It has been a long time coming.
Late last year, in the August or September timeframe, I signed on to a box set that was planning on releasing in June. It had a theme I hadn’t written a thing in before, but I could see how and where it would fit into the Anadidd’na universe, and so I went for it.
I’ve been leaving breadcrumbs to this series in my work ever since, and it makes me so excited for it to finally be ready for preorder.
Gypsies After Dark went live late last month, and we’ve been doing great. We’re going to try to hit the USA Today bestseller list (okay, truth is that every one of us wants to go for NYTimes, but that’s a lot of luck and a lot of things working out – USA Today is something to work toward – NYTimes is something you close your eyes and hope for, when the work’s done), and there are a lot of things going on to get the word out.
First, a little about the box.
It’s Gypsy themed. That much is kind obvious, I get it, but it was one I hadn’t thought about before. I don’t know a lot about Romani gypsies – Esmerelda and Quasimodo are about it, really, and I scarce believe that they represent anything about gypsy culture outside of the flashy, media-distilled headlines – so I looked at ‘gypsy’ as more of a generic term for nomadic wanderers of a kindred type of culture. In Gypsy Becca, Makkai gypsies are descended from an angel and gifted with crystal magic. They don’t read palms and they rarely tell fortunes, and their opinion on Tarot cards is one I’m actually going to touch on at some point in a later book. What they do is they hunt supernatural threats, living in a tight-knit group called a tribe and using their marvelous crystal magic.
They tell stories. They play instruments. They dance.
Of all of the work I’ve done in the Sam & Sam Anadidd’na universe, the Gypsy Queen series has the most life and color to it. Sam and Samantha deal with some pretty dark stuff, and that leads to a grim outlook, even if it is spirited and determined. The gypsies are more family oriented, more optimistic, and overwhelmingly more colorful in the literal sense, and it makes for a very different tone of book, even as the feel of the monster hunts remains true to the universe they live in. I’ve *loved* these books, and I will have the sequel to Gypsy Becca – Gypsy Dawn – available on preorder right around the day the set goes live in June.
The rest of the books range across time and continents, and the authors have been so much fun to work alongside. The covers are gorgeous and the plot concepts seem really intriguing. I’m really excited to see what we can pull off.
Ordering is easy. I’ve got a landing page for you to pick which version you’re interested in (and if it’s all the same to you, Apple, B&N, and Kobo increase our chances of listing much more than an Amazon order does, for drab technical reasons that I can explain in the comments if you’re interested). There’s a free gift to preorders that you can claim here, and while you’re there, check out the giveaways. This set has serious giveaways. No kidding. Think your friends might like to know about it? Share in exchange for entries to the big giveaway. That easy.
Want something to read before the set goes live in June? Make sure you’re signed up to my newsletter for exclusive samples to all of the books in the set, plus prequels, deleted scenes, and tie-in short work in the same worlds. Mine is a deleted scene from the middle of Gypsy Becca.
In all, the set has 23 brand new, exclusive novels, and it costs $0.99 for the preorder and the week of launch. After that, the price is going to go up.
Grab it now, and wish us luck!