Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What's Up With Me: 2017 Edition

Welcome to March 2017. I can't believe we're already into the third month of the new year. Time really flies when you're busy - let me tell you! 

For this edition of What's Up With Me, I'll be talking about the newly released State of Allegiance, the upcoming State of Hope, the entire Collapse universe, and what else I'll be up to in 2017. 

First off, I want to say THANK YOU for a massively successful launch for State of Allegiance, Collapse #9. It's doing wonderfully, and I have so many faithful and amazing readers to thank for that. I appreciate your fan mail and your reviews more than I can possibly express in words alone (and that's coming from a writer!). Allegiance has been a work in progress since July of 2016, and I surprised myself by being able to publish it so soon after going through a move and getting married in the Fall of 2016. I love it when I totally accidentally overachieve. *wink* 

Second, YES. I am working on State of Hope right now! It's one of the most emotional projects I've ever worked on, since it will bring many character arcs to a finale. Not ALL, but MOST. Here's what I can tell you about the 10th installment: it will be the longest book I've ever published. It will consist of two "parts," giving me a chance to do what's right by these incredible characters that you've allowed me to share with you and flesh out their endings appropriately. Hope will tentatively release in June 2017. I'll have an exact date for you later this year. The novel will also include bonus features, a special note from the author (yours truly, babes), and a final surprise that should make everyone quite happy. And that's all I can say about State of Hope for the moment! 

What else am I working on in 2017? I'm planning and plotting other stories, as well, because that's what I do best, apparently. I've got lots of research underway, and I can promise that my newest project - a standalone novel set to release in Fall 2017 - will be an interesting and adventurous story that will surprise EVERYONE (except for my husband - he knows everything that goes on at Writing Belle Publishing.). I can't WAIT to start working on the cover art for this novel - it's going to knock your socks off! 

Kona at 7 weeks. She's now almost 9 weeks and already 16 pounds!
In other news, 2017 has been busy for me, personally. Along with writing and managing WB Pub, I've been adjusting to "married life" (which is awesomesauce, by the way!). I also just adopted a German Shepherd puppy, whom I appropriately named Kona, because her coat coloring reminds me of the Kona Coffee my husband and I tracked down on our honeymoon in Hawaii (also in Kona!). She's a handful, but a sweet little blessing. She keeps me company while I work in the office all day. I'll be training her extensively as the months pass. And if you're thinking that I'm living out my Bravo: Apocalypse Mission fantasy with this dog...well, you'd be absolutely right. 

I'm excited to do some traveling this year, finding a new home to buy or build for my tiny family - which currently consists of one husband, one dog, and one frazzled writer (me) - and creating some incredible stories for my readers at home and around the world. 

Side Note: I am planning on being at Zappcon 2017 in Fresno, California this year. So, if you live in the California area and want to meet me, or have me autograph some books...this is the FIRST time I will ever be available to do so. This is a huge deal - I'm a very private person, and this is the first public appearance I'm set to make (Generally, Zappcon happens in October, so mark your calendars!). 

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