Modifying the Schedule

I’ve been feeling a bit tense so far this year, and this past weekend, I figured out why. I had originally scheduled the four books in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series to be published at three month intervals – that meant I’d be writing and publishing four new medieval romances in a year. I’ve done that before – although I usually do three books a year – and thought that would be fine.

The Crusader's Handfast, #5 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThen I added Duncan and Radegunde’s story to the schedule. Another book (actually a bit of a long one) published in 6 installments as well as in its entirety in a single volume. That brings me to five books.

Then I had to get Simply Irresistible on to the schedule to launch that new contemporary romance series before the summer. Six books.

If you’ve had a peek at my sampler, you know there’s another novella on the schedule, too.

I also have a lot of travel booked in May. Hmm.

It’s obvious when I review it all that I’ve maxed out. I’ll be making my partners crazy if I try to keep to this schedule, and I’ve never wanted to be the crazymaker. I’ve worked with enough of them to know how destructive they can be. And by the middle of the summer, even if I did manage to keep all the dates and publish all the books, there’d just be an expectation that I continue to publish at that rate. Five books is a good goal for the year, but the fifth book has to be Simply Irresistible.The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.

So, there will be two modifications to the schedule:

The Crusader’s Vow will now be an August 23, 2016 release.

The complete volume of The Crusader’s Handfast will now be an October 18, 2016 release.

Firestorm Forever – The Big Book

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah CookeFirestorm Forever, as you all know, is the final Dragonfire novel. Some of you may know that there are three firestorms in this book, and that it takes place over a year. This has necessitated some choices on my part.

First off, there’s the structure of the book itself. Ideally, each of those three firestorms would have been individual books—to hold to the model of the previous Dragonfire novels—but the nature of the story made that impossible. The three firestorms are entwined and influence each other, AND they all come to their happy conclusion around the same time. Because the three romances are concurrent and interwoven, I decided they should all be in one book.

Secondly, the book is long. Every time I look at it, it gets longer. This makes sense, as there can’t be three firestorms (and the world saved) in 95,000 words, but also creates some structural issues. If we were still in the realm of print-only books (or if a print publisher was making the publication decisions) this book would have been split in half, into Part I and Part II, which then would have been sold separately. This would be like a serialization, and Part I would end with a cliff-hanger. I think this is not a really good solution for a paranormal romance, because just about nothing is resolved after Part I. As a reader, cliff-hanger endings make me feel a bit cheated, like I have to pay for two books to get the whole story.

Firestorm Forever *is* split in half, but both halves are in the same volume. So, when you get to the cliff-hanger at the end of Part I, you just have to turn the page to find out what happens next. 🙂 This means that the print book will be a big volume, but I’m checking out some ideas as to how best to deal with that.

The third thing is that I’ve discovered that I needed to create The Dragonfire Companion at the same time as writing Firestorm Forever, to ensure that I don’t miss any loose ends. This is a huge job—although it’s fun, it’s taking a LOT of time.

So, there just aren’t enough hours between now and March to get all of this done, and ensure that it’s edited and proofed the way I want. As a result, the publication date for Firestorm Forever has moved to May 13. That’s two months later than the original publication date,. I’m sorry to make this change, but it had to be done. On the upside, The Dragonfire Companion will probably be published this summer, which is sooner than I’d expected.

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