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The Year End Update #writinglife #amwriting #amediting

It’s that time of year again – where I let my readers know where I’m at and how ambitious I’m feeling for the next year. If you’ve been following for some time you know that my ambition is always bigger than there are days in the year, and hours in those days. What can I say?  When I dream, I dream big.

So let’s take a look at what I have going on for each pen-name, where I’m at in the schedule, and all that happy stuff, shall we?

On the Anne O’Connell front – Taming Trish  (Book 4 in the Gilded Lily series) is coming out in the next week (provided Amazon doesn’t pitch a fit and hold it for 72 hours because it’s erotica). You can get an excerpt of that book here.  Sign up for my newsletter and be the first one to know about all new releases!  I am really dying to write Falling from Grace, Her Demon Master, and Collaring Amy, along with a few more Dalliances with Demons novellas (Lucifuge and Club Mephisto), but the reality is I may only have time to work on one of them next year. Two are outlined, one is started. In the very least, you’ll see a Dalliances with Demons novella in 2017, but I was really hoping for Falling from Grace by next December. As you may also know, I was trying to get an audiobook of Training Amy done in 2016, and that whole thing fell through. I stupidly contracted the book with someone who wasn’t able to deliver. So, with the help of some fabulously talented friends, I’m trying to work out audiobooks of Training Amy, Her Demon Lover, and Temple of Lilith in 2017. There are a lot of factors that will play into this though, so I don’t want to make any promises.

For S. J. Reisner, she was my most neglected pen name last year. Yeah, I did release Saving Sarah May in 2016, and I’m hoping to have Emily Ever After (the second book in that series) released later in 2017. I know, I’m slow. I am currently working on Eagle’s Talon Gray. I think, after eleven years, it’s finally time to finish the Sorcerers’ Twilight series and put it to bed. So I’ve been working on these two books this month, and they will carry into the first part of 2017. Eagle’s Talon Gray is over 35,000 words in, and Emily is about 1,500 words in. I can do this!  Those will likely be the only S. J. Reisner projects I commit to for 2017.

Audrey Brice was my most prolific pen name in 2016. I am committed to the idea that I will finish at least two more Thirteen Coven’s stories in 2017 including The Watch and Order of Eurynome. Illuminated Darkness has been started, but I honestly don’t know if it will come out in 2017.  I am finishing up another Audrey Brice short story this month, tentatively titled Dedication. But I think in 2017 I won’t be doing as many short fiction pieces for Audrey. Audrey has been crazy busy. On that note, in my audiobook fiasco with Training Amy, I met a narrator who would be the PERFECT voice to narrate the Thirteen Covens series. I am hoping to get him to take them on.  We shall see. The series has gotten at least 4 voice actor auditions so far (none of them my preferred narrator), but so far, I’m not hearing a voice I love. Again, no promises there.

Finally, let’s take a look at S. Connolly.  I have been keeping myself busy writing on the Daemonolater’s Guide series of chapbooks the past few years. I haven’t put out anything significant since Wortcunning for Daemonolatry, though some would argue that Book of Agares was significant.  In 2017 I am finally hunkering down and forcing myself to work on Rites of Belphegor (with my co-author who now has more time) and Daemonic Prosperity Magick which has been started and is about 10,000 words in. There are some other projects on this front, but I really don’t want to mention them just in case I can’t deliver. There have been a few books I’ve been forced to abandon in the past few years because information that was once available to me, no longer is. So sadly I have to adjust projects based on that.  Some dead projects that likely may never manifest include Journals of Richard Dukanté (no longer have access),  and Grimoirium Daemonolatrie (no longer have permissions). Not because I pissed anyone off, mind you. But when you’re working with families and family documents, people change their minds or other family members contest sharing.  Which sucks – I agree – but I have to respect those wishes. That information is not mine to publish without permission or full access.  Therefore I am sticking to what I know and do have access to. I can tell you that Official Melissa has something in the works, but whether it comes out in 2017 or 2018, I don’t know. I know that the limited edition (with bonus material) will only be offered to people on my mailing list first, then to the general public IF there are any left over. Discounts for the standard hardcovers will only be offered on the mailing list, too. The paperback on this one – available to the general public (no ebooks on this one), will not be available until 2018 for certain. So again, subscribe to my list or you’ll be left out. Plus, subscribing to my list is the only way you’ll be able to get The Preeminent Curse in 2017.  It’s a rather vicious bit of execration magick that required its own little grimoire. That book won’t be offered to anyone outside the mailing list.  And yes, there has been talk of audiobooks on some of my S. Connolly titles as well. We shall see. No promises there either.

So yeah – I have a rather ambitious 2017 planned! I look forward to ringing in the new year with all of you, and seeing where 2017 leads!

Since I probably won’t post again before the end of the year (except to announce Trish), Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everyone!  Thank you for reading!

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

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