After the Netherworld?

COLE!!! sigh…

In case you haven’t seen it already, Taken by Darkness is slated for release later this month. Book 6 is in edits and book 7 is nearing the 75% mark. Since the Netherworld series is set to only include 7 books total that leaves me with the burning question: What comes after the Netherworld?

I found that, while writing the series, I left myself with a ton of unanswered questions. What ever happened to Rhiannon, the fae princess who betrayed her own people when she saved Liam and Heidi in Up in Flames? What about Alex from Once Bitten and Wild and Untamed? That poor guy was covering everyone’s ass and cleaning up their messes when they couldn’t handle it themselves. He deserves a happy ending, too.

I hate to break it to you, but the questions will only skyrocket after reading Taken by Darkness with the warlocks of Locke Island and book 6 with those in and around Boston. You all know I love at least a little bit of a cliffhanger, so brace yourselves… **cue the maniacal laughter**

Okay, don’t cuss me out. I have good news! I intend to answer all those questions. Rhiannon? Check. Alex? Double check. All of those still coming in books 5, 6, and 7? No worries, I got you covered.

No promises on when the first of these books will be released, but I guarantee it won’t be until after book 7 comes out. I’m still in the outlining process and if I released Rhiannon’s story before book 7, I’d ruin the ending of the series and well, that’s just not cool.

What I do want to know is: WHO DO YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT? Rhiannon? Alex? Ben? Travis? Pecora? Some random cashier who wasn’t more than a blip on the page?

In addition to the Netherworld spinoff series, I’ve also started work on a completely unrelated open-ended sci fi romance series. I’ll post more about that one once I’m cemented in what exactly I’m doing with it. What I can say is that each story is looking to be between 40-50k words (for comparison purposes the Netherworld books are between 55-80k). The first one will hopefully be released before the end of the year.

So, hang in there and be ready for the onslaught of books I start throwing at you. Also, be prepared if I need to take a month off here and there between releases because OMG words can be hard for smart-making after you’ve sat in front of a computer for fifteen hours straight.

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Upcoming Projects

Lotan is live! That makes me super happy. It’s also the only book out right now that’s available wide – meaning available through other platforms beyond Amazon. I’m looking for it to also become available via iBooks, but I haven’t gotten there. I’ve been too busy!

Wild and Untamed has a cover! Covers days are the best days thanks to my cover artist (Sweet ‘n Spicy designs). She’s kicks it every single time. Book 4 in the Netherworld series will be available for pre-order by the either the last week or January or first week of February with the release sometime around the second week of February.

Cid is also coming! I told you, I’ve been busy. Look for the second installment in the Oceanid series toward the end of February. I’ll post more about it in the coming weeks.

Oceanids

I have been fighting this stupid cold since last week. I can’t stop coughing and I’ve been stuck in the bed, whining about how miserable I feel. My poor husband is about to lose his mind, I’m sure.

Anyway, since I’m home sick today and, I must admit, have a bit of cabin fever, I’ve decided to do something a bit different. I was already scheduled to have a cover made today for the 1st in my new Oceanid novella series. My original game plan was: cover today, format the novella later this week, and then release by the weekend. Maybe next week. Something like that. So, since I’m not going anywhere or doing anything today except sleeping off some NyQuil, I’m going to do it all today since I know that there’s nothing like a good book when you’re feeling under the weather.

So here it is. LOTAN:

Revamp News

There’s a bit of revamping going on. Be on the lookout for new covers for both Once Bitten and Up in Flames. When Sparks Fly will be out before the new year. I’m still stuck doing edits (more of an overhaul than I’d anticipated).

With the cover changes print editions for both Once Bitten and Up in Flames will be going away in the coming weeks, so if you’re the type who loves holding a novel in your hands, now is the time before they’re gone for the foreseeable future. Up in Flames will have additional content with the new cover, although there will no need to re-purchase if you own it already. Plotlines have not changed.

Netherworld book 4 has been written and is also in edits, although it currently doesn’t have a title. I’ve started work on book 5, although that’s proving to be quite the beast and will probably take some time before it’s finished.

Also, be on the lookout for 2 other series I’ve started work on. The first is a sci-fi, the other is fantasy (both romance, of course). I have two completed first drafts but am holding on to them for the moment until I figure out what direction I’m going to take. I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew which I’m notorious for.

Upcoming Netherworld Releases

Phew. I got news. Don’t you just love that?

So here’s the thing: I put out these two books (Once Bitten and Up In Flames) YEARS ago and never got around to finishing the series. That was kinda crappy of me. Now, keep in mind, my publisher went out of business and honestly, I spent a lot of time wondering if I wanted to even continue writing. I got a bit dramatic about the entire thing.

Now add on that I met the hubs and got a little tangled up in new romance, marriage, life… my books got away from me. After awhile, I settled down and said “I’m going to finish that damn series one way or another”. It’s my baby, after all. It’s been growing steadily in my mind for years and years and years.

I got all gung-ho and sat down and whipped out most of book 3, half of book 4, and got a decent start on book 5. Guess what happened then? Computer crashed. I lost EVERYTHING. And, because I like to live dangerously, I didn’t have anything backed up. The only thing I had left was a printed out rough copy of book 3.

My husband, being my beacon of support, bought me a new computer and reminded me (repeatedly) that my books aren’t going to write themselves. If I want to be an author, I have to do it. After hearing numerous Yoda quotes (“Do or do not…”) and being asked repeatedly how that book was coming along, I sat my butt down in my office and started writing.

I used my print out of book 3 and began typing it into a new Word document. Now here’s the real kicker: I read it as I went and I hated it. Book 3 sucked. That’s the thing about letting these books stew for so long…the stories have already changed in my mind and have morphed into something a bit different than they were years before.

I’m hoping these monster changes end up being a good thing, but I guess I’ll have to wait and see. Book 3 – after much molding and refining – is finally finished. It’s in the hands of beta readers and editors, all with their red pens primed and ready. Book 4 is nearing completion and will hopefully be ready for edits within the next week or two.

My wonderful husband also made sure I have an external hard drive hooked up with all my files backed up on it. He’s so smart 🙂 He’s already told me I should’ve listened the first time, and he’s right. But hey, hindsight is twenty-twenty.

As of right now, Book 3 (WHEN SPARKS FLY is the working title for now but that may or may not change) will be released by November 1st. That’s my promise. I still need a cover and all that jazz, but it’ll get done. Book 4 (WILD AND UNTAMED for now) should be out within 6 weeks after Book 3. IF I can maintain this momentum, Book 5 should be out by the beginning of 2019.

I’ll post updates as I know them 🙂

PS: Thanks for being patient. And for those who haven’t been, thanks for being a huge pain. I mean that. I love y’all.