The Joy of Trolling!

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So, I have a facebook fan group.  Most authors do, but mine is a TON of fun.  One of their favorite things to do in there is theory craft about where Rise of the Iliri is going next.  And well, don’t judge, but I can’t help myself.

I poke.  I nudge.  Sometimes, I even give them the real answer, but they tend to overlook it in the midst of all the insanity going on.  Now, with the 9th book gearing up for production, it seems we’re all back at it.

I’ve dropped some hints about the future (nothing too spoilery, though).  I have confirmed a few things.  I’ve also answered honestly in such a way that says absolutely nothing.  It’s a fun game for me as an author.  It’s practice for how to lay down those layers in a book, putting tidbits out there that are factual, but easily obscured.  The kinds of things that when looking back make you want to slap your head and go “Oh, it’s RIGHT THERE!”  And, when it comes to writing intense epic series, that’s kinda important.

But more than all of that, it’s amazing to see people get excited about the stories.  It’s amazingly humbling, actually.  For me, these were just things I thought up.  Now, people are getting tattoos, making groups to theory craft, and something I wrote has become an integral part of their daily entertainment.

Seriously, people, that’s intense.

See, I never wanted to be famous.  I have no interest in being rich (I will take comfortable, though). I also don’t care if people know me, like me, or have any opinion on ME at all.  Because my books are not me.  They are works of art, like a painting made of words, that convey a feeling.  Having so many people feel because of something I did?  It’s mind-boggling.  It’s wonderful.  It’s truly awesome, in the literal sense of that word.

So, y’all have fun with it.  Pronounce those names however YOU want, misspell them all over, and convince yourself that everyone is going to live or die.  It’s wonderful to watch, and I can’t tell you how honored I am that y’all actually give a damn.

Doesn’t mean I won’t troll you, though.

After all, I can’t let you think you’ve solved the plot before the last book comes out, right?  I mean, where’s the fun in that?

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Lies, Lust, and Love

DO trilogy release dates

First, I’ll answer the question I get asked most.  The final book in the Dark Orchid Trilogy will be released on March 16th.  It’s almost done, and the 9th Rise of the Iliri book comes next.  Then Demons Muse #3.

This steamy little story is almost done.  I’ve had most of it sitting on my hard drive for a very long time.  When I realized that I needed to do some serious research to complete the next to last ROTI book, well, it made sense to give my readers something to occupy their time.  The Dark Orchid Trilogy seemed perfect.

It’s hotter than my usual work.  It’s based on sex – -and the acceptance of our own desires.  See, as a young reader, I always found myself immersed in fantasy worlds where blood mages and sex mages were evil, horrible, and yet there was never a reason why.  Those things are just “bad” inherently, right?

But they aren’t.  We’re all the result of both those things.  It’s a part of human nature.  And in the back of my mind, a wheel began to turn.  I wanted to explore the life of a sex mage.  Along the way, I also began to ask what made a sex mage.  Clearly, it wasn’t love, but sex is tied so closely to that emotion.

There’s also the fact that I really enjoy challenging myself as a writer.  I wanted to see if I could write a plot based around some pretty hot sex, without losing the reason for the story.  My readers know that I like to tackle some pretty heavy plot subjects.  I think sexuality counts among that.  From our own hangups to our desires, and so much more, it shapes us as a person.  Recognizing the line between love and lust?  That’s a very big part of it.

Be warned, the Dark Orchid Trilogy is not a typical romance.  It’s not even a standard reverse harem.  This is a story of how lies can be good, how lust can heal, and how love is a deadly and dangerous weapon.  Oh, and it’s the story of a “worthless” woman who dares to disagree with others’ opinion of her.

So, we have one more week!  There will not be a preorder.  Due to a tiny little family downtime (Caught the flu) I’m pushing this right up to the limit.  My love for my staff -who has doubled down to make this happen – and my beta readers who are always there for me when I need it.  You guys rock.

And after Spell of Love’s release, prepare for more torture about Sal’s next adventure.  I promise, none of you will see this one coming.