Last night I wrote the final chapter in the next Waldgrave novel. I've blogged about why this has taken me so long before, but suffice it to say that this was a difficult book to complete. It clocked in at just over 80,000 words and most of the fan favorite characters made a return.
Most of this book takes place on the other side. Yes, I do have plans to continue the series. A draft cover is below.
Beta readers, your email will be arriving soon. :)
If you're one of the readers who wrote me asking when the Hawthorn Witches would be available anywhere other than Amazon, all six novellas are coming soon! I'll put the links up on my books page as they go live, so check back.
P.S. I'm participating in this multi-author sale this weekend--swing through and check out the deals if you're looking for your next great read!
...Hopefully checking out the Nine Morgans series? ;)
I just uploaded the final draft for Morgan on the Run to Amazon, and the new official release date is December 13th. I'm hoping to get it uploaded to Nook, Google, iBooks, Kobo, and the other usual suspects by the end of this week.
It's been slow progress on the new Waldgrave book because I've been doing a lot of rereads for continuity and some other miscellaneous administrative tasks. (...Have you checked out the new covers on the Waldgrave and Redemption series? No? You should.) I still believe I will have a new Waldgrave book ready for my editor by the end of this year.
Last night I finished Morgan on the Run (Nine Morgans Book 2). It came in about 10,000 words longer than I intended, and about 20,000 words longer than the first book. Spoiler: there's two additional Morgans in this installment, and their stories took a little more telling than I anticipated.
The editor has this book now.
Beta readers, stand by to get the early edition in the next two weeks. (If you're interested in beta reading or reviewing in exchange for a free copy, email me to see about openings for upcoming books: email@example.com.)
The pre-order will go up by the 31st. Get on my mailing list, and you'll be one of the first to know when it goes live.
And now, as promised, I'm going to start work on the next story in the Waldgrave universe.
Just popping in here to share a draft cover for Morgan on the Run, which has a tentative release date in November. I'm feeling unusually tired today and not sure why, so this afternoon I decided to do the cover instead of writing. Yesterday I spent my writing hours helping a dear friend with her book, so this makes two afternoons in a row that I've played hooky from the story.
I've got to bust a move on my word count tonight, so wish me luck!
Post baby #2, things are moving along again in my world! Morgan in the Mirror went live today, and last night I sent the first section of Morgan on the Run to my editor. I'm well into writing that one, and already starting to think about the outline for the next Waldgrave book.
I'll admit I'm a little nervous going into a new Waldgrave book. Secrets of the Guardian was published in 2011, and it's been almost five years. I finished writing that series sometime in 2007, so really, it's been almost ten years. Appropriately, that's the approximate time gap for the characters as well. The epilogue at the end of Secrets, where Brandon finally meets his destiny, was set around ten years after Lena made her return to Waldgrave.
I've said it before in previous blog posts, but for those of you who haven't been following me the last 5 years, I have written other books in the Waldgrave universe. Several, in fact. They're unedited and a little disorganized, and I never intended to have them published. I still don't intend to publish the vast majority of them because the stories need more polishing, and some of them might threaten to bore readers to death. Some of them went a little wild and cross-genre, becoming more romance or science fiction than urban fantasy.
I've even already written a very rough and freestyle draft of Brandon's book, a.k.a. "the next Waldgrave book". I wrote it back in 2008(ish), going by the file dates on my computer, and it's currently 60,000 words long. So why haven't I published it, all of these years?
It leans a little more into the SciFi realm, because it does go into what's on the other side of the portal. (I won't be giving any spoilers here on the portal, what it is, where it goes, etc. You'll have to wait for the book. Sorry!) But beyond the genre shift, I initially outlined Brandon's story as a second trilogy, and after I wrote the first one, I found myself enrolled in two Master's degree programs and desperately in need of cash to pay my bills. Writing took a back seat to school and a job to pay for tuition and groceries. (In a grand irony, even with the relatively small following that Waldgrave has, three more books in the Waldgrave universe probably would have given me enough income to write full time by now. But alas--hindsight is always 20/20.)
So there I was. One finished book in a trilogy, ending in a pretty steep cliffhanger, no time to finish the series, and no idea when the time would come around. Would I have been annoyed with an author putting out a cliffhanger without having the next book ready? Yes, I would have. So I kept what I had unpublished and put it on the back burner.
And then I started getting fans for that series. And I started worrying I would disappoint them. And I put it off a few months, and another year, and just until the next series was done...until now.
In October, I am going to rewrite what I have, and hopefully make it worthy of all of the wonderful readers who have written me over the years wanting more from these characters.