“Where is the next Circle of Friends book?” & Reader Questions

I think the number one search term that brings readers to my blog is “Still in Love with You” Asha King.

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? came out in May, Wild Horses was in June, and Broken Heart‘s sequel was due out last July.

Then that thing happened where I got grumpy and didn’t write for a while.

I tried to get back on the proverbial horse, I did. We’d aimed for Still in Love with You to come out in August. Then September. I mean, it’s a 16-17K word novella–it shouldn’t be that difficult to write, should it?

But I didn’t write a word for four months.

I don’t mean to harp on anything, folks. I know that 95% of the people reading this wouldn’t dream of pirating a book (which, as a friend once said, stealing from a writer is like stealing from a homeless person–we make so little money, it’s a terrible thing to do). And I don’t particularly want to even be talking about this, but I feel bad every time I see someone looking for a book that was promised but isn’t out yet. This is the reality I can’t help and it’s just one of the consequences of these things; every time I look at that doc, I just associate it with a particularly awful time in my writing life.

I also realized I much, much prefer romantic suspense to straight contemporary romance. I’m not as comfortable writing a non life-or-death conflict, and while many readers object to shorter novellas, I honestly have trouble trying to drag out relationship-based conflict when everyone just having a grownup conversation will suffice. It’s a great genre but I think I’m better at writing suspense.

So as it stands, Still in Love with You is still contracted, still in progress, and will still hopefully be released a few months from now. It’s just not the project I’m focusing on at this moment. I’d like to get some other work out there, both romantic suspense and a paranormal romance I’ve been plotting for a while.

What am I working on? Still plugging away at I Who Have Nothing, which I hope to finish by the end of the month and then see if my editor likes it, and afterward I’ll try to jump into Sympathy for the Devil–I’m pursuing some longer projects at the moment, which all take more time. I also signed an audiobook contract for Wild Horses so I might have news on that front soon.

But, lesson learned, I’m not going to give any projected dates or publicly mention deadlines, as anything can happen.

As always, thank you so much for reading and I hope you can join me for what I have planned for the new year.

-Asha

What I’m Working On…

Well, I did take my self-imposed break after all the piracy and feel a bit better. Currently, STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU–the next Circle of Friends novella–is in progress. I’m also drafting up a new paranormal side project called CATS IN HEAT. Still on the brain is SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIl–it definitely won’t be seen until the end of the year at the earliest. Novellas are just a lot easier to get through with working full time.

Speaking of, I found out today WILD HORSES was the Top Pick in the AllRomanceeBooks newsletter! Woot! It came with a wonderful review, and now the WH book page at ARe has a nifty little symbol to signify it. I’m so thrilled! It’s always great to hear when people enjoy the work.

I have lots to get done and little time to do it in, so it’s back to work with me.

Happy reading!

Asha

Taking a Break

Well…it’s been an interesting week, darlings.

I started out SO excited. Wild Horses was *finally* coming out. This book took about three months for me to write–I had to revise things a lot of times, as a novel (even a short one) is an entirely different beast from a novella. You might know it was originally scheduled for a June 5 release but I got a two week extension because it wasn’t ready in time. I really stressed over this book but, in the end, I was proud of it. I love the characters. I had a lot of fun writing the sex scenes. And I was really hoping it was one readers would love too, since they’ve been asking for longer works by me.

The day after Wild Horse was released, it was requested at a piracy forum (already pirating one of my novellas).

I won’t get into complaining about this or explaining why it’s wrong. Lots of others have before me and I’m nowhere near as eloquent.

The problem is that I politely wrote to this forum, explaining that I’m a new author, this is a new release not selling many copies, and could they please have some empthay for me and take it down–I’m trying to provide for my family here. Instead, one of the admins bought the book a few hours later just to upload it.

It hits like a punch in the gut, the wind knocked out of you. This book was so hard to write. And I know readers frequently complain they want longer books by me but…but I’m looking at my plans for the next Stirling Falls book, Sympathy for the Devil, and wondering whether or not it’ll be worth it. Hopefully, a few royalty statements from now will show it *is* worth it despite the piracy and maybe Sympathy can be out by the end of the year. I hope so–I really want to share Tash’s book with you.

The next Circle of Friends novella, Still In Love with You, was due out next month, but I think I’m going to grudgingly ask for another extension and take a bit of a break right now. I’ve had one release after another and this past week hit me really hard. I’m not ashamed to say I cried when they uploaded my new book–it hurt. Hopefully Kashayla and AJ’s story will release in August instead and I’ll get back in the groove of things again.

If you bought any of my books, I want to personally thank you so much. I wish more readers were like you and I really hope you enjoy my stories. <3

Asha

New Release: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?
A Circle of Friends Novella

Joshua Lee Merrill has been a playboy for years, never content to settle and convinced there’s no such thing as “the right one”—just “the right now.” For a while, his friends thought he had the perfect woman—until she summarily dumped him and gave his ego a severe thrashing. His group of friends are there to help with his broken heart…but it’s his old pal Derica who suddenly has him hot with desire.

Derica Washington nursed a crush on her friend J.L. for years while he went through a string of girlfriends and never gave her a second look. But now he’s broken-hearted, alone, and his sights are set on her at last. She’s determined not to give in to him, though turning the love ’em and leave ’em attitude on him is tempting. And it can’t hurt to indulge this once…can it?

You can get *all* your preferred formats at various resellers for your ereader of choice.

Phaze Books: http://phaze.com/book.php?title=How+Can+You+Mend+a+Broken+Heart%3F

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/How-Mend-Broken-Heart-ebook/dp/B0081LEHG8/

All Romance eBooks: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-howcanyoumendabrokenheart-789250-168.html

I was very nervous about this release–it’s the first of three connected novellas (as you might guess from the titles, I was listening to a lot of old Al Green songs at the time), and I hope readers enjoy!

The Good News…& The Bad.

Well, due to a title having to be delayed and my next release all ready, How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? is coming early! You’ll get to read my next novella in less than a week, avaialble for sale Tuesday, May 8.

This is the first of three connected novellas and I’m very pleased to share it with you. I sincerely hope it’s enjoyed as much as Near to You, and that you’ll join me for future stories with the characters.

The bad news is that Wild Horses, tentatively slated for June 5, is being delayed. This is my fault, as I don’t have the book ready yet and I don’t want to rush my editor. I’ve been given a two week extention so hopefully you’ll see it June 19 instead. I’ve been getting a lot of blog hits about it and I’ve heard the publisher has received several emails about it. I’m thrilled it’s anticipated by readers and I’m sorry for the delay, but I promise I’ll get it to you soon.

Well, that’s it! I’ll have butterflies well into next week, while I wait and see how the new story is received.

To everyone who stops by here, thank you for your support!

Asha