It may seem strange to some people that I've suddenly decided to self-publish a book even though I've now got a publisher. And maybe it is a strange thing to be doing, but to me it's something I need to do. For the sake of my own sanity.
At the time of writing this I have absolutely no idea when my next book with Harper Impulse is due out. I haven't even started doing revisions on it yet so we're probably talking a few months, at least, before my next release through them is published. And I know I already have one book out with Harper Impulse (The First Christmas Without You) but that's a Christmas book, and, to be quite honest, if people really want to buy a Christmas book in the Spring they're going to buy it regardless of how much promoting I do.
I need to be turning my attention to something else for a little while, and yes, I'm currently almost three-quarters of the way through the final installment of the Striker trilogy, but that's coming along really well and I have time to put that to one side for a short while and concentrate on this self-published bonus project.
Remember at the back end of 2013 I wrote a full-length novel in just six weeks, concerning a sexy Sheriff and a small town full of secrets? Well, I've been sitting on that finished book for a couple of months now, wondering just what to do with it - do I hang on to it and see whether it's worth submitting it? Do I push it to one side and forget about it? Or do I just get it out there? So, after thinking long and hard about this, and changing my mind on more than one occasion because I didn't - and I still don't - know if it's the right thing to do, I've decided to just bite the bullet and get it out there! It never was written with the intention of submitting. It was written because, at the time, I needed a distraction. I'd just had "the call" from Charlotte over at Harper Impulse, but it was still something I had to keep to myself, so, to distract me and keep me occupied I wrote this book. It also helped that I'd just started watching 'Justified', and the ever-gorgeous Timothy Olyphant's character of Raylan Givens had given me more inspiration than I could cope with, so that book just flowed out of me! And I'm really quite proud of it. Is it good enough to be submitted? Hell, yes! Of course it is! So why aren't I submitting it, then? Good question. I don't know. I guess I'm just impatient. I want it out there now, and the only way I can do that is to publish it myself. Because I need another distraction. Not because there are any more secrets I have to keep, but because I need a project to concentrate on while I wait for work on my next Harper Impulse release to start.
|Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in 'Justified' - pure inspiration...|
So, I've just started the final round of editing on 'Unbreakable'. A story of two people, from two completely different worlds, and a town full of secrets that threaten to tear them apart. It's a love story, and it's another HOT love story with a good dose of sex and a hot and handsome hero to fall in love with.
Want to check out the first chapter? Go on, then. I'll let you have a sneaky peek...
So there it is. Chapter One of 'Unbreakable'. Coming soon to a virtual bookshelf near you!
Am I still sure I'm doing the right thing self-publishing this? No, I'm not. But I need to do something because, after spending years as an indie author, I'm so used to writing and then releasing books in fairly quick succession. Writing is my life. It's what I spend all day almost every day doing, and I never switch off. So I'm writing quicker than I could possibly publish at the minute and what I don't want to end up with is a backlog of books hanging around on my hard drive doing nothing. So I'm self-publishing this one, and while I'm doing that I'm looking forward to getting another release through Harper Impulse out there, too. And as soon as I have any word on when that's happening I'll let you know. Watch this space...
In the meantime, though, I'll be keeping you up-to-date on how progress with 'Unbreakable' is coming along, and letting you know when that will finally be released. But it will definitely be before the end of March, that I can guarantee.
Right then. I'd better get back to that final edit. It's so good to be back with my sexy, maverick Sheriff. I've been missing him...