And happy as a larrikin (although why a hooligan would be any happier than anyone else is as much a mystery as most of the rest of life has and continues to be to me).
Anyway, in case you are interested, the series of mine that HarperVoyager have acquired is to be known as 'Shadow in the Storm - the Chronicles of Jeniche of Antar'
The first book will be out in November of this year. Initially as an ebook and followed by a print run in May of next year.
Harper have acquired the first three titles (there are seven in total) and have first refusal on the rest.
Book 1 - Stealing into Winter (already published by Roundfire and reacquired so that HV could have the series from book one).
Book 2 - Exile and Pilgrim (the book that wowed Natasha Bardon at Harper and led to the offer).
Book 3 - Players of the Game
Book 4 - Thunder on the Mountain
Books 5, 6 and 7 are planned but have yet to be drafted. That's my next big task - hence the clearing of the decks so I can sit down and get all three books first drafted in a single session. Watch this space for more news as and when it becomes available.
All that work also explains why my reading rate has dropped a bit.
Books read in August
Any Old Iron – Anthony Burgess
Groaning Spinney – Gladys Mitchell
Late, Late In The Evening – Gladys Mitchell
The Dancer At The Gai-Moulin – Georges Simenon [new tr]
Black Dogs Circled – Mick Farren
Vic And Blood – Harlan Ellison
The Wave In The Mind – Ursula K Le Guin
Cheek By Jowl – Ursula K Le GuinThe Ferguson Affair – Ross Macdonald