Look for the shafts of light on the road

Okay, okay. So I’m bad at this. It’s been a busy couple of months, but I keep saying that, don’t I? Well, it keeps being true. This also keeps being true: I will try to do better, going forward. The only way out is through, and I’m through…a lot of the work that’s been clogging my life since the end of last year. Not all of it, but enough to take some breathing room for blogging.

Besides, Brimstone is coming out in like, three weeks. I should probably say a few things about that. Hell, I should probably say a few things about a lot of things, but we’ll see how much focus I can muster tonight. I’m pretty sick, so it might not be…all the focus in the world. (My husband came back from a business trip with the plague, and oh-so-kindly shared it. Oof.)

FIRST. As you may recall, Brimstone is my subtropical (art)deco mystery about a young medium in a historic spiritualist community teaming up with a shell-shocked haberdasher who’s receiving love notes from hell…as inspired by a real place and a real set of bizarre (otherworldly?) incidents.

If you’d like to get a feel for what that looks like, Tor.Com has you covered with this-here excerpt! Chapters one and two, respectively! Click through for a taste, and then if you’re so inclined, you can always put a smile on an author’s face with a preorder.

In case this is the sort of information that might push you over that preordering edge – Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review (and you can click that link to read it. Go on. I’ll wait!) Likewise, Romantic Times and Booklist really liked it too. ::shuffles feet:: Just sayin’.


In un-Brimstone-related news…I’ve got just one quick link to share, re: The Family Plot! Just one. I promise. And it’s really cool. See, a very old friend of mine is a local musician…and when he heard that there was a murder ballad built into my book, well. Things Happened. Awesome things.

Namely, his band The Scarlet Love Conspiracy composed music for the murder ballad, and recorded it. (With my full and unqualified permission, natch.) So if you’ve read The Family Plot – or even if you haven’t, but you dig creepy old-fashioned music – you can click right here and select “The Family Plot” for a free listen.

As a side note, the song right above it – “Dog Party” – was inspired by these two nuts, lol :)

That’s Greyson and his friend Luna. Of course, these days the Dog Parties often include neighbor pup “Sophie” and Greyson’s “little sister” Lucy, who is a total freaking maniac.


In non-book news altogether, at the end of April (the 28-30th) you can catch me in Cincinnati, OH, for The International Steam Symposium. I don’t do many steampunk events anymore – not least of all, because it’s been several years since I last wrote any – but this should be a blast! A number of dear friends and kick-ass writers will be there, and I’m greatly looking forward to it. If you’re in the area, come out and join us!


So for now, I have to get back to work. I have two partials due to an editor next week, and another story that needs to be outlined and submitted for [redacted because it’s not official]…and I’m hoping to get all that taken care of before my Scholastic editor gets back to me for the next round of work on The Agony House and/or my Tor editor hits me with feedback for the next round of work on The Toll.

But so it goes, the plate-juggling affair which is the writer life. Wish me luck, thanks for reading, and I’ll post again soon – I promise. Even if it’s just a pet picture. We’re all on board for pet pictures, right?

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