Original Publication Date: September 05, 2017
It’s a demon-eat-demon world for Nick Gautier. Just when he thinks he’s finally gotten a handle on how not to take over the world and destroy it, Death returns with an all-star cast that is determined to end the Malachai reign and lineage forever. Worse? Death and War have found the one, true enemy Nick can’t find, and even if he did, it’s one he could never bring himself to banish or kill.
Now framed for murders he hasn’t committed, and surrounded by new friends who might be turncoats, Nick is learning fast how his father went down in flames.
The heat in New Orleans is rising fast, and Nick’s threat-level has gone into a whole new level of intensity. He’s learning fast that when War and Death decide to battle, they don’t take prisoners. The don’t negotiate. And they’re both immune to his biting sarcasm and Cajun charm. To win this, he will have to embrace a new set of powers, but one wrong step, and he will belong to the side of Darkness, forever.
While this is officially the last book of the Nick Chronicles, it’s not the “last” book. There will be four books about Nick and Cyprian in the upcoming “Shadows of Fire” series. Please stay tuned for those dates.
Note from Sherri about Intensity:
I know a lot of you were confused by the ever-shifting publication date of Intensity. The truth is, so was I. When St. Martin’s first asked if they could move the book from spring 2017 to fall 2017 so that it could be the launch title for their new imprint, I was a little hesitant as I knew fans don’t like change. And I knew that having a bit of a gap in the publishing schedule would upset a large number of you. That extra six months is a big deal as the would mean waiting from Spring 2016 to fall 2017 for the next installment. I quickly expressed my concerns to my publisher, and was assured that they’d make it up to the fans by doing a lot of extras for you. More touring, more this and that, and that in the end, the move would be a great one that would make all the fans happy. So I reluctantly agreed.
Then as I was handing in the book for fall publication, I began getting emails from fans that the book had been moved again. This time to 2099. Naturally, I assumed that was a typo or a system glitch in some computer as we’d most likely not be here for that date, given that we are not immortal Dark-Hunters. So we ignored it and brushed it off as “one of those weird things.”
Then the date was changed again to December 2018. This time, I contacted my editor who told me that, without consulting me and without my knowledge, the date had indeed been changed for the book. To say I was upset is an understatement. It wasn’t fair to make the fans wait over two years to read the next installment. I tried everything in my power to make them not hold the book to what would realistically be January 2019 before you’d have a chance to read it as a gap of that nature is grossly unfair to the readership. What publisher would do such a thing? They refused. So at great detriment to myself and my family, I bought the book back and have now self-published it so that it would be available to fans by the date I promised, and not the two and a half years after the last book was published that my publisher insisted upon, that I knew in my heart was unfair to the readership that has been so loyal to this series.
My readers and my fans have always, and will always come first with me, above all things. Unfortunately, what this means is that Intensity won’t have the wide distribution as the rest of the Nick books, and in all the formats. At least not at first. We are working diligently on that. But it is available to be read on time for those who can’t wait. It will be available as a hardcover within a couple of weeks of the initial release, and I will let you know as soon as that happens. The hardcovers will be available for order through regular bookstores such as BN, BAM and Amazon, but won’t be on the shelves. Again, we’ll let you know as soon as that happens. It just takes a little time to get them in the system when you’re not a major publisher. Not to mention, I’m having to learn how to do this for the first time in my 35+ years of writing history. But again, I didn’t want to make my readers wait until 2019 (or later due to whims out of my control) to get the next volume in the Nick series. I wanted it to you by the date I’d promised it, and so I’ve done everything within my power to make that happen, and to keep my word to you. The hardcover will be 340 pages long. We’re also working on getting the audiobook rights back from SMP so that it will be available to fans in that format as soon as we can make it happen.
As for the Nick Chronicles, Intensity is the last “official” book. When you read it, you’ll understand why. In the new series, we are moving into the future and the series will focus on Cyprian and Ambrose for four books. And then the last set will shift back to Nick as an adult— the reason being that I don’t want letters from angry parents as those will officially be “adult” novels and I wanted a way to designate them as such, and I didn’t want them to be mistaken as part of the YA universe since Nick will and does grow up. The dates for those series will be forthcoming.
Thank you so much for taking these adventures with me. I hope you understand and will join me for the next adventure. In the meantime, there will be a bit of a gap between the official Nick Chronicles and the next set of Shadows of Fire (Cyprian’s books), but I’m hoping we’ll be able to bring those four books out six months apart to make up for the wait. And it’ll also allow me to get the three Nevermore books out that fans have been waiting for over the next two years. But because of this, the first Nevermore was delayed. What was it John Lennon said? Life is what happens while you’re making other plans? Please be patient while I get everything back on track. I promise the shifting around of pub dates will be well worth it.
In the meantime, the 2018 Deadman’s Cross, Silent Swans at Dark-Hunter release dates are locked in and will remain on schedule as we shift the rest of my future releases over to my new home at Tor. Please stay-tuned for the new schedule that will be posted as soon as I have it. Hugs!
- Nick (CON)
- Stone (CON)
- The Fates
- Wren (CON)
- The Howlers
- Ambrose (Contains Spoilers)
- (A)SK Sherrilyn
- Nick's Grimoire
- Arthur's Thirteen Objects
- Veil World
- The Circle
- Lords of Avalon
- Shadow Fey
- Terre Derrière le Voile
- Dark-Hunter Handbook
- Cyprian (Spoiler Alert)
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