Let the minions dance, my friends. Let them shake their little yellow tushies in celebration. Because the first draft of THE SECRET… is finished.
Yes, yes. I know you’re all excited. Trust me, I am too. I spent most of yesterday visiting with my mom, who had a completely routine medical thing, but has to lay low for a while, which (being my mom) she finds very frustrating. But today I might just sleep. Because… yeah, this book has put me through the wringer.
And of course I’m not done yet! Revising and editing needs to happen, but I’m happy to say an end is in sight. And not even a year after the second book was released! (COUGHCOUGH everyone sending me nasty emails and messages about how late the book is needs to just calm down COUGHCOUGH)
But of course, I will not know a release date until I can hash things out with my lovely editor and get all the order stuff out. I would expect it to be early spring if not (hopefully) a little sooner.
It’s a big ‘un. At over 100K words, THE SECRET is my longest book since Building From Ashes. And it kind of needed to be. I can also say with confidence I will be writing in this series some more (as I did with the Elemental World) but I do anticipate taking a pretty substantial break. Don’t worry. Ava and Malachi’s story is wrapped up in this book, but like Gio and Beatrice, I’m sure they’ll end up popping up in others.
Don’t ask me if I love this book right now, because I’m still all emotional about it. I’m pretty sure I WILL love it fairly soon. But this has been the hardest book I’ve ever written. It has some of my favorite moments ever. It has some things that ripped my heart out. And moments that made me cry happy-tears, too. Ava and Malachi are very close to my heart. I hope you’re as excited about the conclusion of their story as I am.
So for now… let the minions dance.
Best always, Elizabeth