That Eden Movie Deal...

This has been the giant white elephant in the room for me for a long while now.  Something I've avoided talking about and just kind of let die.  Because it kind of sucks to talk about.  And it's all SUPER complicated.

You know that The Eden Trilogy started out as a standalone novel titled EDEN.  It was one book and I had no plans to turn it into a trilogy.  And then THIS happened.  Eden got optioned by the producer of the Twilight Saga.

So, what happened after all the hype, and all the articles, and all the awesome?

Well, everyone wanted Eden turned into a trilogy.  So I spent a lot of time deciding if I could do it.  And then I decided that I could.  Then, everyone wanted to see it traditionally published.  I hesitantly said okay.  From there, everyone helped me find an agent who we thought would be a good fit, because you need a literary agent before you get a traditional publisher.  So we found one.

This agent and I spent nine months reworking Eden into what would be book one in a trilogy.  There were some changes I knew the story could benefit from anyway, and we needed to set up new elements that would support a book two and book three.  So we spent a lot of time doing this.

Meanwhile, this whole time, the producers are breathing down my neck, asking when I would have a finished manuscript so that they could start getting a screenplay worked on.  They teased me about different actors they had talked to about being in it, but never telling me who...

During these nine months, it was becoming apparent that me and this agent didn't see eye to eye on what should happen in my story.  They wanted one thing, I wanted another.

We weren't a good fit.

But we rolled forward.

Finally, I sent this agent what I thought would be the FINAL round of edits.  And then didn't hear from them for two months.  My emails were ignored and unanswered.  The producers were practically breathing fire at me for the first month of waiting.

So, I sent one last, very demanding email.  I had to know what was going on.

Explanations were given, and I won't go into all of the reasons, some were their own, some I think were due to the bad fit, but in the end, the bottom line was that this agent thought it best we parted ways.

Which was VERY okay by me.

I went back to the producers and said "this is what's going on.  Now what?"

Come to find out, during the last month of silence and waiting, the production company I was signed with dissolved.  And they dropped ALL their projects.

All of them.  Including EDEN.

So there I was, with this finished, re-vamped manuscript, no more movie deal, no more agent.

So what's a girl to do?

Shake it off and move on.

I republished EDEN as THE BANE, and gave you all the awesome news that there was going to be a trilogy.  Despite everything that happened, I'm glad that it did.  Because it was an amazing experience writing books 2 and 3.  I LOVE Eve, and Avian, and West, and Royce, and everyone else.  In fact, THE EVE may be my favorite book I've written.  Maybe.

And even though the movie didn't happen, it was still AMAZING to get as far as I did.  Most authors will never have their book optioned and it was even more amazing because back then, in 2011, there were almost NO self-published books that got optioned.  So I will forever be grateful for the experience.  I have no hard feelings, I still have a good relationship with most everyone involved.

So there you have it, the full story, the full explanation.

Thank you for supporting me and for loving the Eden trilogy.  Thank you for demanding more books.  I'm so grateful that you did.

DEPTHS OF LAKE Pre-Order Links

You can now pre-order DEPTHS OF LAKE just about everywhere you can buy an e-book!

It was another day at the ranch, training horses and working fifteen hour days. And then the last person I ever expected showed up. Lake McCain: a Marine, tall, ripped—and the best friend of my dead fiancĂ©. Cal died to save Lake, and now Lake claims that he carries a debt to me that he can never repay. 

I wanted to brush him off. But then my mom, the manager of the ranch, went and hired him. We spend hours working together with the horses. Lake doesn’t say much. He’s layered and dark and he tries to seem shallow and simple. But he isn’t. There are things under his surface that matter. He works, quiet and strong, and never once lets me down. 

Until he confesses that he may be falling in love with me. I can’t deny that there is something between us. But a relationship? I just can’t. I’ve used up all my chances at love. My past relationships have ended in death or disaster, and now I have to live with all of that. 

I’m Riley James, and there are depths to Lake—depths to myself—that I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand.

So pre-order your copy today.  Cause you know you want to get to know this man:

And get a bit of this:

And a whole bunch of this:

EVER AFTER DRAKE - Available Now!

The next book in The McCain Saga is now available!  Links below!

It was my first day as a brand new high school teacher. But I got dumped that morning. Via text. And then one of my students hit on me. And the rest of the day was a complete mess. The beautifully single Mr. Drake McCain found me in my classroom, feeling sorry for myself. And not sixty seconds later he had me laughing and electricity racing through my blood. 

My family is broken and complicated. I literally don’t know my biological father’s name. My mother is absent and my half-brother barely knows who she is. But Drake? He’s not complicated. He’s sweet and kind and insanely adorable, and comes from a wonderful family. He is everything I want. 

The chemistry between us? It’s there in spades. I keep telling myself that I should be feeling really awful and depressed since I just got dumped a few days ago. But I keep getting this ridiculous smile on my face every time Drake is around and it’s kind of hard to keep telling myself that. 

I’m Kaylee Ray. I believe in fairy tales and happily ever after’s, and maybe the search for Prince Charming is over. 

 Cue reality check. 

And in case you missed it over on Facebook or Twitter, here is the cover and title for the third book, 
coming OCTOBER 14, 2014

 You can pre-order it over on iBooks now!  Check it out HERE.

RED RISING - The Best Book I've Read In Years

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)
Yes.  I just made that declaration.  This book was THAT good.  I haven't written a review on a book in years, but I couldn't NOT write one for this book.

It's difficult for me to describe my I loved this book so much without just saying it was bloodydarn brilliant.  But I'll attempt to sort it out into more specifics.

Transformation:  There are three distinct parts to this book.  Being a slave, transforming into a gold, and being a part of the Institute.  And they all felt. So. Different.  In the most amazing way.  I felt the oppression when he was a Red, or basically a slave.  The emotion when this event I can't spoil happened was raw and real and I felt dead inside too.  And then he starts his physical transformation and I was like WOW.  WOW.  WOW.  This is so bloody cool.  This is everything Captain America could have been and failed to achieve.  And then there's the time at the Institute when Darrow becomes brilliant and flawed and amazing.  Each part was so gripping in its own way.

Characters:  Holy crap does Brown know how to write characters.  Now, there are a LOT of characters in this book and it is really hard to keep track of them all.  But the stars shine brilliantly.  Darrow goes through some amazing development and he's a character you want to cheer for.  We all want to be Mustang, and we all want Pax on our team.  And can I say Servo?!  I think this may be my favorite side character EVER.  So loyal and smart.  He's weird, and slightly demented, and fan.freaking.tastic.  I want a Servo.

Normally when I love a book I devour it in two days.  You can't do that with this book.  Surprisingly, it took me about a week to read this one.  Because the way it is written, you have to pay such close attention to each and every word or you will get lost.  But I did not mind that it took me extra time to read it.  It just gave me more time to experience the awesomeness.
Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, #2)
I've never thought to make a top 5 favorite books, but I knew as soon as I read this one, it made that list.  I've read a LOT of books, and this is one of my favorites.  EVER.  10 out of 5 stars.

I may die waiting for book two, Golden Son.  January 13, 2015 is SO far away.  But read RED RISING.  Now.

A Very Special WHAT I DIDN'T SAY Project

About a month ago, my husband and I were on the ferry, headed home.  We were talking about my book, WHAT I DIDN'T SAY.  I don't remember exactly what we were talking about at that point, but my husband said something along the lines of "What if we did a new cover for it and sold it exclusively on the island?"

I thought "What a great idea!  Hey, what if we got some island kids to model for it?"

Hubby said "What if we made all the proceeds from the sale of that edition go to a scholarship fund for Orcas teens?"


If you'll remember, Orcas Island is where the book takes place.  It's a huge part of the book because it is such a unique place to live.  Orcas is one of the thousands of islands off the coast of Washington, and one of four that gets ferry service.  It's about an hour long ferry ride from the mainland, aka America, to Orcas.

It's also where I live.

So, I grabbed my camera one day, put my kids in the car, and we started driving around and snapping pictures from different places in the book.  And then the next day my good friend and photographer/author came over from our neighboring island of San Juan, and we went out with two very special people.

Our family has known Roo for a few years.  I won't go too deep into it all, but I'll tell you this: Roo is an amazing guy and very much like Jake.  When we came up with this idea I knew there was no one else I wanted to be the model for Jake.  Roo was it.

Finding someone for Samantha was harder.  I don't know many of the high school girls here and I couldn't think of someone who would fit the look and feel of Sam.  So we asked Roo if he knew someone who might word.  He suggested Carra.  And Carra is perfect for Sam.

We got some amazing pictures.  They're adorable, and they fit SO well.  We had a really great, very awkward (making two people snuggle up, hold hands, stare into each others eyes...), time.

I've put together two video's for you.  The first is all the location/scenery pictures from around the island.  There are two important shots that are missing, you will notice.  The bridge, from the lake scene.  It's quite a walk out to the bridge, and like I said, I had my little kids with me when I went out for pics.  So that didn't happen.  The other is the site of Jake's accident.  I kept thinking of going out there, because there is an actual place in my head where it happens.  But every time I thought of going out, I got these tight knots in my stomach.  I just couldn't do it emotionally.  So you'll have to just use your imagination.

The second video is the amazing shots we got with Roo and Carra as Jake and Sam.  I love them.  I hope you do too.

Now, on to this edition that we made.  It has pictures throughout it.  So when I'm talking about a specific place on the island, there's probably a picture of it, right there in the middle of the page.  And here is the cover for it (the normal edition of the book will still have the old cover, this is the cover for only this edition):

And here is the full spread:

And like I said, all the money made from the sale of this edition will go to a scholarship fund for teens on Orcas.  Those of you who have already read the book will understand why this is so special to me.  I don't want to be giving things away, but think of Sam.  And everything these two went through toward the end of the book.

So, if you want to support the scholarship and if you're dying to have such an exclusive edition of the book, you CAN get a copy.  Like I said, it is sold EXCLUSIVELY on Orcas, but if that trip is out of the question ;) you can call the bookstore here on the island and they will ship signed copies.  

Darvill's Bookstore

Thank you so much for your support of this book.  It is one that is so close to my heart and I am honored that it means so much to others too.

Update: What is Keary doing these days?

Hey everybody!

I feel like I never blog anymore, so I thought I'd do a quick update on what I've been up to lately.

Mostly, I've been working on the next book in THE MCCAIN SAGA, EVER AFTER DRAKE.  For those of you who have read MOMENTS OF JULIAN, you know that Drake is the oldest of the McCain siblings, so with this book we are stepping back in time about six years.

Here's the cover:

Here's how I imagine Drake:

And here is how I imagine Kaylee, who's POV the book is told from:

Aren't they adorable?!

So right now EVER AFTER DRAKE is with beta readers.  This is the point where I get all nervous and start wondering if my book is total crap.  And then I tell myself to calm down for two seconds and work on something else.

So the something else I'm working on this week is a very special project related to WHAT I DIDN'T SAY.  I don't want to say too much about it right at this moment, you'll get all the incredible details later, but I will say, this is very dear to my heart.  I think it's going to turn out beautifully.

What do I have planned in the near future?  EVER AFTER DRAKE does come out the middle of next month after all, and I do tend to do things at breakneck speed.

I'm planing to keep moving along with THE MCCAIN SAGA.  Next will come Lake's story.  I'm a bit nervous for that one, I'll admit.  I'm going to have to do lots of research on marines, since he is one.  And he and the woman he's about to get involved with have some really hard to handle issues.  But I already love them, and I haven't even written their story yet.

Wanna see Lake?

And his/their story is a bit like this:
Not my image or saying, taken from Pintrest.

And then you guessed it: last but not least comes Kale.  And I am DYING to write his story.  Though I don't think it's going to be quite what you are expecting.  But it is going to be...awesomely unpredictable.

You know you want to see him.  He is a model, after all....

As Sage puts it in MOMENTS OF JULIAN: "My parents couldnt keep clothes on him until he was about twelve, and even then he preferred to be half naked.  As you can see, he still does.  Im surprised he hasnt flexed for you yet.

 There will be lots of scenes like this...

So, are you excited for the rest of THE MCCAIN SAGA YET?


I am so excited to be able to finally share my newest book with you!  Moments of Julian is a book that happened when I just plain wrote something the way I wanted to write it, with nothing else in mind.  It's a book that shattered my writing speed records (11 writing days to get out the first draft, 41 days from first word written to a finished manuscript) and completely consumed me.  And now you can read it!

Get it for your e-reader, or in paperback!

Available Worldwide

Available Worldwide


It was just a work party, filled with kissing the well-dressed rear ends of clients and fake smiles. Until my boss accused me of something I didn’t do. Until I got pissed and then there was this guy who was hot and flirting with me, and then there were his hands and the backseat of my car and a night of everything but you know what. 

I never expected to see him again. But suddenly Julian Dohring is everywhere. And I can’t get over the endless tattoos that cover his arms, how he’s apparently a recovering video game addict, and dresses like he’s ready to walk down the red carpet at any moment. 

Ten years ago I made a pledge to stay away from alcohol and sex, and to never get too personal with anyone. It’s gotten me this far. I’m twenty-seven, I have a career I’ve worked my heart and soul into, and more money than I could ever blow on shoes and the finer things in life. My attitude and pride have always been enough to keep any man from getting too interested. Until Julian…who claims I can’t dance, and has the nerve to call me a “peach.” 

I’m Sage McCain, and needless to say, Julian has my attention.

So grab your copy new and prepare to meet sassy, classy, almost always intimidating Sage, and swoon worthy, inked Julian!


Did I tell you that this is going to be a series???

Yep.  In MOMENTS OF JULIAN, Sage McCain has three brothers.  And those brothers kept telling me all these crazy stories about how they met their significant others.  What's an author do but write them their own books?!

So, we've got Drake who is the oldest and is a high school history teacher.  Next in the McCain sibling line is Sage, and we've got her covered now.  Then falls Lake, who's a Marine with some deep issues.  And last is Kale, a model who is well aware of the effect he has on women when he takes his shirt off...  Sound like a plan?

So, coming next is EVER AFTER DRAKE, the story of Sage's older brother.  We're stepping back in time a few years from where MoJ is, to when he met this other brand new teacher who was sweet and beautiful and always believed in fairy tale endings.

And it's available for pre-order through iBooks NOW!

COMING JULY 22, 2013

Two high school history teachers with perfect chemistry.  A shotgun, fairy tale romance.  And one huge dose of reality that will threaten to tear it all apart.

Before Sage met Julian, her older brother Drake fell in love with ray-of-sunshine Kaylee.  But happily ever after won't come without a few broken hearts.

Loving a McCain never has and never will be easy.

*official synopsis coming soon*

Pre-order through iBooks (all other e-book retailers coming soon)