Last week we posted a mid-year update on all of Mirror World’s ongoing projects, letting you know what’s still going on and what books are coming soon which you can find here. For this post I thought I would give you a personal update on my projects, including those I’m working on with my sister and co-author, Murandy.
If you’re a fan of this blog, you’ll know that two weeks ago I re-launched the first book in my YA Scifi fantasy, the Crimson Winter Trilogy. You can read all about Ruins of Sapphire here and get your copy as either an ebook or paperback in our store or wherever you buy books. As for the rest of the series, volume 2: Lands of Jade is in Robert’s capable hands and will be most likely launching early 2021 and volume 3: City of Ruby will come sometime after that (it’s the only one I have left to rework!). Until then, you can still read the entire series if you want to grab the original ebook versions of book 2 and 3 from our store.
Mirror’s Despair is the fourth and final installment of the Mirror Worlds series and if you’ve read the first three, I’m sure you’re eagerly awaiting the finale. Unfortunately, there’s been some delays with the launch of this title as we’re waiting on the cover art. We’re super excited about revealing the cover to you and hope you’re willing to wait until the end of this month to see it because Sara Biddle’s art is certainly worth the wait! That being said, we estimate we’ll be able to launch this book August 17th, 2020!
If you’ve been following along with my author journey, you may be wondering whatever happened to that manuscript I wrote during my month-long residency in New Orleans. Well, I ended up winning a contest the prize for which was the services of a professional editor. So Uncommon went to this editor, who came back with some fabulous advice and very detailed notes, which was great, except now I have a bunch of work to do to get Uncommon into shape. I admit I’ve been putting this off, but I will get back to working on this soon, I promise.
The Cassini Division
In May, Murandy and I participated in another writing challenge. This time the idea was to write, edit and submit a novelette of 12500 to 15000 words in a week’s time. The contest was run by a small press based out of Australia, Zombie Pirate Publishing. The theme was ‘Saturn’, either the god or the planet. We chose the planet and wrote a story about pirates solar-sailing on the rings of Saturn. The Cassini Division is now in the hands of contest judges and they will be announcing their long list mid July.
If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen me mention ‘Fatestorm’ a time or two. This is a novella manuscript of approximately 25,000 words that Murandy and I completed just before ZPP’s novelette contest started. I just finished the second draft and have passed the story on to Robert to look over and give his thoughts. If you’re curious, it’s a fantasy romance set in early Roman times.
Uncharted 2: Unfinished Business
Murandy and I were working on Uncharted 2: Unfinished Business when the Pandemic hit and we were suddenly unable to focus. We decided that we needed to take a break from it and turned our attention to the shorter, less weighty pieces I already mentioned. We will be returning to working on this soon, I’m sure, and we’ve already had some great ideas on how to improve what we’ve already written. I’d say we’re about ⅔ through the first draft at this point and I’m looking forward to writing the rest of the adventures of Grey, Meredith, Reginald and Verona.
Unrelated to writing, I’ve been painting since the lockdown began. I recently completed a painting for my nephew who is 3.5 and OBSESSED with Frozen, and more specifically Elsa. I thought I would share it with you:
And that’s it for now. If you have any questions for me, or if there’s any particular book or story you’re particularly excited to hear more about, let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!