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March Update

Hello all! It's a gray early spring day, but lots of things are happening and I'm very busy.

First, the paperback copy of The Inheritors will be out at the end of March. The ebook is out already, and I'm so happy to hear from you as you read it! Writing the Legacy series was amazing, not only because of being able to collaborate with Melissa and Amy, but because of the opportunity to continue the story of Stargate Atlantis. I hope you like where we've left all our friends -- with the future ahead of them, the legacy of the Ancients unfolding.

Steel Blues, the second book of the Order of the Air and sequel to Lost Things, is out! I think it's so much fun, definitely a team adventure with a mix of action, archaeology, magic and adventure that's just my cup of tea. One of the reviewers compared this series to Raiders of the Lost Ark, and I think that's true. If you've enjoyed the Legacy series, check out Lost Things and Steel Blues. It's the same kind of story.

In terms of books to come, The Emperor's Agent, the next Numinous World book with Elza, is in last edits. I'm waiting to get a first glimpse of the cover art, which I hope will be awesome. It's looking like it will be out this summer! I truly can't wait. I think this is the best one yet!

Silver Bullet, the third Order of the Air book, is in first edits. This is the book with Nikola Tesla and some CRAZY flight scenes from Melissa -- it's very exciting! I'm guessing it will be out at the end of the summer/beginning of the fall.

I'm making some last revisions to The Marshal's Lover, the third Elza book, before I turn it in. I'm making some changes to Elza's trip to Naples, where once again the soul that was Gull and Charmian returns to Mount Vesuvius and the gates of the underworld. I think this will probably be the end of the year.

I'm also doing some preliminary work on Wind Raker, the fourth Order of the Air book. This time they're going to Hawaii, having had quite enough snow in Silver Bullet, but it's not going to be a beach party at all! Spies, mysterious artifacts, and the return of an old enemy, not to mention a sea plane with a mind of its own!

I've also returned to sketching on a book I started with Amy Griswold, a supernatural thriller set in New York in 1979. An immortal killer, an immortal detective, and the ageless woman who binds them.... Also with Constantine Cavafy as a character, which will be amazing. And yes, isn't he supposed to be dead by then? Hummm.... I promise no one is a vampire!

So any thoughts? Any questions, anything you're looking forward to?


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Mar. 1st, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
Really looking forward to the New York mystery. Immortal killer, immortal detective, with an ageless woman? Sounds GLEEFULLY familiar! I cannot wait. And I think you know what else I'm eager for. ;D
Mar. 2nd, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Heh. I can't imagine what you mean! :)
Mar. 3rd, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
I wonder where you drew your influence?
Mar. 3rd, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
Should I put up a little piece of that, do you think? :D
Mar. 3rd, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
Heh... bears, woods, Nazi, and Pope? Really, you had to ask? :P
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
so, lemme get this straight, there's NO immortal vampires in the story? ;)

P.S....Is there a nook version of Steel Blues coming? I know it's available on kindle, but my nook needs a copy I think as I can only read the kindle version on my iPod 4" screen.

In other news, I've finished Inheritors. I thought the ending was lovely. Hubs was a little disgruntled about Jennifer, (I think he may have a little fictional crush on her), and wanted a different ending for her. lol.
Mar. 1st, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
Jo says it's going to be Amazon exclusive for a while. But you can convert the Kindle version to an EPUB that you can read on Nook using Calibre (free ebook management software). It's DRM-free, so it will convert without any problems.

From their guide to converting books:

Using Calibre to convert is very easy. Plug in your e-book reader. Open Calibre and click the “Add books” button on the top left. Select your book. Click open. Select your book in the library list. By now Calibe should have detected your e-book reader. Click “Send to device” in middle of the top toolbar. Calibre is smart enough to know if the book is in a format supported by your reader. If it’s not, it will ask you if you want to auto convert it. Say yes, and it will take care of the conversion and put the book on your reader.

It's the software I use to manage converting EPUBs to Kindle format for my Kindle fire, and it really is very user-friendly and useful! I can probably answer questions about using it if you run into any; I've been using it for a while now.

Edited at 2013-03-01 10:27 pm (UTC)
Mar. 1st, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
:) Thanks Pen! I'm gonna work that out tomorrow since I'm heading out to work right now. If I run into any problems I'll shoot you a PM. --k
Mar. 2nd, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
Not a vampire in sight! No vampires, I promise!

I think Pen just got you on the question about the Nook version.

I'm so glad you liked Inheritors! And the ending! (Jenn and Rodney could always get back together, you could tell him that! Rodney got a very Bogart ending.)
Mar. 2nd, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
I don't know that he did actually get a Bogart ending though.....sure it was a little sad in that he didn't wind up with the hottie doctor, but I think he liked himself much better......to keep with the theme of the book, he was ok with the legacy he'd inherited.....he started the series as a whiney and egotistical with no friends to speak of; and ended up someone who really was ok with himself, and his actions, his best friends, etc. Who doesn't like that resolution for a character! :)

P.S....Calibre's loaded and I'm gonna try it out with Steel Blues. Thanks again for the tip!
Mar. 3rd, 2013 11:50 am (UTC)
I think that's really Rodney's journey. One of my favorite episodes is the season one Letters From Pegasus, where Rodney clearly wants to be remembered as the fearless explorer, the go-to guy who is cold blooded in the face of his own death and who can deal with anything in a cool and awesome way. And he's not that guy. He's scared to death and he's not there yet. But in The Inheritors he is. When Rodney takes the puddle jumper and stuns John, when he doesn't call the Hammond but continues on the suicide mission, he is that guy. He's become exactly the person he wanted to be in season one. He's everything he knew he could become. Love and loss and suffering and massive changes and friendships and experience have made him into the fearless explorer for real. So yes, that's Rodney's resolution! And I think he will find someone he's very happy with now that he's found himself.

I hope Calibre works for you! I'm not a techie, so it's all kind of beyond me!
Mar. 1st, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
Elza! I can't wait for more Elza :D
Mar. 2nd, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
Oh good! There is definitely more Elza coming! :)
Kai Ashante Wilson
Mar. 2nd, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
I just bought Steel Blues (*loved* the first one)! Just out of curiosity, what are you reading for research with the NYC thriller? Anything particularly gripping and illuminating?

Kai in NYC
Mar. 2nd, 2013 11:56 am (UTC)
I'm glad you loved Lost Things and I hope you enjoy Steel Blues. I think it's even better. I'd love to hear what you think as you go or when you finish.

Blood and Shadows is being such fun research, though most of what I've been doing is for the flashback sections to how we got here. Restoration drama for instance. Aphra Behn and Joseph Haines are both main characters, so I've been working on them. The immortal Aphra Behn in NYC in 1979 is something to behold!

But as for New York, I'm particularly reading about Rocky Horror in the Village. I found a fascinating interview with a woman who was the shadow cast Rocky in the late 70s and though of course I can't use her as a character since she's a real person who probably wouldn't appreciate it, she definitely is an inspiration for several characters. I'm really interested in personal accounts of Rocky or the gay scene in the village as experienced by younger and poorer people, and also Studio 54 as experienced by the groupies and club kids rather than the celebrities. There's going to be a lot of time in these settings because that's where the killer is stalking and finding new victims. So if you know good sources, please let me know! I would really love some!
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