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I uploaded Crucible yesterday (do not buy), and the pre-order for Tethers (covers below) is live, so I thought it might be time for a blog post. Yesterday was a full-on summery day, so of course today is absolutely miserable – perfect blogging weather!

Just a quick heads up about Crucible. It’s a Phoenix novella that does not have to be read to understand Tethers. It’s just a snippet into what was going on with him between Demon Dog and Tethers. It’s the kind of thing I write to help me keep track of the world state, and I might not have published it only for some people on the Facebook page expressing an interest in Phoenix (colour me surprised) and the werewolves – so blame them. 😛 Sadly, there’s only a little werewolf action in this one. There’ll be a coupon code for a free copy in the newsletter I’m sending out on Friday. This week, I’m working on a short Esther story, which I’m not sure I’ll publish, and a short Chaos story in the POVs of Drake and Brendan (because they’re both supah busy between Blight and Sacrifice), which I’m pretty certain will be published (as a freebie) in either July or August because the cover is nearly ready, so why not? And I’m supposed to be starting that Halloween story on Monday, but I still haven’t decided who I’m actually writing about or even if I’ll go ahead with a crossover story. Give me an eye roll, please.

Back to me, me, me. May has been one of those weird roller coaster months. Himself is very unwell, one of the twins has been sick every week this month, and even the dogs have had dodgy tummies. All the hard work I had planned for this month kind of never happened. I did get to the end of a lip balm for the first time in my life, so that’s… something?

In good/great/this brought tears to my eyes news, the marriage referendum passed in Ireland. I was a nervous wreck the entire two days of the voting and counting. I have never been so invested in a vote; it was amazing. And my daughter wrote me a song yesterday (she also earned a merit at school for writing a story full of magic, evil faeries, and dead bodies – that’s mah gurl). The lyrics were all about how freaking deadly I am, so I’m going to keep them and show them to her next time she’s mad at me. She’s currently terrified of becoming a teenager because she believes she’s going to wake up on her thirteenth birthday with insta-hate for me, but she’s failed to notice that she already hates me on a regular basis – usually when the words “Clean your room” are involved. 😀

I’m actually super popular with my kids at the moment (probably because Daddy’s all sick and pathetic, but I’ll take it!) And all it took was some epic old lady dancing in the kitchen to a certain soundtrack (and losing at a sack race. Leave your pride at the door when you come to my house). But really, they’re like my little shadows (or clingy little limpets, depending on the day) this month. I walk from the office to the kitchen (yes, for more coffee because I suck at, you know, not drinking coffee), turn around, and find a whole bunch of gigglers in a line behind me. My desk is covered in Lego, drawings (of me), notes (to me), four pairs of sunglasses belonging to a four-year-old (basically every time she’s in a shop with her father, she manages to convince him she needs a pair), and an abundance of hair accessories that nobody is able to find come school time. There’s usually a kid (or a grown man) hidden somewhere under the desk waiting to scare the shit out of me. (Reason 72 why I’m a nervous wreck). My eldest has been spending his evenings reading over my shoulder while I’ve been editing (“Ugh, crying. Really? I hate crying in books. There better not be any kissing in this chapter. Um, Mom, I think it might be more interesting if” – shut up), and I just know I’m in big trouble when the kids come home because I forgot to watch (Geek & Sundry’s) Craft Lab on YouTube with them yesterday. Only one more month at school before the summer holidays screw everything up make us all extra happy. 😀


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  1. Andrew Muenzenberger Andrew Muenzenberger

    I just pre-order Tethers but can’t find crucible! LOL

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      I’ll be sending out a newsletter shortly with a coupon code for Crucible.

      And thanks for pre-ordering, Andrew. 🙂

      • Cheryl Cheryl

        I use the code to get Crucible and I have been having major issues trying to download it. Is there anyway it will become available at Barnes & Nobles for the Nook. Please let me know.


        • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

          It is available on B&N, but it’s 99c. It’s the same file there as the epub on Smashwords.

  2. Andrea Andrea

    Just like to say I love reading your blog always makes me laugh your so down to earth and real in the way ppl like me can realate to I already bought the crucible was to eager to read and don’t check my email till after I read book lol well worth it i love Phoenix he and Ava are my favourite characters I enjoyed finding out were he is at so I can now relate more to his character so thank you when finished the book I preordered Tethers so roll on tomorrow when I get on my kindle I have read all your books now and done my review on them and lucking forwards to more

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      Thanks so much, Andrea. 🙂

      I can’t believe Tethers is out tomorrow already! I like the extra stories to see what else is going on in Ava’s world. And I enjoy Phoenix – he’s weird and interesting. So fun for me to work on. 😀

      • Andrea Andrea

        Hi Claire really enjoyed reading tethers I have read it twice already lol love the book and story . Best parts 4 me are Ava and Phoenix tag teaming and chemistry as always there my favourite characters just love how so alike in always, my favourite line was at the last paragraph what Phoenix says to Ava , do you think you will write more books from Phoenix point of view ? And will there be a series of books with Peter and val as they investigate more ? Ps so glad the destructive relationship between Peter and Ava is no more she deserves someone except her in all ways

        • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

          Andrea, I had a lot of extras planned for this year, but I’ve had to cut back because of family stuff. I’m definitely hoping to write more with Phoenix because he’s witness to very different things than Ava, and I love exploring what else is going on in the world. I have two more books planned for Peter and Val, one in particular I’m super excited about, but because I’ve fallen behind, I’ve had to push them back a bit. I was hoping to have both out before the end of the year, but I don’t know if that’s actually possible anymore! I was going to see how those went before committing to any more books with them though. The books planned are called Bad Blood and Secret Self, in case you’re interested. 🙂

          And yeah, it was always clear to me that Peter was not a healthy partner for Ava, but you never know about the future. Phoenix is screwed up in his own particular ways, but he’s able to give Ava a little of what she needs right now. The big thing for me is Ava being happy in her own skin, and not letting anyone else take that away from her, if that makes sense.

          • Andrea Andrea

            Yeah that makes so much sense to me I like the way Ava is moving forward and finally she has grown to like who and what she is it make her a stronger character,look forward to to future books , I would like to read bad blood & secret self when they get published, and definitely Phoenix books you must have fun with his character , looking forward to sacrifice in October

            • Andrea Andrea

              If its ok and not to personal for me asking this question I would like to know when and if you have time anytime spear with family and writing what books what kind of books or authors you read , it’s ok it you don’t want to say though just looking 4 new book whilst waiting for others to be published

              • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

                I used to read a book a day, but I don’t have that kind of time anymore. 😀 I’m finding it hard to come across new books I like lately – I’ll have to start mentioning them in blog posts again. I like the Game of Thrones books and Patricia Briggs’s two shifter series. They’re books I wait on to come out. I used to love Holly Black’s faery series, but I haven’t read it in a very long time. Thea Atkinson, Stacey Wallace Benefiel, Tammy Blackwell, Sarra Cannon, Scott Nicholson – they all have books I can recommend. There are two other books that I found oddly charming. I haven’t finished either series yet, but one is The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg, and the other is The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke. I’ll have to go through my kindle to find more, but I’ve given up on way more books than I’ve read these last two years. I don’t know why.

            • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

              That reminds me of how much I have to do this summer. I need to learn how to work at double-speed when the kids are in school. 😀

              • Andrea Andrea

                Thank u I will try some of these I read about 4 books a week so this is great

  3. Miriam Miriam

    Finally! I have been waiting, (sorry Peter) for Ava and Phoenix to finally explore their obvious attraction for each other. Ava is amazing and I have liked Phoenix from the start. Tethers was everything I hoped it would be and I can’t wait to see what Ava’s next lost soul will bring. I love the series so far, although I am not surprised as I love all of your books!

    • Claire Farrell Claire Farrell

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the storyline, Miriam. I’m starting to feel sorry for Peter though! 😀

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