As most of you know by now, Dragons Realm is out in paperback, eBook, and Audio Book. Thanks to all of you, it has been a #1 New Release on Amazon since the day it was released, including hanging out as a #1 bestseller in Dark Fantasy and Gothic Fiction.
And now to answer the most popular question:
WHY IS DRAGONS REALM A STAND ALONE BOOK?
IS THERE ANY CHANCE IT WILL BECOME A SERIES???
Let me approach this question in two parts: why it's currently a stand alone and what the future may hold... :-)
When I set out to write Dragons Realm, it was a "bucket-list" project for me. :-) I have always revered the epic fantasy writers and longed to try my hand at a pseudo-medieval time period with my own unique brand of vampiric dragons. In addition, I had already drafted a new, modern-day dragon series, and I wanted a chance to flesh out the savage beasts I envisioned in a truly fantastical realm. Thus, Dragons Realm...
That said, I had no idea how hard this book would be to write or how long it would take to write it! LOL
Two years into the process, I realized that I needed to reevaluate a few things: Although I had initially planned to make Dragons Realm a trilogy (Dragons Realm, Dragons War, and Dragons Lair), it became abundantly clear that this "trilogy" would take about 6-7 years to complete, I would have to back off writing the Blood Curse Series to get it done, and readers would still have to wait years between releases. Heck, the world-building alone took me nearly six-months to create! So there I was with this complex story, enough world-building to sustain a long term series, and the sudden realization that this was going to be a monumental task that would require the majority of my focus...and time. One thing was clear: I could not speed it up and still do it well. There was simply too much research and cross-checking required.
Eventually, I figured out a way to plot the original story into a single, stand-alone book with three distinct parts, and this took another nine months. So *that* is how Dragons Realm came about, and now that it's out, it is no surprise that readers are seeing the scope of the world building, feeling a strong connection to the characters, and wondering if there isn't a whole lot more that could come from this saga: say, an entire series or a serial? Perhaps, several individual short-stories?
And my answer to the question is this: I hear you, and I completely agree ~ there are so many future possibilities. :-) However, one fact remains: It is still a very slow-going, complex sub-genre (for me as a writer), and anything I work on will take quite some time to complete. With that in mind, I am weighing all the options. Yes, two-to-three years would be a long time to wait for a sequel, but perhaps a short-story (something that picks up thirty-years into the future) is in order. :-) I can certainly see a dozen possibilities.
In the meantime, I am very excited to continue work on book #8 in the Blood Curse Series (Blood Ecstasy) and book #1 in the Pantheon of Dragons series (Zanaikeyros ~ Son of Dragons). You can follow the links below to learn about the latter. :-)
Follow the links below to purchase Dragons Realm
THE BLOOD CURSE SERIES
The AUDIO BOOKS are still releasing at a steady pace.
Here are the links on Audible.com
Blood Destiny ~ Already out.
Blood Awakening ~ Already out.
Blood Possession ~ Already out.
Blood Shadows ~ Already out.
Blood Redemption ~ Coming ANY DAY NOW
Blood Father ~ In the process of being recorded.
Blood Vengeance ~ Scheduled to be narrated in December.
Blood Genesis ~ Scheduled to be narrated in December.
Blood Ecstasy ~ To be announced in 2016.
(I will try to release the audio & print books together.)
In the meantime, you can listen to AUDIO EXCERPTS from the first five BCS books on my website (including an excerpt from Dragons Realm) by clicking on the
"Audio Excerpts" link above.
"Audio Excerpts" link above.
Whew! What a major update.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support of these works, and please don't forget: You can always keep up with new releases by joining my mailing list. I use the list to notify readers of each new book, the morning the book comes out.
Until next time, cheers!
And I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.