Over at Manuscript Mavens, they’ve been doing a Halloween-themed round robin story, where each day the readers get to vote on the twist for the next installment. I wrote today’s chapter (zombiessss!), so pop on over and vote for your favorite ending! Kalen Hughes is up to bat tomorrow.

People have been asking what’s going on, since The Call. I talked with my new editor, Kate Collins, last week. She is just lovely, and I’m expecting her edits on GOTH in early November. In the meantime, I’m plugging away at the book now tentatively titled Surrender of a Siren. You haven’t seen that pagemeter move much because I’ve been rewriting big chunks – stuff I skipped ahead and wrote a while ago, then needed to completely do-over once I actually connected the dots. Ballantine likes my pen name, evidently, so Tessa Dare is here to stay. And so far, they plan to keep GOTH’s title as-is. How cool is that? I thought it would be changed to The Earl’s Mostly Wicked Slightly Secret Obsession or something.

That’s all the news I’ve got right now… but I’ll keep you posted.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

13 comments to “Blame it on the Moonlight”

  1. Lenora Bell
    · October 26th, 2007 at 1:11 am · Link

    It’s so thrilling to hear those details, thanks for keeping us posted! I’m glad you’re staying Tessa Dare. That’s how the world knows you and it would be strange to start over when you have name recognition going on already. I’m so happy they are thinking about keeping GOTH! And Surrender of a Siren? Wow. I can’t tell you how much I love the word Siren. So evocative.

  2. Erica Ridley
    · October 26th, 2007 at 2:58 am · Link

    LOL re: escaping bad titleage.

    Your MM CYOA installment rocks! Hilarious! =)

  3. Gillian Layne
    · October 26th, 2007 at 4:20 am · Link

    Thanks for keeping us updated. And congrats on keeping the title.

    As for the second book, I’ve become so used to seeing “Goats in a Boat” I may ask for it in the bookstore by mistake 🙂

  4. Maggie Robinson
    · October 26th, 2007 at 5:37 am · Link

    I’m still recovering from your Halloween installment. I’ve never read the word formaldehyde in association with the hero’s odor before. Sandalwood, starch, mint, yes. It was brilliant.

    So is Siren really Goats on a Boat/Goddess of Beauty? Thanks for the updates.

  5. Tessa Dare
    · October 26th, 2007 at 6:27 am · Link

    Yes, Maggie – Siren is GOB. It was thought by my agent and agreed by the publisher that there are too many authors doing “Goddess” books (P.C. Cast, for one). I actually made up the Siren title, too, before we submitted the partial. Who knows, though – this is still all tentative – they may change all the titles yet.

    As for formaldehyde – I’m glad it was worth the laugh, because it’s completely anachronistic. Late 1800s. But I wanted to include it anyway. 🙂

  6. Alice Audrey
    · October 26th, 2007 at 8:21 am · Link

    Thanks for the update. I was wondering.

  7. Marnee Jo
    · October 26th, 2007 at 9:08 am · Link

    I loved your installment of the Halloween round robin. Zombies, who knew? Yet I was waiting on the housework… that’s my true hero.

    I am so happy to hear things are going well leading up to your publication date and even better that your moving forward on GOB/Siren. Cool name, ps.

  8. lacey kaye
    · October 26th, 2007 at 10:36 am · Link

    Thanks for the update, and for the zombies. I needed a good laugh today!

  9. Ericka Scott
    · October 26th, 2007 at 2:33 pm · Link

    I haven’t been blog hopping the way I should…too busy writing (a good thing, I guess)…so I missed THE CALL too! Congratulations! I am sooooo pleased and happy and thrilled for and with you! Reading your thank you post brought tears to my eyes.


  10. doglady
    · October 26th, 2007 at 8:13 pm · Link

    I echo lenora when I say hearing these little details is lovely. I am particularly glad that you like your editor. Always a plus!! I have to agree that Tessa Dare just suits you and I am glad they let you keep it. Keep us posted!

  11. Anonymous
    · October 28th, 2007 at 10:30 am · Link

    I think “surrender” is one of the sexiest words in the language. Was it your or publisher’s suggestion (not that it matters — kudos to whoever thought of it).
    and p.s. Happy Birthday dear “old” friend. ~Susan

  12. Elyssa Papa
    · October 29th, 2007 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Thanks for the update! I’m so glad you’re keeping your names—name-wise and titles.

    Now off to read the zombies.

  13. Santa
    · October 30th, 2007 at 8:52 am · Link

    Thanks for the updates, Tessa. I really like what I think is going to be your promotional photo. Though I did like the big red ball picture too. Keep it on file!

    Surrender of a Siren sounds spot on to me.