Okay, so I haven’t quite managed yet to produce a quarterly newsletter — but I’m trying! So the last detailed newsletter was ... last summer. <gulp> Sorry.
Moving right along ... You’ll see on the website the new cover for the second book of the Blood trilogy, Blood Sins. Fabulous cover! I sent in a short description of the images that were in my head as I wrote the book, and the wonderful people in Bantam’s art department turned those images into a striking cover design. Blood Sins is scheduled to go on sale December 16th — just in time for Christmas. Here on my site you'll find just a taste of information to whet your appetite for this next chapter of the Bishop/SCU saga.
A video preview (trailer) of Blood Sins is also being created; we’ll be sure to notify those of you on the mailing list when it’s available for viewing, and I urge those not on the mailing list to check the website periodically, as always, for updates and news.
The paperback of the first book in the Blood trilogy, Blood Dreams, is due out on November 25th, and I hope those of you who missed the hardcover or who prefer to buy and read paperbacks will pick up a copy at your local bookstore. (The hardcover is still available; please ask your bookseller if you don’t see it on the shelves.) Autographed copies are available at Kay's bookstore Fireside Books and Gifts.
I expect the third and final book in the Blood trilogy, Blood Ties, to be published late next year, most probably in December — but I’ll post a firm pub date on the website as soon as I’m given one.
I can’t yet give you the “keyword” for the next Bishop/SCU trilogy as that’s still in the “simmering on the back burner” stage of development, but I’ll be sure to let you know as soon (Well, almost as soon!) as I know myself.
In addition to the ongoing Bishop/SCU series, the reprint program at Bantam is now well underway, as my “classic” romances, long unavailable, are being reissued. The plan is for two or so per year, so it’s going to take a while, but I can’t tell you how happy I am that these out-of-print titles that represent such a large part of my body of work will finally be available again from your local bookseller and online stores such as Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, and, of course, from my own independent bookstore, Fireside Books and Gifts. During the coming months, If There Be Dragons (August 26th), Elusive (November, Berkley), and new editions of Haunting Rachel (August) and The Wizard of Seattle (February ‘09) go on sale.
Fair warning: These books have not been rewritten or updated to bring them into line with the type of books I’m writing today. They are romances (Wizard is fantasy romance; Rachel is romantic suspense), written for a specific audience during a specific part of my career, and I saw no need to try to turn them into something they were never intended to be. So if you don’t like romance, or simply prefer the darker and edgier thrillers found in the Bishop/SCU series, you might want to give these early titles a miss.
As for the Thief series, starring my cat burglar Quinn and his lady Morgan, I still intend to add additional books to Once a Thief and Always a Thief. I know it seems I keep promising without delivering, but as I’ve said before, sometimes a writer has surprisingly little control over what gets written when. All I can tell you is that Quinn is alive and well in my mind, waiting with uncharacteristic patience for me to continue relating his adventures, and I fully intend to do just that. (And, no, asking me when won’t make them happen any faster. :) Please do keep an eye on the website for updates, and those of you on the mailing list can expect a special Reader Alert as soon as I have any definite news to relate. I appreciate your patience!
On the personal front, the only thing really new in my life is an addition to my feline population: three “dumpster kittens” and the foster-mom cat who nurtured them. You’ll find their story, along with pictures, on my Pets page.
We recently saw a milestone in our ongoing efforts to build and fund a new Community Pet Center here in my area when our County Commissioners okayed the purchase of a large tract of land intended to be developed as a multi-use complex, including trails and picnic areas, soccer fields, a livestock arena — and the Community Pet Center. Needless to say, those of us who have been working on the project for so long are thrilled to be a part of this exciting plan for our community.
Right now, I’m mostly sweltering through another hot Carolina summer (it hit 100 today), watching kittens play, thankful for AC, and looking forward to the beauty and cooler temperatures of fall. (And don’t anybody remind me of just how few days we’ve got until Christmas!)
Hope the rest of your summer is wonderful, and I’ll try to be in touch more regularly from now on. Honest!