Today, February 28th, 2017, CALLIE'S EMBERS (Fires of Cricket Bend #3) is available. This is the first entire series I've completed and had published, and it's been an amazing adventure. Oh, the lessons I've learned about myself as a writer along the way. There are enough to make up another whole blog post.
In my head, each of the three books in the series starts with an "overture" - The Foothills, by Sara Watkins...
I submitted HAVEN'S FLAME to some publishers in the spring of 2015, and got some offers. Limitless Publishing contacted me back, asking for the full manuscript, and I sent it. Then I went on a road trip from Chicago to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Amazing place, but as much of it is nothing but gorgeous nature, the internet accessibility isn't always great. While I was there, and checking my email at some point when I had service, there it was - an offer for the FIRES OF CRICKET BEND series. Holy cow!
We celebrated, as is our way, with a trip to a brewery which happened to be connected to a winery, and I bought a bottle of Red Ass Rhubarb Wine from the Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City, South Dakota. It came home to Chicago with me, and I declared that we would drink it on the night the final book in the series was published, and it's been sitting in wait since May of last year when I submitted the finished book.
AND NOW ITS TONIGHT! YAY! HOORAY! *Happy Dance!*
That tonight is also Fat Tuesday is a lovely twist. I look forward to drinking this raspberry and rhubarb wine with some paczki for dessert tonight.
So I'm going to sit back for a day or two (MAIDENS & MONSTERS won't finish itself, after all) and enjoy my find memories of building Cricket Bend. These characters, who I treasure, will stick with me for a long time. Maybe I'll revisit them someday. Who knows? I certainly hope you enjoy CALLIE'S EMBERS, and if you haven't started the series I hope you do and that you enjoy it. It was certainly a fun ride to create.
Like every book in the series has shared the same overture, the same is true of the finale.
I'm sure I'll find my way back to Cricket Bend someday. For now, I left the characters where I want them to be - at a place from which they can all move forward with hope.
Happy Reading! And Happy Fat Tuesday!