I have been, to say the least, a dreadful blogger lately. Must be something about that late spring/early summer time frame.
Last year at this time, I was busy getting married–and no, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year! This year, I’ve spent the last few months hard at work on Embracing the Demon (Dale, book 2). The first draft is due to my editor very, very soon, and I’ve been burning the midnight oil. He’s already read the first 50,000 words or so, and he thinks it’s in good shape. It’ll need some polishing, but nothing like the extensive rewrites I had to do on The Demon Within.
I’ve also been crazy busy at my day job, and I’ve been going in early and staying late a lot over the last month or so. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up much through July. My days have mostly involved going to work, writing, and sleeping…or going to work, and falling asleep without writing because I’m too exhausted to drag my butt to the computer.
But the good news is that Embracing the Demon will be out in March 2018! Once my draft is turned in, I can start focusing more on cool stuff like cover reveals, guest blogs, and giveaways…and maybe even a few more conventions/personal appearances.
Speaking of conventions…on June 16-18 I appeared at Awesome Con in Washington, DC. I’ve been to AwesomeCon as an attendee for the last three years, but this was the first time I had actually gone as a vendor. I shared a table with fellow California Coldblood author Meg Eden, whose book Post-High School Reality Quest, about a recent high school graduate who believes she is stuck in a video game, just came out. I’m not lying when I say that I have been jonesing for this book for over a year, since my editor told me about it, and I can’t wait to read it. Thankfully, I’m taking some vacation time in July. I also got to spend time with authors Kathy McMillian, Tobie Easton, and Nik Korpon. Nik and I actually have a mutual friend, Baltimore-based writer Patrick King, who used to write over at CC2Konline with me. When I found out Nik was going to be on a panel with Meg, I searched my brain trying to figure out where I’d heard the name before. Turns out I’d just missed him years ago at a reading I did–of, coincidentally enough, The Demon Within, years ago up in Baltimore.
The experience made me feel much more connected to the local writing community than I have been before–and it was a lot of fun! AwesomeCon has gotten bigger and bigger every year I’ve attended, and I was so glad to be a part of it.