Hi everyone. I have good news and bad news about the Broken Destiny series. I’ll start with the bad news: you’re going to have to wait longer than anticipated for The Sweetest Burn, book two in the series (these are the Ivy and Adrian books, for those of you who refer to the series by its characters.) My agent informed me late last week that my publisher decided to push back The Sweetest Burn’s release to June 2017. This delay has nothing to do with editorial issues, production issues, deadlines, my mother’s recent death, or anything like that, and the reason why it’s being pushed back brings us to the good news portion of this post:
The third and final book in the Broken Destiny series, tentatively titled The Brightest Embers, will release in July 2017, only one month after the new release date for The Sweetest Burn. The reason my publisher moved The Sweetest Burn was in order to do back-to-back releases on the series, which affords them greater marketing opportunities and availability with book stores and other retailers. They are also doing a special re-release of the first book, The Beautiful Ashes, with extra bonus material in late spring of 2017 to lead into the back-to-back release of the second and third books.
So, while I know this disappoints many of you and I am so sorry about that, I can assure you that it’s being done with good intentions on my publisher’s part. In addition to the greater promotional opportunities, this also gives readers the ability to find out how Ivy and Adrian’s story ends without hardly any wait between books two and three. This extended rearrangement of release dates isn’t without precedence, either: my BBF and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews had her Hidden Legacy series bumped from 2016 to 2017 for similar reasons, and I’ve seen it happen on occasion with other authors, too.
Some of you might be wondering, what will happen to my pre-order of The Sweetest Burn?
The book should remain on pre-order when retailers’ systems update and the release date changes. If you choose to cancel your pre-order, there shouldn’t be any refund issues because most retailers don’t charge for a book until they actually ship it, either by snail mail or digital delivery.
Some of you might be wondering, how can the publisher do this?
There is a clause in traditional publishing contracts that gives the publisher the right to determine the release date of all books they acquire. Often, this clause give the publisher eighteen months (although I’ve seen up to twenty-four) after a manuscript is formally accepted to publish the book, so my publisher is within their contractual rights to move the release date.
Some of you might be wondering, can’t you just refuse to let them?
No, for the reasons listed above. Besides, as I said, my publisher is trying to do their best by the series with this change and I appreciate their efforts toward that end. I also understand how frustrating it is for readers who thought they’d get to read The Sweetest Burn this April, and are now finding out that they have to wait over a year. Again, I am truly sorry for the extended wait and I so appreciate you sticking with Ivy and Adrian (and me! :)) throughout all this. I hope that getting the conclusion to Ivy and Adrian’s story with the back-to-back releases in summer 2017 will help make up for the wait. Also, my publisher will be doing some special consolation promos soon, and while I have to stay mum about them now, I’ll let you know once they’re live.
If you have any questions that I didn’t address, please ask them below. Thank you.