Susan Illene served in the US Army for eleven years and worked as a human resources specialist and an Arabic linguist. She served two deployments to Iraq, and after leaving the army, she studied history at the University of Oklahoma. She currently lives with her husband and two sons.
In anticipation of Torn in Flames releasing in a few weeks, I have a question for you all. I have a map of where all the pertinent dragon territories are in the U.S. My beta readers and editor found it helpful to keep track of clans in the story. There are more mentioned in this installment than previous ones.
Keep in mind, it is a generic map I altered with colors, name labels, and territorial lines for my purposes. It’s out of my price range to have a professional do it, unfortunately, but it does the job. I referred to it many times while writing the novel. I just can’t include it in the ebook because I got the country outline from a separate source. This map does not list every clan that exists because if they have no relevance to the story or my personal notes then I’m not taking the time to name or outline them. So a blank area does NOT mean it’s free of dragons. I already had this question and they know who they are, though in their case they were just messing with me. I will say the Cast by Flames (book 7) map has an even more comprehensive map because I did have to add a lot more clans for that due to the plot, but you won’t get to see that one yet.
Also considering creating a Torn in Flames character list explaining who is who if there are enough interested people. I make a spreadsheet for each novel I write, but those have a lot of details that are for me. This would be a cleaner version in a PDF document with a couple of details on who each person is for this installment to use as a quick reference for readers.
Please let me know in the comments below (or on Facebook) if you all would be interested. It would take extra work on my part, but I would be happy to do so if readers think they’d find the map and/or character list helpful.
If this does happen, I’ll let you all know when the document(s) are ready and email them to those who wants them prior to the book release.
I’m pleased to announce that Torn in Flames is now available for pre-order! I’ve got all the retailer links at the bottom of this post. At this time, the first five books in the series are in Kindle Unlimited and will remain there for a while. Torn in Flames will be wide everywhere until about a week after it releases, so those who don’t use Amazon have enough time to get their copy. After that, I’ll pull it from the other sites and put it in KU as well.
In case anyone missed it, the previous novel in the series (Captured in Flames) released in audio last week. You can find it at your preferred retailer as my audiobooks are not exclusive to Amazon and available in most places. As soon as I’ve finished edits for Torn in Flames, I will send the manuscript to my audio publisher, and they will get started on the recording process. It will likely be a couple of months after the ebook release before it’s available.
I’m very excited for you all to read this one as I really enjoyed writing it. Be sure to add it to your Goodreads TBR list here!
I am excited to reveal the cover for the next installment (book 6) in the Dragon’s Breath Series. In 2016, I had the model shots taken for the rest of the series after book two. Thankfully, I had a good idea how each novel’s story would play out so I could have the model pose just right for the images I had in my head. In this one, I always knew there would be a small dragon with her. It was very exciting to finally see my vision come to life.
You’ll find the summary and other book release details below. Hope you all like the cover as much as I do!
For those who have been waiting, I am pleased to let you know the audio version of book five will release next week on January 17th. You can pre-order it now or wait until it’s available. Posting links below.
I’m excited to announce that Captured in Flames (#5) will be in audio soon. I’ve recently signed a deal with my publisher for it and the final two installments of the Dragon’s Breath Series (#6 and #7), as well as a spin-off novel with Galadon (a new character introduced in book 5) that will come after those. I’m also pleased to let you all know Marguerite Gavin will continue narration, so no worries about any changes there.
As soon as I have a release date and pre-order links, I’ll post them for you!