So, Kingdom of Spirit & Sorrow, book two in the Elemental Kingdoms series releases on Friday June 26th, 2020 (in two days). Which is amazing! And I am definitely stoked about its birth into the world. I am however nervous.
That imposter syndrome I’ve spoken about a few times? Yea…it’s real and it bad and it’s real bad. I had a beta reader from my Valdir Chronicles tell me they didn’t want to beta read these books because they weren’t her style. A beta reader I had begun to rely on. That hurt. I began to wonder if this new series is trash, if it’s even worth it. But at the same time, I don’t have it in me to quit. I want this too badly.
I have to keep reminding myself that not only is this series good, it’s better written, better edited, and better plotted than any of my previous books. It also is a more complicated plot and world that I’ve built. I have to remind myself that I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, and just because she liked my one series about dragons doesn’t mean she’ll be interested in a darker YA Fantasy about blood magic.
So, here is the stunning cover for Kingdom of Spirit & Sorrow done by the lovely Maria Spada.
So what is the update?
Covid has really messed me up. I’m still working an essential job, the bills are being paid, and my family is healthy and happy. But I’m struggling with some severe mental health stuff. Frankly, my writing is the only thing that’s keeping me afloat. I’ve written almost 200,000 words this year already and I plan to write at least another 200,000 words.
I’m working on book three, Kingdom of Dust & Bone, in the Elemental Kingdoms Series. It’s going to be awesome, and I’m so excited for where this story is taking me. I love this world and these characters and sometimes I just get so impatient! I want their story to be written and told already!
Born of Air is getting an Audiobook! It should be done by the end of June, then I have to review it and approve it and release it. It is being narrated by Elizabeth DeVault. Here is the sweet cover.
No preorder link yet, but once I have one I’ll post it up on the website.
For now, I’m just doing everything in my power to improve my mental health and my physical health, and I’m focusing all my energy on writing. The plan is two more books out this year, as well as *hopefully* three to four audio books out as well!