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Announcement: Meet Ayala Storme!

I’ve got some news for you today, gentle viewers!

Let me preface this by saying that I’ve been absent from blogging for the past while mostly because life has taken some unexpected and very stressful turns. There are many things I’ve had to say, but the process of putting them out into the world has been either too stressful or frightening (regarding a certain “movement” that’s “actually about ethics in game journalism”) or just exhausting considering my crazy con schedule this autumn.

A couple of weeks ago, there was a bittersweet development. As some of you are surely aware, we recently announced that a publisher had acquired my next urban fantasy novel, STORM IN A TEACUP.

However, due to some recent changes in their publishing terms, we decided not to finalize the contract.

Publishing has become an interesting landscape in the past decade. Markets have shifted, New York is steering its wide berth through uncharted waters, and I think we all know how Amazon and Kindle have changed things tremendously.

I love stories. I love reading them, and I love telling them. I love waking up in the morning and seeing that someone tweeted me in the middle of the night that my book was keeping them awake. (Seriously, I love that. LOVE IT.) I loved working with my editor (who has well over 20 years of experience with Harlequin) to bring THE MASKED SONGBIRD to you.

I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to eventually hybridize my publishing career, but I didn’t think it would happen for a while. When my agent and I had the discussion about what to do moving forward, we decided that me becoming an author publisher for STORM IN A TEACUP would be a good way forward. Urban fantasy has transcended the simple phrase of “hard sell” in NY publishing, but it’s still doing remarkably well in the indie markets.

But what it really comes down to is that we both really believe in this book. We love Ayala Storme and her story. We think she’d kick some serious ass out there.

Because of those things, I am EVER SO PLEASED to announce to you that STORM IN A TEACUP will be available to you in ebook and print* in late January 2015!

STORM IN A TEACUP is the first in a planned series, so you can bet your buttery biscuits that you’ll get more of Ayala later in 2015 as well.

Here’s the blurb!

Mediator Ayala Storme kills demons by night and handles PR by day. She avoids Mediator luncheons and a fellow Mediator who’s been trying to get in her pants for years. She does her job. She keeps her sword clean and her body count high. But when a rash of disappearances leads her to discover that Nashville’s hellkin are spawning a new race of monster on human hosts, Ayala will be the first line of defense against these day-walking killers. That is, until one of them saves her life. Dodging the Mediators and the demons alike, Ayala’s new knowledge of the hybrids’ free will challenges everything she’s ever known about her job. Racing the clock and trying to outrun her comrades and enemies alike, she’s not sure who will catch her first…

*Ebook first, print a bit later. ^_^

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3 thoughts on “Announcement: Meet Ayala Storme!”

  1. I’m just about 1/3 of the way into Storm in a Teacup and was wondering if there is some back information on the world in which Ayala Storme lives? How is it that demons, imps and the like are out for everyone to see? How did Mississippi become a cesspool? Why are Mediators stuck in just one area, etc.?

    1. Ahhhh, there are definitely reasons for those things, but telling would be spoilery to the power of infinity. 🙂

      I hope you enjoy the book! Thanks for reading!

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