Hello friends! I want to talk about my news and my upcoming books. But before I move forward, I’d like to take a look back and reflect on where I’ve been.
I’ve been published since June 2008. My first book was a Silhouette Romantic Suspense, bought by Stacy Boyd, my current editor at Harlequin. I think my advance was $3,500, and it earned out within the first year. Earning out is good. It means the book made enough of a profit that I get a little extra in royalties.
My second book was published by Bantam Dell. I published four full-length romantic suspense novels with them. The first earned out after five years. The others have not. THE EDGE OF NIGHT and CAUGHT IN THE ACT, my San Diego “border issues” books, sold poorly. I wasn’t offered another contract with Bantam Dell.
Many readers have asked me about sequels to those books. I’ve put the projects on hold for now. I’d like to revisit the Eric/Meghan and Ian/Maria storylines in the future, when (if) I’m in a better position to do so.
For the past few years I’ve written exclusively for Harlequin and HQN. With the Aftershock series, I’ve had the opportunity to write connected books with recurring characters. It’s been the most rewarding experience of my career so far. I loved bringing those stories to life and continuing with new characters. ISLAND PERIL and BACKWOODS are coming soon!
AFTERSHOCK has sold enough copies to earn out and I’m very proud of that (thanks readers!!). Even so, I can’t call the series a breakout hit, which is what I’ve been aiming for. I work hard and I want to be more successful. The question is, how?
Do I need to write better books? Write faster? Get off twitter? Change genres? Go digital-only? Self-publish?
I’ve been thinking about all of this for months, and I decided that I can’t wait for my sales to improve by magic. I’d be thrilled if my next novel caught fire. Believe me, I’m a fan of staying the course. I can stay the course like a mofo. But doing the same action and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Isn’t it?
In the interest of diversifying, I came up with an idea for a novel I can’t wait to write. It’s erotic suspense with a motorcycle club hero and a psychologist heroine. The setting will be the Southern California desert/inland area. I’m excited to try something different, a bit edgier, and a lot dirtier. Ahem.
I’ll share the details when I can. This title should be digital-only, like ISLAND PERIL, which will keep the price down and hopefully entice new readers.
In the meantime, I have other good news! HQN offered me a contract for two more action/adventure novels, and I accepted. The first book is almost finished. It’s called WILD, and I love it. The second will be SALTLANDS (Ace & Janelle).
Both of these titles are part of the Aftershock series. WILD is set during the same event (major earthquake) at the “San Diego Wildlife Park.” Chaos ensues, naturally. Rowr. My plan is to write the motorcycle club book next, and then SALTLANDS. The two titles will be connected. If you recall, Ace is involved with some shady criminals. Why not a shady motorcycle club?
So there it is. All the news, in one large spew! I love my readers and I appreciate your continued support so very much.