New Release: Cat’s the Cradle

It’s here! Just one more part to go after this one and then Addie & Erik’s story will be complete.

Conjurer Adelaide Deveraux not only has guardians assembled to protect her Sanctuary but has once again been reunited with her once-dead true love, tiger-shifter Erik Wells.

They’ll need more than a handful of shaman and shifters to protect them this time, however—an even greater foe has risen in Deddeh, a monstrous woman who is capable of sucking the magic and lifeforce from others. If she can gain Addie’s power, it could elevate her to god-like status, bringing out old enemies of the Sanctuary who will eradicate anyone for the greater good.

And with their first child on the way, Erik and Addie have more than ever to lose…

 

Release Date: September 28 2018
Genre: IR (bwwm) paranormal romance
Length: 35 000 words (or 110 pages)
Series: Cats & Conjure #5
Format: ebook
Ebook Price: $2.99
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Cat’s in the Cradle Pre-order

The cats are back!

This is the penultimate novella of Erik and Addie’s journey and it’s for sale as of September 28 2018.

Because of the gap between Alley Cat and this one, there will be a recap available for download here the day of release. There is one more novella to follow–Year of the Cat–and I do not have an ETA on that one yet, but I’m hoping for soon.

Besides the burnout previous noted, I had more than a few snarky comments accusing me of “forgetting” this series or deliberately leaving readers hanging.

Let me assure you, nothing could be further from the truth. I had back to back years of a high number of releases when I first left my publisher, pretty severe writer burnout, illnesses and deaths in the family over a short period of time (fuck cancer)…and then accusations that I’m merely mucking around “forgetting” about these stories and characters? Nope. No one is more bothered by unfinished series than me. Every time I sit down to work, thoughts of what I have unfinished weighs on me to the point my anxiety gets unbearable. Readers can feel how they like about the books–hate them, delete them from your Kindle, burn the paperbacks–and it’s none of my business, but “I guess our dear author just forgot about the series” (not an exact quote but close) is unnecessary. Books get done when they get done. Beating myself doesn’t finish them any faster, as I’ve had to learn, and I don’t need to be made to feel any more guilty.

Pleasant “Hey, I love these stories–when’s the next one out?” was totally appreciated! It’s heartening to know the stories are enjoyed and anticipated. And to those of you who have been so patient and understanding, I thank you, and I am SO SO SORRY for the length of time between releases. I’ve learned my lesson about series work and, as much as I love the serialized format for Cats & Conjure, it is not likely to be an experiment I repeat.

Without further ado, here’s a reminder of what’s in store for Erik and Addie in this installment:

Conjurer Adelaide Deveraux not only has guardians assembled to protect her Sanctuary but has once again been reunited with her once-dead true love, tiger-shifter Erik Wells.

They’ll need more than a handful of shaman and shifters to protect them this time, however—an even greater foe has risen in Deddeh, a monstrous woman who is capable of sucking the magic and lifeforce from others. If she can gain Addie’s power, it could elevate her to god-like status, bringing out old enemies of the Sanctuary who will eradicate anyone for the greater good.

And with their first child on the way, Erik and Addie have more than ever to lose…

Release Date: September 28, 2018
Genre: IR (bwwm) paranormal romance
Length: 35 000 words (or 110 pages)
Series: Cats & Conjure #5
Format: ebook
Ebook Price: $2.99

Special announcement: THIS BOOK OFFICIALLY ANSWERS A BUNCH OF LONG-RUNNING SERIES QUESTIONS! What’s with all the cats around Addie? Who is the mysterious woman who has been advising her and Erik, both IRL and in visions? What is the true nature of Addie’s power? You find out in this one!

As I said, the final book will follow hopefully by the end of the year/early next. There’ll be a boxset of 4-6 in ebook and paperback, followed by the complete series compiled late next year. There may or may not be a spin-off book–we’ll see!

 

New Release: ALLEY CAT

The fourth Cats & Conjure book is here!

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Adelaide Deveraux has at last come into her powers, but her gifts have come with a price: she has lost the love of her life. Now surrounded by allies but still utterly alone, she’s seeking to build a new Sanctuary and provide shelter for those who need it, even though none of it will heal her broken heart.

Tiger-shifter Erik Wells was willing to sacrifice everything to save Addie from the psychopathic sorcerer after her, including his life. But despite paying the ultimate price and annihilating their enemy once and for all, he still isn’t at peace. Some greater power is seeking to resurrect Erik, willing to move heaven and hell to see him breathe again. Whether that power is good or evil, he doesn’t know, and he’s running out of time as something’s hunting him in the underworld, seeking to destroy his very soul.

Release Date: March 4, 2016
Genre: IR (bwwm) paranormal romance
Length: 30 000 words (or 100 pages)
Series: Cats & Conjure #4
Format: ebook
Ebook Price: $2.99
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This book hints a little more at the overall mythology coming into play (the next book reveals what Addie really is and what’s with all the cats) and introduces a new villain that will carry through the end of the series, so I’m quite excited about it.

To celebrate the release, the first novella Cats in Heat is now being serialized on Wattpad for free. If you’re a fan of the series and want to encourage others to give it a shot, I’ll be updating Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting today right here.

For those looking for more Midsummer books, Gold is out May 27 and will be up for pre-order soon (more about that next week).

I don’t have a release date yet for Cat’s in the Cradle, the fifth C&C book as explained in my 2016 release forecast. News when I have it!

Finally, my erotica writing buddy Aylia Ryvelt is promoting her new hate-to-love romance serial, Reunion. The first book, called Love & Hate, is currently free for a few days, and the second part, Hate So Sweet, is now available. (The third is coming soon.) Aylia is amazing–she was the force behind me finally publishing my work–so I encourage everyone to check her out.

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*A note about this title being free…

It’s common with series to make the first free by the time there are four or so out, which is why I’ve chosen to do it with Cats in Heat. This title, however, is still under copyright.

Please only download the book from legal channels. The more downloads a book gets on legit sites, the higher the rankings in the the store, and the greater the visibility the book gets (and therefore new people hear about it).

All rights are reserved. The book may not be copied or distributed elsewhere without my permission. Thank you for respecting my rights.

ALLEY CAT Excerpt

Addie & Erik’s fourth outing is a week away!

Here’s a quick taste under the cut…

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2016 Book Forecast…

Hey guys!

So I’ve been reflecting on last year’s releases, trying to figure out what worked in terms of sales, what didn’t, and where I need to go from here. Last year’s plans for 2016 will have to shift a little, as I expected.

Here’s how it’s looking so far:

Series Works

Stirling Falls

AK-GimmeShelter-webReaders still like series! I still get regular interest in Stirling Falls books with periodic sales on Wild Horses and Sympathy for the Devil, so I am seriously looking at trying to get Gimmer Shelter written later this year. It’s going to require some research, so I’ll be looking into that later this month, and whether or not I can get that hands-on research in–and when–will decide when that book will be written. Maybe a fall release? I hope?

I also really want to do a second book about Tash and Devin from Sympathy Called the Devil. The premise involves Tash investigating the murder of someone close to her while Devin tries to reintegrate with a town who believed for years he was a serial killer. Also, there will be ropes and whips and nipple clamps, because of course there will. It’ll be called Paint it Black to go with my Rolling Stones theme, but that’s all I know for now and likely won’t get around to it until 2017 if I write it at all.

Guaranteed this year: Gimme Shelter is likely in the fall.

 

Midsummer Suspense

GoldAlso, the future of the Midsummer Suspense Tales series… I never know what to expect with these books; Cinders did well, but there was a gap that year with illnesses and family emergencies, and I only had one book out. With that momentum destroyed, it was a climb last year back up again. Beauty and Snow did okay, so I went ahead and released Beast…and to my immense surprise, readers seem to have dug it and sales, while not huge, have been steady the past couple of months.

Also, in talking with a writer friend about the series, I ended up deciding to extend it from six books to nine. Admittedly, I love doing fairy tales, and if readers continue buying them, I’ll keep writing them. I’ll be shuffling things around a little, and hope to continue writing them for the rest of this year and next, although because they’re standalone, if it seems like interest is petering out I can comfortably stop writing them.

Guaranteed this year: Gold, which I’m halfway through and will come out May 27, and likely Lost toward the end of the year.

 

Cats & Conjure

AlleyCat-KindletThese books…continue to not do well. Stray Cat Strut was my poorest selling release of last year. Alley Cat is up for pre-order. Right now pre-order numbers sit at…eleven copies. Yeah, ouch.

Addie and Erik’s story spans six novellas total. Three are out, one is coming soon, and there are two more planned that will be written, but I’ll have to see when I can squeeze it in. I promise I won’t leave regular readers hanging but appreciate understanding about the financial perils of writing and releasing these stories.

Guaranteed this year: Alley Cat on March 4. Hopefully Cat’s in the Cradle toward the fall but no promises.

 

Standalone

I was a little disappointed with The Book of Love‘s performance last year, both because it was super fun to write and because I genuinely thought it would be a book people would like with the humor and burned out romance writer premise. It keeps trucking along, though, and I’m looking at my list of other standalones I wanted to write.

One was I Who Have Nothing, which was originally supposed to be out with a publisher in 2013. It was delayed because it wasn’t done and then because I left my publisher. I still regularly get interest in it but the news is the same: the book has undergone extensive rewrites and still isn’t ready.

Guaranteed this year: If I release a non-series book this year, it’ll be this one, as I’m halfway through it, but I thought that last year so it’s by no means definite.

 

New Worlds

For a couple of years now, I’ve had a new romantic suspense series on my mind following the same couple for 3-4 books called Fox and Manning. The first is still in development and something I’m debating, but the thing I come back to is starting another series only to decide to retire from publishing.

Sales are never steady–anyone in publishing knows to never expect otherwise–but it’s a lot of time and money invested and I’m not sure if I can keep doing it. This tweet from last week?

Not an exaggeration. I’ve got a note to look over sales numbers vs expenses in the fall to see.

It’s reality and it’s not fun, but here we are; if it happens, I don’t want anyone to be surprised, which is why I’ve mentioned it. I won’t start a new series (especially not with a HFN ending on the first book) unless I’m sure I’m going to finish it because I love my supporters and wouldn’t leave them hanging. Fox and Manning will debut next year at the earliest if I decide to continue publishing as Asha King.

I’m also toying with some m/m ideas at the encouragement of a friend; if I pursue it, those works will be romantic suspense and written as Ashe Kingston. And will likely involve hot cowboys–I think Stirling Falls could use some m/m lovin’. This will be something I revisit toward the end of 2016 to see if I think it’ll be actually viable or not–investing in a new genre and new pen name is risky to say the least.

Guaranteed this year: Nada.

 

So…that’s what this year is looking like. I have a handy page devoted to 2016 releases that I’ll keep updated throughout the year. I hope this answers any reader questions that might be coming up about what-book-is-coming-when and, if not, just leave a comment here and I’ll try to answer.

 

Happy reading!

XO Asha