First of all, today is Memorial Day here in the USA. I hope everyone celebrating has a good BBQ, safe travels, and a chance for a quiet moment of remembrance.
Currently working on: Almost release day!
This week’s topic here at Silk And Shadows is “the hardest part of writing.” But I’m hijacking the thread, because this is a celebration week for me. Book 2 of the Marked Souls, FORGED OF SHADOWS, comes out tomorrow, June 1, 2010!
The war between good and evil has raged for millennia, with the Marked Souls caught in the middle, but the new girl doesn’t play by old rules…
Liam Niall never meant to be a leader. Barely surviving the horrors of the Irish Potato Famine with body and soul intact, he escaped to Chicago…where he lost half his soul and gained a wayward band of demon-possessed warriors. Now, as the talyan face a morphing evil, Liam grows weary and plagued by doubt-until a new weapon falls into his hands. Her name is Jilly Chan. To save her demon-ridden soul, Liam must win her to his battle…and his bed.
Waging a one-woman war against the threats to the street kids she mentors, Jilly won’t be any man’s woman or weapon. But Liam-with his hard eyes, soft brogue and compelling hands-is a danger to her rebellious independence…and her heart.
These two halved souls sharing one fierce passion will sear a fresh scar across the city. Who’s in danger now?
“[F]or readers who love J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, the Marked Souls series will hit the spot.”
–4 Stars RT BOOKReviews
This is only my second book, but so far, it seems to me that release week is one of the EASIEST parts of writing. Because by the time release week rolls around, it’s too damn late. Everything has been done. The story is written, edited, wrapped in a manly chest — or backside, as the case may be — printed, and shipped to the stores (hopefully) to appear on shelves. From thence to fall into book baskets everywhere (again, hopefully).
Sure, there are other things for me to do: Bite my nails, obsessively click refresh on the Amazon ranking page, self-medicate with chocolate syrup (I already ate all the cookie dough). But the story itself is done. All that remains is for someone, somewhere, to read it.
This is the moment (okay, months) of truth for a story. I’ve heard of writers who say they write for themselves, but I write to share. The release of the book into the wild is my chance — finally! — to share.
I sincerely hope you like it.
To celebrate, I’m giving away a $25 bookstore gift card this week. Just tell me which of the two beginnings to FORGED OF SHADOWS that I posted in the links above you like better, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. Tell a friend about this giveaway, and have the friend enter your name in her comment, and you’ll both be double entered for a chance to win. Thanks for celebrating with me!