Happy summer everybody–or winter, if you are in the southern hemisphere. It’s the longest/shortest day of the year, and I’ve been making the most out of our long summer days on the west coast by working away at the next installment of the Bishop-Clairmont family saga. The publisher wants it before the end of the year, so that we can get it to you in the second half of 2018 (eep!) so I’m putting in my time at the computer keyboard.

I’ve also been working on the companion, the TV adaptation, my garden, enjoying the bounty of the farmer’s market, and baking (almond cherry crumble, strawberry mascarpone tart…) All in all it’s been a pretty splendid month. Read on for more details.

First, THE WORLD OF ALL SOULS: A COMPANION TO A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, SHADOW OF NIGHT, AND THE BOOK OF LIFE is headed to a bookstore near you in May 2018. It should be available for pre-order sometime in late summer 2017 (I’ll keep you posted). The image that accompanies the post is one of the fantastic illustrations in this book, by the creative genius I call “my illuminator,” Colleen Madden. Some of you have seen a previous incarnation of this work when Colleen had a feed on Tumblr, but this is even more detailed and gives you a sense of the beautiful work that is on every page. It’s going to take us a bit of time to get it through production, with all those illustrations (some in color!) but it is moving along. We saw cover concept drawings just a few weeks ago and can’t wait to share them with you when they are finalized.

Second, THE ALL SOULS CON is shaping up into a fabulous day in New Orleans. On 23 September 2017, I will be in NOLA along with the author/illuminator team of THE WORLD OF ALL SOULS and special academic guests Shelli Carter and Richard Campanella who will talk about the science of the trilogy and the history of this diverse and fascinating American city that Marcus called home. I will be announcing the TITLE of the new book, and reading you a bit from it, too (don’t tell anyone…) As some of you may know, this is not THE SERPENT’S MIRROR (i.e. the story of Matthew in the 16th century), which is on hiatus for the moment, but is instead the OTHER book I’ve been working on, which is set one year after the events in THE BOOK OF LIFE. The story takes us further into the lives of some of your favorite characters, past (Marcus!) and present (the twins!!). There’s still time to register and join us in NOLA. Can’t get to NOLA? You can stream the entire event live for FREE, and not miss a single announcement or update. Who knows? You might even find out something about the TV show… For details, including registration information and the latest program, visit http://allsoulscon.org/

Third, TV. Wow. So things have shifted into something that *feels* like what I imagine it is like to be sitting in the rocket at Cape Canaveral, waiting for lift-off. Lots of rumbling. The smell of exhaust. Frantic activity followed by lots of waiting. We are casting. CASTING. We are hiring department heads to take care of things like costume, scenery, and makeup. We have a full writers’ room, led by our new showrunner and head writer Kate Brooke (Mr. Selfridge, The Forsyte Saga), who is coordinating the work of all the other writers and making sure that we keep delivering scripts to the production team–not an easy job. Shooting is scheduled to begin this autumn, so I imagine that someone (not me!) will announce cast and other news by then if not before. Meanwhile, stay tuned… We will always repost, retweet, and include announcements in the newsletter.

Fourth, HEDGEBROOK OPEN HOUSE this weekend. Seattle area readers, I will be at the Hedgebrook open house this Saturday, 24 June 2017, from 1-4 pm. Located on beautiful Whidbey Island, Hedgebrook is where I wrote much of THE BOOK OF LIFE. The inspiration for Sarah’s garden is there, on this forty-eight acre sanctuary for women writers, owls, deer, rabbits, and birds. This weekend they are opening the gates to visitors, and will be providing refreshments, tours of the writers cottages (led by me and a few other alumnae), and further information about this special place. It’s free, but they would like you to RSVP if you think you are coming. Join us and be inspired! Details here: http://www.hedgebrook.org/open-house/

That’s it from me for now. I’ll be back this weekend with your July Inspiration board on Pinterest. Until then, enjoy the turning of the year.