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Cover for Cast in Fury

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Cast in Fury
This is the cover for the forth­coming Cast in Fury, an October 2008 release from Luna Books. The cover itself came in the mail with the line-edit­s/­copy-edits for, oddly enough, the same book, and I’ve been reading those.

Which made me think of the stages of a book. Because I have a severe sensi­tivity to outlines, I will do almost anything to avoid writing them. This would include writing the whole book first. Because all writers work in their own unique ways, this isn’t meant to be prescrip­tive, and it’s not meant to offer advice; it’s just a state­ment of what I do.

So… in my case, I basi­cally sit down, over a period of several months, and write the book. This would include all the hair-pulling, all the revi­sions and editing, that go into writing a book before it’s submitted. After I write the book, I submit it to my publisher (in this case, Luna), and I go on to think about and start a different book. But some months after I’ve submitted a book, I will hear back from my editor. My editor will point out certain infe­lic­i­ties in clarity (I am, of course, being kind to myself here), and allow me to revise the manu­script before it’s line-edited. It will then be sent out to a copy-editor. I won’t see the orig­inal line-edit until after the copy-editor has also done a pass through the book, at which point, the book will be sent back to me with all of the editing and copy-editing marks.

At this stage, I go through the manu­script again, and I look at all the queries — because some­times copy-editors will catch things like eye colour changes (I am not, sadly, very good at this. I knew my husband for several years before I real­ized that he had blue eyes. I am not, unfor­tu­nately, making this up, and this lack of aware­ness on my part does trans­late into fiction because it’s some­thing I have to consciously reach for unless the eye colour is an inte­gral part of char­acter). I will also look at other changes, and some­times I will change things back to the original.

On the whole, though, I don’t, because on the whole, copy-editors are very, very helpful people. When I’ve finished going through this, I will pack up the pages with red ink (mine) and send them back to my editor (or in this case, her assis­tant). The changes are incor­po­rated and the book then goes to produc­tion. I am not entirely certain in the case of Luna at which stage a font is chosen, so I’m not sure which depart­ment does that. But after it goes to produc­tion, I will get what Harle­quin calls page proofs, but which are not quite that.

They are the book, in stan­dard manu­script font (12 pt. courier) with line numbers beside each line of text. At this stage, I am proof-reading and catching any typos that might have been missed or intro­duced when the other edits were keyed-in. I will not see the actual, printed book page until I have the book in hand, although I believe in-house there are proof-readers who will get a print out of the actual page proofs as well. 

So, I am not yet done with Cast in Fury.  I have one more read-through after this, at which point, the book will be complete on my end.

23 Responses to Cover for Cast in Fury

  1. Jen says:

    I love the cover. I cannot wait to have this book in my greedy little hands. Thanks for writing such wonderful books with intriguing characters.

  2. Michelle says:

    Thanks for writing such wonderful books with intriguing characters.

    Thank you :).

    I actu­ally like the mass market paper­back covers for books 2 and 3, but I haven’t scanned those; they’re almost exactly the same as the trades, but there’s a differ­ence of detail in Cast in Courtlight.

  3. michelle g. says:

    I confess I am quite obsessed with this series of yours. I was so entralled that I did some­thing I simply detest doing…I skipped a book in the series! I couldn’t help myself. I read the first book and went back to my library to check out the second. they didn’t have it but they had cast in secret. I just finished it like fifteen minutes ago and I jumped online imme­di­ately to order cast in court­light and now I can’t wait to read this next edition either. I know I am rambling but I love reading a book and then sitting back after­ward with a smile on my face wondering at what will next become of the char­ac­ters and their lives. all of the char­ac­ters are so intriguing but I reeeeaaaal­l­llly need to read the second book. I had lots of ques­tions gnawing at my mind as I was reading. my own fault. anway you are awesome. never stop writing…and can you make kaylin kiss severn…or nightshade…omg or did she?? see I know nothing! ah.…..ok, I will shut up now.

  4. Michelle says:


    You defi­nitely don’t need to shut up :).

  5. Vivienne says:

    I’m a self-confessed anorak as at this point I have read all the “Cast” books at least three times (the first one five times, sorry!). I think I empathise with Kaylin so much because she spends as much time as I do with her foot in her mouth. I like her flaws. I’ve enjoyed will-they-won’t-they rela­tion­ships since the old, Moon­lighting days (for those of you old enough to remember it)so the Kaylin/Severn, Kaylin/Nightshade thing never fails to capture me. The evil plot ferals in my mind have even forced me to try my hand at writing myself. Nothing half so grand as Elantra but it keeps me going until the next book. I am counting the months until the October release of Cast in Fury. Thank you for all your hard work. V x

  6. bonnie h says:

    I have all the hunt series books,the sun sword series, and the cast series,and the first house wars series. the only problem I have is that when I get them ‚they are such a good read that I finish them to quickly and then have to wait for the next one to come out. which I have on order for the cast series. i have my mom and sister reading them too. I wish I wrote stories like you do,unfortunately I only have a great imag­i­na­tion and the ability to read very quickly. this is the first time I have written on a writers site before but I have e‑mailed you and was thrilled when you answered me​.you were the first author I have ever e‑mailed and I was very nervous.I have been reading for a long time and am very picky in what I read and I have enjoyed you books very much.

  7. Michelle says:

    this is the first time I have written on a writers site before but I have e‑mailed you and was thrilled when you answered me.

    I remember feeling this way about writing to authors — the nervous­ness and the fear that I was somehow getting in the way. And I still feel that way some­times, even though I know better now.

    Writers tend to write in isola­tion because, at least until you have a first draft, we almost have to. We open up the words to first readers and even­tu­ally our editors after we’ve gone as far as we can on our own.

    So it’s nice when there’s evidence that what we’ve worked on works for readers, and I have yet to meet an author of any stripe who is actively unhappy or disdainful of happy reader letters :).

  8. Michelle says:

    I’m a self-confessed anorak

    Today, I learned a new word :). Thank you for that! (I think it’s a word that is a good fit for almost every writer I’ve ever known, but we try hard not to let the compul­sion over­whelm the story).

  9. bonnie h says:

    hi, I asked about book signing because I live in Quebec but if you could tell me the name of the book store you work at maybe I could have my sister to go there for me as she lives in Toronto and she is also a fan of yours.

  10. Michelle says:

    if you could tell me the name of the book store you work at maybe I could have my sister to go there for me as she lives in Toronto and she is also a fan of yours.

    The store is Bakka-Phoenix books, and SF/F store. We’re at 697 Queen St. West, one block west of Bathurst on the south side of the street; the phone number at the store is 416 963 9993. I only work on Fridays and Satur­days, though.

  11. bonnie h says:

    Hi. it is me again. When I read your answer my 13 year old daughter was standing behind me and she told me to chill out mom, your acting like a nerd who just found the mint condi­tion comic book he was looking for. I thought you might get a kick out of that since you have kids of your own.

  12. Michelle says:

    When I read your answer my 13 year old daughter was standing behind me and she told me to chill out mom, your acting like a nerd who just found the mint condi­tion comic book he was looking for.

    LOL! I have two boys, and my oldest, at least, would prob­ably be very, very similar :). (My oldest is four­teen, and is a big Order of the Stick and d20 aficionado).

  13. Dee says:


    I just re-read (for the sixth time) Cast in Secret. I absolutely adore the series, I was a little iffy about reading the first book, the back blurb made me think it was another regur­gi­tated generic elves and wizards story, but fortu­nately I have a great book­store and the owner knows me and my tastes very well, if she highly recom­mends a book to me I know that I’m at least going to enjoy it, and occa­sion­ally I fall in love. I defi­nately fell in love. I’ve also managed to hook six other people onto the series, all of who even bought their own copies!!

    You have created some of the best char­ac­ters I have read, Kaylin is the perfect heroine because she is such a real person, complete with flaws and irri­ta­tions, and in Lord Night­shade the most enig­matic hero/anti hero it has been my plea­sure to read about in many years.

    As I live in New Zealand I have to buy copies of your books imported from the US, they are terribly pricey this way, but worth each and every cent. I am eagerly and impa­tiently awaiting Cast in Fury. Thanks for the many hours of enjoy­ment your books have given me.

  14. Michelle says:

    I have a great book­store and the owner knows me and my tastes very well, if she highly recom­mends a book to me I know that I’m at least going to enjoy it, and occa­sion­ally I fall in love.

    Thank the owner for me :).

    As I live in New Zealand I have to buy copies of your books imported from the US, they are terribly pricey this way, but worth each and every cent.

    There are also Australian editions, which I think would be cheaper, but Cast in Fury is a November 2008 release from Luna in Australia (an October release in the US). I know it’s cheaper to buy the ones published/printed in Australia — they don’t have the exor­bi­tant ship­ping costs that the North Amer­ican version does.

  15. windmere says:


    I just love this series it is so unique. You add an addi­tional level with the chil­dren being psycho­log­i­cally abused, and survivors of horror. Why did you add this? Have you person­ally dealt with this, or witnessed child abuse/neglect? This adds such a layer that kaylin has to deal with. Addi­tion­ally, its inter­esting her rela­tion­ship with both Lord Night­shade and Severn. Are you going to add more dimen­sions to both of them by giving insight into their years when Kaylin wasn’t there? For Severn, after he’d left…
    I really enjoy your novels, with the only problem being they don’t get done soon enough. Sadly, I’m one of those who opens their xmas gifts early!

  16. Jean Uldall says:

    July 202008
    5 p.m. PDT


    This is the first time I’ve written to an author and hesi­tate to call you Michelle, although I’m thinking of you as I would a friend; I often think of books as friends also. and don’t like to leave them.

    I am already a big fan of yours, though I’ve just recently read for the first time a book written by you! You were intro­duced to me by a friend who allowed me to borrow his copy of “Hidden City.” It is the most inter­esting, exciting, and creative book I’ve read in a long time. (I could add many more lauda­tory adjec­tives but don’t want to take up too much of your time.) Reading is and has been my favorite hobby since childhood.

    I was so fasci­nated with your book that I imme­di­ately ordered seven more and hope to be able to obtain them all somehow and, preferrably, read them in order. More than once I read “Hidden City” until 2 a.m., lingering lovingly over your words.

    Thank you for now being a part of my life.

  17. Hi Dee, I don’t know if you’ve tried eBooks but all of our Harle­quin titles are published in this format at the same time they are published in print. So you could purchase and down­load any of Michelle’s titles from our website and skip the ship­ping etc if you prefer. Cast In Fury will be avail­able in October in our online book­store and the book will be featured here:


    Michelle, I hope you don’t mind the intru­sion, we’re featuring you in a discus­sion in our Commu­nity in October and I was looking for a cover of Cast In Fury and found your discus­sion boards.

    eHar​le​quin​.com Commu­nity Manager

  18. bonnie holmes says:

    i just received cast in fury today and boy were the others in the group jealous​.lol. although i am only half way through it, i am enjoying it immensely. it is an early by 7 days birthday present so thank you very much. ican’t wait for house name to come out. any date yet. possibility?

  19. Erin says:

    I absolutely love this series, I was a complete psycho reading this book as soon as it came out. Now I will have to go back and read the rest of the series again to tide me over till next year.

  20. Linda says:

    I just finished reading Cast in Fury and found that it was just a good as the previous books in the series. I love the story lines in each one and already look forward to the new book in 2009. I hope it won’t be late 2009 as I’m already waiting for it to come out.

  21. Judy says:

    I have a ques­tion about your “The Sundered Series.” I know that this partic­ular of yours is old, but I was wondering if you are plan­ning to repub­lish the last 2 books of the series?

    I haven’t read the series yet, but it has been recom­mended to me and it sounds really inter­esting, but then I found out that book 3 and 4 are out of print and the prices for them are just a bit too much for me.

    I would love to read the whole series if I can find book 3 and 4. Do you know perhaps?

    It is such a pity that I didn’t find out about this series until now where two of the books are now out of print. T________T

  22. Mia says:

    Hello there from Melbourne,

    Well…you’ve done it now. Being such an avid reader of fantasy since I was wee child, I think you’ve ruined me for other fantasy writers.

    I’ve grown so obses­sive over your ‘Cast’ series that my local library think I’m seri­ously unhinged (I beg to differ though — I mean, does re-loaning your series for the last month (okay, so it’s closer to two months) so that I can read them time and time, even taking them with me on my short holiday to Sydney, sound at all psychotic to you???)

    I even jumped out of my sickbed (nasty cold going around at work) to wobble my way through the city to the only book­store that held ‘Cast in Fury’ Perhaps it was the madness in my eyes that fore­stalled the sales person’s spiel about what a bril­liant buy I was making but I think it was the growling noises rumbling from my congested chest. It wasn’t pretty.

    I love your story­telling style — espe­cially when it comes to Lord Night­shade (my favourite char­acter), Kaylin is defi­nitely worthy of him!

    Thankyou for making my world more magical with char­ac­ters I will never forget.


  23. Chelsea says:

    I am sooooooo excited, i couldn’t believe it when I was searching on the internet and this came up… Oh my good­ness, i’m going to have to go shop­ping tomorrow and see if I can find it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A big thanks to you Michelle, I love your series and recom­mend it to everyone. It’s rare I enjoy a book as much as I have enjoyed yours. I had the first one for two weeks from my library and I read it over 20 times, and enjoyed it every time. Anyway I prob­ably sound like a freak, but I really do enjoy reading your books. The fourth ones sounds soooo inter­esting, I love every­thing about your style of writing, it’s detailed but not overly heavy and the inter­play between all the char­ac­ters esp Kaylin/Nightshade/Severn is wonderful.


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