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.