Two big, big things today, one of which I'm rather conflicted about. First, the awesome thing--I succeeded in getting into this year's Pitch Wars! For those who don't know, Pitch Wars is an annual contest where aspiring authors pitch their manuscripts to those a little further along the path in the hopes of getting a hands-on mentorship to prep their novel for an agent showcase in February. It's a big deal, and I'm thrilled to be working with Janet Walden-West and Anne Raven (#TeamSubversive) on my book Magical Hazmat, about a biomagical engineer who wants to introduce more science into the magical messes she cleans up. Over 3500 people applied to be mentees, and there were a little over a hundred spots available. I beat some long odds for this, and I'm utterly and completely thrilled.
Now, for my second piece of news, which...*sigh*. Under normal circumstances I'd be thrilled to have a book coming out, but this one is coming out with Dreamspinner. I finished it at the beginning of the year, before things got as dire with the press as they are now, and was paid an advance for it. Until I earn that advance out, I can't take this book back, because I simply can't afford to.
That said, I love this book, which is called The Art of Possession. It's a modern-day adventure/Indiana Jones story, with more mutual affection and less thieving of priceless cultural artifacts. If that sounds good to you, please consider picking it up.
Blurb: When a treasure-hunting black ops soldier and a disgraced, reckless archeologist team up in search of a priceless artifact, they might get more than they bargained for.
Ever since leaving the Green Berets to work in private security, Alex Tucker has longed for some excitement—and he’s about to get his wish.
Archeologist Malcolm Armstrong needs the chance to prove he isn’t a fraud. Along with Alex, he’s hired to track down and authenticate a valuable scepter, in a hunt that turns deadlier than either of them imagined as they search dangerous locations across three continents and try to stay ahead of the factions who want the treasure for themselves—and Malcolm and Alex dead.
Just as they realize the feelings between them transcend convenience and the thrill of the chase, a rival reemerges, threatening everything.