I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season (if you celebrate) and that things are settling down nicely as the new year gets going. I started out the new year recovering from Christmas and digging out from under all the boxes and decorations. Hey, this year I got everything put away before the end of January! It's also been a time for looking at where I've been and where I'm going, writing-wise, and what's been working and what hasn't, and what I need to get caught up on.
The first thing is that the paperback of Heir of Tanaris is almost ready. I have the proof copy; I just need to look it over and approve it. After that, it should be available on Amazon within a few days, and hopefully on the Barnes & Noble site some time in the near future. For those not in the U.S., my paperbacks should also be available from Book Depository.
I'm also still working on the Defenders of the Wildings revision. I thought I had the storyline and the different books sorted out, but something still wasn't right. Then, just last week, I decided instead of six short books, the series needs to be three longer books. Some of the shorter books just weren't working as self-contained book. So I'm combining books 1, 2, and 3 into Book 1, and books 4 and 5 into Book 2. The sixth book, which is longer than the others, remains its own book, Book 3. The working titles are "The Prairie Wells Range War" for book 1 and "The Wildings Mages Defense Association" for book 2. Haven't come up with anything I really like for book 3 yet. Thinking up titles is one of the hardest parts of writing for me. :P This change isn't going to require any major rewriting beyond what I already know needs to be done, mainly some work to adjust the transitions between parts of the books and make sure the structure of each book is solid. We're doing some traveling in April and I wanted to have the revision of the whole series done and out to the beta readers by then, but I don't know if that's going to happen. I never seem to be able to work as fast as I want to.
Waiting in the wings for me to get to it is Tales of the Source-Breakers, a set of three prequel stories to Source-Breaker. This will be a newsletter exclusive, at least for a while; sign up for my email list to make sure you get it as soon as it's ready! I'm also planning a trilogy set in the Islands of the Daughter of the Wildings world; that's a little ways out from being ready to write yet.
Right now, I've also got a special deal going on my two box sets. Through January 29, you can get 40% off the Love and Magic and Daughter of the Wildings Books 1-3 box sets at Kobo and Smashwords! (regular price $6.99)
Kobo: 40% off Box Set Sale - use coupon code BOX40 at checkout. You can browse the entire sale, check out the science fiction and fantasy selections, or go straight to my books on the Kobo site: Love and Magic | Daughter of the Wildings Books 1-3. You can use the discount code as many times as you like! If you don't have a Kobo ereader, you can download the free Kobo reading app.
Smashwords: Daughter of the Wildings Books 1-3, use coupon code BC88R at checkout.
Love and Magic, use coupon code DV59X at checkout.
Smashwords sells in multiple digital formats; see this guide on the Smashwords site for instructions on how to load books purchased from Smashwords to your device. For Kindle devices and apps, I recommend the Send to Kindle app.
Remember, these deals only last through Jan. 29, and are only available at Kobo and Smashwords!
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