Ever have so many books to write that you can’t keep up with any of them? This is my life currently. Life just started going more nuts than usual in April, and I haven’t recovered yet. But that’s all changing! Because I’m getting organized!
Well, maybe “organized” is too strong a word. It might be more accurate to say “less chaotic” instead. I’ve got my bullet journal up and running, and so far so good. So I wanted to reach out to my readers and give you guys an update on where your eagerly anticipated sequels are at in the writing process.
Barb Taylor & The Mountain of Fire (Lightkeepers Book 2)
Meg Mitchell & The Secret of the Journal released in March 2016 (my young adult pen name is Kimberly McNeil), and I’d really hoped to have the sequel finished in January. Then I’d hoped to have it finished in February. Well, long story short, it’s almost July, and it’s not done yet. But it’s close! My goal is to have it ready to print before fall arrives.
Barb Taylor & The Mountain of Fire has been a ton of fun to write up until this point, and now the action is really starting. So it should fly pretty quickly from here. I’m really excited about this story. Book 1 in the Legend of the Lightkeepers series was written mainly from Meg’s point of view, but Book 2 is coming mainly from Barb’s point of view. And Barb Taylor is probably my favorite character of all time. Also, while Book 1 took place mainly in our world, Book 2 is mostly set in the Andarian Dimension.
You know. The one with the walking, talking fox people and the alien civilization with Hindi and Arab vibes? Yeah, that one. So you can expect a lot of awesome world building, more information on Prism Castle, and a lot of action sequences, especially since the primary opponents in this book are the Centaurs.
So those of you waiting for Book 2, hold on a little longer! And please help me spread the word about the series. If you’ve read it and loved it, please please please leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. It’ll help a ton!
Morningstar Series: The Covenant Trilogy
Yes, for those who didn’t realize, there is more to The Destiny Trilogy than three books. There are actually nine books total. (Yes, nine. Because my brain struggles with writing just three books at a time.) I had dearly hoped to have the updated story outlines finished by this point in the year, but it hasn’t happened yet. Probably for the same reasons I haven’t finished anything else.
But take heart! I’ve had the initial outline and initial draft of the first novel completed for years. What I need to do now is go back through and alter some key plot points.
For example, in the very original draft of Covenant Book 1, we first meet Snow and Rain Stormcloud. That was their original introduction. As you guys know, I bumped up their introduction to the Destiny Trilogy, so all of that has to change. But one thing remains certain about the Covenant Trilogy: We get actual time travel.
The Destiny Trilogy only hinted at it. In the Covenant Trilogy, it actually happens.
The other fun part of the Covenant Trilogy is who its central character will be. Now, granted, the entirety of the Morningstar Series is about Aura (Um… Xander… Sorry! Spoilers!). But the Covenant Trilogy is going to focus more on Kale Ravenwood. We’re going to learn about his history with the Black Dragon Syndicate. We’re going to find out more about the Black Dragons in general. And the whole story kicks off with someone from Kale’s past who comes storming back into their lives. I can’t wait to share this story with you guys!
A little something extra
I can’t promise anything, but I’m hoping to have a novella out in the next year or so. It’s going to be a fun (and funny) little story about a certain wedding. Yes, Kale and Aura. The Covenant Trilogy will take place many years after the Destiny Trilogy has concluded, but I wanted to give some attention to the most highly anticipated wedding in the series. (Don’t worry. The mushiness quotient won’t be overdone, and something will still blow up.)
The Mountain Requires Blood
And finally, my personal project that I’ve been working on for YEARS, has been delayed yet again because these other projects aren’t done. I’ve been hammering away at a novel about Guatemala for about ten years now. I love the story. I love the characters. And I haven’t given up on it. It’s just sitting on a back burner until I can finish a few other things.
The Mountain Requires Blood is different from other things I’ve written. It’s more introspective—an internal story rather than my usual external ones.
Jamie Logan is a journalist looking for a story that will get him on page one of his paper, and he finds the perfect opportunity after his adoptive father dies, issuing a last wish that Jamie meet his birth mother. Jamie, born in Guatemala and given away as an infant, returns and seeks the help of a missionary family. Jamie’s stated intention is to find his mother; his real purpose is to blow the lid off the dangers of organized American religion in native cultures. But what he finds in the jungles of Guatemala challenge everything he thought he knew about his family, his future, and his own heart.
It’s a beautiful story about sacrifice that I can’t wait to tell. So stay tuned and be on the lookout for this one. Once it’s out, I’ll be making a lot of noise.
Finding Fireflies Sequel
I should also take this time to announce officially that I will be starting another novel as soon as I have time. Everyone LOVED my romantic comedy (which is really more like an action comedy with a touch of romance) so much that I’ve decided it needs a sequel. It is unnamed at this point, but I can tell you that it involves a wedding, a honeymoon in Ireland, and several slapstick action moments in a medieval hut.
Other titles currently in the works include a paranormal action/comedy about a cowboy and a British dog-walker as well as a fun sci-fi action/adventure novel about vikings in space. Yes, I’m completely serious. Trust me. It’ll be awesome!
As always, my dear friends, thank you for reading and helping me share the news about my stories. I wouldn’t be able to do this without you.