November 6th, 2014

Release date, title changes, and Roadstead Farm

So I did say, at one point, that I’d pass it on when I had more news on a street date for On Roadstead Farm. Well, I have more than that.

We always sort of knew On Roadstead Farm was a title that wouldn’t see print: It gives a little too much of the wrong impression about what this book is. So after a lot of serious and dedicated work here, at Clarion Books, and at Scholastic Canada, I give you the following:

My second novel’s official title will be An Inheritance of Ashes, and it’ll hit shelves in Fall 2015.


June 12th, 2013

I wrote the last words on ON ROADSTEAD FARM yesterday morning.

It feels good.  Here, look:

Finish pic!


I will be spending the next little while cleaning my Deadline House (TM) and seeing some concerts and otherwise doing things that aren’t writing books.

April 3rd, 2013

And finally, some news you’ve (okay, I’VE) been waiting for…

It’s in Publishers Marketplace, and that makes it true, so:

My second young adult novel, On Roadstead Farm, will be published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, with editor Anne Hoppe, who’s also edited Melissa Marr, Merrie Haskell, Garth Nix, and Terry Pratchett (!).

What is this book even about?  Have some unofficial cover copy I just wrote up right now!

Hallie Hoffmann has spent her sixteenth summer trying desperately to keep her family farm together.  Her sister, Marthe, is pregnant, and her brother-in-law Thomas marched in the spring to war against the Wicked God Southward–a war which ended at midsummer when a normal man turned hero, the mysterious John Balsam, cut out the Wicked God’s heart and disappeared.

The trouble is, so has Thom.

When a mysterious war veteran from the north asks to hire on for the winter, Hallie sees her chance to keep Roadstead Farm alive–and to apologize to her sister for a summer of fighting by protecting their home.  But the Wicked God’s twisted creations aren’t far behind: monstrous animals whose touch sucks the life from flesh, trees, or stone.  Because the kindly Heron has the one thing everyone in the world wants: The knife that somehow killed a God.

And all hell is coming after him.

So basically it’s a post-epic fantasy, post-apocalyptic, literary dustbowl novel with bonus! Creepy Spider-birds and dealing with people’s war PTSD and a good helping of kissing.  Like you do.

Street date when I have one.  :)

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