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Shineah

June 20, 2023 at 06:36 PM UTC


My 10-yr old daughter and I are anxiously waiting for Angelique’s series to be completed! I know you have fans of the MBRC series – and we’ve enjoyed those – but we just love Angelique! I thought the series was only going to be 4 books long, so we started them once the third was published. And we’re not waiting very patiently for the rest!

Anna

June 06, 2023 at 06:15 AM UTC


Thank you for working so hard to create these worlds for us to delight in. You’re doing such a good job!
And your body is working hard at recovery too, we appreciate you taking good care of yourself.

I’m excited to hear about what you’re working on, and super excited to hear about Retha progress in the works! I hope you have fun with both Jade’s trilogy and the Retha project

Laurel

June 02, 2023 at 08:14 PM UTC


I’m so excited for Jade’s series! My favorite K.M. Shea series is Angelique’s, but I love Magiford! I know a few other people have asked this, but would you be willing to post a recap of Sheacon once it’s over? I’m not allowed to use social media, so I’m really bummed about missing out. Can’t wait to read about Jade!!

Jennifer Cunha

June 02, 2023 at 03:32 AM UTC


I am so hoping more audiobooks for the Elves of Lessa series are in the lineup for production, especially if you are able to retain the same narrator! She is awesome!

Megs

June 01, 2023 at 06:11 AM UTC


I hope you are feeling well and pray for a full recovery. I am honestly excited about any new book drops, they are all the best entertainment. Someone mentioned being glad that Jade’s trilogy will let us see more of Hazel along with her House and the Drakes, I too will be glad to hear from these favorites. I can’t wait to re-read all the Retha books to prepare for the next. They may seem long as you write and edit, but they are so good that they read really fast. If you need any goofy handles for new players, you may use my husband’s alias, Beeficus Samich. He has used that name for DnD, Halo, Skyrim and really any game that allows him to choose a name (even bowling). He is a fan of anything fantasy or sandwich related. I ramble, thanks in advance for all the extra freebies and fun I’m sure you will leave here for us as we wait for the next drop.

Eisley

May 31, 2023 at 07:34 PM UTC


Hi kitty! Do you think you could do a blog recapping sheacon for us kids who AREN’T on social media?(shocker I know;)) as in if you give anything away…..

Amelia

June 02, 2023 at 07:36 PM UTC


YES! Please do this because if I want to come on I need parental permission apparently. Thank you Eisley!!!!!!

Suzanne

June 02, 2023 at 11:15 PM UTC


And for those of us who avoid social media and real-time interaction because they are draining…

Jen W.

May 31, 2023 at 04:01 AM UTC


OMG! RETHA!!!
I can’t remember when it was – maybe a year or so ago – but you weren’t sure WHEN you’d be able to publish the next Retha book. (I’m definately going to plan a re-read when it gets to close to the book being released..)

While I LOVE Angelique’s story (I went from the Snow White book thanks to a FB ad, to Angelique’s first book, and THEN I stopped and read all of the Fairy Tale books) I’ve really gotten into the Magiford books. It helps that it’s released in Trilogies. Given the time loop, I’ll be re-reading those books too. I may be mistaken, but I could have sword a slayer showed up to help Pip in her series…or am I mistaken?

While, I think the slayer/vampire trope is overdone (Thank You, Buffy), I know that you’ll give it a nice twist.

Looking forward to the end of this year (for many reasons) and for everything that comes next!

Molly

May 31, 2023 at 06:32 AM UTC


You are correct. Jade did show up in PoDaD and she also showed up in a short story I believe. I have a theory that her love interest is Fell because Leila mentioned that she wanted Fell to fall (pun sort of intended) for a strong woman and since Jade is on the elite task force she might be assigned to Fell as a protection detail. That or she meets him at Queen’s Court Cafe, he falls for her, and then proceeds to awkwardly try to court her while Leila cracks up at his failures.

book dragon

May 31, 2023 at 10:09 PM UTC


in sheacon one year she mentioned that fell will get a novella, and his love interest will be the perfect secritary that we get to see in pip’s books. but yes, have leila stick her nose in this whole thing!

Eisley

June 01, 2023 at 09:03 PM UTC


NO WAY THAT JUST MADE MY ENTIRE DAY BETTER!!!
(Clearly I’m very happy about this)

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Chikorita12345

May 31, 2023 at 10:57 PM UTC


Really? There was a secretary in PoDaD? I definitely need to reread the series! Do you remember where she is mentioned @book dragon?

book dragon

June 01, 2023 at 12:32 AM UTC


it’s during the times when they go to the curia cloisters. she’s only mentioned in passing.

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Chikorita12345

May 31, 2023 at 01:28 PM UTC


That would be hilarious, I would love to see more of Leila and the Night Court, and I do think Fell needs a short story if he tries to court someone again (It would be so funny if Leila and the team followed him around and witnessed his awkward encounters!) However, I think Kitty mentioned in the previous Blog Post that Jade’s love interest will be a vampire (though we haven’t met him yet 🙁 ), and that Hazel will be a lot more prominent in her series (Hazel is my favorite Magiford heroine so I’m happy about that, especially since she was MIA in GoMaP!)

Suzanne Hillman

May 31, 2023 at 03:38 AM UTC


Ironically, the two series I love the most are the ones that you just said are very long – Retha and Angelique’s. Ah, well.

I hope your heath cooperates! Definitely important to prioritize that.

Lucindie

May 31, 2023 at 03:29 AM UTC


So excited for everything coming up! Thank you for working so hard for all of us! I pray no more health complications come up for you. Take care of yourself! ❤️

What Projects Are Next?

So I recently told you guys what was coming for Magiford, but what about the rest of the year?


Audio Books

You might have missed it in all of the release fun, but Pack of Dawn and Destiny–aka, Pip’s trilogy–is now available in audio format!

Later this year, The MBRC will also be making its audio début. (No release dates yet, sorry!) It will be a complete boxset release (just like Snow Queen) so it will be a great deal for your Audible credit if you are part of that membership program! Gate of Myth and Power will also be turned into an audiobook, but we haven’t even started auditions yet so I’m not yet certain if it will be out this year or next year.

To make it easier for everyone to track which books are available in audio I create a new Audiobooks page as part of the Books menu. Go there if you ever want to double check what has been released!


Sheacon 2023

SheaCon is a weekend of K.M. Shea themed fun held on a Discord server, and is free to attend! There will be panels with myself and guest authors, plus games and activities all weekend. SheaCon 2023 will be on July 28th-30th in the US Central timezone.


What Books are Next?

As mentioned in a previous post, Jade’s unnamed Magiford trilogy will be launching in December 2023. And I’ll also be devoting a lot of time this year to Second Age of Retha book #4!


Sadly, I’m not going to be able to publish Retha this year. Chloe’s series took me way longer than expected to write so I’m already off to a two/three month late start than I was planning for this year–which is a lot when you’re doing with big projects like books. I’m also still dealing with some leftover health problems so my writing speed is down, but the other big thing is…. Retha books are SO LONG. Seriously, the only other books that are longer are Angelique’s and that is saying something!

Another slow down is that Retha books also need more editing than usual because I have to double check all the skill names, levels–of characters and skills–and make sure I was consistent with things like character classes. But the extra editing is worth it to make the story good for you Champions!


And there is still some good news attached tot his! While there is no possible way I’ll be able to publish Retha #4 this year, I’m optimistic that I will be able to finish writing it this year, so that’s still a plus! (I’ve been working on it all May, and I’ve got a good 30,000 words done. Which…isn’t much if it decides to be another 100,000+ word book, but at least it’s a great start!)

Important for other upcoming projects:

One of the best parts about being a reader is the anticipation for the next book, so the team and I have decided to switch our focus to the book/series that are coming next! We’re changing from a lot of future planning, to focusing on one project one at a time. This means right now for new/upcoming books we’re focusing on Jade’s series in Magiford and the fourth Retha book since I’m writing them at the same time. For audio books we’re focused on the MBRC trilogy!


We won’t have updates for any projects besides these, but if you keep an eye on the coming soon page we’ll be updating the page with new info about these projects–like when the MBRC moves from the recording to editing phase of audiobook production.


I’m so excited, because this switch means we’ll be able to organize more fun for you Champions linked to these projects! I already have plans for you to help me name a few new Retha characters, and the team is talking about new ways to get our community ready for Jade’s series! (And that’s not even touching on everything that’ll go down at Sheacon!)


So that is the update for what projects you’ll see in 2023! This year is a lot of catch up for me, but I’m glad I’m still here to be doing the catch up after the mess that was 2022 and the end of 2021! Thanks for reading, Champions, and have a lovely day!

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