The went back to college today, so our house is now quiet in a different way. The dog and I are hanging out, listening to construction sounds from the nearby site. Well, I’m listening. She’s taking a nap.
I’m also looking over my schedule for the fall.
Despite the newsletter announcement of Nemesis as a September release, it’s going to be October. The project has hit a snag and needs a bit more time. Meanwhile, you can read the first chapter here.
Years ago, Tasha Murdock and Carter Lockwood served together in the U.S. Navy Seabees. A fierce attraction sizzled between them, but regulations stood in their way. Then Tasha made a choice Carter couldn’t overlook. He did his duty as her superior officer and reported her, ending her naval career and any hope of a future for the two of them.
When working together to save a mutual friend reunited them (in Warrior), they were appalled to find the attraction as strong as ever. Now Tasha’s life is on the line and Carter’s charged with her protection. Targeted by ghouls and a traitor mage, they must figure out what Tasha knows that the ghouls fear before the enemy catches up to them.
We visit Wayfarer and the Okefenokee, and the familiar characters from earlier books are in the story. Nemesis is set mostly on the south Georgia coast and in the coastal cities of Savannah and Brunswick, though, with more of a look at life in the mages’ Collegium.
Also in October, if all goes well, November if it doesn’t, will be The Herald of Day. The first book in a new trilogy, The Boar King’s Honor, it’s about the descendants of a mage named Edmund Mainwaring, who are cursed because he made a grave mistake. He unwittingly helped murder Richard III’s nephews, who’re known as The Princes in the Tower. Richard III was wrongly blamed, so the Mainwaring heirs are cursed until they clear the king’s name.
Lifting the curse is their aim in each book, but they also face larger problems. In Herald, a powerful mage has changed the history of England to set up a dictatorship of the mageborn. The second book, The Steel Rose, takes place between Napoleon’s escape from Elba and his defeat at Waterloo, with the fate of Europe at stake. The story wraps up in The King’s Champion. Set in 1940 between the Dunkirk evacuation and the start of the Blitz, it’s about a German plan to invade England.
“Magic & Mistletoe,” the follow-up on Peri and Roland from “The Solstice Ball” is in progress. As the title implies, it’s a holiday story and should be ready in November of this year.
Once these three projects launch, I’ll also be working on Danger’s Dance, a sequel to Danger’s Edge, my story in the Capitol Danger anthology. This Arachnid Files novella is about what happened between Arachnid operative Kelsey Mitchell and FBI special agent Greg Reed after Inauguration Night. To read an excerpt of Danger’s Dance, click here.
Also in the works, slated for Spring 2016, is a new Arachnid series centering on one of Kelsey’s colleagues.
I’m volunteering at DragonCon again, writing for the Daily Dragon, and am participating in the Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading. I’m also presenting a workshop at Moonlight & Magnolias and have been accepted as a guest at Charleston’s (SC) AtomaCon. Add in a signing with Carolina Romance Writers and a couple of blog appearances, and the end of the year will be busy! For details, click here.
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