Almost nine years ago, I released the novel The Salbine Sisters. The novel was received well, and I’ve often been asked if there will be a sequel. I always said, “I’m open to one. If a decent story comes along, I’ll write it.”
The story came along.
I’m pleased to tell you that I’ve written the sequel, titled Salbine’s Embrace. I’m currently editing the novel, and I expect to release it in late August/early September. I’ll tell you more about it between now and then. For now, I’ll just say that the novel opens six years after the end of The Salbine Sisters, when Emmey is about to turn fourteen and has to leave the monastery.
But that’s not all the news I have about the sisters at the Merrin monastery. Because the sequel takes place six years after the first book, we don’t get to see what happened to Rose and Nora’s relationship. At the end of The Salbine Sisters, Rose tells Maddy that she and Nora became involved while Maddy was away. By the time Salbine’s Embrace opens, their relationship has either flourished or fizzled. Maddy gets us up to speed the first time she sees them, but she doesn’t offer any details because it’s all water under the bridge at that point.
I thought it would be interesting to write the story of how Rose and Nora became a couple and what happened to them after the end of The Salbine Sisters, like I did with Playing With Fire, which contains a more detailed account of how Maddy and Lillian got together,
Rose and Nora is a novella (about 21,000 words). It will be available in bookstores sometime in July.
That’s all for now. Happy Pride!