I'm really excited to show the cover for Athena because it's the fourth book in this series, and completes the parallel portion of the series with Paige (by Annette Lyon), Olivia (by Julie Wright), and Daisy (by Josi Kilpack). The next four books (Shannon, Ruby, Ilana, and Victoria) will move ahead in time to the next 4 book club meetings.
When we submitted Olivia, Athena, Daisy, and Paige to our
publishers, we didn't know what order they'd be released. We didn't know
if the publishers would do one a year, or maybe two a year. We were
working with two publishers so it was tricky to get everything lined up.
When they agreed to release all four books in 2012, we were really
excited. Readers wouldn't have to wait too long between books and the
parallel stories will feel more like real-time, how they are meant to
While writing Athena, I was trying to decide who Athena would
fall in love with. I was about 30 pages into the story and hadn't
decided. So I emailed Josi/Annette/Julie and they all had the same
opinion of who the man should be--so that made it easy.
It was a lot of fun to write Athena (except for the not so fun
parts of the story), and I realized that her personality is a lot like
mine. My family life and situation are completely different, but we are
similar in many ways. So it will be interesting to read the reviews :-)
Athena will be released in November, but you can get an early copy at
the October 6th Book Launch (Fort Union Deseret Book, Ladies Night,
Newport Series blog is HERE.