Updates to the Library: New chapters

Posted in Books, DAW, Elantra, Luna, writing.

I know it’s been a while, but I’ve taken tonight off – in a manner of speaking – in order to update the site a bit. I’m not a web-wizard; worse I have the image handling acumen of a shaved, armless baboon. Yes, sadly, this is an excuse.

But to make my excuses more palat­able I’ve finally updated the series pages for The Chron­i­cles of Elantra and House War, with the first chap­ters of the new books in either series. (I appear to have had to upload Cast in Chaos chapter several times because I’m not capable of cutting and pasting without cleaving off parts of the chapter in ques­tion. Yes, it’s been that kind of night…)

I’m as usual a tiny bit behind, but this is the current writing news:

House Name has already been turned in, and as of now, has a publi­ca­tion date of January 2011. Skir­mish, the next book, leaps ahead to the year 427 in the Empire – and starts the day Jewel ATer­afin returns home. That’s the book I’m currently writing, and it’s going very well; at the moment, it is all joy to write. It’s not, of course, in the home stretch, and I’m going to no doubt have days in which I pull out all my hair and bang my head against figu­ra­tive plot and struc­ture walls, but I’m enjoying it immensely while I can.

On the Elantra front, I’m pretty sure Cast in Ruin is in the home stretch. I’m also pretty sure that Kaylin will be going to the West March some­time very soon, but not in Ruin.

23 Responses to Updates to the Library: New chapters

  1. Aliza says:

    Hey Michelle,
    Thank you soooo much for uploading the first chapter of Cast in Chaos. I just read it and I totally loved it. I am counting the hours till it’s released and I can hold the book in my hands.

  2. Kim says:

    Thank you Michelle!

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!
    (you have no idea how happy I am right now! You made my day!)

    I absolutely loved the Cast in Chaos chapter! And I hope the finishing Cast in Ruin goes well for you!

    : )

  3. hjbau says:

    Do you have a cover for House Name? And if so, may i ask who is on the cover this time around?

  4. I don’t have a cover yet — I’ll have to ask, actu­ally; I’m not sure it’s not too early, but I sent the whole book to the artist (Jody Lee!) a while ago now.

  5. Michael says:

    I read the sample chapter for Cast in Chaos.
    ::sigh::
    I ought to know better.
    I am intrigued and excited. I can’t wait until August now, and given that I am on an acad­emic schedule, that says *a lot*.

    (Oh! and, um, how much time are you spending on the fiefs ::cough, cough:: in the next couple of books? Because I desper­ately want a contin­u­a­tion of the awesome­ness you began in Silence.)

  6. hjbau says:

    Thanks for the response. I guess we still have six months until the book is released. Apolo­gies for being antsy.

    I just did a reread of Hidden City and City of Night and it really made me wonder what is going to happen next. It made me think about what Alowan most have seen when he healed Angel that he would be willing to beg. Very good book. Both of them. I can’t wait to read more.

  7. Julia says:

    Thank you, thank you for Cast in Choas. {happy dance:)} I can’t wait for August. Um, is it bad to wish for time travel?

    Michelle, your stories are outstanding. Don’t ever stop writing. I love the way Severn supports Kaylin. I hope they end up together. (hint, hint) :)

  8. DG says:

    Cast in Chaos is rumored to have lots and lots of Night­shade. Please for all that is good and decent, tell me this is true. I’m an unre­pen­tant Night­shade junky, he’s by far the most inter­esting char­acter in the series (well, him and Sana­balis, I love that dragon).

  9. Maria says:

    I’m agreeing with DG here… and should really leave it at that. You really don’t want to know my obses­sion with Night­shade… and the Arkon… because he’s a boss.

  10. shauntel says:

    I really love to read the elantra series and the house war saga. The only thing that confuses me is the time lines. The years are fine, but the calendar months? is there anyway that you can name the calendar months for the series in order. I am trying to figure out how much time has passed when reading all of the series. The Sun sword series needs it the most, From the first to the sixth book you don’t know if it took days or months to win the war?? So could you post the calendar months?

    Thank you

  11. hjbau says:

    I know i am not Michelle, but i think i can answer this ques­tion. There are thir­teen months in the Essalieyan Calendar with four weeks each. She mentioned this at some point. Here they are in order.

    Veral. 1st month.
    Fabril. 2nd month.
    Morel. 3rd month.
    Lattan. 4th month.
    Seril. 5th month.
    Emperal. 6th month.
    Wittan. 7th month.
    Aeral. 8th month.
    Maran. 9th month.
    Scaral. 10th month.
    Misteral. 11th month.
    Corvil. 12th month.
    Henden. 13th month.

  12. shauntel says:

    i was wondering.… in book four of the sun sword, Margret went to the lost city of men, and in one of the visions saw the orig­inal matri­arch talking with the first born who had taken the form of one of the Sen. The first born had also taken the form of jewels oma, Is she the Terafin guardian spirit?

  13. HB says:

    Michelle,

    I wanted to thank you for your excel­lent Cast books. This series has been my favorite now for many years. Every year I look forward to the new addi­tion to the series and can’t count how many times I have re-read each of the books. I enjoy the depth and quality of your books and the abilty they have to allow me to catch new things almost every time I read. I also enjoy the humor and chem­istry that exists between the char­ac­ters. I admit I am a Nightshade/Kaylin fan, but have a sinking feeling I am going to end up very disap­pointed on that end, so I am trying to recon­cile myself to liking Severn, so it doesn’t ruin the story for me. Despite what happens there, I know I will always keep these books on my ‘to be kept forever shelf’ and appre­ciate the many hours of pure enjoy­ment I’ve received from reading these wonderful stories. Keep up the great work! I would recom­mend your books to anyone in a heart­beat.

  14. i was wondering…. in book four of the sun sword, Margret went to the lost city of men, and in one of the visions saw the orig­inal matri­arch talking with the first born who had taken the form of one of the Sen. The first born had also taken the form of jewels oma, Is she the Terafin guardian spirit?

    No. She *is* rele­vant to Jewel, because Jewel is a seer – but the Terafin spirit is an ancestor of the House itself.

  15. Despite what happens there, I know I will always keep these books on my ‘to be kept forever shelf’ and appre­ciate the many hours of pure enjoy­ment I’ve received from reading these wonderful stories. Keep up the great work! I would recom­mend your books to anyone in a heart­beat.

    Thank you. When in the rough stretches of a book (and every book I’ve ever written has those), hearing things like this is always helpful and greatly appre­ci­ated :)

  16. Mai says:

    After work on Friday I ran to Barnes & Noble to buy Chaos. I promised myself I would only read 5 chap­ters then I would call it a night. 5 hours later I am done and ready to start re-reading the book again.

    Thank you Michelle for telling a good story. I have enjoyed the Elantra series tremen­dously and I look forward to reading all future books about this unique world you have created with your wonderful vivid imag­i­na­tion.

    I agree with the previous readers — this series is in my keeper book­shelf.

  17. Ran says:

    I just finished “Cast in Chaos”. Another fantastic book about Kaylin and the prob­lems that seem to bloom under her feet at every step. I have noticed that our Kaylin is growing up. I think this lends itself perfectly with how the books have grown also. Keep up the great work. Oh…the Nightshade/Kaylin thing. I’m not in favor of a romance there. I’m rooting for Severn all the way.

    Having read all of the series you’ve written the Cast series is my favorite but not by far. “The House War” is taking a close second.

    Please don’t ever stop writing. I share there books with my daughter.

  18. shauntel says:

    Cast in Chaos is great!! I really loved the whole book, I’ve re-read it at least 3 times already. Please let us know what happened with the item she left in her room, does it have anything to do with the Dragons? Please give us back­ground on Severn how did he end up alone in night­shade.

    The Elantra series is currently my favorite series. I read vora­ciously, and I am so glad you have two great series going on at the same time. I can at least expect to read a great book every 6 months thank you.

    Elantra and House Wars are defi­nitely keepers

  19. Doona says:

    Michelle, Thanks so much for the next exciting install­ment in Elantra. More please soon! I couldn’t wait to start reading it once it arrived. I enjoyed finding out how Night­shade had “bided” his time as he waited for the others to rejoin him in what was a matter of moments for them, but years for him. Are we ever to find out why he was made Outcaste? Did he try to become High Lord? and yes, more on Severn’s back­ground as well!

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