Well, friends and heathens, here I am.
Staring down the barrel of another release day. This one is remarkably calmer compared to the last one. There have still been a few snafus as I draw towards the finish line. A print cover that needed to be resized, a resolution issue thanks to Ingram Sparks. And yet, it’s happening with eight days until release… not THREE DAYS BEFORE.
So, yes, it’s a little calmer so far. Of course, there are EIGHT DAYS LEFT. Which means there is a decent chance it might still find a way to go south at the last minute. Because, let me tell ya, nothing says release day like moments of pure, blind panic. Why, it just wouldn’t be a release day without it.
But I’m going to enjoy this moment of calm before it all hits. I’m expecting the first proof copy of “The Woman in Darkness” in the next few days. Hopefully sooner rather than later. I would like the opportunity to hold that book in my hands before it goes live to the world. I’d say, “little book”, but that’s not exactly accurate. The final page count came in at 316 pages. A definite increase over the debut entry to the series. I blame all of that on a dark little character who wormed her way into the narrative. I wasn’t planning to include her, you see, but she had a delightfully wicked way of taking shape in my imagination. I’ve learned long ago that if the muse takes hold, you do whatever she says. Follow where she leads, because inevitably your work might just improve because of it. Thanks to Neysa, the delicious cruel Mistress of Hell, “The Woman in Darkness” gained two whole chapters that weren’t there before. And the story that came out of that frantic experience is all the better for it.
And there’s another reason to be happy. Because of the meandering nature of my muse, I now have an entirely new novel plotted and ready to write. I’ve tentatively titled this effort, “The Shadow’s Queen”, and it’s intended to serve as a prequel of sorts to my current series. It will also mark the first time that I will attempt to write an entire novel where the main character is a villain. This should be interesting, to say the least. Where it might lead, I cannot possibly imagine. I can only guarantee this: it will be dark. It will be wicked. And it will be fun.
If you follow me on Instagram (@stanfieldwrites) you’ll be able to follow along with all the crazy stuff I’ve gotten myself into. I’m finishing up series where I share the first page of each chapter from “The Girl in the Storm” along with one song that I connect to that part of the story. Those features occur each Monday, and I plan to continue the same trend with “The Woman in Darkness” (when it releases on March 10th) and “Elegy”, which will see its official release on June 30th. I also have a playlist on Spotify for the first book in the series and I will also share the playlist I’ve put together for Book 2.
There’s so much more to come. I know, I keep saying that, and that’s only because it continues to be true. I have a second novella coming out near the end of May, the final book in A Season of Angels to follow a month later and another series to plot as well (And the aforementioned novel featuring the Mistress herself).
So much to do, so little time.
And that brings me to the end of my little missive. I’ve updated the “Upcoming Novels” pages here on my site, if you’re interested to see the stories I have to offer. You’ll find blurbs, cover art and links to purchase all of the available books in my series.
I hope you enjoy the dark, crazy little world I’ve made. It’s been a wild ride, and it doesn’t look like it will be stopping anytime soon.
You’re welcome. Or I’m sorry. Whichever suits you best.