Welp, started drafting chapters for our *5th* book– the sequel to Exiles. This series will be a duology, our first time ending a story in two books. 😬😬 Let’s see how this goes…

We always hear other authors talk about how they can feel paralyzed, like they have never written a book before when they’re staring back at that first blank page. Even if it *is* book number five. We are definitely feeling that fear, but that’s good. It means we are taking chances, pushing ourselves and our stories. So, here’s to embracing the fear 👊🏻👩🏼‍💻To paraphrase Jade, one of our characters, here’s to being scared but racing into the flames nonetheless.
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Boo 🖤👻 #happyhalloween ...

🌻Put the petal to the metal🌻 We’ve been starting work on book 2 of EXILES annnnd we’re not accelerating as fast as we’d hoped. Building another story from its foundation after just completing the first one can be a bit daunting, but we’re taking heart that this is our usual process. Now is the time to slow down, dream, let the characters tell us where they want us to take them. So for now we’ll just surround ourselves with flowers and remember that it takes patience to fully bloom. 📚 ...

Gotta say… starting work on a sequel when only two other souls have read the first book (our editors 😆🤍) is a bit … lonely & bizarre.

Every day when we are out with friends or family, we find ourselves pointing out a certain phrase, location or item of clothing and saying, “Oh, that’s SO Jade or Crys” or “Oh my god, I feel like an Exile right now.” And no one knows what the hell we are taking about 😭🤣 We are just living in our own world.

Can’t wait for the coming days when all the hard work & passion for this story is wrapped in a shiny cover, so Exiles can have a face, a first hint at what’s inside! 📚

Honestly, can’t wait to share more 🌴
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✨Line edit for EXILES turned in 😭✨ She’s off to copy edit now, which means we can finally turn our attention to its sequel. The journey of Book 5 is about to begin 😳 (cue the scene of Theoden getting dressed in epic lighting before the Battle of Helm’s Deep— “And so it begins…”) ...

✨Three years ago today we became published authors✨ The Rule of One, our debut book, was released into the world, and Ava and Mira, the twin sisters who had lived in our heads for over seven years, were finally set free and shared with readers from Texas all the way to France and the Czech Republic.

This artwork depicts one of our favorite scenes in the book, when Ava and Mira are out on the open road in the middle of nowhere West Texas, leaving a past they can no longer return to and entering a dangerous future they’re not sure they want, no less if they’ll survive, but they ride off into the unknown nonetheless because what they *do* know is they have each other. 💛

Artwork by @nathanaardvark

*Also, seems like we knew masks were going to be a thing even in early 2019 😂
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My very natural thinking pose. 😊

We got our line edits for EXILES a tad early. Line edits are the last major revisions for a book before it heads to copyedits and then the production of advanced readers copies when people will actually get to read & hold our book for the first time 😵😵😵

Line edits are true to its name. Our editor literally goes line by line to give thoughts, questions, but mostly ✂️✂️✂️. We very lovingly call our editor @brasswax Jason Scissorhands. 🖤🖤

EXILES is really starting to feel like a real book and we couldn’t be more excited!!
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A rare treat when Texans find good bbq in LA 👌🏼Writing fuel? 🤔 Not so much 🤣 ...

✨✨DEADLINE DAY✨✨

Finally looking beyond the finish line like 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀😭🤯🤗 Send warrior vibes and lots of virtual teas pls 👊🏻☕️
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How’s our developmental edit going? Well, we’re hanging in there 😉😜((kinda wishing we were back here in Rainier NP))

We always love to watch extreme competition shows when we edit bc watching people go through really hard things while we’re on deadline is extremely cathartic. We’ve been watching Alone this time, a survival show that puts 10 people in the brutal Arctic and whoever can last 100 days wins a million dollars. Mentally we feel like we’re in the Arctic in our cave…will we last our 30 days? Stay tuned 😂
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*Deep breath* Time to dive into revisions for Exiles! Got our edit letter today, which is always both daunting and exhilarating. It can be painful to read, but after we’ve absorbed the notes, the feelings always turn to excitement knowing the book can only get better from here! *long exhale*

Off to the writer’s cave! 🦇🦇
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Sometimes it feels like the only thing that gets us through the day is Yerba mate 🧉😂 We call it liquid gold.

We actually don’t drink coffee and never had tea until two years after college when we were writing the screenplay version of The Rule of One and had to stay awake for those late night sessions 🦉Now we can’t go a day without our Yerba 🙃 (we normally brew our own, bottles for on the go)
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