It’s long overdue that I dust off this site and add a fresh post. I didn’t mean to take a hiatus from writing fantasy romance books to focus on growing and raising a family, but that’s how the past few years played out. Now, my family’s routines are well established and I’ve carved out consistent time to write again.
A lot has changed since launching my author career with Dante five years ago. I’ve grown as a person and in my profession. I’ve learned many lessons. Since publishing Exchanged in 2017, Dante has slowly become more invested in other career paths, so while he is still a part of the creation process, I do all the writing and editing for our books. My writing has developed so much since taking on the task myself, but since Dante is no longer involved in the writing, my goals have shifted.
Dante and I wrote a number of books very quickly when establishing our author brand, but as I said, I have different goals now that I’m working mostly on my own. I’m so happy to have written and finished both the Exchanged series and the Sons of Fesassi series. It was amazing working with other authors to create the anthology Silver Linings. The Druid’s Gift was and is so dear to me. I meant to put out the sequel in 2018, and I even got around 22,000 words into writing it. I still plan to finish it.
Looking back, I see how my passion for writing allowed me to pour out story after story. I also see how both my excitement and anxiety led me to make story choices that required adapting to a broader audience. I see which relationships flourished in my personal life and made me stronger, and which relationships were one sided. I’ve learned a lot about self-publishing, running a business, and what kinds of investments that requires from myself.
More than all that, I’ve missed being here. I’ve missed creating and engaging. I’ve missed having fun and seeing all the good things. I may keep writing as Vanessa Mozes, or I may take on a new pen name and challenge myself to go for traditional publishing. Either way, it feels good to be back.
After much wait, The Rogue is finally available! You can find it digitally via Smashwords, Amazon, or Barnes&Noble. I have a special place in my heart for every book I’ve written with Dante, but The Rogue has something a little more. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.
I do have to apologize for the big delay in releasing The Rogue. Our lives underwent a huge shift during the finishing steps of this book. In the time that this book sat almost-finished, I gave birth to and almost lost my first son, had a second son, and received a diagnosis about my first son’s special needs. I’ve changed, matured, and learned more than I can put to words at this time. Now our boys are a little bigger and we’ve gained a good footing with their care, hence I’ve been able to finally finish what I started.
It’s strange to read The Rogue now and feel a connection to its characters and situations even more touching to my life now than when I wrote them. I hope this book in some way touches your life too. However this finds you, may it impart courage and love.
Not only are we still working on three different projects at once, but I am also finishing my master’s program. And the holidays are coming. A sane person probably wouldn’t participate in NaNoWriMo while wrapping up their degree or while preparing to bake (literally) hundreds of cookies to hand out in holiday gift boxes, but I am in no way sane. Not even halfway there.
Anyhow, we can be a bit overeager, so here’s this month’s update on our writing projects in clearer terms. The Druid’s Gift is set to release December 5, 2017! But you already knew that because we can’t stop talking about it on social media. This book takes place in the same world as The Dryad, and you might even recognize a place or two on the map (we have a MAP!).
We are about halfway done writing the first draft to a full length novel following The Dryad. There WILL be characters from the novella in the new book, so take from that what you will. 😉 The words written in NaNoWriMo will be used to finish up this draft and Exchanged’s short story sequel.
Which brings us to Exchanged. We’ve learned a LOT since we released it less than a year ago. Like most authors looking back on their first works, there are things we would change and improve if we wrote it again now. Though we originally intended for the sequel to be longer, we’ve decided to include Aubriel and Callannon as side characters in future books as opposed to main ones. Not to say this will stay true forever, but once we release the short story, we’ll turn our focus to the other two series we started.
Oh, yeah, and we’re about 1/3 of the way through the sequel to The Druid’s Gift. ^_^ To be fair though, I started writing this sequel before deciding to make The Dryad part of a series. So if you end up loving Druid’s Gift (and I have a feeling you will ;), know that more will be on the way.
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If you haven’t had a change to purchase Exchanged, no worries! Next week we’ll be starting a giveaway on Goodreads for a signed paperback copy. We’ll post a link announcing the giveaway as soon as it’s live, so keep an eye out. Pre-orders for The Dryad will also become available by the end of the month. We hope you enjoy both stories, and remember to let us know what you think!
April was quiet for the two of us, but we were hard at work. We’re planning to release a new short story in the next couple of months! We’ll be posting a summary and a sneak preview of the cover later in May.
There are going to be a few giveaway opportunities over the summer for physical and digital prizes as well, so watch this space for more details in the coming months!
With spring just around the corner, new beginnings are in order. This winter was a bit rougher than normal in some regards. Vanessa switched day jobs, which—while better—was cause for some adjustment. Unfortunately, Dante’s grandfather passed away shortly after we released Exchanged. We’re not sharing this information so you feel sorry or bad for us, so please don’t feel bad!
The past few months have been a strange mix of good and bad news. We’ve welcomed new members into our families and said goodbyes to those who have left. We’re now ready to take a breath of fresh air and move forward. We should have some updates in the next few months that we’re excited to share with you.
Our first author interview is live at Isis Souza’s Illustrawords blog. Isis created the cover art for Exchanged and had a few questions about our writing process and our plans for the future. If you’re curious how we got started and how we went about writing as an author duo, check out the interview, and feel free to poke around Isis’s blog to see the great work that she’s done for other authors while you’re there!
Thanks to everyone for sharing in our excitement at the release of Exchanged. It’s strange to think we sat down one year ago and began this journey. We’ve talked a LOT about ourselves and this process over the past few months, but we’d really like to hear from all of you. Whether it’s a personal message or a review, we’d like to hear your thoughts about our book (or anything else you’d like to comment on). Send your thoughts our way!
If you could take the time to leave a rating and/or review on Goodreads, we would appreciate it!
The holidays are behind us, and the rest of the year is ahead. We’re so excited to be launching Exchanged at the end of the month. The full cover and preorder info will become available mid-month with the ebook officially available for purchase January 31. Paperback and hardcover editions will follow shortly thereafter, and we hope to have both of those available by February. Thanks to those of you who have supported us on this crazy journey, and for those of you just tuning in, we’re happy to have you!
It’s our hope that the next few days will be less crazy for you than they will be for us. Instead of making a New Year’s resolution, Dante likes to give out challenges. In this case, rather than resolving to make or break a habit, challenge yourself to do one thing you’ve been meaning to for ages but haven’t. (like writing a manuscript or an outline, perhaps.) Our challenge this year was to turn one of our outlines into a manuscript, which we did! For us, working toward an end goal helped us to track our progress throughout the year, which doubled as a great motivator when we made strides. Best of luck to all of you who challenge yourself!