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I have so much good news to share! In no particular order:

cold reign A  huge congratulations to Faith Hunter for hitting #29 on the USA Today bestseller list with her latest Jane Yellowrock novel, COLD REIGN. So thrilled!

assassins-creed-novelization assassin's creed heresy More huge congratulations to Christie Golden not only for her two Scribe Award nominations for Best Adapted – General and Speculative (ASSASSIN’S CREED) and Best Speculative Original (ASSASSIN’S CREED: HERESY), but for being honored by the IAMTW with the 2017 Faust Award and adding her to their prestigious list of media tie-in Grandmasters. So proud!

paper and fire HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY this week to Rachel Caine for the mass market reissue of PAPER AND FIRE, the second novel in her amazing Great Library series comprised thus far of INK AND BONE, PAPER AND FIRE and ASH AND QUILL (coming July 11th!) (For UK links, see INK AND BONE, PAPER AND FIRE and ASH AND QUILL.)

VAMPED - hires REVAMPED new cover All new editions of the first two novels in my Vamped series, VAMPED and REVAMPED, have been released by Lore Seekers Press, both only $2.99 in digital. The next two and a brand new fifth novel will be coming soon!

broken soul First off, a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Faith Hunter for hitting #19 on the New York Times e-book bestseller list and #45 on the overall USA Today bestseller list for the latest Jane Yellowrock novel BROKEN SOUL!

Next, the e-book of N.K. Jemisin’s amazing and award-winning fantasy novel THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS is right now only $1.99 for Kindle and Nook. It won the Locus Award for Best First Novel as well as the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Fantasy and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Prix Imaginales, Tiptree and Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards.  It’s also been published already in twelve countries.  If you haven’t read it yet, I wouldn’t miss this chance!

Fangtastic cover Far less exciting to anyone but me, the FANGTASTIC, the third book in my Vamped series is now available in it’s new edition for Nook, Kindle and Kobo. This follows the new editions for VAMPED and REVAMPED!

And now, the promised pictures from the stunning Blue Mountains and the rain forest at the bottom, the final day of sightseeing from my August trip to Australia.  I think I’ve dribbled the pictures out because once they’re all posted, my trip down Memory Lane hits a snag.  Sigh.

the-eldritch-conspiracyTo celebrate the release of Cat Adams’ latest fabulous urban fantasy, I’ve asked C.T. Adams, one half of the bestselling Cat Adams writing team, to come and talk about the evolution of her writing process.  But first, a little bit about the book, THE ELDRICH CONSPIRACY, which USA Today recommended as a hot new read.  Library Journal says, “The fifth installment (after The Isis Collar ) of Adams’s (the pen name of cowriters C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp) classy series mixes a glimpse of Siren society and mores with a compelling story of political intrigue, betrayal, and growing romance. Strong characters and the Siren “connection” make this title stand out.”  In other words, if you haven’t already jumped on the Blood Singer series…what are you waiting for?

The Writing Process by C.T. Adams

Okay, first off, let me be clear here (or as clear as I ever am). I don’t know about other people’s writing processes. I suspect that the process is different for every writer. And, in my case, it has evolved.

When I started (19 published books ago, more unpublished books ago than I care to count — after all, I started trying to do this when I was ten). I was strictly a “pantser.” I would get a character in my head, and they’d tell me a story, and we’d ramble around until they were finished. Then I’d edit it, and we’d be good.

Except that sometimes it wasn’t.

Sometimes it just rambled.

Time was wasted.

When I was unpublished that was no biggie. I mean, I had all the time in the world to make it PERFECT. But I’m not unpublished any more, and editors have these things called EXPECTATIONS and DEADLINES. I couldn’t afford to keep wandering around in the wilderness of my imagination. I had places to go, things to do.

So, I started plotting.

It was . . . .uncomfortable, restricting, at first.

So I adjusted.

I plot, but loosely. I have a chart I use that hits the main plot points I want to get and approximately where they go. I check them off. If they just don’t work, I cross it out and put what did. It’s a map, nothing more. There are multiple roads from Denver to Detroit. There are multiple roads to get to the end of my book. No stress. I remind myself of that all the time.

It’s speeded up my writing process by MONTHS on every book. I’m hitting my deadlines. The editor is happy. I am happy.

Will the process continue to evolve? If it needs to. And I am okay with that. Because I’m in this for the long haul.

Books in the Blood Singer series:

I’ve been shamefully neglecting my blog lately because of extreme busyness, which is a good thing, but also insanity-inducing.  But I had to carve out a few minutes today to say a HUGE congratulations to Faith Hunter, whose latest Jane Yellowrock book, DEATH’S RIVAL is on the New York Times list for the second week in a row.  Awesome news for an equally awesome author!

In other amazing author news: Chloe Neill and Kristen Painter were both recommended in the USA Today article “‘Tis the season for fangs and flirting.”  I don’t think they ever go out of season!

Also, I just want to remind everyone that it’s Teen Read Week, so get out there and feed your own love of reading or help fuel another’s.

This Sunday, October 21st starts the Crossroads Blog Tour with thirteen amazing young adult novelists (well, twelve and me).  Check in daily for the question of the day and enter for a chance to win a Kindle pre-loaded with books from all of the participating authors.

And check in here next week, I promise to step up my game!

Starting with some stunning news before I get to more stunning travel photos: Chloe Neill‘s wonderful new Chicagoland Vampires novel, BITING COLD, has hit the New York Times bestseller lists at #27 for Trade Fiction and #34 for E-books and the USA Today bestseller list at #79.  Go, Chloe!

Also, my new Latter-Day Olympians novel, CRAZY IN THE BLOOD, came out last week while I was off on vacation (bad timing on my part!) so I haven’t done nearly as much promo as I’d like.  I’d love it, of course, if you all want to run out and buy a copy!  (And of the first one, BAD BLOOD, if you don’t have that already.)  Gods, gorgons, murder and mayhem…what’s not to like.  Did I mention very hot heroes?  No?  Bad me, no cookie.  BTW, I’m over at Fiction Reboot today, talking with Brandy Schillace about all things writing. Hope you’ll stop by!

And now, without further ado…

Hawaii – Day 3

(note: for some reason, the slideshow wants to include the covers; sorry about that!)

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We started day three on the pool deck of our hotel—the wind blowing, a guitar-player /singer serenading us, and a hula dancer performing the words to the songs.  I could have sat there all day eating (Ty’s favorite thing was the taro donuts) and listening, but we had to rush off to the Pearl Harbor Memorial before all the tickets were sold/given away for the day.  The tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial are free, but they’re first come, first served, and even arriving by 9 a.m. our allotted time for the movie and ferry to the memorial wasn’t until 11:45.  This was just fine with us, as it gave us time to visit the Pacific Aviation Museum and for Ty to try out the flight simulator there.  The museum was fascinating and heart-breaking all at once.

The USS Arizona Memorial was peaceful and grave, in every sense of the word.  Oil still rises from the sunken ship, as though it’s still leaking mermaid tears for the fallen sailors.  Some of those who survived have chosen to be interred with their fallen fellows upon their deaths and have had their ashes returned to the ship.  It was very sobering.

From there, Pete, Su and Ty went to the Bowfin Submarine, but since I wasn’t feeling well, I stayed behind to watch the drinks, which weren’t allowed on board.

Next was Iolani Palance.  I’d wanted to bring Ty there because I remembered it from my trip to Hawaii with my family when I was about his age.  (Though I mis-remembered the statue of King Kamehameha as being in front of the palace rather than the government building across from in, but then, it was (cough) thirty years ago.)  Unfortunately, we arrived too late for a guide, but we were able to get an audio tour, and while it was still interesting and gave some nice history, it left out some of the more intriguing things I’d heard as a kid, like that royalty (as was not uncommon) married family, often brothers and sisters, until the missionaries arrived and put a stop to it.  The woodwork at the Palace was particularly impressive, and the inlay gorgeous.

Sunset was spent on Punchbowl Crater.  We couldn’t get into the cemetery at the very top, because the gates closed just prior to our arrival, but we sat near the summit and watched the sun go down, taking enough pictures to clearly mark us as tourists…as though there might be any doubt.  It was peaceful and glorious.

Two quick things before I get dug in for the day:

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Kalayna Price for hitting the USA Today bestseller list with her fabulous Alex Craft novel GRAVE MEMORY (sequel to GRAVE WITCH and GRAVE DANCE)!  Says Romantic Times, “This continues to be a truly original and compelling UF series.” I couldn’t agree more.

D.B. Jackson is currently on tour (blog and signing) for his debut historical fantasy THIEFTAKER.  Check him out on John Scalzi’s Big Idea blog or drop by his website for other tour stops.

This just in: RAVEN CURSED by the fabulous Faith Hunter has hit:

New York Times
#26 on the print paperback list
#33 on the e-book fiction list
 
USA Today
#75

Whoo hoo!  Awesome when good things happen to great people (and such talented writers)!