Yay for release days!!! They’re both exhilarating and horrifying, nerve-wracking and awesome all rolled into one! But there’s also a huge amount of relief that comes with every release day. Think of it as making a kite… you spend months building it, honing it, refining it, only to launch it into the air to see if it flies.
That’s what releasing a book is like. Especially the fourth book in a series that my poor readers have waited an eternity for. LOL See the thing is, Cronin’s Key ended at three books. Alec and Cronin stopped talking to me and all went quiet in the Cronin world… until Stas and Kennard finally came up for air LOL.
So, what you need to know about Cronin’s Key IV – Kennard’s Story…
- It is not a standalone. If you haven’t read the first three books, book four won’t make a great deal of sense.
- It will be in Kindle Unlimited for the first three months.
- It is 36.6k words – approx half that of the other books.
- Like all the Cronin books, it’s a crazy ride from start to finish. Actually, it’s probably crazier than the others. LOL
- Kennard and Stas are just the cutest couple ever!
Also, for your chance to win a $50US Amazon gift card, check out the Release Blitz happening with Xpresso Tours!
CRONIN’S KEY 99c SALE
Cronin’s Key (book one) will be 99c for release week of Book IV so if you want to delve into Cronin’s world, now is your chance!
In other news, Upside Down is in the very capable hands of my editor. It ended up being 66K words and my beta-readers loved it! Which is always such a relief!
I love these characters and their story so much! It’s very close to my heart and I can’t wait to share it with the world!
In WIP news… I have started my next book! OMG I know, right? No rest for the wicked. LOL I’d spent the week doing research and adding bits and pieces of info to my doc with links and some plot points etc, only to have Word and Mac both decide to make me cry and wipe the doc clean…
Yes, I have back-up procedures in place. No, they didn’t work. I did manage to salvage some of it which is better than nothing. But onwards and upwards, and I shall trudge on. LOL I have a working title but I don’t want to jinx anything but I can say that it will be angsty and it’s a friends to lovers story. I’m getting Sam and Iz vibes from Switched with this one, and I’m thinking it will be around 60K but I usually do go over my original estimates 🙂
My kids go back to school at the end of this week! Not gonna lie, the 6:30am starts are gonna suck but getting our routine back will be fab. And my blissfully quiet house for six hours every day will be heaven on freaking earth!
Until next week! <3
It’s been crazy busy but a very productive week, and I get extra points for getting shit done with my kids at home all day every day (it’s still school holidays here). I usually need silence to write and the squawk of “muuuuuuuuuum” every time they want something is like a record scratch. LOL But I’ve written 12K words and my WIP is almost done. I have maybe 8k to go – maybe less.
I also have a confirmed title!! Go me! LOL *drum roll* It’s called “Upside Down” and it’s fun and playful, there is much banter and awkward ramblings. The two main characters, Jordan and Hennessy, are perfect for each other but Jordan needs his world turned upside down first. Or does Hennessy turn it the right way up? You’ll have to wait to find out!! Release date should be late March!
My next characters are talking to me already which is usually the sign of a few things:
- That my current story is wrapping up
- That my current story is a stand alone book/no sequel
- That my brain is a jumbled mess of voices and because I don’t plan or outline anything, I’m trying to keep imaginary conversations in my head in some kind of order
All I know is that my next story will be dark. A far leap from the fun of my current WIP. I also have some whisperings from some characters that I was going to write years ago but they went quiet on me. I figured they decided not to have a story but I’m pretty sure they just weren’t ready. The story they’re now forming isn’t the quite same as it was years ago, so it just goes to show that it pays to listen to them. They know what they’re doing, and I’m just the poor typist LOL
I’m also having the cover of Sixty Five Hours redone. I can’t remember if I told you guys this before… The old cover can’t comply with the specs of IngramSpark (who produce my paperbacks) so it’s getting its forever-cover from the AMAZING Reese Dante and it’s going to be AWESOME!! When it is uploaded, it will be a new cover and nothing else will change. There will be no new added content or changes to the story.
I’m getting everything ready for my two book signings in Feb-March. They’re back to back weekends, and I won’t be home in the week in between. I have to get it all sorted for both signings before leaving. Plus I’m having visitors from the US for this time so after the Sydney signing, we’re heading to Melbourne for three days of sightseeing and whatnot, then we’re flying to Brisbane. It’ll be crazy busy but I’m so excited!!!
And it’s just two weeks (and one day) until Kennard’s Story is out!!! I can’t wait for you guys to read this!! It’s 35K words – so much shorter than the other three books in the series – but it’s action packed and some huge secrets about Kennard are revealed! 😀
It will be exclusive to Amazon first up.
Kennard and Stas have been enjoying being newly bonded mates, hidden away for the last six months in Stas’ cabin, deep in the forests of Northern Russia. When they get a visit from Alec, Cronin, Eiji, and Jodis, Kennard and Stas decide to return to London where they get news of a supernatural disturbance in India.
Excited for a new adventure, the band of friends embark on a journey like they’ve never seen before. Following a trail of snakes and serpents, they slip through gates into timeless dimensions all over the world, leaving them without their vampire powers. Even Alec is powerless as they follow a trail of gates and doorways to their final destination.
But the bad guy isn’t who they think it is, and Kennard will need to draw on his past to save their future. Because history is never what it seems…
Oh, and I have two books coming out of KU soon! Nova Praetorian will be at all retailers after January 22nd, and Switched and The Weight of It All will be at all retailers after February 15th.
Okay, so that’s it for this week! I will see you all next week, hopefully with a finished first draft of Upside Down! Until then…