Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
Today I have some exciting news to share with you! Not only is the release of The Christmas Compass one week away - so excited! - but I also have some new Christmas shorts that I will be releasing in the weeks following.
Some of you may be familiar with these titles, so let me take a moment to tell you a bit about the shorts, and where they've come from, and how they're "new" (though one is 100% brand-new).
When I re-released the Clara Claus paperback with an updated cover in 2012, I also included in the paperback an exclusive short story called North of Perfect. The short popped into my head one day, mainly due to my two best friends gushing about North - a.k.a. the North Wind - who is their favorite character in the Snowflake Triplet (sorry, Jack; I still love you). The short was very fun to write, and was mainly a chance for me to pen a "what if" story for North, who I could probably write a book about if I wanted to (don't tempt me). I intended to keep the short as a paperback-only piece.
When it came time to release the second Snowflake Triplet book, Clara Snow, I decided to take a leap and penned another short for North, a continuation of the first story, and again included it as an exclusive in the paperback. With what happens at the end of Clara Snow, I knew that the happenings of the second short (North of Trial) would play into the final Christmas book, Clara Frost, but I didn't think that the short would take on a life of its own.
After I released Clara Snow, I begun work on Clara Frost...and realized that the North shorts were more important than I had originally thought! It's amazing how writing can surprise you, even when you think you have everything planned out.
These North shorts introduce a character named Holly, who I originally wasn't going to include in the Clara Claus books, and who, after I finished writing the second North short, I thought might only make a brief appearance in Clara Frost, for fans who had bought the paperbacks. But as I begun writing Clara Frost, I realized that Holly had a bigger role in the story than I thought she would! She has plowed her way through the snow and ice to become a main character, and I want all of my readers to be familiar with her when they read Clara Frost, and to hopefully love her as much as I do.
So, I've decided to release the North shorts in e-book too, to complement their release in paperback, and so that my e-book only readers will know Holly. The shorts will continue to be part of the paperback books (Clara Claus and Clara Snow), but for those readers who prefer e-book, I will be releasing e-book copies of each short, so that everyone can read in their preferred format.
And there's more exciting news! After I finished writing The Christmas Compass, I penned one more North short, the third in the series (North of Dreams), which will be available in the paperback version of The Christmas Compass, releasing next week, and in its own e-book come November.
I hope you look forward to the new shorts! I had so much fun writing more about North, and his world. Holly is such a fun character, too, and if you haven't read about her already, I hope you'll enjoy reading about her now!
Release dates, synopsis, and covers are below!
North of Perfect ~ Tales of North #1
The Wind blows however it wants to, and is free...
The North Wind -- simply North, thank you -- travels the world with his duties as an Immortal. He is never surprised, and he does not break the rules--
On New Year's Eve in New York City, however, North has a surprising encounter that will change everything...even the direction of the wind.
Available in e-book November 3rd
Now available in the Clara Claus paperback
North of Trial ~ Tales of North #2
Even the Wind must learn to bend...
After the events of Clara Snow, North returns to New York City with the resolve to undo all of the change that has occurred in his life since that special New Year's Eve.
But, Holly has other plans.
With a surprising twist of events, North finds that sometimes, new beginnings are found even in the midst of endings.
Available in e-book November 3rd
Now available in the Clara Snow paperback
North of Dreams ~ Tales of North #3
With a new day, the Wind moves forward...
Another New Year's Eve in New York City brings interesting happenings as North and Holly prepare for what is to come, and look back over what has happened thus far.
What must they cling to, if they hope to prevail in the fight against Eclipse?
And when the clock strikes midnight, what magic will be born?
Available in e-book November 10th
Available in The Christmas Compass paperback October 27th