Today is an exciting day. My amazing group of Advance Readers just received their copy of Shadow of the Crown.
The Beta team loved the book, and have given it their seal of approval, but I have to admit I am on tenterhooks as I sit by, waiting to hear their thoughts.
Hmmm, that is an interesting word - tenterhooks! Where on earth did it come from? Off to the internet I go to find out; and this, my friends, is what I spend altogether too much time doing.
Now that I am an author, words have so much more meaning than they did before. As I craft my stories, I want to ensure that I use them correctly, or as correctly as I can, so I do take care to research the more obscure phrases. Sometimes, just to check that I am using them in the right turn of phrase, but more often to ensure that they would be spoken in an Medieval setting.
Oh, yes, you are still on 'tenterhooks' waiting to find out this word's meaning, aren't you! Well, some of you may incorrectly say it as 'tenderhooks', but that is not what you are waiting for, is it. The long and the short of it is that a tenter is a wooden frame to hang woolen or linen cloth on. The hooks hold the cloth in place.
And that is all for today.
Oops, I almost forgot why I started today's blog. Shadow of the Crown is available for pre-order on any of your favorite retail sites!