January Update!

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Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and new year! 2016 was a hard year for many of us, but we made it!

With the new year comes new releases and new plans! But first, I really need to apologize for the unprecedented (and unexpected) delay in releasing my next A. F. Dery book. I had expected it would be out last month, but my migraines went from weekly to daily very quickly, and I finally had to throw in the towel and accept there was just no way this book would truly be ready and up to the standards my readers deserve when I hoped it would be. Being unable to use a computer without pain was a pretty serious setback for me! It was something of a miracle that anything got released last year between one thing and another. (And please let me say I deeply appreciate the feedback I’ve received about those releases! Thank you! ❤ )

That being said, I’m seeing a new doctor and already feeling a LOT better. I have gotten more done writing-wise in the past two weeks than I have in MONTHS. It feels like a new lease on life. 🙂 So 2017 is already shaping up to be a much better year in this department. I don’t want to promise any firm dates on the next book until it’s completely ready, just in case there’s another setback. It is set in the same world as the Broken Mirrors and Kelemir books, but it is a new story with new characters you haven’t met yet. So please bear with me, it’s coming along, honest! It will be worth the wait!

In other news, at some point this year, this blog will also be moving from WordPress over to the Ring Drop Press website (http://ringdroppress.com). This is going to be a gradual process because there is a LOT that will need to be updated with the new address (eep!)  The Ring Drop Press website is run by my wonderful husband, who saw how overwhelmed I got when I tried to handle all the social media and online stuff in addition to, you know, actually working on books! Now that the site is fully up and running, it makes more sense to have everything about my books in one place rather than on two separate sites. I will be sure to let you know over here when the changeover is complete!

I’m also trying to help out more with keeping the Ring Drop Press Facebook page hopping this year.  If you’re not already following us, please come like us! Eventually I’d like to start doing new release giveaways and other fun stuff. (But first, getting this next book out! 😉 )

And lastly, I heard from Drachenmond Verlag before the holidays that the German translation of Broken Mirrors is coming along nicely, so we should see that this year too! This is such a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to see the new cover art!

I think that’s all for now! I really appreciate everyone’s patience and kindness. More to come soon…

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Wedding the Dread Lord: Available Now for Pre-Order!

wedding-the-dread-lord-resize-for-blogThane promised Kesara a simple exchange of vows, but when has anything in their lives ever been that easy? The short, sweet, and light-hearted Postquel to Broken Lords.

Available for Pre-order NOW and for Purchase on October 2nd, only on Amazon! It will also be available in Paperback (but please give that an additional couple of days, there can be a bit of a lag on Amazon’s end.)

*Please note that this is a novella-length work, not a full-length novel. There were a couple of loose threads at the end of Broken Lords that never got picked up again (*cough*thebracelet*cough*), so I wrote this both for fun and as a thank-you to Thane and Kesara’s fans for all the love you’ve shown Broken Mirrors over the past almost-two years. It’s not Very Serious Business, but fun and fluffy with a couple of sappy moments (because hey, it’s their wedding day, cut them some slack 😉 ) I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! ❤

Spring Update!

Hi! I hope everyone is enjoying a good start to Spring (or Fall, depending on your part of the world!) I am still hard at work on this year’s new releases for you. 🙂

As I mentioned in my last post, we are looking at only two novel-length releases this year because of some life upheaval I have going on. The first book of 2016 was originally planned to be released at the end of this month, but I’ve had to push back this release due to a significant uptick in migraines over the past couple of months that have severely limited my computer time (I’m sure readers of Broken Mirrors will not be shocked to hear I’m a life-long migraineur.) It’s taking me longer to get things done, but they are still getting done!

Now I’m questioning whether I should just release both of this year’s books back to back or if I should still break them up, but I won’t bore you with all my hand-wringing. I’ll just say: have no fear, the books are coming, and it will be this year as planned. I’m very, very excited about them and will update you with some teasers as soon as I have firm release dates nailed down! I’m sorry to make everyone wait so long, but I hope you will find the new stories worth the wait. I would never give you less than my best.

I also have another exciting bit of news: Drachenmond Verlag is officially bringing the Broken Mirrors Duology to German readers in both print and e-book! I’ll post more about that closer to the time. I’m planning a special Thane and Kesara treat to celebrate their German release (but no worries for the rest of you, it will still be in English! 😉 )

Finally, I was asked in the comments of my last post about what reading I caught up on over my December break. I thought I had answered that and saw when I popped in to update that I either didn’t do it or it didn’t post, so with my apologies for the suspense, I finally caught up on the Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin. 🙂 I’ve always been a huge mystery fan as well as romance and fantasy/sci-fi, and I would love to write one of my own eventually. I’m not sure I’d actually be any good at it–I can usually never figure out whodunit as a reader!–but I think it would be a lot of fun to try! My favorite mystery writers, apart from Mr. Rankin of course, are Agatha Christie (especially Poirot! <3), Ruth Rendell, the Mary Russell series by Laurie R.  King, and the Agatha Raisin series by M. C. Beaton. I’ve read and enjoyed other series/authors, of course, but those are the ones on my “auto buy” list!

Hopefully my next update will have some descriptions and release dates (and cover art) for you to enjoy. Thank you all for bearing with me during this weird transitional time!

Ready for Another Year of Great Reads?

Me too! First, I’d like to thank my wonderful readers for a fantastic 2015. I had a blast and I hope you did, too!

After releasing 6 novels last year, I took a much-needed breather for the month of December and caught up on my own to-read list! 😉 Since the new year, I’ve been back at work on a new 2-book series. I’m very excited about it, but I will forego teasing you until it’s closer to completion (I’m about 50k into the first book, first draft, so there are still sure to be some pretty big changes before the final version you will see!)

I did want to “warn” you that this year’s releases will be fewer and slower than last year. As some of you know, my husband is an active duty servicemember, and with his impending retirement after 20 years of service, we have some fairly massive life changes in store for us in the next few months, including a big move and all the fuss that goes with one.

Unfortunately from an writerly point of view, this is going to be fairly disruptive to my normal writing routine and to my release schedule. I have a firm goal of at least two new full-length novels being released this year, the soonest likely being in the spring (taking into account the amount of time it’s in my editor’s hands and any rewrites I may have to do) and the other planned for release no later than fall; anything beyond or between that will be a cherry on the sundae from my perspective.

From a readerly point of view, I understand how frustrating wondering about the next book can be, so I urge you to please sign up for my mailing list or follow this blog if you want to be sure not the miss the next new release when it comes out or any upcoming sales. (I only mention sales to my mailing list if they occur around the time of a new release, though; the list only receives an email at that time. I hate spam too!)

I deeply appreciate your patience and hope you will find it amply rewarded 🙂 I’ll try to do a better job of checking in here more often now that I’m back in the swing of things to let you know how the next book is progressing. Thanks again! I hope everybody is staying warm (or keeping cool, depending on what part of the world you’re in!)

Announcing the Conclusion of The Conquest of Kelemir!

The Beast of Lyntara, the sixth and final book in The Conquest of Kelemir series, is now available!

The Beast of Lyntara ebook cover The Merrick Gwyn brought back from death isn’t the same Merrick who died, and in the work of a necromancer, there are no second chances. Now the only hope of saving the world from the effects of his dark magic lies with the Raiders’ mysterious prisoner…if Gwyn, Graunt, and Dominic can keep this Merrick alive long enough to find her.

Meanwhile, Thane and Kesara find themselves facing life-changing news while trying to untangle the web of deceit the former High Lord left behind. Betrayal comes from an unexpected quarter, and they quickly find their future and all they’ve accomplished in a far more imminent peril.

Will life triumph over death, or will the world as they know it be forever lost to darkness?

Find it today at: Amazon ~ B&N ~ iBooks ~ Kobo ~ tolino

Broken Mirrors is On Sale!

For a very limited time, Broken Mirrors is just 99 cents (USD) at Amazon!

What good is a broken Mirror? That’s what Thane, Dread Lord of Eladria,Broken Mirrors 1 is about to find out when he finds one named Kesara working in his Keep. The impulsive decision of a moment binds the two together in ways neither fully understands…or trusts. With the outside world in turmoil, old alliances crumbling and a traitor in their midst, the only hope for a broken Mirror and her broken Lord to survive is each other.

Broken Mirrors remains one of my favorite books that I’ve written so far and is a nominee in the Fantasy/Sci-fi category of the 2014 Swirl Awards for interracial and multicultural romance. Check it out for yourself for less than the price of a cup of coffee, now through the end of Tuesday, September 29th, only on Amazon!

Forged in Spirit is Up for Preorder AND Good News for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers!

Forged in Spirit, book five of The Conquest of Kelemir series, is now available for Preorder!

FiS ebook coverThe High Lord of the Union is to be executed for treason in three days, and his appointed stand-in—Thane, Dread Lord of Eladria—is relieved to finally see the end of the matter…until a strange pair of trespassers from Lyntara end up in his custody and turn everything upside-down.

Suddenly dark secrets are coming to light, old loyalties are called into question, and new duties demand more of both Thane and his Mirror than either of them ever expected.

Forced to accept the word of a Lyntaran mage or risk the entire Union, they find themselves on the one battlefield they’re not ready for. Will they be able to stop the High Lord’s treachery from destroying them all, or will more than the High Lord’s mind be broken?

Preorder your copy here (official release date is September 25th): Amazon ~ B&N ~ iBooks ~ Kobo ~ tolino

And last but not least, good news for Kindle Unlimited subscribers! Broken Mirrors and Broken Lords are now both part of the KU library! Check them out today!

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More on Bound in Blood

I wasn’t very happy with the previous blurb I wrote for Bound in Blood, so I revised it to hopefully make it a little clearer what the story is actually about. This might be hard to believe, but I find those little blurbs a lot harder to write than the stories themselves. There’s just so much that needs to be condensed into a succinct little description!

I’ll be updating this shortly at my various sales channels, but for now, you can see it here first!

Whether regarded as man or monster, half-elven Dominic has always been alone. Sent by his lord on a journey to find the answers that Kelemir needs to survive the coming storm with Lyntara, Dominic finds not only his life, but his entire mission in jeopardy when a single mistake sends him hurtling off-course.

Now bound against his will to a reclusive necromancer with secrets of her own, he may no longer be alone but he’s also no longer free, and the bond they share can be a deadly one. Can he survive their bond and his journey, or will Kelemir’s last hope for standing against Lyntara die with him?

This story ends on a cliffhanger.

In a nutshell, this book is about Dominic’s attempt to cross Lyntara, gather information and hopefully obtain some answers/help from the High Lord of the Union on the other side of Lyntara’s border. It’s a last-ditch, shot-in-the-dark kind of effort for the Southern Province, one that his lord was understandably reluctant to even attempt due to its dismally low odds of success, and those odds just keep dropping when everything that can go wrong promptly does within an hour of Dominic setting foot on Lyntaran soil.

The book ends when his journey ends, so I’m being clear upfront that you won’t get all the answers or learn the final outcome of his mission in this book, hence the “cliffhanger warning.” Dominic’s journey gets its own book because it has important consequences for the rest of the series. I promise I didn’t do it this way to tease you!

If you’ve been following the series so far, I’d love to hear what you think. Are you looking forward to learning more about Dominic or did you hate his guts in Lord of War? : )