But Shift in Time isn't a new book.
I hear ya.
It's my sweet and sassy everything but the kitchen sink witchy/shifty book. The one I had a blast writing. And until the last three Scrimmage books, and Cold 2 it was my worst performing book ever. Well, not my straight romances. I can't even give those fuckers away. I pulled all of the non-football straight romances and Shift at the end of April. No sales for three months anywhere on any of the four books. Not a single sale.
So, the straight western will come back... one day. I'm a quarter through writing a sequel to it. An MM sequel. So it will stay a Mercy book. I guess the two books I took back from Ellora's Cave will just disappear. But Shift, Shift got a makeover.
I've always planned to write a follow-up book. I've always planned to link Shift to Moon and write a follow-up to that book with a fifth book linking their two worlds. While Moon did well enough after I self-published it, Shift has never sold well at all. Shift has sold less than half of what Moon has since I self-pubbed Moon.
I know you're sitting there wondering why that matters... book sales matter. If I'm going to spend three months writing a book I need it to do well enough to warrant a sequel. Shift has not. Moon has. I don't know how to say it any other way. If Shift had been with a publisher, they would have passed on a sequel. That's how business works.
Oh my god, I write for money!
I know that's anathema to a lot of people.
I write to make a living. There is nothing wrong with that. Why do people have issues with writers writing for money? I just don't understand that. But it's there. And not just in romance, or fiction writing. It's in script writing as well. Writers and creators of the story are the last thanked.
Anyway, this wasn't supposed to be about that, this was supposed to tell you about Shift in Time and what had happened and what I did.
Shift has undergone a revision. It's been edited (again, for the third time). It's been slightly rewritten. WAIT! If you've read it, there are no significant changes at all. If you update and re-read you won't notice a thing. Except maybe it's tighter. I fleshed out a few things that even I didn't understand what I'd meant after four years. I tweaked some wordage. Nothing has been added or subtracted. Commas maybe. I'll tell you this, after the last thirteen years as a published author I firmly believe no one knows where commas go. Each round of edits changes the commas. I give up on commas.
Anyway... Shift in Time will be back out on October 1st. Roughly 11 days. And it has a shiny new beautiful cover that I hope sets the tone of the book, and the genre. Nothing wrong with the original cover and I will miss it... but... Did you know I had a shifter book out? Yeah, not many people did.
Cover art by Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art
Y'all, she is fabulous. If you need a cover you should check her out. Click the link above.