minn bribed Gordon for it.
13. Resolve audio and French editions. – Still up in the air. Although the audio edition of Clean Sweep is apparently selling. I’ve been checking Amazon and I didn’t realize that audio books no longer have a sales rank. So I’ve been under impression that it sold no copies. Our agent assures us that that is not the case.
Well, that’s it for this horrible long update.