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

May 2017 updates

I’ve got a ton of updates for you all regarding free books, audio, and other stuff.  Things have been a bit hectic for me lately, so I didn’t get a chance to mention some of them sooner, but to make up for that I’ll do a giveaway at the end of this post.

First off, Darkness Haunts (book 1 of the Sensor Series) is currently free on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and iTunes.  This is the first time I’ve ever dropped the price that low since I released it over four years ago.  If any of you haven’t tried this series yet, this is your chance to check it out.  The price will be going back up to $3.99 in about a week so be sure to grab it while you can.  It is whispersynced for the audio listeners out there, too.

Speaking of which, Darkness Taunts (book 2 of the Sensor Series) is finally whispersynced as well for anyone who might have skipped grabbing the audio of that one (I’ve heard some people didn’t get it for that reason).

 


Next up is Stalked by Flames.  While all of the Dragon’s Breath books are exclusive to Amazon for the moment, and in the Kindle Unlimited program for people to borrow, the first book in the series is also available to Amazon Prime readers for free.  This will only last for a few more weeks, so pick up your copy of Stalked by Flames if you haven’t already.  And yes, it is whispersynced for the audio listeners who might want to grab that as well.

Also, those waiting on Christmas with Dragons to be in audio don’t have much longer to wait.  It should be available by the end of May.  The narrator and sound engineers are wrapping up production on it now.


In case some of you were holding out on picking up Destined for Shadows until it was in Kindle Unlimited, it is in the program now.  I’ll keep it there for the time being, but the next installment in the Dark Destiny Series, Destined for Dreams, will be wide on all the retailers for a short period before it goes into KU.  The release for that will likely be in late June of this year.

Destined for Shadows is also now available in paperback for those who are interested.  I don’t have news for audio yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I do.  There will likely be a separate post about what is going on with that.


Now for the giveaway!  One lucky individual will win a paperback copy of Destined for Shadows, a tote bag, and a fridge magnet.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below (with a valid email address in the appropriate field) and tell me which of my books you have liked the best so far.

This giveaway will run until midnight (CDT) on Sunday, May 7th, 2017.  One random person will be chosen as the winner.  I will respond to them in the comments section below and send them an email to get their mailing information.  This is open to international contestants.

February Updates

I’ve got a few updates for you all.  The first, in case you missed it, is that Forged by Flames is now out in Audio and whispersynced.  You can pick it up at your preferred retailer, but anyone who owns the ebook through Amazon can get the digital audio for $2.99.  For those who are wondering about Christmas with Dragons, Marguerite Gavin will start recording it next month so it will have a spring release (exact date to be announced).

The other big news is that the Dragon’s Breath Series is now back in Kindle Unlimited.  I just finished moving them into the program early this morning (which required me taking them off of the other retailers because Amazon requires exclusivity for enrollment), so those who have been waiting can now borrow the books.  This is the first time Forged by Flames and Christmas with Dragons will have been in KU!

On a final note, the cover model photo shoot went well for the Dark Destiny Series (the first two books featuring Cori and Bartol).  I should have a cover to reveal within the next couple of weeks and some behind-the-scenes pics to show as well.  Stay tuned for more on that!

2017 Book Release Forecast

I hope everyone’s new year has started out well so far.  Last year was a tough one for me in more ways than one, but I have high hopes for 2017.  It’s fresh and shiny, and I’ve got a strong book release schedule lined up.

For the first half of the year, I will be focusing on the Sensor Series spin-offs.  Since I have multiple books planned, I decided the novels featuring side characters would fall under a different series title.  They will be in the “Dark Destiny Series” and the first two novels will feature Cori and Bartol as the main characters and narrators.  I will release the first book, Destined for Shadows, on March 25th and the second in early June.

I’ve found the models for the covers, who happen to be husband and wife and do a lot of commercial photography work together already.  I like this because the chemistry will already be there between them, and they’ve got a look that fits Cori and Bartol well.  We’ll be doing the photo shoot on February 6th.  Very excited to see how the images turn out.  It probably won’t be until the end of February before the cover for book one is ready, but I’ll reveal it as soon as it is.

For those curious about Destined for Shadows, and not wanting to wait for a sneak peek, I do have a 450 word snippet up in my Facebook fan group.  All you need to do is join to check it out.  There are regular updates there for where I’m at in writing, future plans, giveaways, and monthly book club discussions where readers can discuss what else they’re reading aside from my novels.  There are also chances to win ARCs ahead of release dates.  Be sure to join if you’re interested.

For the second half of 2017, I will be going back to the Dragon’s Breath Series.  The tentative release date for Captured in Flames (book 5) is late August.  I also hope to release the sixth novel (yet to be titled) by late November or early December.

As for audio, those of you waiting for Forged by Flames can get your copy on February 14th.  Yes, it happened to land on Valentine’s Day, but at least it’s an easy date to remember.  I can’t say anything yet on Christmas with Dragons.  I’m hoping to work something out on that soon for audio, and I’ll let you know once I have more news.

Feel free to ask any questions if you have them and wishing all of you a happy 2017!