"When Is the Sequel Due?"

It's a question I've been asked at least twenty times in the last week alone. Not that I mind: you guys are awesome, and I'm so psyched you're invested enough in this story that you want to know what happens next. I know I left you with a brutal cliffhanger. Sorry about that, by the way. These characters just weren't ready to tie things up yet.

Now, about Book 2: I'm writing. I swear to God, you guys, I am writing, every day, and I shoot for at least a thousand words a day, more on the weekends. It took me about three solid months to draft Legally Yours, another month to revise/edit/rewrite (a process that takes me a while because I like to do it well, you know?), and a few more weeks after that to get the cover art together, start my marketing stuff, and basically prepare everything for a book release. The good news is that the marketing stuff won't take me nearly as long since everything is already in place.

The bad news is that unexpected things always happen during the writing process, which is why I won't give a release date until I have the full draft completely finished. I've so far drafted about a quarter to a third of what I have planned for the book, but that doesn't mean the plan will stick. For example, I had no idea that all that stuff was going to go down with Danny at the end of Book 1, which ends up being a pretty important factor in Skylar's decision-making moving forward. That long heart-to-heart at Brandon's house after the symphony? Out of nowhere.

And then there's the main characters, who have a tendency to do things that really throw a wrench in the works. I don't know if you noticed, but Skylar and Brandon are both kind of headstrong and stubborn. When readers complain that Brandon is an ass or Skylar was being really stupid, trust: I feel your pain. I live with these characters, and sometimes they seriously piss me off. Already Skylar has done something in the next book that's really shocked me, so it's taking some time to figure out why and what the consequences are of her actions. Thanks a lot, Skylar.

Long story short: right now the plan is to have the next book, Legally Mine, ready for release sometime late spring, ideally by Memorial Day weekend. But, for the reasons listed above, I can't promise anything yet except to say that as soon as I know, you'll be the first to hear it.

In the meantime, here is a short list of things you can do to help the process along:

1) Keep in touch. Follow me on social media (Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter) and tell me what you're thinking about the book. For real, you guys are a major motivating factor. I can't tell you how excited I was when I saw my first positive review, and it seriously makes my day when you post notes and questions to my pages. I love love love hearing from you.

2) SIGN UP FOR MY MAILING LIST. You'll get access to a bunch of giveaways, teasers, and advance excerpts from Book 2 over the next few months. I absolutely promise not to spam you with stuff. You'll just get notifications about blog posts like this and occasionally a giveaway offer for advance copies/excerpts of my upcoming works. That's it. You can sign up on my website or on Facebook.

3) Leave reviews. Tell your friends. Help me get the word out about the series. The buzz isn't about making money (honestly none of this is about money. I already have a job I like; this is about doing something I enjoy and sharing it with you kind people). It's about building excitement, both for you and for me. Reviews actually really help drive up the book's exposure on sites like Amazon and Goodreads, so if you liked it or had any feedback, please post there. You'll have my undying gratitude and good karma.

More posts soon.

xo
Nic









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  1. Good luck about your book and thanks for sharing the ways through which we can be connected to you. I will surely follow you in Facebook and Instagram.

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