I seriously do not know where this year went.
I’m pretty sure it was just Christmas 2016 a month or two ago, and yet somehow, here we are.
Personally and professionally, 2017 had its ups and downs (what year doesn’t, right?) but overall, I want to thank you guys for all your support. Because you love the stories I write, I get to have the best job ever. Thank you for enjoying my often offbeat, often gray and complicated characters. I already made this long Facebook post about it, so I won’t bother repeating myself, but suffice it to say, I got braver in 2017, I took chances, and I’m so happy I did.
I published all those full-length books this year. That’s wild, right? No wonder my wrists hurt. That’s so many books!
I also started a Facebook reader group. If you like my books and want to make sure you don’t miss anything, feel free to join. I have a newsletter, too, but you never know when those will get lost in the spam folder.
I already have my next release close to done, but I haven’t set a firm release date yet because I’m still waiting to hear back from my cover designer. As long as she can get my cover done, it will be late January, though. One month from today, you will have a new Sam Mariano book. My next book is a standalone set in Philadelphia, but you will probably see more of that world, as long as I find time to write it. There are some interesting characters in fictional Philly, and a few in particular have been in my head since before I even met the main characters of this book. The characters in this book aren’t as dark as my Morelli series. On the darkness scale, they probably hover somewhere around my Irreparable characters—not all that dark themselves, but in close enough proximity to darkness that it could occasionally flit in and out of their lives. This book is definitely a love story, though. A complex, unconventional love story between imperfect, faithful characters. I’ve fallen in love with them myself, so I really hope you guys enjoy their story. I think you will.
After this new standalone, other things to look forward to in the coming year include:
- After You, the much anticipated sequel to my coming-of-age new adult romance, Because of You. Yes, it’s finally coming. I promise.
- Morelli spin-off books. What is Rafe up to now that he’s taken over Vegas? Smooth-sailing? Kicking back, letting half-naked showgirls feed him bon-bons? Maybe he’s killing all the fools. Is he keeping an eye on Vince? Is anyone (aside from his wife…)?
What about Dante? If you’ve read Mateo’s POV in Entrapment, you heard the news that had Dante even more of an asshole than usual. The meaner Morelli brother doesn’t live at the mansion so no one got to see how that all played out, but Dante is getting a book, set in that timeline, so you’ll all be able to see how that love story/hostage situation unfolded.
Alec. We know he’s an amusing drunk with good suits and a penchant for dating strippers, but what does the youngest Morelli brother DO with his time? He does what he can to avoid Mateo’s twisted web, but what if Alec meets a girl he wants to keep? He can’t keep her hidden forever, can he?
Then there’s Vince’s half-sister, Cherie. Adrian said she was talking about relocating to Connecticut so she could be closer to family she likes. What about that sexy, Irish hitman who had a thing for her? What’s he up to now that Cherie’s legal? And why the heck didn’t he come back and make good on his promise not to let her die a virgin, cosseted and sexytime-blocked by the scary Morelli men?
So many questions.
Colin has some ‘splainin to do.
Also, if you’re familiar with Colin’s assassin friends from my first release of 2017, The Last Boss’ Daughter, you may be thinking, “Hey Sam, we’ve read about Liam, we’ve had peeks of Colin’s sexy self, but what about Ryder? He’s been in TWO books now. Where is he and what is he doing?” *shrug* Maybe he’ll show up in a third. Who knows? That charismatic ass likes to pop up every now and again, whether I invite him or not. (He must have taken a course at Mateo University.)
In short, I’ve released books I absolutely love this year, and I can’t wait to release some more in 2018. If you have NOT met the Morelli family yet, and you like to step outside the cookie-cutter world of love stories from time to time, you should pick up Accidental Witness and start this one. I’m so proud of these books. It’s a series without rules, a love that cannot (and will not) be stopped, and the most interesting, complex, devious, yet sometimes achingly generous character I have ever created. Mateo Morelli is my masterpiece, and I want everyone to meet him and read his story. (And his story is not one book in the series. His story IS the series. All 8 books. You meet him in book one and his story isn’t over until the last book. Different books in the series focus on different people from time to time, but his story is always there, growing and developing. It’s a comprehensive story, an ensemble cast. It is not like other series you’ve read. Avoid spoilers because suspense is one of the things that makes this series so exciting. You don’t want to know what happens until it happens. Just enjoy the ride. It’s not often you get an experience like the Morellis, so don’t cheat yourself out of it! Going in blind is the best. Just know the series revolves around the villain, and not liking him to begin with is normal (he’s a villain, after all) but just wait. By the time you get to the end, you’ll understand. By the time you get to the end, you will ache for his pain and root for his happiness. You’ll want to slap him for destroying what he loves, feel for him while he faces the loss, and rejoice when it comes back to him. He’s messy and damaged, but the love of the right woman makes a massive difference to this man. This series contains the truest pair of soulmates I have ever encountered in any story that has ever come to me. They are truly made for one another. It’s the happiest of happily ever afters, but it doesn’t come easy.
I’m so pleased with the journey I was able to take readers on with the Morelli family series in 2017. I’m so happy to have finally shared Mateo’s story with the world. Thank you for reading it!
I hope you have a happy and safe New Years weekend! See you in 2018!