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!

Merry Christmas and a giveaway opportunity

For those who celebrate, I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas.  I spent time with family last night and ate a huge meal.  Today, I’ve got more relatives to visit, but I wanted to let you all know about a giveaway opportunity I currently have running over on my Facebook fan group this week.

It is for a huge prize package which includes a signed paperback copy of one of the first three Dragon’s Breath Series books (winner’s choice), a tote bag, fridge magnet, and hand-carved pewter dragon figurine.  All you have to do is join my Facebook group HERE, and comment on the giveaway post after reading the instructions.  The contest ends on New Year’s Eve, and the winner will be announced the following day.

In other news, I’ll be doing a post later in the week recapping the year and letting you know what to expect from me for 2017.  Those of you who are subscribed to my newsletter would have gotten most of the updates when I sent it out yesterday, but for everyone else, this will give you a thorough update on which books I’ll be releasing next and an approximate time frame on when they should become available.  Be sure to check back!

Forged by Flames is now available!

I know you’ve been waiting patiently for the third installment of the Dragon’s Breath Series, and I’m happy to announce that Forged by Flames is finally here!  It won’t be going into Kindle Unlimited, but you can find it on all the major retailers (see links at the bottom of the post).  You might also consider joining my Facebook fan group where readers following my novels can hold discussions about them, have opportunities to win book related prizes, and there will be a Q&A session with me coming up soon.  You don’t want to miss out!

Here’s the link to it:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1657437984566674/

All the other details you need to know about the new release are below.  Hope you enjoy the book!

forged-by-flames-ebook-cover-mediumSUMMARY

Ever since dragons invaded Earth, Bailey Monzac and other survivors have had to adjust to a new world order. But a long-lost threat is re-emerging that could once again destroy everything they’ve been struggling to rebuild—for both man and beast. There’s an artifact out there that can control dragons, and many would seek to possess it for ill intent.

It’s going to be up to Bailey, her dragon shape-shifter ally Aidan, and their friends to embark on a long and arduous quest to recover the relic before it falls into the wrong hands.  Along the way, relationships will strengthen and the bonds of friendship will be tested.  For there can only be one outcome if they wish to survive this journey.


RETAILER LINKS

AMAZON US     AMAZON UK

AMAZON DE     AMAZON AU

AMAZON CA    AMAZON FR

KOBO     NOOK     ITUNES

Susan Illene’s Dark Avengers

This is quick post to let you all know about a new Facebook group available for fans of my books.  Up until now, there hasn’t been an easy place to go once you’ve finished the Sensor Series or Dragon’s Breath Series novels to discuss it with fellow readers.  I thought it was about time to change that.

One reason I haven’t done this before is that I don’t have time to run it myself, and I didn’t feel right about it anyway because it should be a place where you can hold discussions freely without my involvement.  Thankfully, I found two awesome ladies (Rachel and Sarah) who follow both my series and were happy to run it for me.  They are also part of the team that helps with brainstorming for my novel covers and planning the cover model photo shoots.  They know my books well, and I’m confident they’ll make great moderators.  I will stop by once in a while for special posts and Q&A sessions, but other than that it’s all for the readers.

The title of this post may have tipped you off on the name of the group.  After much thought and consideration, we went with “Susan Illene’s Dark Avengers“.  We tried a lot of different ideas in an attempt to find something that didn’t favor one of my series over the other, and for whatever reason that one stuck with us the most.  It’s catchy.  Just go with it 🙂

Things to expect with the group

  • Sneak peeks at covers before they’re revealed anywhere else
  • Exclusive giveaways
  • Early snippets from upcoming books
  • Character highlights before the next novel releases to help refresh your memory on who they are and where they were at the last time you saw them.
  • Reminders for when books release in various formats (ebook, audio, paperback)
  • Q&A sessions with me
  • Group discussions of my books before and after releases (anything with spoilers will be marked accordingly for those who may not be caught up)
  • A chance to hang out with like-minded readers

There are probably more things I’m not remembering to list right now, but you get the basic idea.  This will be a closed group with two moderators who will post regular topics and help keep things civil so you can feel comfortable there.  If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, and you want to join the Dark Avengers, the link is below. The moderators will be checking in regularly to approve new members and welcome you to the group!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1657437984566674/