Forever

ORIGINAL POST:


I have (and hope to continue) to get fan mail. The biggest question so far is, “When Forever will be released?”
I try to respond to everyone individually, but in the effort of trying to save time. Here is my response.
“Forever is under construction. I am about 1/3 of the way through the story line. I am shooting to have it released some time at the beginning of 2011, but once the writing is completed I have to edit as well as send it to my agent for approval. I could rush through it but I want it to be the best it can be for both me and my readers. Thank you for your patience (and even impatience).”

UPDATE:
As many of you know I over shot my hoped for finish date. With school and learning the business end of books, I didn't get to spend as much time on the writing part as I wanted. I am trying to balance the demands of writing with the demands of family and work.
I am still hard at work on Forever and I promise to have it out as soon as possible. I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to post here or on Facebook as well as those who have taken the time to write reviews. I will try to be more diligent with my updates and I again want to thank you all for your patience and impatience.
UPDATE October 4, 2011:
I know it has been “Forever” since I’ve updated everyone. I don’t really like making excuses for my actions but I wanted to let you know your comments and questions did not fall on deaf ears.
I recently finished writing and I’m glad to say it has been sent off to my editor as of today. I know the wait has been long but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I have not set a date yet for the release because I don’t like carving things in stone until I know everything is in place.
Thank you all so much for your messages, encouragements, and questions. I will keep you posted as milestones are reached.
UPDATE:
I know everyone has been waiting for an update and I told you I would let you know milestones as I reached them. The suspense is over in some regards and just starting in another. Forever has been sent to the proofer (to make sure all my I’s have dots and those pesky homophones are found). With that said, I am setting the tentative release date for Forever as December 1, 2011.

As a little treat, I am also posting the cover for Forever. I hope you all enjoy it. And I look forward to your feedback.

UPDATE:
So a funny story for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

I uploaded the new version of Immortal some months back after editing was completed. It took nearly four days to go live on Smashwords and another two days before it was updated on Amazon. I don’t really know how long it took before Barnes & Noble got it up on their site but it took a few weeks.

The reason I’m telling you all this is that I set my release date for Forever as December 1, 2011. I didn’t want the formatting and upload time to cause me to miss the date so I began the process in the WEEEEEEEEE hours of the morning on November 24, 2011. Funny thing is it didn’t take as long as I thought it would. In fact, it is now available for purchase on Smashwords and will soon be available on Amazon. I considered removing them and waiting an extra few days but that can be a tricky game so I am leaving them up.

Think of it as a Black Friday present. I hope you all enjoy and that the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend is a happy one.

81 comments:

  1. I'm excited for Forever, but like you've stated. I rather wait than have it feel 'rushed'!

    ReplyDelete
  2. i so can't wait for forever to come out i hope u will have a release date out soon so i can know when to get it.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Kudos on immortal! Loved it! I am anxiously awaiting the release of Forever! And hoping already that it doesn't end there!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I bought Immortal on my Kindle this morning and have been reading non-stop all day! I went on the site to buy Forever and was a lil sad that it hasn't been released yet. Thank you Mrs. Lauren Burd for fueling my imagination and newly re-discovered love of reading! I hope to see it soon and will wait (albeit impatiently) to read another of your fantastic books.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Ditto to what AshleyR said, I bought Immortal on Kindle and read it in a day. Just finished it and can't wait for Forever.I really like your writing style and could visualize the starting college experience. I love the characters and the ending to the book only because I got to read the snippet of Forever included :). Keep up the great writing, and hopefully we'll be seeing Forever or sale really, really soon.
    Any hints to the plot of the new series you plan to write?

    ReplyDelete
  6. I just finished Immortal on my Kindle and loved it! I didn't realize that I was at the end until Bam I got hit with it. One thing that I do have to critique about it, is there were a lot of grammar mistakes as I was reading it. Now if you are looking for some one edit your next book I am definitely the one to do that!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have never been a reader up until the Twilight series and the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris! (Awesome Books)

    Well I had seen a post on Facebook about how they had just read this book called Immortal and she liked it better than Twilight! Well that was enough for me! I was on the hunt for Immortal!

    I have read the Immortal book and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! I am reading it for the 2nd time in a row and I am so excited about Forever!

    Lauren, I want to say KUDDOS! You have given the vampire world a fresh and creative edge! You have found a way to keep the thought "Vampire" without them actually being Vampires! I love it!

    Please keep writing and I hope that this story and characters continues after Forever!

    I will continue to follow you and your world of books...and I am telling everyone!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I think i'm just like every one on here i bought immortal on my nook acouple of days ago and last night i started reading it since i couldnt sleep in the end i went to sleep at 5 in the morining so i could finish the book. It was amazing and ALWAYS keeps you geussing. though i have to say i kind of hate/love Duncan, but I LOVE SAMUEL! i was so shocked by ending, but i loved it, its a major twist yet i still hope alina ends up with Samuel......
    Praise on the amazing book hope you dont stop writing.

    ReplyDelete
  9. jdjdbdhhdbciaownchdbxwgrjs!!!!!!!!!!
    I CANT WAIT FOR IT TO COME OUT!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. just finished the first cant wait for the next part. I loved the twist an turns can wait for forever :)))

    ReplyDelete
  11. So it's the beginning of 2011 any idea when Forever will come out? I absolutely loved Immortal I read in less than 24 hours. I read a few reviews online before I read it and I have to say that all the negative reviewers must be crazy! Excellent job, I can't wait to read Forever to see where you will take the story and, the agony of knowing that it will end and I will have to wait for the next one to come out is going to drive me bonkers!

    ReplyDelete
  12. i bought immortal on my kindle and i loved it. i finished it in one night! i love your story line because it is sort of mysterious and i am now anxiously waiting for the news on forever.

    ReplyDelete
  13. The book is awesome! I totally bought it on my kindle on a whim and loved it, was sad to find out the other is not released yet but please write as many as you want and take as long as you need. It was great!

    ReplyDelete
  14. loved the book immortal!! cant wait for forever. i loved the ending of immoral but i was kinda hoping you would come up with a nickname for samuel. but thats the only complaint that ca be made and its not really a complaint. but i hope forever is out soon. but i commend your decision to slow it down and make it perfect. Its hard to write a book and hard to write a good one really fast. so pace yourself. loved the book!!!!!!!!!. dont stop writig please.

    ReplyDelete
  15. so its feb. where is our next book!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Loved Immortal! Any hint on Forever? I can hardly wait!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Read Immortal for the second time. Anxious to when Foreveer comes out, please be soon

    ReplyDelete
  18. you will do all of us a favor if u tell us the range of the released. hopefully its soon. loved ur book dont stop writing.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I finished Immortal in 1 day and I CAN'T WANT FOR FOREVER TO RELEASE!! I HOPE ITS SOON (FINGERS CROSSED)

    ReplyDelete
  20. So sad to say 5 hrs flat it took me to read Immortal and then to find there is not yet a sequel I am heart broken I can not wait for Forever to come out

    ReplyDelete
  21. NO NEW POSTS SINCE JANUARY... WE NEED SOME NEWS, PROGRESS REPORT IF YOU WILL ON FOREVER!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I really enjoyed Immortal! Can't WAIT to read Forever!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Great book...absolutely loved it. Stayed up all night reading it. Wish it would never end. Can't wait for forever to be released. Keep the stories coming...you're a very talented writer.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I enjoyed it though it was too close to Twilight, like way too similar in some plots and characters. I will still buy 'the sequel when it comes out, maybe it will take a different turn.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I loooved this book!! I am so glad I discovered it and can't wait until Forever comes out!! Thank you for writing it.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Um, yeah I don't feel like it was similar to twilight at all. The only similarity I found was the daylight didn't kill them. Loved the book. I have to work in 5 hours and probably should have slept but I could not stop reading. I am really excited to read forever when it comes out. Thank you for the book. Loved it.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Please keep writing it! I happened to download Immortal onto my Kindle just trying to find something to pass the time. I LOVED IT! I cannot wait until you finish Forever! I am very excited to find out what happens with Samuel and Alina and of course Duncan!

    ReplyDelete
  28. There is no reason for me to joke around so this is 100% true this book Immortal was the best book but when I flipped the page and it ended I started searching for Forever and I came across this but I want you to know that you can but me on the #1fan list for that book just wish it didn't take so long but don't worry you won't be going anywhere not with me in line for that book Forever so I crown you #1 best bookseller.
    Waiting. ......................................................................................................

    ReplyDelete
  29. Any new updates regarding Forever?

    ReplyDelete
  30. It seems like its taking forever for Forever to be release...the waiting is unbearable:(

    ReplyDelete
  31. I loved immortal, got it on my kindle app on my phone and couldn't put it down...I am like everyone else awaiting forever...I can't wait to find out what happens...I was so mad at Duncan for lying...I hope its not forever til forever comes out and i hope there is more to come...This is a really kewl twist with the "virus"

    ReplyDelete
  32. Come on! I was about to cry.. (not really but YES).. I saw the first chapter of forever and it helped me calm down a bit to see Samuel again.. But seriously..Iam about to cry again if Forever doesn't come out soon enough.. Pretty Please with a strawberry on top!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Can't wait for Forever to come out!!!!! Don't ever stop writing!! Now I have decided that I am a Duncan fan forever because he is like the bad boy in the book!!! I was mad at him for lying at him though!! I still hope Alina will end up with Duncan. II'm still interested though what will happen with samuel and Alina too.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I was wondering when the next book comes out. I loved Immortals it was a great book.

    ReplyDelete
  35. I absolutely loved Immortal and will patiently wait for the next one. Thanks for a good read.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Do you have an aprox date?? for Forever???

    ReplyDelete
  37. We need an update, it's been months since you last gave us a status on the sequel!!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Okay, I found the update! Immortal was wonderful!

    You have more people rooting for you than you realize! Use that for your inspiration!

    Can't wait for Forever, it seems like 'Forever' since Immortal and the cliff-hanger killed me!

    Hope it's out soon and you're doing well!

    Kristi-The Book Faery

    ReplyDelete
  39. just got done w/Immortal!!! Easy, fun read!! Was wondering how it was going to end with only 20 pages left...and then SEQUEL...AAAHHHHH!!!
    Can NOT wait until Forever!!!
    You are an amazing writer and kept me captivated!

    ReplyDelete
  40. I don't want seem rude, but rhis book needs to come out NOW. I have zero patience in waiting for Forever

    ReplyDelete
  41. You haven't posted anything since January, just wondering if you have any updates on when you think Forever will be published?

    ReplyDelete
  42. dont rush her we want her to be focused on the book more than we want her to be focused on these post.! lol WE NEED FOREVER.!

    ReplyDelete
  43. ok so since there isnt any book out yet are there any other good books that are ALMOST as good as IMMORTAL.?

    ReplyDelete
  44. Maria if you haven't read the my blood approves series from Amanda Hocking take a look. It is good and will keep you occupied while you wait for FOREVER, also she has a trylle series which is really good but she is going with a publisher soon so if you want to get those at the cheap price do it soon!

    ReplyDelete
  45. I just finished Immortal it is amazing!!!! Can't wait for Forever. Hate reading books before the sequels are out, it drives me crazy.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Maria.. Amanda is correct The Trylle Trilogy is a great read and they are very cheap via Kindle at the moment. Also, Hollowland by the same author is excellent and is going to be a series.. she is in the midst of the sequel Hollowmen.

    ReplyDelete
  47. trylle is great and amanda hocking has a sieries called my blood approves, so far there are four books and a novella called letters to elise... awesome books

    ReplyDelete
  48. Can't wait for forever, seems like it takes forever though!!!!! Duncan fan all the way!!!! Hope Alina ends up with Duncan!!!!1

    ReplyDelete
  49. I just finished immortal and the sneak preview of forever. I am so excited and cannot wait to see what happens with Alina, Samuel and Duncan. I am hating Duncan at the moment, but maybe there is another twist in there. Can't wait to find out. Thank you for your story!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Just finished reading immortal and i loved it!! I can't wait till Forever.I loved the sneak preview but now i find myslef checking your blog daily to see if you posted a release date.Keep writing :)

    ReplyDelete
  51. I'm diyng! DIYNG!!! And the sneak preview was probably the killing blow! Can't wait for Forever. I'm a total Sam Fan! Regardless of the reasons Duncan just keeps switching sides or worse has always been in the same place but keeps lying about it!

    ReplyDelete
  52. I Just finished with this and may I say I can not wait for the next one! I'm vary excited. and as a mom my self I understand needing to make time for your family! And no one wants a rushed book :-) But I must say I can't wait lol Th teaser killed me! I'm a huge Sam Fan!! from the vary beginning!

    ReplyDelete
  53. So since this last post, where are you now in the release of Forever?

    ReplyDelete
  54. Ok so i read approx six books a week. Normally i dont reread until a serious is completed, but i have read immortal twice now and still no preorders for forever. As a mother of four and the fact that we own and work in two small business' and i completed my degrees with kids being born and all four in tow while i worked on my thesis....here is my best advice schedule your time for everything into appointments so that you dont spend too much time on any one thing. In the end all your tasks will be completed, maybe not one hundred percent but it will helpyou to focus on it all and decide the housekeeper is actually saving you time and money. Good luck to you God Bless

    ReplyDelete
  55. I love immortal book and am eaiting for the release of forever. Hpoefully it wil be soon.

    ReplyDelete
  56. Please someone let me know when Forever is coming out!! I have been waitin for like fricken forever!!

    ReplyDelete
  57. Ahhhhh no news, no updates. Don't want to rush but I know i'm getting desperate. Please Lauren Burd give us some news!!!

    ReplyDelete
  58. I really hope u havent just left us hanging lauren. I loved the immortal book....plz at least give us some news...where.all waiting

    ReplyDelete
  59. I agree with Mckim .... are you leaving us hanging?? Atleast write a damn Novella and clear up the love triangle!!!

    ReplyDelete
  60. Well....... its August and still no Forever. Im very excited to read it. Please post a release date so I can add it to my pr-order list. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  61. I maybe a new be only just this second finished immortal with the forever sneak peek ....... Please I need my next hit !

    ReplyDelete
  62. hi im 15 im a writer mostly poetry but ive writen a chidrens book but it was turner down i onley tryed once threw an online pub. co but it was fun then i love fiction books i love the idea if science mixed in with dreams and i love getting lost in the idea of eturnal love and endless possiblities for someone to have the chance to do something huge and important and have forever to do it its the ultimate dream of a good hearted person i fell in love with this book and i hope that one day ill be an amazing writer like lauren burd and if theres any chance you/she is reading this then please do something great books have the potential to make a difference millions of people buy your books if you could influence then to be good to realize the greed in out society and take part to make our world better then you are truly amazing thank you
    -julianna

    ReplyDelete
  63. Just finished reading Immortals and absolutely loved it. I can't wait until Forever comes out. I'm hoping that it is sooner rather than later, but either way I'm looking forward to reading it. Keep up the great work!

    ReplyDelete
  64. So i totally forgot this book had a sequel coming out... thats how long ago i read it.... total bummer that it is not completed yet. Do hope that this sequel does come out soon before i forget there even is one coming out!!

    ReplyDelete
  65. I feel the same way. I have been waiting since at least January and only remember it because I have this page bookmarked. So, I see it when I check my author's sites. I loved this book and its plot, just hope it comes out before we all get forgetful. At least post an update.

    ReplyDelete
  66. What's it been since the "author's" last post... 4 months? May wasn't it?? Lauren, you could atleast give us an update on forever, if there ever will be a forever????

    ReplyDelete
  67. Ok so at this point i am loosing interest in even reading forever! If the author isnt even responding why stay loyal? I have always stuck with writers i like through good and bad but dont know that i will with you!

    ReplyDelete
  68. At this point I couldn't care less if she writes this book or not....if you can't even bother to at least put up an occasional update...even if it means we're waiting longer than expected, then I certainly won't be contributing to your wallet anytime soon. The story was great...the author leaves something to be desired, my loyalties lie with authors who give a damn about their fan base.

    ReplyDelete
  69. ohhhh myyy gawwdd i totally loved your book i idolize you your book got me inspired to write my own and i got to tell you with school and having a social life its hard i got 7 chapters down. But i cant wait for forever i bet it will be awesome!!!!1

    ReplyDelete
  70. Hi, Lauren. Just wanted to drop a line to say, I just finished your book Immortal and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Forever. It was a real fun read. Hope you can find time to finish the second part and publish it. Sam's my hero - he's a sweetheart... and true blue all the way!

    ReplyDelete
  71. I just finished reading your first book and loved it! I am super excited to read the sequel and was excited to read that you sent it off to your editor at the beginning of the month. Hopefully there's no big changes to be made because I can't wait to read it! Good luck

    ReplyDelete
  72. Just finished Forever. I hope there will be another and hope it comes out soon! It was great!

    ReplyDelete
  73. More Please! Both books were GREAT!

    ReplyDelete
  74. Just Bought Forever! I cant wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete
  75. Don't want to bug you but when's the next one coming out?? Amazon says "trilogy" ... so there must be a new one, right??!! Hurry please (but don't rush) and make it LLLLLOOOOONNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG because I hope it answers all my questions if the series is going to end!

    ReplyDelete
  76. Please tell me theres another additon to the Immortal series

    ReplyDelete
  77. Do you know when you're going to finish Eternity?

    ReplyDelete
  78. Whelp it is now may of 2014... and I am still patiently waiting for Eternity to be released. There have not been updates in over a year. Just hoping for a release date.

    ReplyDelete