I'm quite thrilled to report that my first novel, Queen of Shadows, will arrive in bookstores in September 2010.
There's no real information on it yet anywhere online, of course, but trust me, I'll update you the second I see it anywhere. I'm so happy about this series I have, literally, cried and squeed and danced in circles several times in the last month.
To those who've asked, no, it's not related to the Agency; the series is considered urban fantasy, and does involve vampires. It is not for young adults. There's violence, sex, and a variety of other situations inappropriate for tweens and younger teens.
To sum it up briefly:
Queen of Shadows begins the story of Miranda Grey, a gifted musician and empath whose powers are steadily destroying her mind. After surviving a horrific attack, she finds herself plunged headfirst into the world of vampire royalty. The choice is hers: to return to a normal life and gradually go insane, or to step up and claim her power and the dark, dangerous love that is her birthright.
So far I've mapped out three books. Berkley/Ace bought the first two with an option on the third, but I'm hoping the series will go on way past even that.
I may have excerpts and so forth closer to the publication date; at the very least the Signet Series will probably get its own website with insight into Miranda's world. Even though the entertainment 'verse is kind of supersaturated with vampires these days, I'm hoping that there's room for a story about a woman who makes her own choices, not just for twu wuv, but to create her own destiny and change the world on her own terms (while navigating the rocky waters of marriage, friendship, and politics). I'm very much in love with these characters and their universe and I hope I won't be the only one.
So that's what's new with me. :) I'm also working on the bare bones of an initial draft of a new nonfiction book, which I believe...and don't hold me to this...will be about creating your own path and finding joy and grace along the way regardless of the names of your gods or the trappings of your rituals.
That's actually the first I've said about it aloud, so, you heard it here. *laugh*