I mean... if you get my newsletter, follow me on Facebook or Instagram, or have looked at any other page on this site, you already know. But now it's BLOG OFFICIAL, MAN.
And between you and me (because hey, you're one of few who makes it this far), I couldn't be happier. The Immortal Soulless series tells a story that's close to my heart on a lot of levels, but that doesn't mean it's always an easy one to tell. I had to fight hard to make Temptation what it is, and I'm damn proud of the results.
^ These results, specifically. My goal is to become a better author with every book I write, and I don't release anything until I believe it's the best story I can make it. Knowing other people are having fun with it is an amazing reward.
I know, I'm terrible about updating here. The good news is that that's because I don't like spending my mental energy on promotion and marketing when I could be using it for writing (and thanks to various health issues, that energy is quite limited). The bad news is that it means that while newsletter subscribers and members of my facebook group (look up The Grotto Library if you're interested) get all of the latest news, this blog and my website in general suffer.
Thank goodness I have readers who help spread the word about these things, right?
Anyway, here's the cover reveal for Temptation (Immortal Soulless Book Five). It will be available in ebook by November 26 and in paperback as soon as I can manage it after that. I can't wait for you to meet these new characters and see what Aviva's been up to!
Things have been far too quiet since Aviva foiled Viktor’s plans to rise to power as high elder of Maelstrom. She’s certain he won’t give up so easily, but has no proof, no connections, and no hope of survival if she dares to stir up trouble again.
Aviva’s temporary peace is destroyed when an unfamiliar vampire attempts to assassinate her. She suspects Viktor is behind it, but there’s no help for her among the clan’s higher-ups; Miranda can’t afford to get her hands dirty when Aviva herself is being investigated for murder. As the situation spirals out of control Aviva instead seeks help from a strange group of vampires who exist at the very edges of clan society.
It’s hard to know whether she can trust them, and harder still to know what to make of the powerful being she meets among them who claims to be an angel—or possibly a demon. Aviva will have to choose her allies wisely if she wants to save herself and her clan from an enemy that’s larger and more dangerous than she ever imagined.
There's a book coming. It's awesome.
Problem is, I still can't pin down exactly when it's coming for those who are asking.
The answer as of right now is "soon." Immortal Soulless: Covenant is back from my brand spankin' new editor (who is amazing, so big thanks to my lovely former editor for putting me in touch with her). Everything looks great, it's with beta readers now who are checking it over for typos and whoopsies and other adorable-sounding errors. Cover art is in progress as we speak.
But here's the thing.
I'm drafting book five now (working title: Temptation), and it's great. It's exciting. So much is happening, and there are going to be a lot of surprises for readers.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how generous I'm being with my muse at any given moment), there have been a lot of surprises for the author, as well.
The first came at the end of Covenant. There was an event that happened (and that's as close as we're going to get to a spoiler). It seemed inevitable when I was writing it, though I hadn't planned it and didn't see it coming until I was elbows-deep in the scene. It's a solid event, and I was excited about it. But the thing is that any event in a story should have consequences. If it doesn't, what's the point of keeping it in there?
And this one changes my ideas about certain aspects of the story moving forward.
See where I'm going with this?
I have powers as an author. PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS, if you will. I can change things. I can go back and fix set-ups so the payoff makes sense. And right now I'm trying to use those powers to make sure that the story that ends up in your hands, all the way to the seventh and final book, is as smooth and thrilling a ride as I can offer you.
So while Covenant is in phenomenal shape right now, I still might need to make some changes so that the series climax goes off like dynamite instead of it looking like me scrambling to make up for my own previous blind spots. There's no way I'm ever going to offer my readers less than my best, and my best will be worth waiting for.
What does that mean in practical terms? It means that I need to haul ass to finish this draft of Temptation and nail down my plan for books 6 and 7 before I make final changes to then end of Covenant and send it for proofreading. It means an extra layer of work for me to make sure everything is polished and shiny for you. It means that the book as-is would have been ready to go by the end of May, but it will likely be the end of June or early July before it's ready to knock your socks off.
Not a huge difference in the grand scheme of things. And the final books in the series should come a lot more quickly once this is all sorted out*. And I'll have a cover reveal (and maaaybe pre-orders) ready for you soon.
Thank you to everyone who has been purchasing, reading, reviewing, and recommending the series. I'm excited to share the rest of Aviva's story with you!
*For anyone wondering about the gap between Atonement and Covenant: I was working on a project under my other name. I have regrets. Let's not talk about it.
COMING NOVEMBER 7
Among the dregs of vampire society, there’s no safety in numbers.
It’s been a year since the vampires of Maelstrom threw Aviva to the wolves. When her next assignment arrives, it’s clear that her elders haven’t forgiven her past sins. She’s to take a position watching over the clan’s weakest members: the old vampires who can’t be trusted to keep the supernatural world’s secrets. Locked away in a crumbling home by the ocean, they exist in isolation, nearly forgotten by the world. It’s a boring job, an assignment more insulting than her placement with the werewolves, and a terrifying warning of where she could end up if she doesn’t change her ways.
Aviva is determined to keep her head down, prove herself, and atone for her mistakes. But when a group of vampire hunters calling themselves the Blood Defenders attacks the home, Aviva has no choice but to step into her role as guardian and hit the road with a group of misfit vampires who are as much a danger to the world as they are to themselves.
When the Blood Defenders shatter the heart of Maelstrom’s power and leave them with nowhere to run, Aviva and her band of monsters have no choice but to stand and fight to save a world that despises them.
Man, I suck at keeping this thing updated. Since my last post here (announcing Resurrection's release) I've not only released book two (Sanctuary), but I've written book three...
...which has been through the critique wringer, sent to my editor and returned bleeding red, patched up, and sent to beta readers. Cover art is in the works, I'll be diving into writing the back cover copy this week, and we should be looking at a cover reveal in the next few weeks and an early November release date.
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It's officially release day for Resurrection!
I'm so excited to have this book ready in time for #Canada150 celebrations.
You knew it was set in Canada, right? My vampire species spans the globe, but I have a special place in my heart for Maelstrom, the clan that covers much of Eastern Canada. They're not a warm or friendly bunch, and waking after death as a vampire here is something of a mixed blessing. But compared to other clans...
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
I invite you to step into this dark, occasionally frightening, always interesting world that lurks beneath the surface of the one you think you know. Meet my vampires (but watch your back... they're not all trustworthy, and they definitely see the living as food, not friends). Hang around for book two to see what monsters might be lurking near the west coast of Newfoundland (Sanctuary will be unleashed August 1). Expect murders, mysteries, forbidden romances, surprising twists, unforgettable characters, and a whole lot of fun.
I hope you'll join me for the series launch party on Facebook tonight, June 27, 2017.
See you there.
Coming June 27, 2017
Her gifts will be her salvation… or her downfall.
No one gave Aviva a choice about becoming a monster. Since the night of her murder she’s been forced to accept a new reality—burned by sunlight, dependent on the blood of the living, searching for her place in a dark world she didn't believe existed until she awoke as a vampire.
She’s still struggling to accept her fate and master her dark powers when the news arrives: rogue vampires are torturing and killing human residents of the city, threatening the secrecy and uneasy peace of the supernatural world.
As the hunt begins, Aviva’s deliciously distracting trainer, Daniel, helps her seek out her unique strengths. The gifts she discovers are shameful in the eyes of vampire society—and they may be the only thing standing between a pack of ruthless paranormal killers and the unsuspecting humans they prey on.
(New Adult Urban Fantasy)
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The cover art is done.
And it. Is. GORGEOUS.
I'll be revealing it here, on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Instagram on June 1, and I've got a few author friends helping out on their blogs, too.
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I'll see you on the first!
It's not so bad, I guess. It's hard, but it's not physical torture.
I'm talking about holding off on publishing it's a book that's finished. Like... FINISHED. Written, revised, edited, polished, proof-read, finished. All we're waiting on now is cover art, and Resurrection will be ready to roll.
...But I'm not releasing it for another two months.
WHY, TANITH, WHYYYYY?!
I know. Believe me. Based on the feedback I'm getting from enthusiastic early readers, I want this thing out yesterday. But here's the thing: for a series to get a good start in this cold, cruel publishing world, the current recommendation is to release a few books together to gain momentum and keep readers happy. The theory is that y'all are rabid wolverines or something, and will tear us authors apart if we don't deliver the next book pronto.
Or worse, you'll forget about our gorgeous books and characters and not bother to read the next book when we do get around to delivering it to you.
THE HORROR. I know.
Now, the recommendation I've seen floating around most recently is to have books 1-3 out within a few weeks of each other.
Weeks. Not years like in traditional publishing. Not three books in under a year, which I thought was impressive back in 2014 when I started doing this writing thing professionally.
That just ain't gonna happen. It takes me a minimum of three to four months to write, revise, etc. a barely-a-novel-length book, and this series is going to end up with some damn solid novels in it. I'm overlapping production to allow me more R&R time with each (rest & rumination to get that slow-roasted flavour I as a reader prefer). So while quarterly releases might be possible if I pushed myself... well, I'm not the Flash here. Quality takes time for me.
But what I can do, hard as it is, is stockpile a bit. Resurrection is ready. Sanctuary is with my editor, and I anticipate being able to release it either August 1 or 7... so I'm holding Resurrection until June 27 to place them about a month apart.
A lifetime, apparently, in this crowded, cutthroat wild west of publishing, but it's what I can do. I want to offer Resurrection as a gift to my country for Canada Day, but I won't rush Sanctuary and let the quality falter.
So I sit. And I wait.
It's so hard.
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It's been a weird few weeks.
My alter ego's home life has really been encroaching on my work time, as have our mutual health issues (we share a brain, we share a body, it sucks, I'm over it).
But the good news is that Resurrection is with some lovely ADVANCE advance readers who have agreed to help with proofreading (bless them), cover art is in progress, formatting is done save for one INFURIATING issue with Word for Mac, and I've got my newsletter set up and ready to roll, complete with a few introductory emails AND a generous four-chapter sample of Resurrection for everyone who signs up.
I mean, I will never be ready to send this book out into the world no matter how many people love it or how excited I am about the project. That's just me. I like my peaceful bubble and not having to do anything other than actually produce the books, but I've been informed that promotion and publication are necessary if one wants to be able to afford future editing and such.
What a system, eh?
Anyway, here's the link if you want to get your hands on those chapters, or if you want to be in the loop for cover reveals, release news, giveaways, chances to grab advance review copies, and news about the rest of the series. You'll get a confirmation email right away, and your welcome email about 24 hours after that (and if you don't, check your spam or promo folder. *snarls at gmail*)
See you there.