Skip to main content

The great name reveal

I finally have it! The name for the third Two-Natured London book. I have never had this much trouble coming up with a title for anything before. It wasn’t until I was writing the very last page that it dawned on me. Amazingly, I couldn’t immediately find books that would have the same name. That never happens. It requires a level of cleverness I have yet to reach. Except, it seems, this time.

And the name of my book? A Wolf of Her Own.

I’m very happy with it. It’s short and romantic, and it fits the style of the earlier books closely enough, even if it’s not as short.

A Wolf of Her Own tells the story of Gemma Byrd, a vampire, and Kieran Garret, a wolf-shifter and it happens entirely in the countryside around the Greenwood wolf-shifter clan estate I introduced in The Wolf’s Call. They meet in less than ideal circumstances after wolf-shifters kill Gemma’s sheep and she accuses Kieran and the Greenwood clan of the deed.

There is plenty of action and great romance, heartache and some humour too. Many characters from earlier books make appearances, so if you want to make acquaintance with them before the book is released, now is a good time. A Wolf of Her Own should come out within a month. I’ll keep you posted. Or you can sign up for my newsletter and learn all about it before anyone else. For those who subscribe, there’s a free short story about Charly and Rafe, the characters from The Wolf’s Call.

Here’s the blurb (in its current incarnation):
When wolf-shifters kill Gemma’s sheep, she knows exactly who to blame: the Greenwood wolf-shifter clan whose estate borders hers. But the first clan member she runs into denies their involvement. He has the audacity even to claim that she is lying. If she didn’t have to control her anger in order to keep her vampire nature from getting free, she would show him. But if there is one constant in her life it’s rigid self-control.

Kieran Garret has one formative childhood event: his brother being shot as a sheep killer by humans. When an enraged vampire storms in to accuse his clan of killing her sheep, his grief and anger surface anew. Unable and unwilling to release his anger on Gemma, he sets out to find the killers, Gemma by his side. He has his clan to protect.

Their cooperation isn’t easy. Vampires and shifters don’t really get along, but a bigger issue stands between the two, the death of Kieran’s brother. As the killings continue, this time angering humans too, they have to find a way to see past their hurt to protect the clan. But it may well be that the biggest monster is already among them. Gemma’s control of her second nature is precarious. What happens when the monster gets free?


Popular posts from this blog

My #worldcon75 experience

Here’s the long overdue report from my day at the WorldCon 75, my first ever time attending. The event was held on August 9-13 in my home country, Finland, so it was a once in a life-time chance to experience it with a minimum trouble. I originally thought to attend the entire five days, but life intervened in the form of work, and so I could only attend on Saturday. I tried to make the most of it by planning a full day.

I arrived at the conference centre about fifteen minutes after the doors opened at nine in the morning, and the queue was already at least fifty metres long. It caused me a few palpitations until I figured it was the line for people who hadn’t purchased their day passes in advance. I had, so I just walked past, trying not to look gleeful. Half an hour later I felt bad for all those people when it was announced that the day was sold out, which left most of them outside. The queue for pre-purchased passes was three persons long, the shortest line for me the entire day. I…

Reading recap: August

August was my worst reading month so far and I only managed to finish two books. I have no excuses other than that I was busy working. I did start two more books, but I didn’t manage to finish them in August. And even though I read eight books in July, I’m now two books behind the schedule in my reading challenge of fifty-five books. I’ll have to step up. As has been my habit throughout the year, one book was from my reading list and the other wasn’t.
First book was Ride the Storm by Karen Chance, the long-awaited next chapter in her Cassandra Palmer urban fantasy series of time-travelling Pythia and her entourage of vampires, demons and mages. One vampire and one mage in particular. As always, it was a wild romp through space and time – at times a bit too wild. The first part of the book was constant tumbling from crisis to battle and back with no breathers or plot development in between, as if the author was afraid that the reader will get bored if something earth-shattering isn’t co…

Working with the editor: a case study

Editing has been on my mind lately, as I’ve been preparing Tracy Hayes, P.I. with the Eye for publishing. As a happy coincidence, Delilah S. Dawson had a lengthytweet chain about the topic too, prompted by her annoyance with aspiring authors unwilling to make changes that editors suggest to their books. Her response, in short, was that no author escapes the changes, so you’d better get used to them from the start. Her notes are useful to read in full.

She was speaking from the point of view of a traditionally published author who has more than one set of editors making suggestions and demands, all of which strive to make the book as good as possible. She doesn’t claim it’s easy to let other people to have their say, but that it’s necessary.
Listening to one’s editor is even more crucial for self-publishing authors, as we lack the gatekeepers of traditional publishing. If you’re lucky, you find one who understands your writing, and who isn’t afraid to tell you how you can improve it. If …