And Now for Something Completely Different

And Now for Something Completely Different

While some of you in the know might be worried I might break out into Monty Python based on the title, I promise I won’t. I have a specific reason for choosing that title, one we’ll get to in a bit. There are actually several items I want to cover today, so let’s dive in.

The first is an update on No Cause to Repine, the series of Novellas I have been putting out. The final volume, Quitting the Sphere, is with the editor, and is scheduled for release on January 21, which is two weeks from Thursday. I hope you all enjoy the conclusion to the series. The cover is ready, and if you scroll down to the end of this post, you’ll see it.

As I’ve been writing this, I’ve learned a few things, not everything good, and I thought I’d share a few thoughts with you. There are definite drawbacks to writing a series of novellas, not the least of which seems to be that everyone thinks it’s a money grab. I’ve already explained my motivations for doing it the way I did, so I won’t rehash that. Let’s just say I suspect I might have done better from a money perspective if I’d released it as a single novel.

Will I ever do another series of novellas? I’m not sure, though I’m leaning against. Then again, I have another set I’ve mentioned here before that has a specific reason for being separated into several smaller chunks. That one, unfortunate, has not gotten off the ground from an outlining perspective, so we’ll see. Other than that, I’ll likely stick to my past pattern of single stories, perhaps series if they’re longer.

For those who have not purchased the first three installments of No Cause to Repine and are not reading on Kindle Unlimited, I will be releasing both paperback and eBook versions of the entire series. They will be a little delayed, for an unavoidable reason listed below. If you prefer to purchase them all at once, hold off until I release the full set, which is likely coming in February. More details to follow when I confirm my schedule.

As readers of this blog might remember, I went in for a procedure on one of my eyes early last year, which put me out of commission for a while. I need to have the second one done two weeks from now. It’s not really a big deal, but my recovery instructions are basically that I can’t have anything to do with computers, books, or TVs during the week after, and then I need to take it easy thereafter. I’ll likely spend my time trying to organizing my desk and doing a few things about the house I’ve been putting off for a while. Hopefully it will be worth it.

The final thing I wanted to discuss today is what prompted the title of the post. For my next offering I will be taking you to places that I personally have never seen a P&P go before. I won’t say it’s never been done, just that I haven’t seen it. There is a lot more adventure, and the story will take us outside England where our heroes will need all their fortitude to attain their happy ending.

Fear not, for as always, a happy ending lurks in the background. It will just take us a bit of time to get there. This will be a two book set, entitled Bonds of Life, with the volumes titled Bonds of Friendship and Bonds of Love. I would like to thank our very own J.W. Garrett once again for suggesting the plot to me and pushing me to get it done. As I have informed her, this work has forced me to grow, and it has been a bit of a struggle from time to time, as the glacial pace of the writing can attest. The first book is now finished, and should be published in February!

The second book is still a work in progress. At present I do not have an estimate for the publication date, but I hope it will be within the next several months. Never fear, the book is all outlined and ready to go. However, I have to be cautious about what I promise, as the writing of the first book was often slower than my usual pace. I will post updates from time to time on this blog. One thing of which I will warn you all: the first book ends on a rather large cliffhanger. If you don’t want to wait and wonder what happens, you may wish to hold off until both books are complete.

Finally, I wanted to talk about my future and the direction I plan to go. As most of you know, I’m pretty prolific in turning out P&P adaptations, and I love the genre, as there is so much that can be done with it. I’m sure I haven’t even scratched the surface. At the same time, there are other things I’d like to do. My bio talks about my love of fantasy, and I hope to begin putting out more conventional historical fiction too. I’ve even had discussions about writing a children’s book or two. As a result, I’ve decided to begin scaling back my P&P activities just a bit. You’ll still see several releases in the genre from me every year, but I really want to start widening my horizons.

Call it a New Year’s Resolution if you will, though I usually don’t make specific resolutions. I hope some of you will follow me on some of these journeys I plan to take!

 

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Molly
Molly
January 18, 2021 6:01 PM

I don’t see that expanding your writing horizons as a bad thing since I highly enjoy your works, and as a fantasy-genre lover (my first love of books was built upon it) I will look forward with great anticipation to those future endeavours! As I’m posting this about the time you’re due for surgery I will hope that all goes well, your recovery is easy and without complications (and that you get some of that housework done too!), and that you do actually take time to “take it easy.” A (belated) happy new year, and best wishes in all!

darcybennett
January 14, 2021 6:31 PM

Congrats on the release!

carylkane
carylkane
January 6, 2021 8:21 PM

Congratulations on your new lrelease!

J. W. Garrett
J. W. Garrett
January 6, 2021 12:40 PM

I love that cover. Great choice. I hope all goes well with your procedure. Blessings on the completion of all your projects. And, once again, thank you for taking a mere suggestion and creating magic. Stay safe and healthy and I wish you all the best in 2021.

buturot
January 6, 2021 11:57 AM

Congratulations!. Love the soothing cover…Looking forward to reading the series.
Hoping for your smooth andquick recovery.

Ginna
Ginna
January 6, 2021 10:46 AM

Will you be continuing “The Bennet Saga” ?

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
January 6, 2021 9:29 AM

Congrats! Good luck with your procedure. I just finished In The Wilds of Derbyshire and it was very good! Can’t wait to read your new set of books!

Eva E
January 6, 2021 9:23 AM

The cover of your new release is so calming and stunning. Thanks for letting us know about the upcoming book with the cliffhanger. I shall definitely wait until both books are published! Best wishes for your procedure and recovery.

Mirta Ines Trupp
AuAu
January 6, 2021 8:53 AM

Love the cover! Congratulations and best wishes!

Regina Jeffers
Admin
January 6, 2021 7:53 AM

Congrats on the new release — wishing it much success.

Gianna Thomas
AuAu
January 6, 2021 7:44 AM

Looking forward to reading all the series, Jann. And I especially look forward to the cliffhanger in your new one. I love cliffhangers. Hope everything goes well with the procedure. 🙂

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