I have been very touched lately by the support given by friends, family, acquaintances, and people I don't even know that are in various writing groups and pages I am involved with. I'm not sure if these people who have pledged to attend the launch and buy my book have even read the excerpt I have up on my website, but I sure hope so. While blind faith is wonderful, it would be nice to know that my story is intriguing as well.
I have been wetting the appetite of my editor with small hints into chapters of the next books and she is eager to read them. With any luck I can break even on this book (my first goal, since it is rare to do that apparently) and then get far enough ahead to fund the next one. I really believe it is a good series - my characters are solid, their journeys agonizing, and either way their tales must be told.
Saying this, I am also hopeful that my readership likes the evolution of the series. Like the series title, this follows the evolution of several peoples lives, beginning at defeat and despair, travelling into hope, exploring legacy and then love. All are thrillers, but the subgenre (if I can call it that) changes from more of a science fiction/futuristic feel to one of romance near the end. It has to evolve. Life evolves. The characters evolve. Yes, there is still a fair amount of increasing violence (people who like G.O.T will love the war scene near the end of the second book I think). Again, this is the evolution of life, after all.
In closing, thank you again for all the support I have received. It means the world to me to have such a wonderful support system.