Feb 23, 2013

UPDATE



When Broken came out last June I planned to jump right into writing the 3rd and final book in The Crystor Series, Beloved, and have it out by the first part of 2013. I'm usually a fast writer and because I have a great support system, wonderful critique partners, editors, etc, I knew I could do it.

Then life stepped up to bat and hit a few foul balls in my direction.

Every day I get emails, blog comments, tweets and Facebook posts from fans who love the series and can't wait to read Beloved. You've all been so patient and understanding, and made it . . . well . . . easier NOT to write. I felt I needed to take a break so I could deal with some personal stuff and the love and understanding oozing through the online media venues has made that possible.

Until tonight.

I received an email from a fan who LOVES the series, but is extremely frustrated that I promised BELOVED would be out this month and it isn't. I have to admit, at first, I blew it off, thinking she just didn't understand the turmoil I've been dealing with. But now I realize she's right. If nothing else, I owe my fans a huge apology.  So here it is . . .

I'm sorry!!

Sorry for the inconvenience. Sorry for the constant stream of excuses, even thought they were valid. Sorry for ending Broken with such a cliff hanger and making the wait for Beloved agonizingly slow.  And sorry I've failed to produce the epic ending to the series I promised not only my fans, but myself.

So, baring any further disasters in my life, here's the plan . . .

I am currently 21,000 words into Beloved, which means about 1/5 of the way through. I have the entire thing outlined and I know every scene, every character and how it will end.  The cover is done and I will reveal it a couple weeks before the book is released.

Today is February 23rd. I hope to have the first draft of Beloved done by the middle of April which could mean a late May/early June release. I know that seems like forever, and I don't want to make a promise I can't keep, but I'm shooting for that date. If I can get it out earlier than that, I will send out a newsletter and let everyone know, so please be sure to sign up for my newsletter on the left sidebar.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding.

And thanks for all your wonderful comments, emails, tweets and Facebook posts. Please keep them coming. They've given me the strength to work through the issues in my life and helped me move forward.

HUGS

Christine



21 comments:

  1. It will be great, whenever we get it! Take care.

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  2. ((hugs)) I believe in you! And I KNOW Beloved will be worth the wait!

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    1. I can't wait! I definitely agree that it will be worth the wait! And I am sure everyoen will would rather wait and have it perfect than have it rushed. So take your time!

      On a side note: Hi Ali Cross! I JUST finished book two of your Desolation series (I read them back to back within the past week) and I love them! It is very unique and creative! Just a quick question: I can't seem to find book 3 anywhere! Is out already?? On my e-boooks I can only find 1 and 2.

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    2. LOL, Christine told me to come here. :P Hi Jennifer! Book 3 is OUT! You should be able to get it at Amazon, or anywhere--it's called Destined. Here's the link to it on Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/Destined-Desolation-3-ebook/dp/B00AM4HW82/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355235360&sr=8-1&keywords=destined+by+ali+cross I hope you like it!

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  3. Can't wait to read it, whenever it's ready. Hope all is well

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  4. Your fans in North western Oregon await its arrival anxiously, but take whatever time you need to live life and enjoy it. Just know that your work is well loved and so are you and your family. :)

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  5. Your fans in North western Oregon await its arrival anxiously, but take whatever time you need to live life and enjoy it. Just know that your work is well loved and so are you and your family. :)

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  6. As much as I would like to rail at you for raking so long, I won't because my next release is on roughly the same timeline and despite my best efforts, I can't make it go any faster.

    So where I would love to read the third book right this instant, I will wait patiently knowing that you will have it out when it is time for it to come out. I would rather you take your time so it will be as good as the other two. If your rush it could compromise the story and your story is worth waiting for.

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  7. Can't wait for the release! Hey, life gets in the way for all of us. Perhaps we just see you as superhuman (??) instead of plain ordinary like the rest of us folks?? LOL I know the wait will be worth it and can't wait to read the conclusion of an awesome series!!

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  8. This is the first series I've enjoyed since Harry Potter. I really can not wait for this book to come out! Thank you so much for keeping your fans updated, it gives you that many more cool points as an author.

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  9. take your time! hugs from norway ^^,

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  10. I found the series ona book deal I receive via email and as soon as I finished the first book (in one day) I had to find the second and finished it in one day as well! Lol. Love the books and can't wait until the third one is released.

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  11. So excited to read the final book, it will be great. I hope you are having a better time with life. Hugs!

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  12. I have been enchanted since I read Bound... I couldn't put it down and reading Broken left me speechless. God gave you a wonderful gift. Take care! I'm so looking forward to read Beloved.

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  13. I got enchanted when I read Bound and couldn't put it down...and finishing Broken left me speechless. God gave you a wonderful gift to connect your words with our hearts. Take care and take your time... I'm so looking forward to read Beloved.

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  14. God the cliffhanger in broken is just too much, just finished dreading after buying it. As annoyed as I am, I look forward to Book 3! Now hurry, stop reading this and keep writing!

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  15. Ms. Bryant I just finished reading Broken and love this series can't wait for Beloved.. I read alittle of your bio and saw southeastern Idaho in the sage brush by the Snake River Canyon and thought... Wait a sec. you can't live too far from me... You don't get to see too many Idaho girls writing amazing books. It really makes me love your writing even more. And finding stories that not only I enjoy reading but my daughter's to is wonderful...
    Kristal Martinez

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  16. Ms. Bryant, I just want you know that my daughter's and I love The Crystor Series and love love that you are from southern Idaho. As we think it is amazing that there is such tallent at or near our home town. We have fallen in love with your writing before I just read your bio. and was so pleasantly surprised. Thank you for sharing your talent.
    Kristal Martinez

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  17. Ms. Bryant I just finished reading Broken and love this series can't wait for Beloved.. I read alittle of your bio and saw southeastern Idaho in the sage brush by the Snake River Canyon and thought... Wait a sec. you can't live too far from me... You don't get to see too many Idaho girls writing amazing books. It really makes me love your writing even more. And finding stories that not only I enjoy reading but my daughter's to is wonderful...
    Kristal Martinez

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  18. Have not heard anything yet about a release date... Any updates?

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  19. Omg I love your books, I had downloaded Bound because it looked interesting but never read it, then two night ago I finally read it and afterwards I bought the second book and just spent all night and half the morning reading it. I hope that everything is going to be okay and while I had hoped the book would be out because it seems like majority of the authors I diligently read, but life keeps getting in the way. I wouldn't want you to compromise yourself or the quality of the book. Your newest, devoted fan

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