As 2021 wraps up and I get ready to release the final book in my Beast and Beauty series, it's time to look ahead to 2022, and my next few projects. Lucky for me, my wonder twin of an administrative assistant, Jo, has stepped in to draw up an actual calendar, so I can plot out my upcoming series with ease! So, without further ado, here are my next five writing projects, beginning next year!
2022: Brides of Carpathia
With Beast and Beauty coming to a close, I've begun work on a collaborative new project involving vampires, co-authoring with the remarkable, award-winning Torie James. It all started with a night of binge-watching a certain vampire series, then moving from there to the classic Bram Stoker's Dracula, an old favorite for us both. We started thinking up what-ifs, as storytellers are wont to do, and viola! The Brides of Carpathia was conceived.
And that, kids, is where book babies come from!
Set in modern-day Newport Beach, California, our vampire series features an agency full of wicked, witty immortal women, hunters of the night and slayers of evil, doubling as surfer chicks, enchanting sorceresses, snarky runaways, and MMA champions. Throw in an undying Quincey Morris tending bar for these bloodsucking babes, and you've got our grown-up answer to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. But what about the women hell has left behind?
Book One: Blood Born hits virtual shelves on January 18!
2022: Untitled Reverse Harem/Rejected Mates series
Also launching in 2022: a new reverse harem series beginning with a tale of rejection and rebirth. Debuting in the upcoming box set, Rejected Mates, I'll be kicking off a series involving Norse and Germanic mythology, gods and goddesses, monsters, shifters, and fae! The title hasn't come to me yet, but I do know the tale will follow a lady einherjar in the modern era, working as an elite fixer for the god Odin, partnered with a fellow undead warrior who also happens to share her bed. At least, until he discovers her scandalous secret.
Can't say more here... spoilers, you know!
2022-2023: Completing my Four Courts series
Originally released while I was working as a house author with Breathless Press, my poor Four Courts series fell by the wayside after the publisher closed and I moved to a new publisher, then subsequently left that one to start self-pubbing. The first two books, Goblin Fires and Elfin Nights are still available, and Book One can even be had in audiobook (read by the incomparable Domino Lane). However, I've been yearning to get back to the world of Thairy and my half-Sidhe children of the Morrigan. Book Three, which will be written from the point of view of Talaith, the Winter Princess, has been on my mind for a very long time, and I'm eager to sit down and write it soon.
2023: Sequel to Shifter's Dawn
I've had stories in mind to return to the world of Shifter's Dawn and the shapeshifting packs in modern Siberia. While there are plans in the works for a prequel to the original trilogy, I've also plotted out some basic ideas for a sequel trilogy as well, focusing on a new pack who make their home near Lake Baikal in Irkutsk, Russia. The leading lady in this new adventure is a she-bear shifter, dealing with the fallout of the war with the skinwalkers and the influx of wounded warriors who've come to Baikal in search of a second chance.
In other Shifter's Dawn news, the original trilogy will also be coming to audiobook very soon!
No date set: the origins of my shifter goddess, Catori
The divine being known as Diezana, Ainle, and Catori has made her appearance in a few
of my series now, including as the mother of shapeshifters in Shifter's Dawn, and the sacred dragoness in Beast and Beauty. Cat's always been a core element in a majority of my stories, and I've been looking forward to telling her tale for years. The history of who she truly is and where she came from, how she became a goddess, and the events that lead her to tell Elaina of Shifter's Dawn that she never meant to bring magic into the world, and why her followers in Beast and Beauty are called "storm-bringers", thanks to a terrible mistake in her past. These are all things I hope to write about, in good time, and I hope my readers will be interested in discovering the truth behind my favorite little godling.
Of course, there's never a lack of projects on my desk, and I know some readers will be wondering whatever happened to my Books of Blood and Fire, and when I'll be completing my Dark Roads Saga as well. The good news is, Jo's on top of things, even if I'm not! Serenity's next book has already been added to my calendar and should be released next year, and if all goes well I'll have the last two books out without any other major delay, as well. As for my lady-loving vampire, Rhiannon, the future of her series is still up in the air, but she's not been abandoned, that's for sure. Her series may be in for a re-vamp (ha ha) and a total re-release, sometime in the not-too-distant future.