The Hunter’s Mate is now LIVE, so be sure to check it out on Amazon!
I’m so excited about introducing Hunter’s story, and I hope you love it! This story not only reveals more about Hunter’s Menops nature, it also advances the overarching story of the Iriduan Test Subjects universe in ways that I hope will surprise you, but in a good way. There is so much going on in this story, but I made sure to keep the focus on Tarin and Hunter and their growing romance. I loved the interactions between them as they grow accustomed to each other.
Hunter ended up being the perfect mate for Tarin, and I was so thrilled when I realized that he needed a story of his own, because I’d already introduced Tarin and made it clear in The Kraken’s Mate that she found the “insectoid” aliens a little creepy. As soon as I wrote this:
Tarin’s short laugh lacked humor. “Look, after the men I’ve dated, I’m willing to look beyond Earth for Mr. Right, but if he has pincers and wings like an insect, I’m outta there.” She shuddered. “Don’t tell Claire this, but bugs freak me out.”
I knew that Tarin would be getting an insectoid alien of her own. I just love to throw a wrench in the plans of my characters and shake them off their foundations, challenging their prejudices. Hunter was the perfect alien for this, and the fact that I felt his and Tarin’s personalities would mesh well also made it a perfect pairing in my mind.
This story also introduces another alien species that I’ve been wanting to add to one of my universes for a long time, but I was just waiting for the right moment. I feel like that moment has finally come! I hope you agree!
What’s next for this series? The sixth book in the series will be titled “The Fractured Mate,” and I’ve already created a full outline for it and have done many, many notes. I’m hoping to have that done early next year, but I don’t want to make any firm commitments yet. Rest assured that it is in the works.
Ava’s story will be after that, because there won’t be any problems with potential spoilers with her story (her mates can see the future, and that would lead to spoilers for the next book). I did do a little more hinting about her story at the end of The Hunter’s Mate. I hope you are eager for more from her and her mate(s) (It will be reverse harem, and thus far, the only one in the series).
As for what’s next on my works in progress, I am finishing up a manuscript for a secret project coming up in the Fall, and then I’ll be juggling outlines to see which one calls to me the most. I’ll be posting updates when I start on my next major project, so follow my blog, my Facebook page, or my newsletter to see those updates.
I’m finally sending out newsletters, and to make it extra special for my subscribers, I’m adding “Exclusive Tidbits” to them. Those can be excerpts from stories in progress or that are unpublished, sneak peeks, my own character art, short stories to expand on published works, character interviews, or whatever else I think might be fun for my fans to enjoy.