Hey, everyone! I’ve been getting a crazy amount of emails asking me when books are coming out, so I thought it might be a good time to just go through my upcoming projects and let you guys know what’s going on and how far out I am on each book. First, there are a few things to always keep in mind with me. 🙂 1) I am ALWAYS writing something. Even when I take a ” vacation”, I’m writing or working on developing a story. 2) I am not the fastest writer in the world, though, and I like to make sure the stories feel right before I put them out into the world, so with the more complex, multiple-pov stories, it can take months before they are ready. 3) I care more about these stories than you can imagine, so I take the time each book needs for it to be the best book I can write at the time. That might mean a longer wait between books than you want, but I promise you that it means a better book in the long run. I’d rather publish a great book than rush something out the door that will be a disappointment.
With all that being said, here’s my basic plan for the rest of the year. ALL Of this is subject to change, depending on how long it takes to write each book. If something takes an extra month to write, it pushes everything else back. These are just my best-guess estimates right now, but should give you a basic idea of at least the order these books will be coming out.
SACRIFICE ME, SEASON 2
This is my current project. I’ve been working on it already for a couple of months, and Ravven (the designer who also just redesigned my entire Shadow Demons Saga book covers) is currently working on some amazing new covers for this entire series!
I’ll be publishing these a bit differently than what I did for season one, due to fan feedback. Instead of publishing six separate “episodes” two weeks apart, I’ll be publishing 3 episodes at a time in a single download. That means there will only be 2 parts to season 2. Part 1 will contain Episodes 1-3 and Part 2 will have Episodes 4-6. Right now the plan is to publish these sets about 2 or 3 weeks apart.
I don’t have an exact date yet, because there’s still a lot of work to be done, but as it stands, I’m hoping both of these parts will be out in July. If not, I’ll hopefully have part 1 in July and Part 2 in early August. Stay tuned for a cover reveal and a release date announcement sometime hopefully in early July. I’ll update more when I know more!
THE TROUBLE WITH I DO (Fairhope, Book 6)
The last book in my Fairhope series is coming this summer, too! I’ll be working on this as soon as Sacrifice Me is finished, although I already have most of the story worked out in my head. This will be an emotional wrap-up of the series that will give readers an update on all of the main characters from the Fairhope books, and I can’t wait to write it! (Although I’m going to be sad to say goodbye to Fairhope!)
Right now, this book is up on preorder at Apple only for August 8th. I’m going to do my best to meet this deadline, but it’s possible it will be pushed back to August 22 at the latest. The book WILL be available everywhere like Kobo, Kindle, Google, and Barnes & Noble, as well as iBooks, but for now the preorder is still exclusive to Apple. Expect a preorder to go up everywhere else in late July. I’ll try to send out a newsletter and announce it on Facebook when the preorder and the cover go up!
If you’d like to preorder it now at iBooks, you can do that here.
BEYOND THE DARKNESS (Shadow Demons Saga, Book 9)
This is the one I’ve been getting most of the emails about, and I completely understand why! When we left our characters at the end of Forgotten Darkness, there is a lot still up in the air about their fate. I know you guys are anxious to get back into the Shadow Demons Saga, and that makes me crazy happy!
However, these books are the most complex for me to figure out and to write! It just takes time to work through everything that is happening, and since there are only a few books left in this series, I really have to be careful about how I set up what is coming next. Please be patient, and I promise I’ll update as soon as I know a release date for this book!!
Right now, I’m aiming for a September release, but don’t hold me to that too tightly. If it takes longer to write or if I get behind on either of the other two books that come before it, it might be an October release. Just know that when it comes out, it will be the best book I can write. I do have an amazing cover already done for this one, and I absolutely cannot wait to show it to you. In my opinion, it’s one of the best Shadow Demons Saga covers yet. I also can’t wait to properly introduce you guys to the Ruby Priestess. 🙂
As a series update, I can also tell you that I think there will be 3 more books in the series after Beyond the Darkness. Those will all be coming out in 2017.
FATE’S SURRENDER (Eternal Sorrows Trilogy, Book 3)
The conclusion to the Eternal Sorrows series will also hopefully be out sometime this year. If Beyond the Darkness is on time in September, it would be super fun to get Fate’s Surrender out in time for Halloween! That’s my ultimate goal, but the Sorrows books are all a bit longer and more complex than my other books. There are 7 or more points-of-view in each of these books and they all are about 100,000+ words, which means they do take a while to write.
About a year ago, I had a dream about the ending to this series and woke up in tears. I can see it so clearly in my head, and I’m dying for the time to write it all down. I think it will be the best ending to a series I’ve ever written, and I hope you guys are all along for the ride with me as we work to get to the end.
So those 4 main projects are the books I plan to still come out with in 2016. It’s going to mean a LOT of long hours and hard work for me, but I think I’m up for the challenge. If I can do it, that will mean I wrote 6 full length novels in 2016 – something I’ve never done before. Worst case scenario, Fate’s Surrender gets pushed to 2017, but I’m going to do everything in my power to try to get it out this year.
What does that mean for 2017?
As far as I know right now, by the time 2017 rolls around, Sacrifice Me, Fairhope, and the Eternal Sorrows series will all be completed. I will have 3 books remaining in the Shadow Demons Saga, and like I said earlier, I hope to have all 3 of those books out sometime next year.
I’m also planning to start 2 brand new series!! I can’t tell you too much about them yet, but I’m so excited about the new series, and I’ve already started writing down lots of ideas about the characters and the worlds I’ll be building next. As a brief teaser, I’ll fill you in on a few small details that I do know already.
Series 1 will be a slight deviation from anything I’ve written before. For one, the main protagonist will be a guy rather than my typical female main heroine. He’s amazing, and I know I’m going to love writing his story. It will also be a new genre for me – dystopian sci-fi/fantasy. All I can tell you right now is that the story is set in a dystopian future and involves a virtual reality fantasy game. This series is going to be kick-ass, and I sincerely hope you guys are willing to follow me into something brand new.
Series 2 will be something very different that I’ve never done before. Rather than full-length novels released every few months for $3.99, I’ll be offering this series completely FREE to read on my website at first. It’s still several months out, so my plan isn’t totally nailed down yet, but right now the plan is to release a new chapter every Friday for free. This will give everyone a chance to get involved in this world, comment on each episode and let me know what you’re liking about the story, what you’re scared of, which characters you hate, which ones you love, what you hope will happen next, etc. You’ll be a part of the story-telling process!
I’m also thinking about doing a live twitter session or Facebook chat every week so we can talk about the episode. I’m going to be inviting you guys to submit fan art that I will display on the site, too. It’s going to be so much fun, and I can’t wait to get started early next year.
And for those of you who don’t like reading on the web, I plan to have a weekly download available for free so that you can put it on your ereader instead, if you want to. When the first book is finished and all of the chapters have been published to the website, there will also be a chance to buy the complete ebook if you aren’t a fan of reading along as we go. There will be something for everyone, and a chance for you to read the story however you want.
I’ll post more later this year about the project and why I decided to write a story this way, but for now, just know that it’s going to be awesome and fun and will give us a chance to interact and get to know each other better as the book unfolds.
As for the actual story, I can’t tell you much just yet, only that this one will have witches, demons, vampires, and shifters!
So that’s it! A complete update on what’s going on with me and what’s coming up next. Which book are you looking forward to the most? Are you excited for what’s coming up in 2017? I know I am!!! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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