Sunshine Months

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Look who showed up at our table during ConQuesT!

Last week, I took a well-deserved break from internet and all things marketing. Attending cons two weekends in a row was fun, but a little exhausting! All in all, Uptown Authors did well at both Planet Comicon and ConQuesT; personally, my best weekend was at ConQuesT. There was a lot of interest in Eolynand I had a full house (!!) for my reading Saturday afternoon. Many, many thanks to everyone who came to hear my stories.

After ConQuesT, I had some important tasks to finish before I could call spring semester “over” at Avila. Once that was done, summer began, and with it came a long list of summer projects.

This will be the first summer since moving back to Kansas City that I will actually be in Kansas City for the greater part of the season. I have two short trips planned, one in June and the other in July. But most of my time will be dedicated to my home and the happenings in my own back yard.

There’s much to talk about here, but some of it I can’t discuss explicitly. Not until after July. Suffice it to say that I feel like I’m finally taking ownership of the life changes that impacted me last summer. Autumn 2015 was about survival; Winter/Spring 2016 about recovery. Summer 2016 will be dedicated to laying the groundwork for a future I can call my own – very different from the future I imagined just a year ago, but mine nonetheless.

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Summer projects include monitoring bees at a local prairie restoration site. Meet Bombus fraterus, photographed in action last Friday.

Some very good news today; I am done formatting Sword of Shadows. I’ll be printing up the whole book this afternoon for one last hard-copy edit, and then I think we’ll be ready for publishing. Yes, that means what you think it means – the Kindle edition of Sword of Shadows will be released this summer!! Probably by the end of July. Hooray!!

For those of you awaiting the paperback edition, that may not appear until end August. At this point, the time line for the release of the paperback is determined not by what I can do, but by how long it takes to get back the editorial reviews I’ll be requesting. Editorial reviews can be important for the back cover, so we’ll hold out for those until they are available.

For me, the most exciting part of finishing the current edition of Sword of Shadows is that I was able to include a preview of Daughter of Aithne at the end. Which means we are now at last in sight of releasing the third and final installment of The Silver Web trilogy.

With so many reasons to celebrate, I’ve got something very special planned for this month: The cover reveal for Sword of Shadows will coincide with Summer Solstice on June 20th. Enchanted Tours will run a book blast for the cover reveal, and the event will be accompanied by a giveaway. Please stop by to join the fun.

While we haven’t officially done the cover reveal, Sword of Shadows is available for pre-order on Kindle. (And yes, you can see the cover there!) Sign up to receive your copy the day it’s released!

Wishing all of you a season of warmth and fun.

 

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