Shadows Deep Is Here! Launch Madness Begins

I have to tell you, I am THRILLED to finally be able to say that the Edge of Shadows sequel, Shadows Deep is available! I am so appreciative of all of the support I’ve received since the release of EoS in November 2011, and it has been phenomenal to have one of the very first questions from fans be “When’s the next book coming out?” It created a lot of pressure too. 🙂

From the beginning, I’ve had the makings of 4 different book series in my mind. (You’ve seen the first book in three of them now.) I had to make a choice in March if I was going to work on the first book in the 4th series, or go back and revisit Ellie and crew to find out what happens next in her journey.

Well, it’s pretty clear which direction I went and I am so happy that I did. Creating a sequel was a lot more work than I was expecting, but at the same time it was like coming home. Ellie’s facing a whole new set of problems in Shadows Deep, and I can tell you that she’s finding out things about herself and her past that she never saw coming. And…it’s not over yet. I can now share that there will be a third installment of the Shadows series that you will likely see before the end of 2012.

Now for the Fun Stuff: Launch Goodies!!

May 15th is the “official” launch date for Shadows Deep, and I’ve got some fun stuff planned for everyone.

1) I want to give away some copies of Shadows Deep, of course! So 5 ebook copies (Kindle or Nook) are up for grabs. What do you have to do to be entered to win one? Either comment here on this post OR on my Facebook fan page and tell me who your favorite Edge of Shadows character was and why. I will pick 5 random winners and announce them on Friday, May 18th.

2) The Edge of Shadows Kindle book is on sale through June 30th, 2012 for only $0.99!  Grab your copy today or gift one to a friend.  On May 15th, you’ll even find it for FREE on Amazon.

3) If you like vampires and you haven’t tried my vampire series, I invite you to download Heiress of Lies for FREE on May 15th-May 16th. If it strikes your fancy, I’d love to hear from you.

4) I’ve started a Q&A group over on Goodreads entirely focused on discussing Shadows Deep. Join in the conversation and ask me anything you want as you are reading it.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far on this writing journey, and know I’ve got lots more planned for you this summer.

Happy Reading!

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CG News: Shadows Deep (the Edge of Shadows sequel) is Coming!

I can’t tell you how happy I am when I have the chance to chat with Edge of Shadows fans.  While their questions sometimes surprise me, I am always delighted that I was able to create a story that intrigued them and got them excited.  And then the inevitable question always gets asked (cue dramatic music):

When will the sequel be ready?

Now if you’ve been hanging out with me for awhile, you may remember my very first post of 2012 where I said I was tentatively planning the Edge of Shadows sequel for June 2012. I stuck to my guns on that one for quite awhile, but in early March I found that as I started trying to write Purgatory, I got stuck.  And stuck I stayed, which for a writer isn’t good.

I finally admitted defeat: Ellie and crew were banging around in my head telling me that it was their turn again- to hell with those Purgatory upstarts!  So this new journey for them, Shadows Deep, began…and stalled after 10,000 words. (Just so you know, it isn’t that crazy to start a project and then have to rip it to shreds and start over. Sometimes you have to do that a few times to find the true story.)

I finalized the outline for Shadows Deep last night, and things are falling into place. I am totally jazzed to get this story written and share it with you, because it’s GOOD. 🙂  Lots of new plot twists, and some new faces too. (Honestly, I’ve got shivers- lol.)

In the meantime though, just for you, you can check out the teaser blurb on my Novels page. And to keep me honest, I’ve added a little progress bar for you! I figure the more you know about what’s going on “behind the curtain” the more excited you’ll get too.

Right now, I’m planning a launch date of May 15, 2012 for Shadows Deep. (I can’t believe I said it out loud.)  But please know that sometimes things happen, and that date may change. But I’ll let you know as soon as I do.  Thanks for all your support, and feel free to ping me in the comments with any questions.  If I know the answer, I’ll share.

Happy Easter!

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The Anatomy of Sequel

Ever since I released Edge of Shadows, I’ve had readers asking when the sequel was going to be available. As an author, that is truly one of the best compliments in the world. Not only did someone read my book and liked it, but they want MORE.  Sweet.

At the time, I already had the first draft of The Soul Garden complete, and was halfway through Heiress of Lies so it didn’t make sense to stop midstream and go back to take a look at where Ellie and David’s path was going to lead them next. And I have always intended to start work on the first installment of the Purgatory series before the EoS sequel.

But as I’ve started sketching out and writing the first opening scenes to Purgatory, a strange thing started to happen. There was a little voice in the back of my head that questioned my decision to plow ahead on another new series. Was this move going to annoy and irate my fans? Probably the biggest reason that I gave some validation to that voice was because new fans were starting to read Heiress of Lies, and starting to ask about that sequel.

Hmmm.

Not surprisingly, I hit a roadblock with Purgatory. The words weren’t flowing, and I wasn’t happy with what I wrote. So I started over again with a new angle and still I got stuck rather quickly. After journaling a lot, it didn’t take me long to realize that my head and my creative spirit were out of alignment.

It has always been my intention to have the next installments for all 4 series out by the end of the year. (Despite late nights and sore fingers.) But until I got my head on straight, I was going nowhere fast and that in and of itself just won’t do.

I had to make a decision.

Edge of Shadows fans can rejoice, because the sequel is cooking as we speak! Once I gave myself permission to start thinking about Ellie and David again, things started falling into place pretty quickly. And I have to say, I got pretty excited about it.

I have a lot of people ask me questions about my characters and the plot and particularly about what’s coming up next. Honestly, that’s always been fuzzy to me too. There are a lot of loose ends that need to be addressed, and sometimes trying to tie those up have resulted in more questions that I feel like I will need to answer.

I am a pantster type writer as opposed to a planner. And contemplating a sequel requires a certain amount of planning. The main ingredients of your story (your main characters) have already been established. Even though you are putting them into a new situation or period of time, there is a structural framework that you established in the previous book that has to be honored. Because it’s what you did in the first book that made people want more.

So for those of you who want to know what’s up next in the Edge of Shadows sequel, and without giving any too much of a spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, this is what I know for certain:

  • It will be told again from both Ellie and David’s point of view
  • The house is as much a focal point as it was before, and you’ll learn a lot more about it.
  • From a supporting cast standpoint, Jeffrey will definitely return.
  • Things are going to get a lot darker.

That’s what I know. The rest is up for grabs. But what I have planned (I think) is pretty spectacular. I don’t know yet if this is going to be just a sequel, or if the story will continue into a third book to make this a trilogy. Guess I’ll find out soon enough.

Hopefully this is some happy news for my fans out there. And don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or drop me an email at cege@cegesmith.com with any specific questions you may have. I’ll try to answer all of them, assuming I have the answer. 🙂

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