I have some awkward news. I thought about keeping it to myself but I decided to just come out with it. I’m sure there are other authors in similar situations, and knowing they’re not alone might be comforting. So here’s the deal: HQN will not be publishing Wild. They pulled it from the schedule and cancelled my next few projects.
Riding Dirty will be released on Oct 1 in digital, as planned.
The good news is that Wild is fully edited and ready to go. I’m having a cover made and a friend is helping me with self-publishing. The bad news is that you probably won’t find it on the shelf at your local bookstore. I think I can arrange for print-on-demand copies through online booksellers. I’d love to see these at libraries, so I hope that’s an option as well.
The reason for the cancellation was lack of pre-orders from bookstores. My sales overall have not been as strong as they need to be. This is the reality of the industry and it’s similar to what happened with my previous publisher. I don’t want to give the impression that I’ve been wronged in any way. My publishers have done a lot of things to help me. I was excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine–twice. I have lovely cover quotes from Cindy Gerard, Stephanie Tyler and Maya Banks. I got bundled with Suzanne Brockmann in Passion & Peril. “Island Peril” was offered as a promotional freebie. I’ve worked with wonderful editors. I just haven’t been a runaway success.
It happens. This is a tough biz. But I’m a tough girl, and I’ll be fine.
Okay, so what’s next? I’m doing a big promo blitz for Riding Dirty in late Sept/early Oct. There will be dirty guest posts and excerpts galore. I’ve been told that the book will be on NetGalley, so fingers crossed for that. Please request and review! And preorder! This is a smokinhot 80k novel for only $3.
I’ll keep you posted on a new cover, blurb and release date for Wild. Right now I’m writing a tie-in novella called “Wild for Him.” All good things.
Thank you so much for your support.