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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Posted in writing.

I’m posting this here so that people can discuss the books without spoiling people who haven’t read them yet. I am currently other­wise working on page proofs for War, due back the morning of the 28th of February, and the next Cast novel, which… has no title, but is the book that follows Cast in Oblivion. I will prob­ably (hope­fully!) finish it on my writing retreat in Bris­bane, Australia. ETA: In general, authors and readers do not discuss reader reac­tions to books. We never comment on reviews. We don’t enter reader-spaces (like goodreads, etc.) because those are reader spaces, and in those spaces, readers should feel free to say what­ever they want without fear of author anger or tears. We are all passionate about books. … Continue reading 

Posted in DAW, Essalieyan, Books.

It’s been three and three quarter years since the publi­ca­tion of Oracle, the sixth book in The House War series in hard­cover. Today, on February 19, 2019, book seven, First­born, has been released into the wild, dressed to go out in style in a cover by Jody Lee. It is avail­able in audio­book format from audible​.com (appar­ently an audible​.com exclu­sive, judging by the banner across the cover). It is avail­able in hard­cover and as an ebook. (It is avail­able as an ebook in Australia.) I am both excited and nervous.

Posted in writing.

I know that First­born hasn’t yet been released — less than a week to go! — but I really had to share this. I love this cover. I love the art. Jody Lee did this before the cover for First­born, because she had the whole messy book from which to work. And when we decided to split the book, she had to come up with a cover for First­born because this cover would not work for First­born; it’s the end of book/series cover. I love it, did I mention? ETA: WAR is, according to the internet, coming on 18 June, 2019. In miscel­la­neous things I don’t love: the dentist. I mean, my dentist is a lovely man, and I’ve been going to his office since I was six — but today, I will be going to his office for a protracted … Continue reading 

Posted in DAW, Essalieyan, chapters.

ETA: First­born will be avail­able in ebook and hard­cover on the 19th of February, 2019. This is a hectic release month, the first time I have ever had two books published at essen­tially the same time. No, this was not partic­u­larly smart on my part, but I didn’t want to push either book back a month. It’s been three and three quarter years since the last West novel was published, and in the main, as a reader, I don’t care if two books I want are published in the same month. My pock­et­book might whine a little, but I am gleeful, because that’s just the way I am as a reader. Of other people’s books. Most authors can’t read their own books as if they’re readers, sadly. I posted the prologue last year … Continue reading