The next full-length installment of the BODY MOVERS series, 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BODIES, available now! Ebook available everywhere: Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, GooglePlay, and BarnesandNoble.com. Print book available now at Amazon and coming soon to BarnesandNoble.com. Audiobook coming in April to Amazon and Audible.)
7 BRIDES FOR 7 BODIES has been a long time in the making, and represents a milestone for me personally. Back when I was writing book 6 for my publisher, my editor warned me that in-house support for the series was waning, and I might be given only one more book to wrap up the series. That necessitated an escalation in the story arc–if I only had one more book to explain everything, then I needed for (spoiler alert if you haven’t read book 6!) Carlotta and Wesley’s father to return at the end. I’d wanted them to have time to look into their father’s case before he returned, but my hand was forced. Then–surprise! My publisher didn’t give me one more book to finish the series–they dropped the series altogether.
I went on to write a romance series for them–the mortgage kind of needed to be paid. But readers were understandably upset that the BODY MOVERS series had ended on a cliffhanger. That was 2009 and I had no options for finishing the series–no publisher wants to pick up a series that another publisher has dropped and still controls the early books.
Then in 2011 I launched a self-publishing venture to get some early titles back out there, and finishing the BODY MOVERS series on my own was suddenly a possibility. But I was in a bind, so to speak: my publisher still held the rights and control of the first 6 books for which they’d demonstrated disregard; for an author, that’s a dangerous place to operate from. I asked for the rights back to the first 6 books and was refused. I offered to buy the rights back–still no. Which left me in a dilemma: The only way I was ever going to get the rights back to books 1-6 was if the sales for those books dipped below a certain threshold. If I continued to write books in the series, I would be driving sales back to those early books, which would virtually guarantee I’d never get the rights back. What to do?
I decided to keep writing books in the BODY MOVERS series. But while all the above was going on, I had set other projects in motion, which I had to finish. And business was booming–suddenly it was necessary to get my self-published books in other formats and languages, and that was all on me. Months passed while I got other pieces of business put in place, then (gulp!) years.
Here’s where I should say that my former publisher, even though they haven’t reverted the ebook rights for the BODY MOVERS series, has since demonstrated a willingness to work with me on other aspects of the BODY MOVERS series, including helping me to get the out-of-print books available in print once again. The situation isn’t ideal, but it’s a working compromise.
ANYWAY, no one is happier than I am that BODY MOVERS book 7 is here…the drama was killing me! I only hope you will think it was worth the wait. ~