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!