Friday, August 9, 2013

Four Month Anniversary of Promise Me Darkness


Four months ago today, Promise Me Darkness was released out into the wild. Since then it has been a crazy ride. I didn’t know what to expect when it hit Amazon and the other sites. Would anyone read it? Would anyone like it? I was both excited and terrified to know strangers would be reading my book. Promise Me Darkness was my baby, my first born, and like any parent, I wanted my child to be accepted and well received.

I remember telling my husband, "I'll be very happy if just a few people read and like it." To me, having a few people say they loved it seemed like an enormous achievement.

I told someone that my ultimate dream would be to sell a hundred copies in one month. That sounded huge. One hundred people read my book! Four months later, Promise Me Darkness has sold around 90,000 copies. To think that it sold 100 copies the first few hours of release is beyond anything I could imagine. Never did I believe that would happen. Never did I imagine the responses I would receive by fans. It still blows me away.


But I know everyone wants to talk Promise Me Light so here goes...I made a mistake. A big one that I feel bad about. I'll admit it here, in the safety of my website...I never should have released Promise Me Darkness until Promise Me Light was finished. If I could go back in time, I would have released the second book immediately after the first. But because I NEVER expected the first to do so well, I thought I had plenty of time to finish PML (I worked on both at the same time.) I've learned my lesson. I will not release a book with a cliffhanger until the next book is ready to go. (But I'm hoping my future characters all agree to have an HEA anyway.)

So I worked on Promise Me Light frantically, listening to readers beg and plead for me to hurry and finish it. I wrote around the clock, sometimes for twenty hours a day, getting only four hours of sleep a night. (If you were one of the unlucky ones that received an email from me in the wee hours of the night, I apologize now for my crazy, makes-no-sense responses.) I survived on coffee, coffee, and more coffee. I took care of kids, answered emails, wrote and tried to get some sleep in between it all. I didn't cook and I didn't clean. I hardly left my house. But I wanted to get PML in my fans' hands. I'll admit - it was difficult for me to write. There was so much emotion in the book that I felt everything. Every time my characters were sad, scared, or worried. I felt it all. I cried as I wrote the ending. I was a blubbering mess and I don't cry. Ever. I had to say goodbye to Ryder and Maddie and they had given me so much. 

But enough of all the mushy stuff. I know what you really want to know! Promise Me Light details! Here's a few - 

~~~It picks up two weeks after Promise Me Darkness ended.
~~~You will see more of Cash and Gavin in the book.
~~~It has an HEA and is the last book for Maddie and Ryder. (Unless I get bored one day and write an entire book from Ryder's POV. I love getting in his head because he's sooooo....bad.) I would like to write a book for both Cash and Gavin in the future.
~It has a couple of twists that no one saw coming (I'm sneaky that way.)
~~~The sex is steamier (in my opinion.)
~~~The preorder is available on Amazon for both the paperback and e-book. The synopsis (description) and the cover are currently underway. An audio book will also be released at the same time as the book, from what I understand.
~~~The cover will be revealed September 9th.
~~~And just like in Promise Me Darkness, the main theme is friendship and love. Stick together, love one another and never give up. That's the motto of this book.
 
“Each inch of your skin is mine, Maddie. To taste. To lick.” The tip of his tongue touched the soft, sensitive skin of my neck, sending a shiver through me. “To have.” 
- From Promise Me Light

4 comments:

  1. Yayayay!!!! Soooo excited to read it! Loved the first book and I'm sure I'll love the second! You are awesome Paige!!

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  2. I'm SOOO exited! I love the first book and have read it three times and will probably read it again before the next one comes out. I'm going to preorder it now!

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  3. Michelle AndersonAugust 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I am truly in awe of your ability to write such great and wonderful themes. I believe you sacrifices will pay off. I plan to tell the world about your book. I am grateful you get me through my life. thank you so much.
    michelle Anderson

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  4. Omg I am so excited!!!!

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