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It’s October already.  The leaves are turning, the air is cooling down, and The Deathbrew Affair is out!  It’s the first in a new series, The Lethal Webs.

The book won the Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Award (unpublished) and finaled in the Orange County RWA’s Orange Rose contest. I’m delighted to have it out in the world at last.

The series features two spies, 10 adventures, and one steamy romance. He’s the King of Control Freaks. She’s the Queen of Winging It.  Together they’ll save the world…Unless they kill each other first.

The books are set mostly in England, giving me ample room to indulge my Anglophile tendencies.  The heroine, Casey Billings, is an American working in the London office of a multinational covert agency. The hero, Jack Basingstoke, Lord Bainbridge, is an earl who secretly works for MI5.  They join forces to stop a pandemic. I’ve had a blast writing it.

You can find more info here and can read the first chapter hereThe Deathbrew Affair is available at ebook vendors now, with a print edition in the pipeline. The second book, The Runway Murder Affair, is in progress and will appear later this year or early next year. 

October is also important because it includes Mental Health Awareness Week.  Having struggled with severe depression, I’m proud to take part in the #HoldOntoTheLight campaign again this year.

This campaign encompasses blog posts by fantasy, science fiction, paranormal romance, horror, and YA authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues.

We believe fandom should be supportive, welcoming and inclusive, in the long tradition of fandom taking care of its own. We encourage readers and fans to seek the help they or their loved ones need without shame or embarrassment. To that end, we’re sharing our own experiences with these issues.  

My post for this year will go up shortly.  Meanwhile, you can read my post from last year here. A list of posts is available at www.HoldOntoTheLight.com.

Getting back to writing, my other new release is Welcome to Outcast Station.

This is a two-novella anthology I did with author Jeanne Adams. Outcast Station gets its name from its location at the back end of nowhere in human-occupied space.  Its technical name is Paradise Station, but no one assigned there calls it that. It’s seen as the place careers go to die.

My novella, The New Badge, is about a deputy marshal who crossed the wrong person and has been exiled to the back of beyond. Jeanne’s novella, The Accidental Plague, is about a scientist whose posting to Outcast Station is her one chance to salvage her career. 

You can read the first chapter of each novella here. The excerpt for The Accidental Plague is first, with the one for The New Badge below it.

A second anthology, Christmas on Outcast Station, will be out this fall.

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I also have the next Light Mages book underway.  I still have some research issues, but I hope to resolve those soon and have the book out early this winter.  I’m excited about finally finishing it and putting Tasha and Carter’s story out into the world.

Once Nemesis  is out, I’m looking forward to writing Avenger, a novella featuring Sybil from Renegade, for an mid-to-late 2018 release. The next full-length novel after that, Spymaster, will be out in late 2018 or early 2019. 

There may also be a couple of short stories about Griff and Val.  Those are kind of bubbling around in my head right now.

I’m also doing the research for The Steel Rose, the second book in the Boar King’s Honor trilogy.  The story moves from the ballrooms of Regency England to the gritty field of Waterloo.  This period has always interested me, and now I have an excuse to really dig into it! The book will be out next spring.

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More frequent updates will appear on my blog and on my Facebook author page. I’ll also be posting photos there from the research trip I took to the UK for the various series I’ve set in England.

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