2014 – Bianca’s Year of the Paranormal and What’s Coming Up
Today I want to talk about my 2014 and how it’s become pretty much overwhelmed by paranormals. I didn’t start out intending to do it this way, but I did have a goal of finishing series. I had – still have, in fact – a lot of open-ended series. Things that I want to finish, but haven’t gotten back to yet. This year was supposed to be all about finishing a few things off.
I started the year out well enough, finishing off the print releases of all my Dragon Knights books, which were re-issued last year. The publisher, Samhain, does a funny thing with releasing the ebook first, then the print book almost a year later. Drives me nuts, but that’s what they do. So by March, we had all the print versions out, which felt good. However, that series is still ongoing, which means at some point, I need to write a new dragon book.
In February, MAGNUS released. This was a critical book for me. It’s the second book in the Redstone Clan miniseries and mixes vamps and weres, which has been a no-no in this world. I did a book like this once before – INFERNO – in which the hero is a vamp and the heroine a werewolf, and I wanted to pick up on that only in this book, the hero is a werecougar and the heroine is a vampire. It was a lot of fun to write and helped set up the rest of the miniseries – and in fact, the series as a whole.
I realized at this point that all of my paranormal series and miniseries are starting to converge in a big way. And I think this was the book that sort of set the stage for the rest of the year, though I really had no idea that would happen when I set out to write it.
In May there was some behind-the-scenes contract drama with KING’S THRONE, which led me to release the book myself. I hadn’t intended to do it that way, but I felt I was left with little choice but to go indie with it. I wrote the book with the idea of finishing the planned trilogy - CAT’S CRADLE, KING’S THRONE, & JACOB’S LADDER. If I’d gone with the publisher, KING’S THRONE wouldn’t have come out until sometime next year. This sped up the process and made me have to re-think my entire schedule. It also added and unexpected paranormal release to the year, contributing to the total takeover of my year by paranormals.
And last month, I released BOBCAT, the 4th of the Redstone Clan books. Another paranormal. To be honest, pushing to get all that out by this half-way point in the year has left me more than a little burnt out. *sigh* And where we go from here seems to be a little up in the air at the moment. One thing I do know is that I want to release JACOB’S LADDER and MATT – the final Redstone brother’s book – by the end of the year. I’m not entirely sure what else is going to happen because I’m coming up on a lot of travel for conferences and all the tumult that throws into my life.
So far this year then, we’ve had some dragon print books, a sci fi ebook release, and three paranormals. Not bad for six months, I’d say. What will the other half of the year hold? I’m thinking at least 2 more paranormals, some sci fi re-releases, and possibly a new sci fi release – KING OF STARS – that will help finish up another series. It’s an ambitious plan, but one I hope to live up to!
As for next year, I’m hoping I’ll have a bit more variety and be able to get back to some of my other series and either add new installments (Dragon Knights) or finish them. I don’t like having all these open projects hanging over my head, but I can only type just so fast! LOL! Thanks for your patience and I hope you’ll all keep reading!
Let me know what you want to see more of! Here’s your chance to comment and let me know which of my series you want me to tackle in 2015. Comment below and you’ll be entered for a chance to win an ebook copy of MAGNUS. I’ll announce all the winners from this week on Saturday, so you still have a chance to go back and enter the previous days’ drawings. Good luck!