Thursday, February 11, 2010

Back to Normal

Having a book released is sort of like Christmas. There’s the long, build up, and when finally the day arrives, you rush to see if Santa left good responses or a lump of coal. You’re able to maybe coast for a while on the excitement of it all, but then comes the day when the decorations come down and everything returns to normal.

And so it’s back to normal here. The only thing noteworthy that has happen recently was my brother’s birthday, where I got to razz him on always being older than me. Then, of course, my sisters can do the same to me, brats that they are. In my family we’re equal opportunity razzers.

The Reckoning Flames is coming along—Rabbit has found himself in a predicament and it’ll be interesting to see how it resolves. While I generally know a story’s beginning and end, the middle is a wild, uncharted terrority with the plots taking twists and turns that surprise even me. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the best part of writing—having your characters come alive and shock the heck out of you.

At my last post, I had fully intended to start A Game of Thrones, but I’d come across some books by Mark del Franco, his Connor Grey series. They’re urban fantasy but instead of the usual vampires and werewolves, it’s chock full of druids, elves, fairies, dwarfs and other fae. I’ve plowed through three of them and am going to get the fourth. The Abigail Adams murder mystery also arrived—though I discovered that it wasn’t written by Barbara Hambly, but by Barbara Hamilton. Ah, well. It received very good reviews, so I expect to enjoy it anyway while I wait for Ms. Hambly’s new Benjamin January book to be released. I’ve also picked up Diana Gabaldon’s latest in the Jaime and Claire saga. In all, my reading calendar has beome rather full, so Mr. Martin has been placed back on the shelf until another time.


  1. Just to let you know Barbara Hambly is writing as Barbara Hamilton.

  2. you cant honestly leave George R R Martin on the shelf Lorna, bad craic! Its a great work of art.

  3. Ah! Wondered how it ended up on my search page. Thanks!

    And by the way, the book was excellent.

  4. Hi Phil,

    I'll get to Mr. Martin. I have all four of his books waiting for that perfect moment to dive in.

  5. I just finished reading the third book....I was heart broken when it got pulled from publication last time and was joyous when I found your website yesterday and saw that it was available! I finished your book in an hour then went back and re-read it slowly for savoring! Lovely job! I loved seeing the relationship between the king and rabbit develop at the the end....hopefully, there will be more of that to come....part of growing up is in the realizing that our idols are much more complex people than we see...Suiden, etc...
    Again, congrats on the fabulous book! Keep writing...pages are only blank until you fill them :)

  6. Thank you thank you thank for writing these books. I just found out you had a blog and I had to come by. I hope you try out Jim Butcher/Patricia Briggs as well if you liked Conner Grey. Good luck with the next book I can't wait to read it :)

  7. Just picked up the third book and can't wait to get started on my series re-read. Funny enough, I have to finish the 4th Connor Grey book first (his publication date beat yours so he got the first series re-read heh).

    I would also recommend Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews for another great urban fantasy series.

  8. I just discovered and devoured your first three books and enjoyed them a ton. I'll definitely be recommending them to all my friends. :) Good luck with the writing, I'm very much looking forward to book four!