Holy Sh*t It’s Almost Done

Holy Sh*t It’s Almost Done

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Editing, News, Publishing | 3 comments

Sacred Cities that is. This draft is going to be completed within the week. I can’t believe it. I should be able to because I’ve already written four books, but this one was different. I started this book in November of last year, and I could have written it in six weeks, but I had such a struggle sitting down and getting it done that it seems like an eternity since I started it. It’s true that this book is fifty percent bigger than my others (at the moment), and so it did require a lot more writing time, but the majority of this book has been written since the middle of July. And now it’s almost here. What’s more is that over the last week, I’ve worked with my amazing cover designer, Parajunkee, and we have a cover. Not just a cover, of course, but an amazing work of art. One that makes me excited to release this story into the world. Although this draft is nearly complete, that isn’t to say there isn’t a lot of work to be done. I have to rewrite some sections of the book, do some major hacking and slashing of non-necessary content, alter some timelines and enhance some characters, and then get this book off to the first round of betas. After that, I’ll do another rewrite, send it to another group of betas, self edit the hell out of it, and get it to my copy editor. After that it’s proofreaders and finally, format it for all publishing outlets. Will I make it before the end of the year? Yes. Will this book be out by the end of the year? I’m not sure. I published Release in December of 2012, and I’m not sure that’s the best month to release a new novel. I haven’t committed to a date just yet, but I may hold onto it and do a January release. That part is still up for debate, but the fact of the matter is this book is coming at you, and I think you’re going to love it. Over the next few months I’ll be releasing teasers, snippets, doing a cover reveal, and working with Stuck in Books on a blog tour. If you want to catch those teasers and sample chapters, as well as get the cover before the rest of the world, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. Those of you who have signed up already, you haven’t missed anything because I haven’t released my first newsletter yet. It’s been something I’ve talked about doing for a year and haven’t worked on, but with Sacred Cities wrapping up, my focus will be shifting and they’ll be special content coming, as well as a special giveaway exclusive to newsletter subscribers only. Oh, and with all of this is something else that’s exciting: a complete revamp of the...

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Book 3 Is About To Begin

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Editing, Protector Series, Random, Rant And Ramble, Writing | 1 comment

In the middle of professional edits for EXILED, I got a huge burst of inspiration for SHIFT. While my editor worked on Exiled, I kept myself busy and started writing it right away. Night after night I pounded the keyboard, and I had insane results. Some nights I was pushing out 10,000 words in a single session. I completed the first draft, at over 130k words in 6 weeks. I was astonished, not to mention after doing a read through I found it wasn’t in very rough shape. It needed edits, yes, but it paced and flowed well for a first draft. After I finished SHIFT however, I was nervous. I had no desire to start writing again. I had half my outline for book 3 done, and I wasn’t loving it. So I figured I needed a break. I’d been writing almost every night, nonstop since I started Exiled, and that was a few years ago. A break, I told myself, was just what I needed. I’ve kept myself busy beta reading for another author, doing guest posts and interviews, catching up and wasting copious amounts of time chatting with people on social media, and spending some much needed quality time with my family. The last few days however, I’ve been getting all sorts of ideas. I’ve known what is going to happen in book 3 for a long time, it’s just the delivery I’ve been wondering about. Where exactly am I going to start this book, and how am I going to get the story from point A, to B, to C. What worlds are we going to explore? What will they look like? What new monsters are lurking in the back of my mind, waiting to explode on the pages? I have some fairly HUGE peaks in the story that have been swirling in my imagination for a while, but how are those peaks going to tie together? Well, after taking a few weeks off, I’m finally excited. I don’t have all the answers yet, but I will soon. I’m going to review my existing outline, then wipe it clean and start anew. I haven’t decided if the series is going to run more than 3 books or not yet, but I do know either way, that this book is going to be explosive. I’m going to start on the outline later this week, after I have a few more days to let the ideas cultivate inside this crazy mind, and I’ll start writing as soon as it’s finished. I’ve got some exciting twists, unexpected turns, and a few in your face surprises to reveal. There may be 3 or 4 bombshells I might drop on the pages too. For those though, you’ll just have to wait. Until then, you have EXILED & SHIFT to tie you...

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