Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The past, the present, and the future...(Book news!)
Okay - I've been keeping the news close to the vest but I have HINTED strongly that an old series I wrote some years ago has been a project of mine for the past few months. If you've read my blog or my website you're aware that I wrote for a LOT of years before I tried to get published in 2009 and wrote over fifty books between 1993-2008. I get asked a lot about what kind of books I wrote. It got me to open up some old files to read some of my older series. I was obsessed with one of them and when I re-read it, I became fixated again. I sent the nine books (yes - NINE finished books to a beta reader who not only read them within a week but 3 more mostly finished books in that same series). She loved them. I began editing and updating the first book (um...as an example the lead in the first book had to exchange her CD player for an MP3 player and add in the use of CELL phones since when this was written...yeah....they weren't common and called people on land lines). I had to go through four old computers to see when I began to write this series. The oldest files I could find were the beginning of 2002. I have one more computer that is older which will have more files but I didn't have the right cord for it. We're talking some OLD darn computers! LOL. Good thing I don't throw them away since I found some partial books I'd forgotten about when I was tracking how far back ago I'd been working on this series. Anyway, If you're wondering exactly when I began this series...it was before 2002 since I found files with those dates to tell me I'd written at least the first three by then.
I have been updating the first three books to the NS series. Writing is a learning process. I'm always studying edits, seeing where I make mistakes, and trying to learn from them by taking notes. I had a lot of work to do on these books. As an example... Alright is actually TWO WORDS. I had a redundancy issue and tended to ramble. These are NOT short books. I looked up Ellorascave word count list and the first book is considered a Super Plus Novel in length. LOL! It was time consuming but I believe WELL worth it! As a matter of fact my CP threatened to fly to California and kick my butt if I didn't submit this series. (LOL - I think she meant it!) The beta reader read these books in my old writing style (not pretty!) and she still loved the stories. Those two things really encouraged me A LOT to try to get this series out!
Ellorascave should be sending me the cover for Fury really soon and I should have a release date pretty quickly! I will post as soon as I get them! It really should be VERY soon! I'm going to wait for the official blurb to come out at Ellorascave Coming Soon page so you'll see it there along with the excerpt when they add it. I know - you want more details. What I can tell you is that if this series goes over well.... NINE of them have been written. Yeah. NINE. I was obsessed with this series for a lot of years. They are Alpha males, gruff, and a bit starved for affection. They won't be for long! I came up with the idea for the series because in 1993 I wrote my first book I'll dub 'Morbid'. It was horror story meets romance after a biological weapon accident occurred. My second series I ever wrote was about shapeshifters. I did one of those 'what if' questions...and came up with this series after those two. LOL! (Did that help any?)
My fingers are crossed that the series goes over really well and the rest of the books are picked up! I'd love to get all nine out and finish the rest of the ones I started on this NS series before I had to take a year off writing after my son was born in 2004. It was a rough year when I was pretty ill and afterward, I began writing different stuff and had given the NS series a rest. I've had a blast revisiting the past and being inside their world once more. I MISSED IT and them! (I REALLY LOVE these guys and hope you will too!!!) I'm really excited thinking about writing more of their books once I finish editing and updating the ones already written. I am also working on current series books! You'll see more of your favorite ones soon! I really do love to write and have more books planned for each series. I feel SUPER blessed!
Also - last but not least - THANK YOU to everyone who writes to me, posts on Facebook, and buys my books! This really is a dream come true for me to get to do what makes me happy and the fact that so many people read them = AWESOME!!!