Good morning, everybody! We're officially one week from the launch of Queen of the Night, the final book in the Revanche Cycle. Consider this your advance warning. I'm equal parts excited and nervous to bring this one to you; this is the first time I've had to end a series, and sticking the landing -- wrapping up every plotline, bringing every character to the end of their road -- is a tricky, tricky thing. Hopefully I pulled it off. We'll find out! The back-cover blurb is done, and it goes a little something like this:

It all ends here.

It ends as Livia Serafini returns to her homeland with an army at her back, an exiled refugee turned ruthless conqueror, bringing war and witchcraft to any who dare stand in her way.  It ends as Renata Nicchi and her ragged band of hunters and outlaws infiltrate a city under siege, making a last, desperate bid to save her lover from the jaws of the criminal underworld and be reunited at last.

And as the Owl and her coven work to unravel the mystery of Wisdom's Grave, a doom from the past threatens to consume them all. It ends here, in the final chapter of the Revanche Cycle, under the spreading shadow of darkness. In a land where poison is king, only one can become the queen of the night.

BTW, just for the heck of it, Winter's Reach -- the first book in the series -- is free until Wednesday night.

The Long Way Down is also free until Wednesday night, because that's just how I roll.