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WHAT I’M READING
I’m midway through THIS SIDE OF JEALOUSY by Lili Peloquin, one of my Breathless Reads sisters! It’s the sequel to THE INNOCENTS and it’s sort of GOSSIP GIRL meets REVENGE with a haunting Gothic feel. Sisters Alice and Charlie move into their super-rich stepdad’s house in an exclusive beach community and start to uncover a lot of skeletons in the family closet. Alice in particular is haunted by their stepsister Camilla’s death last summer and starts to suspect it may not have been a suicide. In Book 2, the mystery continues and both girls become embroiled in love quadrangles. It’s good soapy fun!
WHAT I’M WRITING
Nothing, at the moment! But after turning Cahill Book 3 in to my editor and then taking 2 weeks off, I’m starting to get a little itchy-brained. Fortunately:
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
I’ve got a writing retreat coming up! On Friday, six of my favorite writer friends and I are heading down to the Shenandoah Valley in VA on our third annual Memorial Day weekend retreat. This is my amazing stable of critique partners, and they’ve been there for me since before BORN WICKED came out and so supportive through all the ups and downs since. They are all incredible writers and smart, awesome women, and we have so much fun together! I’m looking forward to reading a bunch and getting back to work on my potential next-book. I haven’t even opened the document in the six months I was drafting CB3, and I haven’t really written on it in earnest since last Memorial Day, when my CPs demanded more pages! I’m excited to get back into it. Also excited for lots of writing talk and wine and cheese!
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
Both my sisters are home from grad school right now, so The Playwright and I went up to PA to visit my family the last two days. It coincided nicely with a crazy hot spell; the last few days have felt more like July than late May. Fortunately, my parents opened their pool last week, so while the water was still a little on the chilly side, it was an awesome place to spend the afternoons!
*happy sigh* I love living in the city, but there’s something quintessentially summery about spending lazy afternoons reading and paddling around the pool in the sunshine. Our June is going to be crazy between STAR CURSED’s release and several book events, and July will be equally busy between CapFringe and a trip to Canada. But I’m already looking forward to a long weekend back in PA in early August!