Setting off on a New Adventure
Oh boy, things are in motion! Next month--exact publication date unknown--"Destiny's Choice" will be published. I can't wait to see how readers will react to Asher and her journey to the Southlands. I had my mother do the final proofread and she rated it "terrific," which is fantastic given 1) she doesn't read YA, 2) she doesn't read fantasy, and 3) she hasn't read anything I've written since the 9th grade. There is one part of the book that I know will spark...emotion....with readers, so don't worry, I'm already two chapters into a novella that will make everything better. Trust me. :) The question now is whether to release that novella at once on Wattpad, put it up in chapters on the blog, and/or finally start a newsletter like all the other Ylva authors. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get there. Maybe I'll do all of the above.
In other news, editing on the final book of the Destiny and Darkness series, "Death's Champion" is officially in content editing en route to its April publication date. Which is CRAZY. I can't believe the series is wrapping up. Book one hasn't even been out a full year yet and book four is already awaiting its cover art. Who would have predicting this a year and a half ago when this journey started? Not me. As always, thanks to everyone who has read the books and liked them enough to keep reading. You are very appreciated.
That leaves the final bit of news: with the completion of the YA high fantasy series, I'm embarking on my next project, "The Lady Adventurers Club." This is an adult low fantasy action/adventure book set in 1920s North Africa. I couldn't be more excited about this book because it's been in my head for a few years, but I couldn't start it until the Destiny and Darkness series was over. This may be giving away too much about the plot, but here's the idea:
Brassy British archaeologist Anna Baring has discovered the greatest archaeological find of the millennium: the pristine, untouched tomb of Pharaoh Ahmose I, which dwarfs the splendor of King Tutankhamun’s tomb. When she invites three highly accomplished friends to attend the ceremonial opening of the tomb, however, she discovers she’s been beaten to the punch by international antiquities thieves. The four lady adventurers set out on a wild chase across North Africa to stop the thieves, but when supernatural things start to happen, they begin to question what they’ll do with Ahmose's treasures even if they recover them.
Spoiler alert? I don't know. Anyway, that's the idea at the start, so we'll see where it finishes. And yes, in case you're wondering, Lady Anna does have a love interest, in the form of an American Annie Oakley type who didn't know it was possible for two ladies to fall in love. She's in for a surprise. As I go, I'd like to update this blog on the characters and things I'm learning about Egyptology, so that readers who are into history can go back and read about it. We'll see. Off to write chapter two!