THE CATALYST Update – December 22

Happy Winter Solstice one day late! While the Bevans (and the Moores) were in the woods paying tribute to the new season, I was working with my cover artist and formatter to put the finishing touches on ebook formatting and paperback cover art. I’m still waiting on these last changes, which still might need tweaking. With only a week left in the year this simply isn’t enough time. So, I’m sorry to report this book will not be published this year. I worked very hard to make it happen, but so much of the final stage is out of my control.

I do have a date though. Expected publication for THE CATALYST is January 16, 2017.

I can can give you something else, too. The book’s blurb. :)

Book Four of The Alignment Series

Trey returns from another visit to the Moore estate with nothing but more anger and less room in his head to stow it. Old coping mechanisms no longer work. Not with a newborn in the mix. And Liv, who’s had enough.

Liv has found what’s missing: a memento of her past she’s worked hard to forget. It unearths memories of a different man—a stable partner, a loving father. As it draws her in, Trey’s new anger drives her away.

Desperate to find Liv, Trey digs into his arsenal of magic for a dark power he’s never used. He shouldn’t use—he has to use. What he doesn’t expect is who that power lures: a visitor, with answers for Liv, complications for Trey, and a claim on their daughter almost as threatening as the Moores’. And what that power creates: a weapon, perfectly crafted to target all who share his blood. A vulnerability placed upon their daughter. And the perfect way for the Moores to destroy them all.


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Recommended Reads: THE GASLIGHT DOGS

THE GASLIGHT DOGS is my favorite read of 2016. It was published six years ago and I don’t know why I waited so long to read it.

Karin Lowachee’s writing is filled to the brim with powerful storytelling enriched by poetic, expert prose, and this book is proof of that. The care that goes into each and every word leaves me speechless. And the characters… their struggles, their reluctant unions, how human and authentic they feel… at times in this book it was almost overwhelming. I often had to set it down just to catch my breath.
I love Sjenn, her peaceful strength, her morals, her refusal to accept the violence that was coming into her land. I found her to be the perfect anchor to Jarrett’s (understandable) bitterness and hostility. Their journey from the comfort of their known worlds into each other’s was both beautiful and devastating. The layers of emotion and human struggle are piled thick, and I know it will take me a long time to fully process it all.

And that ending? My heart! I know there’s been mention of a second book and a third. If it’s really happening I know it’s probably years from being published but I need the second book now. My advice to readers is to buy this book now but hold onto it until #2 is published. Maybe #3 as well.

Wait, what am I saying? Read this book!! You can read it again when #2 is out. Because if you wait, you’re going to be screaming just like I am. Why did I wait so long to read this book?!

I have such hope for these characters, and they are going to be on my mind until I can finish their story.

THE GASLIGHT DOGS is alternate history/fantasy/literary fiction. Some readers classify it as steampunk but I don’t think that’s accurate at all. Don’t let the alternate history part throw you though. This book is a story about people. The setting is historical but the story is timeless. And the fantasy element is just perfect. There’s no romance but it’s really not needed. The relationships built in this book are just as touching as any love story.

THE GASLIGHT DOGS by Karin Lowachee
Amazon | Goodreads | Karin Lowachee’s website

Oh, and if you do read and enjoy this book please post a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Right now it only has a 3-star average which is outrageous.

THE CATALYST Update, Plus a Giveaway

Lots of progress on THE CATALYST since the last post! Proofreading is complete on draft one of the paperback interior. The formatter is applying final changes now. Ebook formats are next but should be quick. I think we can measure the time in weeks now, and I’m feeling really good about this book. I think it will be worth the wait. :)

I feel like I should apologize, though, or warn readers… because it’s nonstop page-turning craziness. Trigger warning for one catastrophe after another and some serious bad behavior from one difficult hero. I can’t control him. I tried. It’s a lost cause. But makes for some good reading, I hope. :)

Progress of THE CATALYST
First Draft: Complete (102,494 words)
My revisions: Complete (103,808 words)
Professional editing: Complete
Proofreading: Complete
Formatting: First paperback draft complete
Final proofread: Paperback complete, ebook formats starting very soon
Cover art: Front complete, back and spine starting very soon

Paperback Giveaway!

There’s a paperback giveaway for THE ALIGNMENT going on December 6-27 on Goodreads. Tell your friends! Three winners can start this series for free.

The Alignment
by Kay Camden

I’m giving away 3 copies on Goodreads! Giveaway ends December 27. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win