Where I answer your burning questions about my books… :-)
Last updated on April 4, 2017
Q: Where can I buy your ebooks?
A: At the moment, all my ebooks are exclusive at the Kindle store at Amazon (U.S. and the international Kindle stores). You can buy them outright, or you can download them for free through Kindle Unlimited.
Q: Why are they only at Amazon right now?
A: To have a book in the Kindle Unlimited program (readers pay a low monthly subscription fee to Amazon that allows them to download books for free), the book has to be exclusive at Amazon for a minimum of 90 days and not available on any other digital platform during that time. If you’re unfamiliar with Kindle Unlimited, you can learn more about it here. I know the exclusivity at Amazon isn’t great for readers who either don’t like shopping at Amazon and/or who need epub or other formats. Believe me, most authors aren’t jumping for joy about it either. Some authors choose to put their books in wide release, across all formats, and forgo Kindle Unlimited completely. But many authors reach a pretty big audience through KU. For those of us who do have a big KU readership, we have to make the tough choice about being exclusive at Amazon in order to reach that KU audience, or do wide release and miss out on the KU readership altogether. With my first two re-releases (Wanting and Familiar) I chose to go straight into KU. With True of Heart, I decided to do wider release for a short time and see what happened. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough sales at Kobo, B&N, iBookstore, and other smaller vendors to even come close to the size of the audience I typically reach in the KU program. So True of Heart is now in KU as well. Many authors, in order to accommodate as many readers as possible, are juggling books back and forth…putting them in KU for a while, then pulling them and putting them up at other vendors for a while, then back to KU, etc. I may adopt this strategy myself down the road, and selectively pull titles out of KU at various times and do wide release for a few months. We’ll see. Shifting books back and forth is not a perfect solution, but it’s a possibility.
That said… If you’re desperate for an epub of one of my books and don’t want to wait until the book is in wide release, drop me an email. I do offer a select number of free copies in exchange for reviews. :)
Q: Are you EVER going to finish the Draegan Lords series?
A: The short answer is…yes! Long answer…I had to take some time off from writing for a while due to the incredible workload at my day job and some major family health issues. So the series got put on the back burner for a long while. I know it was frustrating from many readers, and I apologize. It was frustrating for me, too. But now, for the first time in almost fifteen years, writing is once again my full-time job! And the Draegan Lords series is my priority to finish. The first step in that process is to get the first four books (True of Heart, Lords of Kellesborne, Fires of Ballian, and An Unexpected Magick) re-released. My publisher closed in the springs of 2016, leaving my entire backlist orphaned. So before I can even think too far about book 5 (Dark Magick Rising) and book 6 (Circle of Ariend) I’ve got to get the first ones back out. I’m working on that now. True of Heart was just re-released in early March 2017, Lords of Kellesborne in early April 2017, and the rest will follow as I finish revising and re-editing them. I’m about 70,000 words into Dark Magick Rising, which I *think* is probably going to be over 100K words. And once it’s done, I’ll dive into Circle of Ariend.
Q: How do you pronounce some of the words in the Draegan Lords series?
A: First off, the word draegan…I pronunce it DRAY-gun. I’m including it here because I’ve actually had a few readers tell me they always thought it was “dragon” and I just spelled it a funky way. :) The biggest one I get asked about is the endearment Keiran and Gaige use for one another, m’aerlas. I pronounce it MARE-loss. Kellesborne I pronounce with three syllables–KELL-ess-born. The endearment Wen uses with Wesley, m’caire, I prounce like muh-CARE. Draeganjhere is pronounced pretty much like it looks…DRAY-gun-jhear (with the jh sounding like the French g in the word mirage).
Q: Are you ever going to write a sequel to Falling?
A: Yes! I’ve actually had one planned for years, and even have a first chapter written. So, once my Draegan Lords series is back on track, that may actually be the next set of books I work on–getting Falling revised and re-released, then writing the sequel. We’ll see. But, yes, eventually!
Q: When you re-release your books, will there be paperbacks?
A: Yes, that’s my plan. But initially I just want to try to get several books out in electronic format first, since most sales these days are ebooks. But anything that’s long enough will definitely go into paperback in the hopefully not-too-distant future. Some books that were originally combined into anthologies (like the first two Draegan Lords books, for example) will actually go into paperback separately this time.
Q: Are your books ever going to be available as audiobooks?
A: I hope so! Since I’ve never had a book in that format before, and I’m an indie author now and don’t have a publisher to handle it for me, I’ll have to do some research first on how to get it done. But, yes, I hope to break into that market down the road.
If you have any other questions you think should be on this page (or any other pronunciation questions I missed) drop me a note! All my contact info is, unsurprisingly, on my Contact page. :)