Many of you have already seen the cover for Cast in Deception in the wild. The artist is, once again, the amazing Shane Rebenschied; the art director is the equally talented Kathleen Oudit.
This is the full cover, with back blurb:
In the good news department: Mira is re-issuing Cast in Shadow and Cast in Courtlight, to coincide with the release of Cast in Deception. They’ll be in trade paperback, with slightly updated covers (fonts, name placement, things like that).
I have finished page proofs; I haven’t finished the book review column–but I find reading and thinking about books far, far less disruptive to writing than copy-edits or page proofs. Some writers can do both – write first, revise, proof-read – and I envy them enormously. For me, the engine of my brain turns into an entirely critical reader. I am only looking for everything I got wrong. And when I approach drafting a novel with that mindset… I second-guess every. Single. Word. This leads to an iterative loop of writing the same sentence over and over and over with increasing dissatisfaction, without actually reaching the story itself.
Again: this is me and my process, and all process is a bit quirky when it comes to details. Charles de Lint said, while at the bookstore, that he writes new words–even if only a few hundred–every day, and then moves on to revisions or page proofs, etc. I whimpered in envy. But I have tried for literal decades, and have learned to accept what I cannot change. My brain clearly over-focuses and it changes direction very slowly =/.
And now, words :D