Good morning and happy summer to you all! It’s been another long absence from me, and I do intend to explain (largely) why, but I had better leave that for a while because I have much more interesting things to report today.
Firstly, some of you may recall that I had the privilege of working with StoryBundle last year, and this month, I have the pleasure of doing so again. It’s Steampunk all the way, this time, and Black Mercury is part of the basic bundle.
How it works: Pay what you want! Pay up to $9 and receive four titles, including Black Mercury and The Machine God from the Drifting Isle Chronicles; pay $10 or more and receive three other books on top. They are DRM-free, available in any ebook format, and you can choose to send part of your payment to charity, too, if you’re inclined. More details to be found here: www.storybundle.com/steampunk.
Secondly, some good news for fans of Konrad and Nanda: I’ve lately finished the draft for Ghostspeaker, the fourth title in the Malykant Mysteries series. I shall bring this to you within 2-3 months, together with a compendium of all four titles in ebook and paperback. After that, it’s back to the Draykon world for me, and I’ll be doing my best to finish up Seven Dreams as soon as I can.
That’s all for now. I hope you’ve all been having a marvellous summer, and I wish you good readings!
It’s been one of those times where I suddenly realised I hadn’t updated my blog in… a long time. An embarrassingly long time. I could explain why, but it’s complicated and not all that much fun to hear about, so I won’t. Instead, we shall have NEWS.
Firstly, we are just finishing up with tax paperwork over here in the Netherlands and it turns out I did really well last year. Far better than I had any right to expect, really. The truly marvellous thing about this news is that it means I can carry on doing this full-time for at least another year. HUZZAH. I am hugely looking forward to all the crazy stuff I’ll get to write in that time. Enormous, mountainous, fat thanks to you all, therefore, for your amazing support and enthusiasm since I got started with this thing – not just for buying my books, but also for reviewing them, recommending them to your friends, and sending me all those lovely emails, comments, tweets and messages that brighten my day and keep me writing. Thank you!
Next, Smashwords’ “Read an Ebook Week” is upon us again. I was a little startled to realise this will be my third time participating, and it’s very encouraging to observe that the response this year is higher than ever. I’ve made The Rostikov Legacy, Black Mercury and Miss Landon and Aubranael free to download at Smashwords until the end of the event (Draykon is, of course, free as well – as always), and the rest of my titles are available at a discount. Take a look here. The event runs from March 2nd to March 8th, so there’s still a few days to pick up some bargains. Note, meanwhile, that Smashwords has a really convenient gifting system, so if you know someone who might enjoy one of my books, now is a great time to chuck them a copy.
And so on to the intriguing question of what’s coming next. I am (as you may notice from my little widget over to the left there) at work on a new Draykon-world series. The first book has a working title of “Seven Dreams” (may be subject to change by the time it’s published, who knows). It’s set a year or two after the end of Orlind, and while it features a brand-new heroine, it also features the prominent return of some of our favourite characters from the last adventure. It is (for various reasons) coming rather more slowly than I would like, and it’s too early to give you any kind of ETA on that. It is happening, however, and by hook or by crook I’ll get it to you in time. I also have a sequel to Miss Landon and Aubranael on the agenda for this year, and after that I want to do a new Konrad adventure. And loads of other things. I’ve reached that point where the list of books I want to write is far outstripping my ability to keep up with it, which is mildly frustrating (WRITE FASTER, stupid human!) but it can only be a good thing. I have ideas enough to keep me busy for the next decade, I reckon.
Also, the graphic novel I write for, Spindrift (drawn by the very same excellent Elsa who does most of my book covers) has resumed updates. Chapter one came to an end before Christmas, and we’re now getting started on chapter two. Check it out here! (it’s free to read).
On the more personal side, I dunno if I mentioned it but I got married last year, and we enjoyed a gorgeous honeymoon in the Caribbean in January (delayed because who wouldn’t escape the winter in favour of glorious sunshine for a few weeks?). I read a lot of books in that time. Really, a lot. It was marvellous.
Okay, back to writing for me. I hope you’ve all had a good couple of months and that you’ve read tons of great books lately (anyone got any to recommend, btw?).
As of today, my new book, Miss Landon and Aubranael, is available on Amazon US, Amazon UK and Smashwords. As ever, it will take a week or two for it to appear at Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Sony, but it is on its way – promise! It needs a bit of review loving, so if you enjoy it and feel like throwing a few words at your favourite store, that would be much appreciated.
I’ll be working on producing a paperback edition very soon, which will hopefully be available by the end of the month (fingers crossed).
Now it’s time to move on to the first book in a new Seven Realms series! Yay! And I’d like to hear from you. What would you like to see/hear more about in the new series? Which characters do you most want to meet again? If you have thoughts to share, please either leave a comment here or email me privately, as you prefer (or use twitter or facebook… really, I’m not fussy).