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Warrior Preorder

 

Warrior, the second short story in my super secret pen name series is now up for preorder. You can find it here.

Talkin’ Historical

Let’s talk historical. And by historical, I mean both the genre, and the fact that the book I will release on May 3rd has a history.
Yes, we’re talking about SHADOW OF THE LION, which was formerly titled SUFFRAGETTE IN THE CITY. I know some of you like that book as it was, and are not interested in this new version, and I’m happy for you to go with the version of the book you prefer.
However, since I’ve been working on (heavily) revising the sequel to this book, I wanted to make sure it was more in line with the second one, and that the heroine’s personality fit better with her slightly older self as seen in the sequel.
So, last year I did a major revision on Suffragette. I removed more than 15,000 words from the book. I gave the heroine a new name, and with that name, a much darker past. I made her more of a survivor, a fighter, a woman who was strong enough to triumph over a nightmarish past.
I wrote in a brand new character, and made her the heroine’s bestie. My editor Laura loved this new character so much, she demanded I write her into the second book (which I will be doing as I revise that book).
I also tightened prose dramatically, cutting stuff that while charming in my view, didn’t really work with an eye to the sequel.
What I did *NOT* do was change the basic storyline. That is all still there, but now with some added stuff, a lot of removed stuff, and some things that have been changed.
The new book, SHADOW OF THE LION, will be going up for preorder shortly. The second book in the series needs some serious revisions because I have to transport the story from 1901 British East Africa to a less problematic setting.
While I loved having the second book set in Africa for the sheer majesty of the location, I decided British Colonialism and its treatment of indigenous peoples was just not a subject that was best tackled in a lighthearted historical mystery. It is my hope that the second book will be available in a few months.
Until then, I hope that those of you who haven’t read Suffragette will dip your toes into 1900 England with a fiesty heroine who wants nothing more than to take a lover, fight for women’s rights, and possibly learn how to smoke. She’s a bit hazy about the last one, but is adamant about the first and second.
Preorders should be going live any minute. I’ll update my website with links, and post new preorder links here, as they appear.
Here’s the official blurb for the book:
The last man Alexandra Whitney wants is the one she needs…
New Woman, Suffragette, and recently freed from a tyrannical father, Alex arrives in London determined to do everything she was forbidden to do, from fighting for women’s rights to dressing in the latest fashions, mingling in society, and taking a lover.
When Alex literally runs into a sinfully attractive, but highly annoying man with the unlikely name of Griffin, she’s not at all surprised that he is brother to the suffrage movement’s fiercest enemy. But it’s not long before Alex realizes that the web of intrigue surrounding Griffin involves more than just fighting the attraction between them.
For Griffin isn’t just stubborn, he’s in deadly peril, and it’s up to Alex to prove to him that although she might have lived a sheltered life, even she knows they need to work together if they want to survive the threat that looms over them both.
Can Alex abandon a life she’s dreamed of to join forces with a man who stands for everything opposite to her? And if not, how is she going to live with a heart that’s not just broken, it’s crushed beyond repair?

Happy Neo Release Day!

Happy release day, everyone!

I’m hideously excited for the release of the latest Papaioannou book, and can’t wait to hear what you think of it. If you are a newsletter subscriber, be sure to check your inbox for the newsletter, because it includes an exclusive freebie short story. And if you aren’t subscribed but want in on the exclusive stuff, trot over here to subscribe.

Hoobah!

Acropolis Now cover with handsome man in front of the acropolis
Editor Laura just got Bastian’s book back to me with her edits.
 
People, with luck, with a lot of luck (and my copyeditor having enough time to deal with the MS in April), we might just have Bastian out in May.
 
Greek book is on schedule for release in April!

My brain, she is the pooped

OK, guys…38,266 words later, the Girl’s Guide prequel novella is done. And yes, I wrote more than 12K of that today. I’m pooped.
And just in time, because I think Editor Laura will be sending me back the fourth Greek book tomorrow.
Urban fantasy spin off of Karma Marx is scheduled to be next on the writing list, but eh. Not sure if that will happen, or if it will get shuffled around. I’m kind of leaving it up to the muse to decide what she wants to write.
For those of you keeping track, that’s a total of more than 138,000 words written since January 3rd. The muse is running amok. 🙂

Happy Day to You!

Happy Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day, my dumplings of delight!
 
If you have subscribed to my newsletter, check your inboxes for your valentine and the first look at the new Greek book cover and title, plus the story of why one book means so much to me.

Mmm, more Greek men!

What’s Katie Workin’ On Wednesday: the first chapter of the new Greek book is done, and I’ve started on the second. This book will be introducing a whole new side to the Papaioannou family, one who has been at odds with our beloved Yacky, Theo, and Dmitri. I’m very excited about revisiting all the characters, as well introducing the new peeps.
I don’t have a title for this book yet, so if you have a suggestion, let me know!

Sidekick Shout-out #1

Once a month I hope to do a shout-out to a secondary character. This month, I’ve chosen the most recent of sidekicks, MacKenzie Fitzwilliam from Enthralled.
I’ll be honest with you–Mac was born out of my love for Kate McKinnon, especially as seen in her role in the female version of Ghostbusters. Her mad scientist so delighted me that I knew I had to blight Jenna with a character that reminded me of McKinnon, a woman who was wholly supportive, but who lived for her science. And was also a bit heedless…and adventurous…and pretty much completely without boundaries.
 
Mac delighted me from the very start, since I could imbue her with all the wackiness that balanced out Jenna’s angst and Keeley’s darkness. The fact that she ended up with a small herd of devoted sexual partners never once surprised me, nor did the fact that she fully expected to go wherever Jenna went with Keeley. For that matter, it didn’t strike Jenna as odd that Mac would accompany them to their new home. Only Keeley had a few minutes wondering why he ended up with a Beloved who wasn’t a Beloved, her eccentric and sometimes dangerous sidekick, and a small harem of devoted followers, but he soon figured out that where Jenna went, there wenteth Mac.
 
What do you think about main protagonists having sidekicks? Do you dive fully into those relationships, or do you give them a firm side eye?

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