Saturday, 27 June 2015

Daughter of the Moon - The Alpha's Concubine Sequel

-- ENDING SPOILERS FOR THE ALPHA'S CONCUBINE BELOW --



So! With the previous story all wrapped up, and work on the sequel well underway, I think it's high time I started sharing some of the details on what to expect from the novel I teased in the final part of The Alpha's Concubine.

My next story, Daughter of the Moon, picks up immediately where the previous book left off, continuing to follow Netya and her companions as they strike out to make a life for themselves beyond the mountains, absent from the safety of Khelt's pack and beset by challenges on all sides as they prepare for winter.

Daughter of the Moon is likely to be published in my usual format, with a serialised edition of five parts coming first, followed by a complete novel later on. Given that this is a sequel, however, I'm considering forgoing the serial version this time around depending on how things pan out. Right now I'm leaning toward serialising again, but that's always subject to change!

The book's format will be very similar to that of its prequel, with Netya remaining the central viewpoint character, but with short forays into the supporting cast from time to time. Caspian in particular is getting a little more page time than before, and a few new (and old) faces will have chapters dedicated to them as well. The themes of coming of age, finding a place in the world, romance, and discovery will remain prevalent once again, along with some slightly darker questions of morality, and more complex relationship challenges for the heroine and hero to face.

While the initial chapters of the book focus on Adel's new pack trying to survive by themselves in a hostile world, the central conflict that manifests over time is planned to be a lot more prominent than in the previous novel. Netya and her companions have strayed beyond the lands of the Sun People, deep into the territory of their fellow wolf packs, where rival alphas vie for power both physically and socially. One powerful alpha in particular is especially incensed by the small group of seers infringing on the outskirts of his territory, and he will stop at nothing to bring them into his fold, or have them suffer the consequences of refusal.

It will fall to Netya, Caspian, Adel, and the rest of their new pack to brave the strength of their rivals, and to wrestle with the complexities of their hearts as they come to understand their new place in the world.

Work on Daughter of the Moon is ticking along nicely, and the novel is currently planned to be released in late 2015!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

The Alpha's Concubine - Part Five Published!

It's done! The concluding part of The Alpha's Concubine is all wrapped up, longer than ever, and available to purchase on Amazon, Smashwords, and Google Play, with other retailers to follow as per usual!

Still reeling from the betrayal of one of their own, the Moon People struggle to piece the safety of their pack back together as tragedy after tragedy threatens to break them apart. Netya is lost, her fate unknown, and there are precious few who still have faith in her innocence.
Caspian believes, and he will stop at nothing to find the girl who has captured his heart. With Netya's life in the balance, respect and propriety between friends can no longer stand in the way of how he and the alpha both feel for her.
The ripples of Vaya's treachery are leading to a culmination of many things. The breaking point of a rivalry, the wills of two great leaders—and the answer to a question of love.

This one has been an absolute delight to pen. I certainly hope that everyone reading enjoys the story as much as I did putting it together over the past year or so. It's been the kind of novel I've been dying to write for years now, and I strongly feel that it's my best yet.
Stay tuned for more updates about what's next on the schedule for me! Or perhaps, if you give part five a read all the way through to the end, there might just be a little teaser waiting there~

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Slight Delay!

Just a quick heads up here -- the final part of The Alpha's Concubine is going to have to be pushed back a little more, likely to the 23rd, due to my own silly urges to write way more than I initially planned. It ended up running more than 10k words longer than intended, which in turn leads to more time required for editing, and more time for proofing. I'm super disappointed to have had a ~1 month gap between the finale and the previous part, but hopefully the extra content will be worth it!

If nothing else, this will be a good lesson to me about not underestimating my ability to ramble on for pages and pages when I've got self-imposed deadlines to hit.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

The Alpha's Concubine - Part Four Published!

Time for the penultimate instalment! Part four is all done and available to purchase on Amazon, Smashwords, and Google Play, with other retailers to follow as usual.

Many mysteries await Netya as an apprentice to the seers. The demands of her mentor make her training a rigorous trial to endure, and with the alpha absent, she finds herself growing closer to Caspian as she seeks solace in the company of the understanding male.
Hearts are dangerous things to toy with, however, and as Netya's finally begins to settle on what it truly wants, so too do those of her admirers. Love may be calling her, but it cannot hope to blossom when vengeance and jealousy threaten to destroy everything she has ever cared for.

With the story almost complete, I've also decided to delay the final part just by a single week, pushing the release date back to May 16th, rather than the originally planned 9th of the month. The final segment is still on schedule to be finished up and ready to go in plenty of time, but in the interests of making sure I don't get interrupted by any unforeseen hiccups, I've decided to give myself a bit of extra breathing room to make sure nothing's rushed.
Stay tuned for the final instalment in mid May, to be followed by an announcement on my next upcoming project!

Monday, 13 April 2015

The Alpha's Concubine - Part Three Published!

Amazon took a while longer than usual to get this one through the system, but part three of The Alpha's Concubine is now up and available to purchase on Amazon, Smashwords, and Google Play, with other retailers to follow as per usual!

Winter is upon the pack. The rift between the alpha and den mother runs deep, and Netya's voice is a small one between such powerful leaders. With no status of her own, there is little she can do but remain in her place at Khelt's side.
But as a new season dawns, and the great hunt draws near, there may be a chance for Netya to elevate herself in the eyes of the pack. A test of both strength and spirit awaits her, and it is one that Vaya has no intention of allowing the Sun girl to pass through unscathed.
The hunt may be a dangerous place for one of her kind, but the desires of Netya's own heart are equally challenging. Is love something that can be found as the alpha's consort? Or is there another to whom her heart is now being called?

Things are heating up a lot for Netya in this instalment of the series, and between you and me it's one of my favourites. Keep an eye out for part four on April 25th!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Alpha's Concubine - Parts One and Two Published!

It's finally here! After a few months of focused writing, the first two parts of the serialised version of The Alpha's Concubine are now available to purchase on Amazon (+Part Two), Smashwords (+Part Two), and Google Play (+Part Two), with other retailers to follow!

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Taken from her people. Claimed by an alpha. Forced into a new life.
In a time before tools of metal and houses of wood, tooth and claw rule the wild places of the world.

The Moon People have been enemies to Netya's kind for as long as the stars can remember. They are monsters, demons, men and women who take the shapes of beasts. The murderers of her father.
An outsider taken as a prize by the pack, Netya must overcome suspicion, rivalry, and the division of her own heart, as she grows to realise that monsters wear many different faces.
Among the Moon People, she uncovers the potential of a life she never knew existed. The chance for a woman to become something more than a prize, or a mother, or a concubine. But as the alpha and others vie for her heart, the powerful huntress Vaya seeks to purge Netya from her pack.
Before Netya can decide where she belongs, she must endure the trials of love, hatred, and heartbreak. The girl taken as a trophy must become a woman.

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With the majority of the novel already written, serial instalments will be coming along at a snappy pace, with one releasing every two weeks until the series is complete, and the standalone novel following some time after. Yet again I've run on waaay longer with this project than I originally intended, and the initial 100k word projection for the final length is now looking to end up closer to 160k. That's almost three times the length of the first novel I published two years ago.
With that said, I can already tell there's a whole lot more I want to do with The Alpha's Concubine beyond this initial story, to the point where notes and plans for the sequel are well under way.

Part Three arrives on April 11th!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Alpha's Concubine - Cover Reveal and Release Dates!

It's almost here! My current romantic/historical werewolf romp is nearing completion, and within just a few days the first two parts of the serialised version will be available to purchase!

Massive thanks to the wonderfully talented Ravven for creating the cover art for this novel. I'm thrilled with how it turned out, and I'll certainly be looking to grab her for future instalments in the series (as and when those happen!).

Taken from her people, claimed by an alpha, forced into a new life.

Netya's kind have been enemies to the Moon People for as long as the stars can remember. They are monsters, demons, men and women who take the shapes of beasts. The murderers of her father.
As an outsider taken as a prize by the pack, Netya must overcome suspicion, rivalry, and the division of her own heart, as she grows to realise that monsters wear many different faces.
Among the Moon People, she uncovers the potential of a life she never knew existed. The chance for a woman to become something more than a prize, or a mother, or a concubine. But as the alpha and others vie for her heart, the powerful huntress Vaya seeks to purge Netya from her pack.
Before Netya can decide where she belongs, she must endure the trials of love, hatred, and heartbreak. The girl taken as a trophy must become a woman.

Blurb pending last-minute tweaks!
The current release schedule for the serialised version of the novel is as follows:

March 28th - Parts 1&2

April 11th - Part 3

April 25th - Part 4

May 16th - Part 5

The release date for the complete novel is TBA, but I expect it to happen within a couple of months of the serialised version concluding!