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The Ink is Barely Dry on the Contract....

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Today I officially signed my second contract with Twilight Times Books.  I am excited to announce that the sequel to The Coal Elf will be tentatively released on April 15, 2016. 

I cannot wait to unleash The Rise of Sturd unto the universe!


It’s about time!  J


This is my first official sequel, and I have to say, writing a sequel is much more difficult than you would think.  There’s a lot more preparation that goes into it.  All your ducks have to be in a row, every detail has to be spot on, characters have to act within their scope and sequence, and if something is off by a smidge it can throw everything off kilter.  With any book, there is an amount of research to be done, but with a sequel, there’s research, re-reading, more research, and more re-reading.  It’s practically double-time to write another installment in a series.  But I loved every grueling minute of it!


Without giving away too much, here’s what I can say about the book…


~It picks up a little bit after the first novel.  The Coal-less Night has been all sussed out and everything seems to be going well, but nothing can stay too good for too long, as a new threat rears its ugly head.


~New characters are introduced.  Old characters get more “life”. 


~The Coal Elf was YA Dark Fantasy.  The Rise of Sturd most likely will be considered Dark Fantasy.  The second go-around is grittier and darker.  It kinda has to be.  I mean, this is STURD’S story, after all…



~Expect the same level of familiarity to the beloved Christmas mythology.  Expect the same level of DeVivo warping that same mythology.


Get prepared for the next installment of The Coal Elf universe...  Get prepared for Sturd!  Click the pic to watch the Sturd teaser!





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