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Saturday, December 03, 2011

Countdown to SURRENDER — Four days!




We’re now four measly days away from the reissue of Surrender, the first book in the MacKinnon’s Rangers series. I’m so happy the story is going to be back in print. That means no more emails from people asking me when it’s going to be available again.

I’ve had a number of emails from readers wanting to know what new material exists in the story. I don’t want to run any of the new stuff as excerpts because that really gives it away. For readers who are familiar with the story, that ruins the fun.

But I will say there are a few new scenes that were originally presented as past-tense recollections in order to save room. The original publisher had very strict and ever-shrinking maximum page sizes for their books, and I kept pushing right up against that. I’d had 100 pages cut out of Carnal Gift, and I didn’t want to go through that again. As a result, I kept finding ways to take parts of the story and cram them into the characters’ memories, rather than having the action of those scenes appear “on stage.”

When I re-edited Surrender for this reissue, I scooped out the most important of those scenes and actually wrote them out, rather than having them just be brief recollections. I also added something that had never been in the book before involving Lord William, and extended a few scenes. The result is a re-edited, decompressed version of the story.

Writers should never have to spend their writing time trying to think of how not to write the scenes they need to write, you know?

About Ride the Fire: This week someone asked me when it will be in ebook format again. That’s up to Penguin, which owns the rights to the story now. Eventually — I wish it were tomorrow — the book will be reissued like Surrender and Untamed, with new material. In this case, it will be the epilogue. But I have no control over when that will happen!

Surrender, however, and Untamed are almost out again. Surrender will be available on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Untamed will be out one month later, on Jan. 2.



And then we’ll begin the countdown to Defiant.

I’m off to write. Have a lovely weekend, everyone! Join me on Monday and Tuesday for some release day celebrating, including contests and giveaways!

2 comments:

landin said...

Only three days now! Can't wait to get my copy and sniff out all the new parts and enjoy all the old parts!

I love the cover of Untamed so much,I almost wish it were a poster! Would it be weird to post it to my ceiling above my bed? Ahhh,what a nice way to wake up to some sexy man chest.

Dalila G. said...

WooHoo!!
Almost time for the release of SURRENDER, I can't wait!

I just know this version is going to be wonderful. Now that you can write how you wanted your story to go is great. No one telling you to cut this and cut that, scratch this out it's not needed.
You have the freedom all writers should have with their books, YAY you!

The book I really am dying to get my hands on is DEFIANT, all good things are worth the wait. :-)

Have an wonderful Sunday!

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