So it's typically about 36 hours after we launch a book that the flood of messages starts: WHEN'S THE NEXT BOOK!? Usually, our answer is: Jeesh, we just finished this one - and it cost us months of our lives and gallons of blood! But this time, we've got a better answer:
launches on December 17, 2014
Basically, we simply had too much story on our hands for one. I went off on a bit of a tear, and was soon on track for over 130,000 words - for what was supposed to be my *half* of the book alone. We also had too many pages - as one volume, it wouldn't even print with Createspace, who do our paperbacks. In the end, both books got written sort of in parallel, with us not knowing for certain until rather late which material was going into which books, and the first one getting put to bed only a few weeks before the second.
So, yes, they're companion pieces.
In any case, I for one worked *really* long and hard, and certainly feel like I just got finished writing two hard, full-length books back-to-back. And we're certainly hoping it will feel to our readers like an early Christmas present, which is what's intended. Finally I'm pretty confident readers will be REALLY happy by the time they get to the end.
Oh, yeah we know we cliffhanged the hell out of you again. But it's a maximum of three weeks to wait! (Which beats six months!)