Put on your party hats.

It is 8:24 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, and I just finished writing Sovereign of Stars!  Wooooooooooooooo!

Well...I finished the most recent draft.  As long as it passes muster with my beta readers, and once I have a chance to fix (most of) the typos (the ones I will actually notice after the billionth pass through this manuscript), I can publish this sucker.

There was one scene that, I confess, really got to me.  I was crying pretty hard by the time I finished writing it, with snot running down my face and the whole nine yards.  It's kind of an emotional roller-coaster of a book, I think, and the ending...well, the ending (by which I mean almost the entire fourth "part" of the book) made the author a little teary-eyed, so I am hoping it affects readers as strongly.

So everybody cross your fingers that the beta readers (both of them historical novelists whose work I adore and admire) give it the green light.

It feels really, incredibly, unspeakably awesome to be looking at "THE END" on my fourth novel.  (You will notice at the end of my Hatshepsut books that I also write under a different pen name, Libbie Hawker...so I've got one more book out there, floating around in cyberspace.)  I will be diving into my fifth, The Bull of Min, the last one in the Hatshepsut series, after a well-earned week off from writing to cleanse my creative palate and celebrate.  And I'm already piecing together the outline for my sixth.  I don't have a good handle yet on how long it will take me to write that one, since I need to do extensive research into an part of history that is unfamiliar to me.  But I am hoping optimistically for the early summer of 2014.  Maybe sooner, depending on how things go.

Here's a cat in a party hat.  He knows it's time to get down.