Priority number one for August is to celebrate! Seriously, on August 8, I’m publishing my fifth book in five years — Steel Empires Book 5: Steel Shadows. That’s a pretty awesome accomplishment, and while it would be easy to focus on all the other projects I have (and am behind on), I shouldn’t let this pass by unmarked. Here are some ways to party with me:
- Pre-order Steel Shadows!
- Help spread the word on official launch day, August 8.
- Leave a review of Steel Shadows on Amazon or Goodreads once you’ve read it.
- Leave a review of ANY of my books, no matter where you are in the series.
- Local to the Maryland area? Join me for the official launch event on September 1! This event is open to the public.
But let’s not get TOO distracted. There’s still plenty on my plate.
- I finished my review of Steel Justice, did some supplemental research to fill in some gaps, and sent it off to my beta reader!
- I’ve started reading a manuscript from that beta reader in trade, and I’m loving it so far.
- I didn’t finish the first draft of Steel Justice, but I added new words to it for the first time in literally months. Burnout is real, kids, and the small accomplishments matter.
- I’m not doing a full blog tour for the Steel Shadows launch, but I did submit a few blog posts to be hosted elsewhere. Links to those will be posted here on official launch day.
- I scheduled a venue for the live launch party!
- And I had a great time on my first trip to Chicago for an excellent work conference followed up by a lovely weekend with a good friend. We went to the local Renaissance festival!
July Book Reviews
- “Magic Tests” (Kate Daniels 5.3) by Ilona Andrews (5 stars)
- Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse #8) by James S.A. Corey (5 stars)
- A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3) by Alyssa Cole (5 stars)
- The Distiller’s Darling (River Hill #2) by Rebecca Norinne & Jamaila Brinkley (5 stars)
- The Baker’s Beauty (River Hill #3) by Rebecca Norinne & Jamaila Brinkley (4 stars)
- Reverb (Twisted Wishes #3) by Anna Zabo (5 stars)
- Proper English (Think of England #0.5) by K.J. Charles (5 stars)
- “Eidolon” (Whyborne & Griffin #1.5) by Jordan L. Hawk (5 stars)
- The Mathematical Gambit (The Galipp Files #2) by Jamaila Brinkley (5 stars)
- A Duke in Disguise (Regency Impostors #2) by Cat Sebastian (5 stars)
July Speculative Chic Contributions
Note: Due to multiple reasons, I’m stepping back from watching so many films to review at Speculative Chic. However, my 2019 Resolution Project to complete the Kate Daniels series continues on schedule, and I’m dedicated to continuing to contribute to the monthly Roundtable discussion posts.
- Celebrate the release of Steel Shadows!
- Complete the first draft of Steel Justice!
- Start outline for the as-yet untitled book 7! (I already have so many cool ideas.)
- Finish beta reading my friend’s excellent work-in-progress.
- Attend Pulpfest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for my publisher’s “sweet 16” anniversary celebration!