Book 4 and other news...

June 10, 2021

Okay, so I’m assuming by now most of you have heard that there’s going to be a new book in the STARCROSSED series. Well, the truth is that there’s going to be more than one.

Confused? Excited? I'll explain.

First of all, the reason why it’s taken me this long to continue Helen and Lucas’ story is a bit of a complicated story in of itself. But it really boils down to the fact that even though I left GODDESS somewhat open-ended in order to afford me the option to write more books in the future, it was difficult to continue Helen and Lucas’ story the way I wanted it to without a whole lot of back story about what led to the war between the Scions. And I didn’t want to do a sequel filled with exposition or too many flashbacks, so I got stuck. 

That’s why I chose to write the WORLDWALKER series next. I needed to step away from STARCROSSED and come back to it later with a fresh set of eyes. And I had every intention of coming back to Helen and Lucas after I was done with WITCH’S PYRE, but unfortunately, right around the same time I was diagnosed with cancer, and my priorities changed.

As you can imagine, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to get back to Helen and Lucas while I was dealing with my illness, so I decided to write SNOW LANE instead, which was loosely based on my childhood. I just felt I needed to write that book. I also wrote the novella ILLUSTRATRED GIRL, which some of you know as LUCITOPIA, because again, it was fun, and light-hearted, and it made me smile. Plus, I wanted to give you all a freebie. 

Anyway, while I was in the hospital undergoing surgery, I had an idea for a thriller. I was seriously high on multiple medications, in pain, and terrified. Usually not the best time to sit down and diagram a plot, I suppose, but when I find a monster in my life, I put it in a book so I can kill it. That was why I wrote WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS. 

So, here I am, almost ten years later, wondering what to write next, and I come across that short story I wrote after STARCROSSED about Daphne and Ajax, which I titled, STARCROSSED CITY. And I found the perfect way to continue the series. 

Like I said before, it’s hard to understand where I’m taking the next chapter in Helen and Lucas’ story without understanding the past. So, I came up with an idea to write a prequel to STARCROSSED, about the other star-crossed lovers in my series, Daphne and Ajax, a book which is essential in understanding what happens next with Helen and Lucas. 

The prequel is called SCIONS, and the sequel TIMELESS. SCIONS is finished, currently undergoing edits, and I’m hallway through TIMELESS. They are both very long books and I’m considering splitting them both into two. We’ll see.

This leads me to the other big news, which is that I’m starting my own publishing imprint. 

Why, you ask? Well, it seems more apparent by the day that the internet and social media are changing publishing in the same way that they changed the music industry a decade ago. Authors no longer need traditional publishing to get their books out. 

I don’t want to sling any mud around, but I was really let down by the complete lack of marketing my publishers did for WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS, a book that was very well-reviewed, and that I am immensely proud of.

I mean I get it—authors have more followers than most imprints on social media—but if I’m expected to be the one doing most of the promoting, I figure I should cut out that in-between step and just throw myself into it.

To that end, I decided to partner up with a major independent book distributor to handle all of my future releases in the English markets (US, UK, Australia, Canada, etc..). 


I’m still working out details on foreign editions, but I can say with certainty that the new STARCROSSED books will be translated into German. I will let you know about other translations as things move forward.

The best news of all is that the former Harper Teen editor who edited STARCROSSED, Laura Bernier, is editing SCIONS and will be editing all of my future titles under this new venture, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about that. It really is like a dream come true.

I know many of you were waiting on a second book in the LUCITOPIA anthology, but my priority right now is STARCROSSED. I will get back to LUCITOPIA at some point in the future, I promise.

I will also have a new website up and running sometime in August. I’ve been meaning to re-do my site for quite some time now but wanted to wait until this new venture was finalized before doing so. 

So, that’s pretty much the nuts and bolts of it. It’s the dawn of a new age—I’ve gone rogue! 

Anyway, thank you for your love and support as I begin this next phase in my life as a publisher/author. I really couldn’t do this without you. 

I will have release dates on the new books as soon as I have them.

Xoxo

Josie


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