“Six Geese Laid – A Holiday Fable” – a New Short Story in Chicagoland Shifters

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I’m so excited!  The Noon and Wilder short story, Six Geese Laid – A Holiday Fable, is now available on the WROTE podcast, featuring the voice talents of none other than Vance Bastian.  It takes place after the end of Cat’s Cradle, and before the next book, Ambush, which is forthcoming in 2016.  Ambush is TJ’s story, a tale of loss, identity, and love.  Six Geese is a holiday fable that sets the stage for TJ, Dillon, and Craig.

Join me tonight, Tuesday December 22nd, for a live Facebook event from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Central Standard Time (GMT -6). I’ll have stories, anecdotes, and even an interview with Vance himself at 7:30.  Join me!

Cat's-Cradle---X LargeWhen you’re a former Marine, now tiger shifter, love comes with a high cost – is it too much to pay?

Mitchell Brayden is a former Marine looking for love in all the wrong places. When he decides to rescue a young ocelot shifter from a rich, spoiled playboy, he embroils himself in a conflict that goes back generations.

Guadalupe Salazar grew up as a pampered pet of a benevolent patron. After his patron’s untimely death, he stays on with the patron’s son – a self-centered, weak man who got ensnared by the drugs and fast living in the States. One night, it goes too far and Lupe is beaten nearly to death. He is taken to a secret shifter clinic where he meets an unlikely knight in tarnished armor.

Together, Mitch and Lupe confront the playboy and his friends – but will their actions draw the rest of the jaguar familias, not to mention the ocelot clans, into a battle over Lupe’s future? Will the delicate balance of power destroy everything that Mitch’s small band of tiger shifters has built in Chicago?

E Is For… Emerald Keep!

 

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I am very excited.  This Wednesday, our book Emerald Keep is out into the world.  In celebration of its release, I figured I’d take today and share a little bit with you.  If you are a long-time reader of ours, then you may already be aware of the book’s release; if this is your first visit, then hello, and welcome.

The most exciting part, to me, about writing a science fantasy novel is that I get to create a world.  My coauthor, Rachel Wilder, and I worked hard to build a place that is both foreign and familiar.  We asked ourselves, what would it be like to live somewhere, 400 years or so after humanity colonized the place?  What would the culture have evolved to be like?  That required us to know something about the culture of the original settlers.  That’s a good question.  What kind of a person travels for long, long distances, probably years, and lands on a hostile planet with few easily-accessible resources other than breathable air?  The surface of the planet is blisteringly hot all year round, and completely uninhabitable one month out of every year.

Which begs another question:  how long is the year?  A year on Earth is twelve months.  A year on Mars?  687 days.  Jupiter?  Twelve years.  (Well, okay, twelve Earth years.)  So we had to know how long the Persis year is – which we decided, incidentally, is fourteen months.  It’s punctuated by Daymonth and Nightmonth.  Those of you living near the poles will be familiar with a month of sun, and a month of moon; because of the planet’s tilt, that happens up there (you’ve heard of the Russian White Nights, yes?).  Daymonth, like it sounds, is a month of days: and because the surface is so hot, the residents have to live underground, much like they do on Earth at Coober Pedy, a town in South Australia and the hottest one, by all accounts, on our planet.  The homes there are built underground.

Not so alien after all, then, this Persis of ours.  When one looks at a problem objectively, as a logic problem, one is able to world-build more easily.  Ask yourself, if I had to go somewhere to settle, somewhere completely new, like the wagon trains did when settling the American West, what would I bring?

Well, Dear Reader?  What would you put in your imaginary colonizing go-bag?

And, especially for you, I also want to remind you that the Rafflecopter is open until April 8th; please feel welcome to join in even if you are here for the A-Z Challenge and not for the book tour.  Whatever your reason for visiting, we’re glad you’re here!

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2013 with Noon and Wilder!  I’m so excited and wanted to jump right in, so let’s get started.

What’s on tap for this year:

  • Site redesign
  • Cookbook coming February 2013
  • More tasty tidbits with Tasty Tuesday
  • TIGER TIGER released July 2013
  • Three new series coming – a dragon, a gladiator, and a psychic (why does this sound like the beginning to a bad joke?)
  • Lots and lots of writing and textile art with Noony and Rachel
What are you planning this year?

Tiger Tiger and NaNoWriMo

Photo from The Ultimate Guide to the Largest Cats on Earth

TIGER TIGER is coming from Samhain Publishing in July, 2013. We’ve signed the contract and will start edits in January, after the holidays. We decided to share a bit about the process for those of you who are curious.

First, a short blurb: TIGER TIGER is the second in the Chicagoland Shifters series, which started with BURNING BRIGHT. brings us back to the world of animal empath and veterinary surgeon, Doctor Sasha Soskoff.  Sasha has found a sense of belonging with Neal Harrison and his small band of Siberian tiger shifters.  When a mangled body is found, clearly the victim of a tiger mauling, they must find the rogue tiger before it destroys everything they’ve built and causes a war between the tiger shifters and the jaguar shifters.

Since we’ve already worked with our acquiring editor at Samhain, the submission process involved sending the manuscript directly to her.  It still required a synopsis and blurb, like a normal synopsis “over the transom”, but had a little less pressure since we knew she knew it was coming.  That didn’t mean she’d accept it, just that she knew to look for it and review it when it came.

The submission process can be scary for any writer, but it’s not the mystery some make it out to be.  Publishing is a business, not an art, and the acceptance of a new manuscript isn’t just about whether the editor likes the piece or believes in it.  It also involves what other manuscripts the publisher has already accepted, what similarities it has to pieces already in the publisher’s catalog, and the upcoming releases that are scheduled.

Now that we have the contract in place, it’s a matter of starting the editing process.  It takes an average of nine months from acceptance to publication and we will start our edits in January.  There are two rounds of content edits where we will work with our editor to fine-tune the story and tweak or change elements as she believes it necessary.  Once that’s done and everything is as ready as we can make it, it will go to a final read-through with a beta reader.  They will look at it from the point of view of a potential customer and see if there are any plot holes or continuity errors that need to be fixed.  This is also an opportunity for final line edits.  The final step is to review the galleys, which is the final chance to see if there are any minor grammar or spelling errors.

In the middle of this process, the cover art will be given to the author.  We get a chance to submit ideas of what we would like it to be, and then the art department does their magic with it.  This is also the time to do the marketing paperwork, which includes the blurb.  The blurb, or the material that goes on the back cover of the book, is critical to the success of the book.  Once we draft our blurb, the Blurb Magicians do their work and it comes out as a finished product.

In the meantime, we’re working on NaNoWriMo.  National Novel Writing Month, every year in November, involves writing 50,000 words or more on a draft of a novel.  This year, we decided to write the rest of EMERALD KEEP, our sequel to EMERALD FIRE.  Of course, what came out of the keyboard is totally different and is a new novel, a science fiction war thriller with a working title of “In the Lane.”  It’s been loads of fun and is totally different from anything we’ve done before.

Are you working on NaNo?  How is the experience for you?  Tell us in the comments.  We’d love to know!

Resources

Photo from “Siberian Tigers,” by Alex and Gregory.com, the Ultimate Guide to the Largest Cats on Earth, website URL http://www.alexandgregory.com/siberian_tigers.html Accessed 11/18/2012

Taking a Chance

“Taking a Chance” is available for purchase on Torquere Books and Rainbow Ebooks today!

“Taking a Chance,” by A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder

Doctor Jacob Davison has outgrown the hookups of his younger days and wants to settle down. When he’s abandoned by the side of the road, a leather-clad stranger stops and offers him a ride. Chance Renton is different from anyone Jay’s ever met. He’s caring and helpful, yet cynical and world-weary.

From the first moment of their shared motorcycle ride, an attraction begins to simmer between them. Between Jay’s ex-boyfriend showing up and the misconceptions they have about each other, does this relationship have a chance?