What’s Next

If you’re like me, part of why you visit an author’s website is to find out what’s coming out next. It’s all good and well to find out where that author lives (Cincinnati, Ohio) and whether they have pets or not (I don’t), but what will you get to read from them next?

Here’s what I can tell you:

I have plans. Grand plans. Unfortunately, my brain doesn’t always comply with my wishes. Case in point: I had planned to release a companion trilogy to Thorn tentatively titled, “The Theft of Sunlight.” Don’t be fooled: Thorn is a stand alone. This trilogy takes up a few strands from Thorn and weaves a whole new story around a completely new heroine (Rae, introduced in my free short story, The Bone Knife.). After releasing Thorn, I sat down to work on Book 1 of Theft. And I couldn’t do it. For months, I toyed around with the manuscript, poking it, trying to pull it together, trying to figure what was missing from it, why it wasn’t working for me. But nothing I did felt right.

So, despite all those grand plans, I shelved Theft for later, and picked up a different project, The Sunbolt Chronicles. Meet Hitomi: orphan, rebel and mage with a penchant for rescuing people who need saving, and her arch-nemesis, a dark mage intent on taking over the Eleven Kingdoms.

I released the first installment, Sunbolt, in mid-2013, and then realized that I was not writing a novella serial as I had thought. This was mostly because Book 2, Memories of Ash, decided to be about three time the size of a novella. The Chronicles are still designed as a serial (to be differentiated from a series–serials are like installments that each have their own plot but, together, make a larger story. Think Star Wars.). I’m hoping to stagger the release of the remaining Chronicles books with the Theft trilogy, but that may or may not happen. That all depends on the mysterious inner workings of my writing mind.

1. The Sunbolt Chronicles

The first book of the Sunbolt Chronicles, aptly named Sunbolt, released June 17, 2013. Book Two, Memories of Ash, takes Hitomi from the secluded valley where she ended up at the end of Sunbolt straight to the High Council of Mages. Not the best place for a Promise to hide… I am now working on Book Three, in which Hitomi will try very hard to avoid the High Council of Mages, while also working to take down a slew of ancient enchantments.

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2. The Theft of Sunlight 

The first book in this trilogy, tentatively titled “A Darkness at the Door,” starts up a few weeks after Thorn ends with a completely different heroine–someone you might have met in my free short story, The Bone Knife. Rae is smart, witty, and a born horsewoman, raised on a ranch in southern Menaiya. She and her two younger sisters have been inseparable, until now. Rae gets an invitation from a cousin at court to stay with them for the upcoming royal wedding. She doesn’t have many expectations beyond enjoying the wedding; born with a deformed foot, she knows the court’s obsession with beauty leaves no space for cripples.

Her expectations are turned on their head when she is asked to serve as a royal attendant to the foreign princess. Alyrra is not what Rae expects, nor is the task Alyrra sets her. Rae must find out about the snatched, the children and young women across Menaiya who disappear off the streets and from their beds. Rumor has it that it’s the work of slavers, but then there’s the Darkness, the strange malady that affects those children who escape, destroying their minds unless their memories can be erased. While the people live in fear of the Snatchers, the court dismisses the stories as ignorant superstition. It’s up to Rae to figure out what is going on and how to stop it, with a little help from a few thieves and hostlers you’ve already met…

If you’d like to meet Rae before the trilogy releases, you can check out my (free!) short story The Bone Knife. This little story predates the trilogy by a year or two, so Rae is still living at home with her family.

Here’s the blurb:

TBK-thumbnailRae knows how to look out for family. Born with a deformed foot, she feigns indifference to the pity and insults that come her way. Wary of all things beautiful, Rae instantly distrusts their latest visitor: an appallingly attractive faerie. Further, his presence imperils the secret her sister guards. But when the local townspeople show up demanding his blood, Rae must find a way to protect both her sister’s secret and their guest. Even if that means risking herself.

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  • Christine

    I just finished reading Thorn and it was a great pleasure. Now I have to ask: when will be the first book of the trilogy released? 🙂

    • Hi Christine!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed Thorn. You caught me just as I was getting on my computer to work on another chapter of Book 1 of the trilogy. It’s still very much in process. Ack! I don’t have a firm publication date set, in part because I’m expecting my second daughter in less than a month…new babies and writing novels can be tough to integrate in the first month or two 🙂 I am hoping to have Book 1 out by December at the latest. The best way to find out about the release (and get info on other things like giveaways and free stories) is to sign up for my quarterly newsletter. I’ll only send out a note once every three months, so no clutter in your mailbox. The subscribe option is in the right sidebar.

      Thanks for writing!

      • Christine

        that sounds wonderful. I have myself two daughter, 9 and 3 years old, so I know what will come for you ;).
        Best wishes,

  • Shirley Vicchitto

    Hi Intisar,

    I left a review of Thorn before reading what’s next. I am so pleased to hear
    there will be more books that will utilize characters from Thorn even with different main characters. I look forward to reading anything you write. All the best with your writing and family.

  • Kelsie Gale

    I just wanted to compliment you, I have read all of your books and will continue to read them because I love the way you write! Your characters are so exciting and I feel like when I read your books I get to sit down, get to know them and have a great adventure with a new friend! I’m so excited to read whatever comes out next!

    • Thanks so much for writing, Kelsie! My stories always come alive in my head, but I never know if I can bring them alive to my readers–so it’s wonderful to hear that they do for you too! Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words for a scene or emotion. (Okay, a lot of times!) 🙂

      If you’d like to get word about my new releases, you can sign up for my newsletter in the right side bar… I only send out e-mails every 2-3 months with release information and current giveaways, so I won’t be cluttering up your e-mail. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Kristy Truax Nichols

    Hello, Ms. Khanani! I just finished Thorn, and I very much enjoyed it! I just wanted to let you know that I recced it in my reading group on FB. Keep up the good work. 🙂 I’ll buy it if you write it.

    • Hi Kristy! Thank you so much! I’m so honored that you enjoyed Thorn–and ecstatic that you shared it with your reading group! I’ve been thinking of putting together a discussion question guide for book clubs, and while I suspect your group is different from that, I think I’m going to have to move that up on my list of to-dos. Just in case. 🙂 Thanks again for your words and for stopping by!

  • Jem

    Love Thorn and Sunbolt! Can’t wait to see what you do next 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I’m re-startinig work on Memories of Ash this week (Sunbolt, Book 2). I’m pretty excited to be hanging out with Tomi again. 😉

  • M

    I started reading Thorn last week and I just finished Sunbolt now. I can’t wait for the next delicious read! Thank you.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m so glad you enjoyed both books so much. I’m working on the next one, and hope to have it for you sometime this summer! 🙂

  • June

    I have read Thorn so many times and I love it each time. The first time I finished reading it, i immediately turned back to page one and started again. It is utterly incredible, and thank you for writing it.

    • Thank you so much! It’s a story that is close to my heart, and I grew a lot in the writing of it. I am so honored that it means so much to you as well. Thank you so much for letting me know, too. 🙂

  • Katie

    Just wanted to say, Thorn is one of my absolute favorite novels. And I can’t wait for the first book of the new trilogy to come out. After reading the Bone Knife, I am already loving Rae, and can’t wait to read more of her.

    • Thank you so much, Katie! I love Rae too–I’ve had a really tough time writing her story, but I’m going to give it another swing as soon as Book 2 of the Sunbolt Chronicles is out. I’m pretty hopeful I’ll be able to work through it this time, and bring your her story sooner rather than later. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Alexis

    I loved Rae and Genno from The Bone Knife! Can’t wait to read more of them. Will A Darkness at the Door be coming out soon? (Please say YES!!!)

    • LOL – I wish I could say yes! As soon as this next Sunbolt book is done, I’ll be switching over to the Theft books. I am very much considering turning the trilogy into one huge book because, well, the break off for the first book is a natural cliffhanger. I hate reading cliffhangers, so I don’t really want to do that to you all. But if I go that route, I’ll have to have the whole storyline done before publishing. So… in a nutshell, it will take a little longer. 😀 Sorry I don’t have better news, but thank you so much for reading!

  • Alice

    Are there going to be any more books in either the sunbelt series or the bone knife?

    • Yes on both counts! Sunbolt should be a total of four books when all is said and done (the novella starter plus three full-length novels). And I do have a full storyline planned for Rae as well from The Bone Knife, which I am hoping to take through a second draft this year. I don’t have release dates on either, but I am working on them!

  • Glennie

    I just wanted to say that I love your work. Your voice is clear and smart and I love that your protagonists get by on wit and kindness. I’ve read everything you’ve written multiple times and recommended you to all my friends who enjoy fantasy. Keep it up!

    • Thank you so much, Glennie! I am really touched to hear that you’ve reread my stories and shared them with your friends–what an honor! And yes–wit and kindness are the order of the day. 😉 Wishing you all my best.

  • Liz Rohonczy

    I read the Bone Knife some time ago and immediately started searching on the Web to see if you had developed Rae’s story! I was much taken with her and intrigued with the possibilities. I love your other books, Hitomi’s storey is well crafted, original and gripping. Yet I still yern to hear more of Rae! I check back periodically on your plans. I do hope the Muses are kind to you, and therefor your followers! Very much looking forward to the Theft of Sunlight. Best wishes!, Liz

    • So thrilled you enjoyed The Bone Knife so much! Thank you for coming in search of more of her story. 😉 I actually just reviewed my draft of Theft last week, and am planning to start serious work in it next month. Thankfully, it’s only about half as bad as I thought it was the last time I worked on it. Yay for perspective! I will definitely be working to bring Rae’s story to you as soon as I can, though I expect it will still be a little while. But it is back in the works, so that is something! Thank you, again, for stopping by–and for reading.