None of this would’ve happened, if it wasn’t for Gordon’s birthday.
It was the beginning of April, and as my husband’s birthday wound down, he and I ended up outside by the pool talking about things one thinks about when their candle count reaches a certain number. Work, kids, where we are in life, what the retirement might look like one day, and then the most serious question. Are you happy?
Happiness is a moving target for most of us. We hope for happy, but most of the time we are satisfied to be content. Some of us might even settle for just not being miserable.
Despite the constant spikes and plunges that come with daily life, I’m happy, so I kind of thought he was happy as well, but you never know unless you ask. Maybe I was wildly off the mark. So I asked, fully prepared for something like, “No, I hate it here, let’s move to Northern Georgia and change our jobs to pottery makers.”
Gordon smiled and said, “I’m happy. This is it. We’ll probably never retire and kids will never stop having problems, but this is great. This is our HEA.”
And then we went inside to finish celebrating.
For some reason, that set me thinking about HEA in general. Each one of us has our own version of an HEA, and it’s often not what other people might expect. I once read about a retired couple that lived their lives on a cruise ship. They just kept moving from one cruise ship to another. You couldn’t pay me enough.
So what would Kate and Curran’s HEA look like?
It would be peaceful, right? Because they deserve it. But would that be too boring for them? These are people who lived through monumental events. Often, they made those events happen. And post-Shift world is filled with danger and tragedy. Sooner or later they would come across some sort of wrong that needed to be corrected. It just doesn’t seem probable that they would sit on their hands.
And what about their son? What about his relationship with his grandfather?
On April 6th, almost nine months ago, I happened to be browsing Wikipedia for something unrelated and stumbled onto an article about a mythological figure. It wanted to make itself into something in my head, but I had no idea what. I sent it to Mod R and asked her to save it for me. She did.
The year kept rolling. There was the grueling marathon of Ruby Fever edits and publicity, with Sweep of the Heart being posted simultaneously. We planned for SoTH to be a novella, but it became very clear that it developed into a dazzling tour of the many strange things in the Galaxy. It was both rewarding and creatively draining.
Once Sweep of the Heart ended, I sank knee deep into preparations for the merchandising store and in my confused and exhausted daze, I then had a Brilliant Idea™. Amazon has just switched from mobi format to epub, which means Kindle would now read epub files. Why don’t we do a short story about Kate and Curran’s HEA in progress and put it up for a couple of bucks on the merchandise store?
I shared my super brilliant idea with Gordon who sighed at me. I then shared it with Jeaniene Frost who started laughing at me before I even finished it. She’d paused to ask me again how long I thought it would be and when I told her “under 15K,” she laughed some more.
Five weeks later there was a novella. Technically, it qualifies as a short novel since it’s over 40K. And as we were writing it, all sorts of things naturally developed. The old plot threads progressed and grew. New characters popped up. It was as if a fictional world that had been left on pause started up again. It was very fun for us.
But it’s still an HEA, so this novella, hopefully not the last KD novella we will do, isn’t dealing with the world-shattering catastrophes. Instead of the entire continent being in danger, there might just be one person who desperately needs help. The stakes are smaller but no less important and much more personal. It’s a slice of Kate and Curran’s life as they try to do what’s right and what makes them happy.
We hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we liked writing it.
Mod R’s BDH Questions List
And now I’m going to tackle this, because according to Mod R, there are all sorts of burning questions.
Will it be released in paperback format?
Yes. The final proofread is complete and the files are in the system. We will post a link when ready.
Will it be released in audiobook format?
We found a narrator we like, our agency has reached out regarding her availability, and we will let you know if it’s a go and when it will happen. It will NOT be released on January 17th. This post explains the difficulty of selecting and booking an audio reader.
Basically, if we waited on audio, you wouldn’t get this until summer or fall and we wanted to start the new year with a fun goodie.
When will you release in Germany, in Brazil, etc?
Unfortunately, we do not have the capability to hire translators and distribute our books in non-English speaking countries. The publishers from those countries must contact us and purchase the rights to translate our work. As of now, nobody reached out. But this is a surprise release, so that may change.
Will it be a new series or just a one-off novella?
I’m going to stick to our rule of not telling you what we’re working on. So time will tell.
What is the timeline of Magic Tides?
Two years before the events of Blood Heir.
Does this new series mean there will be no more Blood Heir books or Hugh books?
I like how optimistic you guys are with “new series” in there. No, this is independent of both Blood Heir and Hugh. Among other things it is laying groundwork for Blood Heir 2.
Will we find out why Julie stayed away from Kate for so long?
This was explained in detail in Blood Heir, so you might want to give it a quick reread. Julie wanted to be independent and to see if she could make her own way without being the adopted child of Roland’s daughter and the former Beastlord. Then she learned of Moloch’s prophecy which states that if she comes into contact with Kate, Kate will die.
It is generally our rule to not explain how to interpret our books, but let’s make an exception here. This was written during pandemic and posted on the blog, because BDH was in a very bad place. Julie has magical COVID. Just like millions of us who couldn’t visit our families during that time, she can’t go home or the person she views as her mother will be in extreme danger. Staying away, no matter how painful it is, was the most responsible thing she can do. She is being a good daughter who placed her mother-figure’s life above her own needs and wants.
I’m missing a lot of information between Magic Triumphs and Blood Heir?
That’s by design. Julie and Erra went away, had many adventures, and settled in California. Everything else is a mystery.
Will it only focus on the 3 (Kate, Curran and Conlan) and new characters from Wilmington? Do get to see any other old favourites?
There are some. That’s all I will say. But mostly it’s a new cast.
Can we get an update on when the merch store will open again? And can we please know in advance the date when it would close again too (if it’s not too dependent on stock availability)?
We expect to open the merchandize store around Magic Tides release because we want to offer you some Magic Tides items. It will probably stay open for about 5 business days.
But will there be audio?