WOW! I can’t believe I’ve gone months without publishing a book. Following the birth of my son, I dove right back into work. I actually started penning my next book in the hospital recovery room. I was really convinced that I could be a supermom and maintain my career, and with three full novels in six months, I was really doing it. Until I wasn’t. Shortly before publishing Chasing the Alpha, I crashed big time.
It wasn’t my intention to take so much time off. I started writing Sharing the Alpha about a month into my sabbatical, but then I did something I’ve rarely done. About five chapters in, I hated it, and I scrapped the entire thing. While I restructured the plot, I began polishing one of my finished books, Once Bitten, for release. And suddenly, I hated that book as well, so I scrapped it, and rewrote it, got halfway through, and then scrapped it again. I never really reached the point where I thought Omg, my career is over, I’ll never write again, but it was immensely stressful. So I took another month and did some thinking about what I loved about my career, and the books I had most enjoyed writing.
That led me to Feral Heat, one of my nearly-finished short stories. I had originally stopped writing it because I liked the characters so much, and the short story format just didn’t do them justice. As I considered the story, I noticed a lot of aspects that I loved from previous books, particularly the fantasy setting and the menage romance, so I took a stab at redrafting it as a full novel. A week later, I had ended up not only drafting a trilogy, but also breaking free of my rut and finally making headway on Sharing the Alpha.
I’ve been writing a lot over the past month, and I believe I’ve finally managed a healthy work/life balance. I’m not going to try to publish as frequently as I did pre-baby, but I am back on track for consistent releases over the next few months. So without further ado, here are the details on upcoming releases, and the books I most frequently get emailed about.
Book One: September 30th
Book Two: October 28th
Book Three: December 13th
The trilogy is fully drafted, Book One is finished and Book Two is nearly done, so I see no reason not to start releasing this month. Feral Heat started as an erotic take on Snow White, and has since evolved into a coming of age and the complex romance between a shifter female and the males of her new pack. I think it’ll appeal most to fans of Running With Alphas and The Dragon’s Appraiser.
January 10th, 2017
That seems like so far away, and realistically I’ll have Sylvestre’s story finished well before January, but I’m trying not to overload myself, especially around the holiday season.
March 28th, 2017
Every week, I get an email asking when this will be out, and it makes me sick to my stomach, because it’s THAT book for me. Every author has THAT book, the one they’ve been wanting to write since forever, and this one is mine. I love the story, I’ve invested a lot of money in photo shoots and designs for it, and I know the characters inside and out. The trouble is that it’s nothing like my usual romances, it’s an adventure, with lots of traveling in a huge world. When I first set out to write TF&TD, I didn’t respect what a massive undertaking a true fantasy novel was, and I set a wildly unrealistic schedule for myself. Having reevaluated it over the past few months, as well as having done some serious drafting, I’m confident I’ll have it out by early spring, with sample chapters around Christmastime.