Friday, May 13, 2016

Free Friday Chapter



I've posted the first chapter of Chasing Eternity, the follow-up to Risking Eternity, on this blog. The excerpt begins in New Orleans, one of my favorite places. I recommend reading Risking Eternity first (also available) but you can just as easily begin with Chasing Eternity. Chapter 2 goes up May 20.

To read Chapter 1, click here. TGIF, everybody!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Galleys

Received my preliminary galleys for Collateral Risk today. I love this stage because publishing the book starts to seem real. The next step is a production galley, which is followed by another edit by my series editor, a copy editor's once over and, finally, a proofreader's last look at the manuscript. And I get to see all those versions too and make changes, if necessary. But after the preliminary galley goes back to my editor and she sends it on, there won't be any more big changes. One thing that I love about working with TWRP is that they are scrupulous about the final product. 

If you're interested, I've put up the prologue and chapter 1 on this blog (but keep in mind they've still got to get through another round or two of edits--any errors are my own).  


In case you're wondering about the biohazard symbol, Collateral Risk centers on the idea of terrorists and biological weapons. I did quite a bit of research for the book and came away more than a little freaked out by the possibilities. As I get closer to publication I'll post some links to recent developments in the field but for now I'll just say that I have the utmost respect for the researchers who risk their lives every day to study the pathogens that could destroy us. If you're in the mood for a chilling but great read that served as the basis for quite a bit of my research, check out Richard Preston's The Hot Zone: The Terrifying Origins of the Ebola Virus. 




Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Final Stretch. . .

A few more days until I finish up my semester and can begin writing in earnest. I'm really looking forward to the time but will say this semester I've had some of the best classes I've ever taught. I often daydream about writing full-time but don't know if I'd ever want to give up teaching literature completely. I love the community college level and am always amazed at how my students juggle working full-time, raising kids (many of them), and taking as many classes as they do. On the other hand, what better way of life is there than to go to work in your pajamas and make stuff up all day?

I took the photo to the left at the antiques store in town. I'm crazy about old glass and antiques in general. They seem to hold the past inside them. Every piece has its own untold story, its own ghosts.

Well, that's it for today. Back to grading!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day


to all the great moms out there. My daughter cooked for me and (miracle of miracles) cleaned her room. In other news, I added chapter excerpts for Collateral Risk, Wraith and Shift to the site, as well as chapter 1 of Lycan. I also submitted my cover and author sheets for Shift, so that novel can now go to the editing stage as well. Last but not least I walked my husky on the street above. The sun was incredibly bright, though the red was only on my camera phone. It still feels like winter, though it's May. As someone said to me this week, "The calendar says it's spring. The weather says F$#&* You." :)




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