Of the Essence is In the Wild!

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Quills and her story are now out in the world! Ebook and audio book are now live, with hardcover and trade paperback to come.

I spent my book birthday at a casual writing day with a few friends and my beloved writing partner, Steve Bornstein, who came out from Austin for a visit. Steve and I have been writing together for ten years now — we originally met while playing on a text-based roleplaying environment called Twisted Kingdoms, which was also where the first incarnation of Quills was born.

I’ve got Pathfinder edits due in a month (more on that in another post!) and a short story due in August, and I’ve got two novels in my editing queue (a normal workload for a freelancer), but I took time out from all of that to spend Quills’ Day penning the opening lines of her sequel.

I’ve listened to the sample teaser of the audiobook, and it’s amazing. There was actual out-loud squeeing.

Where can you get it?

Directly from the Onder Librum store

or from Amazon or Barnes and Noble or other fine retailers.

April is the Busiest Month…

In April, there will be three new projects coming out with my name attached.

Women in Practical Armor, my latest anthology collaboration with Ed Greenwood, will be launching after last summer’s spectacular Kickstarter campaign. There will be a (pre-April) party for contributors and backers at Norwescon at the end of March.

C is for Chimera, an anthology edited by Rhonda Parrish, contains a story of mine. My letter was H. The story is short and sweet, and I’m rather fond of it. I hope you will be, too.

Hellmaw: Of the Essence, my debut novel, will be out on April 30. I don’t know which formats will be available on that date, or from which retailers, but the book will ultimately be out in hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, and audio book.

I am hoping to plan a local launch party once I receive more information about physical copies. I’ll also spam the internet (okay, not really) with the Amazon pre-order link when it goes live.

In the meantime, I’m reading for Apex and Dragon Moon, I’m proofreading for Lambda Literary, and I’m working on my Work in Progress, a contemporary YA novel with the working title Hearts Are Jerks.

Impending Projects

I do plan to gradually reprint some of the content from my previous blog, especially the more popular entries, but it will take a bit for the dust to settle here.

In the meantime, before we get to the old, here’s what’s new:

  • My first novel is complete and turned in. It’s now in Paizo’s skilled hands, and I’ll share a title, some art, and a release date as soon as I can. Yes, it features Zae, Keren, and Appleslayer. If you’re already a fan from the web-fiction (my short story “Inheritance“), the novel will have more of everything you love about them.
  • My second novel is an urban fantasy endeavor, with The Ed Greenwood Group. As I write this, it’s nearly halfway written, and it’s due in November. I’ll make it, really! It’s forthcoming in May 2016, and I can’t wait to tell you more. The veil lifts, at least partway, on October 19.
  • Women in Practical Armor, my next anthology with Ed Greenwood, had an amazing Kickstarter campaign. If you didn’t get in on the action as a backer, you’ll be able to pick up a copy in April, 2016. This one is hopefully the first of several anthologies that Ed and I are doing for Evil Girlfriend Media.
  • I have a very short story called “575” that will be appearing in C is for Chimera, edited by Rhonda Parrish, also in 2016.
  • My story “Descent of the Wayward Sister” from Cthulhurotica has officially become my first reprint sale.
  • Two recent acquisitions for Dragon Moon Press are on their way to the printer, and another is close behind!
  • I’ve had to scale back on editing because of the novel deadline, but there are still two novels in my editorial queue, one for Dragon Moon and one for a freelance client.
  • I will definitely be attending CanCon in Ottawa this October, and I’m confirmed to some degree for Norwescon (Seattle), GenCon (Indianapolis) and DragonCon (Atlanta) next year.
  • Despite the busy, I’m missing my daily slush fix. I’m looking forward to Apex Magazine re-opening for submissions.

Whew. So, that’s me. More details to come, on all of the above. But for now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a manuscript tugging at my sleeve.