A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about high school and Kristine Grayson’s new young adult trilogy called the Interim Fates. You can read that blog again here.
In it, I announced the launch of the first book of the series, Tiffany Tumbles, as well as promise to reveal the new branding for Kristine’s other Fates series books.
Well, the time has come. Tomorrow marks launch day for Tiffany Tumbles. And the Fates series books have a brand new look. And I can’t wait to tell you about and show you both.
I’m going to approach this chronologically, in a way.
If we’re going in reading order, the first project up is Completely Smitten, in which Darius meets his true love, Ariel. The pair, along with Blackstone and Nora from Kristine’s Charming series, appear again in the first book of the Fates Trilogy: Simply Irresistible. Here, we’re also introduced to the Kinneallys, who must help the Fates regain their powers and save true love. And the Kinneallys might just find their own true loves along the way. Absolutely Captivated and Totally Spellbound round out the series. Or you can buy all three in The Fates Trilogy ebook bundle.
These are sweet magical romances about Greek gods, Greek mythology and witches, with a bit of superhero and legend thrown in. They’re a refreshing deviation from the standard fare of today’s magical fantasy romances (although we publish those, too, of course), so the rebranding of these posed a challenge. There’s just not a whole lot of consistent branding out there. You can read a lot more about that in Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s blog about the subject, here. But I’m pleased with what we came up with. I hope you are, too.
So, why the change? Well, covers, like fashion, age. The covers we had on these books worked well at the time, but they were outdated. They needed a makeover. You’ll see more of that coming this year, as well. But that’s for future blog posts.
Back to the topic at hand. The Fates Trilogy also introduced us to the Interim Fates: Tiffany, Crystal, and Brittany. If you’ve read the Trilogy, you know where we left the Interim Fates. If you haven’t, beware a few spoilers.
Now separated from each other, mortal, and back with their biological mothers, they must learn to adapt to a world unlike anything they’ve ever known.
The first book in the new trilogy tells Tiffany’s story. Here’s the synopsis:
Recently fired from her job as an Interim Fate, one of the most powerful people in the world, Tiffany VanDerHoven must move in with her mother in Eugene, Oregon. Tiffany finds living without magic hard enough, but high school? Not even movies or TV prepared her for that.
Tiffany has tumbled into “the real world,” and it baffles her.
To make matters worse, she can’t talk to her sisters Crystal and Brittany (the other two Interim Fates)—except for an hour or so, on the weekend, under strict parental supervision. Parental, meaning their mothers’ supervision. Because none of the girls can talk to their father, the Greek God Zeus, who started this entire mess when he wanted his daughters to use their Fateness to get rid of true love.
Tiffany needs to face her future, but first she must decide what kind of future she wants. One with her crazy magical Greek God family? One in the “real world”? Or can she discover the strength to straddle both worlds?
Whatever Tiffany decides will impact not just her own fate but her sisters’ fates, too.
The final books in the series, Crystal Caves and Brittany Bends, will be released in September and October, respectively. Like we did with Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Anniversary Day Saga, we’re actively encouraging you to binge read. After all, it expands your mind, but not your waistline <g>.
And one final note: Although I’m labeling the Interim Fates Trilogy as young adult, like any great YA writing, these books will appeal to readers of any age.
So, if you haven’t yet discovered the magic of Kristine Grayson’s books, I can think of no better time to start.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.