It’s been a while since I updated the blog and that’s because I was in hermit mode finishing the first draft of DESERT BOUND, the next Cambio Springs book.
And I’m happy to report that it’s DONE! Whoohoo!
That’s right. Alex and Tea’s story is done, except for the revising and editing and proofreading…
So yeah, not really done. but still looking at a fall release. I’ll let you know when I have a date or pre-order links.
Now, in the past, the news of Cambio Springs has not filled my reader’s hearts with glee as Elemental or Irin news has. Which, hey, everyone has their own tastes. I totally get that. BUT, if you haven’t taken the chance on reading any of the Cambio books, let me shamelessly point out a few marks in their favor:
1. ALL THE MAGIC IN ONE FANTASTIC VOLUME!
The Cambio Springs series is a series, but it’s interconnected stories in the same town. So all the books are stand-alone. That’s right. It’s all yours. All of it, all at once. Absolutely no cliffhangers. Because of that…
2. These are much more traditional romances.
(Okay, maybe not THAT traditional.) I just mean it’s a guy and a girl and they get into crazy hijinks and fall in love at the end. No, I’m not really spoiling anything, because it’s a ROMANCE (or technically, romantic suspense) so you can see that coming a mile away, right? Sit back and enjoy the fun, because…
3. These books are funny. (I think so anyway. If you think they’re not, let me down gently.)
One of the reasons I have three different series is that sometimes, my brain needs a break from one or the other. The Irin Chronicles, for instance, tend to be quite dark. Cambio is my fun, I-need-some-happy series. Which is not to say bad stuff doesn’t happen (like sudden, gruesome death!), I just try to mix a lot of humor into it.
4. It’s my mom’s favorite. (So, as you can imagine, she wasn’t a big fan of the delay between books one and two. Sorry, Mom.)
5. Snake shapeshifters!
Yeah, that’s right. All the shifters in Cambio Springs are desert animals of one sort or another. So you know I had to do snakes. There’s even a very brief snake-shifter POV in DESERT BOUND. What? You think I can’t make a snake sexy? REALLY? You’re throwing down that challenge?
DONE. (And you can read a little teaser that features a snake shifter over on the Facebook page HERE.)
6. Beards and scruff.
I am a fan of facial hair. The Cambio Springs boys indulge my facial hair love in a way that Giovanni—in all his glorious Italian suaveness (it’s a word)—cannot. All love to Giovanni, but come on. Sometimes, a girl just needs to write about scruffy, grubby boys.
So, there are some reasons you should read the Cambio Springs series. You don’t have to, of course, but I think you’ll like it. And if you’re thinking, “Eh… Elizabeth, I’m just not a big shapeshifter fan. Nothing personal.” Just remember how many of you weren’t vampire fans until you read A Hidden Fire.
That’s right. You know who you are. I’ve gotten your letters. Give a shapeshifter a chance.
As for what’s in the cooker once the revising and editing on DESERT BOUND is done, it’s looking roughly like this:
- Ben and Tenzin’s China novella (which I think I’m just going to wait on and publish all at once, not as a serial)
- THE SECRET (that is, the third Irin book, which will be the last for Ava and Malachi’s story arc)
- A Lucien novel/novella in the Elemental World (I don’t know yet if it’s going to be a book or a novella; I keep wavering between the two.)
That should keep me busy for a while!
And I’ll try to be better about updating the blog and letting you know what’s happening.
For those of you who have not picked up TALL, DARK, AND SUPERNATURAL the bundle that I did with six other authors, it is ON SALE for only .99. This bundle has A Hidden Fire in it, but it also has six other full length paranormal novels, so it’s a great deal.