The Shadow Dragon:
I have handed book three to my editors. I am still hoping to have it out this summer. I am now working on book four. I am almost halfway through it. The story keeps growing and evolving into more than I had expected. I have also updated the cover for Orbs of Fire and am posting its new look today. I am super excited with how it turned out. I finally figured out how to create fire, allowing me to make the orbs of fire appear the way they had in my mind. I did add a bright yellowish/white line down the center which is not part of what I had envisioned, but it created a more powerful appearance.
Also, I have pulled The Shadow Dragon series from Smashwords to put it in Amazon's KDP Select program. (Which means it isn't on Barnes&Nobles, Apple, or Kobo.) Why? Because I'm curious. My plan is to leave it there for the contracted 3months, and then take it out of the Select program and put it back on Smashwords, but still leaving it at Amazon. This is an experiment, so I'm not sure of the outcome yet.
I just finished reading through the first manuscript. And although a little frustrated, I have a better idea of where the characters are headed.
I had rewrote this story, limiting it to two points of view. I was so frustrated because the story had lost its heart - it felt disconnected. I had been ready to cry, because the story is really good, but I was having a hard time telling it in 3rd person and it won't work as 1st person. Then I remember there were two types of 3rd person, limited and omniscient (aka: head jumping). I read up on omniscient and my heart leapt with joy. This is how my story is supposed to be told! And crazily enough that was how I had originally started. So I have to go back and start from scratch, but at least I am a bit more confident about what I am doing.
I printed off the manuscript and am reading through it when I have time. I woke up a week or so ago realizing where I had gone wrong in that story and now I know what needs to happen. It sits in my car so when I'm out and about and know I will have some waiting to do I can bring it with me. For example: picking up the kids, doctor offices, boring time during sporting events, and so on.
My kids brought home a nasty virus and I couldn't focus on my writing for a couple of days so I adjusted my covers for the Solace books. There isn't much difference on book one, but I made book 2's cover look more like book 1's cover. I will be changing those on here also.
My friend just got back to me on this story (which is my attempt at an adult book). I gave this manuscript only to two people out of fear that it was awkward. My one friend gave it to me with honest feedback. She loved the story, but there were some parts that needed some touch-ups. So I fixed a few things and exchanged copies with my other friend (who normally edits for me) who hadn't started reading it yet. She just finished today and said it was really good. I asked "not hokey or stupid?" She said "not at all." I of course asked about the "adult" parts? She said "even those were really good." smile emoticon No, it won't be considered Romance because my one friend told me it doesn't really fit in that genre. So it will be Fantasy still, but not for everyone. Hee Hee. Still one more story almost ready to be published! Of course there's still the title and cover... Ugh... Nope. That's not going to bother me, I will figure it out like always!
Well I think that's everything in my writer's world. I hope you are enjoying your adventures too!