Two small updates today, because my life has been consumed by preparations for the holidays and edits to book 2, STEEL MAGIC.

I was tagged by my critique partner, Breeanna Pierce, to complete the 7/7/7 Challenge! She teased us with some details from her current WIP, another book in her YA urban fantasy series.

The 7/7/7 Challenge Rules:

  • Go to page 7 of your work-in-progress
  • Scroll down to line #7
  • Share the next 7 lines of your manuscript in a blog post
  • Tag 7 other writers (with blogs) to continue the challenge.

Since my major focus right now is on STEEL MAGIC, the sequel to my debut novel STEEL VICTORY, I’m going to use that for this challenge. Here’s the short teaser from the press release:

In Steel Magic, warrior-mages Toria and Kane are finally ready to begin their mercenary careers and debating between monster hunting and cushy bodyguard jobs. Instead, they are hired to investigate a much more serious problem—the world’s mages are disappearing. But when a friend is kidnapped, they’ll have to travel across the globe to save her, save themselves, and save magic itself.

And now the challenge!

“I had no idea,” Toria said. “You?” This was the distraction she had needed from mourning Master Procella’s death, but not the distraction she might have wanted.

“Of course not. We’ve been living and breathing schoolwork for almost a year. I haven’t spoken to another mage except you in ages.” Kane tucked Toria’s hand in the crook of his elbow and led her toward the parking lot.

It was true.

What was true? What’s going on? Who is Master Procella and why is he dead? Context is so necessary, sometimes…

I’m not really one for tagging people, but if you decide to play along, please post a link in the comments here so that I and others can check out your contribution and learn about what projects you are working on!

And in other news, STEEL VICTORY was featured by The Mulberry Tree, the alumni magazine of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. They included a lovely write-up, included here, along with a picture of the book’s gorgeous cover art.



I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday of their flavor, and an excellent new year. If you need me, I’ll be over here obsessing over line edits and looking mournfully at book 3, which still languishes unfinished…

My tree TARDIS!



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