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The first novel in my Claire Lance series, Tilting at Windmills, is now in stock at! Buy it through my website store: (the links take you to Amazon).

I’m very excited that Claire Lance is finally hitting the street. It’s about a year late, considering the timeline in the novels, so bear that in mind. The action in Tilting takes place around the later months of 2009. It’s not entirely necessary to know that to follow the story, but it helps the timeline of events make sense. <g>

Tonight is the GCLS Literary Awards down in Orlando, FL. I have TWO chances to be disappointed, but cross your fingers and eyes and toes. I don’t know when the awards will be announced, but it’ll probably be tomorrow before I find anything out one way or another. I’m hopeful but realistic. ~g~ I’ll let everyone know what I know as soon as I know it (if not before).

Also, in news that doesn’t actually affect me, Sanctuary is up for an amazing 17 awards at the Leo Awards tonight in Vancouver. Amanda Tapping is nominated for Best Actress for Pavor Nocturnus, which is one of the most amazing performances I’ve seen out of the lovely Mrs. Tapping. She deserves the award for so much of Sanctuary (especially Season 2, with episodes like End of Nights, Next Tuesday, Veritas, and Haunted), but that episode specifically… I hope she gets it.

Also, my fourth novel Tilting at Windmills is moving ever closer to the finishing stages! Hopefully everyone can run out and buy that for their beach-reading (because then the books will get wet and sandy and covered with sunscreen so you might as well just buy two at the same time, don’t you think? Just to be on the safe side?).

And those of you eagerly awaiting Riley Parra Season 2? There is progress on that. Good progress! Keep your eyes peeled!

I’ll see everyone soon! I hope!

Sorry for the delays, my good people. I wish I could say I’ve spent the delay writing like crazy, and I kind of have, but not as much as I could have. I hope everyone had a happy fourth, whether you celebrated it as Independence Day or just a random summer Saturday.

I do have some writing news to report. Only Flame and Air was officially announced as my sixth novel with P.D. Publishing. And then, yesterday evening, Confused by Shadows was unofficially announced (to me) as the seventh novel. The contract still needs to be printed out and signed, but that’s just a technicality. It’s just a matter of time before it becomes official as well. Confused by Shadows is the third book in the Claire Lance series, following Tilting at Windmills and Only Flame and Air. And yes, unlike the Squire’s Isle stories, you DO need to read these in order. It’s an absolute must. <g>

So that’s it for the books I have waiting in the wings! Silence Out Loud needed some more work, so they shot it back to me for another go-through. I still have faith in it. I’m not giving up on that one without a fight! <g>

In non-publishing news, I have officially finished writing Season 1 of the Riley Parra stories! So rest assured there will be no delays in posting the last few episodes. In fact, there’s a small chance that the season finale will be posted well ahead of schedule.

When I finished writing the final episode, I felt… very sad. I didn’t want to leave Riley. So even if I’m not entirely sure when, there will be a Riley Parra Season 2. There will be a few differences, however. The important change is that there won’t be a month between “episodes.” I will get ahead with the writing, and I will be able to post them much faster than the first season. There will be other things, but I’ll mention them later when the second season is more than a hypothetical “sometime in the future” thing. <g>

My log-in session expired while I was writing this. I hate when that happens. But I am back again!

For now, I have a lot of edits to make for the bosses, and a lot of due dates creeping up slowly behind me. I’ll try not to be as quiet as I have been in the past. <g>

I should have mentioned this in the last post, but it honestly slipped my mind. Way back when I posted the short stories “Alive Day” and “A Little Gossip,” a lot of readers started a search for my novel that included the characters Kelsey Quinn and Sheriff Andrea Tyler. I told them the book was in the pipeline, and would hopefully be along soon. Well, the wait is over!

Kelsey and Andrea are the co-stars in this novel. If you enjoyed those two stories, the news of this novel getting signed is probably just what you’ve been waiting for. <g>

I thought it was only fitting to announce this on 6/06… P.D. Publishing is ready to contract Only Flame and Air, making it my sixth novel with them. It’s the second novel in the Claire Lance series, following Tilting at Windmills (due later this year, check this page often for updates!). The plot is sort of under wraps at the moment (although it will be up on my official P.D. author’s page) since it may spoil some stuff that happens in Tilting. Not much… the series isn’t like “24” or anything… but for the time being, yeah. Zippity lip. <g>

Your Geonn Cannon bookshelf (and everyone has one of those, right? Built special, with proper lighting and whatnot?) will hopefully look like this by the end of 2010:

On the Air


World on Fire

Tilting at Windmills (Claire Lance #1)

The Following Sea

Only Flame and Air (Claire Lance #2)

And with any lucky, there will be two more to add to that list very very soon. Keep your eyes on this blog for updates! Oh, and in case anyone is curious… The Following Sea is only vaguely related to the Claire Lance story. Claire Lance’s novels take place in the Squire’s Isle universe, but Lance does not actually go to the island in either of the two novels listed her. The Following Sea also takes place in that universe, but it’s a standalone. All of the stories on this list are in the same world as Squire’s Isle. Riley Parra is the only character outside that world.

Hope that was clear as mud. <g> Keep your eyes peeled for the new novel!

This weekend, I finish the first round of edits for World on Fire, and it’s one step closer to ready! The ending is slightly different from what I originally wrote, but it’ll affect potential sequels more than it does this book. I’m very, very happy with the changes, and I hope everyone else is as well! I mean… those who have read it before. People who read it the first time in published form will be none the wiser. Except I just told them. Oh. Um. <g>

In other writing news, I have been utterly uninspired to write lately. I don’t know what it is! I’m sure it’s just temporary. It happens a lot around this time of year, leading up to NaNo. I did catch a good amount of inspiration on a new novel I’ve been planning for a while now. We’ll see what comes of that. As it stands, I have three “finished” novels (either submitted, or ready to submit with some work) that I can focus on: Silence Out Loud, Only Flame and Air, and The Following Sea. Hopefully they will be released (eventually) in that order. The next book after TFS is another Claire Lance (from Tilting at Windmills) book, and I already know what I’ll be writing next. So I have my next five novels pretty much lined up. I shouldn’t sweat inspiration so much. I have time!

I also know I didn’t add a new story to the website in September. I WILL make up for that in October. I’ll be adding Alive Day and, should it ever get done, the Kelsey/Tyler follow-up I’ve been working on for, like, week or so. Keep your eyes open for that!

Wherever you are in the world: Good morning/afternoon/evening/dead of night, and thanks for reading.

I’m yours! Or, rather, Tilting at Windmills is P.D. Publishing’s. I have the signed contract and the sweet little advance check (which I may or may not have already been spending. ~cough~ What can I say, I have trust in my bosses. <g>), so it’s officially official even if the P.D. website hasn’t been updated yet (I understand their need; I figure they’re waiting until they have a nice amount of news to post at once rather than just posting every single new development. Totally wise, and totally what I would do in their case).

So be on the lookout for Claire Lance and the first novel in her series, coming late 2009!

Speaking of the series, I’m thinking of giving it an all-encompassing name. Like “Tilting at Windmills is the first story in the [blank] series.” I’m thinking of the Josh Ritter lyric, “The Stories of My Scars,” which really kind of fits what poor Lance has to go through in these books (she does come out with a scar or two before the series is over, poor thing). We shall see what happens!

And speaking of Josh Ritter… if you already have my novel On the Air, and once you buy Gemini (coming very soon! <g>), consider buying a Josh Ritter CD. Historical Conquests, Animal Years, any of them would be a good buy! /end commercial

Hi, folks, just dropping by to clarify a little something.

Yesterday, I posted a story called “Alive Day” to the Academy of Bards and said that it included characters from a novel called Only Flame and Air. Well, judging by the reaction people have had to that story, they want the novel and they want it now. Unfortunately, that’s not really possible. It’s still in first-draft form, and it’s a sequel to my forthcoming novel Tilting at Windmills (due late 2009). So it’ll be a bit of a wait.

Rest assured, however, that I wrote/posted “Alive Day” because I love Kelsey and Tyler so much. Their characters are really kind of co-stars in the novel, and the real focus is mostly on Claire Lance. So I wrote this story (and will write more stories) to build up to the release of Only Flame and Air (should PD accept it, fingers crossed! If they don’t, I will just post it online for all you lovely folks <g>) because I couldn’t stand the fact that people wouldn’t get to know Kelsey Quinn and Andrea Tyler until 2010 at the earliest.

So if you think you’ve missed out on something, rest assured, you’re not alone. <g> The publishing world just takes time (a loooot of time), and Alive Day was my way of letting everyone have a peek at what was coming in the future.

That said, look forward to more stories with Kelsey and Andrea in the future! Only Flame and Air was written with the idea it was taking place in 2010. Considering Alive Day takes place in 2005/2006, that gives us a lot of time to explore in short stories. 😀

Thank you for reading!

News from P.D. Publishing today. It’s not exactly official, since I haven’t signed the contract. But I will when I get it, so it’s close enough to official for me. They accepted my fourth novel, Tilting at Windmills to be published in October 2009. I am very excited about this, as you can imagine, as I felt this novel had tremendous potential. The plan is to make this the first in a series of novels about the character of Claire Lance, and I have the others mostly plotted out. Skeleton plots, but plots nonetheless. Look for it soon!

Tilting at Windmills When her car breaks down outside of Saxe, Texas, all Claire Lance wants to do is keep her head down, and get back on the road. But when she wanders into the Four Roses Bar, she’s forced to take action to save the life of Gwen Morse, the bartender. When the violence escalates and a group of very dangerous men suddenly have reason to want her dead, Lance has no choice but to go on the run with Gwen in tow. But what Gwen doesn’t know is that Lance’s past is just as deadly… and it’s going to catch up with them.