SmokeAndOranges

❖ “Isaiah was close enough now to hear the loud flapping that followed her words. The crow made its escape just before he arrived.” ❖
          	
          	Hello, friends, I come bearing a shout-out, a chapter, and a Q&A answer! First off, I would be amiss for not shouting out @OwlieCat for writing not one but *two* Fantasy-Romance books starring ace characters. If you like the sound of ​​magical artifacts, necromantic cults, and a fat dollop of queer pride, go check out Stolen Sign and Bound by Blood—links below! 
          	
          	https://www.wattpad.com/story/259541902-stolen-sign-mxm
          	https://www.wattpad.com/story/204881314-bound-by-blood
          	
          	❖ Moving on to today’s update, we’ve got our first chapter in Isaiah’s POV. He’s off to the palace archives for a bit of digging, if he can dodge his mother first. 
          	
          	https://www.wattpad.com/1229307077-as-the-crow-falls-%E2%9D%96-chapter-six 
          	
          	❖ And last but not least, today’s Q&A answers the question, “What do you do with shiny new book ideas?” The short answer? I write them, haha. Longer answer below!
          	
          	https://www.wattpad.com/1237022161-welcome-to-the-chaos-profile-updates-%E2%9D%96-q7-how-do
          	
          	❖ Fun fact of the day: The most common last name in the world—Wang—is shared by a staggering ratio of one in every 68 people worldwide.

SmokeAndOranges

@OwlieCat The pleasure is mine!  ^_^
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OwlieCat

@SmokeAndOranges Thanks for the shoutout! ♥ ^_^
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SmokeAndOranges

❖ “Isaiah was close enough now to hear the loud flapping that followed her words. The crow made its escape just before he arrived.” ❖
          
          Hello, friends, I come bearing a shout-out, a chapter, and a Q&A answer! First off, I would be amiss for not shouting out @OwlieCat for writing not one but *two* Fantasy-Romance books starring ace characters. If you like the sound of ​​magical artifacts, necromantic cults, and a fat dollop of queer pride, go check out Stolen Sign and Bound by Blood—links below! 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/259541902-stolen-sign-mxm
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/204881314-bound-by-blood
          
          ❖ Moving on to today’s update, we’ve got our first chapter in Isaiah’s POV. He’s off to the palace archives for a bit of digging, if he can dodge his mother first. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1229307077-as-the-crow-falls-%E2%9D%96-chapter-six 
          
          ❖ And last but not least, today’s Q&A answers the question, “What do you do with shiny new book ideas?” The short answer? I write them, haha. Longer answer below!
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1237022161-welcome-to-the-chaos-profile-updates-%E2%9D%96-q7-how-do
          
          ❖ Fun fact of the day: The most common last name in the world—Wang—is shared by a staggering ratio of one in every 68 people worldwide.

SmokeAndOranges

@OwlieCat The pleasure is mine!  ^_^
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OwlieCat

@SmokeAndOranges Thanks for the shoutout! ♥ ^_^
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SmokeAndOranges

Double announcement today because my brain is a sieve! Friends, if you've got your eye on my new book As the Crow Falls but are waiting for it to accumulate more chapters, I have a book recommendation that you absolutely must check out. "If I Know You" by @MMicheleWilly is another ace romance (the queer kind) with a heavy helping of humor and a delightful twist on everything you'd expect from a sleeping beauty retelling. It went into my library from the very first line. Go show this book some love if you're interested—it's complete on Wattpad, and Willy's writing is a treat!
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/204873899-if-i-know-you

MMicheleWilly

@SmokeAndOranges Oh you are much too kind! The writing in this book is certainly... something lol (Rory is perhaps the voice-iest, most pun-filled character I will ever write), but I'm glad you enjoyed what you read T-T <3
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SmokeAndOranges

❖ Niccola dropped her hands. “Well, talk of a marriage proclamation was half of it, so we might as well start there.”
          
          Verde’s eyes twinkled. “Interested?” ❖ 
          
          Hello, friends! I come bearing a chapter and a Q&A answer. Also to say that my chapter announcements will be shifting to Fridays from now on—at least until I'm done posting this book. Song of the Deep updates will continue on Wednesdays as usual. 
          
          ❖ Onward to today's chapter! Niccola processes who the heck she just met, and learns a bit of information she's not supposed to know. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1229307051-as-the-crow-falls-%E2%9D%96-chapter-five 
          
          ❖ Today's Q&A answers the question, "Do you make your own covers?" Answer below! 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1237011486-welcome-to-the-chaos-profile-updates-q6-do-you 
          
          ❖ Fun fact of the day: An estimated 1% of the human population identifies as asexual (or ace), but the number could be higher due to under-reporting.

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FRIENDS, IT'S LIIIIIVE! My Dark Fantasy / Romance novel AS THE CROW FALLS has started posting! The first four chapters are up, and with the book complete offline, updates will continue every Friday from here on out. Come for the ace romance (the queer kind, if you know what I'm talking about), stay for the fake dating, enemies-to-lovers, forbidden magic, and a forest as vast and deep as the sea. A mega shout-out to @CeeMTaylor for the cover... go check out her books too if you have the chance!
          
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          Niccola is a demi-queen undercover in enemy territory. Her little sister went missing seven moons ago, but one lead remains: a picture of a woman's face, drawn by a diviner shortly after the disappearance. Tracking her down has led Niccola to Calis, the realm next whose border with her own remains closed for a reason. There, the trail goes cold. 
          
          Until, that is, Niccola runs into man in the marketplace who bears a family resemblance to the woman she seeks. His name is Isaiah, crown prince of Calis, and he's investigating disappearances, too. They join forces, faking courtship to sneak Niccola into the palace and get Isaiah's wedding-minded mother off his back. 
          
          It doesn't take long to suspect that a common threat might underpin both their realms' problems. And as Niccola begins to develop real feelings for Isaiah, she's faced with an impossible choice: reveal her secrets and risk breaking his trust, or leave him in order to chase down the woman who stole her sister... a woman whose forbidden magic comes with a cost that could bring both realms to ruin.

SmokeAndOranges

❖ "I freeze. The person dims their lights still further, and as my eyes adjust, I find myself staring in shock at Ande.” ❖ 
          
          Hello, friends! I come bearing a chapter and a Q&A answer. Chapter first: This week, our little squad is finally reunited, and the dynamic between them has shifted noticeably. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1206751621-song-of-the-deep-kels-trilogy-2-%E2%9D%96-chapter-forty
          
          ❖ This week's Q&A answers another of the most common questions I've received from readers and authors alike: "Do you want to be a professional author?" Answer below!
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1234122809-welcome-to-the-chaos-profile-updates-q5-do-you
          
          ❖ Fun fact of the day: Humanity has better maps of the surface of Mars than of the bottom of the ocean.

SmokeAndOranges

❖ I take a deep breath in an attempt to calm my heaving stomach. “What are the chances we’re wrong about this?” ❖ 
          
          Hello, friends! I come bearing several things. First, Ande and Sar unpack their latest revelation in this week's chapter. Sar's unwillingness to accept help starts to make a bit more and less sense, simultaneously. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1206751573-song-of-the-deep-kels-trilogy-2-%E2%9D%96-chapter-forty  
          
          ❖ Next, the second and final bonus chapter is up for Thistle in the Sky. This one's a guided tour of the inside of a zeppelin airship, complete with the historical photos I used as references for the Ariomma. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1227280850-thistle-in-the-sky-nonc2022-%E2%9C%94-tour-inside-a 
          
          ❖ Third, my June roundup is live in my profile-updates book, with the statuses of all my current projects. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1231708510-welcome-to-the-chaos-profile-updates-roundup-june 
          
          ❖ And last but not least (in place of this week's Q&A) is a bit of history on something you might have spotted if you read those roundups... my next epic series, which I started writing inside of the last two weeks. Am I crazy? Maybe. Am I having fun? You bet.
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1231709153-welcome-to-the-chaos-profile-updates-jun-1-2022-so 
          
          ❖ Fun fact of the day: The Nabataeans of ancient Jordan (~400 B.C.) carved a city from solid rock and built such well-engineered rainwater-capture infrastructure, much of it is still standing today.

SmokeAndOranges

@pictureXthisX Ahaha, thank you!  ^_^  They started as a fun experiment and a place to put all the weird, wacky, and cool things I've accumulated through book research. But they've proven very well-loved! I have great fun with them.
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@SmokeAndOranges i love all these fun facts of the day!!
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❖ “Niccola clenched her broom like a weapon to resist the urge to use it like one. Esther’s tidy line of paint pots was too tempting a target, but too obvious a crime.” ❖ 
          
          Hello, friends! We're back to single-chapter Wednesdays... for now  ;)  If you've been following along with my profile-updates book, you've probably heard whispers of a book launch coming around the end of May. I'm still assembling the final pieces, but the book is complete offline and halfway edited, and should have a cover soon. Stay tuned for a countdown between now and early June! 
          
          ❖ On the chapter front, we just logged forty chapters of Song of the Deep. This week, Ande and Sar investigate their shelter together, and come to a disturbing conclusion about whatever else has been here.  
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1206751523-song-of-the-deep-kels-trilogy-2-%E2%9D%96-chapter-forty 
          
          ❖ I've also posted the first of two bonus chapters for Thistle in the Sky! This one addresses a common question I received on the second half of the novella: "How the heck is this airship still floating?" Want to learn more about airships' insane and unexpected durability? Read on below! 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1227265311-thistle-in-the-sky-nonc2022-%E2%9C%94-airship-disaster-faq 
          
          ❖ And last but not least, this week's Q&A is up. This one answers the question of what drew me to my current genres—namely Dark Fantasy and Horror. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1229392623-welcome-to-the-chaos-profile-updates-q4-what-drew 
          
          ❖ Fun fact of the day: The whole corvid family---including ravens, crows, rooks, jays, and magpies---rank among the most intelligent birds in the world.

SmokeAndOranges

❖ “Alright, we’re out of time,” said the man, then extended an arm towards Farah. “Grab onto me, kid.” ❖ 
          
          Hello, friends! It's definitely not Wednesday (oops) but it's an exciting update day nonetheless... Thistle in the Sky is officially COMPLETE! Its last two chapters are both up. Will the survivors make it off the Ariomma, and land somewhere safe when they do? Read to find out!
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1191593011-thistle-in-the-sky-nonc2022-chapter-twenty-one 
          
          ❖ Meanwhile, Ande wakes up exactly where she last remembers, but she doesn't hear a song anymore. Is it gone, never there... or can someone else still detect it? 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1206751480-song-of-the-deep-kels-trilogy-2-%E2%9D%96-chapter-thirty  
          
          ❖ Last but not least, I have another Q&A answer for this week! Today's question is a more personal one: "What got you into writing?" And that, my friends, means storytime. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1227323366-welcome-to-the-chaos-profile-updates-q3-what-got 
          
          ❖ From the first sign of danger, it took between 32 and 37 seconds for the entire 778-foot LZ 129 Hindenburg to go up in flames.

SmokeAndOranges

❖ Hello, all! Late announcement for yesterday's chapters, but I've also brought the second instalment in my Q&A series: the oft-asked "How do you juggle multiple books?" Want to read my (predictably chaotic) attempt at an answer? Link below! 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1224875307-welcome-to-the-chaos-profile-updates-q2-how-do-you  
          
          ❖ On to yesterday's chapters, Farah and Gemi make the harrowing trip to the radio room in an attempt to call for help before time runs out on them. Meanwhile, Taiki is trying to find people. It's going... well or poorly, depending on your metric of success. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1191592976-thistle-in-the-sky-nonc2022-chapter-twenty 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1206751417-song-of-the-deep-kels-trilogy-2-%E2%9D%96-chapter-thirty 
          
          ❖ Fun fact of the day: Hydrogen and helium make up 99.9% of the known matter in the universe.

SmokeAndOranges

Hello, all! Today's chapters are up, but there's something else new on my profile—I've launched an AMA! After years of accumulating questions from readers and writers alike, I'll be posting an answer a week in my profile-updates book through this spring and summer. Up first is my shot at the question I've heard more than all the rest combined: "How the #$%& class="on-user-mention" href="/user/!">@! do you write so fast?" 
          
          Short answer? Good question. Longer answer linked below! 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1221654772-welcome-to-the-chaos-profile-updates-q1-how-the-do 
          
          ❖ Got a question of your own? You can drop it anywhere on my profile, including right here: 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1221654135-welcome-to-the-chaos-profile-updates-ama-faq-q-a 
          
          ❖ And on to today's chapters! Time's running out for Farah and friends: they're going to have to break cover soon if they want to make it off the ship alive. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1191592931-thistle-in-the-sky-nonc2022-chapter-nineteen 
          
          ❖ Meanwhile, Taiki follows a blood trail to a scene that turns everything he hoped for upside down. 
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/1206751375-song-of-the-deep-kels-trilogy-2-%E2%9D%96-chapter-thirty 
          
          ❖ Fun fact of the day: Hagfish can go for months without food, but when carrion falls to the seafloor, they are usually the first to arrive.