My whole family spent the majority of January sick. First it was a cold left over from the holidays, and then we all contracted the flu. My youngest and I were hit hardest, delaying the filming of the next book trailer, and everything else along with it.
To spite the flu’s interruption in our lives, I’ve been staying on top of the edits for Seal Breaker (the sequel to The Grasp of Time and second book in the Amakai series) and paying illustrators for coloring pages and cover art for the same. The trailer’s filming is rescheduled for February, but sadly, this also pushes Seal Breaker‘s launch into March or even April.
Speaking of the cover art, @myrielparthenos sent over the sketch for the cover, and I’m absolutely floored. She’s managed to capture Wells and Kinnelith perfectly, and I’m exquisitely excited to share the final with you once it’s complete.
Tomorrow is Imbolc, the beginning of spring, and it’s the beginning of Black History Month 2019. Last year, I offered to put forth 100% of my profits from Cress and the Medicine Show sales during the month toward BLM, and this year, I’ll be rotating donations between NAACP, Alvin Ailey Dance, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and 100 Black Men of America. Not just for Black History Month, but every month of the year. Should I receive sales in 2019, I will post at the end of the year how the money was distributed. If you already own a copy of Cress, please consider donating directly to these non-profits to support justice and equality for black people in America.