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.