As we're getting closer to the Keep Me
release, this is a question I'm seeing more often. And finally, I can provide an answer.
Yes. There will be a book 3. It will be titled Hold Me
, and it will be a continuation of Nora & Julian's story, again told from both of their perspectives.
When I said earlier I didn't know if there would be a book 3, I wasn't being coy. I genuinely wasn't sure. I set out to write Twist Me as
a stand-alone, and it wasn't until I got to the very end that I realized I wanted to write more about Nora & Julian. Though the book I planned to write was complete, the story of Nora & Julian wasn't—in my mind, at least.
It's the same thing with Keep Me
. I intended this book to be the conclusion of Nora & Julian's story, and I wrote it as such. It's only when I got to the very last chapter that I knew I couldn't leave it there—that I wasn't quite ready to let them go.
I agonized about it for a while, because I have this crazy, intense fear of disappointing all of you. It's my own personal sequel syndrome. I'm always afraid that book 2 (or book 3) won't live up to the expectations of readers who loved book 1 (or book 1 and book 2). I first ran into this problem with the Krinar series, and it's even worse with Twist Me
. Rationally I know I can't please everyone. No matter what I write, some of you will love it, and some of you will hate it. That's just the way it is. There is no universally loved book or sequel. Even Harry Potter
has 133 one-star reviews on Amazon (out of more than 9,000, but still).
So yeah, I get it. I really do. But for a people pleaser like myself, it's hard. The sequel syndrome was really kicking my butt with Keep Me—and I know the problem will likely be magnified with Hold Me. It wasn't until Dima & I discussed book 3 in detail and settled on some key plot points that I decided I could continue Nora & Julian's story and do it justice. Now I know what you will all ask me. When is it coming out? At this point, my best guess is sometime in 2015. Because I'm not a super-fast writer under the best of circumstances—and because I'm even slower in the grips of the sequel syndrome—it will take me more than a month or two to write the book. As a result, I'm not setting a release date until I'm just about done with the first draft. I also have other books (White Nights and The Krinar Captive) that are half-written and that many of you have been waiting for. I may attempt to finish one of them before I commit 100% to Hold Me. I will keep you updated on my progress with the word count bar on my WIP page, and I encourage all of you to sign up for my newsletter, so you'll be notified when the next book comes out.
We found out about this yesterday, and we're still recovering from shock. It came in initially at #76, but then it turned out that one book was mistakenly left off the list, so we moved down a slot to #77. So, officially, Twist Me was the 77th bestselling book in all of United States last week—out of all books, ebook AND print. I can hardly believe this as I'm typing the words.
Thank you all so very, very much for spreading the word about the book! I cannot even begin to tell you how much it means to me that Twist Me seems to have touched so many people. It makes my day when I see your reviews (yes, I read all of those!), your comments on my FB page, your Tweets and shares, your emails and blog comments. I adore each and every one of you for taking the time out of your day to let me know how much you enjoyed our books—and most of all, for reading the books in the first place.
I don't know if many of you know this, but Twist Me very nearly didn't get published. I started writing it in March of 2013 and blazed through the first 30% or so, and then I stopped. I couldn't take it anymore. The book was too intense, too dark for me. Like many of you, I hated Julian at the beginning for what he was doing to Nora—and when I wrote the scene with Jake, it was the last straw for me. I couldn't bring myself to write more. I was sure no one would want to read something so messed-up, so I set the book aside in favor of writing Close Remembrance—which many of you were waiting for at that point.
Several months passed. We moved to Florida and started writing full-time. As Close Remembrance was getting close to being done, I got the Twist Me itch again. I re-read the book, and Dima and I sat down and plotted out everything. It took a few more months to finish the book, and I was beyond nervous when I first showed it to my beta readers. It was so different from anything Dima and I had done before. First person present tense narration instead of our customary third person past tense. A romance so dark, I couldn't even label it as such. I was sure every other review would be a one star and many of you would hate it.
To my shock, our beta readers loved it. Then a few bloggers loved it. And when the book came out, it went all the way up to #112 in the Kindle store (#15 in Germany a couple of months later). There were some one-star reviews, of course, but the vast majority of you loved it—and told me so.
So thank you, dear readers! Thank you for making our dream come true. When we took the leap and left our jobs to begin writing, we thought it would take us many years to get to this point—if we got super-lucky, that is. This has exceeding all of our expectations, and we are beyond grateful to each and every single one of you for making this amazing thing happen.
I had posted this on FB earlier in the week, but forgot to put it up here :).
We haven't had one of these for a while, so here we go! Three weeks left until September 30th!
I am excited to announce that the German version of Twist Me is now available in audio on Audible.de
, and iTunes
, and it's narrated by the very talented Nina Schoene!
Dima and I have a new urban fantasy series in the works! The first book, The Thought Readers (Mind Dimensions: Book 1)
, will be available soon! Please sign up for Dima's newsletter at www.dimazles.com
to be notified of the book's release, and check out the cover and blurb below!
Everyone thinks I’m a genius.
Everyone is wrong.
Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that’s not because I’m unusually smart or hard-working.
It’s because I cheat.
You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality—the place I call “the Quiet”—where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.
I thought I was the only one who could do this—until I met her.
My name is Darren, and this is how I learned that I’m a Reader.
I'm excited to announce that Close Liaisons
is now available in French! It's just gone live on Amazon.fr
, and Google Play
, will soon be available on iTunes. Please visit the French portion of my website at www.annazaires.com/french.html
to learn more. A huge thank you to our translation team — Julie Simonet and Emmanuelle Grelier – for their amazing effort and dedication on this project!
Liaisons Intimes (Les Krinar Chroniques: Volume 1)
Un romance au charme sombre et audacieux qui séduira les amateurs de liaisons dangereusement érotiques…
Dans un futur proche, la Terre est désormais sous l’emprise des Krinars, une espèce sophistiquée venue d’une autre galaxie. Ils restent un mystère pour nous, et nous sommes totalement à leur merci.
Mia Stalis est une jeune étudiante New Yorkaise, plutôt innocente et timide. Elle mène une vie parfaitement normale. Comme la plupart des êtres humains elle n’a jamais eu de contact avec les envahisseurs, jusqu’au jour où une simple promenade dans Central Park va changer sa vie à jamais. Mia a été remarquée par Korum et elle doit maintenant se confronter à un puissant Krinar, doté de dangereux moyens de séduction, qui veut la posséder corps et âme - et qui ne reculera devant rien pour devenir son maître.
Jusqu’où peut-on aller pour retrouver sa liberté ? Quels sacrifices peut-on consentir pour aider ses semblables ? Quels choix nous reste-t-il quand on s’éprend de son ennemi ?
now has preorder links at Amazon
, and Google Play
! No B&N preorder link, unfortunately, but I promise I'll upload it there in time for September 30th.
Here are the links:AmazoniTunesKoboGoogle PlayTo celebrate, I'm posting another excerpt below. This one is from Nora's POV, from the beginning of the book.Excerpt from Nora's POV
Sitting there in Julian’s embrace, I feel the familiar hum of excitement mixed with trepidation. Our separation hasn’t changed him one bit. He’s still the same man who almost killed Jake, who didn’t hesitate to kidnap a girl he wanted.
He’s also the man who nearly died rescuing me.
Now that I know what happened to him, I can see the physical signs of his ordeal. He’s leaner than before, his tan skin stretched tightly over sharp cheekbones. There is a ragged pink scar on his left ear, and his dark hair is extra-short. On the left side of his skull, the growth pattern of that hair is a bit uneven, as though it’s concealing a scar there as well.
Despite those tiny imperfections, he’s still the most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen. I can’t tear my eyes away from him. He’s alive. Julian is alive and I’m with him again.
It still seems so surreal. Up until this morning, I thought he was dead. I had been convinced that he had died in the explosion. For four long, excruciating months, I had been forcing myself to be strong, to get on with my life and try to forget the man sitting next to me right now.
The man who stole my freedom.
The man I love.
Raising my left hand, I gently trace the outline of his lips with my index finger. He’s got the most incredible mouth I have ever seen—a mouth made for sin. At my touch, his beautiful lips part and he catches the tip of my finger with his sharp white teeth, biting down on it lightly, then sucking my finger into his mouth.
A tremor of arousal runs through me as his warm, wet tongue laves that finger. My inner muscles clench, and I can feel my underwear getting damp. God, I’m so easy when it comes to him. One look, one touch, and I want him. My sex feels swollen and slightly sore after the way he fucked me earlier, but my body aches for him to take me again. Julian is alive, and he’s taking me away again.
As that fact begins to sink in, I pull my finger away from his lips, a sudden chill feathering over my skin and cooling my desire. There’s no turning back now, no possibility of changing my mind. Julian is again in charge of my life, and this time I’d willingly flown into the spider’s web, placing myself at his mercy.
Of course, it wouldn’t have mattered if I had been unwilling, I remind myself. I remember the syringe in Julian’s pocket, and I know that the outcome would’ve been the same regardless. Conscious or sedated, I would’ve been accompanying him today. For some messed-up reason, that fact makes me feel better, and I place my head back on Julian’s shoulder, letting myself relax against him.
It’s futile to fight against one’s destiny, and I’m starting to accept that fact.