In which I have feelings

Oh, so many feelings. So yesterday I had a two-hour conversation with darling new editor–seriously, the girl crush I have is getting absurd. But as I tweeted, she calls and my first thought is, “ERMAHGERD. MER ERDERTER.” She’s a fireball of enthusiasm and yesterday’s chat was about where we are going next. Y’all are getting ready to read A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, but I’ve already had the first go at CITY OF JASMINE and am preparing to revise it, and need to be developing the next novel in the queue. (Never mind the novellas which are springing up like mushrooms around here!)

So yesterday’s call involved me pitching an idea–a BIG IDEA–that has elicited a few “OH MY GODs” from the people I’ve discussed it with. That’s always a very good or very bad sign. In this case, it’s good. So good that editor asked me to write up the proposal and send it in! It’s beyond exciting to have a project I am SO enthralled with appeal to my editor as well. (And I discussed it with my agent this morning and got the same reaction from her–score!)

She also approved the novella proposal for the second Julia Grey project–yay! All of the JG novellas are set around British holidays, and I can tell you this one features Midsummer Night. I can also tell you it’s set at Bellmont Abbey and the place is CRAWLING with Marches–and a very special guest from Scotland in the form of the ancient and amorous Duke of Aberdour. This one will be out this autumn, and I have another delicious secret to reveal about this novella, but not just yet…

Of course, my other intense feels right now are about the release of A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS–ONE WEEK, PEOPLE! I can’t believe it is finally here. I wrote the bulk of this book a year and a half ago while the house was torn up with contractors replacing all twenty some-odd windows in the middle of December. They even kindly put my study window at the front of the list so I could get back to work as quickly as possible! It was still chaos, but out of the chaos came a book that I’m pretty crazy about. Did I mention I was terrified to write this book? Totally. There was never a day I sat down to write that I wasn’t nervous as hell and actually sick upon occasion. But terror apparently makes me a better writer because the scenes that scared me the most are the best in the book. (I think. Of course, this is entirely subjective and your mileage may vary.)

And it’s an odd thing to invest so heavily in a book and then have things essentially go dormant for a year. The final edits were done a year ago and since then I’ve written two novellas and another book. SPEAR has faded a little from memory, and my mental pictures of the scenes have gone soft and blurry around the edges. But now it’s time to share it with readers, and I couldn’t be more excited. I am fairly jumping out of my skin about now–and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

12 thoughts on “In which I have feelings”

  1. Michelle Valentine says:

    I am so excited to read this book(A Spear of Summer Grass) I cannot wait!:)

  2. Elisa Beatty says:

    Cannot WAIT for this book!! I think I pre-ordered it on the first day possible, and then every time I see a mention of it, I get all excited and forget I already pre-ordered it, and try to pre-order it again…. I think Amazon is on the verge of sending me a Valium.

  3. Diane/Anonym2857 says:

    You should be excited, Deanna — and proud. It’s awesome! :o)

  4. Elaine Cohoon Miller says:

    Can’t wait!! Will you sit down with a copy and try reading it as though you were one of us – the panting fans? Also very excited about the other books to come.

  5. Paula R. says:

    I’m getting excited too, Deanna! Yay for the new project. Happy writing!!!

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

  6. You are such a tease. I CAN NOT wait! to read the next installment of JG, and setting it at the abbey (My favorite place) with all those delicious Marches! OMG can’t wait! Also, so excited to gift my friend with a copy of Spear which I thoroughly enjoyed. I can’t wait to see what you do next. (I know a lot of can’t waits….but seriously lol)

  7. Schon Gross says:

    I have been missing JG et all so much….
    The whole family are now my familiars and I miss all of them and updates on their wanderings. I continue to re-listen to the series, waiting for the next installment…in my dear friends lives.

  8. Schon Gross says:

    I miss my “dear friends” and look forward to the next update on their lives. JG and all, are now real, thanks to your wonderful writing.
    Schon, Reston, Virginia

  9. Jessica (the celt) says:

    I devoured A Spear of Summer Grass the moment I had it in my hot little hands (and I just finished The Ashford Affair tonight, since you mentioned it, and they did go so well together!) I absolutely adored Delilah from the moment she walked into the room, and I’m ever so glad that you had the prequel novella, because I mightn’t have liked Ryder as much or given him a chance at first without it. (I must be one of those few who will forgive the heroine anything as long as she’s feisty enough and goes about her business with confidence and aplomb. I won’t tell you who I ended up disliking the most, but you can probably guess.) I will be writing reviews in the next week, because it certainly deserves some wonderful words in as many places as I can put them. (I got my mother-in-law to start reading your Julia Grey series, too, so she’ll hopefully get to this one in the next couple months.)

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  10. Beverly Preston says:

    Hi Deanna!
    I’ve forgotten: is A Spear of Summer Grass (great title, by the way), a book, or something available only elsewhere? Because I can’t access anything like that, unfortunately, and I’d love to be able to buy it.


    1. Angie says:

      Hi Bev,
      I noticed your comment and thought I’d try and answer. If you mean will “A Spear of Summer Grass” be only on Kindle, no. It will be an actual book (with a very lovely cover!). You can call your bookstore to see if they’ll be carrying it or order online.

      1. Thanks for the assist, Angie! 😉

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