Hello, my loves! So, I've been hinting at a super secret announcement, and I'm sure by now I've annoyed you all thoroughly. :)
I am so excited to say we’re finally ready to announce my big news. Drumroll, please....
I’m writing a new series!!!
Yep. You read that right! But there’s
something special about this series. For one, I’m returning to
self-publishing for this book. It’s something different, and I’m eager
to get it out into the world as soon as possible, so we decided it was
the perfect book to go Indie again!
For ages, I’ve been talking about wanting more New Adult paranormal and
fantasy books. And like a good little author, I continued working on my
contracted books, waiting patiently for that big breakout paranormal
book that would get the tide rolling and start the paranormal boom that I
so desperately wanted.
I waited and waited and waited, and then I got tired of waiting.
I’ve had one other similar experience in my life. In the summer of 2012,
I was dying for a book set in college that was light-hearted and funny.
I waited then too, but when impatience got the better of me, I decided
to write my own.
That was how LOSING IT came to be.
And now that I’ve lost my patience again, I’m excited to tell you that
in December 2014 (just a handful of months from now) I’ll be publishing
the first book in an NA Paranormal series called INSPIRE.
It all started one day when I was thinking
about art. If you’ve read my books, you’ll know that almost all of them
have some kind of focus on artistic pursuits. Acting. Music. Dance.
Creativity is one of the great loves of my life, and so it’s always
seemed natural to me to pair that with romance and books about figuring
out who you are. But the truth is… romance readers expect a happily ever
after. And more often than not, artistic pursuits do not end happily.
Either success is nowhere to be found or… success is not all it’s
cracked up to be. I began to think about famous artists and musicians
that are considered geniuses at their crafts, yet are perhaps even more
well known for the tragedy that their art brought them.
I thought of musicians that were lost too young to suicide. Artists who
withdrew too deeply into their imagination and lost touch with the real
world. I thought of the way you can’t go to the grocery store without
seeing some actor’s downfall splashed across the pages of magazines.
And I asked myself—who is to blame? Is it the artist who cannot live in
moderation? Or is creativity just a cruel mistress that destroys as many
people as it uplifts? Because these kind of tragedies are not unique to
our entertainment-focused society. In fact, stories of the tortured
artist go back as far as history.
And with that, slowly, a story began to take shape. Sprinkle in a bit of
history, a bit of fantasy, and a bit of forbidden love, and you have…
Kalliope lives with one purpose.
As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how
she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their
art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the
next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a
different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie
after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.
Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else
in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He
doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she
influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in
small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has
just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she
stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and
it never turns out well for the mortal.
Her presence may inspire genius.
But it breeds madness, too.
Well, now you all know my secret. And I’m so, so excited for you all to
meet Kalliope and Wilder in December! And I’m hugely excited to be going
back to Indie publishing. But as excited as I am, I’m also nervous. I
want so badly for this book to do well, because I love this story and I
love NA Paranormal. And I’m definitely going to need all the help I can
get. So please, if you have a friend that you think might be interested
in INSPIRE, tell them about this! If you’re a blogger, I’d love
for you to share the news on your social media pages. And when the time
comes for the cover reveal, I hope you’ll consider participating. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you can be the first to know about exciting announcements like this. You can even add INSPIRE on Goodreads! And as always, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - I absolutely adore hearing from you guys!