A wonderful reader recently requested that I provide an update on Gage and the final book in the Asylum Tales series. Let's see...
As I'm sure you've realized from reading my updates and comments from other authors, the publishing industry is a bit of a slow process, prone to many stops and starts. Frequently, authors are working years in advance. Books we announce to readers are things that we've finished and sold months ago, but just can't talk about until things become "official". The final book in the Asylum Tales series is no different.
And in truth, there was a time when I didn't think there was going to be a third book in the series...
Publishers are willing to buy books and release them when they think they're going to make some money off them, because as you know, this is a business first. While I think the Asylum Tales is a fun series with some amazing characters, sales for the series weren't particularly strong. As a result, my publisher was unwilling to purchase a third book for print. I sat back and thought about it for a while, a part of me angry that Gage wouldn't see the printed page again. I let my emotions simmer in indignation and frustration for a while. It wasn't so much anger at the publisher, because I could understand their reluctance. I understand bottom-lines and paying bills. I was angry and frustrated that I had failed to make Gage and the rest of the gang the success I felt they should have been.
As my anger faded, I realized that I had a story that needed to be told for Gage. There was an arc that I was secretly building for the man and it was only as the third book coalesced in my head that I saw what the natural progression was. To make matters worse, it was driving me crazy not to write the book. So I wrote the book... not knowing whether the rest of the world would ever read this book.
After I was finished, I went back to my publisher and asked if they'd be interested in publishing the third book in the Asylum Tales series as an e-book only release.
They said, Yes!
So, here we are. Gage's third and final book of the Asylum Tales will be released as an e-book only on October. Actually, we're trying something a little different. As it is designed at the moment, the third book is being released as a serial book. What's that? The book is being broken into 3 parts and a part will be released each week over a 3-week period. Each part will be about the length of my novellas (which is approximately 100+ pages in a Word document)
I don't have an official title for the book yet.
I'm not willing to giveaway an overview of the story yet because I still have to do edits. Things change in the edits. I wouldn't want to tell you something only to change that description later. I think the one thing I can say is that this story is the darkest of the Gage books.
Stay tuned for more news. The closer we get to the release, the more details I will be able to provide. Thanks for your patience on this release!
Also, don't forget that I've blogged over at Supernatural Underground and I've giving away a copy of Angel's Ink. The giveaway ends Sunday morning.