Friday, April 4, 2014

Release Dates & Preorders

So after yesterday's post, if you didn't get the newsletter, you might be wondering what, exactly, are the release dates for 2014 (or maybe not, which is fine, but I'm gonna tell you anyway). If you didn't read yesterday's post and are confused about what's going on, well, here's what went out in the newsletter for those who don't subscribe:

I am so excited to finally get to share some news with y'all about this year's releases. This might not be the news you were expecting, but I explain it all in a blog post here. It comes down to this: For the best quality writing and story-telling and the best reading experience for you, I'll be finishing and releasing the last two books of each series in succession.

So, instead of getting the next part of The Book of Phoenix, and then Soul Savers 6, and continuing to alternate them, you'll be getting both parts of The Book of Phoenix back-to-back, and then you'll be getting both parts (6 & 7) of the Soul Savers back-to-back. In other words, no waiting forever for the last book!

As I explain in the blog post, exact dates aren't available for everything right now. As each release comes closer, I'll be sharing the dates and other exciting info, like preorders. All of my books will be available on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and other ereaders. On or around the release date, they will all be for sale on Amazon stores throughout the world, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, All Romance eReader and partners of these retailers. Paperbacks will also be available.

Here's what we know now:

The Space Beyond

Part Two of The Book of Phoenix

Release Date: May 19, 2014



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Hearts break. Souls shatter. Love lies in The Space Beyond.

As members of the Phoenix, Jeric and Leni are thrust into their new lives, expected to lead Earth’s Guardians. But Leni struggles with trusting her own soul, and Jeric is more concerned about keeping Leni safe than meeting others’ demands. When Darkness swarms Lake Haven, they embark on their first mission with little preparation and no idea which soul the Dark hunts.

Born and raised in Lake Haven, Bex hopes to escape her small-town life, ideally in the arms of her soul mate. She knows he exists, and her heart aches with the need to find him. When her long-lost mama calls to announce she's knockin' on death's door, Bex reluctantly makes the trip to see the uncaring bitch (bless her heart), only to be knocked off her feet by the sexy and charming Dr. Mason Hayes. Is he really The One?

Leni’s soul felt an instant connection to Bex, but if Bex found her soul mate, she isn’t their mission. So who is, and why does Leni instinctively feel drawn to her? Can Leni even trust her intuition? And will Jeric step up and lead when the time comes or continue to hold them back?

If they don't learn to trust themselves and each other quickly, Darkness will claim them all…along with the rest of Earth’s souls.

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The Space Within

Part Three of The Book of Phoenix

Release Date: July 2014*

Cover & Blurb Reveal: April/May 2014

Preorder info coming soon

*Part Three will be released within 6-8 weeks of Part Two.



Soul Savers Book 6

(yet to be titled)

Release Date: October or November 2014**

Cover Reveal: Late Summer/Early Fall 2014


Soul Savers Book 7

(title yet to be announced)

Release Date: December 2014 or January 2015**

Cover Reveal: Late Summer/Early Fall 2014

** Soul Savers #6 & #7 will be released within 4-6 weeks of each other.



Thursday, April 3, 2014

News You've Been Waiting For

What's going on with the Soul Savers Series and The Book of Phoenix series? When's the next book coming out? What have you been doing, Ms. Kristie? Everyone has been waiting for news, and here it is. Sort of.

Let me start by saying, late last year, as I was planning out the rest of The Book of Phoenix series and the Soul Savers Series, I realized I had a bit of a dilemma. Both series needed to have books out this year. Both series have only two more books left to complete them. And for both series, I didn't want readers to have to wait too long for the last book because the second-to-last ones end on cliffhangers. As in, if you think I've left you on cliffhangers before, you have NO IDEA what I'm capable of. Mwahahaha! And although that was my evil laugh, I honestly don't like to be too awfully evil. I didn't want to make you wait 8 months to a year to find out how everything ends, and that's what happens when I alternate between the series.

Soooo...what does this mean? It means The Space Beyond and The Space Within will be released back-to-back, and Soul Savers #6 and Soul Savers #7 (titles yet to be announced) will also be released back-to-back. The Book of Phoenix series will be completed first, and they'll release within 6-8 weeks of each other. Later this year, the Soul Savers Series will be completed, and they'll release within 4-6 weeks of each other.

Yes, this means you have to wait a while for Soul Savers #6. I know. That sucks. BUT, I want to make sure it and #7 are as fabulous as I can possibly make them so that the wait will be worth it. PLUS, you won't have to wait very long between 6 and 7. I hope that makes up for it. Please say that makes up for it.

And while you're waiting for those, you get to finish The Book of Phoenix series. I love this series and the characters in it so much. They go through so much real-life and paranormal heartbreak and mending. If you haven't started it yet with The Space Between, now's a good time to do so. After all, you won't be waiting long for the rest of the series.

So what are the release dates? Heh. Probably my most favorite and least favorite message from fans would be: "When's the next book coming out???? I'm dying!!!" It's my most favorite because I'm thrilled people are actually excited to read more of my writing. Seriously - I never expected such interest and support, and I'm just blown away by it all.

It's my least favorite for several reasons. First of all, I hope nobody is seriously dying to find out what happens next. That would make me very sad. Secondly, I feel like I'm answering the question constantly. People say, "I haven't seen anything anywhere about the next book, so..." and I feel like that's all I'm talking about to the point of thinking I sound like a robot on a stuck program. LOL

And, finally and most importantly, the reason I don't have anything official posted is because I don't know release dates until ... well, I know them. I hate giving a vague answer, but I've learned the hard way to not post a release date until I know for sure that it will be met. This not only means that I can meet my deadlines, but also that beta readers, cover designers, bloggers, editors, proofreaders, formatters, retailers, etc., are able to schedule everything. AND, we have to know we'll meet the release date even if life emergencies happen, which they do. So...I've learned to hold back on sharing specific dates until we know that, barring the zombie apocalypse, we'll be able to release on or very close to that date (I've been to known release early).

With all of that said...I do have release news! Newsletter subscribers get the specifics first, including preorder news, and that will be going out tonight, so if you haven't subscribed, here's the form. Otherwise, I'll be sharing the info here on the blog in the next few days.



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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Repossession From Curses, Fates & Soul Mates

Argh. Something happened to my blog posts last week, and this one almost didn't go up again. And I really loved this book and want to share it with you. Of course, I loved all of the books in the Curses, Fates & Soul Mates, but certainly don't want to leave this out. So, my post that was supposed to go up last week...



Curses, Fates & Soul Mates: 5 Paranormal New Adult Novels is no longer on sale, but for $5.99, it's still a steal. You get FIVE full-length novels, after all. That's barely more than a $1 each, compared to buying them individually, which would total $14.95! So if you haven't bought yours, what are you waiting for? They're all AMAZING stories. Get your copy at:

Amazon
Amazon UK
Kobo
IBooks

Barnes & Noble

For Teaser Tuesday today, I have an excerpt from Repossession by Rachael Wade, part of the CF&SM bundle.

Repossession


Book 1 in The Keepers Trilogy

*Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations, language, and mature subject matter* 

New Adult Science Fiction/Apocalyptic/Romance 

Skylla only knows that she has been kidnapped and held prisoner by the foreign invaders and their human allies. And that the world is ending. Or so the humans think. The invaders have made it clear that their arrival is one of hostile intent, and as their takeover spreads, so does the panic across the globe. No one knows how to defeat them, or if it’s even sane to try. 

Jet, Skylla’s human captor, is up for the challenge, though. A traitor in Skylla’s eyes, he is working with them. But Jet has his own agenda; one that doesn’t include babysitting Skylla or helping the enemies. And as the human race struggles to keep the invaders from achieving their goal, Jet and Skylla’s paths collide to reveal the truth behind Skylla’s abduction. 

The invaders are headed for the water. Jet is headed for the water. But that’s the last place Skylla wants to be. That’s where the future of humanity lies, and where the bridge to their yesterdays was burned. On a mission to take back what is rightfully theirs, Earth’s population is determined to make sure this isn’t the end. But some endings were never theirs to begin with.


Excerpt:

Rattling the cuffs on the bar over my head, I huffed against the duct tape and used all of my core body strength to twist and contort my upper body, trying every single angle and method I could come up with to break the damn cuffs.

No luck. If only I had more light to work with.

The one thing I had going for me was that I was freestanding; my feet were firmly planted on the soil below. I took advantage and tried spreading my legs to feel around, kicking my heel back to feel a wall or something I could use for leverage. There was nothing. Wiping my sweaty forehead with my shoulder, I inhaled deeply and started rethinking my strategy.

A loud clang came from somewhere in the room, and I froze. The sound of a sliding door? A latch of some sort? I couldn’t tell. Then steps came toward me and my fear spiked, and I was desperate for more light to see what was headed in my direction. I blinked frantically, my chest heaving, disorientation making me dizzy when the lantern on the table fizzed out.

The shuffle of footsteps resumed and something grabbed me by the waist. A garbled scream erupted deep in my throat and a light blinded me before the duct tape over my mouth was ripped off, stinging my lips. Rough fingers—human fingers, I thought—grazed my lips, slowly, as if to soothe them, before pulling the piece of cloth from my dry mouth.

“It’s okay, you’re okay. I’m not going to hurt you,” a low, smooth voice crooned. The light’s brightness lessened, and I realized it was from a flashlight. My captor pulled the flashlight farther away so it wasn’t blinding me anymore. I spit in his face.

“Guess I deserve that. But I could shove this filthy piece of cloth back in your mouth if you want me to.”

“Go to hell.”

“Look around. I’m already there.”

“Why am I here? What do you want? You’re one of them, aren’t you?”

“Yes, I’m a mutant alien creature here to take you aboard the Mother Ship. I’m packing heat,” he shifted a large machine gun in his other hand, which was strapped over his chest, “which must give it all away, right?”

Piercing blue eyes found mine. My eyes adjusted to the light and I could make out my captor’s face: pale skin, sooty-dark brown hair, a military buzz cut. His thick, muscular build was covered with a ratty, grime-covered black t-shirt and cargo pants, the pockets bulging with gear and other weapons I couldn’t make out.

“That’s not what I meant. I meant you’re one of them. A traitor.”

“I understand how it would seem I’m your enemy, since I’m holding you prisoner at the moment, yes. But I’m not a traitor.”

“Let me go.”

“No can do. I’m here to feed you.”

“Screw you.” I spit in his face again, then tried kicking him in the groin. Given the circumstances and the fact that I’d just lost my parents and my home, it was all too tempting to just give up. To let the despair sink me. But I wouldn’t let that happen. As long as I was still alive, I’d find something to live for. Maybe I didn’t have the mental energy to fight for my own life, but I sure as hell had enough fury to propel me forward in honor of the lives stolen from my parents.

He caught my thigh with ease and steadied it. “Anytime, baby. All you gotta do is ask nicely.”

“Great. Your kind is repulsive and arrogant. What an endearing combination.”

He grabbed my elbow and leaned in, one palm still gripping my thigh. “Hey. I said I’m not a traitor. Don’t start the ‘your kind’ crap, Rambo. Watch your mouth. I’m human, and I’m on the right side, you hear me?”

“Oh, you traitors are far from human, you asshole. Humans might be disloyal and greedy, but when it comes to picking our own species over another, we’re clear on where we stand with that one.”

“My, my. What a potty mouth you have. And what did I just say?”

I yanked my arm from his grasp. “Screw you.”

“If you want me to keep protecting you, you better start treating me just a little bit nicer.” He narrowed his eyes and pinched his fingers in front of me, emphasizing the little bit.


Protect me? Was he serious? Although my hands were bound above me, I was able to return his gesture with my personal favorite, the middle finger.