I’ve finished the fourth book in the Dragonlords of Xandakar series. Dragon Black, Dragon White: Darkest Day, Brightest Night went out to my ARC team this morning. Whew, that title is a mouthful! But I wanted the fourth book to be about the black and white dragons falling in love, and I think both the title and the story work well. We’ll see how the ARC readers react.
Oh, here’s the cover:
So I’m shooting for a release date of Thursday, January 19th. Monday I plan to publish Dragon Red and Dragon Green wide to iTunes, B&N, and Kobo. The free version of Dragon Blue has gotten thousands of downloads on those platforms, and I’m pretty interested to see what sales (if any) look like on non-Amazon sites. Last month was my best month, even without two books in the series enrolled in KU. I feel like it was a good decision. It certainly sits well with me philosophically. I don’t really like the idea of being exclusive. Competition seems like a good thing. And I also like the idea of my stuff being available to as many readers as possible.
As far as what to work on next…I was pretty sure I was going to work on a bear shifter book next, though I think I’m going to take tomorrow and the weekend to think about it a little more. I know I definitely need a break from Xandakar. I’ve been writing these books non-stop for the past 4-5 months, and while the idea of wrapping up the series is appealing, I really think switching gears will make me more excited to return to this world and finish it up after a little “break”. I mean, I’ll still be writing, but it will be something slightly different.
Other than the bear book, which I’ve got a reasonable outline of already, I kind of want to work on a contemporary romance. I do like BDSM, and there always seems to be an audience for 50 Shades type of material. But one concern I have is alienating my reader base. At this point I’ve done a pretty good job of building up a newsletter based on the types of stuff I’ve written so far. I’m not sure how far out of shifter/paranormal fans of a particular author are willing to go. There are a lot who like a wide variety of books, to be sure. But I think part of being successful is also fulfilling reader expectations. I know when an author I really like writes something I totally wasn’t expecting, it can sometimes be a little off-putting. Anyway, like I said, I’ll think about it over the weekend.
And of course I’ll update the links to all my books when they go live on the other sites. I decided not to do a pre-order for this one, but I’ll definitely announce when it goes live as well. Stay tuned!