Here are the kinds of crazy things that run through my head. I was going to say “a writer’s head,” but then I’d be implying that all writers share my insanity.
This past weekend I was at a get-together, talking to the adults gathered about how I’m still plotting out my next Latter-Day Olympians novel. I had, I said, some idea of the basics, but I didn’t know who my bad guy or girl was yet, and that informed everything—motivation, action, storyline…
“Make it a guy with an eye patch!” said one of the boys running around the pool. Soooo…now I have Odin skulking around in the back of my head, set to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal…but instead of Annie, we’re now asking repeatedly, “Odin, are you okay? Are you okay, Odin?” to about the point where he wants to slap us senseless. Which doesn’t even make any sense, because based on the song, he’d be the victim rather than the villain.
Aaannnd, this is why the demented little DJ in my head doesn’t get to write my books. Still, I can’t quite shake the thought. Who knows what will come of it. (Incidentally, this same boy wants to be written into some future story as a fire-man (think Human Torch) with burn scars over part of his body…which has to be big, strong, and well-muscled, of course. One friend wants to be a hunter with a loyal dog—he also specified muscles—and the other wants to be an ice-man who can shoot ice out of his pores. So, there you have it. What singer claimed to know what boys want? Well, so do I, and I don’t think we’re talking about the same things.)
Holy stream of consciousness, Batman. I supposed I’d better wrestle this blog post back under control. So, I’m not really here to talk about the next Latter-Day Olympians novel knocking around in my head—which will likely be out of arc and from Hermes’s POV, because he insists—but to tell you all how excited I am that the fourth book in the series, BATTLE FOR THE BLOOD, comes out tomorrow in print! I hope you’ll run out and order it, though I’ll understand if you need to get caught up first! The series runs BAD BLOOD, CRAZY IN THE BLOOD, my short story The Parlor in the anthology KICKING IT, RISE OF THE BLOOD and then, of course, BATTLE FOR THE BLOOD.
My prequel story, Trickster Blood (also Hermes), will be coming September 29th in digital (did I mention free?).
Then October brings BLOOD HUNT, the fifth novel in the series (and possibly my favorite), making this one fabulous fall!
If you’ve made it this far, thank you and congratulations for wading through my babble! If you’d like to see how my mischievous muse fares when I rein her in, I hope you’ll check out the Latter-Day Olympians series.
4 thoughts on “Writer-speak for “Yay, my new book release tomorrow!””
YAY! More books! And, now I have “Smooth Criminal” stuck in my head 🙂 (I’m on my way to order KICKIN’ IT to complete my collection!)
Aw, Maria, you’re the best! At least I put a good song out there. I think karma kills me every time I send a truly painful earworm out into the world.
Whoo hooo! I have the book on my Kindle, but I might have to get a paper copy too 🙂 And yes, the inside of my writer head is a pretty crazy place too.
🎉🎊🎉YAYYYYYY HAPPY BOOK RELEASE, Lucienne!! You’re on a roll! AWESOME!! Lol on Odin, are you ok? 😆 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻