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Bone Flower Queen Update

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the-bone-flower-throne-displaySo in a week we come to the one year anniversary of the release of The Bone Flower Throne and you might be wondering why you haven’t heard any release dates for The Bone Flower Queen. My editor has given me a tentative release date, but given how much is still left to be done, I’m not comfortable telling you that date yet. Suffice it to say that you can’t expect to see the next book until the end of the year, probably even the beginning of next year. As a small press, Panverse is pretty much a one-man operation, which invariably leads to unexpected delays; I also turned in this manuscript about six months later than I turned in the first one, so some of that delay rests on my shoulders. But we want this book to be the best it can be, so we’re not in any hurry to rush through to get it out at the cost of quality. But rest assured that The Bone Flower Queen will come out, as will the final book in the trilogy (which I’m currently working on).

I do hope to have some news to report in the next couple of weeks, perhaps even a cover reveal, but as for now, we’re in a holding pattern. In the meantime, you can sign up for my newsletter, so you will receive an email when The Bone Flower Queen becomes available for purchase. I promise never to sell your email or use it for anything other than the newsletter (which I only send out once in a blue moon).

Panverse Online Store Now Open

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My publisher has opened their online store for ebook sales, so you can now purchase The Bone Flower Throne directly from them. The price is the same as at other online retailers, but there are several good reasons to buy directly from Panverse.

First, for the price of a single book from any of the other retailers, you get both the mobi and the epub format. So whether you use a Kindle or a Nook, or both, you’re set!

Secondly, when you buy directly from the publisher, we authors make more money per sale thanks to no middle-man taking a cut.

More choices are a great thing!

Summer Update

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So I’ve been very quiet lately over here, mostly because there’s not all that much to report. I turned in The Bone Flower Queen to my editor last month and am waiting on his edit letter, and I also finally finished up Fugitives of Fate and took the plunge, submitting it to two different publishers. This time I’m not bothering with trying to get an agent; I did attempt to do so last year, but there wasn’t any interest whatsoever in my first round of queries. There are a few digital-first romance publishers that I think would be open to my unusual setting, but they don’t pay high advances–if any at all–so it seems a waste of time to try to convince an agent to take me on at this point. Regardless of how it turns out with these publishers, this book will eventually be published, even if I decide to go it alone by self publishing; the book is good, but will likely be held back by the fact that it’s not your usual historical romance setting. I have no intention of letting it languish unpublished.

On the writing front, I’m current between projects while I wait to hear back from my editor on my synopsis of the final book of The Bone Flower Trilogy. I’ve been keeping busy in the meantime with reading and critiquing friends’ novels; I had two to do this month, and I’ve started on the second and hope to have it done in a few days. I’m also giving thought to my next alternate history romance novel. I may end up outlining that one after I finishing critiquing. I’m looking forward to getting back to some actual writing soon.

In case you haven’t been here to the website in a while, I’ve made some updates that might interest fans. I’ve posted a copy of my Big Idea essay–in which I talk about the core idea behind The Bone Flower Trilogy–and I’ve added a 50-question quiz to test your knowledge of The Bone Flower Throne. Most exciting though, I’ve added a page for The Bone Flower Queen, which includes an excerpt for readers, and you can browse the book’s Pinterest page. I’m looking into making a reader’s guide for BFT, but haven’t made a whole lot of progress on it at this point.

Artists, if you’ve been inspired to make art from The Bone Flower Throne (or any of my works, really), I’d love to see it! You can contact me via the contact page here, or you can drop me a note over on Facebook (though be aware that I might not see your message for a while since Facebook likes to drop stuff into the Other inbox and I often don’t look at that for weeks on end).

The Year in Review and Resolutions

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So last year proved a most exciting year on the writing front. I sold my first novel in January and saw it hit bookshelves by mid October. My first royalty check is due sometime this month, so we’ll see how well it’s done on the selling front.

I’m a little less than halfway through the first draft of the next book in the series, but other than that, I did finish multiple drafts of an alternate history romance novel. I did query a couple of agents but had zero interest–as usual, I suspect that I’m writing stuff that traditional publishing finds unmarketable, so I just might decide to either go small press again, or even consider self-publishing it once I get a final draft done. I did submit to a couple contests and got some feedback, so there is some work to do on it before it’s truly ready for world. There’s no rush though.

On the reading front, I did really pathetic; I read a total of nine books last year, which is just unacceptable, so I’m aiming for more this year. I’m no longer going to put reading on hold while I write and will instead try to read at least an hour a day, before bed. I would like to clear out all the books languishing on my current reading list on Goodreads and start reading some stuff on my wishlist. I think reading more will also help me stay creative on the writing side, since it seemed that I really struggled with getting progress made later in the year when I wasn’t actually reading anything. This year has started off strong though, and I’ve already plowed through two books I had started last year (or, in one case, two years ago) and marked off two on my goal of 15. If the reading is going well, I just might increase that goal, but for now I’m aiming to be reading with more regularity than I did last year.

 

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
T.L. has
read 2 books toward her goal of 15 books.
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I hope everyone had a good holiday season and the new year is looking good.

Ebooks Available and Eating Authors

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So, over the weekend, the ebook versions of The Bone Flower Throne became available on both Amazon and Smashwords. You can purchase them for the low price of $5.99!

And today, over at Lawrence Schoen’s blog, I talk a bit about a memorable meal me and my family shared in San Antonio this last summer, as part of his feature called Eating Authors. Be sure to go check it out, so you can find out why the River Walk posts signs all over the place warning you not to feed the pigeons.