Oh my goodness! I am so sorry I missed all these messages and emails about the pre-order going poof!
On Friday morning, I decided to unplug for the weekend so I could get some much needed rest to help with my healing/recovery/getting better-ness. I even switched my iPhone to DND which meant even Julie couldn't reach me. <----Worst weekend ever to hide away!
I'm trying to figure out why the pre-order went *poof* but I don't have an answer yet. I suspect that it's some kind of glitch/miscommunication because my initial upload was half a day late way, way, way back in December. I was well within the final upload windodw/cutoff but I'm beginning to think that wires got crossed somewhere in the system.
After I finished freaking out about this, I realized this might actually be a blessing in disguise. I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out.
To meet that December deadline, I had to cut 1/4 of Alexei's book.
At the time, I decided I would release a sequel a few weeks later to finish out the book the way I had originally planned. As you can imagine, I have gone back and forth and back and forth about that decision since uploading the final version to KDP in December. When I was working on the print version last week, I had some serious doubts about my decision to do this in two books. But, because the pre-order was already arranged, I had no choice but to move forward because I didn't want 5K+ people to get one version and everyone else to get another.
But, now that the pre-order went *poof*, I'm seriously considering holding off on the release until Friday. Tha gives me enough time to tweak and have this reformatted so the original version, all 100K+ words of it, comes out together at one time instead of as book 1 and book 2. I really think that it's the best decision because I know I'm not happy with the book 1 and book 2 situation which means y'all probably won't like it either.
So. Let me see how quickly I can get this tweaked and reformatted. It might even pop up before Friday if the planets align...
In the meantime, Julie is going to help me put together some giveaways and I'll toss up the first 5 or 6 chapters on my website tomorrow morning so you can get a bigger taste of Shay and Alexei.