The Syndicate has a release date!!!

 

Hey Guys!!!

We are SUPER excited to announce that The Syndicate (Timewaves Book One) has a release date: March 1, 2016! In the not-to-distant future, we will send out the pre-order links for the major retailers! So stayed tuned!

 

As always, thank you all for your support! 

The Sophies

P.S. For all of you waiting on Inescapable release news, we promise we'll have more concrete dates coming soon. We are hard at work right now writing the next installment in Talia & Erik's tale. 

 

P.P.S. For those of you who have been asking about Vacant Voices, the third and final book in the Blind Barriers Series, we apologize for not having much updates quite yet. BUT, this too is something we are hard at work on!

 

The Short Story Project

 

Happy 2016!!!!!!

This year my writing group (more just a group of friends who all happen to write) has decided to do a short story project. Each month we will be writing a short story based off of a prompt to help us improve our writing. We are posting the stories unedited/unaltered/unrevised--no delete key allowed. In the interest of honesty, I will say that my stories have been spell-checked :) Since I wasn't sure what to do with my stories once I wrote them, besides share them with my writing group, I decided to share them with you guys! Eventually, I MAY expand some of these into full novels. If you really like one of the stories, please let me know! Those stories that you guys are most interested in will be the ones I consider turning into novels and/or a series--starting in 2017. I say "consider" because these stories are written on the fly, with no planning and/or outlining or discussion, so I don't actually know where they are going :)

 

Here is the first one, based off of the following prompt: The dusty, old book lay on the table just begging to be read.

 

Daughters of Death

The dusty old book was sitting there, just begging to be read. Cora guessed that the cover had once been red, but the aged leather now appeared brown and cracked. Gold lettering spelled out one word: Liberte. She’d found the relic in her grandmother’s attic two weeks prior, while cleaning out the house after the family matriarch had lost her long battle with cancer. Neither Cora’s cousins or her brother, Nathan, had expressed any interest in the book.

“It’s probably not even in English,” Nathan had declared.

“It’s probably not even readable,” her cousin, Mabel, had added.

Cora agreed with both sentiments, but something about the book called to her all the same. Maybe it was because Nana Rose had been more like a mother to her than a grandmother. She’d raised Cora and Nathan after their parents died in a car accident when Cora was just eight.

“Besides,” Mabel had added, when Cora didn’t immediately throw the book into the junk pile, “how are you going to open it? That is a combination lock, and we all know how loopy Nana Rose could be.”

This too was true. But again, Cora couldn’t find it in herself to throw away any of her grandmother’s possessions, particularly one that had been packed away with Nana Rose’s wedding dress.

“Six digits,” Cora muttered to herself, tapping her forefinger against her chin, just as she always did when in deep thought.

Though the book was old, the lock was new—well, newish, anyway. The gold was smooth and unblemished and gleamed in the late afternoon sun streaming through the window of Cora’s Manhattan studio apartment.

“Okay, so the combination must be something she’d come up with not long before her death,” Cora reasoned, thinking aloud to help workout the problem. She rose from the sofa and began pacing the area in front of her coffee table, where the book lay motionless.

“Birthdays are obvious,” Cora said to the air.

A sharp cackle made Cora stop in her tracks. She whirled around, seeking the source of the noise. Her TV was off. The laptop sitting open on her desk was running a slideshow of pictures of Cora and Nana Rose, which meant the screensaver was on. Cora strained to listen, hoping the sound would come again. It didn’t. But the faint echo of feet scuffling across a hardwood floor was just barely audible.

“Must be old Mr. Cranson in 2B,” Cora remarked aloud.

Mr. Cranson was her next-door neighbor and made an alarming amount of noise for a man pushing ninety. He was also hard of hearing, so his television was always set to max volume.

Cora returned her attention to the book. She picked it up off of the coffee table and turned it over in her hands. Her fingers began to vibrate and her blood began to hum, as though the words inside the leather-bound exterior were calling to her. Slowly, Cora turned the dials on the combination lock one by one, entering Nana Rose’s birthday: 1-1-1-1-1-1, for November 11, 1911. She waited, fully expecting the two portions of the lock to spring apart and reveal the secrets inside. But nothing happened.

“Anticlimactic,” Cora grumbled.

Next she tried her grandfather’s birthday. He’d died before Cora was born, but the love story between Joe and Rose Catrel was epic. Nana Rose had never remarried, let alone looked at another man, after her husband’s death.

Those numbers didn’t work either.

Growing frustrated, Cora tried her own birthday to no avail. Nathan’s birthday also proved a failure.

“Think,” Cora demanded of herself. “This isn’t rocket science.”

Her computer beeped. Cora swiveled her head around to find the password box up on the screen. Dots began to appear in the box, as though someone was trying to enter Cora’s password to unlock the computer. Her heart began to pound. That wasn’t possible, she was alone in the apartment.

Cora stared at the screen, transfixed. The eyeball icon beside the box lit up, and letters replaced the dots. Opposite, it read.

All her life, odd things had happened around Cora. Nothing that couldn’t be explained away by Nathan, a staunch pessimist when it came to all things supernatural, but Cora had always wondered if there wasn’t more too the bizarre occurrences.Or maybe she’d just hoped there was more too them. Like maybe her parents were watching over her from beyond the grave.

Even still, this—invisible fingers typing on her computer—was a whole new level of odd.

“Too many letters,” Cora told the computer, her voice calm despite the flurry of fear inside of her.

In response, the computer deleted the word, typed in a new word: Birthday.

Exasperated, Cora threw her hands up into the air and proclaimed, “Whose birthday? I’ve already tried several.”

This time, it was Cora’s phone that answered her plea for help. Her text ringtone sang out the opening bars of Stairway To Heaven. Which Cora found confusing, since that wasn’t the ringtone she’d programmed in. She grabbed the phone from the charging station and swiped across the screen to read the text.

Sender Unknown: Nana Rose.

That was it; that was the entire message. But it didn’t make any sense. Cora had already tried using Nana Rose’s birthday.

The laptop dinged again, invisible fingers repeating the keystrokes for the first entry: Opposite.

Cora took a deep breath and blew it out through her nose.

Okay, what’s the opposite of a birthday, she thought. Death day. The epiphany came to her with the suddenness of a light bulb switching on. Only, it made less sense than the fact that she was taking advice from an unseen being. How could Nana Rose have possibly used her death day as a password when she hadn’t known when she was going to die?

Or had she?

Cora had always believed that Nana Rose was clairvoyant—how else had the old woman known that her daughter, Cora’s mother, was dead before emergency crews arrived at the scene of the accident? Then there was the time her grandmother had predicted Nathan was going to meet the woman who would become his wife, advising him to “dress smartly” for the blind date and be sure to mention that Nathan was a train enthusiast. Their mutual love of trains was what had sealed the deal, and nine months later Nathan dropped to one knee and asked Meg to be his wife.

Desperation to read the contents of the book made Cora take the hint and run with it. What was the worst that could happen, right?

Her fingers trembled as she entered the six digits: 1-2-1-2-1-2.

The lock sprang open, as did the book itself. Cora stared wonderingly down at the yellowed sheets of velum. At first, the words were indecipherable, written in a language Cora did not read. Then, the inky black scrawl began to glow, turning an electric shade of blue. Startled, Cora fumbled the book like a poorly thrown football. She sank to the floor. Cross-legged, she propped the book between her knees and read the heading at the top of the page.

Dedication: For my granddaughter, Cora Carmichel. She is worthy where others are not.

Cora gasped.

Had Nana Rose written this book? And if so, when? And what did it mean, “She is worthy where others are not”? Was her grandmother referring to Nathan, the nonbeliever? Or Cora’s cousins? All of who thought Nana Rose nutty as a candy bar?

Just as Cora was about to flip to the next page, the book performed the task for her. The pages flapped as though an invisible wind that Cora did not feel were present in the apartment. Finally, they stopped moving, settling on a page titled, The Daughters of Death. It was enough to make Cora regret her decision to open the lock.

The Daughters of Death? What did it mean? Cora wondered.

The letters began to glow again, enticing Cora to continue reading despite her reservations.

Lyla, the seventh daughter, was gifted the ability of death sight. She alone could say when a soul was due to pass through the veil. She alone could alter lifelines. She alone was worthy of bequeathing her gift upon her descendants. Her power, though most morbid of the seven, was the greatest by far.

Before Cora could read any farther, the pages began to move once again. This time, they stopped on a page headed, The Sons of Joy.

Isaac, the lone son, was gifted the ability of joy sight. With a single touch, he alone could see the events that would prove most joyful in a person’s life. His was a power that could be used for great goodness or great evil, for he alone could decide whether to intervene to redirect the course of a life. He alone was worthy of bequeathing his gift upon his descendants.

Once again, before Cora could read any farther, the book chose not to let her. It stopped for a third time on the very last page.

A millennium will pass before the gifts are united on this plane. The descendants will converge as one into a single sole, and she alone will hold the Power. She alone will decide the fate of mankind in this realm. She will be known throughout the galaxy as Fulcrum. She will be called Esteria.

“I have always told you that you were special, my dear child. You will soon learn how special you truly are.”

The voice was soft and syrupy and reminded Cora of lazy Sundays reading by the fire and big breakfasts of homemade pancakes and smoked sausages. It brought tears to her eyes. She blinked and looked up. Nana Rose, dressed in her favorite pink cardigan and white pants, stood before her. The old woman’s gray curls were expertly styled, as though she’d just returned from her weekly trip to the salon. She was just as Cora remembered her, save the sword strapped to her back.

Nana Rose held out her hand to Cora. Despite the translucent nature of her grandmother, Cora somehow knew that if she took the hand it would feel solid. And it did. Nana Rose pulled Cora to her feet and wrapped her thin arms around her granddaughter.

“This is a burden I would not wish for you, child. But you, Esteria Cora Carmichel, are worthy.”

 

 

2015 Best Of...

 

Hey Guys! Since I love making lists so much, I thought I'd share one with you all--my best of 2015 list :) Not all of the picks were released in 2015 (most weren't), but they were all either read, watched, or played within the last 12 months.

Without further ado, here are our picks!

 

 

Best Game

Winner: Her Story. If you haven't tried it, YOU SHOULD! And then tell us what you think, because we're dying to know what really happened...play it and you'll understand what I mean :)

Runner-up: Forever Lost

Honorable Mentions: The Room 3

Consumes Most of our time (and longest running favorite): Plague Inc. Yeah, that's right, we spend our free time killing off humanity :)

 

Best TV Show

Winner: Blacklist. James Spader was born to play Raymond Reddington. With a veritable wealth of one-liners and SAT vocab, not to mention creative serial killers, fascinatingly complex criminal masterminds, and a kickass soundtrack, the show never disappoints. Fair warning: It's not for the faint at heart. The violence, while not gratuitous, makes even both of us self-proclaimed horror movie aficionados cringe and look away from the screen at times.

Runner-up: iZombie. Wasn't sure we'd like it when we started watching, but the fact it was created by Rob Thomas was reason enough to give it a try. This show is a must for VMars fans everywhere.

Honorable Mention: The Flash. Much as I enjoy watching Oliver Queen run around shirtless as the Arrow, I feel like Barry Allen and I are kindred spirits, save the whole super power-running-at-the-speed-of-light thing. And Cisco is the best supporting character ever.

Longest Running Favorite/Most frequently re-watched: Veronica Mars. It sucks us back in every single time we see it come up under Amazon's recommendations. And, somehow, the epic love story between Logan and Veronica never gets old. [SPOILER ALERT] Sure, once V gets together with Piz the show sort of loses something, but the movie sets right that egregious error in the season 3 story arc, though I'm sure if the show hadn't been unceremoniously cancelled way before it's shelf-life was over, the writers would have corrected this mistake much sooner :)

Best Movie

Winner: The Giver. Yes, I know that not everyone thought much of this adaptation. And yes we were both hesitant to watch a film based on one of our favorite books EVER. But, ultimately, The Giver was an excellent movie that stood out from the pack.

Runner-up: Interstellar. More than anything this movie was a surprise. Neither of us thought it would be our thing, but we both enjoyed it immensely.

Honorable Mention: Entourage. The movie itself was nothing extraordinary, but watching Vinny Chase and Co. take the big screen was well worth the two hours and $15 we spent for the pleasure of doing so. It gave us the opportunity to spend a little more time with one of our all time favorite characters: Ari Gold.

 

Best Book

Winner: The Syndicate. Okay, yes, we wrote it, so that means we are just a smidgen bias. And yes, it will not be released until 2016, but we have never let a technicality like that stand in our way. We are so excited to share Stassi's story with the world! A blend of sci/fi, historical fiction, and romance, with a salting of magic thrown into the pot for flavor, we hope that it will appeal to a wide range of readers who will all, fingers crossed, want to take a trip through the spinning vortex and be transported to the world we have spent the last year living in :)

Runner-up: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones. Jones' Charlie Davidson series has long since been one of my absolute favorites. Apparently a grim reaper, the son of Satan, and hellhounds running amok in New Mexico make for one truly addicting series. I am currently counting down the days until my pre-ordered copy of book nine appears in my digital library.

Honorable Mention: Storm of Lightning by Richard Paul Evans. This is the fifth book in Evans' Michael Vey series, all of which I have enjoyed. I will say that, unlike the previous books, this one was short and left me feeling a little unsatisfied. The epic adventure of the previous books was missing from this one, and a lot of the story took place away from Michael and his band of merry cohorts. So why did I give this book an honorable mention, you might ask. Well, because I love this series so much that even with these issues, I still wanted to go back, and did go back, and re-read the entire series after finishing SoL, which to me is the mark of a good book :)

Other noteworthy books we read this year:

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. I read this book as research for the Syndicate. I figured I'd find it an interesting read, but hadn't thought it would be so engaging. Once I started, I found myself racing through the pages to learn more and more about Hemingway's life in Paris during the 1920's. I even reread several of the more captivating chapters just because. 

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan. This was definitely a surprise like for me. Ordinarily I wouldn't have picked it up, since it lacks certain aspects that I typically look for in my pleasure reading, like say anything out of the realm of reality or a sadistic killer. I decided to read The Royal We after stumbling across an article online about it being made into a movie that both the mom from Gilmore Girls and the chick who played the Duff were already attached to. Because I love them both, I immediately ran out (to my computer) to purchase the book. And I was so very glad that I did.

We'd love to hear what you all found most entertaining this year! We are always looking for more/better/different ways to procrastinate :)

 

Happy New Year to all of you! And as always, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, for all of your support!

Love all of us at Sophie Davis Books,

--Hannah, Tabitha, Mary, Phia, Talia, Erik, Lark, Raven, Blake, Asher, Stassi, Gaige, Molly, and Charles!

 

Updates and the Year Ahead

 

Happy Holiday everyone!

 

In the spirit of keeping you all apprised of our progress on things, here's a status update:

 

- The Syndicate:

I know, it sucks that we had to put this release off!  We will have an update of what's happening within a week, so hold right!

 

- ARC Review list:

Due to an amazingly overwhelming response to our initial call for ARC reviewers, we are closing the list at this time.  If people leave or are removed (which will only happen if reviews aren't posted), we will open it up again.  Thank you so much for your support!

 

- 2016 Releases:

I know, every year we put out an over-ambitious hopeful release schedule for the coming year... and this is no different!  We are going to work uber hard to try to get all of these books out in 2016, but keep in mind that this is *tentative*!  Keep checking back here for updates as we work on the books.

 

late December 2015: TBA

late February 2016: INESCAPABLE! (Talented Saga #6)

June 2016: Atlic (Timewaves #2)

early September 2016: Vacant Voices (Blind Barriers Trilogy #3)

December 2016: Title TBA (Timewaves #3)

 

Ambitious?  Hell yes!  But we're going for it :)  Let's all just keep our fingers crossed that our health stays good and there aren't any major catastrophes in 2016.

 

- Staying connected with you, our awesome readers!

I know we say this all the time, but... 2016 will be the year of videos from us!  We haven't figured out specifics (youtube? vimeo? that new one? any advice on making videos and where to post them would be HUGELY helpful), but we're planning to update you guys around once/month live from our crazy world.  Comment on this post with reader questions you'd like answered, tags you'd like to see us do, or any other ideas!  One lucky contributor will win a free signed book of their choice, just because we love you guys.

 

And finally: Happy Holidays to everyone!  I know this time of year is typically about gifts (I do love shopping for people), but it's also the time of year to go out of your way to do good deeds, use extra kindness, and help out others.  Be sweet, muster patience for those who work in retail, be generous with your time, and enjoy the season!

 

Much love,

Both Sophies <3

 

Inescapable Cover Reveal

 

The time has finally come, the Inescapable cover is HERE. Well, sort of. Each day this week, one AMAZING blog will reveal a piece of the cover. Then, on Friday, each participating blog will reveal the ENTIRE cover (it will be on my website as well). If you haven't signed up for the newsletter yet, now is the time to do so. Talia (and possibly Erik :)) will be sending out release day updates and news alerts, including the pre-order links for Inescapable as soon as they are available.

 

Now, for the first piece of the Inescapable cover puzzle:

 

Happy Reading!

 

Sophie

 

Oh what tangled releases we weave...

 

Hi guys!

 

So here's a quick update on The Syndicate... we are postponing the release indefinitely. Not because the book isn't done, but because of its potential. Odds are that we will still self-publish it, but we'll keep you posted on the book's status.

What does this mean for the release of Inescapable?  Absolutely nothing :) We will still be throwing ourselves into working on it the moment we're finished polishing The Syndicate, and doing NaNoWriMo for it. It is our hope to have it come out at the end of this year, but definitely by the end of January. Again, we will keep you posted!

For all release news and the most up-to-date info, be sure to sign up for my newsletter on the top right side of this page.

 

Much love,

Sophie

 

Let's get personal... (AKA Releases, News, and Info)

 

Hello my loves!

 

It’s time to get personal.  I’ve been putting off talking about this for years now, because I’m honestly not the kind of person who wants to talk about it. However, after years of moving around the release dates for our books, I really feel the need to be totally honest with you all about a factor that is always in play when it comes our workload and scheduling things.  So here goes…

For years now our release schedule has been far more volatile than we’d like- dates are always changing, the order of releases changes, and sometimes sequels get put off for years (yep, I’m referring to Pawn and the Nightmares Trilogy).  Most of you know that there are two of us writing together – my best friend from law school and I. That’s important to keep in mind when you consider the major life events that always seem to occur around a release: they’re a combination of two very real lives, not one terribly unlucky, tragic existence.  And while those major life events have been a big factor in this – the death of a parent, losing two of our precious dogs, unexpected surgeries and a plethora of other catastrophes – a lot of it has come down to one thing: my health.

Just after law school, while we were studying for the bar exam, I had to have my gall bladder removed.  That was a big enough pain in the you-know-what at the time, since the bar exam is no small feat, but it was a tiny blip compared to everything that has happened since.  Combined with my abnormal ductal anatomy, removing the gall bladder caused a serious and painful chronic illness that I have dealt with every day in the eight years since it happened.  Before you go feeling sorry for me, an amazing thing happened as a result of my getting sick: we started writing, and Sophie Davis was born.

Though the illness has made it so that I am unable to practice law in any traditional firm setting – my life plan before this all happened – it has also given me the opportunity to embark on this journey of being an indie author, to really dedicate my time to something I am so passionate about. As much as it sucks to have this condition, and as much as it has changed my life from what I thought it would be, there is always that silver lining – if I’d never become sick, it is highly unlikely that we ever would’ve started writing down our crazy stories. And it is almost certain that we wouldn’t have ever had the time to dedicate to growing it into this incredible thing we have now.  As cliché as it might be to say, we are honestly living our dream.  We’d both always wanted to be writers, but are also pragmatic enough to know how tenuous writing careers are, and how difficult it is to be able to support yourself full-time as a writer.  And so we both chose the ‘safe’ path for our lives – lots of education to set ourselves up for stable careers where we knew we’d do well for ourselves.  But the desire and dream were always there.  My getting sick allowed us to take a leap of faith we never would’ve chanced otherwise. And getting sick allowed me to make something out of our books, from the time I spent my days emailing bloggers one-by-one asking for reviews, to joining reader groups to ask you all to take a shot on an unknown author who chose to not take the traditional publishing route, to the incredible day we hit a bestseller list for the first time. Thank goodness we tried, because this is absolutely our passion, and we really love what we do.

Having said all of that, the truth is that the reality of my being sick interferes regularly with our plans for writing and releasing the books. The Cliff’s Notes version is that my condition is cyclical, meaning I go through good times, bad times, and then back around to good ones. Getting to those windows where I have far more good days than bad does come at a cost – two surgeries six months apart, to insert and remove a stent in my pancreatic duct.  And sometimes the decision to have this procedure done comes without much forewarning, which of course throws any plans we have right off the tracks. The procedures provide me a window of relief that varies in length, usually around a year or so.

During this window, the days I’m feeling well far exceed those when I’m not; most days I am able to throw myself into the work and the worlds that you and we love so much. On the bad days, when I don’t feel up to doing much of anything, the puppies and my bestie keep me company and help me through the worst of it while I lay on the couch re-watching Entourage and Veronica Mars for the umpteenth time. Since we make our own schedules, the life of an indie author allows for these days off, which is very lucky.

Unfortunately, my condition inevitably worsens again as the cycle continues through the downswing. During these periods, when the bad days outnumber the good ones, my productivity takes a major hit. Naturally, this severely affects our plans for writing and releasing books. Put plainly: It sucks. It sucks for me, feeling like hell most days.  It sucks for you, the reader, because things have to be pushed back. And of course it sucks for all of the people don’t get to experience my awesomeness, because I’m not venturing out into the world much.

So why am I telling you all of this now, after four years of dancing around the issue? Because we’ve hit a breaking point: we feel really terrible about our constantly postponed releases and the disappointment that comes with it.

When we started this adventure, it was all about us – just two friends who enjoyed creating elaborate stories together. We wrote because it was something we’d always wanted to do. We wrote because it was fun. We wrote for the two little girls in the pink house who vowed to dream big (yes, this was us, but that’s another story for another time). And even now, it is still about us. We still write because we love it, because there is no greater joy for us than when an idea of our imagining becomes a story on the page, when the characters come to life and the plot comes together like puzzle pieces. But it’s not solely about us any longer. It’s also about you – the readers. The characters, the worlds, the stories, and even the two of us – you have embraced it all in such an unexpected way. You have enthusiastically supported our dream. You, our amazing readers, have shown us such incredible loyalty. In turn, I feel like I owe you honesty.

It has taken a lot for me to come forward about this, because I genuinely don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me. The truth of the matter is that I do not feel sorry for myself. How many people get to spend their days laughing with their best friend, devising harebrained ideas, and exploring the worlds inside their heads? I am still the same silly, ridiculous, dreamer I’ve always been. Now I just see doctors more frequently. Sure, I would’ve enjoyed slamming my hand down on the table while pointing to opposing counsel and yelling “Lawyered!”  But not quite as much as I enjoy writing.

Regardless, I do feel like it’s important for you guys to know that we’re not just sitting around, twiddling our thumbs while we eat cake and watch Pretty Little Liars (that’s only an hour each week). We care about our readers so incredibly much, and feel blessed to have every one of you. Without this amazingly supportive group, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. We hate letting you down by delaying yet another release. It is honestly still astonishing to us that we actually have so many readers, and we don’t want to lose you guys. The fact that there is even a single person out there who is looking forward to our next book is truly more than we hoped for when we first released Talented. As enthusiastic readers ourselves, we understand how annoying it is when there are huge gaps of time between books in a series, especially when the release dates are continuously being announced and then pushed back. So we do understand how you’re feeling, and we don’t want to lose you out of frustration. Both of us are so grateful for each and every one of our readers. You are making our dream a reality. You have given us an incredible opportunity in general, but particularly for me, personally: a chance for a life and career I’d never thought possible after my diagnosis.

So all of this is a longwinded way of saying two words: I apologize. I’m trying, I promise. Unfortunately, all I can do is promise to work hard on the good days, push myself on the so-so days, apologize to you for the bad days, and try my hardest to set more reasonable goals.

Now that I’ve gotten all of that out of my system, on to our revised release schedule!  After a critical review of our practices the last four years, there is one major thing we want to change: the actual release of each of our books.  In the past, most have come out with a whimper instead of a bang.  The biggest reason for this is that we feel so terrible about moving release dates and making you wait between books in a series, so we literally set the release date for the absolute soonest that we can actually finish the book.  We never build in any time to send out advanced review copies or to publicize the release, because we want to get the books into your hands as soon as possible!

However, in order for us to have the best shot possible at a long-term career as writers, and for my bestie to be able to quit her lawyering job in the foreseeable future, we need to change things up a bit. We need to allow a little time for marketing and advertising prior to each release. I know that this will disappoint people in the short-term, when we have this hype window for the first time, but the books will still come out about the same distance apart in the future.  And for those of you who don’t want to wait, you can always sign up for either our blog network or review group, both of which will get the books about a month before they come out.  The only requirement to receive Advanced Copies is that you *must* review them in a timely manner, preferably before the book actually releases. We really believe that having reviews already up for the books before they come out will do a lot towards helping them succeed.  We have a system in place now that we’ll be tweaking, but basically you’ll email our awesome, invaluable assistant a link to your review, and you’ll automatically receive an ARC of the next book when it comes out (if it’s a series you’re signed up for).  I’ll link the sign-ups to both of these programs below, if you’re interested in joining!

Just a side note about the release dates below: they are ALL tentative. It is definitely ambitious, and we will be pushing ourselves hard to have each of these out around the dates below, but keep in mind that one of my surgeries will be coming up in about a month, so we may have to change things around. I always try my hardest to stay with it and work as much as I can, but there’s also the possibility that I may go through a couple weeks when I can’t work at all. Regardless, I will say this – we’re going to do better on keeping you updated!  So here’s what we’re looking at now: a very busy, prolific fall with lots of payoff for you guys…

 

The Syndicate (TimeWaves #1)- November 10, 2015

Inescapable (Talented Saga #6)-  December 29, 2015

Vacant Voices (Blind Barriers Trilogy #3)- Jan/Feb 2016

 

 

Which reminds me, if you’re wondering why on earth we’d be starting another series when we have three we need to be releasing books for, I don’t blame you at all. It seems crazy to me, too!  But it’s an idea I’ve been marinating on for two years now, and it’s our hope for this to be our biggest series yet.  And what does one do with a series they’re super excited about and completely believe in?  Take it to BEA, of course!  We very seriously considered attempting to go the traditional publishing route with this one, so we dropped everything to get a solid chunk of it done for the country’s biggest book conference.  After weighing our options, talking to some key people with houses at BEA, discussing it with our traditionally published friends and very seriously considering the timeliness of the subject, it all brought us to one major decision: let’s self-publish the hell out of this thing.  We are hoping to really amp up the marketing and exposure for it, which again goes back to building in some lead time for the release, to get reviews, get people talking about it, and do everything possible to give it the best chance for success.  Although I know many of you will be frustrated, since it meant pushing back both Inescapable and Vacant Voices, I sincerely hope you’ll understand why we’ve made the decisions we have, and that you’ll give the series a try.  We’ll be unveiling a new website in the coming weeks with Sneak Peeks, Character Bios, and special Behind-the-Scenes glimpses at the world and story we’ve come up with.  I honestly think you’ll love it. And I really hope you do!

Okay, so I’ve shared my personal story, passed along the new release schedule, told you about the Syndicate, and hopefully given you more insight into us, how we’re doing things, and why we’re doing them the way we are.  What’s left?

Only to thank you. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your enthusiasm.  Thank you for helping us to succeed. And thank you for sticking with us.

We love you guys so much that I am embarrassed to admit that, as a writer, I don’t actually have the words to convey the depth or breadth of my feelings.  Thanks for sharing this journey with us; it’s been an amazing ride, and I’m so excited for what the future will bring.

 

Much love,

The Sophies

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Cover Reveal - The Syndicate (Timewaves #1)

 

Cover Reveal!

Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls of all ages, from both the future and the past...

We proudly present to you the cover of the exciting new release coming this Fall from Sophie Davis

The Syndicate (Timewaves #1)

 Expected Release: September 2015

 

In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past...


As a Runner for one of the underground syndicates that now controls the timewaves, Stassi 2334 has seen it all: the fall of Rome, the rise of Hitler, the end of democracy, the establishment of time tourism, and the devastating consequences of it. Stassi’s job is to seamlessly slip through the past, in search of items of value to the syndicate's clientele.

Stassi's next assignment takes her to Paris in the 1920’s, in search of a lost manuscript by one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. She and her partner, Gaige, are swept up in the City of Light during the height of fashion and culture—as alluring a locale as they’ve ever visited. But a seedier side of life lurks beneath the glamorous façade, and the pair quickly discovers that this run is more dangerous than any of their previous missions.

Stassi and Gaige must ultimately decide how far they’re willing to go to ensure the future as they know it.

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