*tugs his glasses off, clears his throat* So. Things:
I know I haven’t been responding on social media lately despite sharing all these teasing little bitlets from The Lost and the exciting news about Winter Rain‘s IPPY Gold Medal Award. I’ve been finding that in my efforts to keep everyone happy and engage on a personal front, I’ve been making myself miserable. I’ve realized I can be everyone’s friend, or I can write. I can’t do both, even though some authors can and I admire them for that. I can’t, and I came here to write; it’s my job. It doesn’t mean I don’t adore you, or that I don’t see your tweets. I do. I just need to pull back and focus on what you followed me for: the books. If I’m not writing books, I’m no good to either of us. I’m here. I see you. I appreciate you. I’m just being a recluse so I can get the words out of my head and onto the page without feeling like I’m being pulled in a million directions at once. Call it part of my mystique or something. Insert image of a lean, brooding man hunching over a typewriter with crumpled wads of note paper everywhere and the walls scrawled with ink and his rockstar-unkempt hair straggling into his face and catching on his glasses. God, I need a fucking haircut.
THE LOST RELEASE DATE
On that note, The Lost has been pushed to August 25th while I catch up on…everything…after nearly two months of being completely blocked and hardly getting a word out besides the trigger warning foreword for the book, between Tybalt’s death and all the stress of more behind-the-scenes drama than I ever thought being an author would entail (you guys, having a legit honest-to-god needs-a-restraining-order holy-shite-so-many-troll-accounts stalker is at once exhausting and yet infinitely dull – especially one who really doesn’t realize her IP address follows her everywhere and pretty much everyone can see what she’s doing). Still working on getting my Entangled book out to my editor, too. Before she kills me. With much fire and murderlation.
Submissions are still open for Dammit, Cole and Seduce Me. I have two Dammit, Cole letters I’m sitting on, but will post soon. I found out the form doesn’t always work right, though; I fixed it, but if you sent in a letter a while back and haven’t gotten an answer, it might’ve been eaten. You can email it to me if you’re worried.
A SECOND CHANCE AT PARIS
I’ll have fun things surrounding ASCAP in the next couple of months. Like Celeste’s necklace, which I’ve been hanging on to for an appropriate giveaway for some time. Also pretty pictures. And a deleted scene between Ion and Drake for the McCade’s Marauders street team. May also have some sketches from The Lost; we’ll see if I can find time around day job work + writing + editing + cover design.
FUCK YES CUTE KITTIES
Beni and Mercy are settling in wonderfully. Mercy’s no longer so skittish. Beni is an attention whore and does the strangest, cutest thing when you touch his belly: he flops on his side really hard and mooshes up against you. We had a huge scare with his health back in April (on our anniversary, that was a fun thing to share with Banfield staff), but a week of medication cleared it up and he’s fine.
Over the next year I’ll be working on a top-secret NA project that still isn’t so secret that I can’t tell you the title:
The Girl with the Stars on Her Skin.
It’ll be huge, expansive, a labor of love and heartbreak, and while I’m keeping everything totally under wraps until it’s done, I’m already aching to share it with you guys even though I’ve only gotten two lines written so far. I just hope I can fit it in around writing the second Crow City book, and Third Time’s the Charm.
So. That’s the lay of things. I’m skulking on the sidelines in my hamster ball and avoiding mental clutter while I write, but sooner or later I’ll come up for air.
Be good to yourselves.
|NEW CROW CITY COVERS
The Crow City Series now has a new cover set – dark, sleek, and just in time for the latest book in the series. See the full series covers here.
TWENTY NOTES TO THE ANXIOUS, MELANCHOLY WRITER
|AUTUMN (CROW CITY #2.75)
The latest installment in the Crow City series is here – with series favorites Walford Gallifrey and Joseph Armitage returning in a poignant story of reconciliation and newfound love in the first contemporary M/M in the Crow City Series.