SquirrelTerror Release!

Squirrel!Terror And now, ladies and gentlemen, ebook SquirrelTerror is live!

You can get all different ebook formats at Smashwords currently. It’s live at Barnes & Noble and Kobo, and on Apple. Amazon, Sony, and other platforms will have it available as soon as their backlog clears. Further availability bulletins as I get them. We’re in the final stages of getting the paper edition cleared for takeoff as well, dealing with cover templates and last-minute proofing.

Also, yesterday was Wednesday, so there is a new chapter of Selene up.

I still have a sore, scratchy throat and a case of exhaustion, even though I slept like a stone last night. Yesterday I made green tomato pickles, green tomato salsa, fried green tomatoes (are you noting a trend? I had a glut of them.) and decanted some sauerkraut as well as refilled the fermenting crock. That pretty much ate up the whole day, and that salsa? I could eat it with a spoon, it’s so good. I modified this recipe a bit–caramelized the onions first, added some ground chipotle pepper and only one jalapeno, because I like it on the mild side so I can taste the tangy. I used one of the preserved lemon rinds I put up a little bit ago instead of zest and juice, and used cumin seed instead of ground cumin. It’s just plain marvelous.

Today I’m working on revisions for the third Bannon & Clare book as well as eyeballing a draft for the collection of my writing essays. Slowly…plodding…forward. I probably have to make a list, or I’ll get nothing else done today. Bleargh.

BUT. SquirrelTerror is out. The paper book is alllllllmost finished. All in all, I’m feeling pretty spiffy today, in between sucking on cough drops and pouring ice water down my throat. I’ll keep checking to see where else the ebook is listed, and will update this post (and the book page) as more places pick it up. So exciting!

Selene, Daily Deal, And More

Selene It’s Wednesday, which means a new chapter of Selene is up!

Also, the Iron Wyrm Affair is a Nook Daily Find today–just $1.99!

Concerning SquirrelTerror–we’re 80% to our goal of funding it. The response so far has been amazing, and the keychains seem pretty popular. (One of the campaign perks is a free keychain along with a free ebook of SquirrelTerror when it comes out.)

Speaking of…what sorts of things would you, dear Reader, like to see in my Zazzle store? I’m open to ideas. Since I’ve been playing around with Photoshop, iMovie, and stock footage a lot lately, I’m a bit more confident putting stuff out there. I’m thinking of a Shoeless and Screaming mug, if I can find the right graphic to go with it…

Release day for RED PLAGUE AFFAIR!

Red Plague The service of Britannia is not for the faint of heart—or conscience…

Emma Bannon, Sorceress Prime in service to Queen Victrix, has a mission: to find the doctor who has created a powerful new weapon. Her friend, the mentath Archibald Clare, is only too happy to help. It will distract him from pursuing his nemesis, and besides, Clare is not as young as he used to be. A spot of Miss Bannon’s excellent hospitality and her diverting company may be just what he needs.

Unfortunately, their quarry is a fanatic, and his poisonous discovery is just as dangerous to Britannia as to Her enemies. Now a single man has set Londinium ablaze, and Clare finds himself in the middle of distressing excitement, racing against time and theory to find a cure. Miss Bannon, of course, has troubles of her own, for the Queen’s Consort Alberich is ill, and Her Majesty unhappy with Bannon’s loyal service. And there is still no reliable way to find a hansom when one needs it most…

The game is afoot. And the Red Plague rises.

Now available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and indie bookstores everywhere.

The second Bannon & Clare adventure is now available! For those asking, yes, there will be at least one more book in the series. For those of you wondering what precisely Mikal is, there are clues all through the three books. (Yes, I know I’m evil. Bear with me, there’s news I can’t share yet.)

London’s been the site of quite a few epidemics, and they make for sobering reading. I’ve enjoyed the research to the hilt–well, as much as one can enjoy some of the harrowing descriptions. I generally enjoy research for its own sake, though before I started digging for this series I had no idea I’d like Victorian-era history so much.

Anyway, if anyone needs me, I’ll be a bundle of release-day nerves in the corner, quietly whimpering while I do revisions and editing…

NAMELESS Release Day!

nameless Guess what? Nameless is released today!

An adopted princess. An immortal Family. A snow-choked city…and one blood-red apple.

When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth…to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.

Now available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and independent bookstores.

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I began writing what became Nameless about twelve years ago. For years I kept going back and poking at the opening scene, the young girl in the snow and Enrico Vultusino. I knew I wasn’t ready to write a character whose strength was more internal, not to mention one with a horrific stutter. (In an earlier attempt at a draft, Cami didn’t talk at all, and that was a headache, let me tell you.) Nico was also a headache, wanting more of the story than he really needed to have, until we both realized it was Cami’s story and she needed space and time to get it out. (I called it “Snow White and the Seven Mob Bosses” for a long time, and the Selkie kept asking when I was going to finish it, because that tagline made her laugh.) And finally, now, today, is Cami’s long-awaited chance to speak directly to you, to tell her story.

I’m glad. I hope you enjoy it. I’m my regular bundle of release-day nerves, so I’ll be over in the corner with my head in a bucket, trying desperately to finish the third Bannon & Clare book.

Over and out…

The Deadly Slog

IMG_8003 So yeah, today I hit 40K on The Ripper Affair. Which means the deadly slog of the Middle of the Book is nigh, and I’m not sure I can outlast this mofo. This is the point during every book where I completely doubt my ability to endure long enough that the goddamn book gets tired and finishes first.

*clears throat, delicately* Ahem. So to speak.

It doesn’t help that it hasn’t rained in days. Where’s my gray, dreary PNW winter? WHERE IS IT? I DEMAND IT! Or, you know, this being the West Coast, I just sort of ask politely and hold up my hands to show my nonaggression, and say please, if you would, I really miss the rain.

We’re pretty polite out here. Except over the mountains, where they’re not so polite at all. And oh my God, I should tell you all about the time I went to Forks. Yes, that Forks. Hint: it was way before the Cullens ever knew that place existed. Another hint: it did not end well.

Last but not least, the Jill Kismet omnibus is out! You can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and also at indie stores. I am amazed and gratified. I got a copy in the mail just today and hugged it and told it how pretty it was.

*clears throat again* I am not sorry, but I am slightly ashamed.

Who am I kidding? I’m not ashamed at all.

Anyway, off to go reward myself by writing some more trailer-park fae…

Damnation, the Zombie-Killing Cowboy

Hey guys, remember that zombie-killing cowboy story I was talking about? Well, you can now buy it in e-format.

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The West is a wild place, where the poison wind blows and the dead walk. But there is gold, and whiskey, and enough room for a man to forget what he once was. Until he no longer can.

Jack Gabriel’s been the sheriff in Damnation almost since the town grew out of the dust and the mud. He keeps the peace–sort of–and rides the circuit every dawn and dusk with the chartermage, making sure the wilderness doesn’t seep into the fragile attempt at civilization. Out here, away from the cities clinging to the New World’s eastern rim, he doesn’t remember what he was. Or at least, not much.

But Damnation is growing, and along comes a schoolmarm. Catherine Barrowe is a right proper Boston miss, and it’s a mystery why she would choose this particular town, where everything scandalous and dangerous is probably too much for a quality lady like her. Sometimes the sheriff wonders why she came out West–because everyone who does is running from something. He doesn’t realize Cat may be prickly, delicate, and proper, but she is also determined. She’s in Damnation to find her wayward older brother, whose letters were full of dark hints about gold, and trouble, and something about a claim.

In a West where charm and charter live alongside clockwork and cold steel, where hot lead kills your enemy once but it takes a blessing to make his corpse stay down, Cat will keep digging until she finds out what happened to her brother. If Jack knew what she was after, he could solve the mystery–because he killed the young man, and for good reason.

The thing is, Cat’s brother just won’t stay dead, and the undead are rising with him…

This is set in the Bannon & Clare universe, because when Bannon & Clare go to the New World, these characters have a small role to play. It just fell out of my head while I was agonizing over another book, and I’m so glad it did. I had SO MUCH FUN with this, you cannot even imagine. From Cat’s arrival in Damnation to the very last page, I had an absolute ball with these characters. There’s horses, and gold claims, and peril, and gunsmoke, and saloon girls, and just basically all the Western tropes I could find and pay homage to. I hope you like it, I hope you have as much fun (or more!) reading it as I did writing.

Enjoy!

BANDIT KING is now released!

Tristan d’Arcenne is what he always wished to be–Vianne di Rocancheil’s Consort. But Vianne is no more a mere noblewoman, she is the Queen of Arquitaine, faced with treachery, invasion, war, and a Consort whose secrets may well shatter their marriage. For before Tristan was hers, he belonged to a King…and that King died by Tristan’s hand.

Arquitaine needs them both. The country is locked in a deadly game whose rules change by the moment. The Queen is an adept player, but hardly ruthless enough. The contest requires a man who has nothing to lose, a man who has already done the worst and will continue to do so for his wife, his country, and his own salvation.

The Bandit King approaches…

Now available online!

I’m so excited, dear Readers. I wrote Hedgewitch years upon years ago, and I had to wait (and make several false starts) before I could write Tristan. For one thing, I didn’t like him very much. (I still don’t.) But he kept on bugging me, in the back of my head, showing up at odd moments with that damn smile of his, poking and prodding. Don’t you want to know what happened next? Don’t you want to know why I did what I did?

Damn characters.

Anyway, Readers, let me invite you back into the world of Arquitaine. War-torn and weary, the country needs a Queen, and Vianne is doing her best. But Arquitaine–and Vianne–also need a hero.

Too bad all they have is Tristan.