Happy Birthday to my Amazing Assistant, Carien. I can’t begin to tell you all how much she does for me. She keeps me sane and all the balls in the air. Plus she is beloved of cats. Check out her blog here.
At long last, a blog post from me! I’ve been podcasting pretty regularly – and posting those links here – but I’d hesitated to put too much content on my website because I knew I’d be changing website hosts. I know I told you all I hoped to unveil a new website in early October. Though I paid for it back in September, my previous website designer and host didn’t get it done. And didn’t get it done. And then, when it was theoretically done, half the stuff I’d asked for was missing and the stuff that did make it in had broken links and fatal errors.
But I’m very excited to be with a new host now and they are fantastic! So professional and responsive. They’ll be designing that new site for me and I believe they’ll actually do it! So stay tuned for that unveiling.
For those not listening to the podcast, Sorcerous Moons #5 is DONE! ORIA’S ENCHANTMENT is with my copy editor now and I expect to release it before the end of January 2019. As soon as I have a more specific date to give you, I’ll do the cover reveal. As always, the best way to be notified of the book release is by signing up for my newsletter.
I’m working on Sorcerous Moons #6 now – LONEN’S REIGN – and hope to have it out in late February or early March 2019.
One more thing I’m noodling… I was thinking this morning how much I miss book twitter, back in the before times when Twitter wasn’t all politics. I use lists, but that means my feed gets so curated I miss the conversations about random stuff. So I’m considering making a list – like “Jeffe’s Book Twitter” – and people could ask to be added to the list. If those people had book tweets to share, they could use the hashtag #jkbooktwitter or some such. To follow it, we’d have to follow the list and filter for that hashtag, but I think it could work. There would be rules like book promo once a day, no trashing any books or authors, no publicists, though agents and assistants would be welcome. Otherwise, we’d just talk about books! What do you all think?
These rainy days and chilly evenings have made for a cozy autumn. So lovely to build a fire, put on a warm robe, and read by the fireplace.
I sometimes get questions from readers – for the most part through my website contact form, Goodreads, Facebook, or Twitter – and usually I answers those questions where they’re asked. The other day, however, I received an email via the website contact form, with enough questions and enthusiastic thoughts, that I asked for permission to share it here. Pretty much the fun version of asking the question so the whole class can hear, because other people probably have the same question. 😉
Here’s the email from Ellen: (I added the handy links)
Hello! First of all I have to say that I’m a huge fan! I recently discovered you through another favorite author of mine, Grace Draven. I started with “The Mark of The Tala” and then literally binge read every book in your entire 12 kingdoms universe in a matter of weeks. I absolutely loved how you tied in all the stories and I’m so excited to see what happens next, especially with war on the brink! That being said I do have a few questions I was wondering if you can answer (if not I totally understand!)
I always try to answer questions! Plus, I love to hear what readers love and what snags their curiosity. So here are some answers!
1) many of your Dasnarian characters use the term “cvan”, however I can’t find a definition for the word anywhere in your books. What does it mean? (On a side note it might be cool if future books had a glossary of terms. Just an idea! )
That’s a great idea to include a glossary of terms and Assistant Carien is on it! I don’t always define terms in my books unless I can find a way to make it a natural part of conversation. “Cvan” is a Dasnarian word that I made up, working off Old Norse – which is the springboard for all of my Dasnarian language – and means essentially “my lover.” Because that’s meant in a very sexual sense, there’s rarely opportunity to work into conversation a discussion of the term!
2) I understand both of Ami’s twins can shift, due to the barrier expanding, but what does it mean that only Stella has the “mark”? Before I thought the mark meant that she had enough magic to shift, so now I’m just a bit confused as to what the mark means. Is it in reference to her magical gifts? Like Andi with the foresight and Stella with emotions?
Aha! This is still somewhat mysterious and will not be explained until the final book. There are lots of guesses out there, and it’s nothing that people probably haven’t already intuited, but it’s not surprising that you’re confused since I’ve never come right out and explained. You’re on the right track – that it has to do with the magical gifts.
3) Will we ever find out the significance of Salena’s sea shells and the connection of them with Rayfe’s mother?
It’s funny, Carien had to go look for this for me, to remind me of the reference. For those wondering, the scene Ellen references comes at the end of THE MARK OF THE TALA, in the vision Andi experiences. Really there’s not much significance to this. Andi tells Rayfe’s mother, Garland, about the seashell because it’s part of showing that it truly was a message from Salena – something only Salena and Garland knew about. It was simply a memento of their friendship.
4) I can’t wait for “Seasons of Sorcery,” after that will there be any more “Uncharted Realms” releases? I’m so curious to see what future POV characters will take the main stage!
Right now I’m planning one more book in The Uncharted Realms series, which will tie up all the current threads and reveal some answers to questions posed back at the beginning of The Twelve Kingdoms. I haven’t publicly announced this anywhere yet (I think) because I was still noodling it, but that book will be called THE FATE OF THE TALA, and if all goes well, it will be out in May of 2019.