Sometimes, Starting Over Makes Things Stronger

Sometimes, Starting Over Makes Things Stronger

It’s been in the works for a year, and now it’s about to happen. We started with the Destined Mates series, making the stories stronger, adding scenes, fixing timelines. And then we moved to The Warrior of the Way series, unpublishing the books from two series so that we could rewrite them, adding a new first in series, making them all the same length, adding new characters and deeper plotlines. To be honest, I’m loving this new rewrite better, as it’s allowed me to get to know the characters on a deeper level and explore stories more, bringing a depth to them that they didn’t possess before. And, of course, I added dragons.

When I reread Reaping the Harvest, I realized half the story was flashbacks, which told me I started the series too late. I needed to take those flashbacks and create an entire new book, which is now Warrior Forged. Of course, that left a lot of holes in the second book, which will now be titled Demon’s Harvest, and that allows me to add even more to that adventure. And that will lead to the next book, Dark Warrior, and the next, The Warrior’s Blade (Yeah, I kept that title), and then Realm of Souls. And then I can get into even newer territory. We even renamed the series to Sword of the Fae. Why, you ask? Well, because of the names Warrior of the Way and Reaping the Harvest and then opening the story up at a church made some think it was going to turn into a religious story, I wanted to let people know that wasn’t the case and end the confusion. I want people to know what type of book they’re picking up.

And with those stories rewritten, The Cauldron Coven will follow suit, opening up deeper storylines and more colorful characters. And then from there, The Obsidian Brotherhood. These are going to be stronger stories that allow me to explore even more themes and ask even bigger questions.

And it doesn’t stop there. We’re also looking at another of my first releases, Losing Faith, first in The Rutherford Series, for the same reason we did the others. I’ve learned more since I wrote those books. I also love those characters and the stories that they explore and want to do more with them. And I will. They’ll be hotter, riskier, and even edgier. I’m excited just thinking about it.

Why am I doing this? I’ve heard other authors say that they know their first few books were bad, but they only focus on the next story. I can’t do that. I don’t want a reader picking up any of my books and getting a bad experience. I want them to enjoy the story, love the characters, and I don’t want bad writing getting in the way.

I’ve had many periods where things didn’t go my way, and I’ve had to start over. But sometimes, starting over makes things stronger, and readers deserve our strongest stories. I hope you enjoy what we’ve done. Make sure to drop me a line and let me know.

Until next time, happy reading!


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