1. I've been working tremendously on getting Goddess Tithe ready for publication! Most of you have seen the title reveal banner already, but I figured I'd share it again . . .
I just received proofs of the book this afternoon, and Oh! They are so pretty! I think with just a few more tweaks, it's going to be ready to go to press.
I'll be planning the official cover reveal for Monday, September 23rd. And, because I was sent an extra proof copy, I am happy to announce that I will be offering it as a giveaway prize to celebrate the cover reveal. Is that not exciting???
If are a blogger and would like to help me host the cover reveal and giveaway next month, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I'll add you to the list. I'll be sharing not only the cover and story summary, but also a short excerpt and one of the interior illustrations (because, yes, Goddess Tithe is my first illustrated story!).
So that's that project . . .
2. I've also been working like crazy on my manuscript for Book 7 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood which is called . . . Oh, right. I haven't revealed the title yet, have I? Actually, it's not officially titled, and you'll have to wait another few months to learn it. But I'm hoping to reveal that to all of you by about November 1st, so be watching!
The manuscript itself is just hitting that most fun and exciting stage: I'm over the halfway point, and all the storylines are really starting to gel. This is, I think, my most charismatic cast of characters yet. My heroine is possibly my very favorite of all time, and she spends a lot of time in company with a certain cat whom she is quite convinced is a devil in disguise. She also has dogs . . . three busy little fluffy dogs who look a lot like this:
|And their names are Dumpling, Rice Cake, and Sticky Bun.
And they think they are lions.
You can well imagine the trials in store for a certain feline character . . . Too much fun. Really, I should not be enjoying this story so much.
So yes, possible title reveal coming up in November.
3. I have, this last week, begun reading submissions for the Five Glass Slippers contest.
Don't worry, those of you still planning to submit! The deadline is still December 31st. You have lots of time left!
But the stories are already piling up, and since I don't want to drown in them come this Christmas, I decided I should probably start reading. And I am so glad that I did! You would not believe the imagination and tremendously fun storytelling I'm encountering, just in this first week's worth of stories! I am so excited . . . and a little nervous. If these are any indication of what is to come, I'm going to have quite a time of it trying to select only five.
It's going to be an amazing collection, though, I can tell you that much right now. So looking forward to seeing it come together!
4. I've been working on a few other fun projects for Rooglewood Press as well. The historical romance (mentioned on the site) is in its final stages of cover design, and I should be doing a cover reveal for that author come late November. I'll remind all of you about it then so you can jump on board with that one too. I think it's going to be very pretty. The author has already told me that she thinks it's the prettiest cover she's ever had! :)
I have also been working a debut novelist on an exciting YA sci-fi adventure novel. Nothing is official on that one quite yet, but it looks like we might be having a neat new project coming out late next summer. Keep your eyes peeled!
5. And, of course, I have been enjoying my mentoring students. This has been a full summer for mentoring, and each student has intrigued me with her exciting story and unique writing abilities. Every month, I look forward to continuing the various adventures I'm in the midst of reading. And I love seeing the talents of my students on display as they come up with solutions to the exercises I give them. So impressive . . . I learn a lot from this crew!
6. And I must mention the Fan Fiction Contest currently running! Don't forget to vote. We have 34 wonderful stories on display, and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! But you need to vote for winners to be chosen.
7. Two of you wonderful imps--Maid Hannah and Maid Beka--have been hard at work on a little side project for me, which I hope to be able to share with all of in another few weeks! I can't tell you too much about it just yet . . . except that it's called Dame Imraldera's Library. And I think you're going to love it!!!
8. Next week, we have several fun features coming up. First, I am hosting an interview of a new fantasy novelist, Jenelle Leanne Schmidt, and you will get to learn about her debut novel, King's Warrior. And on Tuesday, we have the blog tour for Amber Stoke's debut novel, Bleeding Heart. There's a fun giveaway to go along with both of those features, so don't miss out!
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9. The other thing that's kept me busy . . . I've been sick. Quite, quite sick. With a bit of a mysterious malady that knocks me flat for two weeks at a time, vanishes, then returns two months later to knock me flat again. The doctor has run tests and can find nothing wrong with me. I'm healthy as a horse, according to all the blood work! And yet this sickness continues to knock me out every now and then. I think it might be stress-related. I do tend to overdo the work hours now and then. But, if you think of it, prayers for health would be appreciated! Currently, I'm on an upswing from the most recent bout of illness, and feeling great to be back to my normal, busy self. But I've been struck with it five times this year, and it's more than a little frustrating. So yes, prayers would be welcome!
10. Kitties and doggy are all doing well. Minerva has been up to her usual wickednesses, but I haven't had opportunity to allow her to blog. I do apologize for that! I'm sure she'll tell you all about it when next she gets a chance.
If you didn't hear, we adopted a fifth cat this year, a handsome gray-and-white fluffy named Makoose;
Makoose: "I am very handsome."
He is quite the charmer, completely incapable of believing that anyone could ever dislike him. He has taken this attitude into his relationship with Milly and, despite her initial protests, as convinced her that she must indeed adore him because he is, in fact, adorable.
They have been caught spooning on more than one occasion, so I think his persuasions must have worked.
So there you have it. My collection of cats has grown, and I make no apologies.
I had an opportunity to talk about my Crazy Cat Lady-ness on J.L. Mbewe's blog, so if you get a chance, you should go read it!
There, my dears. I think that is all I have to say. It's all I can think of, anyway! It's been quite a busy summer, and is shaping up to be an even busier fall and winter. But I wouldn't miss a moment of it!
Okay, I must go. Tonight, my Rohan is taking me dancing, so I need to finish my work, put myself together, and discover why my dog is barking her head off even as I type . . . Until next time!