Fracture is on sale!

Fracture was released a little over a year ago, and to celebrate, it’s on sale for a buck!

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Every nightmare has an end.

There’s no way Nora can ignore the beating. Same heavy boots. Same curses, same pained groans. But that was two years ago, and this a different man, a different part of war-ravaged Sarajevo. This is her second chance. She has to try.

And then she’s stuck with him, nursing him, putting up with him. Declan’s an ass. He’s rude and tactless. He’s arrogant. Dismissive.

Charming. Intense. Caring when she needs it most – and least expects it. He tears away the numbing fog that’s been her constant companion and offers her a way out and a way home.

And it damn near destroys her.

Nora’s survived two years in a war zone. Can Declan show her how to live?

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Nora and Declan’s story remains at the top of my list – I love this book so hard. If you haven’t picked up your copy, now’s a fabulous time to do so!

First Monday: June 2016

As I’m writing this, we’re preparing for our first 90 degree day of the year. I can hear all you East Coasters and Southerners snorting with derision, but…hush. Us PNW-ers are not cut out for this.

Game of Vengeance is DONE. Final files turned in. Progress on Game of Lies is moving along at an almost-too rapid pace. I keep telling myself that if I can keep up with it, it’ll be off my plate that much sooner and I can take a week or three off to do nothing. Sultry is also done. Like, off to the formatter done. No pre-order links available yet, but I’ll post them when they go live.

I’m in an odd place – once Game of Lies is turned in for copy edits, I have nothing that needs to be done for months. I’m nearing the end of a first draft of a new story (tentatively called Lie to Me), but it’s not under contract and I’m not (at this point) planning to publish it myself. Aside from the remaining bits of work on Game of Lies, I could, in theory, take the next couple of months off. What’s probably going to happen is I’ll continue working on Lie to Me, but at a much slower pace than I normally go.

I’ve been trying to do a better job of stepping back and taking breaks. It’s not the easiest thing for me to do. Once I set a goal and pick a due date, I feel a constant push to keep working toward that due date, even if it’s just one I’ve set for myself (as opposed to one set by, oh, a publisher). Sometimes life intervenes and makes it so I can’t do anything, and I’m learning to embrace those times as an unexpected but well-earned break. Besides, soon enough I’ll have to start drafting Learning Curve. I’ve also got a few ideas I’m playing with for late 2017 releases. Just need to see how they might fit into my schedule.

The Seattle International Film Festival wraps up this week, and I have to say my experience this year has overall been disappointing. It started with the schedule itself. Normally I end up with between ten and fifteen films I’d like to see, and I have to narrow it down to six (they offer a six-pack of tickets at a discounted price). This year I ended up with tickets to four, and aside from the first one I saw (a documentary called Kedi), they weren’t worth the time I spent on them. Also, I skipped one because it was right after work and I decided I’d rather go home. Sigh. There’s always next year.

I think June’s going to end up being a lazy month. Let’s hear it for laziness!

Reading List as of May 30th

So…I’m supposed to be baking a cake right now. Upside-down plum cake, to be exact (which is delicious). And instead I’m writing a blog post.

Priorities, people.

Reading-wise, my priorities were to get a couple of books off my never-ending TBR pile. I started with Kevin Hearne’s Hunted, book five in his Iron Druid Chronicles. Atticus and Granuaile are high-tailing it across Europe with Artemis and Diana not far behind. They’re a bit upset with Atticus for putting Bacchus on a Time Island, and they want revenge. His usual escape routes blocked, they’ll have to be extra clever – and extra fast – to stay ahead of the goddesses.

It took me a while to get through this one. While there’s still plenty of snark and awesome world-building (not to mention Oberon), it dragged in places and I’m not entirely convinced the story told within the book needed to be stretched out for an entire book. A lot of it was Atticus and Granuaile trying to figure out ways to get through Europe without anyone killing them, and they contemplated who was after them in the little downtime they had in between.

Keeping with my fantasy kick, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab came in at the library. Lila Bard’s been out to sea for the past four months, while Kell’s become increasingly frustrated with the shackles tying him to the Maresh family. But the Element Games are coming up, which means even more attention on Kell and the family, so leaving isn’t an option.

AGOS was a fantastic continuation of the story Schwab started in A Darker Shade of Magic. There’s more Lila (a LOT more Lila) and some intriguing new faces to get to know. Lila’s not just spent the last few months being a pirate, she’s been uncovering some truths about herself. I do wish there’d been more Lila-Kell face time (because I’m greedy like that and I love their interactions) but with the set up for A Conjuring of Light, there’s bound to be plenty to satisfy.

Four years ago, I started Irene Nemirovsky’s Dimanche, a collection of short stories. I got about halfway through and for some reason put it back on my shelf. And I didn’t touch it and didn’t touch it until about six months ago, when I decided I was tired of it taunting me.

The thing about Nermirovsky’s work is I always feel a bit melancholy after reading it. She had a way of detailing setting without overwhelming, and it’s easy to picture a moonlit field, German soldiers sneaking out of a house. Or an old-fashioned train station, the terrified and exhausted faces of the passengers plastered to the windows. Even when she writes about joy, there’s a sadness there. Nemirovsky died at Auschwitz in 1942, leaving behind a surprisingly large body of work, mostly unpublished until recently.

Now I’m off to make that cake. I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend!