For those of you just coming off the Keep Me high, if you want something light and fun to read, check out The Thought Readers, book 1 in our new urban fantasy/scifi series. I have collaborated on this book with Dima Zales, my amazing husband, and the series is about a snarky, sarcastic pseudo-genius with an unusual ability to “freeze” time.
The book is now live everywhere as both ebook and paperback, and the audiobook version is coming in 3-4 weeks. You can check out the blurb and cover on Dima’s website at www.dimazales.com.
Here are all the links:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1pr8F8V
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1ptpzDX
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1ugPILx
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1vy4Mnq
Paperback on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1vytFR0
Here are all the links:
Amazon US: http://ow.ly/yFkTf
Amazon UK: http://ow.ly/C5rV6
Amazon Germany: http://ow.ly/C5yxN
Amazon Canada: http://ow.ly/C5yHq
Amazon France: http://ow.ly/C5z97
Amazon Australia: http://ow.ly/C5z2w
Google Play: http://ow.ly/yFm02
Paperback on Amazon: http://ow.ly/C5sAM
Thank you all so much for your incredible support! And as always, honest reviews on Amazon and elsewhere are HUGELY appreciated!
Yes. There will be a book 3. It will be titled Hold Me, and it will be a continuation of Nora & Julian’s story, again told from both of their perspectives.
When I said earlier I didn’t know if there would be a book 3, I wasn’t being coy. I genuinely wasn’t sure. I set out to write Twist Me as a stand-alone, and it wasn’t until I got to the very end that I realized I wanted to write more about Nora & Julian. Though the book I planned to write was complete, the story of Nora & Julian wasn’t—in my mind, at least.
It’s the same thing with Keep Me. I intended this book to be the conclusion of Nora & Julian’s story, and I wrote it as such. It’s only when I got to the very last chapter that I knew I couldn’t leave it there—that I wasn’t quite ready to let them go.
I agonized about it for a while, because I have this crazy, intense fear of disappointing all of you. It’s my own personal sequel syndrome. I’m always afraid that book 2 (or book 3) won’t live up to the expectations of readers who loved book 1 (or book 1 and book 2). I first ran into this problem with the Krinar series, and it’s even worse with Twist Me. Rationally I know I can’t please everyone. No matter what I write, some of you will love it, and some of you will hate it. That’s just the way it is. There is no universally loved book or sequel. Even Harry Potter has 133 one-star reviews on Amazon (out of more than 9,000, but still).
So yeah, I get it. I really do. But for a people pleaser like myself, it’s hard. The sequel syndrome was really kicking my butt with Keep Me—and I know the problem will likely be magnified with Hold Me. It wasn’t until Dima & I discussed book 3 in detail and settled on some key plot points that I decided I could continue Nora & Julian’s story and do it justice.
Now I know what you will all ask me. When is it coming out? At this point, my best guess is sometime in 2015. Because I’m not a super-fast writer under the best of circumstances—and because I’m even slower in the grips of the sequel syndrome—it will take me more than a month or two to write the book. As a result, I’m not setting a release date until I’m just about done with the first draft. I also have other books (White Nights and The Krinar Captive) that are half-written and that many of you have been waiting for. I may attempt to finish one of them before I commit 100% to Hold Me. I will keep you updated on my progress with the word count bar on my WIP page, and I encourage all of you to sign up for my newsletter, so you’ll be notified when the next book comes out.
Thank you all so very, very much for spreading the word about the book! I cannot even begin to tell you how much it means to me that Twist Me seems to have touched so many people. It makes my day when I see your reviews (yes, I read all of those!), your comments on my FB page, your Tweets and shares, your emails and blog comments. I adore each and every one of you for taking the time out of your day to let me know how much you enjoyed our books—and most of all, for reading the books in the first place.
I don’t know if many of you know this, but Twist Me very nearly didn’t get published. I started writing it in March of 2013 and blazed through the first 30% or so, and then I stopped. I couldn’t take it anymore. The book was too intense, too dark for me. Like many of you, I hated Julian at the beginning for what he was doing to Nora—and when I wrote the scene with Jake, it was the last straw for me. I couldn’t bring myself to write more. I was sure no one would want to read something so messed-up, so I set the book aside in favor of writing Close Remembrance—which many of you were waiting for at that point.
Several months passed. We moved to Florida and started writing full-time. As Close Remembrance was getting close to being done, I got the Twist Me itch again. I re-read the book, and Dima and I sat down and plotted out everything. It took a few more months to finish the book, and I was beyond nervous when I first showed it to my beta readers. It was so different from anything Dima and I had done before. First person present tense narration instead of our customary third person past tense. A romance so dark, I couldn’t even label it as such. I was sure every other review would be a one star and many of you would hate it.
To my shock, our beta readers loved it. Then a few bloggers loved it. And when the book came out, it went all the way up to #112 in the Kindle store (#15 in Germany a couple of months later). There were some one-star reviews, of course, but the vast majority of you loved it—and told me so.
So thank you, dear readers! Thank you for making our dream come true. When we took the leap and left our jobs to begin writing, we thought it would take us many years to get to this point—if we got super-lucky, that is. This has exceeding all of our expectations, and we are beyond grateful to each and every single one of you for making this amazing thing happen.