Wednesday, January 11, 2012

News, Lulls, and Magic

I have been away from my blog for several weeks now and if you are one of the ghost readers who frequent this page, I apologize for the lack of content.  With paramedic school, the new book and reedits on Keepers, I have been totally neglectant (which is not a word, I know, but I just found that out and am not ready to let it go yet).  I also have been struggling with what to write about as I was feeling pressure to be witty and insightful and have come to the conclusion that it would be better just to post more often and be happy when insight happens along.
So...I have in my hands a finished copy of Scarlet and the Dragon's Burden.  It is obviously the sequel to Scarlet and the Keepers of the Light and I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.  For those of you who have already read Keepers, just wait, Dragon's Burden (in my humble opinion) is even better.  A lot more action and more insight into the characters and the world of Satorium.  The release date is still the 31st of January, although I will admit, I've flirted with the idea of letting it slip, but I've stayed strong so far (only twenty days to go).
The other big news is that I was able to get Scarlet and the Keepers of the Light to the editor who worked on Dragon's Burden and I will be releasing a second edition with those corrections along with Dragon's Burden.  All of the reviews and feedback I received about Keepers were fantastic although enough grammatical errors were pointed out that I had to take action.  I want to thank all the fans who overlooked my mistakes and saw merit in the story and for kindly giving me the constructive criticism.
Book three of the series is taking shape and coming along well.  As you'll find out in Dragon's Burden, things are getting more complicated and the stakes ever higher for our heroes and it's both a challenge and an adventure for me as a writer, as I don't think I've ever tackled a project with such scope.  There is something quite liberating about creating your own world and although I was apprehensive at first, I've found through the process that it's an experience both rewarding and, dare I say it, magical.
An update on my last post: after kicking and screaming, eating Snickers in spite and pretending like the new year hadn't really started, I'm finally eating healthy and the weight has begun to come off.  As far as selling 30,000 books...not quite there.  So far, January has been a rather dry month and I will admit that after the explosion I had in sales during December, I'm a bit disappointed.  That being said, nobody said it was going to be easy and as long as a few people enjoy the books, I'll keep them coming.  Keep helping me spread the word as there is no greater compliment or endorsement than a reader and one day, just maybe, there will be hardback copies and Barnes and Noble signings in my future. 
Hope the new year finds you well.  Keep reading everything you can and share your love of books with someone younger than you.  For my house, tonight is the last few chapters of Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth.

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