Update on the Dragon’s Breath Series and a snippet

I know a lot of people have been wondering when the next installment of the Dragon’s Breath Series will come. So sorry for the delay! There has been a lot going on in my personal life that has caused this, but I am working on the next book. As of right now, my goal is to publish it in mid to late October (2019). I’ll update here as I know more.

Thank you so much for your patience. I know it’s been a long wait, and I appreciate every reader who has stuck by me. As a small compensation, I’m including a snippet from Captured in Flames (book 5 of the series) here. Keep in mind this is not the edited copy so there may be some minor changes before the book is finalized. Those of you who are in my Facebook fan group have already seen this excerpt, but I wanted my broader audience to have a chance to read it.

Aidan and I continued moving along and came out from under the bridge, blinking into the bright sunlight.  I breathed a sigh of relief.  Crossing the border always felt even riskier than being in pure dragon territory.  The interstate was littered with demolished cars, burn holes, and rotting corpses to remind everyone—dragons and humans alike—of how dangerous it could be to anyone who passed through there.  No one used those stretches of highway unless they absolutely had to and only as long as needed.

Aidan led me a bit farther into shifter territory until we got behind some buildings where we wouldn’t be easily seen.  It was quiet with only the wind rustling through the trees nearby to break the silence.  Not even the birds chirped.  We were still too close to the border to see any activity except the occasional dragon patrol, but even they weren’t around at the moment.

“We must get you clean,” he said, wiggling his nose at my snot-covered garb. 

The tight pants and halter top I wore looked similar to black leather, but the outfit was really camrium.  A fire-proof cloth Aidan had designed for me that had additional sorcerer spells cast on it so it could protect against blades and bullets.  It was much more flexible than leather, which was important when one needed to move easily and quickly to fight.  More than once, the warrior garb had saved my life.

I looked to the left and right, confused.  Since the dragon cold had started spreading, I’d been bathing at our home before he returned at night from patrols.  This problem hadn’t come up before.   “There’s not exactly a shower around here for me to use, or even a pond for that matter.”

 “Stay close as I shift, and the flames will burn you clean,” he instructed.

“Wow.”  I cocked my head.  “Why have you not mentioned this nifty trick before?” 

Every night this week, I’d had to station myself in front of a wash basin and scrub myself for an hour to get all the snot and spit off of my clothes, hair, and body.  Never mind collecting all the water I’d needed for that.  And all along, there’d been a faster way that would leave me totally sterilized of germs.

“I never had to worry about you bringing illness to my people until now.”

Oh, right.  That would be bad.  “Good point.”

He moved closer until we almost touched and began shifting from human to dragon.  The first time I saw him transform I was terrified, but I’d grown used to the process since then.  Flames licked up his body, fanning against me, and I could just make out a shadowy figure as it stretched and grew into beast form.  After a minute, the fire subsided and his red dragon form appeared.  It was still a bit frightening to see him this way, but I’d learned to love the man and the beast.

I dropped my gaze to inspect myself and found not a speck of snot on me.  That was one impressive sterilization process.  I smiled at him and wagged a finger.  “I won’t forget you can do this.”

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Two more excerpts from the novel have been shared in my Facebook fan group that you can read if you join. If you just want to make sure you don’t miss when Captured in Flames is out though, make sure you sign up for my book release alerts. I’ll also post the first couple of chapters here shortly before publishing the novel.

September 2018 update

I hope everyone who has grabbed their copy of Destined for Eternity has enjoyed it.  As of today, it is enrolled in Kindle Unlimited on Amazon for those who have been waiting for it.  I will keep the series in the program for the next three months, but after that I’ll be pulling it out of KU and making it wide with all the retailers.

For the Dragon’s Breath Series, that will be my sole concentration next.  I’m hoping to have book five out sometime in December, so stay tuned for more on that.  I know many of you have been waiting (im)patiently for it!

There are no other major updates for now, but I’ll keep you posted about progress and when to expect more books.  If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

For those who want to make sure they don’t miss a new novel coming out, be sure to sign up for my new book release alerts here.

August 2018 Update

I have been getting a lot of messages asking when the next books will be coming out.  My apologies that it’s taken a while to give a definitive answer on that, but I have good news!

I’m close to wrapping up the final novel in the Dark Destiny Series that will be released later this month.  Thankfully, I’ve found a good baby sitter who has been able to watch my son and allow me to buckle down on my writing again.  The little guy has gotten rather mobile with crawling and standing, and it’s tough to watch him and work at the same time.

For the Dragon’s Breath Series, I’ll be working on that next.  There are still three novels to go to wrap it up.  I expect book five should be out mid to late November, and the sixth in  early spring.  I’ll stay working on that series until it is wrapped up, so there shouldn’t be any more delays.  Thanks to everyone for their patience.  I promise to post more on that as the time gets closer.

For now, expect the official cover reveal and novel summary with the specific release date for Destined for Eternity next week.  Hope all is well with you all!

Publishing updates and baby’s gender…

Things have been rather hectic since my last post (sadly, a couple of months ago), but I’ve got a few things I can go ahead and tell you about now.

I’ve moved into a new place, which took me nearly a month to get unpacked and settled.  On a bright note, I’ve got my own office now which has turned into a great writing haven.  I’m also able to use the closet to store all the extra paperbacks for my books, plus promo goodies.  Before, I didn’t have a dedicated space for all these things because my apartment was too small, so everything was scattered in boxes wherever I could find a bit of space.  I also had to write in odd places.  Having a desk and an office after all these years of being an author is so much better, and I’ve already found myself being a lot more productive in the last month.  The cats also like the office because they can keep me company while looking out the window.

Below are some pics of the office I took a couple of weeks ago (with anything spoilery blurred in case you look too closely).  I’ve since added more notes to the bulletin board, and I’ve got my printer hooked up, but this is pretty much how things look now.

And at least organizing giveaways will be easier than ever.  As you can see below, I’ve got a lot of paperbacks for both series, audio CDs, and spiral notebooks in the hanging shelf.  There’s a few tote bags, fridge magnets, and other things you can’t see because they’re in the black pullout boxes in the bottom shelf.  And I have my office supplies, reference books, research materials, and other writing/publishing related things in there such as props used for cover model photo shoots.  It’s hard to believe I ever lived without a dedicated closet for all this stuff before.

And here’s a closeup…

As for book progress, I’m getting very close.  There was a slight setback with a recent family emergency.  Moving and pregnancy related stuff haven’t helped either, but I’m continuing to work hard on it. Within the next few days, I’ll be sending out the first set of chapters for Destined for Dreams to beta readers.  It will take time to cycle through them and my editor, but I’m hoping to do a cover reveal by the end of the month and give you a firm date for when it will be out (hopefully no later than mid-September).  Please stay tuned and expect some excerpts here on the blog soon.  For anyone worried they might miss book 2 of the Dark Destiny Series, you can sign up for my release alerts here.  I always send those emails within a day of the book coming out.

The Dragon’s Breath Series is no longer in Kindle Unlimited, and I’ve started reloading all four books onto Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo. If you are a reader on one of those platforms and you’ve been waiting for the books to be available, this is your chance to grab them.  They will stay wide on all the retailers for the foreseeable future.  For those wondering when book five will be out, it will most likely be late December or January.  We’ll have to see on the timing of the baby being born and how that affects my ability to write/publish near delivery.

Speaking of the baby, those on my Facebook fan group already got the news a while ago, but for the rest of you…it’s a boy!  A blood test and an ultrasound confirmed it.  I wasn’t all that particular either way on the gender since this is my first.  We are just happy that the baby is healthy and looking great as of the last checkup earlier this month.  Because I’m on blood pressure meds for migraines, and I’m considered advanced maternal age, my OBGYN does have me seeing a perinatal specialist as well who is monitoring the pregnancy closely.

Before you ask about names, I will just say that’s a heated topic at the moment.  My husband has shot down all my suggestions and his ideas usually consist of superhero and action star names (this kid is not being called John Wick, Jason Bourne, Thor, Batman, or anything else ridiculous).  We get a lot of suggestions from friends and family as well, which can make it overwhelming.  I have decided things are much easier when I’m naming characters in my books because I get 100 percent control and don’t have to consult anyone if I don’t feel like it.  Hopefully, we’ll get something figured out. Fingers crossed!

So that’s it for now.  Hope everyone in the northern hemisphere had a lovely summer and wonderful vacations if you took them.  For those of you down under, I hope the winter hasn’t been too cold!

~Susan

Christmas with Dragons in audio

Christmas with Dragons is finally live in audio.  Some of you may have noticed it was on Audible already a couple of days ago, but I wanted to hold off my announcement until it filtered out to all the other retailers. You’ll find the links below.

Hope you enjoy!

RETAILER LINKS

AUDIBLE   AMAZON   ITUNES