This hiatus is not working.
Do you remember choose your own adventure books? Well, now they have been adapted into games you can play on your mobile devices. One of the companies offering these games is Crazy Maple Studios. One of the games they will be offering on October 30th is Burn For Me.
Full disclosure: this is an adaptation. We have no idea how close it is to the source material. Because they had to mess with the story line to make it interactive, there is no telling what kind of branching plot they ended up with. We had no input. We’re just sitting back and collecting a small percentage of the sales. I’m excited, because I suspect hilarity will occur. Hehe.
When Jeaniene Frost’s books were made into these mobile games, she told me that you could make you character look however you wanted. I hope they do that, because it would so much fun to see all the range of different Nevadas.
So, if you are feeling adventurous, we will post the links to the app and all that jazz on October 30th.
And now you know why that image was on Twitter. Leaving comments open on this one so we can answer questions.
I may have to link a credit card in my app store for the first time. That sounds super fun.
You can usually do a prepaid card or gift card if you’re nervous about that kind of stuff.
Thank you you Jerrica!
Thanks! I will look into this option for sure.
I’m not a gamer but it looks intriguing. I’ll give it a try when it comes up.
Is it cannon? You decide. I did love those books when I was a kid.
Anyone remember the “Give Yourself Goosebumps” series by RL Stine? I remember picking these up at the Scholastic fairs at school and swapping with friends: https://goosebumps.fandom.com/wiki/Give_Yourself_Goosebumps
I loved those books.
You two have earned it.
Thank you for posting this! Been a bad week but this is just the distraction I need. I hope we get to design our own Nevada. It’s like being 6 and playing paper dolls with my sister. Coloring in all the paper clothes and stuff. Why yes I am five ????
Oh my gosh, paper dolls! I used to love those. What year did they stop making them, lol?
Paper dolls are still being made!
paper dolls! what a lovely memory-..thanks for reminder 🙂
Creativity is ageless. Plus, if taking a trip down memory lane helps you in a bad time, then pack your memory bags!
I hope your week gets better.
Thank you it is. I really am lucky. Life just has a few potholes sometimes. I am learning to find joy in the small moments.
These games are addictive! I can’t wait to check it out!
Any Hidden Legacy story, or adaptation, is a “must-buy” for me. And you guys should really get money from all the sources: games, screenplays, sidewalk chalk (hey, for making circles), armored tank companies…
Natasha Johnson says
Yay I’m so excited!!!!! I love those type of games!!!! My constant checking even though yall are suppose to be on hiatus pays off!!!
Am I the only one who kinda wished there were actual books (like what Rogan gave Nevada) that we could buy?
Jana Knight says
Oooh fun! I will be on the lookout.
Nina Turner says
OMG I loved choose your own adventure when I was a kid. I look forward to playing and exploring the adaptation story. I always explored all the different routes to see where things could go from regular to extreme endings!
huh. I’m not much of a mobile gamer but this looks cool!
Also, much better than sexy shirtless BFM cover hehe… looking forward to trying it! xD
AJ Rother says
Overall I like the art better, but to me the Rogan doesn’t match the description from the book. Not tall enough, not muscular enough, and what’s with the hair cut and Miami Vice beard? So, does this mean I don’t plan on buying the game? Of course not! Maybe I can use this to feed my addiction while waiting for Ruby Fever, and every other “next book”.
This is incredibly exciting! I cannot wait to play!
CJ Smith says
Wow, how exciting that someone loved your book and evovled the storyline into a gaming app!
How many BDH will become GBDH (Gaming Book Devouring Horde)?
I am so excited!
Mary Cruickshank Peed says
Hey! A birthday present for me! I don’t usually play online games because I’m easily addicted… But I’ll make an exception in your case!
My birthday is on the 30th too 😀
I loved those “choose your own adventure” books. Thank you for posting this! I would definitely buy this app.
Haven’t played the games but inlike the book version of it. This would be fun
Now you both go back to relaxing and taking the break.
FUN! I’m excited to try it ????
Cheryl M says
What?? I may need to download a game to my phone!! Eep!! I’m so excited. (For those going “What?! No games!” They are on my tablet, my phone is always with me.)
If I could write well enough to be published, I would LOVE to write choose your own adventure mysteries or romances for adults. This is awesome lol
WOW! Yes please! Post the links when they’re ready please!
In app form I can’t peruse through the pages to see all the endings after getting frustrated when it keeps ending badly so that’s good I think 🙂
Life seems to have decided you don’t get a break yet, which is awful…… unless life decides you get a better break after more cool stuff later. I hope you get your hiatus soon, you guys deserve a break
Moderator R says
It’s all goodies and happy news ☺️, fortunately!
Bruce R says
I keep thinking that “hiatus” is a request … so “Hi at you!” 🙂
Oohhh!!! That image would make such a pretty cover. I am not a gamer, but I am looking forward to listening to everyone trying it out.
I get the email newsletter and it made me laugh to see a new blog post email today due to the hiatus ???? Can’t wait, definitely going to check it out!
Yay! ???? I’m not a gamer, but I liked those books as a child so I’m excited to see how the game works out! I’ll definitely be buying it! ????
I’m honestly a little terrified of this considering the reviews for Crazy Maple Studio Dev on Google Play….
Certain options on their current stories tend to be “premium” meaning you have to pay for them it sounds like. Now if I can get the “premium” gems or whatever over time, and I just have to play slowly, ok, but if the ONLY way to get them is to pay? ugh.
I’ll have to pick it up later this week and find out I guess.
Moderator R says
Just to clarify, the game is NOT free to play.
Can I make Rogan lose his shirt too?
Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha!
OMG that’s so weird and also awesome. Sorry the hiatus has been unsuccessful. Hope you have a restful week anyway, and enjoy fall (though I don’t know how fall is in Texas, I hope it’s as nice as it is in Virginia).
Dirk Hohndel says
Have you considered writing a book on how to take time off?
🙂 🙂 🙂
I cannot tell you how happy I am every time I see a new email announcing another post… it’s part of my daily dose of “all things positive”. So thank you for all the gifts that you give us – here or in book form.
Interesting. Never heard of these types of games. I’ll try the app.
I created a Choose Your Own Adventure training for my team at work…a lot of people didn’t know what CYOA was and I was sad (they took it personally when I killed off our patient…but to be fair it was THEIR decisions that led to his ultimate demise) 🙂
!!!! I’m so excited!!!!!! I can’t wait to see what they do with it!
Justine Sophia says
As someone who doesn’t use Twitter, thanks for crossposting when it is convenient for you.
Gaming is not on my schedule, but for an IA world I have to make time. It is nice to have more IA to look forward to.
Amy McDonald says
Sounds very interesting! I read a few choose your own adventure books as a kid lol! I didn’t know that there are games based on them, I will need to check it out on the 30th!! Because of Burn For Me, I so loved it!! Thank you for sharing this!! Hoping for good things out of it!!
ANNE TIERNEY says
That sounds AWESOME!! Can’t wait!
Judy Schultheis says
Snicker, chortle, guffaw! I remember those choose your own adventure books – they got into some really funny stuff just by how they let you mix things up.
I just got the email that my pre-ordered calendar would ship in the next few days. I’m not sure if I will keep it or give it to my BDH friend who lives a few miles away for Christmas. It’s undoubtedly gorgeous, but I did get my Edward Gorey 2022 a few days before I succumbed to temptation.
Jessica Freitas says
That’s actually pretty cool!!! I’m curious to see all the different nevadas, the BDH will make as well!
Hiatus? Uhm… I don’t think you know what that word means…
OK, I messed that up and I’ll do it again
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” -Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride.
Tasha A. says
This is going to be AWESOME!
Lynne Davidson says
Wow! Sounds like a great time.
You really don’t like to take time off!
Gosh! Such a supper hot picture. I would try the game just because of it. I would buy the book just based on the cover
Katie R says
I hope it’s better than the one done for Kelly Armstrong’s Cainsville series. That only had about 5 different ”choices”, for something like 10 paths to 4 endings. But if you can customize your character beyond M/F, it’s already more advanced (in fairness, the KA one was at least 4 years ago — maybe more, it was out before Rituals). I mean, I ate it up, and it was creepy, just… not enough adventure for too much money.
Which won’t stop me from buying this one. Or, since I was just about to do a reread on Jeanine Frost ANYWAY, looking for hers.
Rogan has a shirt on
Angela Knight says
You have a different definition of “win” than I do…. Rogan is hawt.
Both versions of Rogan!!
Miriam Gladen says
Victoria Sullivan says
Way too old to have read Choose Your Own Adventure as a kid, but this might be fun if not too expensive. I’ll look for the announcement. Glad you are diversifying revenue streams ????
God! I used to read those adventure book when I was a pre-teen!
This is soo going down memory lane…
I’ll have to give this a try.
Oh my gosh I’m so excited ❤️❤️❤️
Sharon Parsons says
They are becoming popular again, I read them with my 6yr old son, he loves them. There is a series called What would Danny Do? Which teaches kids they have the power to choose better things for them selves but we just got a new choose your adventure book – The Haunted House. I will definitely be looking at this game!
Richard Cartwright says
Y’all realize when you said, “Hiatus: we mean it this time,” you not only doomed yourselves but gave Ms. Frost a ton of additional snark material. 🙂
Woohoo! Sounds like fun. 🙂
You have made a very burnt out nurse so very happy with this news! Now I have something to look forward to to get me through the week. Thank you for continually bringing joy into our lives ????
Steve lucas says
SO MUCH JOY should be fun to play
Thank you for being on the front lines of all this craziness!!!
We’ll this sounds entertaining! I hope I can figure out how to play! Can’t wait to try it when it comes out.
Steve lucas says
Kelly M says
OMG. This is the best thing ever.
This is so exciting! I’m still waiting for someone to make your books into a cool show or movie also!
You guys are cracking me up. Every time I see a new post after your hiatus post I can’t stop laughing. I hope you guys do get the break you need though.
This sounds super exciting and I’m definitely going to give it a go. BUT the biggest question on my mind in this second is what is the name of the game adapted from Jeaniene Frost’s books. Eek. A Cat and Bones adventure I hope!
Moderator R says
The name is Night Prince ????https://chapters-interactive-stories.fandom.com/wiki/Night_Prince_1:_Once_Burned
Aargh, I just overspent terribly on one of my gaming events and put myself on a spending moratorium. But hey, November is a new month and I can figure out a way to work it into the budget…
Looks like I’m going to have to redownload Chapters, which is where I’m assuming this will be released?
Moderator R says
Oh em geeeeeeeee!!!!! I am going to be so useless thay day!
Bill G says
Oh, my stars and garters! I won’t be playing, but I’m fascinated at the idea of all the varied characters. My first thought was how will Bug be shown.
Donna A says
Eeesh. Guess I’ll be adding a new game to my collection. Not tried this style before – hope it’s not too enjoyable, it could get expensive!
Anna Papworth says
Omg omg, I realy hope all your books get made into games!
All of your work has epic world building.
I have found my new obsession!
HIATUS. “I do not think it means what you think it means”.
hehe! I finally get one of the allusions. I generally have to go look them up.
I tried Jeanine Frost’s… it was fun to be Leila and mess with Vlad. It followed her plot pretty closely… was entertaining…
Good heavens, that was a short hiatus! I missed out on the eArc, drat. But as I pre-ordered the minute the link went up, I’m not exactly heartbroken.
A game!! Sounds like fu. I might have to check it out, tho I generally limit my gaming to things like solitaire that don’t suck me in and keep me prisoner heh.
thanks for the heads up!
sound like fun…ooops
Barbara Kay Swanson says
So I play no games. Except on my PC/already loaded card games. Yeah, boring. BUT for the first time ever–to give HA any kind of boost–I’m ordering and will attempt to play. Actually excited to try!
I feel like a kid again! I used to read choose your own adventure books all the time.
How cool! I like the idea of making up your own story!
I have no idea how these games work but I’ll have fun figuring it out!
I’m happy that HA didn’t have to do anything but kick back and enjoy!
I’m looking forward to it ????
So exciting! Maybe I will reward myself when my semester ends!
If you like Choose your own adventure books, I highly recommend “My Lady’s Choosing” by Kitty Curran, which is an interactive romance. Screamingly funny and hours of distracting fun!
You win some, you lose some Ilona.
Can’t wait! Let’s try this out. 😀 now go away and take a vacation. XOXO
I loved these books when I was a kid. Now, mixing that genre with my favorite series is awesome. I’m ready to sign up!
This is a post about the arcs, not the game, although it sounds like fun.
Heh. You guys are not popular or everything. I just went to Netgalley and all arcs went very fast. You can now ‘wish for it’. I’m just thrilled that the book will be published soon and I’ll read it then.
Thank you both so very much for giving your readers such happy anticipation. It means a lot.
Moderator R says
They were snapped up in the first half an hour after it was available. The BDH did not come to play hehe.
Except when we will play the Burn for Me game ????
You are so right! Looking forward to the new book.
I recently re-read the *entire* Kate Daniels series – in order -and Julie’s book and Hugh’s books. I found that reading them so close together I noticed things I’d missed before. FYI I loved, loved, the Edge books, and hope for some more of those one day. The thought of taking a side road and ending up in another world – I still look at side roads and wonder.
I always cringe when I see the ads on my games, but here I’ll make an exception and try it. At minimum it’ll make me laugh.
Thank you very much for the info, really sorry the hiatus keeps on going off 😉
I’m ridiculously excited about this! What fun!
tina henry says
Only you would have a “hiatus” and still post stuff every day. Hiatus is in the eye of the beholder. Love all the posts and especially this new app!
Debra K Hoffmaster says
Well, this sounds like fun….
… … want. But need to finish Holiday shopping by the end of November soooooo it will have to be a “Yay! You finished! Now just sit back and enjoy the season” gift to myself. A carrot on a stick, if you will 😀
Me to self: Stop, why are you clicking on Ilona Andrews blog, you know they’re on hiatus so what’s the po-
Ilona Andrews: This hiatus is not working
Me to self: Fine, you were right
this was me every day this week. I was so bummed to have missed the ARCs because I was like ‘they aren’t posting. haitus.’ XD guess I should’ve listened to myself.
Glad for it! But now go and take a break! Come next week with a snippet please????
AJ Rother says
This comment is completely unrelated to the post. Sorry, but the others are too old and I didn’t want to use the “technical issues” email.
I just stumbled across the list of snippets from August and opened the trunk. I have to say, you may have labeled them as not worth reading, but I found it time well spent. My only regret is that all of them stopped mid story. I have enjoyed reading everything of yours that I could lay my hands on, and I would buy any one of the trunk stories that you decided to publish. On the other hand, I am eagerly awaiting more Iron Covenant, Inn Keeper, Hidden Legacy and of course Blood Heir, and more series means longer waits.
Thank you for sharing these. I am an avid reader, but I have never been able to create. The writing assignments I had in school were all torture and completely unoriginal. I wish I had 1/10 of the imagination you guys show. I have be content visiting the worlds other people create. Again thank you for sharing your stories/worlds/imagination with the rest of us.
Holygawd! I didn’t check the blog bc I thought you were on hiatus. Looks like you really aren’t good at hiatus-ing.
Happy that you will be making money bc that means you can continue to support yourselves while you write many, many more books for the BDH.
So fun! Can’t wait!
So I didn’t visit the blog for a week and immediately started laughing when I did, because this is, at first glance, what I missed:
Blog Post 1: ‘HIATUS’
Blog Post 2: ‘HIATUS: WE MEAN IT THIS TIME 🙂 ‘
Blog Post 3: ‘Ok, so we are not very good at taking breaks.’
Blog Post 4: ‘This hiatus isn’t working.’
I feel like it could be a poem of sorts. This is hilarious.
(Though please, for the love of cats, do take care of yourselves? Nobody is going to die if we can’t comment on stuff for a couple of days. Really, we promise not to hold our breaths until we pass out.)
Moderator R says
There will be a blog post later, but in the meantime if you want to play the game, it is already available in the Chapters app, which can be found at this link https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/chapters-interactive-stories/id1277029359
Once you have the app, use the search function to find Burn for Me ????
Seriously I went to the link and am looking for Burn for Me, how the heck do you find products on this website?
OK, just read the previous post.
Oh again, guess it is only for ipads and iphones. Too bad.
Moderator R says
The game is available on Google play as well ???? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mars.avgchapters&hl=en_GB&gl=US
Moderator R says
The search function is in the upper right corner on the Chapters app – photo attached with it circled. I hope this helps ????
OK looks like they have a android version.
I guess I am too dinosaur and why can’t I just download this to my desktop?
Hi! I just downloaded and found Burn For Me and the author listed is Jeanine Frost…
Moderator R says
Thank you Nancy for notifying us, we are aware and attempting to sort out the author and blurb mishap 🙂
Came here to say that ????
Lex Keating says
Not sure I can handle a world where Nevada running off into the sunset with Adam is remotely possible.
Though if there is an ending that has grandma’s may/december thing with Adam, that might be worth the entertainment…
Merry Marcellino says
Love the Crazy Maple Studios App! Lots of fun! Thanks for letting us know!
Corinne R Kroening says
I have been waiting for Iron covenant. Please !!