*sees everything’s steady*
Right, so after this post, as I said, I took another stab at the website. I think I have it all fixed. It took a few hours of combing through files, then I went back to Wordfence and fiddled with some settings and rescanned it several times to catch all the malicious files. Then scanned again. And again. And watched for any more inexplicable updates with hinky codes via CPanel.
And it looks clear. I have to redo my FAQ section as that plugin was abandoned and now poses a security risk, but for now, I think it’s solved. I also figured out why over a year ago I was flagged by Google for spam pages that didn’t actually exist–that too is fixed and I don’t think I have to nuke everything. This also means I should be blogging about stuff and things a little more regularly.
Hopefully I didn’t jinx myself.
Now, on to books!
Ashford’s Ghost came out as a single release October 31 and it includes three chapters from the third Livi Talbot novel as a teaser at the end.
The Livi holiday short is available for a buck at Payhip (unless you’re on Patreon, then it’s free for everyone).
I also released one of my previous Patreon exclusives at Payhip, also for a buck–it’s another 9K word story about a pair of hitmen after Zara’s saber-tooth cat Sir Rodney Ballsgalore. It does not go well for them. (Still free at Patreon!)
Livi #3! It’s with the beta, and from there we’ll discuss the major revisions I want to make, and I’ll hopefully make them in a reasonable timeframe, then they’ll go for copyediting. Still aiming for a June release. No preorder yet but tentatively thinking either June 5 or June 12.
I will update as soon as I know more, I promise.
No other potential ETAs for things this year. I have books in progress. There is a strong likelihood of Livi #4 (Shiva’s Bow) releasing in the fall. I’m still on the fence in a lot of ways but I’d really like to continue them.
I have no ETA on Wolfe yet, I’m sorry. I still have to rewrite it. I’m still dreading it.
What I’m Working On
Primarily, West’s prequel novel Tiger’s Memory. It should be done around June or so. At this point, it’ll remain exclusive to the West Is Best Club, but I might do a side release on Payhip if I get it polished up around the release of the fifth Livi novel.
When it’s done, I have several chapters of parts of Solomon’s Seal from West’s POV I might continue, or he had some things going on during Ashford’s Ghost that might be fun to explore.
Also, in no particular order:
- First Dates (that end badly): a duo of stories, one of which is Zara going on a post-Oblivion date with Rodney’s veterinarian, and one where Livi is set up on a blind date. I’m writing Livi’s first and hoping to post the first half for Patreon soon (I am SUPER late but it’s been a busy month). It’s just a fun little side thing–I’m enjoying shorts set in existing worlds if only because it gives me something manageable I can finish in a small time frame. Right now they’ll be on Patreon; I’ll see about releasing elsewhere next year.
- Summoning at Harrowood: my terrible gothic romance that I’m loving. I do not expect I’ll ever release it, but it’s something I write for my own comfort and sanity, particularly when stressed.
- Livi #5: it does not have a firm title yet. Livi’s in a very dark place, there’s a lot of angst, depression, and bad decisions, so of course I am loving every second of it. I hit 17K and then had to pause to do a bit more research. This one’s set in Peru and I spent so much time working on the third book (which jumps around from Japan to Australia to off the coast of China), it’s a big shift to pre-Incan artifacts and ruins. Thankfully I know the bulk of Livi’s emotional journey, the big bad, and a bit about the artifact she’s hunting, but I need a few more pieces in place. I do think you guys are gonna like this one, though.
Patreon hit $200/month! (Mostly; there are always a handful of pledges declined that get fixed later in the month.) This is amazing news I am really excited for–every little bit of financial security there brings more of my focus to these books as opposed to for-pay writing. This weekend I’m aiming to do a video reading from a Livi book. With cats. Because y’all are my heroes.
Thank you for sticking around! I’ve re-enabled blog subscriptions again since I think the website issues are sorted out.