A Message From Z.L. Arkadie

Soul Mates Release Update and Other Things

It’s Thursday evening and I’ve been working my behind off today. Sigh… It’s going to be a long rest of the month but I’ll get through it.

I wanted to write this post this morning but I’m running late. I think it’s time to sign off and watch The Good Fight. Gosh, I love that show.

Anyway, I wanted to inform you that there’s a slight delay in editing. Soul Mates will get to the editor next week on the 23rd! I’m still going to release on August 31st though!

Also, I’ve been grappling with combining Tempting Fate with The Deception. My gut says I need to do it. I’ve done it, but then I pulled back. I hate that I made the mistake of releasing it too early. But I’ve done it, so I have to either live with it or fix it.

I have to figure out what to do. Give me a few more days.

Regarding, LOVE in the USA…. I so want to take that series off sale. Especially after I’ve been doing some listening to romance books for the past two weeks. I realize that like everybody else, I was trapped in the Fifty Shades of Grey revolution, and the only thing I got right was lots of sex and a horny hero. However, I missed the mark on not having an entitled, bossy, heroine with nothing going on other than the V this “very, very dangerous” man can’t live without. Oh, and he has to save her. And protect her like she’s a prized possession. That mutual respect stuff that I write, ain’t gonna cut it, Sam.

I mean, I love Daisy and Belmont but if I weren’t trying to emulate the un-emulateable, then I would’ve written the story a lot differently. Because non of the copy-cats do it as well as E.L. James. If they did, then I would be able to get through their books. Because I got through Fifty Shades of Grey, the first book only. I couldn’t get through the others. It was over for me when she ran away from Mr. Crazy. And in my mind, that’s how it ended.

Oh… I did come across a book that I am loving though! A Reckless Note by Lisa Renee Jones. Check it out! It has it all! A truly intelligent heroine with class, style, and maturity and I don’t know who the hero is yet. It’s sort of mysterious in that way. I love the subtle lead into that character becoming our male lead. I think it’s the violin player but I’m not certain yet. Love it!

Anyway, just about all the f-words, s-words, p-words, and d-words have been scrubbed from the LOVE in the USA series. It was just too much. I wrote like that because early in my career, I listened to criticism from reviewers. I want to get the cleaner copies of the books up ASAP. Then, I’ll deal with the content. I think Daisy and Belmont should’ve danced together or something before she just opened up for him. And maybe Belmont should be man enough to at least take her to dinner first. Ya know??? Lol! At least.

So, you see where I’m going with this? I am going to make LOVE in the USA better gosh-darn it. But it’s going to take some time. I’m going to combine books. Throw out books. And I’ll stick to one book per character as I intended.

And don’t get me wrong though. But if he’s going to be dangerous, please SHOW me how. And if he’s a billionaire, please show me HOW he makes his money. I did that in LOVE In the USA. I showed you Jasper, Vince, Robert Tango, and Charlie at work. I showed Daisy, Maggie, Angelina, and Carter working in their professions too. Shoptalk and all. That’s not going to change. But I do want to build up to the sex. Make sex more of the payoff. It’s going to be fun doing that.

I can’t wait to get started! And I promise this, you are going to LOVE the reboot.

Alright, now it’s 9:19 p.m.

It’s definitely time for The Good Fight on Paramount Plus.



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