What I’ve Been Reading Lately (March, 2023)

I’ve been reading a lot of good books lately, some quite varied…although you could sum a surprising amount of it up just by saying “Martha Wells” – who, even though it’s only March, is a serious contender this year for new addition to my favorite authors!

My recent reads have included no less than three Martha Wells books, all strikingly different – although I think I finally clued into the through-line between them.  First I read Emilie and the Hollow World, a YA novel that feels like a homage to classic sci fi, which centers on Emilie who stows away on a rather steampunk ship and finds herself accidentally on a mission to another world inside the – well, I don’t think it’s Earth, so let’s just say planet.  Then I read The Siren Depths, Book 3 of the Raksura series, and possibly my new favorite – more for the character drama than the action, though that was pretty good too.  And then I caught up on the Murderbot Diaries with Fugitive Telemetry, one of the best of the series I think, with the main character fully realized by this point, and easier to follow than some as a pretty tightly-plotted murder mystery. Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading Lately (March, 2023)”

Proof Arrival for The Princess Behind Thorns

Earlier this week I announced that my next book, The Princess Behind Thorns, will be published April 4th.  In another exciting thing, the proof copy for the paperback version arrived a few days ago.  Check it out in the video below, and don’t forget you can preorder the Kindle version!

Cover Reveal + Pre-Order for The Princess Behind Thorns

I’ve been talking about my next novel, about the princess trapped behind walls of thorns, for literally years.  So I am very excited to announce it is finally being released!  The Princess Behind Thorns will be out in paperback, hardback and Kindle on April 4th.  And you can already preorder the Kindle!

I wrote the first short story that this book grew out of in 2019 – which was clearly an entirely different world and era.  This is the first in a planned series that I can’t wait to continue sharing with you – hopefully much more quickly than this one came out!

Here’s a bit more about the story in this first book:

For this princess forced under an enchantment, escaping from her spell is only the first ordeal.  Claiming the throne is even more dangerous.

Princess Rose Amelia has spent a hundred years trapped in a magical garden, surrounded by walls of thorns that protect her from rescuers she never wanted. Nothing ever changes – until the spell twists to threaten her as well, and a prince finally breaks through the thorns.

Prince Terrence knows he would never be his father’s preference to inherit the throne. But he also knows his oldest brother won’t take care of their people, and rescuing the Princess Behind Thorns is the only way he can become heir.  He planned on marrying her to claim the inheritance; he didn’t plan on falling in love with her.

Escaping from the magical garden and returning to court will plunge Terrence and Rose both into a deadly world of politics, intrigue and betrayals.  Making a claim to the throne doesn’t guarantee it will be accepted, and deciding to marry doesn’t mean that they actually can.  To protect the country and themselves, they must learn who to trust and who is an enemy – and somehow learn how to admit their feelings for each other too.

This fantasy romance, the first in a series, brings a new angle to the story of Sleeping Beauty by starting where most versions end.  If you enjoy heroines finding their strength, fantasy worlds with a touch of intrigue, and slightly magical cats, you won’t want to miss the Thorns Saga.

And now on to the cover!

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately (February, 2023)

2023 is starting off with some good reading, which I’m very much enjoying!  My writing slowed down a bit recently, but I’ve read through quite a few books in the past few weeks.

One of the more unusual books I’ve read was Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – From a Certain Point of View.  A collection of short stories, they’re all set during The Empire Strikes Back, but from the viewpoint of background characters.  So, people who are going about their own lives and stories while the main plot unfolds – think unidentified rebel pilots fleeing Hoth, evacuees from Cloud City, and so on.  My favorite was by Catherynne M. Valente (of the Fairyland series) who wrote the story of the giant space slug who swallowed the Millennium Falcon.  It loved them so much and just wanted to make a special home for them!

I read a duology by Marissa Meyer (of the Lunar Chronicles), Gilded and Cursed.  A retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, she created a wonderful fantasy mythology.  The story focuses on Serilda, a miller’s daughter, who lies to…well, let’s call him the Fairy King, and when she’s taken to his castle to spin straw into gold, she meets a very charming not-quite-ghost who helps her.  They were good and exciting books, but they also got very dark and rather bloody in spots; YA books have changed in the past ten years!  There was also such a sense of hopelessness to Serilda’s situation (even though I was sure throughout it would somehow turn out well) that it was kind of a heavy read.  Recommended, but be in the right mood for it! Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading Lately (February, 2023)”

Writing Update (February, 2023)

Writing work is rolling along on both of my current projects – I’m down to the last few edits for Thorns 1, and may be finally finished by the end of the long President’s Day weekend.  Here’s hoping!  And then I should have another post soon about when you can expect to read it.

Revisions on Thorns 2 slowed down, partially because I pivoted back to Thorns 1 and partially because my day job sent me to our Annual Conference for a week.  It was a good opportunity to do the relatively easy work of typing in edits to Thorns 1, but the conference and catching up afterwards halted Thorns 2 for about ten days.  I’m trying to get back to it now though, and I’m about 2/3 through the draft.  I was aiming to finish by the end of the month – I probably won’t manage that, but I don’t think I’ll miss it by much. Continue reading “Writing Update (February, 2023)”