One LUCKY winner will be chosen on 10/3 (tomorrow).
For those who’ve been waiting and missed this announcement on my Facebook page. Here’s AWAKEN‘s cover!
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☆҉☆ MORE BKoD NEWS! ☆҉☆
I know you all have been waiting so here’s my announcement post about AWAKEN, the last book in the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series that I posted in my readers’ group last night.
I have good news and bad news. First, the bad news, AWAKEN’s release is being pushed back until mid August. I could possibly get it done earlier, but for now…that’s the date I’m going to set. I’m sure some of you will be frustrated and disappointed with the delay and I’m sorry for that, but I hope you’ll appreciate the effort behind it. I need more time to finish the book, since I had to take far more time away from my writing to prepare for this International move back to the US than I anticipated (I’m moving in 2 weeks, EEP!), but also because I put some major time and effort into researching images and back and forth edits to get things just right for the GOOD NEWS you see below.
Yes, I’ve redone all the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS covers. If that’s isn’t commitment to the series, and Ethan and Nara, I don’t know what is…’cause redoing six covers isn’t cheap, lemme tell ya! 🙂 I hope you all LOVE this redo of Ethan and Nara’s covers and that they make you even more excited for AWAKEN’s release later this summer. It’ll take a bit of time to get all the new covers switched out on the retailers in both eBook and the print versions, but you’ll start seeing them pop up in the next week.
I’m SO excited about these new covers!
PREORDERS for AWAKEN: I will be posting a preorder at iBooks, but that’s the only retailer who will get an early preorder date this far out. If you want to be informed of any other retailer’s preorder links as they go live OR just to be informed the day AWAKEN releases, then, please sign up for my newsletter if you’re not already on it. The link to my newsletter is listed at the top of this post.
Thank you all for your patience and dedication to Ethan and Nara’s story. I really, really appreciate it and you all so much!
** Major props go out to Najla Qamber Designs and her talented ninja cover making skills, and as ever to super skilled artist Keith Draws Cover Art for creating many of the symbols you see in these book covers, including the Corvus symbol, Ethan’s sword and his dragon tattoo.
I posted this on my Facebook page, which is where I’m the most active with my readers if you care to join us…
I wanted to address a couple of questions I’ve seen about DESIRE’s length. Yes, DESIRE is shorter. I stated that up front (on my FB page) when I was about to publish DESIRE. Please keep in mind that most Young Adult (YA) books are 60-80K words. My BKoD books have been long, running from 93-123K. That is VERY RARE in most YA or even NA (New Adult) books. I had no intention of DESIRE being more than a novella length (35K words max) when I first started it. As I’d initially planned it, DESIRE was supposed to be an aside to the main story, since it was going to be more about Nara and her family and Ethan and his family. But the story took on a life of its own, and before I knew it, DESIRE turned out to be almost 65K** and WAY more than an aside story. I added so much more to the development of Ethan and Nara in DESIRE, things that fundamentally tie back into the main story arc. **As a FYI, 65K is considered novel length by industry standards.
In a follow up question on the thread, I posted this about book 5.
Here’s the long answer about book 5. I don’t plan to write another honking doorstop book like DESTINY. 128K is too long and becomes unwieldy to edit and dangerous in Microsoft Word, due to instability issues with files larger than 120K. I know, I had it happen with my book A TASTE FOR CONTROL years ago; ATFC’s file data got corrupted and it was a nightmare to fix. I would’ve split DESTINY if I could’ve found a natural place to split it, but I couldn’t, so I left the length.
If book 5 turns out to be 110-120K, I can deal with that length. But if book 5 is going to run over 130K I will consider splitting the book into two parts, and instead of one more book, the last “book” will come out in parts I and II. There’s a lot of story left to tell…so we shall see. 🙂
As for more books…after that. I’ll see how things pan out after this last leg of Ethan and Nara’s journey.
Thank you all for loving ETHAN and NARA, for cheering for them and telling others about their epic journey. I hope you’ll continue on their path with them.