Holidays 2019 Update

Long time since an update, I know. There just hasn’t been much new to say other than “still working on book 10” so…

That said, there’s good news! I have to finish up final editing and maybe tweak a couple more scenes, then it has to get copy-edited, one more proofing pass, then formatting, and we’ll be across the finish line on book 10.  I don’t know if I can get all that done before December (especially since some depends on schedules of others like editor/formatter etc and they have holiday plans I’m sure) but the book is nearly here and we’ll probably squeak it into 2019 so I can close out the decade with a finished series for you all.

In other writing news, I’ll be at Dutch ComicCon this weekend as an author guest (site has both Dutch and English options if you want to take a look).  Here is the website: https://www.dutchcomiccon.com/

Also, my Patreon is up and running and the patrons chose Wrath: Pyrrh Considerable Crimes Division Book 2 as the project so the first chapter is live to read right now! There will be at least a chapter every month (and of course, the final version will be available as ebook and print once we wrap it up on Patreon). If you want to read along and possibly get some extra things like sneak previews of upcoming books, short stories, and a chance to vote on things from new projects to character names, click HERE and come join!

Thank you all again for your patience while I figured out this final Twenty-Sided novel and dealt with a lot of life stuff this year.  I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and winter season. It’s going to be a great new year in 2020 and I’m excited about the post-20sided projects I have to share with you (that I’ll talk about after I get book 10 out, cause first things first).

 

Worldcon 2019 Schedule

Coming to Worldcon 2019 in Dublin, Ireland?  Me too!  I’m happy to talk to peeps and sign things any time so if you see me wandering around, say hi! But I’ll also be on a couple panels and doing a Kaffeeklatsch where you can come ask me whatever and hang out.

Here’s where to find me:

Romancing the undead
Format: Panel
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 11:00 – 11:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD)

Vampires have long been the undead creatures of choice for paranormal romance, but how about other things that go ‘bump’ in the night? What has led to the popularity of vampires over other undead creatures?

Chelsea Mueller (M), Annie Bellet, Maquel A. Jacob, PRK

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Kaffeeklatsch: Annie Bellet
Format: Kaffeeklatsch
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 15:00 – 15:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)

Annie Bellet

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The Vikings are coming!
Format: Panel
16 Aug 2019, Friday 13:30 – 14:20, Odeon 2 (Point Square Dublin)

Many novels use Viking elements, whether they are retelling myths or basing their society on Norse history. What common tropes appear in Norse fantasy? Is there a conflict between the popular image of the fierce marauder and the historical realities of the period? Does there need to be a factual basis for Viking stories, or are the tropes so strong that historical accuracy would seem somehow ‘less Viking’?

Dr Stephan Grundy, Kari Sperring, Emil Hjörvar Petersen (M), Annie Bellet

Thank you!

Thank you for five amazing years since Justice Calling was first released!  I know y’all are waiting patiently (for the most part haha) for book 10 and it is truly coming in August (soonTM right?), but today is the 5th anniversary of Justice Calling and I figured that was worth celebrating.

I was on bed rest and half dead when I wrote Justice Calling and Murder of Crows and they were the books of my heart. I never dreamed I’d sell over a half a million copies of this series or get to meet the awesome people I’ve met, get to wake up to sweet reader emails and encouragement and knowing that people love Jade & friends as much as I love them. Readers make a writer’s career possible, and I am so grateful for you all, and that you love these little books that are small pieces of my heart in so many ways.

Here’s to five more years, and to finishing this series the way it deserves hopefully.

(and if you want to know what happened to June and July, well, tell my husband to not give me pneumonia next time he gets sick and we’ll talk. I know writers with health issue make for frustrating release schedules and blown deadlines, but trust me when I say we hate it as much as you do. But we’re human, not word machines, and life happens, sorry.)

Thank you all! Update with new book soon(tm).

June Update: No Book Yet

Y’all are likely getting as tired of reading the bookless monthly updates as I am of writing them, but I had a shit May plagued with a terrible cold and the stress of finding a new place to live, so yeah. Things didn’t go to plan (do they ever?).

I am traveling to see my family next week for the first time in a year but other than that, my life is devoted to book 10 being done as soon as I can without compromising my vision of the story. I won’t go into how the sausage is made too much, but I changed a major event in book 10 a couple months ago which meant having to re-draft the bulk of the book, so if you are wondering how it could be almost done in Jan and not done in June, that’s how. You can’t really change something in a novel without re-drafting to make sure the change fits with the whole  (well, I can’t anyway). So please, don’t be too disappointed, the book is coming, and I even skipped hanging out with kittens to work on it this weekend so you know that’s much I love y’all. 🙂

Also, as a bonus for the Patreon followers (which you can be, too! for as little as a dollar!), I posted the first chapter of Harper’s Tale (which is coming probably Oct or Nov this year). So if you want to read it, join the Patreon and enjoy! https://www.patreon.com/anniebellet

May Update

Hi. We’re here. In May. Yep.  Basically the short version is: I’m still dealing with mystery back/butt injury that might be a neurological problem and living in pain isn’t fun or productive. Also developed some fun new symptoms in the last few months so I’ve been living on like 3 hours of sleep average a night. I won’t bore y’all with personal details.  But 20sided book 10 is nearly done I just can’t give firm date cause I’m working whenever I’m able and I refuse to release this book without it being exactly the book I want.  So I’ll say in the next couple weeks but it might be a little longer. I dunno. I’m working on it.

Meanwhile, if you are desperate for more fiction, I’ve started a Patreon (mostly to grandfather into the old rates, there’s not much happening yet) and there are some posts and stories up there for the early adopters. After I finish Balancing the Scales (and hopefully after we hit the main goal), there will be new stuff and if you join up, you can have a say in things like what I work on next, character names, etc…  So check it out:

https://www.patreon.com/anniebellet  (the Patreon is especially for you if you want more Gryphonpike or Pyrrh, cause the whole point of it is to see if peeps want me to finish the older, neglected series etc)

 

Anyway, seriously I want to thank all of you for your epic patience. Hopefully I can deliver the best birthday present (ie a finished, kick-ass book) for May (my bday is May 12th so I’m hardcore aiming for before that for release date, but we’ll see).

Book 10 in April (I know, I know)

Yes, March is almost over. No, book 10 is not ready.  But almost!

Look for it first or second week of April (will depend on things like speed of proofreaders and formatters and upload times etc). Thank you for your continued patience.

Meanwhile please enjoy these book 10 teasers done in the style of the Avengers Endgame posters.  Try not to freak out too much, lol.

Book 10 is still coming, promise

Hey, sorry for the silence. I’ve been dealing with same old same old back injury stuff plus some crazy family stuff that came up (that I might talk about publicly eventually but am not ready to do so yet, sorry).  That combined with me tearing apart book 10 and redrafting it cause I’m mega-paranoid about getting the grand finale of Jade’s story perfect has meant delay after delay.

But the good news is I had the final late night epiphany moment (for me, writing books is full of these moments, ha, but there is usually at least one big one each book where everything my conscious and subconscious brain has been working on comes into focus and I feel like I can finally put the words down in a way that does it justice) and I am full steam ahead on final chapters and edits.

I won’t give an exact date cause some stuff (like copy edits etc) depends on other people’s timelines etc but I think I can confidently say March.  Which I know I confidently said January and we all see how that went, oops, but life happens and I am grateful that people are understanding that authors are human.  This book will be worth the wait, in my totally biased opinion.

And again, before anyone panics that 20sided is ending, Harper’s Tale: Tribes is next on my list to finish and there will be an epilogue novella later this year that revisits Jade combined with a prologue/intro novella for Kira, Alek’s sister, who will be getting her own series in 2020. (I’ll do a separate post about those after Harper’s book comes out, complete with the amazing Gene Mollica cover art I’ve been sitting on and unable to share for nearly two years).

So thank you all for your continued understanding and patience.

Book 10 still coming!

I got the flu right at the end of my holiday trip and while it seems the worst has passed me over now, I’m still behind on everything, sorry! Book 10 will still release this month (sooner than later I imagine 😉 ).  Thanks for understanding.

 

Taking More Time

Remember how I said I was taking all the time I need? I’m taking all the time I need, which is more time. Ending a story this big that I’ve been working on for years is a little scary, I ain’t gonna lie. I want to make sure I put absolutely every last bit in that I want in there and tie things up in a satisfying way that completes my vision for Jade’s story. Which means spending extra time in edits and working on the book etc. I don’t really want to release a book in December, because with the holidays and travel etc December is probably the worst month to try to get new work launched.  Plus this way I can safely (hopefully, haha) give a date for release so nobody panics.

So, officially Book 10 will be out on January 9th, 2019. That way we can all have something to look forward to in the new year!

I’ll be finishing Harper’s Tale after so that 20sided related things can truly get wrapped up, plus I’ll have more news about the new series with Alek’s sister, Kira, and a new project announcement hopefully.

I hope you all have a happy holidays surrounded by people you love. See you in the New Year!

November Update

I know it is November already. Finishing out book 10 and getting final edits done etc is taking a bit longer than planned so I need a couple extra weeks and this is the end of the series so I’m taking all the time I need cause it’s important to me to finish Jade’s story properly. So give me 2-3 weeks before you panic that book 10 isn’t out yet, please 🙂

And I know peeps are sad about the series ending, but please don’t panic about that, either. There will be an epilogue novella showing some stuff after the events of book 10 that will tie into a prequel novella introducing the next series set in the Twenty-Sided world. Plus the very next project on my plate after book 10 is to finish Tribes: Harper’s Tale, which is technically another 20sided book. So I’m not abandoning the world at all and there will be more nerdy, kickass urban fantasy coming.

Because the next series is about Kira, Alek’s sister. Y’all met her briefly in book 6, but just wait til she gets her own stories. It’s going to be a wild ride. 🙂