Our Survey Says…

As promised, here are the results from the short survey I set up this week. There were four questions, and I had over 300 replies. You didn’t all answer every question, but that’s okay – and some of you were good enough to leave comments on the last one.

Here are the results.

The first question was about which next series featuring the Pyr should be published next. As you can see, the results were pretty overwhelming in favor of the contemporary trilogy:

which series nextThe second question was about the order of publication, whether one series should be published in its entirety, then the second series, or whether I should alternate books from each series. Again, we have a definite skew:

publication orderThirdly, I asked about frequency of publication. You surprised me on this one: I expected the results to be overwhelmingly in favor of my publishing more books faster. Instead, results are more spread out, although more frequent publication is still the favored choice:

which series nextFinally, I asked about your buying habits, mostly because I’m curious how you shop. Some online portals insist that making books available for pre-order is key to success, while others are less encouraging. Pre-orders can be a bit more trouble to manage, so I wondered whether they were worth the effort. For 28% of you, they are, which is great to know.

buying patternsI’m not sharing the comments that many of you were gracious enough to share, although I really appreciate your taking the time to provide them. I didn’t want anyone to feel outed by making comments, but I’ve saved them all and am listening.

Thank you all so much for participating in the survey. The contemporary paranormal romance trilogy featuring my dragon shifters will be next! (And even more of you are going to think that way after you read Firestorm Forever, and get to know those Pyr in question a little bit better.)

The Survey

Thanks to all of you who answered my survey. Since I sent it out on the newsletter list yesterday, there’ve been a lot of replies, and they’re still coming in. So, I’ll wait through today before ending the survey and having a look at the results.

You’ve surprised me in some ways, but not in others. Overall, I think it was a useful exercise.

Tomorrow morning, I’ll share the results with you. Thanks for sharing in the process!

The Future of the Pyr

As I’ve told you many times, Firestorm Forever isn’t the last of my dragon shifter heroes. There will be more stories featuring the Pyr. My challenge this week is deciding which stories I should tell next. I had it all planned out, but then, a few characters caught my interest in the writing of Firestorm Forever, and I’m torn.

So, I’d appreciate your help. Here’s a little anonymous survey that will only take you a couple of minutes to fill out. It’s multiple choice and not very tough. :-) I’m hoping you can help me decide (and besides, it’s kind of fun).

You can take the survey, right here.

Friday Freebie

The Countess, book #1 in the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire DelacroixBe mine for a year and a day and I will claim your heart forevermore!

Amazon has matched the free price on my Scottish medieval romance The Countess at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca. It’s also free at iTunes, GooglePlay and KOBO and 99 cents at Nook. This is the first book in my Scottish Bride Quest trilogy, so pick up a copy to read this weekend!

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More Noro is Better

Here’s a cardigan I just finished in Noro yarn – this yarn is called Cyochin. It’s mostly wool with some mohair and some silk. Mine is colour 07. This pattern is called Tithe, which is a design by Jane Ellison. (The pattern link goes to Ravelry.)

Tithe, designed by Jane Ellison, knit in Noro Cyochin by Deborah Cooke

I’d originally bought the yarn to make this poncho, Iced Blackberry, and the fingerless mitts shown with it. As much as I like the look of the poncho, I realized I probably wouldn’t wear it much, so I hunted in my pattern stash for another choice. The Cyochin is aran weight, so any of the Noro patterns calling for aran (like Silk Garden) would work. I only had five skeins, though, so thought there wasn’t enough to make a long-sleeved sweater.

There might have been enough, after all – I still have a little bit left over, and this cardigan does have a big front collar. It’s staying knitted now, though!

Noro Cyochin, colour 7

I really like this cardigan and the wool is gorgeous. The colourway and the little threads in the wool remind me of those yarns made of recycled saris and their jewel-tones. I made some modifications to the pattern, using seed stitch on the edges, reshaping the sleeve cap and (by mistake) making the sleeves a bit longer. It turns out they’re exactly the length that I push my sleeves UP to, so that’s perfect. I had thought about adding a button, but now that it’s done, I like it just the way it is. I’ll be wearing this one a lot.

What do you think?