So, first, Whispers in the Night is now available on Amazon! Like the other books in the series, it has been revised, but it doesn't contain any significant changes to the characters or the storyline.
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I'm going to be taking a step back for a hot minute to get a couple of Arden books out before Christmas.
This time of year is notoriously busy for everyone, and the same is true for me. Over the next couple of months, I have two trips planned, a few holiday parties--one of which I'm hosting!--and that's all on top of everyday stuff.
Don't worry, though. It's not going to be a long break. Just until January. After the first, I'll get back to my regular schedule, and I will hopefully have the first book of a new, never released series for you in March!
Stay tuned for more updates!
By now, you have probably noticed some changes to my website. Namely, I have removed all of my previously published books. This isn't me being petty. I'm simply trying to limit confusion. Especially since I am going to be making some changes (some big, some small) to almost every one of those series.
When I started editing Leap of Faith, I had a vague idea that I would just proofread, maybe update a few things, and that would be it. By the end of the first chapter, I knew that wasn't going to happen. The story was there. The characters were good, but some of the execution was just a hot mess. While I didn't change the plot, I would say I rewrote at least 80% of this manuscript, even if it was just to fix some awkward phrasing.
I say all of this to emphasize, that I DID change some things. Like the telepathic bond between mates. What mates are called in this universe. Part of the legend about white shifters. The location. Not big changes in the overall scheme of things, but enough to be inconsistent and possibly confusing for readers who pick up later books I haven't gotten back from the publisher yet.
This year, my goal is to focus on getting the first 5 books of Moonlit (previously, The Moonlight Breed) revised and rereleased. After finishing edits on the first book, I know this is going to take some time. Also, I have Arden books to write in between.
Here's a look of what I THINK my release schedule will look like.
Leap of Faith: Moonlit 1 - August 10th (on preorder)
By the Light of the Moon: Moonlit 2 - September 21st (on preorder)
Whispers in the Night: Moonlit 3 - October 19th
Softly Spoken Lies: Moonlit 4 - November 16th
Endless Midnight: Moonlit 5 - December 14th
I also have a couple of rereleases planned that were written under a different pen name. My first brand new, never before published book, however, will release sometime in January. I'll be posting more updates on that toward the end of the year.
I still have several books under contract with my previous publisher. I believe 35 in total. Until I receive the rights back to those books, I won't be able to continue any of my current series.
Between October 2026 and March 2028, I will receive the rights back to 30 of those books, at least one every month. The last five will trickle in a bit more slowly, but I will have all of my books back by May 2029.
So, what does that mean? Books from The Moonlight Breed and Haven will be combined into the Moonlit series. I'll revise those and release them as I get them back. Unless something changes, the first NEW book of this series is planned for June 2028.
Yeah, I know, five years is a long time to wait. But I have a lot of new stuff planned in the meantime. Of course, I'll be working to revise and edit some other previously published series. A lot of them are getting a makeover, a glow-up, if you will. I'll provide more details once I actually start on those books.
New series I'll be starting in 2024:
Shot in the Dark
Paranormal Romance | Fated Mates
Cursed by the gods, paranormal beings no longer have the ability to recognize their mates by a simple look, scent, or feeling. It all comes down to a kiss. But it's not like they can go around kissing everyone.
So, the rich and powerful of the paranormal community have started hosting Blackout Parties. Eat, drink, mingle...and when the lights go out, grab someone - anyone - and kiss them.
It all comes down to luck, chance, a literal shot in the dark. Or does it?
They say all magic comes with a price, but what if one wish could give you everything you ever wanted? What if it could change your entire life? Would you risk it? Or do you even have a choice?
Because when Eros is involved, anything goes.
Paranormal Daddy Romance | Age Play
Five best friends. Sexy, powerful, and filthy rich. There's just one thing they're missing in their lives. Love.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but I'll being posting updates periodically. I'm so excited to be back, to be writing these stories I love again. So, just hang in there, and I promise, I'll do my best to make the wait worth it.
Wow, it's been a while, right?
I've read the emails. The messages. The Facebook posts. I know you guys have questions. You want answers. Well, I'm so excited that I can finally provide them! I didn't respond to all those emails and whatnot, because I honestly had no idea what to say. How do you tell people that you're going to have to go on hiatus for 10 years?
No, that's not a typo. Why? Because Gabrielle Evans was exclusive to Siren Publishing, and as I was no longer writing for Siren, well, you get the idea. But I'm free now, and boy, do I have a lot of work to do.
A Little Q&A
Okay, we want answers, right? Yes. Let's start there. Then, we'll get to the good stuff. This is going to be long, so bear with me.
1. Are you still writing?
The short answer is yes. Contractually, I wasn't permitted to announce it, but now, I can tell you that I have been writing as Arden Steele for about 5 years. Mostly M/M paranormal romance, but with a little contemporary thrown in there to keep it interesting. You can find those books HERE, if you are so inclined.
2. Will there be any more Moonlight Breed/Haven books?
Absolutely. I am in the process of editing and expanding the first 5 books of the Moonlight Breed series for re-release. Unfortunately, the rest of the that series, as well as the Haven series, are still under contract. So, I'll have to wait until I receive the rights back before I can re-publish those OR write any new books in either series. More on this a little later.
3. Can we expect any new books?
Of course! I will be continuing all of my series (with maybe one or two exceptions) as I receive the rights back to them. In the mean time, I have lots of new ideas to fill the time.
4. Is there a difference between Arden Steele and Gabrielle Evans?
I would say that Gabrielle is a lot kinkier. Arden writes M/M erotic romance, but no menage or BDSM or things like that.
So, Where Do We Go From Here?
Right now, my main priority is to get the first 5 Moonlight Breed books edited and republished. I will be updating them (They were written in 2011!!) as well as expanding. Obviously, I won't know how much I will be adding until I get into them, but I would say a rough estimate would be about 20k+ per book. This will largely be adding details and smoothing out some rough spots. Even if I add a few scenes or even whole chapters, the original story will not change significantly.
The rest of the books in the series, as well as the spin-off series, Haven, are still under contract, and they will be for another 5 years. Bummer, I know, but I'll be giving those books the same treatment once I get them back, and when I finally have the entire series, I can start adding new books. So, in simple terms, there will be new Moonlight Breed/Haven books coming in 2028.
Also, on that note, these two series are so intricately tied together, you really had to read both of them to know what was happening. So, to simplify matters and make it less confusing, I'm going to be combining these two series into one. So all the Moonlight Breed and Haven books will be released in reading order under the series title Moonlit.
Midnight Matings is getting a complete overhaul for a variety of reasons. The relationship arc and characters will remain relatively the same, but the world, rules, setting, and plot will change significantly. Basically, it's going to be a new series. Kiss and Tell will be the first book of the Shot in the Dark series. This is an all-new, never been published book. After that, I'll work on rewriting the Midnight Matings books to fit into this series as well.
Gods of Chaos is another one that is getting a total makeover. Same deal. Basic relationship arc and characters will stay the same, but the world, rules, setting, etc will be completely different from the original. I only have the rights to the first book back so far, which means it might be a while before I get to this one.
Lawful Disorder is likely going to be integrated into an Arden series, but I'm not completely sure on that yet.
Fatefully Yours...ooh, boy. I don't really know what to do with this one. I know those of you who read it loved it, and I appreciate that so much. It was an experiment, though, and honestly, it flopped. It was also really hard keeping track of 9 dicks in one relationship. I'm going to have to think on this one for a while, but the original version of the series is finished. I have no plans to add any more books to it.
As for my other series, I'll post updates and plans for them once I get the rights back. No use in putting the horse before the cart, ya know?
Okay, but WHEN?
That's the million-dollar question, right? WHEN will I start releasing books again? The goal is to have the first five books of the Moonlight Breed (now called Moonlit) series edited and ready to start releasing by the end of the year.
I'll be posting to Facebook again...finally. I'll also post blog updates when I have something new to share. Or...you can subscribe to my newsletter for updates on my progress right to your inbox.
NOTE: Since I've been away for so long, I didn't think it was fair to keep my old subscriber list. So, even if you used to get my newsletter once upon a time, you'll need to resubscribe, because that list is toast.