Haven’t done much art stuff recently, so click through below to see a selection of character sketches done for The Vanity Case.
The Vanity Case is now available. This is the first Sondra Blake novel, about a detective and her partner working to solve cases of magical crime in an alternative New York City.
In my case, Happy Christmas, but YMMV. Here’s a Christmas pinup to cheer you through the long winter nights, or something.
This is Sondra who will be appearing in The Vanity Case in January. She will not be wearing any outfits anything like this one.
Just out of interest, does anyone else go through phases were they can’t type?
I just spelled ‘events’ as ‘venets.’ That’s two character transpositions in a row! My typing has been dreadful for the last few weeks. Yesterday’s favourite was ‘hors’ instead of ‘hours.’ And I just spelled ‘favourite’ as ‘havourite.’ Thank you, inline spelling correction is all I can say.
In other news, all these errors are appearing in the book I plan to have out mid-January. I’m banging away at keys like crazy here, but the dismal English weather is not exactly making for a cheerful December. (And when did it get to be December? I have to make time to get presents at some point! Someone get me a time machine.)
So, yeah, I got to over 50k words in 15 or 16 days. Unsurprising, to be honest. So, it’s National Novel Writing Fortnight.
But… While it was going fairly well, the ending I have planned is looking weak and I’m beginning to come to the conclusion that I suck at writing “romance.” I think I’m okay with it when it’s a sort of side issue to the rest of the story, but if it’s a major component… Ho hum. Can’t be good at everything.
So, Night’s Daughter is going on hold for at least the next few days while I look at something else which also may or may not end up being worthy of publishing. I’ll probably take another crack at things again; I have about two things fluttering around in my unwritten books files which I keep coming back to and never get finished, and this is one of them.
Still aiming to get back to Guardian by the end of the year, but for November I’m on a quest to try new things! One of them coming out good would be nice.
Book 8 in the Fox Meridian series is now out.
With new year, Fox Meridian is settling into her new position as the security and terrorism specialist of Palladium Security Solutions, and she’s finally getting over the death of her boyfriend. Then the violent murder of a vote broker throws Fox into a mire of sex and politics, and her friend Naomi Lind is in the hot seat.
Or Samhain, if you prefer.
This is Nikki, in her Halloween costume (she doesn’t normally have the wings and tail). She’s going to be the star of the book I’m writing for NaNoWriMo. And she’s dressed up for Halloween just for you. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.