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!

Facing the Darkness is now available!

I am excited to let you know Facing the Darkness is now available on all retailers.  For those who don’t know, this installment features Kerbasi from the Sensor Series.  He’s one of those characters you love to hate, but you might find him a bit more endearing in this Christmas story.  Also for those of you looking forward to the first Cori and Bartol spinoff book coming in March 2017, this novella reveals a bit of Cori’s backstory that you will not want to miss.

I truly hope you enjoy Facing the Darkness!  Below are the rest of the book details, plus retailer links.

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SUMMARY

Kerbasi, a former guardian of Purgatory, has resisted every effort to help him find his humanity. After more than four-thousand years of ruling over supernatural prisoners in the cruelest of ways, he feels he’s above the petty concerns of mankind. But what is he to do when he’s tasked with bringing comfort to a boy sick with cancer during the holiday season? This is one child who just might break through the impervious wall he’s wrapped around his heart.

Retailer links

AMAZON US    AMAZON UK     AMAZON DE

AMAZON AU     AMAZON CA

KOBO     NOOK     ITUNES

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Facing the Darkness is up for pre-order

Some of you read the original story when it was published in the “A Very Paranormal Holiday” anthology.  Facing the Darkness has not been available since spring of this year, and I’m sorry to keep some of you all waiting who hadn’t had the chance to get it.  I wanted to take the time to revise and expand it a bit before re-releasing the novella on its own.  Plus, it made more sense to publish it closer to the holidays where it fits best.

Originally, Facing the Darkness was about 18k words, but it is now around 22k words.  I had a new editor go through the manuscript who had not read any of the Sensor Series and help me revise it so that even people just jumping in could follow along.  This story features Kerbasi (a character many readers both love and hate) and a glimpse into his journey for redemption.  This time, he’s tasked with spending time with a dying boy around Christmas.  If you’re looking for something heartwarming to read as the holiday season gets closer (with a bit of a paranormal twist), this might be the perfect read for you.  And it will only be 99 cents!

The cover and other details are below.  Facing the Darkness releases November 30th.

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SUMMARY

Kerbasi, a former guardian of Purgatory, has resisted every effort to help him find his humanity.  After more than four-thousand years of ruling over supernatural prisoners in the cruelest of ways, he feels he’s above the petty concerns of mankind.  But what is he to do when he’s tasked with bringing comfort to a boy sick with cancer during the holiday season?  This is one child who just might break through the impervious wall he’s wrapped around his heart.

Pre-order Links

AMAZON     KOBO

Miscellaneous news…

I just wanted to give some updates on author interviews.  How long they will continue and which authors will be visiting over the next couple of months.  I’ve also got some news on the French translation of the Sensor Series and there’s been a change for some of you subscribing to this blog.

Author Interviews

The interviews have been going really well so far.  I’ve gotten some awesome authors to participate in the Friday installments and the reader turnout has been good.  For those of you who haven’t been following them, you really should.  The questions are fun and allow you to get to know authors outside of their writing in new and interesting ways.  Many of them also give away free ebooks, paperbacks, and other prizes.

The interviews will continue through to the week before Thanksgiving (except the week Forged by Flames is released).  After that, the holidays will be upon us and I won’t have the time to continue them, but I hope you all enjoy them while they last!

Below is the finalized schedule for the rest of the year.  Hopefully, you recognize at least a few of the names!

Sep 9th– Erin Zarro
Sept 16th– KF Breene
Sept 23rd– Connie Suttle
Sept 30th– JT Bock
Oct 7th– Devon Monk
Oct 14th– Kate Danley
Oct 21st– Mark Henwick
Nov 4th– Helen Harper
Nov 11th– Elizabeth Hunter
Nov 18th– Yasmine Galenorn

The Sensor Series in French

Actually, it’s just called the “Melena Sanders Series” over there since I think the publisher found that series title easier to use.  Darkness Haunts was published last spring in French and it’s sold really well so far.  My publisher has informed me that they’ve wrapped up the translation for Darkness Taunts (Trompée par les Ténèbres) and they’re now in the editing phase.  It looks like they’ll publish book 2 in October.  Chained by Darkness (book 2.5) will follow soon thereafter with a December release.

I’m really excited for how the series has done so far and that it managed to climb into the top 100 of Amazon France for a few days during its first month, which was awesome.  This is my first experience with having translated books and I’m glad I took a chance on it.

Blog subscriber changes

Up until now, there have been two ways to subscribe to the blog.  I’d meant for there to only be one, but when I added WordPress Jetback a while back it added a second, and some people ended up signing up with that.  About seventy percent of you were subscribed to the first.

Unfortunately, the old plugin has been giving me a lot of problems recently, to include not sending out new post notifications properly.  I transferred the email addresses of those subscribers over to a MailChimp RSS feed that will only send you an email once a day if there are any new posts.  You haven’t been signed up for anything else, so not to worry about that.

Those of you who signed up through WordPress will not have seen any difference.  Others may have noticed the layout for post notifications has changed in the past week, but I think it actually looks a lot better than the plugin I was using before which was rather plain.  If you don’t like it, though, there is a way to unsubscribe at the bottom of the email.  Anyone new to the blog will be signing up for the WordPress subscription.

If you’d like to be signed up for the MailChimp RSS blog feed and you aren’t already, this is the link:  http://eepurl.com/cd4vfz

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That’s all for now.  Hope everyone’s week is going well!

Kerbasi holiday story

I get regular emails regarding the Kerbasi holiday story (Facing the Darkness) that I wrote for the “A Very Paranormal Holiday Anthology” back in late 2014.  This was for a collection of Christmas stories myself and five other authors wrote, all tied to our individual book series.  Earlier this year, we pulled the anthology from the retailers so Facing the Darkness has not been available since then.  I realize that new readers coming into the Sensor Series have not had a way to get it and I do apologize for that.

It had been my intention to re-release Kerbasi’s story (the only one so far told from his point of view), soon after we pulled the anthology. Unfortunately, life got in the way and I got behind on my schedule.  Before releasing Facing the Darkness on its own as a novella, I want to go back over it again to fine-tune a few things and have an editor look at it again because inevitably revisions create new typos.  I also need to get a cover designed for it.

I’m immersed in writing Forged by Flames (Dragon’s Breath #3) right now, but once it’s done I will jump over to the Kerbasi novella and work on it.  My plan is to release it at the end of November after Thanksgiving.  My apologies to everyone who is wanting this story and hasn’t had the opportunity to read it yet.  I hope you’ll find it worth the wait.  If you have any questions about it, do feel free to ask!