Sunday, June 18, 2017

what you blog you have to borrow

Just a very short Sunday catchup post today, as I'm staring at the Dreaded Deadline Doom for Skyblade's Claim. Check back later this week for more; once I get everything in place, I can announce the official publication date and post an exclusive extended preview. But until then...


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Willow Wednesdays: Uncovered

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

someone has to see a blog for him and me

Sunday catchup! Work is going mostly smoothly on Skyblade's Claim, and I'm hoping to have a completed first draft by this time next week. I don't want to commit to a release date yet, but feel free to mark your calendars for June 27. Just do it in pencil. More after the cut!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

you've blogged it in the tea leaves, and the tracks are on TV

And we're back. My apologies for missing last week; Clockwork Alchemy consumed the entire weekend, but in a good way. There'll be a few photos after the cut, along with two other things of note. Before that, I do want to answer a comment left by H on Saturday in a bit more detail. They asked what the latest news was on the seventh Monkey Queen book.

Hopefully, it'll be late this year. Part of the delay is due to my not being completely happy with the story I had planned for the seventh book. At this point, I need to either figure out how best to rework what's been written, or scrap it and start over. I know where the overall storyline is going after that; I just need to get it to that point.

Another part is real life getting in the way. Getting the Monkey Queen books ready for print after they're written requires covers and formatting. That has taken money and time, and though I may be looking into steps to cut those costs, it's not like with the Peavley Manor and Skyblade Saga stories, where I've had help (thank you, Shei and Amber!). Also, Willow has been busy for most of the last year, both with her Yokai art book and her real life things. (She did pass the review and earn her Ph.D last year, and was immediately hired for a teaching and research position, all of which has eaten up a lot of her time.) I don't want to ask her to commit time to do a cover until I know what the story is going to be.

And other writing projects have also come up. Skyblade's Gambit took some writing time, and I still need to finish up Skyblade's Claim for a release later this month. The Peavley Manor short stories begged to be written and were fun to do (and helped me get out of my writing lull). And I have another project, a steampunk/fantasy thing, that I want to finish by September. After that, I can take a long look at Michiko and Beth and try to get book seven going. But it will, sooner or later, get done!

More stuff after the cut! (WARNING: Lots of photos, may take a minute or three to load.)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I tried to blog her 'cause I can't resist her

Opening the Sunday catchup with a reminder: The second Peavley Manor novelette, "The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)", is now available! You can get your copy for free - that's right, free! - by subscribing to my mailing list! Click here to sign up, and in your final confirmation email, you'll get a link to download the ebook! You can also get a copy at Amazon, for 99 cents US/UK/AU, €0,99 or £0.99!

After the cut...things move like clockwork!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Thorn Harbour Road Rally - out today!

Start your engines! Today is the day that "The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)", the new Peavley Manor novelette, makes its official debut!

Well...technically, that happened Sunday if you were subscribed to my mailing list. That's when the newsletter went out with links to let you download "The Thorn Harbour Road Rally" in .mobi or PDF. If you're a subscriber and didn't see the newsletter on Sunday, check your spam or junk email folders.

If you're not a subscriber, it's not too late! Click here to sign up, and in your final confirmation email, you'll get a link to download the ebook!

And if you don't want to subscribe...or if you want to help support what I do...or if you want to give an ebook to a friend..."The Thorn Harbour Road Rally" is available on Amazon! Click here to buy your copy, or search your local Amazon store. It's just 99 cents US!

Whichever way you choose to go, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks, as always, for your support!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

you and I will blog up all the way

Sunday catchup, and the big story is the upcoming release of "The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)", the new Peavley Manor novelette! If you've subscribed to my mailing list, you can download your copy for free! Check your email for the newsletter that was mailed out earlier today for links to grab the ebook in .mobi (for Kindle devices and apps) or PDF!

If you haven't subscribed to the mailing list, no worries. Click here to subscribe, and you'll get a link in your final welcome email to download "The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)"!

And if you prefer, you can skip the mailing list and preorder your copy through Amazon! It'll be released Tuesday, May 16!

After the cut: An exclusive excerpt from this new story, and more!

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel) - coming May 16!

Start your engines! The second Peavley Manor novelette, "The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)", will be coming Tuesday, May 16! Read on to find out how you can get a copy...for free!


It’s Race Day in the town of Darbyfield, and after an accident, heiress Alice Peavley and her gnome valet Macalley jump into the race behind the wheel of a friend’s motorcar. They’ll have to go up against five other racers and confront dangerous roads, dirty tricks, and a hungry bear. It’ll take all of Macalley’s brainpower, and all of Alice’s wits and determination, for them to win the Thorn Harbour Road Rally!

There'll be two ways to get your copy of this new story. You can buy it for 99 cents US on Amazon, as with "Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)", and help to support what I do. It'll be released on May 16, and you can preorder it now! (Outside the US? Just search your local Amazon store!)

However, if you've signed up for my mailing list, you will receive "The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)" for free with a mailing that should go out Sunday - and this'll be a file formatted for your Kindle! (I'll also send a PDF just in case.) If you haven't signed up, now will be a good time. I'll be kicking the mailing list back into gear, with bi-monthly mailings filled with news, previews and more. And your email address will never be sold, given away, or used for anything except sending you that newsletter. Promise. (And if you're reading this after the novelette has come out, you'll get it for free when you sign up for the mailing list!)

Click here to sign up for the mailing list, make sure your goggles are properly strapped on, and I'll talk to you on Sunday!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Willow Wednesdays: It's oni make-believe

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

the blog on the phone wouldn't leave me alone

Sunday catchup, and there's some news on the writing front: The final draft of "The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)", is done! The production part of things will be finished shortly, and I'm aiming for a publication date of May 16. Stay tuned for the official announcement, coming soon to a social media thingie near you! More after the cut.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

watching him blog away, swinging an old bouquet

Sunday catchup! I'll lead with the big news - work on the second Peavley Manor novelette, "The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)", is almost done! I'll be trying something different again for distribution, which I'll announce when the story is ready to be published...and if everything goes well, that should be sometime in the next two weeks! Check back here for more this coming week, or keep an eye on my Facebook page or my Twitter feed! More after the cut.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

she turns me on, don't get me wrong, but I'm only blogging

Today's Sunday catchup will be brief, due to a badly-timed power outage. But I do have an announcement, for those who missed it during Friday's Tea Party: Work is underway on the second Peavley Manor story! It looks like it'll be another novelette, and the title is... "The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)"! Look for it sometime in May!

And If you missed Madame Askew's Tea Party last Friday, you can watch it on Facebook. The delightful, vivacious Madame discussed tea, dances, Scotland, a naughty cat, more tea...and "Book Fair Frenzy"! I cannot thank Madame Askew enough for her time and her kind words. Don't forget - the good Madame and/or other members of the Temporal Entourage host a Tea Party every Friday night, so do drop by!

More next Sunday as always, Assuming the lights stay on, that is.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Fair Frenzy to be featured on Madame Askew's FB Live on Friday!

If you've read "Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)", you've seen the mention in the acknowledgements of Madame Askew (a.k.a. Jocelynne Simone), whose videos on tea dueling helped to inspire parts of that story. I'm pleased to announce that Madame Askew will be discussing "Book Fair Frenzy" during the weekly Facebook Live video on her Temporal Entourage's page! It'll be Friday, April 21 (tomorrow!), starting at 6:30 PM Pacific / 9:30 PM Eastern / 3:30 AM CET! If you can't make it for the live webcast, it'll be available for viewing shortly after the webcast wraps up; check my Twitter feed for the link, or check here on Sunday.

Oh, and since Madame Askew will be discussing a story I wrote, I will be taking part in the live chat. There may be questions. There may be behind the scenes insights. There may even be a surprise. But make no mistake...there will be tea and biscuits!

Click here to find out more about Madame Askew, her trusty sidekick The Grand Arbiter, the rest of the Temporal Entourage, and their many adventures, and also to be notified when the event goes live. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Willow Wednesdays: Teenage Mystic Reading Kappa

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

you're blogging yourself but you're too unfair

Sunday catching up! One more reminder: If you somehow missed it, you can read "Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)", the debut novelette for my new series Peavley Manor, here! If you like it, don't forget that you can buy your own nicely-formatted ebook copy at Amazon.

And this is definitely not the last you'll be seeing of Alice and Macalley...work is in progress on their second story! Stay tuned for more!

After the cut...lots! (Warning: There may be spoilers.)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Sound Abounds: The PDX Broadsides!

Welcome to The Sound Abounds, where I talk about the weird, wonderful world of nerd music! These posts will feature and discuss musical acts that have performed songs that touch on (or squeefully embrace) some aspect of geek culture.

In this installment, after the cut: The PDX Broadsides!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

So inviting, so enticing to blog the part

Sunday catchup, and we're starting with this reminder: If you missed it, Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page) is out! You can get a nicely formatted copy at Amazon for 99 cents...or click here to read it on this blog! Either way is fine with me; just let me know what you think, and spread the word.


After the cut...well, best put the kettle on first.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page): A Tale Of Peavley Manor

It's here at last! Meet the irrepressible Alice Peavely, the imperturbable Macalley, and Alice's friends and rivals in their debut novelette, Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)!


I'm going to do something a bit different here...

You can click "Continue Reading" and read this for free, after the cut...


Or you can help support my work and spread the word by buying a nicely formatted and ready for your tablet or phone copy on Amazon! Click here for the US link, or search your local Amazon store.

Do whichever you like, and do it without guilt. I'm fine either way. (And doing both wouldn't hurt!) But please, please, spread the word. Review, retweet, share the Facebook post, blog, mention it to friends over a hot cup of tea, whatever works for you.

And enjoy! I had a lot of fun writing this, and I hope you have as much fun reading it.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Book Fair Frenzy: Cover reveal and blurb!

The story I've been mentioning for the last two weeks is done, except for the formatting. It may not be ready for a few more days...but I think at this point, I can tell you what's going on. This is a novelette, which I think is a fancy term for "longish short story". It's the debut of a new series - Peavley Manor - with a new cast of characters and a new setting. (And unlike the Skyblade Saga, this has no connection with the Monkey Queen series.) It's technically not the first story chronologically, just a taster for what's to come.

Here's a peek at..."Book Fair Frenzy (Or, Macalley Turns The Page)"!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

All I have is my blog of love, and love is not blogging

Hello, Sunday! As you may have noticed, the story I've been promising for the last few weeks is still not ready. I'm trying things in the presentation I haven't tried before, and getting those ready is taking longer than I thought. But, if you check back later this week...patience can be rewarded

After the cut...one of those "try something different" Sundays.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I smiled sadly for a blog I could not obey

Starting off Sunday with an update on the project I previewed a while back. The reaction has been generally positive from what I've shared so far; many thanks for those who took a moment to leave feedback. The story is almost done; I'm just waiting (as of this writing) for one last correspondent to answer a research question. With any luck, it may be posted this coming week! When it is, I'll update on Twitter and Facebook. More after the cut.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fantastic!

So, someone apparently saw the wishlist I have at Amazon...

Because a certain something from that list came in the mail today.

To whichever kind soul (or souls) were behind this...

Thank you! Thank you!

I am a happy man today.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

freak out in a moonage blogdream

Starting Sunday off with a reminder: Friday, I shared the first bit of a work in progress, a new short story in a new setting with new characters. If you missed it, click here. I'm still interested in your thoughts on the excerpt, if you have any, so pass them along. More on this, and the usual other goodies, after the cut.

Friday, March 17, 2017

four years on

On March 17, 2013, I wrote "It was another crummy Friday for Beth McGill" on my trusty tablet. Since then, I've completed six novels (with one in progress), one novella (again, with one in progress), eight short stories, and a lot of posts on this blog. While not everything has been wine and roses, I have had a blast.

I thank all of you who are on this trek with me, whether you've been here since the beginning or joined along the way, or are even just coming abroad now. I am grateful that you enjoy what I write, and I hope you'll continue to do so.

There's more after the cut...and more than ever, I need to hear what you think.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Willow Wednesdays: Into the blue flame, I want to crash here right now

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

there's a starman, blogging in the sky

Today's Sunday catchup is going to be brief. It's in part because I'm getting a late start to the day (stupid Daylight Savings Time), and in part because...well, there's something in progress and I need and want to get back to it. If it works, you may see it later this week. Wish me luck!

For now, here's a quick reminder: The Kickstarter for the new album by the Doubleclicks, Love Problems, wraps up on Monday. If you haven't backed this, think about doing so; I get the feeling this will wind up being their best album. Thanks, and one way or the other, I'll have real content up by Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Sound Abounds: The Library Bards!

Welcome to The Sound Abounds, where I talk about the weird, wonderful world of nerd music! These posts will feature and discuss musical acts that have performed songs that touch on (or squeefully embrace) some aspect of geek culture.

In this installment, after the cut: The Library Bards!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

and my time was blogging wild

Let's kick Sunday off with this reminder: If you're on Facebook, feel free to like my page there! It's been a bit less active than my Twitter lately, but I try to post or share there several times a week minimum. Drop by and say hi. More after the cut.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Willow Wednesdays: The Eyes Have It

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

all the nightmares blogged today

"Sunday" means "catchup", at least around these parts, and I'll start with a reminder: You can follow me on Twitter, where I'm @MonkeyQueenBks . I do a lot of retweeting there, punctuated with the occasional insight, plug or joke. More after the cut!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Willow Wednesdays: Five'll get you Tengu

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I thought you blogged alone a long long time ago

It's Sunday, our don't have to run day, and let's kick things off with this reminder: If you're in the mood for a little Valentine's Day sweetness, it's time to read or re-read "That's Amore," a Monkey Queen short story about romantic dinners, half-off dark chocolate and what Shakespeare play not to watch on date night. (Warning: Spoilers!) Click here, then come back for more after the cut!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Sound Abounds: The Doubleclicks!

Welcome to this blog's newest feature, The Sound Abounds, where I talk about the weird, wonderful world of nerd music! These posts will feature and discuss musical acts that have performed songs that touch on (or squeefully embrace) some aspect of geek culture.

In this opening installment, after the cut: The Doubleclicks!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

and the rumor spread that I was blogging fast

Sunday catchup time! Just a quick reminder that if you're shopping at Amazon, it helps a bit if you click all the links I've freely scattered around this blog and the website. Like this one. If you do, I get a few pennies from anything you buy at Amazon during that visit, even if you don't get any of my books. Thanks! More after the cut.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Willow Wednesdays: How Low the Moon

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!

Willow's completed another piece of art for her upcoming Yokai book!


In case you don't follow Willow on every piece of social media you can (that's kind of my job anyway), she's Tweeted that she won't be posting all of the art she's drawing for the Yokai book online. Just something to keep in mind...

Art © 2017 by Willow. All rights reserved; used by permission. You can view Willow's extensive galleries on DeviantArt and Tumblr, see her updates and works in progress by liking her Facebook page, follow her on Twitter, and buy prints and much more at her Society6 webstore, including exclusive Monkey Queen items!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Take To The Skies...Again! (Post #500)

I promised an announcement for post #500 on this blog, and I'll lead off with that. I've started writing the second book in the Skyblade Saga...Skyblade's Claim! If everything lines up right, it'll be coming out on June 1, along with other books in the next wave of Plundered Chronicles stories! If for some reason you missed the first book in this series, Skyblade's Gambit, head over to Amazon's US store to check it out.

More after the cut!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

and the bloggers want to know whose shirts you wear

This is post #499 on the Monkey Queen Books blog (as counted on its original home on Blogger). Post #500 is coming this week, and since I save cool stuff for posts like that, you may want to tune in. Hint hint.

After the cut...there are those who say that creative types should shut up and art. I disagree with that with every bone in my body. Be advised that I'll be getting political.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Willow Wednesdays: The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

the blogging gnome

Sunday catchup ahoy! First, I updated the website slightly with a preview page for The Crown Of Kylthena, and a separate page for Skyblade's Gambit and the Skyblade Saga. Just a gentle reminder...if you've read either book, or any of my books, please feel free to leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, social media, your own blog, or all of the above! Reviews, and spreading the word in general, do bring in new readers and remind the older ones that they may need to catch up, so won't you take a few minutes to help? Michiko and Beth thank you, Annabel and Victorie thank you, and so do I! More after the cut.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

blog you till Tuesday

Sunday catchup is back! One of the reasons that I skipped last week's, besides the complete lack of news, was that it was the Sunday I finally replaced the old Windows 7 laptop that no longer wanted to download updates or display web pages properly. Oh, and the "5" and "6" keys no longer worked. I'm still getting this new laptop up to speed - for one thing, half my music files need to be moved over - but it's a vest improvement and will hopefully speed up all the aspects of the writing game that don't involve the actual writing. More after the cut!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Willow Wednesdays: We're Back!

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!