It’s the 26th July here in San Antonio, where I’m currently at the Romance Writers of America conference. Which means there’s only 1 month until this baby comes out!
Publisher’s Weekly included The Devil in Denim in their Top 10 Fall 2014 Romances, which is awesome and it’s been getting some lovely reviews around the place. So don’t forget to buy it. I’ll be doing one last ARC giveaway when I get back to Australia next week via my Melanie newsletter, so if you want to sign up, there’s a sign-up box in the side bar of my Melanie Scott website. I’ve just handed in Lawless in Leather so that completes the first three books of the series. It’s been great over here at RWA, I’ve met Jennifer Enderlin, my fabulous editor and caught up with my awesome agent and other US and New Zealand people that I only get to see at conferences. I’ve met lots of great writers and readers and signed many books. Tonight’s the big RITA and Golden Heart awards ceremony and then I start the long trek home again on Sunday.
Here’s a few pics of San Antonio…it’s a beautiful city but very hot and humid!
So, a few bits and pieces of news to report (which is better than lions and tigers and bears).
Thing, the first. The new fantasy book has a title. It’s called THE SHATTERED COURT and will be out sometime in 2015. This is the start of a whole new series, with magic and demons and secrets and feats of derring-do and romance. I’ll be finishing writing it over the next few months, so looking forward to finding out exactly how all that works out.
Thing, the second. The New York Saints series will be coming out in audiobook! Yay! I love audiobooks, so am very excited by this. As far as I know, this will be at the same time, or shortly after the books themselves are released but will update as I can.
Thing, the third. Speaking of dates, the schedule for the New York Saints books is currently:
THE DEVIL IN DENIM 26 August 2014
ANGEL IN ARMANI January 2015 (Amazon says December 30 2014…I’ll confirm the exact date when I can)
LAWLESS IN LEATHER May 2015 (Exact date TBD)
So there you have it. News. And a schedule which is the reason why this blog is a bit quiet lately! And to leave you, a gratuitous picture of the Fuzzy Girl being earnestly excited by all this news.
On Friday 16 May (starting 3PM Central, which is about 6am Saturday here in Australia), I’ll be hanging out at Bitten By Books, answering questions and talking about Fire Kin, the Half-Light City and whatever else takes our fancy. And I’ll be giving away $80 in Amazon gift cards. I’ll be there most of the day/evening (US time) so, Aussies you don’t have to get up quite so early.
It’s going to be fun, so check out the Bitten By Books post to get the details and RSVP.
Fire Kin is out today! Available at all good bookstores etc etc. If you read it and like it, tell your friends (or you know, everyone!) : )
And to celebrate the unleashing of Fen and Saskia on the world, I’m giving away some books. Four lucky people can win their choice of Iron Kin, Shadow Kin or Blood Kin. Just email me mel @ mjscott.net and tell me who your favourite Half-Light character is to enter. And if anyone is intrepid enough to send me a pic of Fire Kin out in the wild, there may be some special bonus prizes.
Which is also the final Half-Light City snippet. Four books later and the story is done. At least for now (because you know, never say never).
So have a snippet from our hero.
Having gleaned what I could for now, I turned my attention from the Fae to my surroundings. I was still shielding my power, but despite that, I could feel the song of the court and the Veiled World itself. Feel the slow, ancient pulse of the magic that ran beneath it. All that lazy power there to be used, ready to leap to my call.
It stood the hairs on the back of my neck on end and I was very glad that this was the second time I’d been to Summerdale rather than the first since my exile. This time, it wasn’t quite so seductive and I didn’t feel quite so drunk with it.
There was still a certain amount of temptation to let it run through me and wreak some old-fashioned havoc, but that would only lead to more trouble. The aim today was to stay alive.
So only a couple more days until Fire Kin is out. I start every book by doing a collage to try and get how the story (or the spark of the idea) feels in my head into an image I can use while I’m writing to remind myself what I’m trying to do.
This is how Fire Kin started out in my head.
And this is what it will look like out in the real world on Tuesday!
This is the point where I start chewing my nails ….
The countdown continues (May 6 is getting very close). So have another Fire Kin snippet.
“Veil’s eyes, Father is right. You are impossible.”
“Yes, but you like me anyway.” He stepped closer. Too close. Too near in the falling dark and the soft air, with the first hints of starlight above us. This night was the stuff of lovers’ trysts. Nothing that I wanted any part of with Ash. Even if his nearness made the hairs on my arms lift and set butterflies floating idly through my stomach.