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.