I’ve been a bad, bad Dame, not checking in here for what seems like forever. My excuse is that I’ve been a very busy Dame, and that my readers would probably prefer I write my novels than write blog entries. So, now that we have the apologizing/rationalizing over, here’s a quick update on what I’ve been up to.
First off, I’ve been doing copyedits and proof-reading of my new YA horror, coming out in April 2016. The cover was revealed recently (isn’t it great??), and here’s the book description:
The night is the enemy, and the city of Philadelphia is its deadliest weapon.
Becket is an ordinary teenage girl, wrestling with the upheaval of her parents’ divorce. A studious high school senior, her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents’ ambitious expectations for her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend’s boyfriend. But that all changes on the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong.
Unbeknownst to her, Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds, allowing a dark magic into the mortal world. As the magic trickles in, the city begins to change at night. Strange creatures roam the streets, and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises in the morning, and no one can capture the strange changes–such as potholes turning into toothy mouths and wires turning into strangling vines–on film, which prompts the government to declare that the city has been infected with some kind of madness and must be quarantined. Meanwhile, venturing out of one’s house at night has become a dangerous proposition, and the moment the sun sets, most of the citizens of the city shut themselves up in their houses and stay there even in the case of dire emergencies.
The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some individuals it seems to covet, trying to lure them out into the night. While Becket struggles to protect her friends and family from predatory creatures of the night, she is constantly tempted to shrug off all her responsibilities and join them. Joining the night world means being free of not just responsibility, but conscience, and it means no longer caring about the fate of others.
Aside from that, I’ve been working on SCHISM, the second book in my Gifted series. It is both incredibly fun and incredibly hard to write books with lots of characters and intertwining story lines. I love the challenge, and I think I’m happy with how SCHISM worked out. I need a little mental space before I can read it again and see what my final impressions are. My husband–who is always my first reader–is reading it right now, and I’m on pins and needles waiting to see what he thinks.
I’m expecting edits for DIVINE DESCENDANT, the final Nikki Glass book, any day now. And I’m about to get started on the sequel to NIGHTSTRUCK. So yeah, still super busy.
I have, however, managed to find a new pastime/obsession: Zentangle. I just learned about it in the last week or so, and since I’m a practitioner of mindfulness meditation (which has done wonders for my former sleep issues), I figured I’d give it a try. So far, I’m having a blast with it. Here are some of my first few Zentangle tiles. I find it’s very calming, and I’ve always liked the look of pen and ink drawings. Right now, I’m seriously obsessed because it’s New! and Shiny!, but here’s hoping I will find a way to moderation–otherwise I’ll spend some of my supposed writing time on drawing.
That’s it for now. I’m planning to spend a relaxing afternoon working on a new Zentangle and then playing golf in the hot sun with my husband. (Hmm. That last may not be all that relaxing. But hey, it’s good exercise and reminds me that there’s a world outside my house, so it’s all good.)