Hi. By now you've noticed that summer is over and I haven't published Iniquity. There is a reason for that: I'm not finished writing it. Because of this, I owe you all an apology. I hate missing deadlines. I try really hard to manage everyone's expectations; I failed in that this time. I'm truly sorry from the bottom of my heart for it not being ready. I can make excuses for it, but it really comes down to one simple reason: I won't put out a book unless I'm absolutely in love with it. This story has been my life for almost 6 years. I want it to be as close to perfect as I can make it. Therefore, I'm going to postpone the release of Iniquity until early 2014. If I get it finished and edited before then, I'll move the date up and we can all party our brains out. If not, I think that will give me enough time to do what I need to do to make it exactly what it needs to be. I owe you an amazing story after all of your dedication to these books.
I know how disappointing this is. Please feel free to vent your frustration here. I'm not trying to torture you. This is not a marketing strategy, in fact, I'll probably lose fans over this. I want this book to exceed all of your expectations. It has to have passion, romance, danger, betrayal, intensity, gut-wrenching sorrow, life-affirming love, suspense, and in the midst of all of that, it has to have the type of humor that makes you laugh out loud, even when you're feeling hopeless. In order to do that, I need more time.
I've made another decision regarding publishing. I had intended to publish the first book in my Kricket Series entitled Under Different Stars after the release of Iniquity. It's a Young Adult/Dystopian novel. I've now decided to bump up the release date for it to either November or December of 2013. I've been working on getting an amazing cover for it for the past month.
To show you that I'm not a heartless monster, I'll give you another teaser from the story, so you can see that I'm really dedicated to telling this story.
This is a Reed and Evie teaser.
My hand stills. I panic. Time could change us, like it had with Xavier and me. I feel like my heart unravels, but I don’t let him see it. “One day, Reed,” I begin dabbing at his cheek again, “you and I will get in the car and just drive. We’ll wander from silver cities to golden coasts.” I use an alcohol swab to clean the blood from his cheek. “And we’ll sleep when we’re tired and when we wake, I’ll find a way to make you laugh and I’ll live in the sound of it.” My throat gets tight because I long for that day to be now. “We’ll find somewhere you’ve never been and we’ll make it ours—fill it with memories of us. That’s what I want.” I finish with the alcohol swab. Leaning close, I gently blow on his healing wound to ease the sting.
Reed takes my hand and brings it to his lips, kissing it tenderly. “And when we get that sleep, there will never be a your side or a my side of the bed—we’ll always meet in the middle. And when I hold you there, in our bed, you’ll let me rest my lips here.” Reed lets go of my hand to move his thumb to caress the sensitive skin of my neck just beneath my ear. I get swept up in him: my body his with one touch. I turn and rub my cheek gently against his palm.
“And we won’t rush...ever,” I murmur, forgetting to be scared for a moment as I kiss him. I want that future with him.
“The world can spin around us but we’ll take our time, savor every moment.”
My head rests on his shoulder. “Just you and me.”
He kisses the top of my head. “I doubt Buns or Brownie will allow that.”
Coming in early 2014