As of now, I've got 14 chapters left to revise (yes, this is a long freaking book). Some need a lot of revision, some less. I'm going to see how far I can get in August, and then make a decision about whether to run a kickstarter in mid-October, or wait until after the holidays.
(By the way, I've had some emails from German fans recently, worried that my self-publishing Labyrinth of Flame means it may not come out in Germany. While I don't yet have a contract with Bastei Lübbe for Labyrinth, they've been asking when the manuscript will be ready, so I'm certainly hopeful they will buy the book and you won't be left hanging.)
Anyway, starting Aug 1, I'm going dark for a while. If there's any nifty book-related news, I'll reappear to share it. (One cool thing about August is that the cover artist, Dave Palumbo, is starting work on the cover for Labyrinth of Flame. I'm so excited to see what he does!) Other than that, I'm going to do my best to stay off the web & spend every spare second on finishing the book.
But before I vanish, there are two novels coming out in August that I wanted to highlight here. They're very different in style and tone, but both writers are amazing.
1. Dust and Light (Sanctuary Duet #1), by Carol Berg (August 5)
2. The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker #1), by Kameron Hurley (August 26)
I read this one in ARC form, and gave it this blurb: "Bold, merciless, and wildly inventive, Kameron Hurley's The Mirror Empire begins an epic tale of worlds at war that will linger long in readers' imaginations. If you're looking for original and challenging fantasy, this is definitely the series for you." I mean every word of it, too. Kameron's work here is hugely ambitious, and her imagination nothing short of incredible. Don't go in expecting a comfort read; this is grimdark-style fantasy, where the characters are interesting rather than likable. The book will challenge you, make you think, perhaps make you uncomfortable. (There were certainly parts it did me.) But that's part of what fantasy is for: to stretch our horizons and our imaginations, and Kameron does that with gusto. If that appeals to you at all, you must try this book.
And now, commence vanishing act. At least until I've got cover art or other good news to share!