I really hate to have to do this, but after getting feedback from some trusted sources, I must delay the release of The Incubus’s Mate while I rewrite the vast majority of the book.
I had a feeling something was wrong with this book when I was so easily able to leave it and write something else (The Dentist’s Vampire companion short). But I’ve learned that getting frustrated or fed up with a story I’m writing is part of the cycle I go through during my writing process. I thought it was normal, so I pushed onward. I knew I had people who would readily and happily help me fix any problems and shine the story up so it would be ready for release.
But when I sent them the book in its current state, neither person thought it was good enough to publish.
As it exists now, The Incubus’s Mate doesn’t feel like a book you’d expect from Delaney Rain. I know what I write is fluffy, cute, funny, definitely steamy at times, and low angst. The characters are isolated, get to know each other quickly, and the human half of the couple tells the story.
The Incubus’s Mate is none of that.
I didn’t set out to experiment or change things up, but I definitely should’ve recognized what I was doing as being off-brand for me.
What Happens Now?
Well, once the panic dissipated, I asked a great group of authors on Facebook how to handle canceling a book. They helped me to understand that this is a delay instead of a cancelation, as well as advising me on how to break the news to you. Step one, done.
I’ve also managed to come up with a new idea for the book, one that will be more on-brand for me and more appropriate for my characters. I’m actually feeling really motivated by these new ideas, which tells me I’m on the right track now. Yay!
Thanks for your Patience
I do apologize for this delay. It’s definitely not something I ever thought I’d have to do. But I can’t put out a book that isn’t the best it can be, so I hope you’ll stick with me as I make these necessary changes. My goal is to have a new The Incubus’s Mate ready for a fall release.