To the exclusion of all else…

Countdown to HIGH MAGA
Detail from the cover of Sword of Shadows. Artwork by Thomas Vandenberg.

I have been thoroughly focused on two tasks lately:

  • finishing final proofs of Sword of Shadows in preparation for the July 19th Kindle release, and
  • polishing up my new manuscript, The Hunting Grounds, in preparation for the next round of queries and submissions.

When classes are in session, I can go for days – some times weeks – without finding space in my calendar to write. So this summer has been such a luxury for me, writing-wise. I expected the two projects mentioned above to take the entire season; but as of today, they are pretty well done. And my imagination is now set free to ponder what new project I should take up next.

One drawback of all this devotion to the current works in progress is that some things have been neglected. Like house cleaning. And blogging. I’ve also fallen way behind with my on-line writers group. (Sorry!) My critique partners have been waiting waiting waiting for me to respond to their reviews and reciprocate. Some of them are probably starting to wonder if I’ve fallen off the face of the earth.

I feel bad about that, but what can I say? The fervor of the moment just swallowed me up. I’m excited about these projects; so excited it’s been impossible for me to set them aside for any significant length of time.

While I’ve been caught up in writing, my Uptown Author friends have been busy scheduling a series of events throughout the Kansas City area. Over the next few months, you’ll be able to find us at Prospero’s Book Store, Inklings Book Store, Kansas City Comicon, and Reader’s World, among other locations. You can see the full list and schedule on my Appearances page.

I’ve also scheduled a couple of virtual book tours to celebrate the upcoming release of Sword of Shadows. Goddess Fish Promotions, who did such a great job with my tours for Eolyn, is coordinating a Sword of Shadows Book Blast for July 20th and a virtual book tour starting September 5. I’ll have more information about both those events as we get closer to the dates.

Last but not least, this week I started a Goodreads Giveaway for Eolyn, Book One of The Silver Web. Five signed copies are up for grabs. To try your luck, enter below or visit the Goodreads giveaway page.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Eolyn by Karin Rita Gastreich


by Karin Rita Gastreich

Giveaway ends July 25, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway


Those are the updates for now. Thanks so much for stopping by. Now, it’s back to brainstorming for my next WIP…

4 thoughts on “To the exclusion of all else…

  1. Putting yourself first is a good thing. A necessary thing. I’m glad you’ve been doing that. You’re always there for others, it’s about time you focused on yourself, and your projects.

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