I already made this announcement on my newsletter but now it’s official. I’m writing sequels to The Edge of Night and Caught in the Act for Penguin Random House’s Loveswept imprint!!
The news is a long time coming. The original books were released by Bantam Dell/Random House back in 2011 and 2012. Both feature secondary couples that readers asked me about over and over again. Eric Hernandez is my most requested character by far. I left him in a bad situation, and many readers were upset. I’d planned to write sequels for Eric and Meghan and Ian and Maria. Unfortunately my “border stories” didn’t sell well, so I put those ideas on the back burner.
At the time I considered self-publishing or going digital-only, but most of my readers are print readers, so it made better business sense to pursue traditional publishing contracts. I went on to write the Aftershock series and Riding Dirty for HQN.
For years I’ve been thinking about how to break out with a big hit, become a bestseller, etc etc. That’s been my goal all along. I mean, why not? I don’t write only for the love of writing. I want to be successful and make a decent living. Enough to keep writing at the very least. Looking back, I haven’t done a very good job at reaching a wider audience. I’ve focused more on originality and high concepts than big trends. My Dirty Eleven series is an attempt to marry my style/subgenre with a hot trend (motorcycle clubs).
The sequels for Loveswept are less about trends and more about delivering stories my readers have asked for. Eric and Meghan’s story, ON THE OUTSIDE, will be New Adult, rather than traditional romantic suspense, so that’s sort of trendy. I’m writing it in first person present tense with alternating POVs, and I love it. It felt right to try something different for this project. I’ll share an excerpt via my newsletter soon.
Ian and Maria’s story, CAUGHT OFF GUARD, will be romantic suspense in my usual style. It’s set in Mexico, with a Mexican heroine and an undercover agent hero. Not exactly trendy, but as I said, I’m not writing these stories because I think they will be bestsellers. I’m just doing it because I love the ideas, I love the characters, and I want to finish their stories…finally.
Thank you for your patience and support. I hope you enjoy these sequels after such a long wait!!
Stay tuned for news about Shooting Dirty, the next in my MC series. It features another secondary couple, because I clearly can’t stop writing those! I introduced Ace and Janelle in Badlands and revisited them in Riding Dirty. They’re so great together. <3