In Which I Break Your Heart Just a Little....

I have some bad news. Like, really, really bad news.

And you might not be very happy with me after you read it.

Ah! I can't even tell you... because mostly I don't want to.  I'm too nervous!!!!

But here's the thing. I went over my upcoming release dates and the next few weeks are insane for me. When you add everything I'm working on, on top of Love and Decay, I have like five releases coming out in the next three weeks.

That's a lot.

And I'm not even referring to my own work load. Yes, I'm writing like crazy, but it's my full time job. I'm supposed to write like crazy.

Normally it wouldn't bother me. I'm not exactly the best at publicizing a book or a release. In fact, the truth is, I'm TERRIBLE at it.

And whilst I tell myself daily, that today is the day I get better. Today is the day I sign up for that blog tour or cover reveal or what have you.... I never follow through.

And so I release books and just kind of hope that you guys find them.

The last six months I have made a real effort to keep my activity in social media strong. And it might be obnoxious to you, but there is definitely a correlation to my sales and my online presence.

Anyway, that is an entirely different blog.

So each book is written until the very last minute, then edited, then immediately published. It's how I work. It's how I will always work, and honestly, it's how I want to work.

Truthfully, I'm better at writing if I write it in big chunks and stay involved in the story constantly.

And I have zero patience. I want you to get the book as soon as it's ready. I don't need to hold onto it for any reason. I just want it out in the world.

With the exception of Striking.

Because I co-wrote that book, I have had the amazing opportunity to work with Lila Felix and all her marketing techniques. She is INFINITELY better at this whole thing than I am.

With her, I did my first cover reveal, my first real set of ARCs and there are even daily promo pics floating around.

I feel like an actual professional. It's kind of fantastic.

This book is really, really good. I'm so proud of what we created together. And I'm so excited for you all to read it.

But here's the thing. We are releasing this book September 1st. Which is next Sunday. And we've worked really, really hard to make sure that release is a big success.

The Relentless Warrior is supposed to be out this Wednesday- which my cover artist is still working on it, so it was going to be late anyway- and then Sunburst is coming out September 15th.

Plus, I'm working in the Love and Decays.

And while this is all possible, with the exception of TRW being a few days late because of logistics, I started to think over the weekend that not matter what I am capable of doing, there are some things I shouldn't do.

Like release three major books within weeks of each other and expect them all to do well. While I trust you all to pick up the copy you are most excited about, I'm worried that Striking will get buried under the other two books.

First, let me say that this is in NO WAY a marketing ploy for me to force you to buy Striking. Honestly, not in any way is that my intention here.

Do I want you to buy it?? Absolutely. It's a beautiful, complex love story and it's contemporary which I'm falling more and more in love with daily.

But this is not a sales tactic. This is me being a responsible adult. And over the weekend I realized the mistake I made by lumping my release dates so close together.

I have a responsibility to Lila and the book we wrote together to show it some respect. Besides, I love it. Even though it's co-written, it's still one of my literary children and a big chunk of my soul.

And by surrounding it with installments of other series, I'm not respecting the book at all. And I'm not respecting Lila and the hard work we put into the book.

So. All that to say, I am pushing the release of The Relentless Warrior.

I want to give Striking every chance I can. That is where my decision is stemming from.

Ok, throw your virtual tomatoes. :)

Don't worry!!! I'm only pushing it a few weeks. Depending on how the next few weeks go, I plan to release it right around the same time as Sunburst. (I don't have to respect my own releases after all.)

So, Sunburst comes out on the fifteenth and The Relentless Warrior will come out really close to then. I'm not sure if it will come out before or after. But probably within days.

So it's not much longer to wait, but it will not be this Wednesday.

I apologize to you and your hopes and dreams that are so excited to read Jericho's story. But I have to do what's right. And because I'm working with someone else for Striking, I want to give Lila all the respect she deserves and the attention her hard work deserves.

I hope you understand!!

Thanks for hanging in there. I just cannot tell you much I love all of you to bits and pieces!!!! You make this worth it and you make me want to release all these crazy books. Thank you for all your support!!!!


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  1. Lol, I didn't even know that The Relentless Warrior was even supposed to release this week.. Apparently, I suck at being keeping up. I just get excited when I see "so and so" is up on Amazon! And then I do my happy jig :). I am excited for all of your upcoming releases, including Striking. And we all want you to keep doing what you do best, even if it means waiting a little bit. All of your fans support you 100%.

  2. Yes so naturally I am disappointed that The Relentless Warrior is not releasing tomorrow... But it now gives me a chance to zoom over the whole series again and refresh my memory... Its actually a good thing... And besides we cant throw virtual tomatoes at you! We love you too much... Every single book of yours deserve a spot light, so I don't think anyone will blame you! As I believe... All good things comes to those who wait! You need to relax girl... Sit back and take 20... you deserve it!

  3. Thanks so much for the update Rachel. I was starting to wonder if I had missed the release of The Relentless Warrior!! Thankfully I am too busy at the moment to catch up on reading but that is one book I'm still hanging out for. Take all the time in the world; you have enough books out in the universe to keep people entertained. Besides, supermom's can only do so much. Good luck with all your other release too.