FAQ: Will there ever be a sequel to Voices of Dragons?

Answer: Yes.

This was one of the results of the Year of Stalled Projects, and I’m happy to finally announce its launch into the world. It’s hatched! It’s a dragon!  A couple of things to know:

  1. It’s only e-book for now. If there’s enough demand I might release it in print, but right now my choices were “release now as e-book only” or “put on back burner again,” and I chose the former.
  2. It’s a short novel, or a long novella. About 42,000 words for them what counts. So if it seems short…it is. Which makes publishing as an e-book an even better option. And I also think it tells a whole story. It’s the length it needs to be.

I hope you like it. I hope this ties up some loose ends, and that your heart races just a little bit at some of the trouble Kay and Artegal get into.  And I’ve already said too much…

Thank you for your patience.

Kindle link

Nook link (And the Nook link is finally live!)

iBooks link

working, working

June 19, 2013

So I’m reading this book,which is something of a prequel to another series by this same author.  I know from having read the series that all these characters turn into gods and dragons by the later books.  That’s right, they all turn into dragons!  But this prequel is just the first in a trilogy, and I’m close enough to the end that it’s becoming clear that nobody’s going to turn into dragons in this book.  Which totally bums me out.  I want dragons!  Now!

Here’s a sneak peek of the Kitty in the Underworld playlist:

I think I’ve mentioned before that I pretty much always listen to music when I write.  I need something in the background to distract my list-making brain, and help shut off my internal editor.  But I don’t make up playlists for all my books — just the Kitty books.  Instead, for the other books I tend to pick out one or two songs that represent the mood or spirit of the book, and that becomes its “theme song.”

Voices of Dragons has a couple of theme songs.

Loreena McKinnitt’s “The Old Ways” is perfect in so many ways.  It’s about standing in between worlds, and the music makes me think of flying.  It’s powerful, full of drums, sadness, and the beating of wings.

And Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” which also makes me think of flying, but also magic, battles, and danger.

Actually, that’s a pretty cool pair of songs when you put them together.  Those unexpected juxtapositions happen when I do the Kitty playlists, too.  (Like discovering that Supertramp’s “It’s Raining Again” is really a variation of “Sheep May Safely Graze.”)

UPDATE:  BOOM! It’s here. REFUGE OF DRAGONS is a book. Sorry it took so long!

It’s awfully gratifying that I’ve already had a bunch of people ask me this.  It means I must have done something right with the book.  (“They like me, they really like me!”)

The answer, as usual, is complicated.  I have the sequel lodged firmly in mind.  But it isn’t written yet. (Because I wrote my YA pirate book, Steel, first.  Because that’s the one my brain wanted to write.  So I did.)  I have another Kitty book to write before I’ll have a chance to get to the Voices of Dragons sequel.  But I am thinking of it.  I just don’t know when I’ll get to it.

It’s kind of a nice problem, having too many books I want to write.

spring has sprung!

March 22, 2010

I can tell that spring has sprung, because we got a foot of snow on Friday.  Fortunately, it all melted by Saturday afternoon, in time for my signing at Who Else Books, which went just fine.  Thanks to everyone who came for that!

More Voices of Dragons promo stuff is happening over the next week or so.  I’m doing an event at Bitten by Books later today.  RSVP here.  There will be a contest for a dragon-themed gift pack.  Woot!

What I’m working on now:  I’m actually making progress with my list of craft projects from last week.  The tapestries are done, the banner is half done, and I’m getting started on the spinning.  Pics later!  I’m making progress on Kitty 9 and a short story starring Rick.  I have the copyedits of Steel, my pirate YA book, to finish.  And I’m revising After the Golden Age, my superhero novel that I wrote a few years ago, but is finally in the queue to get published next year.  I’m very excited about the superhero novel.  I’d been jokingly threatening to describe it as “the chick-lit Watchmen.”  Just because that description cracks me up.  But really, after talking with a friend about it, we decided it’s much more accurate to say that it’s got the flavor of the golden age superhero comics but filtered through a Gen X sensibility.  That is, earnest and snarky all at the same time.

Happy Book Day!

March 16, 2010

Today is the official release day for Voices of Dragons.  Finally!  This one’s been in the hopper a long time (two years), and it’s a relief to finally see it in the wild.  It’s also a big day because it’s my first hardcover, and my first not-a-Kitty novel.  Now, I just have to anxiously wait and see how it does.  My fingernails are just fine, why do you ask?

I’ve got a few events planned over the next couple of weeks.

March 20, Saturday, at 3 pm:  I’m signing at Who Else Books, at the Broadway Book Mall in Denver.

March 27, Saturday, at 1 pm:  Signing at Beth Anne’s Book Corner in Colorado Springs.

April 11, Sunday, 1-3 pm:  Colorado Author Open House at the Englewood Public Library.

April 16-18:  StarFest (and HorrorFest) in Denver.

After Saturday, Who Else Books should have plenty of books on hand.  If you’d like to order a signed copy from them, they’ll be happy to ship.  (See link above for contact info.)

another interview

February 19, 2010

Whew, I seem to have a lot of these coming up: here’s another interview with me.


February 17, 2010

Here’s a new interview with lots of info about Voices of Dragons.

I’ve posted the first chapter of Voices of Dragons on my website.  Check it out!



I’ve been waiting a long time to tell folks about this.  I decided I’d announce it when I had a cover to show off.  And, well, here it is.  Meet Voices of Dragons, my first young adult novel, previously discussed as the rock climbing jet fighters alternate history dragon book.  Pretty cool, huh?  I didn’t think I was going to write a YA book.  I tried writing it as an adult book, but it wasn’t working.  Then I made the main character a teenager, and the plot fell together due to various reasons I don’t want to go into because they’re spoilers.  Ta da, a YA novel.  Then Harper wanted to publish it.  How cool is that?

To answer the question a little more generally, I have lots of other books I’ve written/am writing.  Now that I’ve been writing Kitty books for about 6 years (I wrote Midnight Hour early in 2003), I’m finding that if I can skip around, and write something else after writing a Kitty book, I can go back to the Kitty books with fresh eyes and keep them from getting stale.  I think that’s important.

I have a couple of other novels that I wrote after Midnight Hour and Kitty Goes to Washington, while I waited to find out if I was going to be writing more Kitty books.  These are a superhero novel and a near-future end of the world with Greek mythology chucked in novel, and I’m hoping they’ll see the light of day at some point.  I’m also working on the second YA novel, which has time travel and pirates.  I’m cooking a fantasy novel, but I don’t know if anything will come of it.  Right now, after the pirate book and the next couple of Kitty books, I have no idea what I’ll be working on.  But something will come up.  Something always does.

The release date for Voices of Dragons is March 2010.