This is one of those Mondays when I glance at the calendar and think, “Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun!” (Seriously, how is it February already?) Five weeks into the new year, and I think I’m finally adjusting to my new writing schedule. With a little fine-tuning, I may even achieve punctuality with my serial posts. Sage and Song (theoretically) sees new installments on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Deuce updates Fridays (give or take). We’re wrapping up the celebrations surrounding The Garden Gate‘s book birthday today, and I have some sneak peeks to share. Come and see!
Art Peek. Let’s start with an art peek. It’s been a long while since we had one of these, so this is fun. Do you recognize this fellow?
I have a watercolorist working her way through some cast pictures. You may remember Othniel from Rough and Tumble. He’s mentor to Lucan.
Pursuing Prissie. I know all y’all are anxiously awaiting news on the release of my Threshold Series sequel. A ways back, we were saying how nice it would be to have the book come out on Valentine’s Day, but that’s not gonna happen. However, the book should still be good to go this spring. I’m currently writing Chapter 18: “The Golden Flowers.” How many chapters will there be? I’m not entirely sure. Just last week, the silly thing sprouted an extra chapter because … well, because. It’ll be somewhere around twenty-five, I think. Plus an epilogue. Looks like Pursuing Prissie will be twice as long as The Blue Door, and a story like this takes time to tell. Patience, please! ♥
Valentine’s Day. I just happen to have a Threshold Series Outtake that fits Valentine’s Day, so watch for a little something special on February 14.
Galleries of Stone. A very different book will be releasing this month under my other penname. Rakefang is the third and final book in the Galleries of Stone trilogy, and for those of you who are longing for a little romance in February … well! This may be the perfect time to introduce yourself to Tupper, the brave little boy whose whole world changes the day he accepts the position as servant to the solitary Keeper of the legendary Moonlit Mountain. In Book 1: Meadowsweet, he’s a newly nubbed boy of ten. In Book 2: Harrow, Tupper turns thirteen. In Book 3: Rakefang, Tupper is sixteen, and …
After years of searching for someone brave enough,
Tupper Meadowsweet finds her at Pennyflax & Quince.
Rakefang‘s cover reveal is coming up later this week over on CJMilbrandt.com, but here’s a peek at one of Hannah Christenson’s sketches for the book’s interior illustrations:
Milestone Celebrations. We’re approaching last call for participation in the giveaway for The Garden Gate‘s book birthday. It’ll take me a little while to pull everyone onto a master list and do the drawing, so expect a congratulatory post later this evening. I’ll also be calling a halt to this round of Q&A, so if you have any last minute questions for the Threshold series cast, get them in now! : )
Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s Day?