I don't know about your neck of the woods, but here, it's been day after day of triple digit heat. It's so hot that even the pool feels like a warm bath. While I'm waiting for the heat to break, I'm staying indoors as much as possible and working on lots of great stories for you.
On my plate now is Wicked Lovers 6, MINE TO HOLD, which is all about Tyler. Click the link to see the blurb on my site. I love what I've written so far. Tyler is a devil, and Delaney has her hands full. This book is scheduled to release June 5, 2012. I know it seems like a long time away, but I'll have lots of other releases out between now and then, including Wicked Lovers 5, BELONG TO ME, on October 4.
I'm also working on a couple of other projects I'm excited about, like my first collaboration with debut author Lexi Blake. We're teaming up to write a fantasy-fest ménage book about three oil tycoon brothers and the snappy, independent girl they fall for, titled THEIR VIRGIN CAPTIVE. These characters are so rich in my mind. I hope you'll agree. The book should release at the end of the month!
After the lovely reception my readers have given my first historical re-release, ONE WICKED NIGHT, I'm pushing ahead with the next. Be looking for STRICTLY SEDUCTION late in August. Of all the historicals I wrote, this is one of my favorites. I adore this new cover, so if you're a lover of historical romance – or even if you're not – this book has all the trademark Shayla Black qualities: Alpha hero, lots of juicy conflict, and some very steamy sex. I'll keep you posted on the precise release date as it draws near.
Lastly, I want to clear up some misconceptions about my reasons for choosing to self-publish the remainder of the Doomsday Brethren series. Well, as soon as I show you the cover for book 5, EMBRACE ME AT DAWN. I think it's absolutely gorgeous and can't wait to dive into this book. But I digress… I love hearing from the fans of this series, and let me set your mind at ease about a few things: No, the publisher did not drop this series. I bought my way out of the last contract because I wanted more freedom creatively, which includes everything from the direction of future stories to the packaging of the books. There were other business reasons, and my time became such that I was in the hospital and, therefore, unable to write this book earlier in the year when I originally intended to. This would have pushed the release of this book into 2013. By going independent, I can write the stories in my heart, package them how I believe they should be, and still give you the book sometime in February 2012. For anyone concerned that self-published means poor quality, not for me. I will still have editing and lots of eyes on the book to make sure the finished product top notch. I'm really happy with this decision. It's brought me so much peace. I hope you'll understand, and if you're a paranormal romance fan and you haven't tried this series, you're missing out. And the next book is all about Lucan, who will finally get his happily ever after. It's going to be a three-hankie read, I know. I hope you'll take the journey with me.
Lastly, I'm heading out for RomCon tomorrow. If you're going to be in Denver with me, please come find me. I'm on lots of panels and at a bunch of mixers. Say hi and join the fun! And the temperatures will be MUCH cooler in Denver!
Tell me which of the new covers you like best and why, and I'll send one lucky winner an electronic version of ONE WICKED NIGHT.
Have a great week!
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