War has erupted among the five Old Races, and Margrit Knight is responsible for the death that caused it. Now New York City’s most unusual lawyer faces her toughest negotiation yet. And with her gargoyle lover, Alban, taken prisoner, Margrit’s only allies–a dragon bitter about his fall, a vampire determined to hold his standing at any cost and a mortal detective with no idea what he’s up against–have demands of their own.
Determined to rescue Alban and torn between conflicting loyalties as the battle seeps into the human world, Margrit soon realizes the only way out is through the fire….
Today is Release Day for HANDS OF FLAME, the third and final book in my Negotiator series!
Although this *book* wasn’t actually the culmination of 4 very long years of intensive writing, it’s the one that, in a lot of ways, completes the visual representation of all that work. When I sold my first book in 2004, I had a very clear and specific goal in mind: a certain amount of shelf space dedicated to my books. I’ve written over a million and a half words on the way to that goal, and now, with 3 Walker Papers (4, if you shelve the WINTER MOON novella along with them!) and 3 Negotiator books, as well as THE QUEEN’S BASTARD, there’s now starting to be a fair chunk of C.E. Murphy books on the shelf, and 3 hard-to-find Cate Dermody novels. I *like* the way that looks.
This is one of those things, I think, that…ain’t necessarily intuitive to consider, as a new writer going into the game. It’s astounding enough to get a contract. Thinking about what happens next, or happens five years down the road, is just too big.
On the other hand, this is a business. It’s important to have a business plan when you go into it. I recall, when I first sold, talking to Jennifer Jackson, who became my agent, about my goals. They were based on my expectations of myself–my knowledge of how fast I can write–and were therefore, ah, lofty. She was politely skeptical. Four years on, I’ve actually done what I proposed and am damned proud of that. It’s been a lot of hard work, but definitely worth it.
I don’t have anything really sage to say, except a game plan is good to have in place. That, and please go buy HANDS OF FLAME…