Guest Blog: About My Sisters of the Moon Series By Billi Jean
First, I’d like to say thank you for having me over at Simplistik for a guest blog spot! I’ve had many questions about the Sisters of the Moon Series and thought I’d take the time here to clear up a few things.
Second, Midnight Star was my first release, but falls sequentially after Silver’s Chance. In my mind, Silver’s Chance didn’t come to be on its own, rather her story closely intertwined with Susanna’s story. And that was the problem. How could I write one without the other? How could Samantha have a happy ever after (HEA) without finding– and in her mind– saving her sister? I hit that question and it was like running straight into a defensive end…. I bounced right back and stood there stunned, blinking my eyes in amazement. I mean, I had this series, it was rolling along, I had Star’s story started, another two character’s adventures plotted out, a ménage written for a cutie genie, Tabithia’s in the starts, but Samantha and Susanna were stumping me. And every single story fell after the sister’s stories! What to do?
Well, I set them both aside. Neither sister seemed to mind and Star with Ranger hot on her tail were ready to go. So instead of rushing Samantha’s story, and trying to untangle Susanna’s, I chose to work with Star and Ranger.
Now, that doesn’t mean that Midnight Star was somehow less than Silver’s Chance and what will soon be Golden’s Rule. In fact, I was so frustrated with Samantha, Derrick and all of them, I dove into Midnight Star and was done within weeks with their story. Now, here comes the life snafu. I described earlier how Samantha’s story comes first, but being unable to come up with Samantha’s HEA, I set her aside to work on Midnight Star. I hit some snags with Star and Ranger, don’t get me wrong, but suddenly, one night I sat down and the story all fell together and WHAM, I was done. Hooray!! Wooohooo! I had fit two rough scenes together and the first full run was finished. I could edit, and start to finalize the story!!! Send it off, maybe even get published!
Yeah. Right? Well, in walks a three-year-old cutie with curly hair and big brown eyes. Innocent and sweet. Right? Yeah . . . the next day? My flash drive disappears. Gone. Missing. Completely missing. Poof! I freak and after realizing freaking is no good – after freaking for weeks—I settle down and kinda give up on writing. I mean, come on. I had two solid stories that I couldn’t untangle enough to make separate – the sisters – and a full story that was ready for edits but now missing.
Fast-forward to six months later when I am cleaning my pantry – slash my mini me’s toy stash. Inside on a shelf in the back of the pantry I find a treasure box and inside that I find a little package wrapped in a beautiful silk scarf I’d been looking for, and tucked up in a small drawer in the scarf is….yeah, my flash drive! I’m so excited I forget to get upset with my wee one. Oh well! Who cares? Midnight Star is on that flash drive! I open it up, work my butt off, then some more, send off, get a contract with Noble Romance Publishing and viola, Midnight Star releases before Silver’s Chance.
If you ever wonder why authors do some of the crazy things we do, well, there just might be a story behind it! But really, for me, Midnight Star just felt solid, ready to go and Ranger and Star were more than willing to hit the stands as my first ever novel.
The whole adventure taught me a lot about myself. I never gave up on writing, not really. I kept at it, but always knew Midnight Star was going to be my first novel. The story just had survived so much. Ranger had tried too hard to win Star and Star just deserved to be out there for us all to cheer on.
I hope this clears up some of the questions about Silver’s Chance and Midnight Star. I know for some people, reading a series in order is VITAL. And to those people, I apologize for any confusion. I hope you can read Silver’s Chance, then Midnight Star, but if you read them the other way around, I hope you can follow along and not feel as if I’ve thrown you a curve ball! Midnight Star simply had to hit the shelves when she did!
This year, I’ll be releasing two more stories in the Sisters of the Moon series. A Spartan’s Kiss is Tabithia and Aeros’s story. Golden’s Rule is the story of Susanna, and I hope you can all see why her story comes so much later than I had ever planned.
Thank you to everyone for reading my work, this blog, and for all the wonderful feedback! I love feedback! Keep it coming!
Synopsis for Midnight Star:
Ranger is a werewolf, a Lykae with a problem. He’s found his one true mate, the only female who can complete him. Only trouble is, he’s denied his instinct to claim her. Now his mate hates him as much as she believes he hates her. He will have to risk both their lives to finally prove to his stubborn vampire he loves her?
Star is a half-breed vampire with a past of not being accepted because of her mixed blood. Ranger is just one more example of how much she doesn’t fit into the immortal world no matter how much she tries to fool herself into believing otherwise. She’s a strong female, a fighter, but when it comes to the opinions of others, she has no defenses. Why fight what she knows is true? She is a half breed, less than those around her. She has a home, friends and females she loves like family. Only trouble is, her family is now related to the mangy wolf man who hates her.
Synopsis for Silver’s Chance:
When life throws Samantha a curve ball in the form of an ancient Lykae warlord bent on marking her as his—what’s she going to do? Run like hell? Oh, yeah, that so worked the first time around. With Derrick hot after her tail, Samantha discovers being the hunted just might not be as bad as she thought.
Derrick is a warlord hardened by centuries of battle. Now that he’s free from years of torment, he discovers his mate. Only his beautiful little half wolf is as determined to deny him, as he is to claim her.
As the battle to keep her safe intensifies, Derrick faces the biggest fight of his life: winning Samantha’s heart and keeping alive long enough to claim her.
About The Author:
Billi Jean has been writing since high school when she couldn’t wait for Robert Jordon to write his Wheel of Time series faster. She writes from home in a little two hundred year old farm house in Western Massachusetts where she shares her space with her active children, an old dog, and two lazy cats.
Her first book, Midnight Star, has won numerous awards and was voted Best Book by Long and Short Reviews. Her next installment in the Sisters of the Moon series, Silver’s Chance, hit the shelves in August 2011. The next, A Spartan’s Kiss will arrive right on Valentine’s Day, 2012.
Stop by her blog http://readingwritingromance.blogspot.com and leave a message! She can also be found on twitter and Facebook. For more information on what’s coming up in her series, friend her on Goodreads, or follow her blog for snippets of her upcoming stories in the Sisters of the Moon series.