Thankful Thursday sees me with plenty to be thankful for.
In August 2006, Silhouette announced they'd cancel the Bombshell line of action/adventure novels. Sales weren't as high as expected, and the company thought it best to shut the line down. The last Bombshells were released in January 2007.
For many authors, Bombshell had promised the chance to tell a bigger and yet more focused story: A story in which a heroine's goals and obstacles challenged her sense of self, and the Happily Ever After could be hers, and if necessary, hers alone. But Bombshell seemed to be the right stories in the wrong time. Or maybe the wrong format. Who knows?
Those of us who'd made our publishing debut within Bombshell wondered where and when we would ever publish again. Our books seemed ill-suited to publication elsewhere, and yet these were, in many ways, the stories that drove and thrilled us. So what were we supposed to do now?
People have asked if I regret beginning my publishing career with the short-lived Bombshell line. Well, I don't believe in looking back. When I stop to consider what I would have done differently, I'm essentially trying to guess whether a decision I made three years ago might have produced better results for me today. But in my experience, regretting the past and projecting into the future serves only to make me dissatisfied with the present. It makes more sense to me to remain here, now, facing the page that's before me.
Last week I received a call from the editor now in charge of the orphaned Athena Force continuity, a Bombshell series going into its third year. The Athena Force novels were quite popular, consisting of an ongoing storyline of graduates from the Athena Academy for Young Women. Readers -- of all ages -- wanted more of them.
So starting in August 2007, the third Athena Force series will be released monthly as a stand-alone continuity. My book, HUNTER, about an Athena graduate working for the U.S. Coast Guard and possessing a very special gift, will be the March 2008 release.
For the action/adventure fans who wrote to us, upset about the line's closing, we have 12 more books on the way. Hooray!
And for authors who fear the closing of lines and imprints and publishing houses, only this: We are here, now, and what else is there, really? The page in front of us, the story burning in our hearts, and the care we can take of ourselves and our gifts.
Tomorrow can fend for itself.