It’s always a bit scary, launching a new book into the unknown, but I hope you love Bianca as much as I do. And as much as Bree does. She’s half of NYT bestselling author Kit Rocha and incredibly, incredibly kind. Here’s what she said on Twitter:
This afternoon, I sent the edits for The Queen’s Advantage to my lovely agent for review. The manuscript grew by about 7k words, up to just under 50k. This edit was the most difficult I’ve done, and I’m not entirely sure why. Part of it is because I’m under deadline for book three, so everything is stressful, but this book just did not want to be edited.
I think it’s improved, but I’m so close to it and so tired that I’m not even sure anymore. :/
I feel like I need to get some beta feedback, but I’m under too much of a time crunch to do an open beta call. So if you’ve beta read for me in the past and want to have another go, or if I’ve specifically said I’m putting your name on the list, then send me an email with the subject line “TQA Beta” and I’ll get you a copy.
As before, you need to be able to electronically mark up a PDF. I need feedback by the end of the month at the latest, so please only email if that works with your schedule.
In return for this thankless job, you’ll have my eternal love and a mention in the acknowledgments. :)
Everyone else: please don’t email me. I’m not adding anyone this round. I’ll do another open call at some point, but I just don’t have the capacity to do it right now. I have to make many, many words on book three.
This weekend was a busy one. We saw Endgame on Saturday and it was awesome. I highly recommend it. We’ll have to chat about it in a few weeks after everyone has a chance to see it, so DO NOT SPOILER IT.
If you drop spoilers in the comments, I’ll remove them and put you in moderation until you prove you can be trusted. I managed to see it spoiler-free and everyone should have that chance. If you want spoilers, I’m sure you can find them elsewhere. :)
I also made it through the first pass on my copyedits for Aurora Blazing this weekend. Yesterday was a marathon of over twenty chapters. My brain is mush.
If you mosey over to the book page, you’ll find the first chapter and preorder links. It comes out in October, and I would love for you to preorder it if you are able. Preorder numbers are super helpful!
It always surprises me just how many mistakes are in my manuscripts. I feel like I turn out fairly clean drafts, but there’s nothing like a copyeditor to take your ego down a peg or seventy.
Last night we watched Game of Thrones, and this season has decided to bring it. I can’t believe it’s going to be wrapped up in just three more episodes. I’m still waiting for the Red-Wedding-esque other shoe to drop. If anything, this show has taught me not to care for anyone too deeply, but I did cheer when [SPOILER] [SPOILERED]. :)
This week, I have edits for The Queen’s Advantage on deck. I also need to be adding words to book three at a high velocity. Once book three is done, I’m taking a month off to binge books, play video games, and lie on the sofa. Or so I tell myself. :)
This week, copyedits for Aurora Blazing should land in my inbox with a week and a half turnaround. I also have edits for TQA that need to be done in the next couple weeks. Book three is a little over 30k, and I would be far happier if it were closer to 50k (or, I mean, if I’m dreaming, 90k), but there’s nothing I can do except keep plugging away at it.
The next two months are going to be very, very busy. Wish me luck. :) Once I get the first chapter of AB copyedited, I’ll put it up. I can’t wait for you to get a peek at Bianca and Ian!
Edits landed last week. I don’t think they’ll be as major as the TQG edits, but there will definitely be some smoothing, cleaning, and fixing. Thank you all so much for reading, I hope you enjoy the finished novella!
When Queen Samara Rani fulfills the promise she made to Emperor Valentin Kos to visit his court and meet with his advisors, she knows they won’t welcome her with open arms, especially when she’s been tasked with discovering the traitors within their ranks—traitors she tricked out of five million credits.
As soon as Samara begins her investigation it becomes clear that Valentin’s advisors want her gone and they aren’t picky about how. After their tactics turn violent, Samara and Valentin race to unravel the web of treachery and lies before the next attack ends in tragedy.
When the conflict escalates in ferocity and rumors start blaming Samara, she is forced to continue her hunt alone. Uncovering traitors is difficult when courtiers learn to lie before they learn to walk, and one misstep could cost her life. However, Rogue Queens aren’t easy to kill and Samara has more than a few tricks of her own.