The Book Is Done … What’s Next?

MM_SSI4_StormWarning_300x400My fourth Security Specialists International book is now LIVE and being sold at all your favorite on-line retailers.

And as with every book I’ve ever written and published since 1998, after all the nice reviews and compliments — and can I just say THANK YOU!!! I love my fans!!– the first question I always get is “What’s next?”

Answer to the question:  I plan to write Trey and Fee’s story, titled An Ill Wind.

Please note the crucial word in the above sentence is “plan.”

I don’t get sidetracked very often, but the times I have, have been noticeable. Cold Day in Hell, Risto’s story, wasn’t even a germ of an idea in my brain once I’d finished Eye of the Storm. I’d fully planned that after the novella Stormy Weather Baby, Vanko’s book was supposed to be the second book.

I’d even written a third of Vanko’s story when Risto hijacked my brain and insisted, in a very nice, but alpha-dominant sort of way, that his book had to be Book 2.  Of course, Cold Day in Hell then spawned Tessa and Earl’s book Storm Front before I could get back to Vanko.

Looking back, I was glad Risto was so insistent.

So, yes, I plan to write Trey and Fee next. There are important reasons why I should. First and most importantly, Trey has been waiting for Fee since Stormy Weather Baby; the man has been celibate and is due. Plus, Fee is lonely in the New Mexico/Mexico border town and is ready to start dating again. Finally, Sanctuary and the under-served medically area of Idaho County needs a doctor the caliber of Dr. Fiona Teague (not to mention, the men and women of SSI need a doctor close by).

Don’t feel too bad for Trey; it really hasn’t been that long since Fee left Sanctuary. In my SSI timeline, Trey’s only been waiting for Fee to agree to go on a date with him since around mid-June (when Riley Maddox was born).

An Ill Wind starts on March 1st, a little over 8 1/2 months later.  During all the other books and the passing of those months, Trey’s managed to visit Fee every month at least once.  He’s charmed and wooed Fey, using that stealth courting technique Tweeter used on DJ Poe.

At the beginning of An Ill Wind, Fee’s agreed to go out with Trey on his next visit (alluded to in Storm Warning).  In fact, she’s looking forward to it, but is still a little nervous. Then FUBAR happens and the date gets postponed for a bit.  And, no, I won’t say why since it would spoil the beginning of the next book for y’all.

See?  I know what will happen.  I know the set up.  I even know the dark moment near the end and how the book will end (HEA, of course).

BUT the middle is a MYSTERY!!  Why?  Because I am a semi-pantser.  I know things that have to happen in my books, BUT I let the characters talk me through all the intricacies of their story.

This is good — because it allows me to go with the flow of the action, to be creative, and discover the story as the characters reveal it to me. But it is also, bad.  Bad, in the way, that if my characters just shut the hell up in the middle of the book, some other character might come along and demand, as Risto did, that I write his or her story first. It’s happened before and I can’t promise it won’t happen again.

Plus, I now also have a name for a novella, Hot as Hell, which will feature a set of secondary characters and an important plot thread left hanging (on purpose) from Storm Warning.  And, no, I can’t tell you who or what since that would spoil it for those who haven’t read Storm Warning yet.  😉

Speaking of Storm Warning — here are some BUY Links.  🙂



4 thoughts on “The Book Is Done … What’s Next?

  1. Can I ask you, how did you publish on all of these online sources? I want to self-publish my book soon, but I thought I’d only publish it on Amazon. How can I get it to the others? Care to share?


    • Hi, Dave. Thanks for liking my post and for commenting. As with Amazon and its Kindle Direct Publishing arm, B&N through its Nook Press, Kobo, and iBooks all have direct publishing arms for independent authors. All you have to do is sign up for an account and, as with Kindle, upload the format appropriate files and meta-data.

      Or, you could investigate other sources such as Draft2Digital or Smashwords both of which allow you to upload to one place and then they help you get the books formatted and to the retailers of your choice. They also have other services for the independent author. I have friends who have used D2D and found it a painless process.

      I was privileged enough to have an invite to use INscribe as my digital distributor, and they handled all the distribution except for Amazon, which I uploaded myself. This worked best for me since INscribe handles all the distribution for my long-time publisher, Liquid Silver Books. Normally, Storm Warning would have come out through Liquid Silver Books, but personal circumstances early in the year put me way off-schedule and so I self-pubbed this book so my fans would get it this summer as I had promised.

      However you approach the publication of your book, I wish you luck in your endeavors.

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      • Wow, thank you so much for your information, Monette! I will continue to investigate which method will work best for me. I really appreciate the time you took to explain this to me. Your info helps me get started on the right track. Thanks again!!


  2. Storm Warning was a great read. I finished it last night and loved it. I liked Tweeter and was worried he was in the “brother zone” and I wouldn’t like him as a lead, but he was awesome. Now I want the next and the next and the next. Thank you for more hours of great reading!


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