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Debra Coats

February 17, 2020 at 08:47 PM UTC

Ok. I love your work but, really? Midwest is pathetic. Not by a long shot sister.


February 17, 2020 at 09:35 PM UTC

I would hope so. I am from the midwest. 😉 Indeed, I still live here.


February 11, 2020 at 03:50 AM UTC

I am soooo excited!! I have been waiting for your next book and am thrilled it will be 3! Did I miss when we can pre-order these? I am ready to hit “Pre-Order Now”.


February 08, 2020 at 08:24 AM UTC

Thank you! I have a list of authors whose work I love but everything this year is scheduled to come out August-October. It’s been depressing trying to find something to read until then. When you announced the first book for the end of the month I nearly cried with relief. But this is ten times better! Thank you so much!


February 08, 2020 at 12:06 AM UTC

That mini-interview with Killian was absolutely amazing, and I’m now going to be writing off all of MY flaws as—…okay I’m not mysterious, so maybe “goofy charm”? Lol. Oh my GAWSH I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so, so much for writing these—it’s the best surprise EVER to hear you’re releasing all three over the course of seven weeks!!!! <3
Even more than that though, I'm so happy that these books provided you with the sort of writing outlet you needed, Kitty. I can't even imagine how grueling, tiresome, and nerve-wracking it is to write Angelique's stories—having to fit what she does and goes through perfectly in with the other fairy-tales, and not getting a break from her ordeals and hardships. She deals with so much stress and anxiety, and as her creator, I'm guessing you feel a lot of that as you are in her head and writing what she experiences. I remember you saying in the assumptions video that some characters are much easier to write than others, too. So, I'm so glad that these books provided a nice break/way to feel like your writer-self!!!!! <3
I hope that even with these three fabulous and exciting new stories (I AM SO EXCITED!!!!) that you're still taking time to rest, relax, recuperate, and revel in the love of your adoring fans (of which I pride myself on certainly being one of the biggest! :D)!!!!


February 07, 2020 at 05:53 AM UTC

Please share your wisdom! I’ve been trying to finish a manuscript for months. I need some of this mojo you’ve got going. 😀 These look awesome and I can’t wait to read! On a side note I’m not sure if Donkeyskin is the same fairy tale that Robin McKinley uses in Deerskin but it sounds kind of similar. I read that book years ago and enjoyed it but it’s definitely heavy subject matter.


February 07, 2020 at 05:53 AM UTC

Please share your wisdom! I’ve been trying to finish a manuscript for months. I need some of this mojo you’ve got going. 😀 These look awesome and I can’t wait to read! On a side note I’m not sure if Donkeyskin is the same fairy tale that Robin McKinley uses in Deerskin but it sounds kind of similar. I read that book years ago and enjoyed it but it’s definitely heavy subject matter.


February 06, 2020 at 06:43 PM UTC

You’re amazing Kitty. Thank you so much. This is the best surprise ever!


February 07, 2020 at 04:51 AM UTC

Thanks Kinshuk! I hope you like it when it releases! 🙂


February 06, 2020 at 04:21 PM UTC

Thanks a lot Kitty! This is really a lovely surprise. Its amazing that we have a brand new completed series to jump into, while waiting for the Angelique books. You are really awesome! I don’t even want to imagine the number of hours you must work.


February 07, 2020 at 04:06 AM UTC

Haha, well this was a very fun change of pace for me! I really hope it still makes you all laugh–it was great to be able to use a different style of humor. (And not have to worry about timelines. Aahahahaha)


February 06, 2020 at 11:25 AM UTC

Ooh thanks a lot for trilogy kitty . I am so excited 😀

Jocelyn Malone

February 06, 2020 at 09:04 AM UTC

“I can certainly try” 😂

Thank you for new fun books! I look forward to trying them, and hope the Revival of Brain sticks for you :-).


February 07, 2020 at 04:07 AM UTC

😉 Hopefully you’ll find him just as… “Charming” in the books, haha!

Jocelyn Malone

February 07, 2020 at 07:48 AM UTC

I do have a certain weakness for the smartass…on paper, at least 😉 !


February 06, 2020 at 07:43 AM UTC

A TRILOGY?!?!? OMG YAYAY!! And I wonder what Killian’s big role is gonna be… is he by chance gonna Kill Ian, Hazel’s friend??? ;p


February 07, 2020 at 04:12 AM UTC

So punny!! 😉


February 06, 2020 at 06:58 AM UTC

Thank you for the trilogy! It sounds epic! I was excited enough for the first book on its own, but it’s great to know the length of the series – and that they’re all written and releasing really soon! You haven’t written any urban fantasy since My Life at the MBRC (one of my absolute favorites) so this is super exciting! Sorry for all the exclamation points. Also, the covers are gorgeous! This looks awesome!


February 07, 2020 at 04:14 AM UTC

I’m glad you’re excited!
It was fun to get back into urban fantasy. I love to poke fun at them, but vampires and werewolves really are fun to play with as characters in stories!


February 06, 2020 at 06:40 AM UTC

Crying tears of joy- THREE!!! THREE new books!
I read inordinately quickly, so new books by authors I love don’t last until the next release. But these are so close together! I can’t wait!


February 06, 2020 at 05:28 AM UTC

Woooooot redemption of Deerskin trauma aaaaah I’m so excited to read it – and in the span of 7 weeks!!!


February 07, 2020 at 04:16 AM UTC

Your comment made me laugh for about 2 minutes straight, but I agree with you! The first time I heard about this story was with Deerskin, and I was NOT mentally prepared for that!


February 06, 2020 at 04:16 AM UTC

Thank you thank you thank you thank you!


February 07, 2020 at 04:17 AM UTC

You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy it! <3

Sarah H

February 06, 2020 at 03:52 AM UTC

Maybe this question has been answered already but is the plan for these to be available for preorder? I have been looking on Amazon but I haven’t seen it. I can’t wait to get a copy! Thank you. 😀


February 07, 2020 at 04:20 AM UTC

A pre-order is coming! But probably not for a few weeks–the Team and I will put out the pre-order for the first two books around the same time so I can link them properly, so we’re sitting around while we still hammer out a few things. Like descriptions! (My favorite ahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa )

Sarah H

February 07, 2020 at 04:58 AM UTC

Awesome! Thank you so much.


February 06, 2020 at 03:47 AM UTC

Hey didn’t KM Shea write a short story about a princess who herded sheep that kinda fell into the story line of Donkeyskin?


February 07, 2020 at 04:26 AM UTC

Yes, Kinshuk is right, they are very similar stories, but my “Princess Who Chased Sheep” is actually based on the ‘The dirty Shepherdess” fairytale. Which…now that I think of it, is kinda like Donkeyskin – all the weirdo stuff + parental clashes. Hmmm!


February 06, 2020 at 07:38 AM UTC

It was the Princess who chased sheep. The fairytales these two are based upon are rather similar.


February 06, 2020 at 03:41 AM UTC

You had me at the word book. But Trilogy, a complete and finished trilogy, one that I won’t have to wait too long for? Excuse me while I go cry happy tears in the corner for a bit.
Thank you Kitty! You could perhaps have forced yourself to do other things, but you chose to write and surprise us! I was thinking, okay, maybe one book. But we’ll have to wait for the rest of the series. But noooo, you are going to give us all three in under three months! I think I’ll pass out from the excitement! Thank you heaps! Now I have yet more books to look forward to!


February 07, 2020 at 04:32 AM UTC

I’m so glad you’re excited about it!
I’m pretty stoked too–this is the first time I actually wrote the number of books I set out to write in a loooong time, and they all were a reasonable length that didn’t get away from me. So I’ll actually be watching this trilogy to see what you all think of it! This might be a better pattern for me in the future–once I finish Angelique and Second Age of Retha. both of those series are a bit too…deep to produce this way.

Meagan C.

February 07, 2020 at 08:36 PM UTC

But, Angelique and Retha are sssooooo good! Not that I have any doubt that these will be equally wonderful. But I for one would be sad if you gave up writing deep series in addition to the reasonable length, easy to write ones. Just as long as you don’t burn yourself out on them!


February 06, 2020 at 02:58 AM UTC

I’m SO excited!! I did not expect such an awesome surprise so I’m that much more stoked to have three books to look forward to really, really soon! Most of all, I’m excited that they helped you, Kitty, when you needed it and somehow you got a break while blessing us with new material. You’re the best!


February 07, 2020 at 04:32 AM UTC

Thanks Lindsey! 🙂 I really hope you enjoy them when they come out–writing a fast-paced trilogy was so much fun for me!


February 06, 2020 at 02:16 AM UTC

I am a voracious reader, and can I just say that I really, REALLY appreciate how quickly you come out with books – good, quality books. You’re amazing! I’m so excited for this series. Donkeyskin is a fairy tale that I really enjoy (I tend to be a fan of the lesser known tales), so I am very enthusiastic about getting a new retelling of this story.
Just 23 more days…


February 07, 2020 at 04:36 AM UTC

🙂 I’m so glad you’re looking forward to it!
I have to admit I’m a little nervous since I decided to do a looser retelling, but I’m hopefully you’ll all still enjoy it! It was so fun to see how I could weave it in–like the dresses! <3


February 06, 2020 at 01:31 AM UTC

Can I just say how incredibly excited I am?!?!? This series looks so fun!!

Patricia King

February 06, 2020 at 01:23 AM UTC

As someone who was born and raised in the Midwest – and still lives there – I’m can’t say that I really appreciate your “hero’s” comment about the Midwest. I’m guessing it was intended as a joke. But with all the nasty comments about Midwesterners that have come out of DC and the media on an almost daily basis, I’m a bit sick of being thought of as inferior to the rest of the US population. We can read, We can write. We can even do simple math. And yes, despite having been asked this by someone in Boston, we do have indoor plumbing. Who knew!


February 07, 2020 at 04:38 AM UTC

Lol, yes I was born and raised in the midwest, so it really was ribbing in good fun. 😉
That’s unfortunate that you’ve encountered such dim views, though. 🙁 Thankfully I’ve never experienced that, but I’m from Wisconsin, so everyone just asks me about the Packers.


February 07, 2020 at 07:51 AM UTC

Being from the Midwest, I get that too. I lived in Michigan the first 27 years of my life and, now that I live elsewhere, when people find out I’m from Michigan they ask if I’m from Detroit as if there’s only one city in the state, lol. The Midwest is easy to poke fun at but any of us from there know its charms and I never take it personally. I’m sure every place has its quirks and blessings. 🙂


February 06, 2020 at 07:13 PM UTC

Pretty sure Kitty herself lives in the Midwest, so she’s as aware as you are how rude Killian’s comment was. 😉


February 06, 2020 at 08:00 AM UTC

Um, I really think Kitty was just meaning it as a joke… and she only had that in there to show how pompous and stuck up Killian is. She didn’t do it to actually offend anyone. No need to freak out 🙂


February 06, 2020 at 01:22 AM UTC

Half in love with Killian and his ‘mysterious charm’

I can’t stop smiling I’m so excited!!


February 07, 2020 at 04:43 AM UTC

🙂 That makes me excited!! I hope you enjoy it when they launch!

Hannah Hill

February 06, 2020 at 01:21 AM UTC

Whaaat?? Wahooo!!!!! Well played – totally didn’t see that coming. And aside from my excitement over having THREE books over seven weeks, I’m really glad this project was so helpful for you. You’ve been doing some really grueling work and we don’t want good stories at the expense of your health!


February 07, 2020 at 04:45 AM UTC

Thanks Hannah!
It was so hard keeping all of this from you guys! But I’m really excited about experimenting with this format–once I finish with the behemoths that are Second Age of Retha and Angelique, I’m hoping I write more along these lines in the future.


February 06, 2020 at 01:09 AM UTC

good for you!!! You should be so proud of yourself! I know that you had said that you got burnt out but instead of letting yourself fall apart you found an amazing way to pick yourself back up and you should really be proud of that! Also I am so happy that it’s already a full series!!!! I hate waiting for the next book because I’m such an impatient person!!!

Arletta Miller

February 06, 2020 at 12:48 AM UTC

I knew it!! I knew it all along! I knew you were working on a new project! I asked about it when you said you were going to take a break!…I love being right!

Yes, a whole new series! Can’t wait to read it! I have to admit that Donkeyskin is not a story I would have touched with a 10′ pole. I read Robyn McKinley’s DeerSkin and, frankly, I was traumatized by it. Talk about making a girl hate her body! But I’m looking forward to seeing how you take the story, clean it up, and make it fun while doing it.

Yay! a whole new series! (insert happy dance and everlasting grins of glee.)


February 07, 2020 at 04:49 AM UTC

I forgot to say that ,yes you called it Arletta! I nearly let the cat out of the bag when you asked me!


February 06, 2020 at 12:56 AM UTC

Yeah, not gonna lie I retreat majorly from that aspect. I had the most fun with…I guess you could say side aspects of the story??


February 06, 2020 at 12:39 AM UTC

Wait WHAT?! This is like expecting a birthday party and then being swept off to Disney World! 😂


February 06, 2020 at 12:53 AM UTC

That is an excellent analogy! (Or comparison??) Either way, hop in, we’re going to Disney! 😉

Jocelyn Malone

February 06, 2020 at 09:05 AM UTC

Thought you were taking a BREAK from Princesses 😉 ?


February 06, 2020 at 12:27 AM UTC

So surprised and happy dancing over here 🙂🙂🙂🙂


February 06, 2020 at 12:59 AM UTC

I hope you like it!!

Hall of Blood and Mercy Reveal!

You thought the surprises were over because you’ve all seen the cover for book one, and figured out what fairy tale it’s based on, huh? Well, hold on, because I’m about to blow your minds, Champions!

That’s right, Hall of Blood and Mercy is a trilogy! Even better, all three are already written! (Or nearly written. I’m working on book #3, Magic Unleashed right now.) Magic Forged drops February 28th, Magic Redeemed will launch 3 weeks later in mid March, and the final book in the series, Magic Unleashed, will launch 4 weeks after that, in mid April! (We’ll have solid dates out soon!) For those of you who just did a double-take, let me say that yes, that’s right. You are getting three books over the course of seven weeks! And yes, it ends at three, so it will be a complete, finished series!

Buwahahah, how is that for the surprise of the year? (Please, please be surprised. I really don’t think I can top this in 2020.)

I planned the series out after I realized I was burned-out from epic fantasy once I completed Reign of Magic. Originally I was planning to just take all of November and December off, but it turns out I’m terrible at taking vacations and not working, but the idea of working on the next Angelique book made me sick.

Myrrhlynn suggested I try something entirely different from what I’d recently been writing–to clear the slate so to speak, and to give me the chance to use some writing muscles I hadn’t used in a long time. Her advice was right, because I just flew through writing Magic Forged and Magic Redeemed. I think it’s the fastest I’ve written in about two years. More importantly, I do feel a lot better having written them–the provided the exact sort of break I needed.

And hey, you guys are getting three books–an entire complete series–in less than three months! 😉 Not bad a trade, right?

Moving along, since last week we took the time to meet Hazel, I thought you all might like to meet Killian Drake, who is my version of Donkeyskin’s prince and the story’s…I hesitate to say hero?

Killian: Are you saying I’m not heroic?

Kitty: You’re the most feared vampire in the Midwest.

Killian: That merely displays my leadership capabilities. Or that the

Midwest is a particularly pathetic region in the United States.

Kitty: You might wanna hit rewind and listen to what I said again: MOST. FEARED. VAMPIRE.

Killian: It’s part of my mysterious charm.

Kitty: If you say so. So you are a key figure in vampire politics, and although you are acknowledged to be really ‘hot,’ you are also known for being conniving and pretty brutal.

Killian: It’s part of my mysterious charm.

Kitty: You can’t write off all your flaws as ‘mysterious charm!’

Killian: I can certainly try.

Kitty: Annnd that’s enough. Thanks for reading, Champions!

Thanks for hanging in there with me, and I hope you stay tuned as I release more pieces and bits about what to expect! We’ll have some solid release dates coming your way soon, and soon I’m going to go over the original story of Donkeyskin, so bring your popcorn!

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