You should all know that I honestly love interacting with you. I try and answer every message and post I get. I love hearing your thoughts about everything Alexa Reed related; everything except the question about when book three is going to be released. That question makes me cringe because I know that I told you all it was going to be out this month, and it isn’t.
There. I said it. Out loud. (insert big sigh)
When Hold On was finished I immediately started writing book three. I had every intention of having it finished and out to you by August. Well, that’s not going to happen and if you knew how I feel about missing my self-imposed deadlines you’d know how stressed out I’ve been about it. I spent the majority of last summer behind a computer writing STAY. I was able to finish it in a very short amount of time. I rolled into the fall eager to finish Hold On and in twelve months I wrote and released two 400+ pages books. I have to be honest, the effort that took was massive and something that was difficult for me to sustain. If you’ve read my bio you know I help run a business, have a very busy family and many other commitments that demand my attention. I’ve been so blessed to have the support from my family that I do, but this summer they wanted a little more of me and I needed a little more of them. What happened as a result was me getting a little behind with book three.
Promoting is hard work
One of the other reasons that I’ve gotten a little behind is because I have been promoting the series like crazy. And before I forget, I want to say THANK YOU to all of you who have been helping with this by reading, reviewing and sharing my books (especially my street team – the Wynners – who spend a ton of their own time promoting me). I can’t even begin to tell you how much your support means to me. When I started on this writing journey I truly didn’t know if anyone would even read my stories and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The truth is, being a self-published author is a lot of work. It’s hard to cut through the clutter of the thousands of great books out there and make your work stand out. I’ve had to spend a lot time promoting and that really has taken away from my writing time. With that said, it has been totally worth it. I love getting to know some of you and the opportunities I’ve had to do blog-takeovers and interact with readers have been so much fun. I have a bunch of take-overs on the calendar over the next few months and I hope to see you all there!
Endings are hard
Each time I read a review or a post that says how much you love Julian and Lexie (and even Luke) I feel even more responsible to give you (and them) the best story I can give. I am so emotionally invested in this story that at times it’s hard to write. If you’ve read the first two books you know there are some serious things that need to be dealt with in book three and I am taking my time so I can do the whole storyline justice with the writing. It has also been difficult for me to write knowing the end is near. I’ll have a very hard time saying goodbye to these characters that have lived in my mind for the last year and a half.
So there you have it. The skinny on why book three isn’t out yet. I’ve been busy promoting, I took some time off to spend with my family and I am dreading the end of this story. They are all very real reasons and ones I hope you can all understand. With that said, I’ve been very busy these last few weeks writing and am refocused and reenergized. I am knee deep in the story and can see the finish line in sight. I don’t want to give you an exact date of release (too much pressure) but it isn’t that far away and I hope you can be patient for a little while longer. I also hope you can STAY interested and HOLD ON to all your positive feelings about the Alexa Reed series. I PROMISE you that the wait will be worth it.