I always start this sort of article when we’re deep into the new year. That’s mostly because I fail to plan in December, which is when I should. Or if I plan then, I change it a thousand times, so January is really where things get set in stone. Or in my case, one sheet of paper I can throw away if I need to make changes. Or that’s how it’s been in the past.
This year is different. I made a solid production plan the first week of January. I’m planning something new, so I’m not sure of the word count for that project. But overall, I have a set schedule with wiggle room if needed. So, the reason for the lateness of this article is because of the project I’m working on. I’m fully absorbed in Saint Lakes once again.
I have two goals this year. One continues from 2019 and that is reediting my backlist. Slowly but surely, that’s coming along. My editor and I have been working hard on each book, prettying them up.
My other goal is to continue writing and/or rewriting on the multiple series I have out and write a new one that will come out this summer. I also have one book that’s part of a group series, but I’m not allowed to say much about it yet. But overall, writing stories you can escape into is, and has always been, my goal.
More about what’s coming your way:
Pickleville. A Tarnished Strength (Pickleville 4) is with my editor at the time of writing this. She’s nearly finish, so if you’re one of my patrons, you can get a sneak peek on the first few chapters. It’ll get released on February 26th and can be pre-order now.
Here’s a link to A Tarnished Strength: https://books2read.com/u/bzg2RG
And a link to Patreon, if you’d like to sign up: https://www.patreon.com/aprilkelley
Saint Lakes/Wingspan. I’m excited to have three, hopefully four, new releases this year.
I’m excited to continue where Uncovering the Dark (Saint Lakes 8) left off. Book eight was Owen and his mate, Damien’s story. If you haven’t read it, I don’t want to give any spoilers, so I’ll just leave a buy link and talk about the new release.
Uncovering the Dark buy link: https://books2read.com/u/bPXr9R
Blackwing is a departure from the Saint Lakes storyline, so for that reason I’ll just say it's part of the Saint Lakes/Wingspan universe. Bailey, Damien’s brother, finds more romance than he knows what to do with. Or rather, his much older, dragon shifter mate, Trace does. Trace discovers he has not one young vampire mate, but two. He’s grumpy and has secrets he’d rather not tell, which complicates everything. It’s available April 28th but you can pre-order it now.
Reverberation is book nine in the series and is Vaughan’s story. His story involves a pretty fae stuck in a castle, a plane crash in which he’s stuck with his boyfriend and his mate (they aren’t the same person 😉), and to top it all off, someone is chasing them. It’s an adventure for sure. It comes out May 21st. The Pre-order link is provided below.
Redefining Normal is a Christmas Novella. It’s about a human named Wade, who was held captive with Magnus in book seven and a shifter named Etgar. Both are going through a lot of mental and physical changes, and they have to find a way to do that together. It comes out December 3rd. Once I have a pre-order link, I’ll let you know.
I’m going to try to get Mercury on Fire written early enough that I can get it into your hands this year, but as of now, I plan on a January 2022 release.
Chasing Time. A few years ago, I released the first two books in a series called Chasing Time but pulled them for reasons that aren’t relevant to today. I’m planning on reediting and re-releasing them later in the year and writing the next two as new releases. You’ll hear more about it later. Patreons will get the books free.
Something New! I’m going to try not to get so excited I give spoilers. I’m tentatively calling the series Omega Talent Co: Club Lollipop. If you like omegaverse and mpreg, then these books are for you.
It’s about a club that is almost a character all on its own. It’s having a tough time making it because the owner has lost his business partner and best friend. Couple that with financial problems and Club Lollipop is having problems. Club Lollipop comes up with a way to make money by having Omega and Alpha stripper night. Throw in a little mystery and a lot of romance and you have Club Lollipop.
There may or may not be paranormal elements. I’m not sure yet. I welcome your thoughts on this. To shifter or not to shifter. That is the question, I think. Or maybe another type of being. Your thoughts are welcome and encouraged.
There will be 6-7 books in the series. Each book will be novella to small novel length. I think. I plan on releasing the first book in June. Because I’m unsure of the length of each book, I might need more time to write each one, and my summer releases may extend into the fall.
The collaborative book. More on this at a later time.
I get a little ambitious every year, so this year I included that tendency into my production plan as well as time to cater to my muse, although at the moment my muse is stuck in Saint Lakes.
I have a coming soon page on my website that you can check out here: https://www.authoraprilkelley.com/coming-soon.html
April Kelley is an author of LGBT Romance. Her works include The Journey of Jimini Renn, which was a Rainbow Awards finalist, Whispers of Home, the Saint Lakes series, and over thirty more.