Where The Hell Is Fiona?

Where The Hell Is Fiona?

I want to start this with an apology. I want you all to know I am painfully aware of the time lapse between the well-loved Use, and today, which is entirely too long.

I am sorry.

But before I explain my position, I also want to extend my gratitude. I’ve seen posts and tweets from authors talking about about rude readers who demand the next book in the series in a way that is abrasive and unbecoming.

I want to say this now, and unequivocally.

I have never gotten a rude email about Fiona’s next book. 

I’ve gotten plenty of requests, polite questions and creative skootching in the form of teasers. But never, ever has a fan been rude or entitled. Not once. That’s because I have the BEST fans in the world. Thank you.

OK, now. Fiona.

She’s a terror isn’t she?

 

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She is a textbook case of affluenza. She has absolutely no boundaries, and no way of knowing if what she’s doing is acceptable or not. She’s just fucked up. She only has wants and needs, and cannot distinguish between the two.

What was I thinking when I created her? Holey Moley. I really dealt myself a tough hand.

I told her story in a mental institution so she’d be in a controlled environment and I could slice her emotions up in an organized way. Back in her element, she’s overwhelming. I have some ideas of what the plot is supposed to do, but what Warren did at the end of Use was a surprise to me (that fucker) and it has to be dealt with. The ending I had planned is now trashed and the next book feels like it’s being constructed in a blender.

All this is going to take is commitment, and I’ve been short on that. One, Fiona’s books don’t sell well. They’re not romantic and they’re hard to pin down. That’s my fault. But sales notwithstanding, it’s not fair for me to avoid putting my nose to the grindstone and figuring this shit out. I can’t leave you hanging. I have to finish it.

But it won’t be on indie publishing time.

I have Coda in March. Looking at middle to third week. Then I want to crank out Rule, Theresa and Antonio’s last book. I have a short novella with the Consortium, and then, the second half of 2015 belongs to Fiona Drazen.

What will stop me from finishing her? A trad deal with an unwieldy schedule. But I really feel like, at this point, I have a responsibility to you, my gracious and patient readers, to complete her story.

I have some links you might like.

1) Coda, the continuation of Jonathan and Monica’s story, is available for preorder exclusively on iBooks. I’m not sure if I’m going to do an Amazon preorder. Not to bore you, but every retailer calculates preordered units differently. The way Amazon does it can bury a release, and I don’t want that for Coda. I’ll let you know how it shakes out. Stay tuned.

Preorder Coda here.

2) I’m in THREE 99c anthologies. It’s like an orgy of cheap, kinky sex. Shades of Kink doesn’t have a link yet, but watch out for it mid-February.

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Shades of Kink

3) I’m doing a signing in Hollywood, CA on July 8th from 7-10pm, and the lineup is to die for and it's taking place at St Stephen's Episcopal Church.

There are 200 tickets. Half are gone. Why?

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Pepper Winters, Kristy Bromberg, KI Lynn, Raine Miller, JM Darhower

That’s why.

Get your tickets here — http://bit.ly/1EeMldY

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17 Comments

  1. Beth says:

    Hello!
    I am such a fan! Thank you so much for Jonathan and Monica and Theresa and Antonio!
    I have not read about Fiona yet but I have the books; I am just a little apprehensive:) Your writing draws me in and I can’t seem to put the books down; thank you again!
    I must ask though if Dominance and Coda will be in print? I have not succumbed to a Kindle or ibook yet.
    Thank you for your time and again thank you for the great reads!
    Beth

    • CD Reiss says:

      Dominance will probably not go into print, but MONICA will be beefed up and put into Coda.
      Coda will go into print ASAP but it’s not finished yet 😉

  2. Jennifer says:

    I am so excited for the rest of Fiona’s story, whenever you finish it! I can’t imagine her books not selling well—the story captured me from the start. Pure brilliance. Thanks so much for the update. Looking forward to all you have coming up!!!

  3. Laurie Davis says:

    I am anxiously awaiting the return of Fiona. She’s one of my favorite characters that you have written. The are a zillion books out there with “traditional” heroes and heroines and once you have read one, you’ve pretty much read them all. And there are about 3 different story arcs that they follow. So your books are such a welcome departure and really stay with me long after I’m finished. And I don’t mind getting down and dirty with any of the characters that you have written. So bring it on! I wish your sales with Fiona’s story were better, but please don’t give up on her! Actually, I think I’ll go r
    eread her two books now (well once I finish 3-2-1 by JA Huss)! Laurie xo

  4. Jessi says:

    Anxiously awaiting the return of Fiona…..but Jonathan and Antonio will keep me occupied until she’s ready. The way you write your books where you can close your eyes and you are immediately transported to wherever it is whether it’s speeding down the freeway with Antonio’s hand on your leg or Jonathan’s living room blindfolded on your knees awaiting instructions…….it’s worth the wait!

  5. Yvonne says:

    I love Fiona. Her story is one of my favorites. I like dark stories and hers is up there.

  6. Julie says:

    I am so excited that you’re going to give us another Fiona book and that Warren is going to be dealt with!

  7. Melissa says:

    Fiona has always been my favorite! And honestly, I’ve never needed the after the funny farm story because she is so satisfying as she is. Do I want to know more? Absolutely. She is complicated, misunderstood, calculated, and intriguing. I love it all. My favorite quote, …”too much slap and not enough tickle”. Genius…this says so much about her in general! I can wait. Because I know when her time comes…it will be so worth it.

  8. Amber Gladson says:

    How gracious of you to think of us. I am happy that you are writing. That means more to me than what book you are actually working on at the moment. I look forward to your next work.

  9. Kimberly Addison says:

    I hate that Fiona doesn’t sell well. She is such an interesting character, and I am so looking forward to the rest of her story.

  10. Pam Gordon says:

    Thanks for laying it out for us. Fiona resonates with me, so I’ll anxiously await her next book. I’m hoping that the success of all your books will spill over to Fiona’s books…and the time lag will just give me an excuse to do a reread prior to publication. Thanks again.

  11. Lisa Wright says:

    i thank you for all your books. You pulled me in with Songs of Submission. I can’t wait for your next books, BUT I WILL. I have to say that I have read fans bulling, harassing, and just being plan rude the their authors. I have also seen that when those authors give in and hurry to finish a book, the “fans” then complain about the book. If they would have just waited and let the author do what she needed to do (let the story come the way it’s supposed to) they would have gotten the book they wanted and deserved.
    I think you are doing perfectly fine with the schedule you have. Your books never are lacking and if I have to wait longer than I want, I gladly will, because the book will be spot on for the characters I have fallen in love with. So thank you for taking your time to do them justice.

  12. dee says:

    i just pre-ordered shuttergirl and was thinking, ‘where in the heck is fiona’? thx for the update. as long as you continue to write – anything – i can patiently wait until you’re ready to complete fiona’s story. i actually get a kick out of your ‘witty’ fb postings so entertaining ;-))

  13. Sib says:

    Started with Shuttergirl and fell in love with your writing style and have just re read the entire Submission Books and Spin and Rule and now Kick and Use.. I look forward to seeing how Theresa and Fiona come through their chosen paths and hope to see some more of the Drazen Family in future prints . Thank you for taking the time to share your imagination ..

  14. BobbiJean says:

    Cannot wait!

  15. Ange says:

    I can’t wait for when Fiona’s story continues. I’ve read all the Drazen tales and loved every single one.
    I’ve got to say, I found Fiona’s story most captivating. There was so much depth and complex character building. It’s unfortunate that it doesn’t sell well.
    I do hope you get the time to continue this series soon enough. It’s amazing.

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