Thursday, June 5, 2014

Never Say Never



FINALLY I CAN TELL YOU!

I am so incredibly super thrilled and elated to share my latest news with you!  I've accepted a 3-book deal from HarperCollins/HarperTeen!  And wait until you hear the details.  I swear, I giggled and clapped and jumped up and down at my kids' soccer practice the evening I got the message from my agent.  

Last fall I started a new fantasy based on the first paragraphs from a Brothers Grimm tale, and the working title is THE GREAT HUNT.  You can read more about how I got the idea here.  The general gist is that it's going to be a 2-book "duology" (Yes, that's really a word! I didn't make it up, haha).  It's told from the dual point of views of Princess Aerity, the rugged hunter Paxton Seabolt, and the princess's cousin Lady Wyneth.  So much about this story is different for me, but I love the mystery and the romantic tension, and I cannot wait to share more about it with you guys!

Okay, so that's two books.  What about the third, you ask?  


Wait for it...


Breathe...(This is mostly for my benefit because I'm hyperventilating as I type this.)


You see, I said I would never write this *particular* story, and I truly did not think I would.  Many of you have begged me time and time again to write more of the Sweet series from a certain character's point of view and I could NOT see it happening.  The thought alone was overwhelming because this character exhausts me and challenges me and tests my limits in the best possible way.  I didn't think I'd ever be able to tell his story.

Until the trilogy ended.  And I missed him more than I could possibly imagine.  I started to kind of crave having him in my head again, and I couldn't stop thinking about it.  So I wrote my agent who wrote my editor, and we weren't sure if it was going to happen, but IT HAS!  They want it!




I'm writing a complete novel from Kaidan Rowe's point of view!!




Oh, my freaking gosh.  I am.  I really, really am!  The story will begin just before Kaidan meets Anna, to show what his life was like "before."  And then I'm going to highlight all of the big points of the three books, and show what he was up to in the long spans they spent apart.  It might be hard to condense it all, but I must, which means not all of the story can be told from his point of view.  I have to be selective.  This book is meant to be a companion novel to the Sweet Trilogy, not a stand alone book, so it won't make complete sense to someone who hasn't read the other three books.  You should also know that I don't plan to filter him, so reading Kai's thoughts will be much grittier and darker and sexier than Anna's.  (My editor will tone it down where necessary, I'm sure, but she gives me a lot of free reign.)  I'm still going to try and keep it YA because it's with HarperTeen, but it will most definitely be upper end.  

The working title of Kai's book is SWEET TEMPTATION.  It takes a long time to get a book to publishing, as you guys know, but I promise to give teasers and info along the way.  We're talking tentatively about publishing it in Fall 2015, which means I need to write it ASAP.  As in, like, one month.  I've never written a book that fast before, and my family is in the middle of a big move.  However, I'm remaining positive and excited, and I will keep you updated with information as I receive it. This is all I know for now.  THE GREAT HUNT book #1 will likely be out the season after SWEET TEMPTATION.  THE GREAT HUNT novels will be out in hardback, and SWEET TEMPTATION will be a paperback original to match the first three books.  No talks yet on the possible cover, but that should be a fun topic when it's time!  ;)

For the next month please don't be offended if I am unable to respond to your tweets and messages.  I'm going to dive into story mode as soon as we move this weekend, and if all goes well I won't have time for much more than quick Facebook and Twitter updates.  But I do read your comments and they help encourage me more than you know.

This is going to be a wild ride, Sweeties. Hopefully one of those crazy rides that leaves us with messy hair and idiotic grins.  ;) 

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31 comments:

  1. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.

    Idk what else to say.

    Excited excited excited? Happy happy happy? Lol. This is the bestest news ever. Xoxo

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  2. OMG! I can't wait. They both sound amazing! you are a great writer and I hope it all works out. :)

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  3. SO SO SOOOOO HAPPY to hear everything in this post. Lots of inspiration and hugs coming your way! x (Oh, and the titles are both awesome :)) *hugs*

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  4. Woot! How exciting! I'm ready to pre-order that last one! Looking forward to more updates.

    Have a blast with him!

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  5. Oh YAY, this is amazing news :)
    Cannot wait for all 3 books!

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  6. Yeey, I would love to know more about kai... yeey

    *dancing*

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  7. OH MY GOD!! I AM A SO EXCITED!!!!!

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  8. A MILLION TIMES YES!!!!!!!!!

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  9. *jumps up and down and claps excitedly*
    YAYAAAAYYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYYYYYY!!!!! 3 MORE BOOKS FROM YOU!!!
    Kai's companion novel... YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! *fist pump*
    And I'm super excited for the Grimm inspired duology!!! I'm dying to start adding everything to Goodreads and preorder as soon as possible!!!

    THANK YOU, WENDY, FOR HAVING MORE BOOKS FOR USSSSS!!!

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  10. Happy Happy Happy!!!!
    More Kai? Always yes!!

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  11. Congrats, Wendy! I'm SO thrilled for you -- and thrilled for me and the rest of your fans. Doing a giant happy dance!!!!!! And sending hugs!

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  12. Great news, Wendy! Really pleased for you!

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  13. WENDY I'M SOOOO EXCITED TO THE POINT OF TEARS!!!! CAN'T WAIT TILL IT COMES OUT!

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  14. CAN'T BREATHE. CAN'T BREATHE. HYPERVENTILATING. KYIAAAK! More Kaidan? OH YESYESYESYESYESYES. I miss him too, Wendy. And Anna. So sooooooooo much. So glad and thankful that you're going to write about my favorite characters again. AND A NEW BOOK!!!!! I'll read and buy every one of your books, Wendy. That's a promise. :D CAN'T WAIT!

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  15. Oh MY GOD!! OH MY GOD!! OH MY GOD!!
    I am freaking out!! So much awesomeness and good news in one post!! I can't wait for all of these books to be released!!! I am so excited for Sweet Temptation!! And the Great Hunt looks so amazing!!

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  16. Congratulations on the new book deal I so can't wait to see what you got in store for us. And I can't even tell you how excited I am to read for Kaidan's POV that is gonna be so much fun.

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  17. I really love Kaidan, so this is very exciting! :)

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  18. Wooooohoooo!!!!! This just made my day!

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  19. Aaaha!!! I'm so excited!!!! I have yet to read Sweet Reckoning but I know that once I do I will be in dire need of more Kai :) Congratulations and thanks so much!!!

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  20. *faints*
    I Love reading those extras from Kai's POV, and now he gets his own book! *squeals* So excited to read that.

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  21. Oh wow! *fans herself* I will read anything you write, but a book from Kai's point of view is a dream come true.

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  22. Oh Wendy this is such great news! Congrats on the three new books, truly looking forward to them all. Now get busy writing, cause we are all excited to read them!!

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  23. That's fantastic news. So happy for you.

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  24. OHH.MY.GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HYPERVENTILATING OVER HERE!!!!*FAINTING* THIS IS POSSIBLY THE BEST NEWS I'VE HEARD MY WHOLE LIFE: THIS IS COMING FROM A GIRL WHO HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MANY, MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEGGED YOU TO WRITE MORE KAI'S POV STORIES!!!!!!!!! THIS IS THE BEST GIRT EVER.

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  25. you are my favorite author EVER!!!!! i am not exaggerating!!! I read about a book or two a day (i know, i am crazy!) but your books are one of the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you, Wendy!!!!!

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  26. the wait will be AGONIZING but it will help if you promise to post teasers EVERY MONTH!!!!!! I'd love it even better if it was ever week or every day, but I'm trying to be considerate...(ha,ha!)

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  27. Oh. My. Gosh!!! Sweet-baby-Nephs everywhere this is going to be AMAZING!!! I wish you all the luck and don't worry, you'll make an awesome book. Honestly, we all miss him enough whatever you give us will be wayyy more than enough. Happy writing!!

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  28. I was head banging in the air while reading this! Oh, my gosh!!! THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING! I LOVE YOU WENDY HIGGINS! ♥

    PS: The last sentence had me screaming, "Hopefully one of those crazy rides that leaves us with messy hair and idiotic grins. ;)"

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  29. Yes! So very happy for you. You are an amazing author and I am so thankful you are giving us more Kaiden <3

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  30. I can't wait!! Super Exited
    Team Kai<3<3<3

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  31. Hi :) I really like the song Miley Cyrus. this song and this verse of the song reminds me of Kaidan ;)
    "Adore you"
    When you say love me
    Know I love you more
    When you say you need me
    Know I need you more
    Boy, I adore you
    I adore you

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