2013 has been a whirlwind of a year, hasn't it?
It is hard to believe I published the first Ancients book a little over a year ago – and the huge changes in my life as a result. I know you will eventually tell me to shut-it if I say it EVERY day, but truly – THANK YOU!!! – for coming along on this adventure and for sharing yourselves with me. I am blessed by the experience of getting to know so many new people this past year.
Your contributions to my world – your comments, your interactions on the FB page, you joining me in my silliness on a regular basis, your reviews, and so much more – have brightened my world on a regular basis. You are not merely readers or reviewers - you are people in my personal realm and the gift of your time and your friendship is precious. Thank you. XO
So, what kind of trouble can we get ourselves into at the start of 2014?
First – Mistaken, Ancients of Light #4, will be released in the Spring of 2014. I will firm up the exact release date once I see how the completion of the first draft progresses over the course of the next month. I am working on the cover design and hope to do a reveal near the end of 2013 or very early in January.
In addition to beginning work on #5 (Maeve’s book - yet to be titled), I am going to try to release one of the short stories that I mentioned earlier this year. I cannot promise that it will be Dunkirk’s story – but he is one of the many possible ones that I am toying with now. Do not worry – if he is not the first short that is released, his story will come. We all need more Dunkirk to love.
I am thrilled to announce that I have found a fabulous editor that I am now working with on the first three books in the series. You have all been so wonderful with your reviews and your love of the series and the characters - you have really pushed the series into a successful place and it is time I take this step. Had I known what I was doing and had the contacts in the beginning of this adventure, the wisest thing would have been to have Kathy make them all shiny and pretty before my initial release. I am learning as I go though, and it took time to find someone that I trust with Kat and crew.
The content will not change, but when Kathy is finished, I will know that I have presented them in the most professional format possible. I owe it to the stories, to those of you that continue to promote and recommend the books, and to those that will read them in the future. I will let you know as each is re-released after Kathy completes her magic (I believe Amazon and B&N will let you download updated versions for free, and if not, you will just have to message me and let me know that they are being persnickety if you decide you want the newest release).
Realm of Possibilities – Ancients of Light street team
Near the end of 2013 I will finalize plans for the Street team. So many of you have gone above and beyond in promoting the series and I appreciate those personal ongoing endeavors on your part. So, for those of you already doing it, and those of you that want to, I am putting together a team to help get the word out about giveaways, promotions, releases, and just about the series in general. In appreciation of those efforts, you will get advance copies of the series books – pre-release- and other goodies. I plan to solicit ideas from everyone regarding exactly what types of items would be the best to receive in appreciation for your awesomeness. So, look for more posts related to that before the end of the year.
In conjunction with the PR provided by the street team, I have also begun working with a fabulous person on PR for the series. Iris is helping me with the management of that side of my writing in general (because life is so crazy right now I cannot keep up on my own any longer). The great thing is that there will be lots of reviews, feature guest posts, interviews, series features, etc. over the course of the coming months.
That is just a quick preview of some of the things coming at the start of 2014. There will be lots more and I am excited to see where this next year takes us. Thank you for being here with me!