So announcement. Umm, the insurance might pay for our kitchen. Tentatively, all hail Allstate. Tentatively. Wait… that’s not it.
Our debit card was compromised! Well, that’s distressing but also not it.
We got a new cat. We’re keeping Batty, but she seems not to be all there mentally, so we stopped trying to get her to bond with Kid 2 and instead got Kid 2 an alternative who loves her with kitteny passion of a thousand suns.
No, that’s not it either.
We are delighted to announce three additional books in Kate Daniels Magic series.
We’ve been sitting on this for weeks! There! It’s out!
When we were running a beta read for Magic Rises, several of our beta readers made comments like this:
I’m a bit confused as to how you can possibly finish Kate & Curran’s saga with only the 7th book?
Unfortunately, we were also a bit confused. The power imbalance between Roland and Kate is too great and after what happens with [name redacted] in Magic Rises, it would be very difficult to resolve his and Curran issues. We are editing Magic Rises, and I have to tell you that it’s 200K plot crammed into 100K book. It keeps growing as we edit. Today we were sitting there trying to figure where to fit Mahon’s back story and how much of it to put in. We started out at 95K and now it’s 105K now and getting bigger. And then our editor asked things like, “What about [name redacted]? Are you going to resolve this?” And we said, “Ummm.”
We’ve received a very large volume of emails that told us that you were not satisfied with the ending of the Edge. A lot of you loved the Edge books but felt that the ending left too much to the future: kids growing up, Spider not being dead, Richard’s face slowly reverting back to normal, and so on. We don’t want to leave you in the same position with Kate series. You have made this series a terrific success. We want to make sure that it ends well.
So the next question we asked was, “If we wrote past the ‘end’ of the series, would there be support from the publishing house?” The state of publishing today is interesting to say the least. Penguin, Ace’s parent house, is facing a merger with Random House, which makes some people in the industry kind of nervous. And in this time of uncertainty Ace stepped forward and said, “We love the books. We believe in your work.” We’re getting a really nice schedule and a comfortable wage. If the support wasn’t there, I don’t think we would do it, because going this far into the series is making the books more and more complex and a little more difficult to write. Knowing we have plenty of time and a talented, committed group of people who are willing to work with us on it is very reassuring. We very much appreciate it. We’re very grateful to the editorial department at Ace for being in our corner.
In conclusion, we would like to extend special thanks to Anne Sowards, our editor, who puts up with our insanity and works so hard to make the books better, to Nancy Yost, our agent, who champions our work and work above and beyond on our behalf, and to all of you. Thank you for making it possible.
So now, practical, and tentative, things:
Jim and Dali’s book has been phased out. It required an insane amount of research into Indonesian customs and everyone had difficulty figuring out where it fit into the schedule. They are fan favorites and we want to do it right or not at all. We’re toying around with the idea of novella series, but we haven’t decided yet. It may have to go into stuff we do on the side column, somewhere after Innkeeper and Roman. We want to make sure that you get at least one Kate book per year.
Magic Rises, Kate 6, will be released this summer, Kate 7, next summer, and so on, bringing the total to 10 Kate books.
Kate 7 will be written as intended. We always said it will be a confrontation between Kate and her father and that’s exactly what it will be. It will be a natural stopping point, the end of Round One, to that part of the series arc, so if you wish, you can stop after Kate 7, and not follow further adventures of Kate, Curran, Hugh, Roland, and various enemies and near immortal relatives and not feel completely left adrift.
Press release is over. Now the real reaction. OMG. I am so relieved. This makes things so much easier. I’m terribly excited!!! ::hops up and down:: We get to write about Kate’s family. It’s not quite real yet or we’d be congratulating each other.