It's been a good Saturday. I hope yours has gone well too, wherever you happen to be in the world. I hope you have time to take a deep breath and enjoy the sunlight. :)
So, this is happening! Get in on it! You guys know how much I love giving away free stuff!
One short week ago, Monarch was released to fly into the hands of readers just in time for the summer. I was thrilled to see that in less than 24 hours, Monarch rose on the charts to be the #1 Best-selling YA Steampunk book. Rankings like this change like the tides, so as you read this there may have been some fluctuation, but screenshots were taken to commemorate the event. Hurray, War of the Princes! It was awesome to see Dragoon pop up on the Top Rated list too! Thank you guys for being such active readers!
When I released Dragoon, I announced that there would be a third book (Monarch) and the response I got through mail was brilliantly positive. One common request (perhaps made half-jokingly) was that the third book be extra-long so the story wouldn't come to an end as quickly. Well, I took that to heart. I'd been planning on ending WotP as a trilogy, but after so many people hoped for the same thing, I had another look at my series outline. I determined that the world, history, and overall plot are all deep enough to spread out a little more.
Life is full of surprises, but all too often they're not the kind we hope for. It might not be much, but I thought I'd contribute a positive surprise and wait until Monarch's release to let everyone know that there will be a fourth book! I hope that brings a smile to your face (and maybe a sigh of relief). Will the series end with the fourth book or will there be yet another? I can't say. I'm not the kind of author who will drag a series along past the natural length of the story-- a complete ending is easily worth as much to me as the idea of the story itself. The backbone of the over-arcing plot has already been set, the characters all have fates that have been determined, it's just a matter of how long we move through each event- that will determine the length of the series. I'm going to let this series live as I write and find the perfect place to let the curtain close. It could be the fourth book... or perhaps not.
A. R. Ivanovich is likely typing away at her desk, with a cup of heavily caffeinated tea and a cat on her lap.