Video Update: Spoilers about Christine Daae

I’m back today with another video update about my newly-released book, Nocturne.  When I talk about the story, I frequently make veiled references to people not being as they seem, or my portrayal of Christine Daae (heroine of every other version) being unusual…  I’m not generally one to give spoilers, but if you really want to know what I’m talking about and haven’t read the book yet, I made a video that explains it all.

So if you like to read the last page of a book first, this video is for you!

Blog Hop: Off to the Bookseller’s


Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is:  Do you visit indie and/or used bookstores? Also, have you ever worked in any?

Well, I’m not visiting stores right now because: pandemic, but in general I love a used bookstore.  I used to live in San Francisco, and one of my favorite places was Green Apple Bookstore.  I actually prefer used bookstores to stores selling new books – I like old books in general, and it feels more like a treasure hunt.  You never know when you’ll find some amazing old copy of something.  I also seem to find books I want to buy more often in used bookstores…maybe because I tend to be more interested in picking up old favorites than buying whatever is new and just-published.

I have never worked in a bookstore, though there have definitely been times in my life when I thought that would be a great job.  I don’t enjoy working retail, though, so I don’t know if the fact that it was retail books would actually outweigh the other disadvantages…  I’m currently part of an anthology about magic bookstores that will be out later this year, but that’s the closest experience I’ve had to working in bookstores, and it’s fictional!

Writing Wednesday: Write ALL the Things!

It’s been a while since I did a Writing Wednesday post, because everything has been very publishing focused!  But my first Guardian book is out now, and I am moving on to focus on…several other projects.

The biggest, highest priority writing project right now is to finish up Guardian II.  I’m making the final, final edits, and currently expect it to launch in September.  More details will, of course, be coming soon.

Project 2 is to revise two longish short stories (shortish novellas?) that I’m contributing to an anthology, about characters magically entering into books.  I’ve mentioned it before.  Revisions are due for everyone contributing by the end of June, so that’s sneaking up on me.

Project 3 is a prequel I’m planning to my Guardian trilogy…a fairly recent idea, this will be much shorter than a full book!  I’m working on three short stories, each one focusing on a different character who becomes significant in the trilogy: Erik, Meg and Christine.  In theory I’d like to have that out before Guardian II, but…we’ll see!

Project 4 – the collaborative novel that I’m writing with a few writing friends came back around to me.  We’re writing chapters round robin style (passing the story along from person to person), and it came back to me a couple days ago.  So that’s another piece to work on!

So, it’s kind of…all the writing right now!  Each project is actually not that big, though, I hope – so hopefully I can make a lot of progress quickly.  It may be a bit of a juggling act for a couple of weeks though!

Friday Face-Off: Romantic Covers


It’s time again for the Friday Face-Off meme, created by Books by Proxy, with weekly topics hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog.  The idea is to put up different covers for one book, and select a favorite.

This week’s theme is: The bodice ripper – exactly as it seems

I don’t tend to read true bodice-rippers, but I did think about favorite romances in books for this one.  The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer had several excellent romances, though my particular favorite was Book 3, Cress.  So that’s my choice for this week’s theme!

This is the only cover I’d seen prior to doing this post, and I love the sci fi/fantasy-merged feel of it.

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Quotable: Knowing Your Role…Maybe

My new book Nocturne is now available! If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, I’m still sharing a few glimpses of the story with some quotes.  Today’s quote reflects the Phantom’s impression of himself…you’ll have to read the book to decide if he’s right!