New Books and Things

Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s been an exciting few days around here–there was an earthquake on Saturday (!!), the first one I’ve ever felt here in Oklahoma. I was over at a friend’s house watching episodes of The Walking Dead (which had me freaked out already) when the house started to shake and books fell off the shelf. I was sure it was the zombies. There was another one last night, but not as strong. My dogs are still freaked out.

But in better news….on top of Megan’s fabulous sale last week, I have one of my own to announce. I’ve sold an Elizabethan mystery series to NAL!! If you read this blog very often, you know about my deep love of this period, and I am so, so excited about these books. The first one opens in autumn 1558, in the dangerous days right before Elizabeth becomes queen. She is under house arrest at Hatfield, and when Queen Mary’s cruel agent is murdered and all of Elizabeth’s household is under suspicion, she asks Kate Haywood (my heroine!) to investigate for her. Kate is the daughter of Elizabeth’s music master, and a blossoming musician herself, so music and dance will definitely play a big role in these stories. (Book two will center around Elizabeth’s coronation…)

To celebrate, this weekend I went to listen to the Baltimore Consort (see their website here), a fabulous group that performs medieval and Renaissance music. It was very inspiring and lots of fun! (and a way to get away from all the Christmas ads on TV…I am NOT READY for Christmas!). If you enjoy early music like I do (I own far more CDs of lute music than one person should) you should check them out.

What have you been doing this week? Any earthquakes or storms in your area? And do you like to read mysteries???

About Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

Writer (as Amanda McCabe, Laurel McKee, Amanda Carmack), history geek, yoga enthusiast, pet owner!
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10 years ago

I didn’t realize you risky girls (or at least one of you) is in Oklaoma! I grew up there. Lots of snow. No earthquakes. I live in CA and we’ve had a little rash of them. Hold tight! You’ll be fine!

Diane Gaston
10 years ago

Welcome to the earthquake club…..I’m glad that the only consequence for you was books off shelves and freaked out dogs!

HOW EXCITING for you to have sold a series to NAL and one in a time period you love!!! Whoo hooo!!!! Pretty soon we’ll have to name this blog Risky Regencies, Elizabethans, and contemporary Brooklyns. And vampires and ….. all the rest!

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

I’m the only Risky in Oklahoma, bettielee! We get tornadoes a lot but never earthquakes (at least not ones that can be felt!) so it was weird…maybe it’s some kind of sign 🙂

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
10 years ago

Congratulations Amanda! I didn’t know that you were interested in writing mysteries. And an Elizabethan series as well. I can’t wait to read it. I had no idea that there was an earthquake in OK this weekend.

Eli Yanti
10 years ago

Hi Amanda

Congratulation to you.

Nothing special actually, what i’m doing is reading and open facebook.

and no earthquake on my country right now (i live in Indonesia)

I love reading all genre book =D

Jane Lockwood
10 years ago

Great news about the sale, congratulations! Gorgeous weather here which I’ve squandered on writing, or thinking about writing…

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

Elizabeth–I’m interested in writing lots of things (or lots of things take me fancy periodically, LOL). But I am sooo excited about this new series….

10 years ago

Congrats! That sounds like its going to be a great, interesting series 🙂 I enjoy reading something a bit different that just straight regencies sometimes so this should be perfect~

Elena Greene
10 years ago

Congrats on the Elizabethan series, Amanda! As always, I am in awe at your versatility as a writer.