I was going to wait until we had the proofread done, but everyone could use a bit of a distraction, so the page for BLOOD HEIR has been updated with the edited first chapter. Happy reading.
Update: OMG, it’s not “totally different,” it’s still the same scene just with a bit more editing. Love you, guys, but you are silly. 🙂
WHOO HOO! Thank you so much! ????????
Thank you for the relief of “something else.”
Toni Causey says
Thank you!! Much needed and appreciated.
Woo hoo! Thanks for the treat!
WOW! WOW! What a wonderful way to start the day! Thank you both so very much!
Yes!! Truly happy reading. So happy!
Thank you! I needed this. All the things are just too much right now.
OMG this is so good – as always!
Certainly helps my nerves (and I’m not even an American!)
Miss Bliss says
Thank you for this. You are both so kind and generous to your fans, and we appreciate it.
Thanks SO much!!
Stacie Mc says
A much appreciated break from the anxiety of the day, thank you!
2 more months….
Very nice, great job!
Thank you so much!! I’ve encouraged my friends to take a break at some point today and do something just for them. This is going to be my little break. Don’t forget to take a break as well!!
Thank you! It’s SO GOOD! Yay Aurelia!
Thank you so much. I don’t have to tell you how much this distraction is needed. You are some of the most generous authors out there. I hope you’re doing well.
Kristine Friday Ahlskog says
Rachel Williams says
THANK YOU! I needed this to stop worrying about the end of the world for 5 minutes!
Thank you! I needed this.
I live in Michigan, so it’s been especially stressful.
Karen the Griffmom says
Right there with you, fellow Michigan set.
Thank you. You are prescient as you often are. The distraction, brief as it was, was most welcome. Again, thank you.
Thank you, we need the escape! Funny how a post apocalipic saga is safer to think about, then what is on the news.
You gift of writing is just what we need.
Ooooh, thank you! Looking forward to January! 🙂
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much.
Best distraction… have you ever picked a pattern for a knit-a-long? That would be fun
Yay! Thank You!! Thank You!!
Thank you for the distraction provided! Blood Heir is going to be great!
Sharon Fletcher says
Oh I love it! It is better than what you gave us before! Thank you!
Aman Sidhu says
I’m so excited and I love the reworked excerpt.
Thank you so, so much. This is just what I need!!!!
I started reading White Hot last night. I needed my ferret heist fix.
Today , I got Julie!! And Ascanio!!
Thank you for posting this, definitely something to look forward to next year.
Plus we just had a story of heroic Artha !! Love Artha!!
omgggggggggggggggggggggggggggg,……………. Thank you so much))))))
Thank you! I needed this.
Woo hoo!! Love it! Thank you!!
Thank you. This made me smile and not much else has done that today.
this is brilliant, thank you, best thing i have read all day – as we all monitor the news – best of luck to everyone on trying to be less anxious!!!
Much appreciated, thank you. So looking forward to this book…
Yesterday was rough and continues to grate. So, Bless you. Thanks so much.
Bless you! Yes – I really, really needed a distraction!
Judy Schultheis says
WOW! I hope the rest is as good. And that you leave the prologues you gave us in.
Whoa – nice! Love the rework!! This is going to be fabulous!!! Can’t wait!!!!
OH WOW! Thank you for that today! Awesome! I would say I can’t wait – but, y
know – gotta wait ’til January. This is just gonna be awesome, I know it.
I can’t wait for the book to come out. I preordered it.
Be safe sending peace light and love ????K
So good???? thank you! Can’t wait for January.
Thank you ❤️
Thank you thank you thank you. News broadcasts are off indefinitely.
Thanks so much! I loved the first version but feel like this edited version will flow better and explains things without the need to read the King of Fire snippet first.
Love it ???? ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️
Donna A says
I’m not reading it until I own it, but I feel cheered anyway. News is bleak today. UK heads into lockdown take 2 from midnight, I just had to explain to my mum why the majority vote for Biden doesn’t mean he’s won and there’s a funeral we can’t attend because of covid. Freebies restore faith in humanity.
The UK is in my prayers. Stay safe.
Donna Asutaitis says
Thank you. To be honest, I’m not worried about lockdown per se. I’m actually relieved in a way because here in central London it’s been slack – the news was saying how great we’re doing here etc, but travelling the underground was terrifying, many shops and buses weren’t enforcing the rules and I’ve still not seen a covid marshal anywhere. My anger with my fellows and personal anxiety were mounting hourly. Hopefully we can slow the virus again.
Thank you so much. My husband and I were poll workers (US) yesterday and it was a long day (we’ve been working in an absentee ballot function since 18 September, so more like a long six weeks). Woke this morning tired and depressed, trying to find good to appreciate (sun is shining, weather is beautiful, democracy appears to still be functioning….). This was a wonderful gift.
And, FYI, we surrendered our phones when entering the precinct but I was able to keep my e-reader so I started Hidden Legacy for the fifth time.
Your writing remains an incredible gift and I’m truly, truly appreciative. Thank you.
Shannon from Texas says
Ruth, I can’t imagine how tough that job is/was for you and all your colleagues, but I wanted to tell you that it is appreciated. Talk about being on the front lines of democracy! Heros!
Geri Smith says
I’m sorry to ask but I’m date challenged, is that 1 December or 12 January.
January 12th! If you go to preorder the book on Amazon/other book retailer they usually have the day the book is released in words rather than numbers
Amazing! Thank you so much. I needed this. Some times I chuckle to myself at Hugh saying “put down that cow”. Even if it does not make it into the book I think it deserves to be on a mug.
Oh yes I’d buy that mug for sure
Thank you. Much appreciated. Now I just need a gallon of tea and maybe I can face the day.
black book says
Book 1. Chapter 1. Thank you.
Suzann Schmid says
This chapter was such a kind treat today. May you and yours always have love, support, and all you need in this world to thrive. Blessings always.
Thank you very much.
I only see a pre-order link for the ebook…please, please PLEASE tell me it will also be coming out in hardcopy?
Usually, the printed version is available closer to the publishing date. Or after it is published, it is available in print to order. I like the printed book too.
Very well written! I am looking forward to the book! Thanks so much for the excerpt.
Thank you! I can’t wait for the book!
I can not wait for this, I am so excited!
Oh my, you have gifted me with joy in my heart. Such an excellent piece of writing. Thank you so much, my day is much better now.
You guys are awesome!!
What a lovely treat ????
Stupendous! You’ve taken the essentials we loved from the original chapter, and made it even better. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Thank you for the peek into Chapter 1 of Blood Heir. I don’t remember the exact details of the original first chapter, but it’s really interesting to get a sense of the differences in tone and feeling. Can’t wait for the whole shebang in January
Bill G says
Lovely; thank you! It’s a welcome bit of sane insanity in the midst of the insane insanity that is our world today.
Marcia Sundquist says
Heck yea, another fantastic story. I am on pins and needles all a quiver in anticipation for for when the book comes out.
Thank you SO much, this definintely brightened my day!! Can’t wait for the finished book! <3
Mary Cole says
Your generosity is humbling. Thank you so much for giving us hope that the post-Apocalypse we’re heading towards might be cool.
I hope you are and remain safe ????
Hallelujah. Thank you for a fantastic distraction!
Will there be a dead tree version of the book or is it an ebook only? You might have answered this already but I can’t find it.
Saiman is dead?
And Kate is not in Atlanta?
And if Kate’s not in Atlanta then what is Conman doing there?
Oh Lord… I have so many questions. Can’t wait for the book to be released.
Btw, This was awesome as always!!!
This is exciting!!!
Shannon from Texas says
Did you want those questions answered? Kate/Conlan/Wilmington were in the previously posted chapters we’re supposed to be forgetting, when Nick is showing Aurelia the map of Atlanta. Saiman is in the post-battle wrap up at the end of _Magic Triumphs_. I’m happy to answer if you’d like.
I’ve rewritten this comment 15 times trying to express how I felt reading the edited chapter and I’m still struggling. It was so amazing I have no words 🙂 I can’t wait for the finished book – it comes out my birthday week and I’m planning on devouring it as an early birthday present!
Alicia Y says
Loved the first chapter!! Coming out Jan 2021! That’s only a few months away! you guys get things done fast!
I enjoyed the new details!! I had a theory of what/who was watching from the ruins near the bridge based on the other chapters you posted before you took them down to make it a real book. But you took out the part where Conlan stays and they hug so I don’t know anymore! Thank you for the first chapter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ann M says
Thank you! It is excellent.
Kara Rogers says
God bless you!! I can’t decide whether to cry on you, or hug your neck; maybe both. Thank you for continuing with this book!!!
I noticed that too! I was sure the watcher was Derek and that the hug would confirm her identity for him. But now it’s all up in the air… as it probably should be.
Oops! Replied to the wrong comment.
Alicia Y says
Yes! that was what I was thinking, but now…??!
Also that “Nobody followed us.” line. Is that a taunt? No one followed so they didn’t see Sienna call her Julie, or she just THINKS no one followed … but he did!
I’m driving myself crazy. So can’t wait for the book!
On the original version, I thought it was Derek. But I think it was one of Moloch’s priest. However, with the revision, I don’t know. I like the revision with Julie and Conlan not hugging. There is always eyes watching in secrets. That was my first thought when I read the original version. This is better.
Very much appreciated!
Mary Carter says
This is already on my Top 5 favorite series list. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing. I didn’t think of the election while reading it – a real tribute to its quality! Great background for what happened to Atlanta for someone, who by chance, hasn’t read Kate. ….. Oh, Saiman …..
Oh my god. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I needed this more than I even knew.
Suet Ying Chan says
So revved to read it….
I thought it was great before, but the changes you guys made made it more cohesive with Kate’s timeline and experiences with the then Julie. I also think the addition of Sienna and the grave just made it flow while including information that seems like it’s the basis of the story.
Isaura Vargas says
I’m beyond thankful, I really love the way you write… Are any of your books open for tv adaptation? Your stories simply deserve more love and recognition
Lynn Thompson says
Thank you, Ilona Andrews, for the post. A refreshing break from the post voting uncertainty here in N.C…. much appreciated.
Thank you. I have missed these gifts to us so much!
This is so good. So good. Throwing the first attempt away and starting over was the best decision ever!
Thank you so much
Thank you! Wow to the edits. So gripping and better tie in with other parts of the story.
Thank you. When I read the description of the different animal eyes in the trees I thought of the watermelon bandits and it made me laugh.
We are silly. Please don’t take us too seriously. I haven’t even read it yet, and I am so desperate for diversion and distraction that over analyzing it is tempting, and I go out of my way not to do that. Ifirmly believe that minor inconsistencies in world building are an author’s choice as the series evolves.
Shutting up now. Going to read now.
Susan Reynolds says
I like it. At least this way readers won’t need a scorecard to figure out who is who. I like having Siena come to talk to Julie. Conlan makes more sense. Pack law changes are spelled out–good! Thank you for such a nice surprise on a stressful day of waiting for results.
Thank you both, you are the best! It helps in these difficult times.
Thank you so much for the escape today. No reason to explain why. I came to the site hoping against hope & you came through!
At least one good thing today.
I thought everything I read was excellent! Can’t wait for January!
Terrie Cunningham says
Heaven on a stressful day. THANK YOU
As an FYI/for consistency, right now the Ryder link on the home page still shows the old version of Chapter 1. I went to reread the chapter now that my dog isn’t barking and went “wait, this is the old version”.
Georgia is on my mind today, too. Thanks!
Katrina Collins says
You guys have exquisite timing. Today I am having a difficult time dealing with life and this was a bright spot in all of the suck. Thank you. I am so looking forward to this book being released!
Tina Lane says
I’m excited to read this!! Will the print link by released on release day??
Debra K Hoffmaster says
Oh my goddesses! You two are the only writers I know that can improve upon perfection. You’ve ruined us for so many other books! ???? Thank you for this excerpt on such a difficult day. May the goddesses bless you both!
Thank you. It is better.
Inge Nakel says
OH, it’s only a couple of months away… I’m giddy with delight!
Thanks! Looking forward to buying this book when it comes out.
Squeee! Thank you so much, this was just what I needed today. And it was so good!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! A truly lovely gift!! ????????????????
Sophie Beaudoin says
Much, much better than the first draft. Thank you for your talent, your perseverance. It will be a highlight to read this
Debi Majo says
Thank you so much!
Mar Ovalles says
Wow -thanks for the Sneak Peek – that was great. The editing and the worldbuilding is great – it’s nice to get back into Atlanta post-shift.
THANK YOU thank you thank you thank you.
Commenting just a hop, skip and a jump away from The Lennart’s home off of N. Druid Hills Rd to say, THANK YOU!
For what it’s worth, I never expected the previous excerpts to survive verbatim, but they were just what I (and I suspect many others) needed at a time of uncertainty. And here y’all are again, delivering the goods when needed.
I apologize if my repeated requests for an update on Maude and Arland’s wedding offended either of you, such was not my intent. I want to let y’all know that Kate’s world will always be my mostest favoritest time/place House Andrews has ever created — and yes, I have preordered Julie’s book.
Thank you so much House Andrews!
Sarah P says
Much better, nice work. Looking forward to the full book 🙂
Such a strong first chapter! I love alternate Atlanta – I wouldn’t want to live in this version, but I definitely love visiting.
So pumped up for this!!
January is so far away! Must endure until then. But the toddler that lives in my head is in full on temper tantrum.
So good! And so much richer and deeper. Love it!!
You probably know just how much so many of us needed that. It was nice to escape for a while before being slammed in the face with uncertainty again. Thank you.
What a joy! It’s so neat to be able to see how editing changes and builds on the story! Thank you so much for sharing it on a very needed day for distraction.
Thank you so much for the excerpt. I really liked it before but this was even better.
Thank you both so much! So needed at this time. I love and miss the KD world, so it’s wonderful to get back to it!
Awesome! Can’t wait for the book. Thank you
Kathryn Albert says
LOL That was first response too!
I see loup cuffs in Ascancio’s future????. Thanks for the wonderful snippet!
David Suitor says
Like before and not like it. We didn’t meet Sienna before. There was a typo, but I didn’t flag it. Thank you, folks! My brother, who just got a pacemaker, will just love this. Can’t wait until Jan 12.
Wow! A whole lot more fleshed out as to the why’s, so I would have to say it is substantially different (lol)! I love the way I get the most vivid word pictures from all that description. Thank you!
Thank you. Seeing your message brought a much needed smile to my face. I’m going to love this book.
Jane Wu says
Wow! Really improved opening/ first Chapter! Love it!
A great day for this present from you guys!
Thank you and SQUEEEEEE! Deep breaths and calm thoughts to everyone in the BDH.
This distraction was sorely needed today. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The writing never disappoints. Be well.
Mary Peed says
Can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait!
J. M. says
Thank you. Seriously, thank you.
WOW! The new chapter 1 is amazing!!!
I can’t imagine how much more wonderful the rest us going to be!
*is going to be!
This is just what I needed! Amazing thank you so much, you are to good to us!
Totally Awesome, so looking forward to the full book
I am ready! The day is already booked off.
I’m not going to lie, “hormone-addled hell” turning someone into a “sadistic spree killer” is how I feel some months.
William B says
Great edits. This BDH member is looking forward to the release.
Love It! Thank you for this bit of happiness in what has been a strange sort of week.
My only question is why you put him in Arizona? About a quarter of the state is AmeriIndian land and we never held with child sacrifice for at least the past thousand years. In fact we never held with Human sacrifice in general except for the Chatiks si chatiks (commonly known as the Pawnee) and that was an uncommon thing. The Natchez might have but they were over in the eastern side of the country and that is a bit controversial. Is ritual suicide to follow leader into the next world really human sacrifice?
Torture you to death? Oh yes. Eat you? Sometimes. Usually in times of famine. But human sacrifice was more a central/southern Mexico and points south sort of thing.
We were far more likely to adopt the children then anything else. So I can not see the Native Powers of Arizona allowing that kind of power to set up in their territory. Sure the tribes are not united but this kind of thing is a bad enough to bring them together to throw this kind of curse out of their land.
Because it’s hot, it’s mostly empty, and there are mineral deposits. He is the god of fire and metallurgy, and he wants to be left alone. Here are your state demographics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Arizona#/media/File:Arizona_population_map.png
Ok, I can see that. Thanks for answering.
I agree with Ilona. I lived here most of my life and there are still great expanses someone could hide themselves in and not be noticed until it was too late. There are several areas of mineral deposits that bring all kinds of people in to “practice” there stuff currently. It works.
Someone could hide themselves yes, but unless he is keeping his operation really small and take his victims from a long ways away from the areas controlled by the local tribes we would notice. Not many member of any of the tribes just vanish. A child going missing would be noted. A bunch of children going missing and there would not be a stone that had not been flipped over in the entire south west. We are still tribe and family oriented.
Even Roland walked softly around Native Powers and the south west has the largest concentration of Native Powers outside of Alaska. Oklahoma has a large number of tribes but they are mostly from east of the Mississippi. The southwest tribes are locals.
And while there is lots of land there is not a lot of land that has enough water to support a large group.
Although if he set up in the Lake Mead area he might be far enough away that the tribes would not notice as long as he was not raiding them for humans. If he drew people from the west and northern areas and did not hunt the east especially it could work and that would undoubtedly draw Erra’s attention as he would be taking people from close to her territory. That would work.
Yes, I know. No one else frets over these kinds of things.
The only advice I remember from my grandfather was not to wish away your time and live each day – so I do, but …. really looking forward to the book’s release !
Was a bit surprised that Curran “treated Curran like a younger sister” I thought it was a more uncle/father relationship
Anyway I have to agree with the BDH… seemed pretty different to me, dramatic or not. xD
But who cares, I’m very excited thank you!!
Also, been having a crappy week, so I really appreciate this, thank you 🙂
Thank you thank you thank you! The excerpt was wonderful! I am so looking forward to reading the whole thing!
Thank you so much. Really needed the distraction, it is the only thing that worked today…
That scream you all heard from up north was just me here in Canada. Move along, nothing to see here.
Vicki LENOIR says
Thank you for the sneaky peaky. Just one thing confuses me; she notes the old beast lord treated her as a little sister. So, I thought Kate was mother figure and Curran father figure… if that is still correct, I never got the sibling sensation between Jim and Julie…. what am I missing?
Why in the world would Julie and Jim be in a sibling relationship? Curran is the old beastlord. He treats Derek as his younger brother and form he point of view he treats her as his younger sister.
Vicki LENOIR says
Thank you for the clarification. As I had mentioned, I had placed Curran in a father position due to Julie placing Kate as “Mom” and Conlan as “brother”. That premise is incorrect.
Thank you 🙂
Shannon from Texas says
I have a possibly ridiculously stupid question, but that’s where my brain is today. Feel free to laugh.
“Tattered” cloaks. And robes. Not just in IA stories, but all over. It’s the most common descriptor used. Is it just description, or is there some sub-textual meaning there I’m missing?
The things my brain gets stuck on… ::throws up hands in defeat::
When you are traveling alone on foot / horseback you don’t want to show off wealth. It invites trouble like a big neon sign that says “I have money rob me”. Plus she is trying to stay under the radar and avoid attention ????
Thank you! I’m so excited. 🙂 Love the “update” to the blog, too. :-b
Debra Stevenson says
Thank you for this
So much more than it was. Better – Best! Thank you for the treat, such a welcome respite from reality.
Therese Kent says
Can’t wait for the book, preordered ages ago
So looking forward to this book! I think I’ll wait until the book comes out. Extending the anticipation!!! Thanks so much for all your hard work. Reading your blog posts has been an education regarding just how much hard work authors do! Appreciate ya’ll!! Thanks again!!
Something to look forward to in the new year. Thanks for sharing. It looks SO good.
The excerpt was AMAZING. It connected pieces I didn’t quite get in the last draft and was crafted beautifully. I was absolutely sucked in. THANK YOU for the joy you bring us.
I appreciate when we get to see the evolution of a story. The posted serial was great, but what you have done to it feels deeper and more exciting. The friendship between Julie and Sienna, Conlan’s personality, the urgency of her mission, and the other details made this even more of a pleasure to read.
Very interesting to compare drafts. The changes have done such a good job of introducing stakes, players, and motivations all while situating the reader in a location.
Many ???? thanks !
Pam M. says
So Kate is in Wilmington? What is in Wilmington except for University of NC at Wilmington? Unless there isn’t a university there anymore. This was really good though. I always loved Julie but the new Julie/Aurelia was a big hard to take. This makes her more human and Conlan is just cool. He is his father’s son. *L*
Totally love all of it! Great cover, great jacket write up, great chapter! Woohoo! Thanks!
Really appreciate it after this week 🙂 I love the changes that have been made plot-wise. I totally see why you did it. And the dialogue is *chef’s kiss* as usual.
Amy Ann says
You are the bestest!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I was drawn right in … can’t wait for the book!
OMG, it is better than before. You guys are so awesome! Thank you for this taste of what is to come.
Thank you so much! It is amazing to see how you edit and flesh out each scene. I am so happy that you two have the wherewithal to create such a fantastic world. The anticipation of waiting for this book to be released is almost overwhelming, and again I thank you!
Maria Z says
I am gobsmacked.
April White says
Thank you!!! ????
Thank you for this and all you do. Love you guys so much ????
Oh my gosh that was awesome! I love the edits! Ups the pace and intensity.
Wow! This edited version makes the story flow so much better. Very clever!
Rachel Caine passed away Nov. 1. The world is better because she was here.
Ohhh…I was wondering. She will be sorely missed, but left quite a legacy. Blessings and peace to her and her loved ones.
Marie S says
Oh my goodness. So quick.
My thoughts go to her husband, family and many friends. Really feeling her loss in this world. She took no prisoners and had oceans of compassion. Let her light shine on.
Rachel was the first author I read in this genre; I never forgot Myrnin from Morganville Vampires. My heart aches.
Thank you, Sarafina for this notice.
As with other pieces of your writing when we’ve since the first, rough, version & then the polished version, you again have amazed me by how much better the finished form of your writing is. I can see why some people think it’s “totally” different, because you’ve added some new bits and rearranged some of the older bits, but that’s what the writing process is all about. I’m greatly looking forward to reading the whole story once it’s available. Thank you.
Love it. And Saiman is back somehow. And Sienna has changed, too. Thanks for this chapter.
Patricia Schlorke says
Thank you very much. I really needed this.
My car’s battery decided to die in my garage this afternoon. After an hour of trying to get my portable jumper cables to reach the negative terminal, I called road side assistance. The very nice gentleman showed me where the alternative negative terminal is after jumping the battery with his portable jumper cables. Live and learn.
Went to the dealership to get a new battery. While I was waiting, I saw my dream car. Just about drooled in my mask. ????
So… between seeing my dream car and this lovely surprise, life is good.
A much-needed boon, Author Lords, thank you.????♀️ Nicely rewritten; sets up the story even better than the earlier version.
Sue Gundel says
Thank you sooooo much!!
Elaine Preston says
Thank you so much for the wonderful gift. Writers like you who care for their readers are remarkable. You stand out among your peers. Stay safe!
Big Mike says
I’m gonna hold out for more excerpts before I preorder the book. Okay, I confess, I was gonna do it anyway. But now there’s no choice.
Thank you. This is a bright spot in a time of uncertainty.
I will thank you for the posting, but more importantly I must also say that, based on my memory of the original chapter 1 posting, this one is worlds better. You have raised it from an interesting look at the world of Kate Daniels from the side, to a possible entry as a series that betters Kate Daniels world.
As always, world class!
The changes were interesting and informative. Liked very much seeing Sienna and also Saiman’s grave site. Thanks!!
Heather Mace says
Thank you for this!
Woohoo, thank you so much!!!
Wow. The story just got more interesting with all the connections. But Saiman :((
Just what we need to take our minds of the election.
This was a good story before. You folks don’t put out anything that is not good.
Now it is waaayyy better than good! This is going to be a hum-dinger of a book and I can hardly wait until January so I can read the rest of it.
Thank you so much for the lovely excerpt. I gonna love it (even if the “put down that cow” conversation does not happen). Sometimes sacrifices must be made…
Stay safe and well, please.
Faith W says
A tasty snack! ???? ????
Kim K says
Love, love, love it!! Thank you so much! I was already so excited for Rider to come out, and now I’m even more so! I already thought it was fantastic, but this start was even better.
I’m trying to find things to be grateful for right now, so here’s one: I’m grateful for talented authors that regularly brighten my day. So thanks!!
Wow, that was some rework. it is So much more powerful now.
and a DATE for it to come out So good!
I love it. I also think it’s a little different (sorry?), but not in a bad way. It rocks!!!!! Thank you!!!!!
This is so needed. Picking it up is light turning on a soft light, cuddling a cup of tea, snuggling in a soft blanket, and huddling from a winter storm raging outside. Can’t say thank you enjoy for sharing your skills with us. Can’t wait to open this book at 12 am when in releases.
All I can offer is to send happy thoughts your way and hope you are as blessed as you make each of us feel when we read your writing.
Thank you for tossing us a bone.
Since Ryder/Julie is getting a whole new makeover, I’m tossing Jorjeana Marie’s name into the hat for the audiobook narration.
Susan J says
This is just what I needed. THANK YOU!
I sank into that chapter like sinking into a hot spring. I was just there, in Atlanta. Cannot wait for the release. Thank you for this, you have no idea how good it feels to disappear into your stories. Hope you are all well and getting sufficient rest.
Thank you for the excerpts!
Thank you for the edits as well, they are fantastic. I don’t know how you always manage to improve on your already amazing work but I definitely see why you wanted us to forget the previous version.
I can’t wait to read the novel. It’s looking more and more like hours of pure happiness in book format.
Maria Z says
Wilmington Georgia or Wilmington NC?
Thank you for the much-needed distraction! Am so, SO excited the entire book is coming out in the new year!
This is awesome stuff!!
Atlanta is on everyone’s mind right now…
You are my favorite author(s) EVER. I’m 43 and have been escaping into books since I was 10. I have read almost everything you’ve written 3 times or more. I’m a fan.
This excerpt is perfect. Thank you for everything you give us.
Bless you <3
The best possible distraction. Thank you so much!
Daphne Miller says
Wow. Thank you
This is FABULOUS! Thank you for this chapter. And thank you for doing what you do. You make the world brighter.
I love you, too! Thank you!!!
The perfect antidote to cure my compulsive scrolling of election results. Loved every sentence and will focus now on how excited I am about the book release In the New Year. Huge thanks to you for your generosity and brilliance!
Carol Mullins says
Very good. Looking forward to the book. Date marked on my colander.
Kat M. says
Ahhh, beautiful. Many thanks.
Thank you so much! This was a much needed distraction.
I agree with all the superlatives in the comments.
The familial relationships were discussed vividly a couple of months ago. The consensus appeared to be that they were similar to that of many southern U.S. families.
I enjoy reading what ever you write. Yes, I look for hidden meanings or clues. Most of my guesses are wrong. I do not look for typos. If I see one, it does not bother me and only God is perfect.
L-O-O-O-VED IT!!! The editing was so cool- all the background info, Conlin speaking up more, seeing Siena, everything!! Plus I like the Conlin/ Julie hug being removed… I always felt Derek must have seen that, assuming he’s the presence she feels.
Anywho- amazing! Super stoked for the book. Thanks IA!!
Gaëlle from France says
Absolutely wonderful chapter. Could not be better. Wow.
And Conlan !!! This kid is something else, I adore him.
It feels more refined. It’s been GRATEFULLY read over here as a distraction from refreshing the election results and I’m crossing my fingers it doesn’t get edited to death like Catalina’s 2nd installment!
Good job! You both have magical writing abilities!
Is this going to be a series…the excerpt says that it is Book 1 of the Ryder series part of the Kate Daniels world.
I am so excited for this book, but I didn’t realize it might be a series…I guess I assumed it was a stand alone book tied into the Kate World…like Andrea’s book.
If it’s a series I really hope Juile doesn’t need to avoid Kate for all of it, that would be so heartbreaking.
Looks great. I’m ready for the ebook and audio.
Umm, is it done proofing? I saw something about Kate going to Wilmington that might need fixin.
trailing wife says
The edits definitely make it tighter. I look forward to seeing the rest of it. 🙂
I did not have the this chapter memorized from the first time around, but I like this! If anything I think I like it better quite frankly.
So excited for this book!
I really liked it! Looking forward to ryder and appreciating the effort you put into it. It looks as if I will enjoy the outcome even more than the chapters we got earlier this year.
So great! Can’t wait to read the full book. Thank you for a wonderful treat.
Thank you! Love the edits.
Loved the small changes and can’t wait to see the effect on the finished book. Thanks for posting that, I really needed something to read and was missing being able to read from Julie’s perspective.
My birthday is the week Ryder is scheduled to be published. I’ve told my husband all I want is a kid-free day to drink coffee and devour this book. I cannot wait!
Super excited! Making my way through Kate Daniels for the first time and I should be done with it by the time this is released!
Just read the “new” first chapters and while I had loved the original draft – this version knocks it out of the park. Ilona and Gordon – you are the best!
Lisa B says
I soooooo needed this! Thank you. Preordered the book ages ago. In the meantime, my card number got hacked. Once again I will have to deal with changing my card info after the book is released. Tried changing it now, but the site wouldn’t accept the change. Sigh….
This is so amazing! You guys completely reworked and expanded this chapter, love it !. Can’t wait to buy the book????
So so good! House Andrews, you are solid. And we love you.
Thank you! Looking back on this week, reading this new chapter was the turning point. I took a deep breath, enjoyed sinking into Julie’s world and at the end decided to relax a bit and not stress as much over all that is going on in the world right now.
***SCREAM*** Thank you!!!
Hmm, so much revealed in first chapter. I still like it but now it feels more like a Book 2.
Love it! Thank you for sharing this with us!
Love this edited version. Much tighter and more impact.
Cant wait for January.
Aha! This is why you are great authors and I would never be. I was perfectly happy with the original. But you said,” Arggggh!” and rewrote it with much sweat and suffering I’m sure. Rewrites have to be Hell. And now, Wow! That’s great. Can’t wait for the book.
Patrice Gregory says
I haven’t posted before so I am unsure of the rules but if questions can be asked on books other than the upcoming publication, I have one. I am rereading the first three Hidden Legacy books for the umpteenth time as a stress reliever and was curious about Michael Latimer referenced in the gala scenes. The encounter and interactions seemed important enough that originally I had expected to see him again in the story but obviously not. I don’t mind being informed that I haven’t missed a point so Ilona Andrews readers, please let me know what you think because the guy is interesting. That said, I have reread all the author’s books so many times I should be able to quote dialogue and I find new enjoyment with each reread. Thank you both so much.
Marie S says
Thank you, IA for posting.
I understand now why you needed to do what you did. Excellent!
Don’t want to wish my time away but it’s a challenge to wait patiently until Jan 12.
Is it just me, or does Conlan like his dad (and Kate) in the part when he says “…..go find some and see”?
* sound just like his dad (and Kate)…
Is it just me, or does Conlan like his dad (and Kate) in the part when he says “…..go find some and see”?
Karen T says
Yes, it us “totally different”.
It’s better. 🙂
Billie Dee says
I love it again. I just pre-ordered.
Emily Pyers says
Chills, I have chills! So good – can’t wait for it to come out! Thanks Gordon and Ilona!
I’m from Atlanta and right now I’m thinking I’d rather live in your Atlanta than the way it is right now. Thank you for this.
You two are amazing: your stories are rich and lush. Thank you.
That was soo good. Thank you. Can’t wait for the book. I hadn’t seen the twitter post re the chapter, I seem to only get some notifications randomly for your account and then I go back and check. So like the other person in the last 8 days post, I’m just reading this now. Such a great surprise for the weekend. Thank you thank you thank you….hope the Internet and Ac is all working now
hi I just read the excerpt and I loved it. But something did got me confused…
while Julie referenced Curran she points out that he treated her like a little sister. Did I misunderstood something? I have read the books many many times and Curran does make it clear to all Atlanta that Julie is his ward. I always thought that he was more like a fatherish figure just as Kate is her mother figure.
You guys know we love you, right?
I didn’t know that I could be happier about Julie’s story being written until I read the New Excerpt for Blood Heir! I’m so happy!! Thank you for making it even more epic!
The people who are saying it’s different are right, but to me in a way that makes it more cohesive. I liked the first version just fine, but this seems much more polished. I’ve already pre-ordered Blood Heir and am looking forward to it when it releases. +1
Absolutely phenomenal! I had enjoyed the earlier version, but this one is richer with connections to the past and future, as well as more tightly written than before.
Yum! I know it is not food for the belly, but it is definitely food for the soul!
JULIO ORTEGA says
As I was reading i couldnt help myself remembering the first chapter a while back, THIS IS NOTHING LIKE IT!!! Im so exited for this book. This chapter blew my mind!!!! Amazing work you guys are doing, keep it up.
kristina Collins says
Thank you so much for posting! I can’t wait to dive back into this world again.
Diana ^.^ says
Oooo this is much more like Julie!
It was still cool seeing the change in the writing process, like watching the behind the scenes feature.
I can wait for the full book to come out! ????
Thank you! ❤❤❤
Paula Lieberman says
Finished product first chapter versus [memory of] draft–burrs removes and filed down and polished, gaps filled, scaffolding material eliminated and casting down with finer grade ioptimized material than draft material, etc. etc.
I can’t wait for this book. It releases right in time for my birthday! I think locking myself in my bedroom and reading it in one sitting sounds like the perfect present to myself.
I’m soooo excited! I love how you fleshed out this chapter! With cyberpunk in December and this a month after that, I’m happy as a clam!