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October Monthly Update!

It's raining buckets here -- fall has come as it does here, the season of rains, even if the leaves have only barely started turning. I love fall. (Yes, I know I say that in every season!) I love the progression of change, and cool rains are welcome after blazing summer. I'm at my desk with an apple scented candle lit, listening to Abney Park's Victoria while the rain patters against the window.

The big news this month is The General's Mistress! I understand it shipped from the warehouse yesterday, so bookstores should be receiving it in the next week or two. Officially it's out on October 23, but you may be able to find it earlier. I'd love to hear when you do -- where you spotted it for sale and when! I can't tell you how excited I am to finally have this book in print. It's been so close to my heart for so long, and I hope you love Elza as much as I do. I think she's extraordinary and that her story will haunt you as it does me.

Cruising along next is probably Moebius Squared, my SG-1 novel with Melissa Scott. Yes, it was supposed to be next spring, but it's probably moving up to before Christmas, as it's done and only requires final MGM approval. Melissa and I had fun with it -- when the immediately post-Continuum SG-1 has to travel into the distant past to stop a dastardly plan, they discover that SG-1 is already there -- the other SG-1, the alternate original team left behind in Moebius. Two Sams, two Daniels, two Teal'cs, plus one each Jack, Cam, and Vala, is quite a party!

And then The Inheritors, the last book in the Stargate Atlantis Legacy series! We're almost finished with the big battle sequence at the end. (Isn't that a spoiler? There's a big battle!) It's tense. And there are a couple of scenes that have left me crying, one that I was working on where I was literally sobbing on my keyboard, but it all has to be. I hope you'll be breathless.

Next after that is Steel Blues, the sequel to Lost Things. Right now it's at our publisher for first edits, and we're anticipating that it will be out early in the new year. It's 1932, the Great Depression, and Gilchrist Aviation is broke. Our guys decide that the solution is to win a coast to coast air race with prize money that will save the business. Only they get a lot more than they bargained for with a cursed necklace, a wayward countess, and the eleven year old murders of a notorious serial killer, the New Orleans Axeman!

And then there are the things I'm currently working on. First up is The Emperor's Companion, the sequel to The General's Mistress. It's completely done and out for sale, so keep your fingers crossed that it will follow the first book into print! When Elza's old lover is arrested for treason, she's blackmailed by the Minister of Police to inform on her friends or face deportation to a madhouse in Holland. She makes an ideal spy -- but how can she avoid betraying those she loves?

I'm also about half done with Silver Bullet, the third book in the Lost Things series. A mysterious series of plane crashes in the Rocky Mountains results in Lewis and Mitch being called as reservists to fly search and rescue. Sure, plane crashes happen in winter, but three in the same area in three weeks, near the old Silver Bullet mine which is reputed to be haunted? Something is badly wrong, and there's only one man who can help them -- Nikola Tesla!

Beyond that, I've written a stand alone science fiction book with Amy Griswold called Lifeboat. (I posted a little piece of it a while ago.) As soon as we're done with Inheritors we're going to work on revisions and then it goes out for sale! So keep your fingers crossed!

And then there's the third Elza book, The Marshal's Lover, which is done except for a rewrite of the Naples sequence near the end of the book. Indomitable Elza is on the Emperor's secret service, but even for her this situation is getting out of hand, and the fate of nations may rest on a courtesan's choices.

After that, outlined and sketched and with some scenes begun, is the fourth Lost Things book, Wind Raker. The team goes to Hawaii to solve a centuries old occult mystery, but a very modern threat looms as the Ahnenerbhe takes a sudden interest in Jerry's dig.

Also Amy and I are in the first stages with a supernatural thriller set in New York in 1980, tentatively called Blood and Shadows, featuring some of my favorite historical figures like Aphra Behn, Constantine Cavafy, Fred Abberline, and Josephine Baker. The Mysterium has existed for three centuries to guard an incredible secret. Once, it was abused, and the world is still paying the price....

Followed by the fifth Lost Things book, Oath Bound! And many more. So I expect I'm kind of busy for the next two years or so!


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 3rd, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
ELZA! *squeals and clings* (I'm excited; can you tell?)
Oct. 3rd, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad! I hope you love it!
Oct. 3rd, 2012 10:11 am (UTC)
Sobbing on the keyboard means the announced character death, does it? *sigh* .... now I'm afraid... :/
Oct. 3rd, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
It's intense, it's sad. But you know I can't tell you what happens! (And I didn't say that anyone in particular died. I said that MGM would permit character death.)
Oct. 3rd, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
I am alternately afraid and excited when it comes to The Inheritors. On the plus side, no more cliffhangers :). ON the downside? Character death! It makes me all Kermit the Frog *waves hands and yells AAAAAHHHHHH!*

I don't recall if you mentioned this, but is The General's Mistress available on Kindle? I didn't see it listed but that may be also my early morning spelling (which is more dependent on coffee than I would like). However, it's not like I need an excuse to wander into a bookstore...
Oct. 3rd, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
No more cliffhangers. But also no more books, at least not for a while. :(

Remember, I didn't say that someone major died. I said that MGM allowed it to be possible. There's not plot immunity, where you know that all the characters will end the "season" exactly where they started.

Yes! Here is The General's Mistress available for preorder on Kindle! I hope you like it!
Oct. 5th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
I know...maybe not someone major but you and your co-authors have been really good at making me very worried through this series so maybe still a wee bit of Kermit kicking in :).

And thank you for the pre-order link! Duly bookmarked for payday!
Oct. 6th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
I'm glad we're making you worried? :)

And I hope you enjoy The General's Mistress!
Oct. 3rd, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose it would be too much to ask if those were, in fact, happy sobs instead of sad ones. I know that I kind of misted up a little at the end of Secrets, so it can't be that much of a stretch.

... Though given the whole story of Osprey, Wind, and Ashes, I wouldn't say that character death is the only way to twist a reader's emotions into knots.
Oct. 4th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
Intense sobs. It's really, really intense. It certainly twisted my emotions into knots!

(And I'm glad Osprey's Tale did that for you. I'd hoped it would.)
Mike Seiber
Oct. 5th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
From how you talk about The Inheritors and Moebius Squared, have they been reversed in the release schedule? It sounds like the Inheritors will be pushed back from your comments. Maybe not reading that right but they do seem to be slow again at releasing books since The Drift was suppose to be out last month.
Oct. 5th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
Alas, I say ashamedly, this time the slowdown is me. Due to my partner's job I was solo parenting for six weeks this summer and I didn't get squat done! So we are behind on The Inheritors. We're about 3/4 finished instead of done, so Sally is making the decision to put Moebius first since it's finished and at MGM for approval and The Inheritors isn't quite done yet.
Oct. 6th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Now I'm even more nervous about the last book in the legacy series! Part of me can't wait for it to come out, and see where you take it on this final part of the journey, but at the same time, I know that when I've read it, that will be it....No more books to look forward to - just the end of the line :((- or a re -read of course:)But I will be there, snatching it up on kindle as soon as it is available - can't help myself!
Oct. 7th, 2012 10:20 am (UTC)
I hope the end will feel satisfying and right. Not perfect, but good, and I hope you'll like it!
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