THE DEMON WITHIN Publication Date…And a Pretend Cover

Demon Within Rejected Cover

The publication date of The Demon Within has been pushed back to April 12, 2016.

It was purely a marketing decision: the distributor, Publishers Group West, wants to promote it in tandem with some other titles that are being released at the same time. And obviously, from my perspective, anything that is going to put the book in a better marketing and sales position is a good thing for me.

That said, I do have some mixed feelings. On the one hand, this will give me more time to build a platform and get the book out for advance reviews so that by the time it comes out in April, I will (hopefully!) already have some good buzz going. Plus, by then, I should already be well on my way through book 2, so it should also be easier for me to keep the momentum going. Also, no one (besides the people I know personally) is waiting for this book, so better for it to be released when it will make as big a splash as possible.

On the other hand, I’ve been working on DW for a long time, and I was really looking forward to getting it out in the wild this year, in time to give away a few copies to my friends and family for Christmas. (Of course, that has to be the most narcissistic Christmas gift ever. “Merry Christmas, Random Coworker! As a testament to our working relationship, I present to you…a copy of my book. Which I got for free. And you’ll now feel obligated to read out of guilt, even though I know you’ve never read a fantasy book in your life and have no desire to do so. But see, I signed it, too. I even personalized it, so you can’t sell it on eBay if I become some famous bestseller. You’re welcome!” Yeah, that would go over well.)

But, my own vanity aside, this is a good thing. I had been stressing about finishing the final tweaks on the manuscript, and this gives me a lot more breathing room. I could almost feel a weight lifting off of my chest when my editor told me. (Of course, talk to me again in a few months, and it might be a different story.)

The image above…is not my cover. I have seen the cover, and it’s awesome. But I can’t post the real one yet. Even so, I wanted to have an image to associate with The Demon Within, and so this is it…for now. It was one of the demo covers my publisher came up with, and I loved the images of the lions from the New York City Public Library on the front. (The library features very prominently in one of the scenes of the book.) But the cover the publisher selected is much more eye catching, and I have no idea how they’re going to equal or top it for the rest of the series. I’d love to show it to you…but not yet.

So for now, a pretend cover! Uh…ta-da?


So what exactly is The Demon Within all about???

Presenting…the book blurb:

Dale Highland is a murderer. But she doesn’t want to be.

For 10 years, she’s been struck by violent blackouts she calls Rages. But this time, she’s killed an innocent man, and the knowledge tears her up inside.

Months later, a run-in with a mysterious, alluring man named John leads Dale to discover that she’s half demon. Dale and John team up to find Dale’s long-missing mother, a legend in the demon world and the only person who might be able to help Dale control her Rages. Their quest throws them into a collision course with the Thrones, a group of angels determined to eradicate demons from Earth. The world of angels and demons is darker, and more dangerous, than Dale understands. In order to get the answers she seeks, Dale will have to risk not only her life…but her soul.

So what happens now? The Demon Within is scheduled to be released in late 2015. I’m still working on an exact date with the publisher, but I’m anticipating the December 2015 time frame.

The Demon Within is the first in a four-book series–and YES, the other books in the series will be published. California Coldblood has contracted me for all four books, as well as an unrelated fifth book. (Don’t ask me what that fifth book will be about yet. I have some ideas, but I’m working with the publisher to figure out what works best for their line. I can tell you that it won’t be in the Dale world, but that’s about it.) So many publishers only contract authors for the first one or two book in the series–especially new, unestablished authors. If the books don’t do well enough, the publisher doesn’t contract the other books. It’s very frustrating as a reader, because you end up having to wait indefinitely for the conclusion to a much-loved series (if it ever arrives at all). One of the things that attracted me to California Coldblood was their willingness to publish the whole series. So you will not be left hanging. Book 2 will be released in 2016, book 3 in 2017, and book 4 in 2018. At the end of book 4, there will be no loose ends, no dangling participles, no hanging chads, etc.

I’m so excited to be able to share this, finally! Yay!