Yep, after much behind-the scenes work, I’m so happy to be able to finally announce this.
it started back in March, when I began scouring for audio narrators I believed could be a good fit for Jem, and after a request to narrator Hannah Crichton, I got a yes and a contract was set up.
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Since then, I’ve been listening to individual chapters of Called, as Hannah has been sending them through, and giving feedback where required. She’s currently two-thirds of the way through, and I’m hoping we’ll have the entire book completed by end of September, meaning that sometime around then I should have a release date for y’all.
Which means anyone who has been waiting and asking for Called to come to audio will FINALLY be able to listen to Called, and hopefully, the rest of the Holloway Pack series if I can continue to find narrators as great as Hannah who can do the books justice and I feel I work well with.
In the meantime, for anyone who’d like to catch up with Jem and Sean before the audiobook gets here ….
If you’ve read CORNERED, there’s a chance you know about the offered Dan & Liv bonus story.
I’ve even had emails about it, asking when it might be available.
At the time, I thought I’d have it out to readers earlier this year. However, authors are just regular people, and stuff gets in the way, and sometimes deadlines don’t get met, and I won’t bore you with this anymore. Just know that I worked my butt off trying to free up time to get this written. And in July, I finally did.
And then one of my dogs got sick, and I had a lot of sleepless nights, until in early August, we made the tough decision to send her off to play in the clouds. Which took a little bit of getting over.
Even so, I persisted with Dan & Liv whenever I could. And then, the 6 – 8K of words I’d anticipated for this story turned into almost 20K ….
But I DID IT!
Yup, yesterday morning, I called wraps on the Dan & Liv bonus story.
If you have signed up for it, it should be coming through to you REAL soon.
If you haven’t, or you don’t know how, let me just explain what this story is and how you might get it.
The Dan & Liv bonus story is a FREE read and is a thank you gift to those who have followed along in the novels of the Holloway Pack
If you are not up to date with the Holloway Pack books, you won’t understand the bonus story, because I’ve written no back-story in to explain the set-up, or introduce the characters (if you’re up to date, you’ll know what you need to know
If you are not up to date with the Holloway Pack books, you’ll be hit with a bunch of spoilers
If you ARE up to date with the pack, then you SHOULD know about and how to sign up for this freebie
If you ARE up to date and don’t know about it, then you can contact me either via here, or my website, with some kind of proof that you’re up to date with the series and want to read it because you’re excited to see where the story goes, rather than you want your hands on it because it’s free/you can pirate it out to every man and his dog, and I’m happy that you’ve read what you need to have to grab this, then I’ll ensure you know how to grab yourself a copy.
This might all sound a little unnecessary, or cloak and dagger, but
Pirating is constantly on the rise and I ain’t contributing to that, and besides pirating something that is supposed to be a gift and is free, is just nasty and fairly petty (imo)
I don’t really want this one being added to Goodreads, so it can get a bunch of 1* reviews from folks who have read it without reading the previous books and get miffed because they haven’t a clue what’s going on
That’s why I’m making it available this way, and (hopefully) this way only.
So, if you signed up for the story, keep an eye on your email, and if you didn’t and are up to date with everything else, you might want to get on that.
I have some announcements to make regarding the Holloway Pack.
Ones I’ve been sitting on for a few months, since I first decided on going ahead with these changes, and I’ve been oh, so eager to share.
And now I can share, so here goes. There’s more than one change, so be sure to read to the end. 😉
Darkness & Light is getting a new title
From Monday March 27th, Darkness & Light will no longer be called Darkness & Light.
From Monday, it will go by its new title of THE WOLF WITHIN
It was a big decision whether or not to make this change, but after getting the opinion of others on it, I decided it could only do the book, and the series, more good than harm.
Whilst I love Darkness & Light as a title, I’ve come to realise that it only actually makes sense in relation to the book once someone has read it. People who haven’t read my book(s) aren’t going to get it. So, I decided to give it a title that will leave the reader in little doubt as to what the book contains.
The Holloway Pack series is getting a new face
Yep, you read that right. The entire series has had a makeover. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but couldn’t move forward with because a) I didn’t have the rights to some of the books until last summer, and b) I had no idea how I wanted them to look.
Now I do know how I want them to look, and when I explained them to my regular cover lady, she ‘got’ it without argument. And it took only a few attempts for her to send me through an entire set of covers that made me happy.
Actually, I’m more than happy with the new covers. I LOVE them.
The reveals for these will be happening next week, when one cover will be going live each day of the week, beginning with The Wolf Within on Monday.
And I can’t WAIT for you guys to see.
The Holloway Pack is becoming a boxed set
This is also something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but that whole waiting on reverting rights issue I mentioned above …
Anyway, very, very soon, the titles will be getting compiled to release as boxed sets as follows.
Boxed Set #1 containing The Wolf Within, Blue Moon and Caged
Boxed Set #2 containing Unnatural, Cornered and Burned (once Burned has released)
Boxed Set #3 containing books 1 – 6 of the Holloway Pack
At this point, the only title that won’t be a part of these boxed sets is the finale of the series. I’ll revisit whether or not to change that once the title is written and released.
So, there you have it. All the Holloway Pack changes.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out on Monday for the new The Wolf Within cover going live.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t crapping my pants a whole big lot little. I mean, I’m by no means a people person. Hate crowds. Clam up around strangers.
So this is a pretty big step for me–both as an author AND as a person. Like, a MAHOOSIVE step. GARGANTUAN! A FREAKING T-REX of a step!
And I freaking signed up for THIS! lmao.
So, if you’re in Peterborough on October 7th 2017, and you just happen to be attending The Darker Side of Fiction, don’t be scared. My lack of social skills ain’t contagious, even if it might look that way. 😉
And if you live in the UK and want to know more about the event, you can join #TheDarkerSideofFiction where they keep everyone updated. ☺
Psst, the tickets go on sale in October. Just saying. 😉
Good afternoon, Lovely Folks, I have some news to share and I’ve been waiting WEEKS to do so! If you’re a member of The Hollerers, or you’re a Newsletter Subscriber, then you likely already know of this news. However, if you’re neither, then read on …
Over the past however many months (possibly longer), there have been questions about myself and Keri Lake collaborating on a story (psst, she’s announcing this, too, if ya wanna read).
We considered this. Trust me, we totally considered it. Hell, we even reached a point where we discussed story ideas and how a collaboration might work. However, there was a massive and glaring couple of glitches to why it wouldn’t work as a straight-up collaboration.
My snail-speed writing pace versus Keri’s much-much-much-MUCH faster one.
Whereas Keri loves pressure, I flail and fail to write much of anything that’s readable.
I’m a linear writer—which means I write from start to finish—whereas Keri is a complete weirdo who writes the end of her book, works her way backward with the main points of the story, and then fleshes it out with all the linking bits that belong in between. Like I said: weirdo. 😉
And for these reasons, we just kept talking about collaborating—even getting ourselves excited about collaborating—but never got past the point of worrying about all the obstacles that would prevent us fully collaborating and not acting like a couple of teens in permanent pre-menstrual mode.
And then came a kinda solution that fit with both our schedules and that we were suddenly excited might actually work. Instead of collaborating on a singular title, we could collaborate on a ‘branding’ for a genre we’re both ready to dip into.
You see, I want my next project to be a dip into the ER pool. And Keri has been thinking of dipping into the pool, too. So, we figured: Hey, why not get matching swimsuits, a couple inflatable balls, maybe a water shooter each, so we get extra wet …
Anyhoo, we came up with the idea to run a branding called Midnight Fling. Any erotic romance books each of us decides to write and publish can be done so under this brand with the full backing and support of the other author in the Midnight Fling family. And rather than trying to frustratingly try collaborating a singular story, we’d split our efforts into two stories. But each and every story we put under the MF branding will go through a vetting system between the two of us. So if mine needs dirtying up, Keri will guide me. If hers need dirtying down, vice versa.
And they will be dirty. Much, much dirtier than you’re used to seeing from me, that’s for sure.
And then there’s the added bonus.
Each of our stories will be quick and dirty reads, published in episodes. Which means ALL episodes will be available for pre-order AT ONCE. And each episode will only be spaced (hopefully) 2 weeks apart, so not a long time to wait for the next fix—yay!
And if you’re wondering why episodes, it’s because:
A) They’re easier to write and edit around Keri’s existing deadlines, and it’s less intimidating a thought for me, trying to get these written as quickly as Keri and I hope they will be
B) They allow for more visibility on Amazon, as they’ll be priced at only 99 cents each
Dependent upon how well the first two series are received, we may well (translate: probably definitely) add to the Midnight Fling branding with even more erotic romances. And with one of the initial series’ straight up contemporary erotic romance, and the other dystopian erotic romance, there will be something (hopefully) to please everyone’s naughty side.
So for those who like the short and dirty reads, keep your eyes open, because we have something saweet a-coming your way:
SEX THERAPY by J.A. Belfield and RIPPLE EFFECT by Keri Lake
What’s more, all of Keri’s episodes are up on Goodreads for adding, and the first four episodes of SEX THERAPY are up there, too. You can add them by following the links below:
And for those of you who aren’t into this saucier genre, please don’t think this means I’m abandoning the Holloway Pack. It was always my intention to branch out into a new genre (or genres) between the last few instalments, and a new Holloway Pack book WILL come your way as soon as its time in my schedule rolls around. ☺♥☺