Releasing the Bear and Working on the Next Book

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here…sorry about that. In the meantime, I’ve released my latest book, A Bear Comes to Town. It’s on the My Books page now,. As of this writing, it’s available on Amazon, Kobo, and B&N. It’ll be coming to iTunes soon. It wasn’t quite as well received as my dragon books, but most people still seemed to like it. I think I do need to slow down sometimes and let the story and the characters breathe a little bit more. A couple of people said it felt rushed. That may be a function of me just wanting to get the story out of my head and down on the page. I like fast-paced stories, but sometimes they can be too fast-paced, sacrificing quiet moments that really do flesh out the characters and their relationships. I’ll keep that in mind for future stories.

Speaking of which, I started work on Dragon Gold: A Tale Untold this week. I do have the two romantic leads worked out now, and the general arc of the story, though there are a lot of gaps that I hope will fill in as I write. I have the end in sight, which is the most important part. I’d like to get the first draft written by the end of the month, but that may be too ambitious. Writing on the book will probably extend into April, but I should definitely be able to release it next month (unless I hit some kind of road block). As with each other book, this one introduced two new characters: Austin Pryce and Fiora Whitefang. He’s a rich financial wiz living near San Francisco, and she’s a wolf shifter who was raised by a secret society of bodyguards. I won’t say much more, other than that it features a lot of common themes from the rest of the series: characters who don’t know who or what they truly are, a call to serve a higher purpose, and love between people who are very different from each other.

And of course, I need to wrap up the overarching storyline and tell the fate of all the characters from the previous books. Hopefully I can pull it off in a way that satisfies the readers of the series so far. My plan going forward is to either write another standalone after the dragon series, or revisit the bear trilogy. But at some point this year I also plan to write a novella set in the Xandakar world and bundle it up  with the box set (though I think I will probably offer it as a freebie to my mailing list as well).

But for at least the next month, it’s back to Xandakar. And I’ll try to blog a bit more too!

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