I’ve set a date for the fourth Livi novel:
August 27, 2019Read more for preorder links
I’ve set a date for the fourth Livi novel:
August 27, 2019Read more for preorder links
The countdown is on to the next Livi Talbot adventure: Emperor’s Tomb releases four weeks from today.
A reminder that if you pre-order or buy the week of release (print or ebook), you can forward the receipt/screenshot/etc (blank out personal info as needed) to me with your address and I’ll send you a personalized postcard from Livi late October (open international). I’ve tested out the email address a few times and it should work for forwarding, but I’ll reply with confirmation–if you don’t hear back from me, try again!
I’m planning a final proofread of this beast of a book early October. I have a couple of tweaks to do–there are a few lines that are bothering me, but I’m trying to give myself a bit more distance before I go back and tinker. I think I’ll need a bit of a break from Livi & co afterward, although the fifth book is in progress, the fourth is in revisions, and there’s a short novella in the works, I am exhausted. I don’t love the characters/world any less, I just need a vacation from it and come back refreshed.
There is still the Patreon postcard story in progress, and Solomon’s Seal from West’s POV for the West Is Best Club, but a few hours a month is vastly different from every waking moment being spent re-revising nearly 130K words for the bazillionth time.
Thankfully I have no shortage of things to work on, and maybe I’ll have news about something later in the year.
Speaking of vacation, I’m on my yearly week of holidays for my birthday. Nothing exciting except avoiding contact with humans, gaming (NEW TOMB RAIDER), bingeing Netflix, and doing big cleaning/purging projects. Saturday night is my birthday part–Google Hangout since most of my friends are in different timezones–and that’s about it. I’ll be back to work next Monday if the giant pile of laundry I’m tackling doesn’t kill me first.
It’s very hard to write books when everything you love is dead. Also hard to do: get up, work, clean, bathe, breathe, not cry, have patience with people who discard their cats like trash. But alas I manage to do most of those things, even if it takes longer and is quite taxing, and last night I finished the fourth draft of the third Livi novel.
There’s still a fifth draft to go. And copyediting. And proofreading. But it’s a big chunk of work done at last, and the book is now up for preorder.
The prequel novel about West’s first major assignment, his first girlfriend, and how it goes terribly wrong for him on both counts.
Before he was known as brutal operative Dale West, he was Suh Dae-il, a twenty-year-old rising star in the agency who escaped a North Korean prison camp five years earlier. Charismatic, brilliant, and manipulative, he’s the perfect spy—right up until he’s assigned his first target.
Becoming the person who could convince a girl to flip on her family means submerging himself in another world entirely. If he disappears in this other persona completely, he risks losing his job, his purpose, and the people who gave him a new life after he fled hell; if he remains the operative beneath the surface, he could lose the girl he’s fallen in love with when she learns the truth about his subterfuge.
Either way it may not matter when agency operatives and their targets in the area are killed. Dae-il is in someone’s crosshairs—someone who shares his unique abilities and has no qualms about his girlfriend becoming collateral damage in a mission that will change the magical landscape of the entire world.
Mark your calendars…
Yes, the title changed, but the cover hasn’t.
This is a big book. Current draft is at 121 525 words (Livi books are normally 106K). That might bump up a bit as the book needs some prettying up–I try (and hopefully succeed) to make Livi’s books very visual and cinematic, but this one was difficult to just get all the pieces in place. Next draft will smooth it out. I’m frightfully insecure about it because it was so difficult, and I know it’s a year behind schedule, but I sincerely hope it’s worth the wait for readers and y’all enjoy it.
This book has…
I think when I’m done hating it, I will ultimately be very proud of it. It caps off Livi’s character arc nicely–if I ended it here, it would make a solid trilogy of books, I think. There are of course more–I’m writing the fifth right now–but Livi is on life support and can use all the help she can get. Please, during the blood moon/eclipse, sacrifice a virgin or two (I mean, whatever you can find) and at least half a dozen unicorns to whatever deity of your choice and maybe sales will increase.
The countdown is on to be thanked in the acknowledgements of Emperor’s Tomb! Like the producer credits on the movie, Patrons of Snark get thanked for their monthly support in all my books. Join for as little as a buck a month and get added to the acknowledgements.
Then, coming either next month or in September,
The Oblivion bundle will be on Kindle Unlimited for three months before distribution is expanded elsewhere. Here’s the table of contents:
I wanted to give the series a quick proofread (again) but I haven’t the mental capacity for it, so that’s why I’m being vague on the release right now. So…”soon”.
Besides more revisions on Livi 3, I have other stuff in progress I’m not ready to talk about yet. When I have details, I’ll share them, I just don’t like to jinx projects in early development.
Looky what’s coming soon!
So you might recall back in January I was on a reading kick of haunted house stories and really wanted to write one (it’s one of my favourite tropes since childhood, and I haven’t written one in a while). I played around with a few things, but I just…like, I have so fucking much to do, and stories take up a lot of mental space now and have to simmer before they’re ready to be written, and creating a whole new world… Just ugh. I haven’t been able to do that on top of freelance work right now, so I wanted something fun in an established world.
And then I bugged Dina James about it, because she also writes paranormal, and surely she could come up with something related to a haunted house in either her Key to Hell or Stranger Things worlds. We’ve also been talking about doing something similar with Zara and Kyle stories at some point, but that’s early planning stages.
We have writing dates a few times a week, to help us both keep on track–that’s how I wrote Resist, and how the bulk of this new novella was written. And the result of our labor is now up for pre-order, with a release date of June 27! (It will be available in ebook and print, although ebook is just up for pre-order right now.)
A drafty old house, or the steps of a creature lurking in the dark?
A trick of the light, or is the shadow in the corner of your eye something more?
A natural wind, or was that a whisper in your ear?
Read two tales of haunted houses that are not what they seem from (evil) paranormal authors Dina James and Skyla Dawn Cameron.
In RITUAL, a novella in Dina James’ Key to Hell series, Kyle Carillron knows every trick across the realms when it comes to dealing with the supernatural. Once a demon himself, the vampire has seen it all. When a divine assassin, half-angel Sebastian, comes to him with a scrap of paper discovered in a supposedly haunted house where some teenagers are playing Ouija, he can’t help but roll his eyes. But the paper has an unfamiliar symbol on it, written in human blood. Very little on the planes mystifies Kyle, but upon investigating the premises, he discovers evidence of a ritual with far with deeper consequences than humans attempting to contact the souls of the departed.
ASHFORD’S GHOST follows part-time adventurer and full-time mom Olivia Talbot in a novella continuation of Skyla Dawn Cameron’s Livi Talbot series. Four months ago, Livi successfully killed the afreet who abducted her family and tried to murder her. Then she took over his villa and made it her base of operations/home, as any respectable treasure hunter in need of better digs is wont to do. But this house is haunted, and she’s starting to think the ancient murderer she used the Seal of Solomon to destroy might not be entirely dead after all. Isolated in the house by a violent snowstorm, Livi is trapped with a dark force gathering strength by the hour, threatening not only the safety of her family but possibly her very sanity.
Ashford’s Ghost isn’t really standalone–it’s directly about the consequences of Solomon’s Seal (and to a lesser extent, Odin’s Spear), and sets up both Zheng’s Tomb (#3) and some worldbuilding stuff for the untitled fifth book. So while it’s a fun, smaller story, it’s not one without importance to the series as a whole.
There’s another way to read it: my supporters on Patreon are getting this 40K word story (about 40% the length of one of Livi’s usual novels) serialized and posted over the next three months.
Part One on May 1, Part Two on June 1, and Part Three on July 1. All supporters at all reward levels get to read it.
Like the first two Livi books combine traditional urban fantasy with adventure, Ashford’s Ghost combines adventure with the haunted house trope, and I think it’s a lot of fun. You get to catch up with Livi, Pru, Em, Laurel, West, and a new character three months after the events of Odin’s Spear.
Ashford’s Ghost will also be available as a single release toward the end of the year (no firm date yet). I’m still picking at the third book–returning to late night walks/jogs is helping me sort it out in my head, and I’m trying to better hammer out the structure. I have the beginning and the end written, however, it’s just the slog in between that needs help.
December of this year, there’ll be a longish Livi short story posted for Patrons of Snark. It’s just something fun I wrote for Christmas a few years ago–Livi’s first Christmas at the villa, set prior to Ashford’s Ghost–that isn’t really something I’d sell? I guess? But it fills in a few blanks and if you’re a fan of the characters, I think you’ll enjoy it.
That’s it for Livi news for now. She’s still on life support for the foreseeable future, and if you can leave a review or tell a friend to check out the books, that’s always a big help. I still have some print books for sale, too.
Let’s get right to it, shall we?
First up we have Oblivion, the fifth and (unfortunately?) final Demons of Oblivion novel on August 9.
Earthquakes. Plagues. Rivers of blood. The ever-so-popular rain of toads. When end of the world fare is on the rise, it’s well past business as usual in a city where the veil between dimensions is thin.
Quarter-demon Persephone Takata isn’t so keen on killing herself anymore. This time when death approaches, she’s ready to take a stand and fight to protect the woman she loves, along with everyone around them as the apocalypse swings into full force.
Meanwhile, trapped in her home dimension where her antichrist father’s rule is weakening, Mishka Thiering’s hopes for revenge on the living are put on hold when she stumbles across the truth the Court has kept hidden for centuries. Her death was the last piece of the puzzle, leading to a change in the dimensional landscape, affecting humans and demons alike.
Despite its fractured numbers, the shadowy organization who has kept tabs on Peri and Mishka for years is still very much in the game, ready to set into motion their final plan. For there is something much, much worse waiting in the wings—something old, something powerful, and something far more terrifying than Oblivion or any of the creatures it’s spawned.
Alliances, betrayals, casualties.
This is war. And only one sister can win.
This is what the others have all been leading to, and it absolutely is NOT standalone. You need to read books one through four (Bloodlines, Hunter, Lineage, Exhumed) as each book contains the pieces that come to a head in this one.
It is a very good idea to have read some of the extras, like Damaged: A Zara Lain Novella and 9 Crimes (a Nate collection), particularly the latter because Mishka refers to the events in it a lot. There’s also mention of the events from Prey, so Patrons of Snark will be familiar with some things.
There is a catch up series sale if you’ve missed any of the stories, 50% off from my online store.
So the Oblivion ebook is definitely available on August 9, but the print will be out a little bit later as I have to get it formatted and put together, hopefully about mid-month.
Just six weeks after that we have Solomon’s Seal, the start of a new series, on September 20.
The Livi Talbot novels combine urban fantasy and adventure, and I’m really excited readers will finally get to check them out.
EX-DEBUTANTE. SINGLE MOTHER. TREASURE HUNTER.
Disowned and left penniless for getting pregnant at seventeen, former celebutante Olivia Talbot was willing to do whatever it took to provide for her daughter…including become a treasure hunter. Since the Pulse hit, activating relics of legend, there are plenty of artifacts to be had—not to mention wealthy clients willing to pay top dollar for them.
Just as her daughter’s private school tuition cheque bounces, Livi gets an offer that could be the break she needs to return to some semblance of her former life. A potential new client wants her to travel to Ethiopia and retrieve the Seal of Solomon—a mythical ring said to control demons and djinn—and this bounty comes with one hell of a financial pay off.
The deadline: a week. The team: unreliable. The competition: her world-renowned archaeologist older brother. Nothing Livi can’t handle… Except the danger goes beyond a few subterranean serpent-dragons she might encounter or tangling with her employer’s deadly second-in-command. This client isn’t all he seems, and handing him the ring might be worse than what he’ll do to her—and her daughter—if she doesn’t.
Paperback will likely be available a bit before the ebook.
Here’s what really smart people with excellent taste in literature have to say:
“Whip-smart, gritty, and fascinating. Olivia Talbot is a badass, and a mother, I’d want on my side if the world went to hell. Skyla Dawn Cameron’s deft characterization, complex plotting, and brutal action leaves the reader gasping for more.”
–Lilith Saintcrow, New York Times Bestselling Author
“It’s well written with a balanced blend of humor and adventure you can’t deny is spellbinding.”
–My World…in words and pages
The Livi Talbot series is ten books. I’ve written the first few, and I’m committed to publishing three. After that, it’ll depend on my stress level. If they’re not selling, I’ll leave it at three. If they’re heavily pirated, I’ll leave it at three. If it makes me unhappy to publish them, I’ll leave it at three. The fourth book ends with a cliffhanger, and I don’t want to reach that point and then leave readers hanging, so three seems safe for now.
That’s it for 2016, unless I write a short story or novella or something.
The second Livi Talbot book, Odin’s Spear, is complete. I need to do another pass on it to smooth things out. I’m tentatively looking at February for it to release. The third book is in progress. If I have a draft done by the end of the year, I should be able to release it mid-2017. The covers are done for both, the blurb is done for OS, but I’ll reveal that stuff later.
Also on my plate is Wolfe, which still has to be rewritten (I know, I know, I just…y’all, I HATE that book).
Nothing else to report right now, I’m in the midst of a very busy summer.