Here I go again, falling down on my duty. It’s been almost 6 weeks since my last blog. Yikes!
So, where am I now in my bid to become “a great author”?
Answer: Just a little bit closer.
As you are aware, Saving Olivia hit the shelves in August. Pre-orders were brisk – for a day. I was hoping that Protecing Joselyn’s success would spur a little kickstart for Olivia. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. While I am tickled pink about Joselyn’s success, Olivia’s reception was lackluster to say the least. Disappointed? Only a bit. Olivia’s subject matter is much darker than any of my other books and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. However, the people who did purchase Saving Olivia were extremely pleased with the book. I have some fabulous reviews.
So, what’s next?
Inspell publishing, who published Reclamation at the first of this year is doing an anthology of short stories and novellas. The subject matter is the rich and famous. I’ve never participated in an anthology before so I figured why not? The only problem I had was what story?
In Saving Olivia, you met a new member to the team, Ryker “Digger” McMillan. He’s a information technician who was medically discharged from the Marines after suffering an injury during an atack. He works for StarPower, Inc – an all inclusive corporation that caters to the rich and famous. Yep… sounds like a match made in heaven. His leading lady was also introduced in Olivia. Demma St. John is a rising starlet in Hollywood and she’s got a huge problem. She’s being blackmailed! There we have the story, “StarPower, Inc.” If you are a fan of Team Cerebrus, you will NOT want to miss this one! Digger is flawed, but when push comes to shove, he will protect his lady come hell or high water. Oh, and just a little aside here – this is my first novella that can be considered “steamy”. I didn’t go “full disclosure” (you guys that know me, know I’d be too embarassed to go graphic), but I did heat up the action quite a lot. The anthology will be released in November by Inspell Publishing. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll let you know.
The number one question I get asked regarding the Cerebrus series is, “When will Hick and Annabeth get a story?” The answer – It’s NEXT! That’s right. You guys have already fallen in love with this quirky couple from Protecting Joselyn and Saving Olivia. She’s the “tell it like it is” artist agent for Joselyn, he’s the “can’t cook if his life depended on it” jokester. What happens when these two get together? You’ll have to wait and see! Tentitive publication date is January 2018. I know, I know – it’s sooooo far away! But great stories take time to develop and those two are only starting to whisper to me. In the meantime, I’m finishing up a short story for Luna’s Children and editing Broken Melody.
That’s where we are at this time. Oh, and if you happen to be in the Meridian area, I’ll be doing a meet and greet during the Art Walk on October 7, 2017 from 9-2 in front of the train station. I have book cover postcards to give away along with “think rocks”. Drop by and say hello!
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To paraphrase Digger – Melissa out!