rflong: (The Scroll Thief)
( May. 6th, 2009 04:04 pm)
Well, the urge to talk like a pirate notwithstanding...

Galleys for The Scroll Thief have just arrived. And just as I started a new WIP for MaNoWriMo. Not sure how I am going to handle this as the galleys have to be back by 1st June. Hmmm... some juggling will be needed, I think. Then roll on 1st December as print date.

That said, apart from tonight, Friday and Saturday evenings I am relatively free as far as I know, so once this weekend is over... I hope I will be able to leap in to it. I hope.

Very exciting though. Will also have to get all my review quotes together as well, such as they are... Er... will have to get some more reviews too. Oh dear. I know I have one, and it was a good one so that's good news anyway.

Actually, that's starting to make me quite nervous now. Oh dearie dear!

So, anyway, off I will shortly go on a hunting typos and suchlike. :)

Very very exciting news today. I got the print date for my novel The Scroll Thief: a Tale of Ithian. It's going to be available from 1st December 2009. Actually in print. On paper! YAY!

Of course, its already available as an ebook if you are so inclined. :)
rflong: (Joy)
( Apr. 20th, 2009 08:33 am)
Having a lazy day so far. Going to head into Dublin shortly with the Boy Wonder to look at the bog bodies in the museum, visit some bookshops, and some other shops if we have time/patience and meet my best friend E for lunch. Many the bribe will be offered, I expect! ;)

And... [livejournal.com profile] wyvernfriend  reviewed The Scroll Thief!


rflong: (The Scroll Thief)
( Apr. 13th, 2009 07:24 pm)
A new game for Monday (once a month) is Excerpt Monday in which various members of Romance Divas publish an excerpt from something. In my case, its The Scroll Thief and the excerpt is up on my website - RFLong.com

At the bottom of the excerpt is a list of excerpts from a number of other Romance Divas authors - there's Jeannie Lin's Golden Heart Finalist "Butterfly Swords" (I beta read this - as soon as its available, and it will be not doubt about it, rush out and buy it!), Kirsten Saell's forthcoming "Chancellor's Bride" and many more. Some are works in progress and some are published, some are PG and some are most definitely not.

(We've tried to give those that need them a rating so basically, if its marked Adult or NC-17 and you don't want to read that sort of thing, please don't click the link. In some cases the excerpt is PG but the site might contain some steamier stuff. Please just use common sense! It's a marvellous thing. :) The majority are PG.)

Happy reading.


From Ireadromance.com

4 glasses of wine (sounds good to me and I will emulate this evening!) out of 5.

"If you’re looking for an imaginative read then I recommend fantasy author R.F. Long! ... Arcane magic and shapeshifters keep the story a page-turner and twists are around every corner. Goddesses tend to do that, though."

rflong: (The Scroll Thief)
( Mar. 19th, 2009 02:34 pm)
But I will be going away soon, I promise.

Just wanted to let you know that the Book Trailer for The Scroll Thief is in the New Covey Trailer awards this month. I think you can vote. I am not sure how.

It was fun to make and contains the beautiful artwork by Anne Cain.

In other news I think I have (almost) everything sorted to be able to go to PCon this year, although I will have to run away on Saturday early as it is [livejournal.com profile] e_w_h  's birthday. Can't miss that. But Friday night and Saturday day should be possible. Sunday... well, we'll see what happened on Saturday night, shall we? ;)

I have fine line edits in for Soul Fire which I will be turning my attention to shortly and blurb to tweak. I thought I was going to take some time off, but all I did was stress and eat so I'm back writing as soon as possible! MUCH healthier.

1) A discovery from last night - it is difficult to make unbroken pancakes after half a bottle of champagne. I can make pancakes but they tend to get a bit mangled.

2) There is still time to enter the draw for a free copy of The Scroll Thief on my website - I haven't picked a winner yet, so come and have a go.

3) Romance Divas is having a wonderful workshop which starts today.

From the Call to the Bookstore

February 25th-26th at Romance Divas



Want to know what it takes to get from “the call” to the bookstore in New York publishing? Romance Divas is hosting a 2-day workshop with RITA award winning author Kristan Higgins, who can answer that question and many more! It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.
Come, join the mayhem.

4) My hand is much improved but is still half red, with a lovely white band on my finger where my wedding ring was!

5) Battlestar Gallactica was good last night. (Yes, I'm rambling now).

6) I think I'm about to start another novel. The plot bunnies have been at me again. There's just no hope anymore.
So excited. Can hardly type!

But that's only to be expected when your first novel comes out, isn't it?

Out Today.

“The Scroll Thief” by R. F. Long


ISBN: 978-1-60504-395-1

Length: Plus Novel

Price: 6.50

Publication Date: February 24, 2009

Cover art by Anne Cain

Love is the wiliest thief of all.

A Tale of Ithian

Malachy and his sister rely on his talents as a thief to survive the dangerous streets of Klathport, former capital of the once-great kingdom of Ithian. Stealing a few papers should have been a simple job. Instead, it nearly costs their lives and throws them into an improbable alliance with a shape-shifting official, a desert tribeswoman, and a healer of enchanting beauty.

Cerys is far more than a simple healer—and the roots of her mission go deeper into the past than anyone can know. She needs Malachy’s skills to recover a stolen scroll, one that can be used to rewrite history and, in the wrong hands, release the dark powers of the Demon Realm.

Her mission was supposed to atone for a dreadful, long-ago act. Instead, it unleashes a chain of events which sees them pursued through city and desert by the fearsome Dune Witch and a killer known only as His Lordship. Romance, tragedy, and adventure blend in a tale of a magical land on the brink of war, and five unlikely allies who, by putting their lives—and their hearts—on the line, have the opportunity to finally set things right.

But at a terrible cost.

Warning: Contains scenes of graphic violence and torture, captivating magic and beauty, two dashing heroes, three gutsy heroines, several love stories and a heartbreaking sacrifice.

Read An Excerpt Online


To celebrate I am giving away a copy to someone who comments in the post on my website www.rflong.com - I want to hear those adventure stories from your childhood that you have carried with you ever since.
rflong: (The Scroll Thief)
( Feb. 17th, 2009 02:41 pm)
As a prelude (her words, not mine) to the release of The Scroll Thief on the 24th (this. day. week!) my good friend Jeannie Lin (who writes some of the most exciting historical asian adventure romance I've ever read) interviewed me for her blog.

Lots of worldbuilding stuff here. And some of my photos!

So here goes. Leave lots of comments so I look like I have friends, 'k?

rflong: (Iz You Drunk Again?)
( Feb. 17th, 2009 12:37 pm)
I have my 2nd round edits for Soul Fire, as well as a number of promo things to finish as this day next week (24th) The Scroll Thief releases. Lots and lots and lots to do.

But not this afternoon/evening.

This afternoon/evening, I am going to Chapters to the Neil Gaiman/Amanda Palmer event. Yay! I'm such a big kid about this. I hardly ever get to go out, especially not immediately after (er... okay, during really) work. [livejournal.com profile] e_w_h  and the munchkins are coming too (I think), although its possible we will have to take turns scooting them off to the kids books section if they get rowdy. That's the plan, anyway. Fingers crossed they cooperate. I will be offering pretty hefty bribes alongside some pretty hefty threats.

So, I will have to fill you in tomorrow. Excited squee!

And then of course, I really have to get down to some actual work!!!

rflong: (The Scroll Thief)
( Jan. 24th, 2009 08:13 pm)
This week so far I have edited

a short story and shined it up like a shiny thing

checked a fine line edit on a novella and passed it back - all is well.

and I'm now editing Soul Fire (formerly known as To Regain Heaven). These are first round edits, always fun, so as well as all the grammatical bits I'm into "should the name change", "should this be capitalised" and "What does this mean?"

I might sound like I'm moaning (I'm sleepy, cold, cranky and possibly coming down with something) but I'm not really. I love this part. Absolutely adore it. Because this, to me, is the time when the bare stone of the story starts to get that final finish. This ia part of my writing as a sculpture analogy - where the first (and even second or third) draft is the roughing out, and this part is the details, the sanding, the polish, the finishing of the piece.

Now I love the first part, the creation of the story itself, but now, with a wonderful editor's help, the rough shape becomes much more and begins to shine.

There are a number of other stages to come, other rounds of editing (I think we ended up doing 5 on The Scroll Thief in the end), but this time, the first time, is so much fun!!!
If anyone would like any, drop me a message via the livejournal messaging or at rflong AT rflong DOT com (I think you know what to do...) with your address. Someone might even get a pen as well. :) 

In the meantime just to let everyone know that I too have a blogspot account (http://rflong.blogspot.com/), and there's a blog on my website (http://www.rflong.com). Just in case the panic is for real. If LJ folds I'll be unhappy, but the web is transient so...
rflong: (Default)
( Dec. 22nd, 2008 09:00 am)
The postcards and bookmarks for The Scroll Thief arrived today! And they look lovely. If anyone would like one send me a message offline with your name and address and I will organise sending it to you. Though its unlikely to be before Christmas at this stage ;)

And the boy wonder and I are off to see Inkheart this morning. One of E-w-h 's younger nieces loaned me the book several years ago and I loved it, so I am praying it lives up to my memories.

And if not, hey, Brendan Friaser! (Another happy thought).
I have a new trailer for The Scroll Thief: a Tale of Ithian.

I used a lot of the cover in this one, and tried to clarify what's going on a bit more. Hopefully it works.

Now I really ought to get back to writing...

There's an excerpt from the first chapter of my forthcoming novel The Scroll Thief up on the Samhain website today. You'll find it here.

All rather exciting!

Tomorrow I'm going to do some Christmas shopping in town. As I can't currently remember the last time (possibly last Christmas) I went shopping in town (rather than going in for one specific shop/item), it should be good.

I can now unveil the beautiful cover for The Scroll Thief: a Tale of Ithian , coming 24th February 2009.

It’s by Anne Cain and I could not have imagined anything more perfect for the story.

The cover shows the main characters Malachy and Cerys. It captures my ideas of them just perfectly.

The novel will be released as an eBook on the 24th of February, 2009 and in print about ten months later.


I'm doing some final edits for The Scroll Thief at the mo'. Well, not actually at the mo' you understand, but in general. These came about because my editor suggested to the Executive editor that she read the book, and editors being editors...

Not that I mind. The amusing part really is that a section which was taken out, then put back in, has now been taken out again. It's one of "those". So now its gone, or at least mostly gone as parts of it have been spread over other parts of the book. But it's mostly gone. I seem to have an obsession with the word "Then" which I never noticed before, so the "Then" have also been expunged. I'm almost done. I hope. Until next time.... no, seriously. I'm almost done!

Then I have the sequel to The Wolf's Sister to do - The Wolf's Mate. I actually have a chunk of this written so hopefully it won't take too long. This is not my problem.

Oh no. The problem IS that [livejournal.com profile] e_w_h  told me about a dream he had the other night and then the plot bunnies got to work and I now have the makings of a space opera/dystopian SF epic* running around my head. Where I honestly don't want it to be right at this moment in time. Last time this happened (as you may recall) my alter-ego had to write a 90k novel in about 6 weeks. It's not on, I'm telling you! I can't do it now. I have other things to finish! And I may just die of exhaustion.

Out, out damn plot bunnies.

Good God, first its Spanish vampires, then its demons angels and psychics, and now it's resistence movements, underground railroads and totalitarian dictatorships! And wiped memories, resistence leaders, undercover operatives, lost lovers, love triangles, drug related counter intelligence, even perky teenagers....

Help me, help me!

Plotbunnies are BAD.


*Even more amusing in that apart from the "epic" bit, I DONT WRITE THESE SORT OF STORIES....

rflong: (Joy)
( Nov. 15th, 2008 09:44 am)
I got a first glimpse of the cover for The Scroll Thief today - just the comp rather than the finished product so I can't show anyone as yet - but

Yep, I'm at it again.

Here's the book trailer for The Scroll Thief: a Tale of Ithian, which is due out in 24th February, 2009 from Samhain Publishing Ltd.

As with The Wolf's Sister, I'll be updating it once I have the cover.

rflong: (Default)
( Nov. 2nd, 2008 10:54 am)

The Coming Soon page for The Scroll Thief just went up here which is really exciting. Check it out!

I love the warning…

And its only 9 days until The Wolf's Sister releases. It's all moving now.



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