Now, you might not think any of that was news at all, but let me clarify this--I could not, under any circumstances, have posted that paragraph a week ago, or even a day ago. The plain truth is I didn't know for sure if the cover would be seen to completion at all this year. Now, it is an almost-guarantee. So, this year, but no date yet because I don't want to get myself into trouble and have to retract something later; I hate retractions.
But, it's coming. Soon. And it's such a good stinking book, too (if I do say so myself, which, so what?). Seriously, I love Moon-Ache. It's, to me, a perfect second-book-in-a-series book. I may have already said this at some point (I definitely have outside of this blog) but Moon-Ache was my favorite for a long time. Basically it remained my favorite until I wrote the last few chapters of Book Four, at which time the two tied for favorite. Now with Book Five in the running, I don't know what to think, but anyway, the only thing you need to take away from that declaration is that if you liked Moon-Linked, you're going to love Moon-Ache, and even if you didn't so much like Moon-Linked...you're going to love Moon-Ache. Wow. That's some serious swagger I got goin' on there. But I worked hard on Book Two and I had come pretty far as a writer by the time I finished the final draft, so I'm confident in its quality.
Now what about those by-the-by intimations, you may be asking?
The first is that I'm kind of cheating on my whole 'take time off of writing in order to consume art' plan. I'm def consuming, but I'm also writing things. I stand by my profession that I'm not ready to start writing Book Six of Lone March; I can't start it till I've gotten myself to the proper mental/emotional place, in order to evoke the desired atmosphere. So what am I working on? Another little series I've had on hold for over a year. When the idea first came to me, I wrote the initial three pages, then wouldn't let myself look at it or even think about it till now. What decided me was my excitement over finding an artist to illustrate a children's book I wrote, the story of which is related to the series I'm talking about. I won't go into all that yet, because not only is it extremely premature to talk about that children's book, but this artist is pretty much my art-soul-mate, if that makes sense, and as such, she deserves her own post, so when it's time to talk about that, I will be devoting an entire blog entry to her work and style and why I love it and so on.
The second is that I would like to reveal the genre/style of this little series, just to tease you a bit;) At this point, I see it as four books total, and it will be aimed at the middle grade audience (ages 8-12) but older kids and even adults who are into this style of storytelling will def, def, DEF enjoy the books as well. It's got some rather dark elements and deals with heavy things like death, only the main characters are kids, so it's kind of in between audiences really, which isn't exactly commercially viable, but I don't care because this story is so very, very special to me. I guess you could call it a coming-of-age tale in a way...kind of...but mostly I think it's a 'caper' story. And it's very British, as in England. If you like Roald Dahl, Jane Louise Curry, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Lewis Carroll, Neil Gaiman, etc., you will enjoy my forthcoming __________ series. Sorry--can't reveal the title yet!! (But just know that even the title is lovely...maybe I'm biased...oh well.)
The third and last intimation, which is no doubt the one you will be most interested in, is that I would now like to plop the SYNOPSIS OF BOOK TWO, MOON-ACHE, into the space below. Watch out--here it comes!
I looked up into the looming, baleful faces of eight were-ravens. They stood around me, hunched over, with watchful, probing eyes. I tried to scream, but I was too weak to make noise.
Her name is March Greeley Howe. And she’s a were-wolf. After escaping her captor’s den, and being rescued by an unlikely ally, March finds out what’s been happening in Glenbrook since she’s been gone. Life will never be the same since Elliot’s take-over, and the last she-wolf in the world has some tough decisions to make.
In the midst of being forced to master her Lupine form, she is thrown back into her old life, with all the fear and uncertainty that went with it. Besides being torn between Ethyn and Greyson, March fails to make sense of her hesitation in trusting Avery. With both home and school upside-down, she tries to find solace in her friends, but soon learns she stands apart, and the divide only grows with each day of her double life.
In Book Two of the Lone March Series, March Howe meets some new faces and sees old ones in new ways. She grows up fast when she has to make decisions no one else can, and embarks on a mission that will redefine her place in the pack. Will she balance her were and human lives before the last of the were-wolves throw everything into chaos?
So there you have it. Moon-Ache in a nutshell. Man, now I wanna reread Book Two, after reading that summary for the first time in ages! But, I gotta stay focused so I can't--and speaking of which, I gotta go get back to work on the _________ series;)
PS. I swear you'll get more news on Moon-Ache as soon as I do!