state of the hall 2016 edition

This is normally when I’d do some kind of quirky retrospective on the year that’s just gone but, seriously, fuck 2016. If you’d told me when David Bowie died that things were only going to get worse, I’m not entirely sure I’d have believed you. And now look where we are.

Anyway. Publishing-wise I did keep to the informal targets I’m setting myself in that I got two books out, which is less than a lot of other writers in romance but more than, say, George RR Martin. I think having experimented with a fuller docket, I’m pretty comfortable with the idea that two books a year is about my level—and that’s roughly what you can expect from me going forward.

For people who are following my on-going series, Spires and Kate are both in transitional spaces right now. Kate III (Fire & Water) is actually mostly written, the first draft at least, but obviously I have to think about it on the context of the whole series. So, while you’re welcome to watch this space, be aware that it may remain a space for quite some time.

In terms of Spires, I feel that the series has sort of come to the end of its first, broad thematic arc. I confess I was sort of making this up as I went along but, as luck would have it, the first four books wound up being pretty much about loss in one way or another. And the next four I’ve got planned are all pretty much about, well, something else, while also being about other Spiresy stuff like place and identity and family. So essentially I’m claiming this was the plan for the series all along. Anyway I have to have some sort of news, one way or another, on Spires Phase II in the new year.

More concrete stuff: I have new trilogy coming out at the start of next year. It doesn’t yet have an agreed title, which makes talking about it a bit difficult (it’s currently up for pre-order as Arden St Ives Volume 1) but this is the queer bildom book that I’ve been mumbling about for a while. I’m actually really excited about it—I’m just super into the trope and I’m hoping I’ve done something interesting with it. Also writing a relationship over three books has been good fun. I think Book 1 is out late April or early May and I’m hoping the second book will come out by the end of the year (although isn’t confirmed yet).

Oh, whoops, I was meant to put in some useful links here and I forgot but here they are:

Amazon UK (pre-order) | Amazon US (pre-order) | Goodreads

Finally, I’ve just about signed off on another thing that I, as ever, can’t talk about. At least not yet. But I hope to have news about this in the new year as well. Sorry to be so gnomic but I’m chuffed to bits and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Aaaaand, I think that’s it. Here’s hoping for a better 2017.

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11 Responses to state of the hall 2016 edition

  1. Lanlan says:

    Fuck 2016 indeed. I fervently hope next year will be better but the realist in me doesn’t see any signs of that.

    On a much happier note, I’m so grateful that we have a lot to look forward to on the AJH bookshelf (^^) Especially that there will be more Spires! Thank you so much for your hard work <3<3<3

  2. Ellie says:

    2016 has been rough for us though I personally had both some scary moments and some most wonderful ones.
    I love the Spires series the most of your things that I have read and I am super excited there will be more of it.
    Billionaires and BDSM are generally two things I avoid in romance so I’m really curious to read your take on them.
    Wishing you a calmer and fabulous 2017! <3

  3. Pam/Peejakers says:

    Yay for the book news <3 I'm excited to hear about the thing you can't talk about yet. What about "Nettlefield" though, any news on that?

    Wishing you (and, all of us) a much happier 2017 <3

  4. EmmaT says:

    Always love hearing about what you are working on. Can’t wait for more books!

  5. Araminta says:

    I’m really excited about the bildom series – I just know you’re going to come up with a unique take on this. Also, like Pam I was wondering about Nettlefield. And are you going to be publishing through different publishers, or do more self-publishing, going forward?

  6. Christine says:

    Can not be unhappy about the prospect of new books and new series . Hope 2017 is a much more positive experience then 2016 has been – thank you for your writing I constantly reread your books despite my never ending tbr list .

  7. Nikki says:

    I look forward to all your new projects, secret and otherwise. Merry Christmas, Alexis, and Happy New Year.

  8. Hm… as much as 2016 was bad on a more global and collectively felt level, personally it was a very good year for me. Discovered a few amazing authors (sic!) who filled my life with lots of joy and food for thoughts. Made many new interesting friends. Brought my indie music blog onto a new level and am even in the process of making a business out of it all. As someone else here said, many amazing moments in 2016, way too many to name them all. With that, I am wishing you all the very best for 2017, Alexis. Keep writing your beautifully told stories and know how much they are appreciated. <3

  9. Liv says:

    I’m glad you’ve got such fun plans for next year. Have been worried about you….will keep my eye out for new release information. 🙂

  10. Kaetrin says:

    Congratulations on the Grand Central/Forever deal AJH!!

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