Moving Right Along

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I honestly can’t believe it’s already January 8, 2018! Where has the time gone?

Of course, I haven’t been sitting idle this whole time. ;D Last year was a time of writing. That’s pretty much all I did for most of the year, but as I mentioned in my previous post, I wasn’t bold enough to share my work, deciding it was never “just right.” One manuscript in particular has given me so many problems that I even sought professional help (for it, not me. 😉 ) I still wasn’t happy with the advice and suggestions.

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That’s when I came to the realization that it wasn’t the manuscript, but rather me. I was trying to write to please everyone. The problem is, that’s impossible. I was going for perfect, and there’s no such thing. So I re-evaluated. Reworked it to be something that is more in line with what I like, and left in some of the things that fit with the story and character, but are stranger than I feared some readers might want to see.

The Scorpion’s Mate, Book one of the Iriduan Test Subjects Series, is in the final process to get it ready for release. I’m working on a cover now, and will hopefully be completing the final edits soon. The following is a description of my upcoming alien romance:

Claire has never really fit in with everyone around her, but she’s carved out a life for herself using her own unique style and artistic ability to support herself on the Internet. The last thing she expects is to be abducted by aliens and dropped into a research facility, where a genetically-engineered alien soldier chooses her as his life-mate.

Thrax’s pheromones are compelling, and his status as a fellow unwilling test subject makes them allies, but Claire isn’t certain she can trust someone who is convinced she belongs to him, when all she wants to do is find a way to return home to Earth—a place that her devoted alien can never follow, because there’s no way the scorpion-like alien would ever be able to pass for human.

Still, she’ll accept help where she can find it, so she doesn’t hesitate to escape with Thrax from the facility, though their time running from their pursuers in the warrens beneath the research facility will forever change Claire, and could make it impossible for her to return to Earth.

But will there be anywhere else they can go in the galaxy where their love will be accepted?

Since this book isn’t going to be for everyone, I have another title that I’ve been eagerly anticipating to re-release. 😀 The Princess Dragon is finally getting there. I heard from the cover designer yesterday, and hopefully, I’ll be getting the first draft of the cover soon. I can’t wait to see how everything comes together.

This is the second edition of the first book I ever published, and I think it’s better than ever! I’ve always loved this story (obviously), so it will be exciting to see it back on the virtual shelves, and for the first time, I’ll be able to offer it as Kindle Unlimited along with the second and third books in the series.

The Princess Dragon is a fantasy romance with a bit of a twist to the usual “princess needs saving from a dragon by a knight.”

The kingdom of Ariva has lived in the shadow of Thunder Mountain for generations, the citizens forbidden to trespass there for fear of an ancient black dragon sealed within. Princess Sondra is convinced that magic and all things related to it—including dragons—are nothing but superstition and aims to prove it.

When she’s cursed by a wizard and transformed into a dragon herself, there’s nowhere else she can run to but Thunder Mountain, where she soon discovers that the black dragon is all too real. Convincing Tolmac that she’s an orphaned dragon who never learned how to “dragon” properly is the easy part. Protecting herself from falling for the noble beast who takes her under his wing to teach her the ways of dragonkind might be a task beyond her abilities. As her subterfuge with Tolmac guarantees her safety with him, there’s the question that hangs over her head. Just how long will the wizard’s curse last?

But she soon discovers that her kingdom has bigger problems. When the southern kingdoms unite to conquer Ariva, Sondra must choose between the devoted knight she’d left behind and the enigmatic dragon who doesn’t know that she’s really just a human princess in disguise.

Those who are familiar with the original book may notice that I dropped the ‘s on Princess. This was a minor change I decided to make because it was the way the title was originally supposed to be, but the company that did the cover changed it, and I was too impatient to demand they change it back. I wanted to see my book in print ASAP, so I changed the title. (Shaking my head and my more youthful, impulsive self.)

I had originally wanted to call it The Dragon Princess, but did a Google search on that title, saw things I wish I could unsee, and decided against that arrangement. (Don’t search it. Trust me.) So I switched the words up a bit, and I liked the resulting title. The Princess Dragon works as well as The Princess’s Dragon. She both is a dragon and has a dragon in the story.

Anyway, that’s what’s coming down the pipe, hopefully by the end of this month! I will be sure to update as I publish.

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For my future releases, I’m planning on starting the first draft for Uriale’s Redemption as soon as I get these two titles published. His story has been a long time coming, and I’m eagerly anticipating writing it. I already have an outline far more detailed than my usual napkin scribbles, because I just find him to be such an interesting character. I can’t wait to turn a villain into a hero! I also can’t wait to expand further on the Shadows in Sanctuary universe. Some new details about humanity will be revealed along with perhaps more hints about the symbiont that gives the adurians such power.

And probably last for the first half of the year (but certainly not least!) I want to publish Morbidon’s Bride as an offshoot of The Princess Dragon series, which will be known as the Breath of the Divine series. For now, you can read the entire novel on my blog, but I will be taking it down, editing, revising, and then re-releasing it as a new version (hopefully, an even better version). Like all my books, it will be available on Kindle Unlimited.

As for the rest of the year, I don’t want to make any promises. There are a couple of manuscripts I’ve been wanting to bring to light, but I have to see where Uriale’s story takes me as well, because there are several other characters waiting for their stories in that universe.

I hope you all are looking forward to these releases as much as I am. I’d love to hear feedback on what you’d like to see next.

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  1. I’m always excited to see a new blog post from you, Susan, and news of your scorpion-alien book made this one even more delightful to receive. Glad you decided to write this book’s character the way you wanted to; I am sure that many of us will find him scrumptious! If it’s okay with you, I’d like to post the release of your book on the Facebook Groups for Amanda Milo and Stacy Jones. I’ve been getting some good recommendations on both of those Groups and your books will, I am sure, be very well received. Particularly by the people who constantly bemoan the lack of well written alien romances!

    Just a quick FYI – did you ever see the Russian movie, “I Am Dragon”, about a dragon shifter who steals a young bride on her wedding day? Someone mentioned it on Amanda’s Group and, when I saw it was available for free on Amazon Prime, I had to watch it last night. I was so pleased with it, I had to purchase it.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Cindy! I had a lot of fun creating these characters, and the world they inhabit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

      I would love if you recommend any of my books to anyone you think might be interested in the genre and subject. 🙂 (And by love, I mean absolutely over the moon that you think it’s good enough to recommend to others!)

      I’m terrible at checking Facebook, but I’ll have to check those groups out. I love Amanda Milo’s books. I’ve got Stacy Jones’ book Chosen in my Kindle library, as well. I just haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it sounded interesting. I think it was recommended on the Romance forum. I know I picked up a lot of interesting titles from there recently that I haven’t had a chance to read.

      As for your movie suggestion, OMG! How did I miss this? Where has it been all my life? I am so watching this tonight! Thank you! If the trailer is anything to go by, I will also be purchasing this. I really appreciate the recommendation!

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  2. Of course your books are good enough to recommend! I just commented on “Amanda Milo’s Minions” FB group with the titles of your three Shadows in Sanctuary books. Her FB group has many more followers than “Stacy Jones Chosen” group, but the Groups also double up on many followers.

    You’ll have to let me know if you enjoyed the movie! If you haven’t watched it yet, let me assure you that it has a great HEA. I wouldn’t watch it until I ascertained that; no depressing romance movies for me, thanks.

    I was also surprised at the sets, the special effects, the costumes … it was really quite good and I didn’t hesitate to buy it right after I watched it. It’s really too bad that a simple, touching movie like this would never be made here. If the heroine isn’t bad a** and kicking the villain’s butt, you just can’t convince a studio to buy-in and make a fantasy/fairy tale movie.

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much for recommending my books! 😁 You’ve made my day.

      I watched the movie last night and it was amazing! The cinematography, the sets, the special effects, the talented actors, music, everything was so well done that it puts Hollywood to shame. Plus, the story could have been written for me! It’s exactly the kind of story I’d write. I loved it and have purchased it to go with my other favorites. Thanks again for recommending it.

      Sadly, there just aren’t many good movies coming out of Hollywood anymore. Everything is some kind of comic book movie or Star Wars. I’ve been watching foreign films for years, ever since Hollywood started their decline. I love Bollywood movies, and the films coming out of South Korea and China. You always get such fantastic stories from these films. Now I’ll be looking for Russian movies too.

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  3. I’m going to be very excited if I can get you some new readers in this Group. One woman was specifically looking for $.99 books as she doesn’t have KU and has a few small gift cards. Her reaction to my suggesting your trio of books was: “OhOhOh, they sound so good, I think that I am going to grab them, THANK YOU!”

    I got such a kick out of her response that I had to tell you 🙂

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    1. That’s awesome, Cindy! Thank you for sharing that with me. I really appreciate it that you’ve spread the word like this. It’s readers like you that make putting my stuff out there so worth it! 😁 I keep my prices low and offer my books via KU because I really want to share them and I know not everyone can afford to spend a lot of money, especially when taking a chance on an author they haven’t read before. Thank you for making my day a second time. You’re on a roll. 😃

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