Hey y’all! Just popping in with a few quick updates and some information on what’s coming up next.

The first thing I want to mention is that A Crooked Mile has gone up for a free promotion this week. Thanks to all you awesome readers it is now ranked in three categories:

#3 in Teen & Young Adult Depression Fiction eBooks

#6 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Mental Illness

#67 in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks

I know this might not seem like much, but it makes me incredibly proud! I’ve never really cared much about making money from my books, because I’m very aware that this isn’t going to pay the bills. I just want people to read my stories in the hopes that they’ll love the characters as much as I do. So thanks again if you were one of the folks who downloaded either of the Rust books in the past week or bought a physical copy!

I suppose the next big thing that’s coming up is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I have participated in NaNo for many years now, and it’s often times where I lay down a first draft. I wrote Endless Numbered Days, A Crooked Mile, A Different Shade of Blue, Heart of War, Bookish, and others for NaNo and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. I had originally planned to do a Rust spin-off novel this year, but ultimately another idea came to mind. It’s going to be part of a four book series along with The Dreaming Summer, and while I don’t want to give anything away I think it will end up being pretty interesting! It’s definitely different from my usual, and I’m super excited to see what happens with it.

Speaking of Rust, that’s the other thing I wanted to talk about here. I am currently working on editing A Narrow Road, with the hopes of getting it out and available in December of this year. Whether or not that happens before or after Christmas remains to be seen, but I definitely am aiming for that timeframe. It will be a little bit shorter than the first two books, but it will also lend itself well to piecing together the story as a whole. Once it’s out, then I can start on deep edits and re-writes of The Way Home, the final book in the series.

It feels strange to be done with those characters and that world. I keep saying I won’t revisit it, but then I get sucked in again. I do still plan to write the spin-off book featuring Aidan, though I haven’t really set a time aside yet to write or fully fleshed out what will happen. It won’t be set in the Rust world though, it will be in a whole different place with a lot of brand new faces. See? I keep trying to shake all these characters loose and they suck me back in!

I’m hoping that 2021 will be a lucrative time for me, and that I can get in a few more releases. I have so many things to edit and work in, it’s never ending! I just want to make all my stories the best that they can be, and to try and weave together tales that people can really care about. I’m trying my hand at new things too, from horror to mysteries, and some of it is so new that it’s taking me a little longer than I would have liked. I’m also on this kick now where I’m incapable of just doing a standalone book.

Why does everything have to turn into a series!?

Anyway, I think that’s about it for this update! I just wanted to put some things down here and communicate with all of you. I hope that your spooky season is going beautifully and that all your Halloween dreams are coming true!

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