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Friday, October 16, 2015

Sold! Book #5: MAGIC BITTER, MAGIC SWEET

GUESS WHAT GUYS I'M GOING TO HAVE A FIFTH BOOK.

It's official as of last night. My novel, Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet,* has sold to 47North and will likely be released in 2016, but I make no promises. A more permanent release date will be announced when it's had.

Not many people even know this manuscript existed, and that's because I accidentally skipped about three major steps in the process. This book did not see the eyes of my usual alpha readers, just a few friends. It never went to my beta readers or got my personal read-through. My editor actually read the freaking rough draft. Talk about embarrassing, but apparently it hit the right buttons!

Ever since I wrote The Paper Magician, I've had this bad habit of drafting short. Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet was the length of TPM in rough draft form, and I've been working this month on adding 20,000 words (that's a 33% increase!) to the manuscript. I like to pitch the book as the Grimm Brothers meets Paula Dean meets another-book-I-won't-name-because-it's-kind-of-a-spoiler.

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet is a standalone, other-world fantasy novel with fairytale allusions. Here's the pitch via Publisher's Marketplace:

Mare, a woman bereft of memories, has the peculiar ability to infuse baked goods with emotions and talents. Sold into slavery, she encounters two men from her past: one who can’t touch her, and one who might kill her. Mare fights to reclaim her history as she struggles against her captivity, but her memories are tied to dark secrets with godly consequences—secrets that may better be left forgotten.

Thank you so much to everyone who has held my hand on this journey and made it possible for me to sell another book! I hope you guys enjoy this one!







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*My publisher and I literally just came up with this title. Other ideas included Crumbs and Sugar and Spice and Everything Broken.

11 comments:

  1. Congrats Charlie! I'm just so impressed by you. Hope all is well. Life is Good :)

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  2. Congratulations! It sounds like an awesome book!

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  3. Wooooooooh. One day, I'll be like, "yup, know that famous author? I hung out with her at a writing conference."

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  5. I still like the everything broken title. :3 And I love the paula dean description!

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  6. Congrats! Great title, especially on the fly :) Sounds similar to Like Water for Chocolate with the infusing food with emotion. Love it! Fantasy and food is right up my alley. I just started a literary/foodie blog hop, actually :)

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  7. Yay! More awesome books for me to read!!!! :-) Excited!

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  8. Heh, and here I was toying with this idea of a vampire pastry chef who solves crimes... Great minds think perpendicularly, right?

    -jen

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  9. That's great news!!! Did I tell you yet that I read Paper Magician on my trip through Europe? Your book had me looking forward to train rides. :)

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  10. woohoo! can't wait to read more awesomeness from you! :) the summary sounds great. something to look forward to... :3

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