Finally, something concrete to report: I've completed the Fifth Draft of The Devil's Gate. That means I've read through the whole thing cover-to-cover (well, as an ebook at least) to spot what doesn't really make sense or can be improved, and then I've gone through to make all the necessary changes. That's both for the things I've spotted, and the things the other readers have commented on.
That leaves just two things left before the proof is printed. My first-class copyeditor (and all-round superb mother) is going to read it, and will no doubt pick up on dozens of typos that have somehow escaped my attention in all the times I've read the manuscript so far. At the same time, I'm now working on getting the cover sorted. I've got a pretty good idea now of what I want to do, and hopefully I'll have something to share with you shortly.
So hang on there: we're genuinely getting very close. And although I'm clearly biased, I think it's going to be worth the wait.