The 111,594th (and final) word of Peripheral People is: yet.

Holy crap. It's a book!
I apologize if you follow me elsewhere and you've already seen this, but it kind of bears repeating.

Romantic Times gave The Slipstream Con a 4 star review. Our book. A book with my name on the cover. Reviewed in a national magazine.

"Lies, deception and betrayal are watchwords in this intricate Ylendrian Empire tale. No one can be trusted and even the good guys have secrets."

You can skip this part if you don't want to see my general thoughts on why the erotica label bothers me on this review. )

I have a few little stars in my eyes at the moment, so excuse me. FOUR STARS IN ROMANTIC TIMES!!!!
I have been really down on myself lately, at least in my head, because we/I haven't finished anything yet this year. Panicky, almost, because our editor is scheduling well into next year for publication dates, and we're not done yet. I think the stories we're telling are good, and writing takes me a lot of time, but I haven't been able to cut myself any kind of slack. Nothing is DONE.

And then I thought about what's happened this year, other than writing.

-I settled into a new, full-time day job, and gradually expanded my responsibilities there
-Our first novel came out in April
-My grandmother died
-My Dad had, and underwent surgery and treatment for, cancer

And that's not even counting the things that happened in Michelle's family, or Stanley's Mom living with us for 6 weeks, or stuff that happened to friends.

So maybe, little voice, you should just CHILL. Because I also-

-wrote 75% of my first actually-gonna-be-finished solo novel
-wrote and re-wrote 80% of the next book in our series
-promo'd until I could promo no more
-learned a lot about how I write, and what I want to write

I'm really good at being really hard on myself.
This is totally a normal thought process, right?

"Oh, you had something to do, so instead of accepting that my fuckbuddy was out of town, I contacted the Empress, had her grant me diplomat status on a world she doesn't technically govern, and hopped on a 13-hour shuttle flight so I could catch up with you.  But don't worry, it's not serious."

I have to say, I really appreciate the challenge with these two. Two psychics have to WORK at being this oblivious.
Pretty sure I've mentioned at least once or twice that Michelle and I wrote another book. Today is the release day, so without further ado, I'll share the cover, blurb, and the first chapter.

It’s finally here! Our new book, The Slipstream Con, releases today, and we’re excited to be able to share an excerpt with you.

You can read the full first chapter, or purchase the book, by clicking on the cover below.

The Slipstream Con - Available now from Samhain Publishing!

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Is love the biggest con of them all?

A Ylendrian Empire story.

For three years, Kellen Frey has led bounty hunters Tal and Vanya on a merry chase, evading capture with flair and style. Now, just when they finally have their pet project—and object of their mutual fantasies—cornered, the elusive con artist turns the tables and gives himself up. A sudden attack of conscience, perhaps? Tal and Vanya know better.

Their suspicions are confirmed when a crime lord comes dangerously close to killing them all, and the rapidly sickening thief is forced to confess the truth—he’s been accidentally dosed with a highly illegal form of nanotechnology.

If Kellen can’t get his hands on another dose, he’s finished. The problem is, the only thief who’s ever broken in to Slipstream Labs is his ex-girlfriend, and she’s allergic to bounty hunters. As he does his best to play both sides, he struggles with his growing desire to be more than a prisoner to Tal and Vanya. Without trust, they won’t survive long. The clock is ticking as they race to uncover a conspiracy that spans the Ylendrian Empire.






Product Warnings
This book contains an anti-hero with no qualms about redecorating your spaceship, a heroine capable of killing you with her hair stick, and another hero who would like nothing more than to shag them both without the inconvenience of a conscience.
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Read the first chapter under the cut. )
You know what's pretty freaking awesome?

Selling a second book.
Just a reminder that time is running out on our contests. Details below:

We're running contests- you can win a free copy of the book in the format of your choice, or, if you're one of the awesome people who has already purchased a copy, you could win a prize pack that has all KINDS of goodies in it.

The first is pretty simple- email us with the subject line "Balance", and you'll be entered to win a free copy in the format of your choice. Two winners will be chosen by random selection, and the winner will be notified by email.

We don't want to leave out the people who have already read the book, though! If you've purchased The Balance of Silence, send us some proof of it- a picture of yourself reading it, a screenshot of your receipt (all payment and personal information removed, obviously), even a favourite quote, or request for the phone numbers of the cover models. Just email us with the subject line "Goodie Bag", and you'll be entered to win a canvas tote bag full of prizes! The goodie bag includes all kinds of cool stuff with our fabulous cover featured prominently, topped off with delicious nomables, and a treat from LUSH! One random winner will be chosen.

Enter here to win a free copy of "The Balance of Silence"

Enter here to win a goodie bag full of "The Balance of Silence" prizes
Some Stories I am Not Writing:

1. The Psych fic where Shawn is adopted, and his biological parents are Yin and Yang. (Please note: this is my pet theory for the season 5 finale. I'm pretty sure I'm wrong, but I don't care.)
2. The White Collar fic where El isn't magically understanding, but wants the OT3 to succeed anyway. I want to see her wooed. She's a woman who deserves wooing.
3. The Peripheral People side story about the school shuttle pilot who flies Wens and Gavin home every weekend, and the things that happen over the years when you spend an afternoon with a psychic every week.
4. The Sherlock fic where Sherlock finds himself buying milk, and it isn't a metaphor, but it is a mark of how much John has warped his priorities.

Of course, I'm also not sleeping, and apparently not editing chapter four of The Slipstream Con, so the "not writing" status is subject to change.
I know at least half of you just added "in my pants" to that subject line, and that is why I love you.

Our first novel, The Balance of Silence, came out today! If you are friends with me anywhere else, I'm sure you already know that. I've been going on a bit, I think.

To celebrate, we had a private release party last night. Yes, it was in our kitchen. Yes, that's my Kindle. (It's also my wine.) And yes, then we sat down and finished the rest of the Sherlock episode we'd been watching.

Balance of silence release party

Want to read an excerpt? You can! )

We're running contests- you can win a free copy of the book in the format of your choice, or, if you're one of the awesome people who has already purchased a copy, you could win a prize pack that has all KINDS of goodies in it.

The first is pretty simple- email us with the subject line "Balance", and you'll be entered to win a free copy in the format of your choice. Two winners will be chosen by random selection, and the winner will be notified by email.

We don't want to leave out the people who have already read the book, though! If you've purchased The Balance of Silence, send us some proof of it- a picture of yourself reading it, a screenshot of your receipt (all payment and personal information removed, obviously), even a favourite quote, or request for the phone numbers of the cover models. Just email us with the subject line "Goodie Bag", and you'll be entered to win a canvas tote bag full of prizes! The goodie bag includes all kinds of cool stuff with our fabulous cover featured prominently, topped off with delicious nomables, and a treat from LUSH! One random winner will be chosen.

Enter here to win a free copy of "The Balance of Silence"

Enter here to win a goodie bag full of "The Balance of Silence" prizes

I swear I've done nothing all day but look at my computer (Okay, and watch more Sherlock. Watch Sherlock again? Both of those.), but I'm exhausted. It's done, it's out there in the world, now all I can do is hope people don't hate it. (If you do, that's totally your right. All I ask is that you please not post about hating it HERE. Anywhere else is fair game.)

Back to work tomorrow. I'm so glad I took the day off.
It's after midnight. After taking the writing day off, I'm officially allowed to say that I'm writing a mystery set in 1890's Paris, featuring Jean and Gabriel from my story in the Sindustry anthology, "Fin de Siecle". No idea how long it's going to be, yet, but I'm giving myself permission to write it until the writing is done, and worry about the rest later. (This one is just me. We'll see how much progress I make, between editing and other projects.)

Also in progress are:

Peripheral People- a thriller about psychic detectives IN SPACE! (This is another book set in the Ylendrian Empire, the same universe as "The Balance of Silence" and the novel we just FINISHEDOMG, "The Slipstream Con".) (S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore, for both.)
Lake Effect- a contemporary m/m paranormal, set in an imaginary town in rural Virginia. (Shea Meier)
Skies Made of 1's and 0's- a steampunk angel fantasy. (Again, just me.)

Michelle is working on a short story called "Enchanted Grounds", which is adorable, and sweet, and makes me wish I owned a magical coffee shop.

It's really no wonder I can never find the gumption to put away my laundry. At least, that's what I'm telling myself!
Well, holy crap.

84,686 words later, our accidentally-not-short space opera con-man caper is FINISHED.

I need a drink. And an editor.

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