Book Recs and a Snippet of The Queen’s Gambit

I’m still buried writing book two, but thanks to a long flight, I had the opportunity to read a couple books from other people this week. Both were excellent and if you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me talking about them.

The first is Wicked and the Wallflower, by Sarah MacLean. This is a delicious historical romance with a scoundrel hero and a lock-picking heroine. The banter in this book is incredible and these two are perfect for each other. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! You can read an except from chapter one on Sarah’s site.

The second is Iron and Magic, by Ilona Andrews. Fair warning, we’re friends, so I could be considered biased, but their books are awesome by any measure. I know a lot of readers of the Kate books didn’t think Hugh could be redeemed, but I’m here to tell you, you’re wrong. Hugh may be my new favorite character (shh… don’t tell any of my other favorite characters). And Elara is the perfect foil for him. You can read the first three chapters over on Ilona’s site, but once you get going, you’re not going to want to put it down.

Finally, did you know that The Queen’s Gambit comes out in less than two weeks? Aaahhh! You can get your hands on all the sweet, sweet preorder links right here. And, as before, print on demand books are coming but they can’t be setup for preorder, so they’ll be available to buy from Amazon on release day.

Here’s a little snippet to tide you over for the next couple weeks. :) Continue reading “Book Recs and a Snippet of The Queen’s Gambit”

I’m Alive! With Photo Proof and Everything!

I’m alive, I’ve just been super busy trying to crank out as many words as possible on book two. I’m behind schedule, but I’ve had three good writing days in a row, so I’m taking a short break.

Polaris Rising continues to move through the publishing steps. Most recently, I received feedback from the proofreader that I needed to address. So now it’s been looked at by me, agent, editor, copyeditor, and proofreader. I think we might be done at this point, but I thought that after copyeditor, too, so it’ll be a surprise one way or the other. :)

Because we’re inching ever closer to release, Voyager needed an author photo of me for their catalog. If you’ve seen my social media photo, you’ll notice it’s a snapshot of me that I ran through a Prisma filter. Not exactly professional enough to use in a book catalog. Continue reading “I’m Alive! With Photo Proof and Everything!”

The Queen’s Gambit: Cover Reveal, Preorder, and New Snippet!

The Queen’s Gambit is now available for preorder! Woohoo! Seeing my name on a novella at Amazon is kind of surreal, I have to admit. :)

Behold, the cover:

The Queen's Gambit Cover

Many thanks to Natanya Wheeler at Nancy Yost Literary Agency for her help with the cover design!

Preorder links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Print on demand paperbacks are coming, but they will not be available until closer to release/on release day.

I also created a fancy book page where you can read the blurb and the first two chapters. There weren’t a lot of changes early on, so for those of you who read the serial, below is a peek at the beginning of Chapter Eight. Continue reading “The Queen’s Gambit: Cover Reveal, Preorder, and New Snippet!”

A Stardew Weekend

My husband and I bought Stardew Valley a year and a half ago because we thought multiplayer co-op was “coming soon.” It’s still not here completely, but we spent the weekend playing the co-op beta and it’s awesome. I finally see what all the buzz eighteen months ago was about. :)

If you haven’t heard of it, Stardew Valley is a Harvest Moon-esque game where you start with a run-down farm that you have to fix up by clearing the land, planting crops, and tending animals. And fishing. So much fishing.

Because we’re playing co-op, I took over animals and fishing while my husband deals with the plants. Every day I go pat my chickens on the head and they get happier and produce better eggs. Continue reading “A Stardew Weekend”

Polaris Rising Proof Pages

The PDF proof pages of Polaris Rising landed on Friday. Looking over these pages is my last chance to catch any mistakes that weren’t caught in the seven million other times I read the manuscript.

The PDF also gives an idea of what the formatted print book will look like. For example, here is the first page:

Proof Page

How awesome is that? 😍

I might have made a very undignified squee of excitement when I opened the file because it’s starting to look like a real book.

Also, all those pens I bought? I need to buy more because it looks like the title page may have a black background. Holding off on heading to the office supply store until I get a printed galley to confirm. Barely. :)

In TQG news, we are working on finalizing the cover which is the last step (I think!) before it goes up for preorder.

Lots of exciting things happening, plus I’m writing PR 2, so it’s kind of crazy around here. Now I’m off to the grocery store because I drank the last of the milk, and without milk there is no coffee. The horror!