That's why this year, I'm airing on the side of conservative.
There will be at least one full-length novel release this year. This will be a J. Carter & Associates novel. As for which one it will be, I'm not sure.
It could be Clear Line of Sight, which is focused on Marc Pearson and photographer Serena Bradley. I've been working on this story for a long time - it was originally a NaNoWriMo novel back in 2009, but Kat and Aidan kept interjecting themselves into the story. I pushed it to the back burner in order to concentrate more on Kat and Aidan.
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Miranda is a fascinating character. She was the firstborn daughter, but given up in favor of Kat by their mother. She was adopted by a family that already had several kids. But they were different than the Winters family who later took in Kat. I won't say exactly how, but I will say Miranda has a lot more in common with Aidan than she does with Kat. Speculate about that as you will.
I made a decision to focus on Aidan's background before we delved into the relationship between the sisters, which is why Breaking Point preceded Double Agent. Miranda and Katherine's struggles continue throughout the series as evident by Blown Away.
The J. Carter & Associates series has always been about family at it's core. It is about relationships and the ties that bind people together - blood ties and otherwise. Aidan is running from his family. Kat is ignorant about her family. Lisa is bent on protecting her family. Jackson is discovering a family after having lost his own. The people who work there are a messed up and mixed up family, but they are a family. Marc is the big brother that Kat always wanted. He's the brother that Aidan never had. Jackson is the father Aidan always wanted. Kat had a family. She had parents and a sister who loved her once. But she also has her JCA family. Her real family.
Early on in the planning process, I tried to figure out how to keep Lisa in the series. Originally, she lived on and Kat became close to her. But the more I learned about Katherine, the less I could see her forgiving Lisa for giving her up. In time, yes. But they would never have been close because Kat had been betrayed before by Scott. To pretend that Lisa, Jackson, and Kat could be a perfect, happy family would have been disingenuous to the characters.
Last year, I planned to release a 3-in-1 novella collection (in print for the first time!) and the third J. Carter & Associates novella. However, I've run into complications with the plot and I'm holding off work on Dead on Arrival at this time. Realistically, I can see it being released after Double Agent since the plots echo each other. It also might feature a character death or two.
Blood Ties Series:
I encountered lots of problems with Kindle Worlds this past year. Lots of problems. While these problems on the surface appear corrected, I am still hesitant to finish the series. I lost a lot of steam while handling various publishing issues. That being said, I dearly love this series and I do plan to continue it. It will not be as fast in releases as the Duality Trilogy was.
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Ideally, I would like to publish two more novellas from this series this year - one in the spring and another again in the fall. They have each run longer than the Duality ones in word count, far exceeding the planned length of approximately 15,000 words.
Releases In Review:
At least one full length novel from the J. Carter & Associates series will be released this year. Depending on the novel, I will publish the next novella, Dead on Arrival, either late this year or early next year.
The Blood Ties series hit a speed bump but is on track for one to two releases this year (Spring/Fall).
I'm revamping the website and it will be moved to a paid address once I complete the updates. That's right, no more adding the ".webs.com"! I don't have a timeline for this yet.
I encountered some formatting issues with Steal You Away, at least on Smashwords. I'm in the process of updating and reformatting the entire file. Once it is uploaded, I will also update Amazon, Nook, and the print version as/if needed.
The new formatting is gorgeous, but time consuming since I had to completely strip the file of all formatting - including every chapter header, every italic, etc. My brain can only take so much at a time.
Happy New Year!