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Ch-Ch-Changes

This is a wonderful and scary time. For all my long time readers, I’m so very glad you’re here. You’ve been amazing and I’m so very grateful! For my new readers, Welcome! You’ve found me during a crazy time and I hope you can be a bit patient with me.

I was published exclusively on Amazon for several years. As part of being exclusive on Amazon my books were in the Kindle Unlimited program. This worked for me for a long time, but around September 2016 something changed. I stuck it out for a while, hoping I’d see improvements to what I felt were problem areas in the program. Unfortunately, there was a significant gap between what I hoped to see change and what I did see change in the following months.

Due to that, I’m going to try publishing on other retailers. I’m nervous, excited, and I really hope it goes well. The goal is to have a positive experience for everyone (especially all my readers. Y’all are amazing!), and work around some of the thinks I felt weren’t being handled properly in the Kindle Unlimited program.

Right now I’m in the process of fulfilling my exclusive contracts with Amazon before publishing on other retailers. In November the exclusive contract for A Witch’s Path expired and I didn’t renew it. Between now and the end of January all of the exclusive contracts will end. One by one, my books will be published multiple retailers, including iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

Due to the different times contracts expire, it will take over a month to get all of the books on all the retailers. As a reader, I know it’s frustrating to hear that a book is published, but not where you like to shop. As a business woman, I’m doing the very best I can.

To make it easier for you to find information, every time a book is liberated from Amazon and makes it onto other retailers, I’ll make a blog post. You’ll always be able to see the latest information by going to the home page neconneely.com. In addition, each book’s page will be updated with links to new stores when it becomes available.

August 2016 Update

This week had been low key. I’ve been taking time off, recharging the writing tank, planning future projects, and giving attention to all the things I neglected while finishing up A Witch’s Rite. I’ve gone to the gym, cooked some fantastic dinners, made some soap, started a backsplash for the kitchen, and simply focused on life. Along with that, I’ve been writing just for fun. It’s hard to say if the fun writing will ever be published.

I do have work projects coming up, but I need to talk about one of them. Fey Hearted 2 is a book I really want to write, and originally I’d planned to start on it when A Witch’s Rite was finished. However, I have a rule that my published books must pay for future books. Fey Hearted hasn’t done that yet. In addition, the story line for Fey Hearted 2 (and 3) simply hasn’t come together.

I’m committed to continuing the series, even if they never sell the way I’d like, because I love it. After more internal debate than I like to confess to, I’ve found an uncomfortable compromise. Next week I’ll start work on a novella length prequel to Fey Hearted featuring Iris. Then I’ll put more work into the Witch’s Path Series (Book 6 and perhaps Case Files Vol. 2), and hopefully in spring of 2017 I’ll write Fey Hearted 2 and 3.

This isn’t ideal. It makes fans of both or either series sad. Either way you aren’t getting books as quickly as you’d like. However, as an artist, I need to work in different worlds and explore different characters. Those very things are why I fell in love with reading and writing in the first place. To only work in one world, be it Witch’s Path or Fey Hearted or something completely different, would make me burn out. I need to explore, create, and joyfully play with writing. That’s what makes me get up every day and want to keep doing this.

I hope, be you a fan of the Witch’s Path Series, Fey Hearted, or both, you can understand my decisions. It’s part cold practical business, part wild artist, and part serious writer. Balancing all of those things tends to feel more like finding a new imbalance, but I think that’s just life.

Until next time,

N

Introducing A Witch’s Rite

A Witch's Rite (Small)Let me introduce you to A Witch’s Rite (Witch’s Path Series Book Five).

Michelle is getting used to her new life, one with clans, parents, a loving grandmother, and a boyfriend. Balancing all her obligations is becoming more difficult, but police cases won’t wait for anyone and when they call, she has to answer.
It starts out like any other case. Suspicious magic has been reported and the police need Michelle to help them check it out. When it turns out that the magic is deep in the Cohutta Wilderness Area, Michelle asks Elron to accompany her. It isn’t long before she’s learning just how much she doesn’t know about the woods.
When that small problem turns into a really big problem, spells are flying, danger is everywhere, and only one question remains. Will they escape alive?
A Witch’s Rite will be out in September or October of 2016 and will be available for pre-order.

Sequels of all Flavors

I’ve had some questions about a potential sequel to Fey Hearted and the status of the Witch’s Path Series. So, let me answer the burning questions!

Fey Hearted will have a sequel. I plan to start work on the story line in a few weeks. Now, before you get too excited, it took eight months (maybe more?) for Fey Hearted to be written, edited, and publish. That’s not counting the year or more I had the idea in my head before I started writing. I’d like to see the sequel to Fey Hearted out later this year, but I am making no promises on a publication time frame.

Witch’s Path Book Five is about to go into the editing process. And the naming process. I’m eyeing a late summer release. While (what I lovingly call) Draft Zero is complete, it still needs a lot of work. (Editing, rewrite, a lot more editing, a title, cover art, and blurb.)

The Witch’s Path Short stories are still in the works. I need to do some rewriting on them and then they need to go to through the editing process. I don’t have a release date, but I’m crossing my fingers for late June.

For those of you questioning how I’ll manage two ongoing series, I have an answer, but none of you will like it. The plan is to alternate books. For example, I wrote Fey Hearted and then wrote Book Five. Now that Book 5 will be out of my hands for a while, I’ll start of Fey Hearted 2. This will continue until one or both series ends. Now, if you guys like the first set of Witch’s Path Short stories, I’ll try to release the short stories when I know you’ll have a wait for the next Witch’s Path book. Does that make sense? If not, ask questions!

Edit: I forgot to mention that I’m planning a Fey Hearted Prequel.