I’m Sick, and We’re Moving to Pickle Rick

Saturday, I woke up ill, and had to miss my plane to the Missouri Children’s Literature Festival. It’s their 50th this year, and I was excited to get back to Missouri, and honored to be asked as a guest. I rarely get sick. In the seven or so years I’ve been doing book events, this is the first one I’ve had to cancel due to illness. And of course, Monday rolls around, and I feel basically fine. This pisses me off.

So, if anyone was supposed to see me in Missouri, I am sincerely sorry, and hope to be asked back some other year. I had a presentation and everything. There were video clips.

Second bit of title business: We’re moving! To Pickle Rick! That’s what we named uursfitnessruimte.nl our new house. He’s green and a little bit yellow and sort of long, and he has a pickle ball court. The name was obvious. For those who do not watch Rick and Morty and have no idea what I’m talking about, this is Pickle Rick:

It’s from the episode where Rick turns himself into a pickle to get out of family therapy. Why aren’t you watching this show?

Anyway, we’re aiming to move at the end of April. If anyone has recommendations for ways to keep dogs and cats stress-free during a move, I’m all ears. Also, if anyone has pickle ball tips. Because I can’t have a court and not know how to play. From what I understand, it’s sort of like tennis, but smaller, and popular with the elderly. Prepare for many photos of me in a sweatband and a pickle ball uniform.

In the beginning of the month, April 3rd to be exact, just two days after Tyrion Cattister’s fifth birthday, QUEENS OF FENNBIRN comes out!Β  And, during my blog hiatus, the cover for TWO DARK REIGNS was revealed.


Just to clarify: QUEENS OF FENNBIRN is the bind-up of the prequel novellas ‘The Young Queens’ and ‘The Oracle Queen’.Β  TWO DARK REIGNS is a full novel, number 3 in the series of 4. Huge, sparkly thank yous to everyone who has preordered already. There are many cool Three Dark Crowns related things to come as the September 4th release gets closer. There won’t be any ARCs, but I’ll be at BEA/BookCon in May/June, doing something or other, and I’ve heard rumors of promo items down the line.

In the meantime, I’ll be finishing up Two Dark Reigns, one more edit after a huge re-write, then line edits, then final, final touches…then diving into book four. THE LAST IN THE SERIES I’M TREMBLING ALREADY.Β  Today though, I’m delving into a short story I need to write for the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired anthology HIS HIDEOUS HEART, to be edited by Dahlia Adler. My section will be inspired by his first published short story, “Metzengerstein” which I was horrified to discover I did not own. I have it now, and will spend the afternoon refamiliarizing myself with the text.

Also, I just remembered I own one of the soundtracks from Sailor Moon. So, that’s happening.

30 thoughts on “I’m Sick, and We’re Moving to Pickle Rick

  1. Cody Drake says:

    I absolutely love the series and cannot wait to read Two Dark Reigns! Your work continues to inspire me to write, and I thank you for that.

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      I’m so glad to hear that, Cody πŸ™‚

  2. Andrea Alves Silva says:

    Feel better!

  3. http://www.wonderpuppy.net/canwehelp/1moving.php
    This resource is linked from Bad Rap, a rescue in California that took in many of the Vick dogs. If you aren’t following them on instagram, you’re missing out! Good luck with the move.

    1. Well, nevermind. The links are all dead! Boo!

      1. Kendare Blake says:

        Ah, boo! Well, I’ll check them out on Instagram anyway.

  4. Catherine (NOT Katharine hehe) Clarke says:

    I absolutely ADORE this series (and all of your other novels), and can’t wait to see what happens next with Everyone’s Favourite Fennbirn Queens TM (okay, that should be their nickname from now on…)

    Question: which queen is your favourite, and why?

    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you to keep up the amazing work! Have a nice day πŸ™‚

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Haha, that is totally how they would be announced on any game show. But to answer your question: I don’t have a favorite queen. I love them all. I know readers have their favorites, but I would feel mean choosing, since I’m the one telling their story. I must remain unbiased! πŸ™‚

      1. Catherine (NOT Katharine hehe) Clarke says:

        I completely understand — I can imagine that they are all special to you in different ways. They are certainly each very complex and multi-layered characters.

        Can’t wait to see what happens next! πŸ™‚

  5. Katherine says:

    I know this is super late but I hope you got better fast! Is there going to be pre order stuff for Two Dark Reigns? I preordered One Dark Throne through Barnes and Noble last time like one week before I found out about the playing cards so I missed out but I don’t wanna make the same mistake again so I wanted to ask before I get to excited!

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Hi Katherine! Thank you for the well-wishes, I did recover quite quickly. About a pre-order bonus for Two Dark Reigns: I haven’t heard anything yet, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the publisher won’t offer one. Maybe save your confirmation email receipt so you have it to submit just in case! And thank you SO MUCH for pre-ordering. It makes a huge difference and I really appreciate it πŸ™‚

      1. Khushali Parikh says:

        When can we expect 4th book??

        1. Kendare Blake says:

          The fourth and final Fennbirn book is scheduled to release on September 3rd, 2019 πŸ™‚

  6. Kat-Sin-Ella says:

    Bloodrushing!!! I am so over the top excited on the 3rd book and now there’s the update for the 4th!!?? I am ravenous for the story… can already taste the bittersweet plot and trying to be patient ’bout when on earth will it’ll be available here in Philippines?? (huhuhu w/ fat tear) ?


    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Haha, not too much longer now! Edits are completed and it’s nearly set to go to print. I hope you love it, and I think it should be in the Philippines relatively soon after it’s released in the US, on September 4th πŸ™‚

  7. Meagan says:

    Just spent the last three days reading the first two in the series… SO GOOD! I cannot wait for the next one! And now I have sailor moon stuck in my head hahahaha.

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them! And I hope that song is finally out of your head! It’s not easy to get things done when you have to be fighting evil by moonlight and winning love by daylight. Perhaps never running from a real fight. Being the one named Sailor…well, you know.

  8. larissaa says:

    holy snitzel two dark reigns is the best book i have ever read. hands down. it’s truly dark fantasy at its best. keep writing! no like seriously, can you please write faster? i’m dying to read the fourth book hahahahha
    also, when is the fourth book being released? i know its pretty far since two dark reigns’ release was very recent. but i HAVE TO KNOW!! this series changed my life. i thought i knew dark fantasy, but NOPE! this series set a whole new bar. love you!!

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it. I’m still working on the fourth book, but the goal is to have it released next year, in September like its book siblings have been. I’m nearly done with the first draft, so I think we’ll be able to do it.

  9. Hayley says:

    Ah! Are you staying in the PNW area? I was ecstatic to read you live in Kent, so closeby…!

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      We’re staying! I just moved over to Gig Harbor.

  10. Julia Orlofski says:

    I FINISHED TWO DARK REIGNS AND I NEEEED THE LAST BOOK!! When is it coming out do you think?!

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      We’re aiming for September 2019! I mean, that’s the aim. I’m still working on it. I’m so glad you enjoyed Two Dark Reigns! Thank you!

  11. Denae says:

    Just finished the 3rd book, wow can’t wait to read #4! Any chance you might be having a book signing here in WA? πŸ™‚

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Hi Denae,
      Yes, I’ll be signing with Lauren Oliver for her new release BROKEN THINGS at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, WA on October 9th. 7pm. I’m so glad you enjoyed Two Dark Reigns, and hope to see you there!

      1. Denae says:

        Awesome! Going to try and make it!!

  12. Mandy says:

    I love the series and I love Two Dark Reigns!! I just finished reading it and I am on the edge of my seat, waiting desperately to know what happens next!

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Thank you for reading! I’m so glad you liked it. I should be updating the site with Book 4 info soon πŸ™‚

  13. Sarah Links says:

    Absolutely ADORED this series so far. Read all 3 books in the last week. I couldn’t put it down! Reading the novellas next and can’t wait for the final book! Thank you for writing this series. One of my favorites of all time!

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Wow, all three in one week! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. Thank you. We’ll be revealing the cover for the final book in a couple of days, so be sure to keep an eye out πŸ™‚

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