Yesterday, the first book in my new dark contemporary reverse harem series released. Steps begins the Finding Their Muse trilogy and has been a joy to write, in the most delicious dark, angsty way. In this book I've let out my inner dark and rather enjoyed myself!
The idea for the series took me by complete surprise. I was listening to music on You Tube whilst writing one of my Fern books from the Sisters of Hex series, and was struck dumb by the music video for Take Me To Church by Hozier, featuring Sergei Polunin.
My first reaction was 'holy shit' followed by 'god this man can move' to 'I'm in love' and finally settling on 'I have the best idea for a story'. Inspiration was instantaneous and had to drop what I was writing and briefly outline an idea for a story. From this one video, Ivan Sachov was born and Rose, alongside the other men of Browlace Manor began to form.
Watch the video that inspired me here:
You have to agree that Sergei is utterly spellbinding. In Steps, I hope I've captured just some of the passion and angst displayed here.
It's funny, I was utterly paranoid that this story wasn't 'dark enough'. I'm well aware of what readers of this genre expect, and I didn't know whether I'd gone hit the mark. When I worried and fretted to one of my Beta readers she was able to reassure me that I'd made it pretty 'f$%king dark' , and actually I realised that through all my books I've written there is always a thread of dark, it's just amplified in this one. Not sure what that says about me though!
Here are some of the comments I've had so far:
"This has got to be one of my all time favorite book from Bea Paige. This book is so beautifully dark with an intriguing story line. The intense emotions, the heartbreaking pain and the mentally complicated characters. "
"Holy wow! The cover is stunning, the writing enthralling and dark, and the characters are unforgettable, addicting and bury themselves in your heart. Bea Paige has outdone herself with this dark and and heartbreaking story of three broken men and the woman that is unknowingly strong enough to build them back into the men they once were."
"I can tell you she hit it out of the freakin park!! I was mesmerized the entire time, the story, characters, budding relationships drew you in and wouldn't let you go."
"This book was freaking awesome!
This story dragged me in after reading the first two paragraphs and I couldn’t climb out until I had gotten to the end of the book."
"This is an Absolutely powerful story! I found myself at times holding my breath, the intensity of the story literally stealing my breath away...I have no words to describe how much this story affected me. "
"This is a dark, disturbing book, full of pain. Damaged men who want to control, to harm, to destroy women. I was haunted by each page. I am not usually drawn to the darker human elements but I am drawn to the broken."
Steps, so far has exceeded my expectations. I really, honestly, didn't know how it would be received but as of today (19th November) it's managed to get into the top #500 in both Canada and Australia stores. When I went to bed last night it was in the top #1500 in the US store and around #2000k mark in the UK store. I'm trying not to stalk the rankings and get on with book two - Strokes which will revolve around Anton and Rose predominantly. This book is set to get very dark.... perhaps Black hole or at least Midnight... so watch this space. If you want to read Steps click HERE and you'll be whisked off to relevant Amazon store.
The final book in Fern's trilogy releases today and as usual I'm nervously biting my nails and trying not to obsessively check the rankings in Amazon! Every time I finish a book I get this huge sense of relief, especially when it's the final book in a trilogy. This time is no different.
Fern's story has been an interesting one to write given the characters have pretty much taken control. In this book I've had to tie together the overarching story line whilst tying up Fern's story and I *hope* I've managed to do that successfully... I guess the proofs in the pudding!
Without giving too much away, Fern's Flight has a few surprises (even for me and I wrote it!) and a couple of twists! I love throwing in the curve balls, nothing like keeper the readers on their toes.
Next up will be Clover and her harem of fae men from Clan Terra. Release of Clover's Wish is slated for early 2019. It might be a while off, but I'm writing a dark contemporary trilogy in the meantime that I'm also super excited about!
Anyway, that's it for now. If you get a chance to read Fern's Flight, let me know what you think!
On Saturday I returned home from a holiday in Cornwall. My family and I had a lovely week visiting some pretty cool places. This isn't the first time I've been to Cornwall. I've been holidaying there for years and have family that live in Penzance. In all the years, I've never been up St Michael's Mount which is off the coast of Marazion. This time we finally went up to look around the magnificent castle at the top of island.
Que a combination of jelly legs and story ideas! I'm not sure what came first (probably the jelly legs - it was high!) but despite the fear of somehow tumbling off the top of the castle I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The scenery was breathtaking and the castle incredible. There was even a chapel at the top of the castle which had this amazing statue that reminded me so much of Fern's Flight and the war between the angels of Clan Vitae and Queen Adrielle's demons. I'm so close to completing Fern's Flight... about a chapter or so left. It's getting to be a lot longer than I'd originally anticipated and this has a lot to do with the fact that I'm starting to tie in the overarching story for all the Sisters of Hex books! It's all coming together beautifully (at least I hope so). I can't wait for it's release sometime in September!
Cornwall itself has always held a special place in my heart and if you've read my urban fantasy book - Divided Souls - you'll find that some of the story is set in Cornwall.
Piece of trivia: 'Clayhill' the manor house where Bertram Ash lives (a character in Divided Souls) is set in Cornwall. Clayhill is the name of a family home we actually had in Madron, Cornwall, and remains named that way to this day.
Currently I'm writing Finding Their Muse trilogy, the first book of which is set in.... yes, you guessed it, Cornwall! This book is a dark contemporary reverse harem, and has some real Gothic elements. Think Wuthering Heights merged with Phantom of the Opera! The first book Steps will be releasing (hopefully) this autumn. But, it all depends on my current WIP's and now that I'm back to work at my day job, time!
I would recommend visiting Cornwall to anyone, it's full of history, incredible villages and towns and has some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK.
Yesterday saw the release of the Realms and Rebels box set and what an exciting day it was!
My book, Hell's Calling, co-written with my super talented friend Skye MacKinnon released as part of the box set and we are both super proud of our spin on Dante's Inferno. We had such fun writing this book and can't wait to move onto the next book in the series which, all going to plan, will release later this year.
You know, I almost didn't take part in this box set, but Skye and the rest of my Flock author buddies managed to twist my arm (thanks ladies) and I caved lol! Seriously though, before this book I hadn't co-written before and was terrified I'd balls it up! Thankfully, Skye's and my writing style seem to just merge really well and the story almost seemed to write itself.
This release has given me a number of firsts.
- A first co-write
- A first number one spot in iTunes
- A first bestseller flag in Amazon (Canada so far, we're all crossing fingers for more)
- An author rank! At last glance (okay, I was stalking the list ;) it was #43 in Paranormal Romance. Holy Shiznits!
And hopefully, next Wednesday we'll find out if we get on the USA Today bestsellers list!
What has this experience so far taught me?
TO GO FOR IT!
I almost didn't, I almost let my self-doubt and worries get the better of me. I'm so glad I didn't listen! Sometimes you got to just take a leap of faith and see where the dice lands. This whole authoring journey has been a roller coaster ride with plenty of downs, as well as ups. This experience is most definitely and up!
If you want to read what got me all those firsts.... then Realms And Rebels is $0.99 for this week only. So grab it whilst you can and get stuck in!
This month I should finish the last book of Fern's trilogy in the Sisters of Hex series. Fern and the Angels of Death; Mihr, Ether and Gabe, have been so much fun to write, not least because I have been able to draw other characters from the series into the books. Fern has undergone some physical and emotional changes and so too have her angels. I love writing these books, most days the characters surprise me with their antics. Just yesterday something happened in a scene that had ME gasping out loud! Honestly, I just feel like a vessel that my characters just use and abuse to get THEIR story told!
Fern's Flight is on pre-order now and currently has a date of release in October. This WILL move forward to September, and I will post about the new release date as soon as I can. In this last book of Fern's trilogy, the over-arching plot will move forward greatly and will bring back some characters from Accacia's books as well as introduce some new ones yet to come up in the other sisters trilogies. I can't wait to see what you think of Fern's finale. Of course, with the series this won't be the last you'll see of Fern and her Angels of Death. They will make appearances in the other sisters trilogies still to come!
Well, for the series as a whole I will be moving onto Clover and her Fae men. If you've read Accacia's trilogy you will have met them in Accacia's Blood, when Accacia and Ezra went into the Forbidden Forest.
For research purposes I went to Richmond Park recently to surround myself with the beautiful flora and fauna to get the creative juices flowing! I won't be starting this series until I complete Fern's Flight and two other projects I'm working on currently. So Clover's Wish is unlikely to be released until next year. But I will keep you all informed!