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Down and dirty with deadlines and tours

So, I've been dodging people's questions about when I'm visiting the three poll-winning cities: New York, New Orleans, and Miami. When the poll originally went up, I said I'd be traveling in early November, but some of you have probably noticed that...well, it is early November and I'm not traveling. In fact, I'm sitting on my couch in pajamas right now.

What's the scoop? The tri-city trip has been postponed until January. I know this is disappointing to some people, but it comes as a result of something more important than me doing signings: finishing the books. Moving this tour to January was necessary for me to get Spirit Bound and Succubus Shadows done on time and not have their releases changed to later dates. It'd be great if I could do it all, but I'm guessing if it comes to a choice between meeting me or reading the books on time, you probably want choice #2.

As it is (and here's another question I've been dodging), the third Eugenie book (Iron Crowned) has already had its release bumped by a few months to January 2011. I'm sad about this, but again, it became necessary in order to make travel and the other deadlines work. It's a non-stop juggling act! If it helps, though, I believe Eugenie #4 will be coming out pretty quickly after #3.

So, yeah. I hate delivering news like this, but that's how it goes to keep these books coming out--and to keep them good! Rushing a book and having it turn out bad is a constant fear of mine. However, there's actually a bright side to me touring in January. Since the hardcover VA will have come out before then, I'll be able to sign them. And hey, if you get any holiday gift cards as presents, you'll be able to use them just in time! :)

Remember also that I'll be doing another big tour for Spirit Bound in May, though I have no dates or locations for that since I don't plan that (the cities are out of my control, guys!). There may also be some bits of other travel tucked in before then, but I hesitate to say more until I know more.

I'll leave you with my current work status, since I've also been asked about that. Spirit Bound and Succubus Shadows have synced up schedules, which makes things tricky. Right now, Spirit Bound is in its second round of revisions, probably with at least one more to go. Succubus Shadows is about to go into copy edits, which is the fine-tuning of a manuscript. Publishing schedules go: first draft, revisions, copy edits, proofing, and then production. So, it takes a while for the books to be officially "done." We're on our way, though! They'll be out on time. Thanks for understanding.

And as a random aside: several people wanted to know about the artist who does the German succubus covers. Her website is here.
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