Some of you may have seen the Press Release that IIP sent out last week—here it is if you want to read it in full—it was a really exciting press release to, well, uh, release ????

Bahni Turpin bringing Zoraida to life

I am just over the moon that such world-class talent as Bahni Turpin (if you haven’t yet listened to her read Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone, you have a treat ahead of you and also OMG she was on Star Trek: Voyager, and how do you expect me to remain cool in the face of that?!) and Tavia Gilbert, who has been nominated for or won nearly every possible award in audiobooks. Tavia was kind enough to say this about Abyssinia:

Paul Rogan rocking every accent that crosses his path

And then Paul Rogan, who has done so much on-screen and behind the mic, brings the most brilliant accents to Blood Brothers, a story which absolutely needed someone of his myriad talents.

I am sooooo damn lucky to have this caliber of performers reading my work, and it’s all because we’re working with Punch Audio that this is happening. I really couldn’t have landed with a more perfect company, whose goals of quality and putting 110% into each book so exactly echo mine ????

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My Final Two Final ????????️???? For The Summer

This coming Saturday, from 2-7 you can find me, and a big pile o’ books, at the Ghost Ship Market at ManRay. Reminder: it’s FREE ADMISSION, 19+, ice cold alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) drinks are on offer, and it’s in the lovely cool darkness of the nightclub, away from the burning summer sun!

So get your asses down there (or up there, or over there!) and hang out with me, watch me sign copies of your books, and check out the other vendors, who I have to say are curated to be a really wonderful, talented group of makers, and I am deeply honored to be a part of this market.

Another rather big deal is the official announcement that Tiffany Trent is publishing her Bloodsword series through IIP. I’m so happy that she is a fellow author in IIP with me—I’m keeping very good company!

That’s all the news for this newsletter, because I’m cranking on about 5000 tasks at once, and am behind my schedule (which is not a good schedule to get behind on) because I got taken down by Strep throat last week. I’ll be having a bunch more Tiktoks and Insta reels up soon, so much sure you have followed me on those platforms. Oh, and Lore had an amazing time at the ALA conference, and I will try to convince her to do a write-up about it for the next newsletter.

My music rec for the week is The Last Dance by the Mysterines and I have to say it’s being a brilliant summer for good new goth music ????????????

My show rec for the week is Outlaws on Amazon Prime. It’s got Christopher Walken, which is good enough for me to watch anything, but it keeps me glued because the characters are compelling from the opening minutes, and the writing is just fricking gorgeous and it’s just pure pleasure to watch the actors fully embodying those roles and clearly having an amazing time on set.

OK all, go forth and be good, or be good at it! ????

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