Naked Cats, Release Date, and WTF 2016?

2016, you’re finally over. I knew there was a reason I didn’t like even numbers. I talked to my mom on New Year’s Eve and mentioned how glad I was the year was over, and she very sweetly asked “Why? Is it Trump?” And I wanted to say, “well sure but also remember that time you tried to kill yourself?” but honestly I think she’s blocked most of that out, and that’s fine, she’s doing much better now and I have appreciated all of the kind thoughts that came in after my last post and I apologize for this run-on sentence.

I didn’t need to tell her that celebrity deaths also sucked, and nor do I need to tell anyone else, but I will mention the one that affected me the most, and that was Alan Rickman. My adoration started with Sense and Sensibility and I never really got over it.

Admit it, that’s a sexy little hat

But, despite an air of relief that the year was ending, the holidays around here were pleasant. I made Giada DeLaurentis’s lobster linguini and standing rib roast, plus fennel, which we’d never had and discovered we’d rather just have celery. I received a very cool set of gifts from my serial killer-studying pal: a weaving made from one of my favorite chapters of Anna Dressed in Blood, and a crow sculpture made entirely of graphite so the whole thing is a pencil.

Dylan has named him Cro-seph

And last but certainly not least, we got a new baby. A five month old sphynx kitten named Armpit McGee:


He has no fur, and needs many bathings and face and ear cleanings, and sure, sometimes it feels like there’s an uncooked chicken running across my living room, but we adore him.

In writing world: edits on ONE DARK THRONE are nearly done, and we have a release date: September 19th, 2017 !! It’s available for pre-order already, and some of you have already ordered, which blows my mind. A million times, thank you. More news to come soon.

And I’m going to Chicago to chat with Veronica Roth about her new book CARVE THE MARK: February 9th at 7pm, Community Christian Church, hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop. It’s ticketed, and we’ll both sign after, I think.

Three Dark Crowns popped up on the NYT list again yesterday, print(#3!) and ebook(#2!), so that was awesome. Thank you to those of you who have given it a whirl.

And that’s my month. Keep on, keepin’ on.

13 thoughts on “Naked Cats, Release Date, and WTF 2016?

  1. Barbara Rohrer says:

    Wish Chicago was a little closer to South Carolina 😉

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Aww…I was just in Charleston! Hope to see you next time.

  2. Shepa says:

    Happy New Year!
    Alan Rickman’s death hurt but the one I remember the most is Louise Rennison. Her Georgia Nicolson books literally made me laugh out loud.
    What’s your favourite chapter in ADiB?

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Well, I don’t really have a favorite I guess, but I think she used the section where Mike gets ripped in half 🙂 Louise Rennison. I’ll have to check her out.

  3. TobeyDee says:

    I love your kitten’s name! I like it when names have personality, not just “Spot” or “Fluffy”. We have a Siamese whose name doesn’t fit on the postcards the vet sends for her appointments: Tsuki Neveah Quinoa Licorice IKEA Rasputin Lemonjello Smaug.

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Oh my gosh! What do you call her for short? Tsuki?

  4. Anita says:

    I’m glad to hear you seem to be in a better place. I’m also am excited for the new book but way too long of a wait!!! Here’s to a new year!

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Thanks, Anita! September will be here before we know it 🙂

  5. Carina Olsen says:

    EEEE! Cannot wait for book two 😀 Yay for release date. <3 So excited. And ahhh! Chicago? I'm going there on Tuesday 😀 But leaving again on February 7th 🙁 Aaaaw. Hope you have a good time, though. <3 Giving you all the hugs about your mom. <3

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Aww dang! Just missing you in Chicago. Maybe next time.

  6. Elentari says:

    Oh My Gosh!! I am looking forward to One Dark Throne and will be counting the days till it’s released. I’ve been talking about it so much that I convinced some of my friends to read it and now they’re all really into your books (especially Antigoddess – we all have a thing for Greek Mythology). I can’t wait to see what the cover will look like, Three Dark Crowns has one of the best of all time (in my opinion) and I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
    I hope everything with your new cat goes well, and that you stay positive about your writing! Whatever happens in the book, I know I’ll love it.
    I guess I’ll go pre-order it now!

    1. Kendare Blake says:

      Wow! Thank you for so many things in this comment! Talking about the books with friends, AND pre-ordering? I’m very grateful. That helps the lives of books and writers so much. The cover should be coming soon…just started to trade cover reveal emails with my publicists about an hour ago 🙂

      1. Elentari says:

        Yay!! Can’t wait for it.

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