I have a release date for The Fallen!!
Man this has been one crazy story. I can’t believe how quickly it snowballed into the monstrosity that I’ll be publishing in … well, I’ll get to that in a moment.
What I wasn’t expecting, was that this simple little novella—a very light exploration into a side character of the Sons of Wrath series, would turn into a story that I’d absolutely love writing.
Xander is one fucked up guy. Which means I was all over his character. And Karinna ... I'll let you tell me what you think of Karinna. I describe her as a tough, kickass female like Ayden but not as brutal.
When I turned the manuscript over to a writer friend of mine, J.A. Belfield, for a beta read, it sat somewhere around 38,000 words. Ms. Belfield had some suggestions for me—one of which was, write the story the way it needs to be told.
I’d been so worried about trying to keep this thing to novella length, that I had to cut scenes I loved. Scenes that made the story and characters so much stronger. So I followed her advice and now, the book is a whopping 75K.
Yep. Not really a novella at this point. More of a short novel. Hey, ya know? What did I expect when my novels tend to be about 500 pages??
But it’s still going to be FREE.
If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, then you know I'm a huge fan of music when I write (cos I post music all the time). The Fallen has a playlist (all my books have playlists), but each song on this list added something to the story--characters, plot, difficult scenes, the songs provided a whole lotta inspiration, particularly Lola Montez by Volbeat and Beautiful Pain by Eminem and Sia. And I cannot write Xander without hearing Rob Zombie's Pussy Liquor on endless loop inside my head. So because the music was such a big part of writing this book and pulling me into this dark world, I did something different this time, by adding the playlist to the front of the book.
Now on to the release date …
Advanced copies will be going out to readers next week. The book will be available for everyone on APRIL 17TH!!! Just over two weeks away!!!
If you would like to participate in the release day blast and score an early ecopy of The Fallen, sign up here:
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Some have asked about paperback copies. There won't be paperbacks for sale (unless you guys threaten to tie me up and confiscate my chocolate stash for a week) - at least not initially, but I'll have a stock of them for giveaways. On release day, I'll be giving away a paperback every hour between noon and 5pm. You'll not have to purchase anything to participate! More details to come ...
I hope you enjoy the story. This is a special ‘thank you’ to those of you who’ve stuck with me and continue to support my writing. Without you and all the likes, shares, follows, recommending the books to others and leaving reviews, I’d never find readers. Thank you so much❤