Things to Come, General Updates, and Life, the Universe, and Everything

It’s been a while since I’ve written. I’m sorry. I’ve been busy. Real Me has been working on a lot of books.  I should be releasing three new titles in the next three months as Real Me, which means I’ve been really busy. First one is with my editor being edited. Second one needs a bit of pre-editor editing before it’s ready to go to my editor, but that won’t be too terribly long from now. Third one is about halfway done, and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

DaePortals3HoundandtheChameleonOnce Real Me’s next three titles are situated and out the door, Chameleon and the Hound will be getting a lot of love. I’ve already started the book, and I’m having a lot of fun with it. It’s taking a life of its own, and while I’m not far into the book, I really like the tone it’s taking.

Dae Portals really feels like many trilogies grouped under the same banner. Each trilogy will expand where the last left off, building until the series’s end.

I feel like I should say something about myself as a writer–and a reader.

I’m the kind who believes in Happily Ever Afters even though Happily For Now might not be the reality.I read to escape and find that happily ever after even if it does have a bit of a bitter bite to it sometimes. Stories that kill the lead characters almost always leave me with a bitterness that doesn’t go away. I’m okay with stories that kill secondary characters… if they aren’t the love and joy of the lead character. Or, let me rephrase that: the sacrifice better be damned satisfying.

I need that sense of hope when I read.

Dae Portals has a lot of darkness in it, but I’m the type of author who writes–and reads–happily ever afters.

Darkness belongs in the world, but if I’m taking away, I want it to be because there’s something even better on the horizon.

So, no matter what happens, remember this: I read for happily ever afters.

I write for the same thing.

The journey getting there, however, may be heartbreaking. When I get to that happily ever after, I want the journey itself to be the reason it’s so damned satisfying.

I like happily ever afters.

DaePortals6_NookKoboFinalThe cover for Feather’s Angel is finally ready–it has been for a while, but I haven’t had a real chance to show it off.

Feather’s Angel is a story of triumph and overcoming the odds, and I’m really, really looking forward to writing it.

Alexa will really have a chance to shine, and in so many ways, this story will be the one that changes the world Alexa lives in–for better and for worse.

I really like this cover. It’s sneaky in a lot of ways–simple, but it has hidden meanings in it. Some intentional, some accidental. I like how it brings in darkness and light, marries the two, and puts Alexa caught in the middle.

It really matches the book.

Since I’ve started revealing covers, people have been asking me what the deal with Alexa’s hair is: it is not consistent.

Yeah, it’s not. Her hair is a reflection of her, and she changes it through the books. It’s not a big deal in books one and two of the series, but as the series progresses, her hair changes–color, length, and what have you.

There’s also weird things with her tattoo, but I won’t spoil that for you.

Anyway, now that I’ve shown off the cover for book six, onto other things.

I don’t know when Chameleon and the Hound will release; I’ve been working on it, but I need to get done the three books for Real Me first. I’m really looking forward to finishing C&tH, but it’s on the back burner until I get these almost-done books finished.

I’m hoping, if I can juggle my schedule successfully, I can have Chameleon and the Hound, Summit, and World at War finished by the end of the year. I was hoping to have all the way through Feather’s Angel done, but we’ll see–my schedule is really up in the air at the moment.

Part of that is trying to keep myself happy while I write. That’s a bit of a challenge for me. I’ve been working on projects that fully capture my attention, which has made me far more productive than sitting and writing ‘what I REALLY should be working on next.’

It delayed Dae Portals, and I should feel bad for it, but I don’t. Once I finish the next three Real Me books, I’ll be sitting my ass down and getting Chameleon and the Hound hammered out and released.

When I have a better idea of a date, I’ll let everyone know.

Onto other stuff:

I have to review a lot of books. I’ll have some reviews by series, as I’ve been reading entire series lately. Tuesday, the next Patricia Briggs book will be out, and yes, yes I will be up at stupid AM reading it. No shame, no shame.

Found a Russian Roulette book recently I couldn’t bring myself to review on goodreads because I hated it that much. I’ll post my thoughts on that title with my next batch of Russian Roulette Reviews. I’ve been so busy writing I haven’t been doing a lot of reading lately. Sorry!

Soon, I promise. (Good thing soon is relative.)

Keep reading, lovers of books! (And hey, if you’re looking for something to read… you could always look at my weird books.)

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