Archive for September, 2013

Friday, September 13th, 2013
Welcome to the Dead World: Red, Scarlet, & Crimson

At the end of this month, I’ll be sending RED in for professional edits. Yes, the book has been edited before. Yes, this is a re-release. And yes, I have changed several things in the book. So many in fact, that it needs to have a professional go over it again.

The one thing I have discovered by revisiting RED is that this book wasn’t written for a particular audience. LOL! I never knew that prior to doing this edit. I always assumed I’d written it for the romance/urban fantasy genre readers. But the truth is RED, SCARLET, and CRIMSON are Sci-fi/fantasy horror novels that just happen to have a romance subplot in them.

There are so many different elements in these books that it’s nearly impossible to figure out where to shelve them. I have no idea if they’ll find their ‘audience’ this time around. I’ve decided since it’s difficult to categorize them that I’m going to play up one of the elements over the others. In this instance, that means focusing on the suspense. It’s a gamble.

I’m afraid horror and sci-fi readers would be turned off by the romance element. (Everyone knows that girls have cooties.) On the flip-side, I think romance readers would be squeamish about the horror elements. The one thing I would never call this book/series is a paranormal romance. The romance takes place over three novels and the hero/heroine don’t meet until page fifty or sixty in the first book. The focus is on a killer, a woman discovering who she truly is, and the changing political climate on the Deadworld. Screams romance, doesn’t it? LOL!

The wonderful Dar Dixon was kind enough to redesign the covers for me. I’ve pasted them below. I think she did a fabulous job. I plan to re-release RED and SCARLET almost simultaneously. CRIMSON will follow thirty days later. I’m also going to write a couple of short novellas that tie into some of the characters. This is actually harder than it seems, since I have to get the tone right. I don’t want a reader picking up one of the shorts and thinking that they’re getting a romance novel, then buying RED and reading about someone being ripped apart in the opening chapter. I don’t think they’d like that very much. (evil grin)




Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Reading Lack Of Attention–It’s Not You, It’s Me

I am currently reading nine different books: Damek’s Redemption by N.J. Walters, Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovich, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch, Angel’s Ink by Jocelynn Drake, Horns by Joe Hill, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Nocturnal by Scott Sigler, and Death’s Rival by Faith Hunter. Thus far, I’m enjoying all the books, which is why it’s so odd that I’m having difficulty concentrating long enough to finish any of them.

I go through this reading stage every year. No idea what brings it on. Normally, I have to go back to my keeper-shelf and start re-reading old favorites to break myself out of the reading rut. I know why I stopped reading a couple of the books. Something happened in the stories that upset me. And when I say that, I don’t mean that the authors did anything wrong. Just the opposite. They added an intense element that was upsetting to me, but was great for the stories. I just have to brace myself to get through them. Apparently, that’s taking longer than it normally does. But I know I will, since I quite enjoy the authors of these particular books.

What do you do to break out of a reading rut? Any tried and true methods to get back to reading the new books?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Home Again, Home Again

Well I’m finally back from the UK. I’m actually having a harder time adjusting than I thought I would. I rather enjoyed the lifestyle in the UK. There’s a lot of walking. Didn’t need a car in London, which I enjoyed more than I ever thought I would, since I quite like to drive. I also liked having all the cultural things available outside my door (ie the museums, plays, musicals, concerts, etc.). Although they’re completely different, it reminded me of what I liked about living in L.A. years ago. Of course in L.A., you don’t have the same types of entertainment. Anyway, I’m still a little jet-lagged and managed to catch a cold, so I’m trying to recover.

I’m not expecting to accomplish much this week, but I’ll need to hit the ground running next week. I have nine chapters left to edit in RED, then I’m sending it off to an editor. I need to know if it makes sense to anyone, but me. *ggg I’m probably not going to edit much of Scarlet and Crimson, since this job has turned into nearly re-writing the entire novel. I don’t really want to do that two more times. LOL! I’d rather focus on new material. That said, I am glad that I got to go through RED. I hope to heck that I’ve made it better. It’s still extremely gritty. The only thing I’ve toned down is the romance, since it’s obvious from the layout of the original version of the book that it wasn’t a romance novel. Does it have elements of romance? Yep. Do my hero and heroine hook up? Yep, but it’s not a romance novel.

I realized while re-editing this novel that the book is about two things: Catching a killer. And the heroine discovering her true nature. Everything else adds to the overall series arc, but isn’t what RED is ultimately about (ie self-discovery). It would’ve been better to have been marketed as a sci-fi/fantasy suspense novel, which is what it is, but you know how that goes.

I’m also looking at either writing a short prequel or side stories based in the Dead World. Not quite sure which at this point. I know four possible ones, but since two are fairly tragic stories, so I don’t think they’d be the best ones to go with. The third is a love story involving one of the side characters. And the fourth is an origin story. My concern is that a lot of these stories won’t make sense to people who haven’t read the series and met the characters. So I’m trying to come up with a way to introduce readers to the Dead World that won’t confuse them or scare them away.

I’ve been making career plans while I’ve been overseas. I am going to release several of my books in paperback. I have to get covers made for them and have them formatted before that can happen. So it will be a slow process. I have other things that I’m looking into and will post more once things have solidified.