So, moving to a new state, starting a few new jobs, deadlines for writing and editing have sort of taken me away from here for a bit. But don’t worry, I’m back, for now. 🙂
Revenge, book 3 of my Degrees of Darkness series released on November 11 after a huge Kindle Daily Deal run of Relentless. Color me totally excited about that whole thing. But it’s come to my attention that readers who are reviewing Revenge think it’s over. Book 3 is the end. Ummm, not quite. 🙂 See, Cody and Remy have one li’l, well maybe not little but huge, matter to attend to before they can move on to their Happily Ever After. Someone killed, murdered, tragically ended Cody’s mother’s life. And someone, other than Cody, is hiding a deadly secret.
There’s one more book to their story called RECKONING. Hopefully its not the last book in the DoD series since there are a few secondary characters setting up for stories of their own. Don’t give up yet, dear readers. Those two aren’t quite done with you yet.
Wow. I mean wow! I’m getting some early reviews coming in of Retribution and I think I’m going to crack. Some background on this book. Retribution wasn’t a fully plotted book when I started writing it. All I knew was who the killer was and how it pertained to my hero, Remy. As the story progressed the plot became more and more complicated. And it showed in the editing process just how complicated it was–especially in setting up the plot for book 3. I HATED this book by the time I was through editing it. Then when the editors edits came through I had my work cut out, but as I progressed I began to fall in love with it again. The final product is so different from when I started, and it’s a way better book than when I started it.
I became a stronger writer because of Retribution. And apparently I’m not the only one who picked up on that:
“Thank you, Ms. Austin, for your powerful writing style that has made me one of your biggest fans. Your vivid writing style has captivated my heart. I was so into the story that when the end came, I was crushed but I know that the one that’s following will be even better.”–Cozyreader from The Romance Reviews
Here are two more quotes from Goodreads reviewers:
“Ms. Austin has a complex story to tell – in full – while continuing the already established larger arc; a challenging relationship between Remy and Cody; and setting up the next book in the series. She does all of this in fine style, which I’m finding to be her norm.”–Becky Flade, author of Fated Souls
“As usual Remy has more secrets than the CIA, and they’ve already taken people he loves. The secrets are pushing Cody away at a time when she needs Remy more than ever. Her descent into an alcoholic binge is particularly well done and doesn’t pull any punches.”–Rachel Smith
Not enough to convince you? Then pick up the book and read it.
Well, there he is, Remy in all his scruffy glory. Crimson’s art department out-did themselves on this one. Oh, and if you wanna know what’s going on with the burning building in the back, read the book!
Early reviews coming in on Relentless. Here are a few snippets of what they’re saying:
From CozyReader @ The Romance Reviews: “RELENTLESS is an intensely suspenseful book that will have you turning the pages wanting to know who the killer is, as well as find out who Remy really is and what is he running from.”
From blue j meyers: “From the start to the heart pounding finish, Winter Austin serves up a story that ropes you and and doesn’t let go.”
From Rachel Wilder: “Winter’s knowledge of police procedure and the professional rodeo world shines through on every page.”
Here we are 3 days into 2013 and I’m a month away from the release of Relentless. I’ve seen the mock-up of the cover art and any day now will be able to release it. The Crimson Romance did a great job capturing my hero and heroine.
Book 2 Retribution is turned in to the editor. And I’m currently more than half-way finished with writing book 3 Revenge. Was I ever glad I took that research trip this past summer to New Orleans and Houma. I’ve been able to add an extra layer to the plot and to my characters after being there. I want to go back there soon.