I hope you guys have all had a brilliant spring so far. Or, at least a spring that's better than last year was and as wonderful as can be had in this late-stage Covid-tide.
I just wanted to give you a few updates, since I know it's been a little while since I unloaded my everyday carry on you.
First up is an announcement about Thy Choicest Gifts. If you've been following along on my Facebook page, or on Instagram, you'll have seen that I've finished the last bits of edits for Thy Choicest Gifts. It's been a little bittersweet because I know that it means that it's almost time for me to let these amazing characters go, to hand them over to you guys. Which leads to the next part. My cover artist will be getting me the finished cover for Thy Choicest Gifts soon which means I'll get to reveal it to you guys soon! I can't wait for you to see it, so keep a look out for it. That also means that I'll be giving you guys a release date soon. I'll give you guys that with the cover! But, I promise it's soon. Before the end of the summer.
That brings me to the next announcement. Just as I wrapped up Thy Choicest Gifts, I was struck with another idea. I'm not gonna give you guys too much information on that other than to tell you guys to keep your eyes open for some fun facts soon about the characters of Jase Grimm and Harrison Eklund as they start their adventure in Armageddon Boys.
Next is the news about the first book in the Cryptid Chronicles series. It's really come a long way from where it was more than 11 years ago, when Aiden and Adelaide were just sparks of characters. They've developed into people who I love more now than I ever did when I started working on them - or rather started working with them. Aiden and Adelaide have always been some of my most headstrong and free minded characters and I admit, more than once, they completely derailed what I had planned for them. But it's been so amazing to watch them grow. I'll be getting the draft back from my AMAZING editor soon and then I'll be making some tweaks. There are a few people who will get first looks, but the plan is for the first book to be in your hands in early 2022! Which is approaching way too fast! This also means that the second book in the series is really progressing and I think I'll have a completed and polished first draft by the end of summer, which is just... way too weird to think about. The first book took more than a decade, the second book will be about three years. Maybe book three will be a year! I doubt it, but stranger things have happened, the first draft of Opportunity took just under three months, and the first draft of Thy Choicest Gifts was five months. So I guess it's possible. Also, I've got a title reveal for the first book in the Cryptid Chronicles coming down the pike for you this summer too, so keep your eyes open for that.
Finally, I've mentioned this a few times now, but I've started working with an incredible editor, Janel Baker, who is helping to make Cryptid Chronicles the best series it can be. Janel is so incredible to work with both taking the time to understand my own process as an author but also to help make sure that plot bunnies don't steal the story. Cryptids has been such an undertaking over the past years that I can't imagine releasing it without ensuring that it's the best it could ever be and Janel is devoting so much to making sure that that's the case. She also didn't shy away when I sent her my list of WIPs (twenty-one projects at present) which, let's be honest, is an intimidating number, even for me, and it's sometimes tough to keep everything straight. That's why I've ALWAYS got my Story Supply Co. pocket notebook on me. But digressing a bit, Janel is going to be a huge help making sure my books are the best possible books for a long time to come. She's even started helping arrange my notes on Armageddon Boys.
I hope you all have an incredible spring. I know I've got a fairly loaded spring and I'll keep you guys in the loop on what that means. Talk to you soon, friends!