The State of My Universe Address–Series Edition

I get quite a few emails asking when such and such a book is coming out, and since I’m in the midst of changing newsletter services, I thought I’d share my current state of unrest. It was no accident that I asked author Jeffe Kennedy to share her thoughts in yesterday’s blog about ending series, and she was gracious enough to do so. If you haven’t read it, be sure to go back and check it out.

First, the dead ducks. I’m about 99.9 percent sure (never quite say never) that there will not be any more books in The Collectors series (as Susannah Sandlin). I still like the idea, and had even decided on the next treasure to hunt–the “Amber Room” that went missing during WWII. But I realized in the writing of DEADLY, CALM, AND COLD that these books were inevitably going to be formulaic: bad guy finds treasure, finds vulnerable couple, blackmails them into finding treasure, is outwitted. So unless some bolt of lightning strikes from above, The Collectors will be a duology. I love both of the books (the other is LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP), but I can’t love the idea of writing another one, at least not now.

THE PENTON LEGACY (Susannah Sandlin) was orphaned when my publisher decided not to continue publishing any paranormal romance, but that story is not done. I’m currently working on a book five (I guess it’s book six if you count STORM FORCE in there). I still hope to have iLLUMINATION out in February. The cover is almost done, and I can’t wait to show it to you! This will be the final book in the current story arc, but I love these characters and might do a spinoff series more akin to STORM FORCE but with the vampires. That’s farther down the road, though. Stay tuned to the blog for a cover reveal and release date!

There will be one more book in the SENTINELS OF NEW ORLEANS series (Suzanne Johnson), tentatively called FRENCHMAN AND RAMPART. It’s been in limbo for a while as I wait for the publisher to decide whether or not they want to finish out the series. If they don’t, no worries. This book WILL be written and published, finishing a six-book story arc that was planned from the outset. It will be out sometime in 2018 and that’s as specific as I can be right now. But it will be, um, explosive! After that? I’m toying with what to do with Jean Lafitte once Sentinels is done. I mean he’s immortal–he needs something to do, right?

Finally, my heart currently belongs to the WILDS OF THE BAYOU series, and particularly with one particular character (cough cough Paul cough cough). This series is also in limbo awaiting a “stay” or “go” from the publisher. I will likely continue with at least one more book regardless of their decision.

What else is up this year besides my move (finally!) to full-time author? I’m planning a couple of standalone novels, as well as new novellas in the Fae Hunters series to follow up THE CONSORT. What gets done first, last, and when will depend on the publishers’ decisions since they have first dibs on series books.

So…that’s what’s going on in my world. One thing we do know: next up–ILLUMINATION!

6 thoughts on “The State of My Universe Address–Series Edition

  1. As much as I wanted to make a comment about retirement and extra time, I know for a fact that that is not true. I’m just starting my 14th year of retirement and there is no extra time, quite often wonder how I had time to work. Anyhow what ever you write I will buy, read, and brag about. As much as a spin-off for Jean sounds great, I for one will miss D.J. and Charlie, and Robin, and Penton, and New Orleans…..

    • Yes, I suspect that will be true of retirement, especially as my Senior Adult caregiving duties seem to be ramping up (which is why no sleep in two days). The good thing about the ability to do indie fiction is those characters can always come around again 🙂

  2. Thanks for the update on your books. I’m very happy to read any of your stories, but Jean has a special spot in my heart.

  3. As Liz said..thanks for the update. I’m a fan of all your series but really really liking Wilds of the Bayou books. Can’t wait for February. Hubs and I are also dealing with senior adults. It can be a trial. I’m now known as the lady my husband lives with. ( she has Alzheimers) His dad has every disease known to man. Not really, major 90 yr old hypochondriac. lol.

  4. i will read what ever you write but yes i can’t wait for more hunter novellas so we can get an omnibus^^ and more Jean! of course ( without forgetting DJ) as for the collector series it can wait until you have teh want to write more^^

  5. Just wanted to say that I’m excited you’ll publish the last Sentinels book no matter what, but if you could please try to make sure it’s available to Nook users as well as Kindle, that would be great. Not everybody likes Amazon or uses Kindle!