Just a few weeks away from the release of the very last book in the Mystic’s End series! Captive Magic is currently with the ARC team, and we’ve just sent out the email to the mailing list for the giveaway. I’ve gotten some private feedback from readers that it was a satisfying wrap-up to the 8-book series, and I hope you’ll agree. As a reminder, the new series starring Astra Arden will begin this June. There’ll be an extra month between the last book in Mystic’s End and the beginning of the new series, but there will be two books out in June to make up for it. I hope you’re looking forward to the new series!
We’re just forty-six days away from the release of the very last book in the Mystic’s End series! Captive Magic is being finished up as I write this. It’s been bittersweet to work on bringing a series home that’s been so popular with readers, and I hope you feel the characters’ stories end in a place that seems unforeseen and totally perfect for them. Astra Arden‘s story begins early this summer, and I’m also really excited to get to work on a new set of characters in a different setting. The rest of this year’s publication schedule is as follows: Thursday, Mar 11, 2021 – Captive Magic (Mystic’s End Mysteries Book 8) Thursday, Jun 10, 2021 – Star of Sage and Scream (Owl Star Witch Mysteries Book 1) Thursday, Jun 24, 2021 – Owl’s Fair (Owl Star Witch Mysteries Book 2) Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 – Magic’s a Hoot (Owl Star Witch Mysteries Book 3) Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 – Title to be announced (Owl Star Witch Mysteries Book 4) Thursday, Dec 30, 2021 – Title to be announced (Owl Star Witch Mysteries Book 5) I hope your 2021 is looking up!
We’re just twelve days away from the release of Scry Harder, the second to last book in the Mystic’s End series. I’m five chapters into the Captive Magic, which will be the final installment of this era in Mystic’s End. I’m truly grateful for the positive reaction you have all has to my second series, and I look forward to wrapping up this portion of Fortuna’s story. Will the folks of Mystic’s End be back? It’s distinctly possible we’ll check in on them in a year or two and see how their life’s settling in with another series. For 2021, we’ll be spinning up Astra Arden‘s story as she returns after a stint in the paranormal military as a fugitive tracker. “Coronavirus has turned us all into dogs: We roam the house looking for food, we’re told ‘no’ if we get too close to strangers, and we get really excited about car rides and walks.” —Unknown As I look down at the end of this most challenging of years, I hope my pithy, lighthearted books have brought you some respite from the stress, strain, and challenges we’ve all had to endure. My hope is that next year you’ll get to read them because you need a break from all the dinners out, movies, shows, vacations, and visits to loved ones. Wishing you all the best in the new year!
Thanks to those of you that picked up Boozehounds and Ball Drops! I’m hard at work on Scry Harder, and that will be the second to last Book in the Mystic’s End series. I’ve already mapped out and put the next one up for you, and I think you’ll like the Owl Star Witch! I do need to take a moment to talk about some not so great news. This year I started a foray into audiobooks, and I have to admit it’s been less than fun. I chose to produce them through Amazon’s ACX, and while I thought I’d be getting one out once a month and catch up easily? Due to massive delays at ACX, that hasn’t been the case. For example, Sketchy Charms was submitted to ACX on October 25th as complete and ready to go. On November 19th, the quality control process was finally completed—though I still have no idea when it will be actually in the store. Production took about half the time. That alone would be frustrating enough. However, it’s come to light within the past month that Audible is promoting exchanges and returns as a feature of membership. You can read in-depth information about this in these locations: Audiblegate! The incredible true story of missing sales Audiblegate? Audiblegate: HOW AUDIBLE-ACX RETURNS POLICY PENALIZES AUTHORS To make a long story short, it appears that the returns of audiobooks are extremely high (which stands to reason as this is encouraged by Audible) and that folks openly discuss using the returns as a way to get more out of their credits—kind of like a makeshift subscription service/KU for audiobooks. My own sales math does seem a bit wonky – the first month, 75% of my audiobook sales were through member credit. Second month? That dropped to 50%. The third month it dropped all the way down to 20% – and yet sales made via purchases both by members and non-members remained relatively stable. It was only the membership sales that had wild fluctuations and steep drops. The problem is when books are returned or exchanged to get the next one in the series, no royalties are paid to rightsholders for that listen. This means that audiobooks—which already pay fewer royalties than books and are far more expensive to produce—are not just unprofitable but can become financial liabilities. If you’d like to join us in an attempt to discourage Amazon from (1) hiding our returns from us and (2) encouraging those exchanges and returns as a feature of membership, please think about signing the Author’s Guild Petition. For now, I’ve put the production of the rest of the audiobooks in the Mystic’s End series on hold. I’ve requested my returns data from Audible so I can confirm precisely how much of a problem this is, and once I get that data I’ll make a decision as to whether it’s financially feasible to continue. I hope I’ll be able to—I really do like the audiobooks, and I want …
It’s less than two weeks to Boozehounds and Ball Drops! Coming up even sooner than that is Hexes and Holly, a holiday anthology from me and thirteen of your favorite paranormal cozy authors. Hexes and Holly is dropping November 1st with Boozehounds and Ball Drops to follow on November 5th. Hexes and Holly contains a prequel short story for Mystic’s End starring Fortuna Delphi from the Mystic’s End series and Gunther Makepeace from the Magical Midway series. For those of you that have read Mystic’s End but not Magical Midway, it fills in some information about the first series as well as introduces the town and some characters from the new series. Sketchy Charms audiobook is wrapped up and is being submitted for publication this week. Unfortunately, that could mean it will be on sale next Monday or a month from now. No way to know. If you’re waiting for it, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, subscribe to the mailing list, or join the text community by sending me a text message to 1 (512) 359-3123 and I’ll let you know when it’s up. Stay safe, and remember to vote!