I’m sorry it’s been so long since I updated, but I wanted to wait until I knew more details before making any kind of announcement.
Let’s start with what you’re probably wondering about first: the status of Carry You With Me, the sequel to Carry Your Heart. Long story short, after CYH came out in July, I sort of hit a wall. I was about 75% done with the sequel and I felt myself really starting to burn out on the story and the characters. I’m not quite sure why; it probably had something to do with the stress of releasing the first book and also the fact that I’d spent so much time with the characters and story already, but I was kind of driving myself crazy. Okay, fine, I was driving myself crazy.
So, I took a step back from writing the sequel to give myself a break and to really figure out what direction I wanted to take the rest of the story in. I didn’t want to just force it to have something to release in September, you know? I love these characters too much to do that to them, but I needed a break, so I started spending time with some new characters (which I’ll talk about in a little bit).
I used that time to evaluate where Caleb and Isabelle needed to go as well as where I wanted them to end up, and in doing that, I decided to take the two stories I’d initially planned and combine them into one. So, just to clarify, I’m writing just one sequel to Carry Your Heart, but the sequel will still cover the ground I’d planned on covering with both books.
When I really stepped back and took a look at both outlines, I just didn’t see a need for two more books. Honestly, I’m really not a fan of when authors stretch out storylines and practically beat characters to death all for the sake of having a series and I didn’t want to be one of those authors. I’d rather tell the story I want to tell and do justice to their story without them overstaying their welcome or overextending where their story needs to go.
That being said, reworking my two outlines into one is taking some time. Some things will stay the same, some will inevitably wind up being thrown out, and others will have to be reshaped completely. Like I mentioned before, I want to make sure this final installment does justice to the characters and that I end their story the right way. I’m really excited about the direction Caleb and Isabelle going in and I really hope the rest of their story is as unexpected and satisfying for you as it’s been for me.
I can’t say for sure yet when Carry You Home (this is the title I’m going with) will be ready for publishing, but I can tell you that I’m already about 40% of the way through. As soon as I’m finished with what I’m working on now, Carry You Home will be my main priority. The good news though is that you’ll get the whole rest of the story at once instead of having to wait around for a third book. That’s a consolation for the wait, right? Right??
Now, on to my last piece of news….I have a new book, Finding Emma, coming out October 20! When I took my little mental break from Caleb and Isabelle, I still needed to write and this new one just sort of wrote itself. Given where am I in my life and the recent changes to it, this one hits close to home for me in a lot of ways I didn’t expect until I wrote it. It’s very personal and feels more authentic to who I am as a writer and a person than anything I’ve ever written. I know a declaration like that should make me terrified to share this with you, since it’s me, unapologetically, but I’m actually more excited to share this with you because it’s so personal, if that makes any sense.
It’s a standalone and the main characters as 26 and 29, respectively, which puts this one in the contemporary romance category–something that’s been a fun change for me to explore.
Here are some dates for you to keep an eye on:
Monday, September 14–Cover reveal and pre-order available for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords
Tuesday, October 20–Finding Emma release and book blitz!
Monday, October 26-Friday, 30–Blog tour sponsored by Indie Sage Promotions.
If you’re a blogger and would like to participate in the cover reveal, book blitz, and/or blog tour, you can find the sign-up info here: Click me.
I’m also going to start up #TeaserTuesday and #TeaserThursday again with the prologue and some character info going up this Thursday.
You can add Finding Emma to Goodreads here.
And, last but least, how about the blurb, huh?
For the last year, Emma Owens has been quietly detached from everything and everyone in her life. Work. Netflix. Eat. Blog. Sleep. Repeat. In perfecting the art of keeping people at arm’s length and desperate to escape the demons that chased her out of her hometown, she’s learned that life here in Milwaukee is just less complicated and less tragic when it’s a one-woman show.
In the span of one week, everything about her carefully orchestrated solitude comes crashing down. Then again, she can’t really ignore the scratching coming from her patio door or the hungry, pleading grey eyes reflecting in the moonlight. Those four little white paws and that tiger-striped fur thaws some of the ice keeping her heart on lockdown and she’s attached before she knows what hits her. Emma doesn’t have any better luck ignoring another pair of eyes, and her new neighbor, Finn Matthews, with his shy persistence and a scarred past of his own, slowly chips away at the rest of that ice trapping Emma in her insecurities and her loneliness.
That week, Emma finds herself hoping for something she never thought she’d ever want or need again–a real connection. Taking a chance on her new roommate and her next-door neighbor opens a door she’d previously slammed shut: the door to a new lease on life and the right to forgive, to fight back, and to heal.
And the craziest part about it?
It all started with a stray cat.
She was lost…and he found her.
**Finding Emma is a full-length, standalone contemporary romance. Due to language and some sexual situations, this book is not intended for readers under 18**