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Cast in Deception, Chapter One

Posted in Cast, Elantra, writing, chapters.

To those who cele­brate, Happy Holidays!

I have been writing, but at the moment, have very little to show for it; my short Severn story is now 28k words and not finished.

I hope to finish it before the New Year, but in the frenetic, panicked busy work of holiday prepa­ra­tions, I am not sure how feasible this is.

Chapter one of Cast in Decep­tion is here: Cast in Decep­tion 01.

Re: audio­book versions: there appears to be a phys­ical box of 13 CDs, but the down­load­able version doesn’t seem to be avail­able on iTunes yet, or rather, the link to it doesn’t seem to be avail­able there. I’ll update those links when we’re closer to pub date.

So the audio­book links look slightly different: the first set are for the phys­ical CD, because that has a fixed ISBN. The down­load­able audio­book links (which is all of one at the moment) are below that.

34 Responses to Cast in Deception, Chapter One

  1. Happy Holi­days! I hope you have lots of family time.

  2. Tchula says:

    Yay, I’m so looking forward to Cast in Decep­tion! And I love your not-so-short stories, so please carry on…but give your­self time to enjoy the holi­days, too! I’m off to cele­brate with the in-laws today, then my folks tomorrow. Fun times ahead, and oh so much good food! ;-D

  3. Zia says:

    Happy Holi­days to you and yours as well! Thank you for posting the first chapter! I cannot wait for Cast in Decep­tion. Also, thank you for keeping us updated with your progress! It’s always a high­light of my day to see a new post from you.

  4. michelle says:

    I’m off for Christmas Eve dinner — my mother-in-law is Finnish, and they cele­brate Christmas on Christmas Eve. Which worked out well for us, as my family cele­brates on the actual day, so the nego­ti­a­tion of Christmas and family wasn’t an issue.

    Mostly, I’m fret­ting about War, but my editor hopes to be ready to discuss it in January.

  5. ralph walker says:

    Hyvää Joulus!; Happy Christmas!; Merry Holi­days!; and the Best in the New Year!

    Leave off the working. Don’t fret over anything but, did you bring enough food for the holiday feast.

    Enjoy the down time, as best you can. Rest and recharge.

    See you in the New Year!!!

  6. hsmyers says:

    Enjoy the festiv­i­ties! Try and be like a violin, you know — fretless :)

  7. Happy Holi­days! Thank you so much for the new chapter — looking forward to Cast in Decep­tion muchly.

  8. Dorthy says:

    Oh wow I love it so far. Take time and enjoy the Holidays.

  9. KryliaDarr says:

    Ooh, Christmas came early! Thanks for the chapter! Can’t wait for the book to come out! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  10. Debbie Finlayson says:

    Pen’s down„,Fingers off keyboards…Take the whole week off. We love your books and can’t wait for new 1’s to arrive, but we are a patient and under­standing lot. Most busi­nesses close for the week so you should too.
    Merry, Happy, Pros­perous, Love, Family and Present filled time

  11. michelle says:

    Thank you all <3.

    I know you’re patient and forgiving — but I also know, as a reader, how frus­trating it can be when series are aban­doned (by publisher, by author) or when there’s a multiple year gap between books.

  12. Laura Nichols says:

    Thanks for the Christmas gift!

    One ques­tion: In the first sentence, should Eddo­rian be Annarion?

    It’s possible,” he said, his emphasis bordering on sarcasm,
    “that the High Court could be talked into believing that
    Mandoran, Eddo­rian, and Karian have no interest in ruling.
    There is nothing in the Empire that could induce the High
    Court to believe that Sedarias does not.”

  13. David Loveless says:

    What a wonderful present for the holi­days! Thank you for a sneak peek at Cast in Decep­tion. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Very best wishes for a New Year as well

  14. Henry says:

    Thank you for a wonderful holiday present. I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a boun­tiful and happy New Year

  15. Joey says:

    Happy almost-2018!

  16. Toni says:

    Thank you for this wonderful gift. I am so looking forward to the release date. Happy holi­days and I hope you have a most amazing time spent with family and friends.

  17. Daniel Catudal says:

    Have the greatest hapi­ness with your family and friends on this upcoming year. Take some time off and enjoy. Love and good wishes.

  18. Wendy S says:

    Merry Christmas and a joyous new year.

  19. Julianne Single says:

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holi­days and a joyous New Year to you Michelle! And thanks so much for the first chapter teaser to Decep­tion, eagerly waiting for the realease!

  20. Carol Duffy says:

    Merry merry Christmas to you and yours! Thank you for the Christmas present to tide us through until Cast in Decep­tion is released:) have a wonderful time with family and friends

  21. Debbie H says:

    Merry Christmas, THANK YOU for the wonderful present. I pre-ordered from Audible and have been counting the days. 28 left. Hope you have a great time with your family and enjoy, time enough to worry about dead­lines and sched­ules in the new year.

  22. Chris C. says:

    Eeeeee! Thank you. :)

  23. michelle says:

    @Laura: No, it’s Eddo­rian. Annarion is taking the test because he wants to, or feels it’s his duty to, rule; they’re speaking mostly of the rest of the cohort, or rather, those members of the cohort that would be unlikely to take the test, pass it, and attempt to wrest control of their family lines from those who now hold it.

  24. Christy says:

    Yay! I preordered Cast in Decs­cep­tion. We love this series!

  25. KA says:

    Just preordered! This is my favourite series, so I’m always excited about a new release!

  26. Donna Mould says:

    I haven’t been able to pre-order yet as Amazon doesn’t have the kindle version up yet. Is there a date yet? Or should I just get the paperback?

  27. Zia says:


    Not sure if this helps, but I managed to order a kindle and paper­back copy from Amazon (US) back in May 2017. I did, since I have no idea if we use the same version of Amazon, go through all of their sites, because I was curious. With the excep­tion of the Australia site, all the rest showed kindle books avail­able. You might have to click the “see x formats and editions” tag, but every site but the one mentioned above showed a kindle version. Good luck!

  28. Gayla says:

    Harle­quin has preview for ch. 1 – 3. This book becomes better with every chapter! I am eagerly awaiting the for the 23rd to read the entire thing!

  29. Donna Mould says:

    Thanks Zia. Amazon still has no kindle edition that I can see on any of its sites. Only the audiobook.

  30. SueM says:

    Amazon (Australia) only shows the audio­book (dammit!) but ElizabethN’s link shows it in the US store. I also tried iTunes (AU) and it’s not showing there. :( 

    It might be that Australia has to wait an extra week as we did last time.

  31. SueM says:

    I have just found it in iTunes AU with the release date of February 1.

  32. Donna Mould says:

    Thanks Sue. I’ll check closer to the date. I’m still reading Sander­son’s Oath­bringer so it will be a little while before I can read anyone.

  33. David Youngs says:

    My local chain book­store had 8 copies of CiD on the shelf today.

    They also had more copies of some of the older books than they had last week.

    Don’t look for me fo the rest of the night.

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