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It’s already September? Wow, how did that happen? August was a slow month for blog-posting, apparently, but not for me writing-wise. I danced a submission tango with PD, withdrawing Following Sea and exchanging Silence Out Loud, finishing up Tilting at Windmills to give their editors a crack at it and then working with the amazing Medora to finish edits on Gemini (which is, as of now, out of my hands entirely. I think. I still need the blurb and dedication, but that’ll be easy enough to come up with).

On top of all that, I amazed myself (and some of my friends) by tossing out a first draft to a new novel in six days. It’s only 50,000 words and needs to be bulked up (it’ll be easily bulked up; my muse seems to think I left out a ton of important stuff) before I submit it, but I’m very pleased with how it looks. I love two of the characters in it so much, don’t be surprised if they show up in another story before the novel even becomes a “Coming Soon.” <g>

For right now, I need to be focused. I need an NCIS story for an auction winner who paid mightily for the honor of having a story written by me and has been supremely patient for it, and a Halloween story for the Academy of Bards (I just love that place).

My recommendations for September: Get out and read! It may be rainy where you are, or maybe you’ve just turned out your lights in solidarity with those in the path of Hurricane Gustav, but either way, it’s a good time of year for books. Laurie R King has two great series: a modern-day mystery series that focuses on Kate Martinelli, a lesbian detective in San Francisco. The other deals with Mary Russell, apprentice and partner to the great Sherlock Holmes. Both series are very well-written and worth a look!

Be well!

This past week has been fun. I spent it juggling three different novels: Tilting at Windmills, which needs to have a final edit sent in by October for P.D.’s editors; Gemini, which came to me for the final tech edit; and Silence Out Loud, which I really wanted to get revised and submitted. Juggling novels. It’s not quite as awe-inspiring as juggling knives or fire… unless you happen to be the author. Then, boy, wow, look out!

Well, today I sent back the final edit of Gemini and Silence Out Loud has gotten all the new scenes/revised lines that it needed for me to feel it was done. So it has been sent off to P.D. Fingers crossed on that, because I haven’t felt so strongly about a novel since… well, since Tilting. And you all should know how that turned out! <g>

Now all that is left is for me to get Tilting finished up and sent back to them (it really is almost done, I swear, I’m just going to put a few more bells and whistles in one or two scenes and then it’s good to go).

~deep breath~ It’s kind of fun juggling three novels. As long as I don’t have to do it longer than a week. <g> And if P.D. had sent me edits on World on Fire during this, I fear I may have dropped a ball or two. But it all worked out in the end!

~prepares to relax… slightly~

No biggie, since the official release date on the website says “Fall,” but I thought I would let people know there may be a slight delay on the publication of Gemini. Not long, maybe a month or two (as with On the Air), but it is on it’s way. People are hard at work getting it ready for release.

I just thought I would let everyone know it was pushed back a bit, so no worries if September comes and goes without a new Geonn Cannon book. <g>

In other news, with Tilting at Windmills signed and contracted, I’ve been putting a lot of thought toward the next novels in the series. I have titles, character names, basic plots… so I’m pretty excited. <g> Keep your eyes peeled! Late 2009, that’s the expected release for that one (obviously subject to change, as seen above).

This week, I needed to print out a contract, sign it, and mail it in to P.D. Publishing. Sounds easy, right? Well, the first signs of trouble are these: I don’t have a car, my printer is crappy and out of ink anyway, and it’s been over 100 the past couple of days. So walking to the library is just as out of the question as driving. I’m not going to walk around the block in that heat, let alone the half mile to the library. So I got a ride Saturday morning, got up early even so there wouldn’t be a wait for the computer. Signed in… printers are down. Naturally.

So I went back on Monday, after calling to make sure the printers were, indeed, functioning again. I got there, signed in, sat down… and prayed they had the correct program to read the contract file. Fortunately, they did, and I printed it out and signed it. Unfortunately, the mail had already run.

I finally got the signed contract on Tuesday, so hopefully P.D. will have it by the weekend.

Like I told the ladies in charge: it’s rare when you can so clearly hear the universe cocking the ‘screw-with-you’ gun. <g>

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.