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It's hard to believe that summer is over and that fall is slipping in. In the words of the Indigo Girls, "summer's beginning to give up her fight." This morning it's cool and fresh, sitting out on the porch with my coffee and watching the light creep golden down the trees from first touching the top branches.

Still no word on the exact publication dates for Allegiance and The Avengers, though it appears that it will be in the next couple of months. As soon as I have something solid, I promise that I'll announce it here in great big letters!

I'm finishing up the revisions to Fortune's Wheel to turn them in next week. If I can say it myself, this book is going to be so awesome! I do warn you though, it's as racy as Hand of Isis, only there are more scenes that go there. And how not? It's the story of a courtesan, just as Black Ships is the story of a priestess, Hand of Isis of a courtier, and Stealing Fire of a soldier.

The direct sequel to Fortune's Wheel, The Companion, is finished and polished, and I hope that it will sell as well and follow Fortune's Wheel into print. Yes, there's a big double meaning in that title! As one of the characters says in Fortune's Wheel, "hetairos and hetaira. They used to be the same word, you know. Courtesan and knight Companion." It's the story of how Elza is both, set against the intrigues and dangers of the summer of 1805.

Meanwhile, my occult thriller with Melissa Scott set in the 1920s, Lost Things, is out for sale at a bunch of houses, so keep your fingers crossed for us that it will sell! If you like the teaminess and action of the Stargate books, you'll like Lost Things.

Secrets and Moebius Squared are at Fandemonium for edits, and I'm waiting on tenterhooks to hear what my editor thinks of the way we've written SG-1 for the first time. I've written Sam and Jack and Daniel in Legacy (I'm the primary writer for Sam) but I've never done Teal'c or Cam or Vala before except in fanfic. So I'm hoping everyone seems "on!"

Currently I'm writing on Sword Queen, which is the third Elza book, set in 1807-1808. Some parts of it were originally written before Black Ships, but I need to put it all together and stitch the pieces together like a quilt, as well as add significant new sections. I think this is going to come out about 2/3 new and 1/3 old. The bit I'm working on now is her return to Cumae some three thousand years after Gull led Neas into the depths....

I'm also playing with some Wraith stories, some of which I hope will eventually make their way into a book Melissa and Amy and I have talked about with Sally at Fandemonium, MGM and finance willing -- A Blade of Atlantis, a tale of the Wraith. We'd love to do an entire Wraith book!

So any questions? Anybody got anything they want to ask other than when is Allegiance's release date? :)


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Sep. 1st, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
Can you tell us more about the occult thriller? That sounds fascinating, and I'm a big fan of Melissa Scott's work too, so that's icing on the cake.
Sep. 1st, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of Melissa's work too, so it's a huge thrill for me to write with her! More about Lost Things then!

Dr. Jerry Ballard was a promising young Classical archaeologist -- until service in World War One took his leg and his dreams of fieldwork. Now he lives in Colorado and does peer review for articles and some shady work on the side. When an airplane magnate hires him to translate a Roman curse tablet illegally removed from the dig at Lake Nemi, Jerry realizes that the magnate has got a lot more than he bargained for. Its discovery has released an animus infernus trapped since the reign of the Emperor Claudius, and now its evil is once again loose on the world.

Luckily, Jerry has resources of his own. Alma Gilchrist is an aviatrix, and also the widow of Jerry's best friend, a determined woman with considerable talents of her own. Mitch Sorley was a genuine flying ace -- before a terrible injury took its toll on him as well. And Lewis Segura is Alma's new lover, a veteran who can't entirely remember his past, nor why he dreams of Diana and the Shrine at Lake Nemi.

From Roaring Twenties Hollywood to a cross-country air chase to a Zeppelin bound for Paris to the woods of Aricia, Jerry, Alma, Mitch and Lewis have to stop the creature -- before ancient evils are repeated!
Sep. 1st, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
Stargate atlantis
I loved your books for the legacy series and am waiting on bated breath for the next in the series i finished lost in just less than 2 weeks and usually with how slow i read or pick them up it is a month or more to complete a book. You had me hooked from the first chapter of the book. truly a wonderful story and any news on the next book #3. Just cant wait to read it. Please keep writing you truly have a gift.

thanks a fan send me info if you get it on future books.

Sep. 1st, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Stargate atlantis
I guess there still isn't any updates on StarGate Atlantis Legacy Book 3: Allegiance?
Sep. 2nd, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
Re: Stargate atlantis
We're hoping that it will be out this fall. We still don't have a release date, unfortunately! As you may know, MGM had to declare bankruptcy and was bought by Spyglass, so this is all part of MGM's internal stuff and has nothing to do with content or really with Stargate at all. It's just a delay we sadly have to weather! As soon as I have some info I'll post it here.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 10:32 am (UTC)
Re: Stargate atlantis
Thank you so much! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed The Lost! I'm very glad that it hooked you and that you can't wait for Allegiance. I think you'll enjoy it too -- Allegiance is Ronon's "episode", when he faces challenges he's never faced before and has to rely on his friends in ways he'd never imagined. Right now it's still at MGM -- I'm hoping that it will be out this fall.

I always post updates on this journal, so if you want to keep up with the latest info, this is the place!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 07:53 am (UTC)
I have a question : How far are you going to take Elza's story? Up till 1815 or perhaps beyond?
Sep. 2nd, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
The last scene of the last book is in 1840. But that's an epilogue -- the main action of the last book is 1826-1832. I've written parts of all of them and the first three are solidly done except for the very end of the third one. As projected there is:

Fortune's Wheel 1796-1800
The Companion 1804-1805
Sword Queen 1807-1809

and then
The Tower of God 1810-1813
The Last Trumpet 1814-1815
Shadow of the Eagles 1819-1840

Titles of course subject to change! I've been working on the series since 1992, so a lot of pieces. Putting them together involves a lot of pruning -- can a Napoleonic battle be redundant? *g* But then her memoirs are eight volumes through 1815, followed by the Egyptian travelogue and three volumes of My Later Indescretions! So hopefully I can manage in less than twelve books! :)
Sep. 2nd, 2011 12:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is nice, a lot of books to look forward to. Actually, I was going to suggest at least ten books.

And, no, a Napoleonic battle can never be redundant .-) so don't prune too harshly.
Sep. 4th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
I'm trying not to prune too harshly! But I do have to condense a lot. Fortune's Wheel has only one major battle, Hohenlinden. The Companion doesn't actually have one. Sword Queen has two, Eylau and Puerto de Banos.
Sep. 3rd, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
Wraith stories? :D NEED!
Sep. 4th, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
I hope we get to do the Wraith stories! The First Mothers just won't leave me alone. They want a book too.
Sep. 4th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Ah, I really relate to that, and so will a fair number of my fanwriter friends. The big green buggers stand behind your ear and growl plot, leak tiny bits of mythos, and info, then get huffy when you don't pay attention. *roll eyes* The Wraith, willing themselves into existence at an author near you. :P
Sep. 5th, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
They really do! Osprey and Wind just want more and more story....
Sep. 5th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
I have a couple of OC that are desperate to have their story told, but it's FANFIC! FFS, I have to concentrate now on something original - completely original - or I will never, ever do what I want.

*pokes tongue out at Wraith, and legs it* Not brave enough to hang around for the aftermath of defiance. :D
Sep. 5th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Heh! Run fast!

I've been working on Sword Queen lately, so the Wraith have been very patient.
Sep. 5th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
They have, haven't they. :) We, on the other hand, being only their human slaves fans, are gagging for more stories about them.

I've been working on a paranormal mystery/romance type thingy. Hopefully, it'll be good enough. :)
Sep. 5th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Go for it!!!! :D *cheers and chants* We need more Wraith stories!
Sep. 5th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
There are so many interesting Wraith stories to tell! Lately I've had the story of the first hive ship on the brain, which I can't talk about because I'll spoil the heck out of a major plot point in Secrets if I do!
Sep. 6th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
The first hive ship sounds like a great idea for a story. It's spoilery? Hm... *goes to meditate on that*
Sep. 6th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's spoilery. Because of a Thing. In Secrets. Erm.

The root question is why would you choose to live on a hive ship in space? Why would this initially seem like a good idea at all? Especially for people who already have the stargate system for transportation, and it clearly works perfectly well for Wraith.
Sep. 8th, 2011 06:58 am (UTC)
Aaah... I think I have an idea where this is going. :D

Sep. 8th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
I bet you do! After all, what are three things you can't do in hyperspace? :)
Sep. 3rd, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
I really need to pick up some of your original work. Stupid mile high to-do list. *laughs*

I doubt I need to tell you that an entire Wraith book would make me ridiculously happy. XD
Sep. 4th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
We'd love to do the Wraith book. I hope that works out! We've played with an outline and I think all three of us are enthusiastic, but of course the big question is whether or not there's a big enough market for a Wraith book to make it worthwhile.

Hummm. If you were picking up one of my original books you should probably start with Black Ships....
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