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Launch Date, Take 2

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Okay, I really mean it this time.

Bloodbonded will go live on July 1, 2016.

 

Yes, really.

I promise.

My artist friend delivered the last map last weekend. I finished my listen-through this morning. I made a feeble attempt at formatting a Table of Contents this afternoon. I ran it through Calibre to generate various e-book files, and I sent it off to the pre-readers about twenty minutes ago.

It’s done.

As in DONE done.

I’m giving my pre-readers a few weeks to read and write reviews, and I’ll upload the final version so that it’s live on July 1.

In addition, I’ll be promoting and hyping this book over the next three weeks whenever I have time, so if you feel inclined, I’d love your help with shares and retweets.

Finally, in conjunction with the release of Bloodbonded, Ravenmarked will be 99 cents for the first several days of July. I haven’t decided exactly how long, but I’ll publicize that closer to July 1 as well.

This summer promises to be ridiculously busy, as usual, but I’m going to try to promote these two books as much as possible. As for writing, however… I’m going to take a little break from Taura. I need a vacation. My brain is so weary of this world that I’m going to take a little break from Taura and edit the first book of the dragon western series I wrote a few years ago. The book has been patiently sitting on my hard drive, along with a few random worldbuilding notes and half of a sequel. I just need a little palate cleansing from all the effort of getting Bloodbonded done, and I think the world of Hawthorn Hills is just the place to take a vacation. I’ll get back to the next book in The Taurin Chronicles in the fall.

For now, for tonight, I’m going to have a glass of wine and bask in the glory of an actual honest-to-goodness finished book.

An Update…

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What’s that saying? “If you want God to laugh, make plans”?

I’m going to have to delay the release of Bloodbonded. I promise you all that I’ve been working on it—I really have! But the end of the school year usually brings with it a lot of demands on my time, and I think I underestimated how much time I’d have this month to really devote to finishing it up. In addition, a couple of my beta readers aren’t quite done with the last read-through, and my artist is still working on one of the maps, and I don’t want to publish without those final pieces complete.

There is some good news, though:
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The Hubs

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35 days to launch…

It’s terrifying. I don’t say that lightly. I mean it’s literally heart-pounding, anxiety-provoking, terror-inducing. I don’t know how I’ve managed to get this far, and the only reason I keep moving forward is because of this weird compulsion to publish. Somehow, the work just isn’t complete until it’s “out there,” and I have to get it out there, out of my head, off my back.
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A Real, Honest-to-goodness Launch Date

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Hello, threes of fans.

I apologize for my absence. I am pretty sure I spend as much time apologizing for my absence as I do actually blogging. I don’t even know how this much time goes by. I’ll blog, get busy with parenting, projects, kids, scouts, whatever, look up and go, “oh hey, I have a blog,” and six weeks or more have passed.

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The End

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I did it.

I finished Bloodbonded.

Well, not “finished.” I will have a few more folks read through it one more time before I publish it, just to make sure that the last changes I made make sense and find any weird mistakes, inconsistencies, typos, extra blank lines, etc. And there are a few peripherals that need to be done–a character index, an appendix, a revised bio, some maps. But those are small things, really. The good news is…

Bloodbonded is basically DONE.

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I’m Fine. FINE.

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I don’t know where to begin.

It’s been a busy month. Let’s start with that. I logged in here to clean up spam and realized it’s been over a month since I posted anything. What have I done with myself in that time? Well, I have not been writing, that’s clear. I’m no further on my edits for Bloodbonded than I was on January 19. I have, however, been very busy with my American Heritage Girls troop–planning, coordinating, meeting, and dealing with all the minutiae. And I’ve been busy with kids. There’s always that.

But not writing.
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And So It Begins… Again…

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Look:

first page screen shot

That’s the opening page of Bloodbonded. It’s open. For reals. I got enough feedback from betas that I feel like I can move forward with this next edit.
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Happy Dance

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That moment you think you have six months left in your demanding volunteer job, but then realize it’s only five months:

Pretty sure Schroeder and Lucy represent the folks in my troop who want me to change my mind.

Overall, really, everyone has been super about my decision. They get it. And I’ve been in this job for three years and on the governing board of my troop for a total of five years. It’s time for a break.

Of course, I think people want me to change my mind, but not this time (I’ve done it before). This is a good time for me to step down. The troop is stable, we have a great charter organization, we have an active and involved parent group, and the girls are thriving. I’m leaving at a high point.

In any case, June 7 is my last day in this job. I’m nearly giddy. I know summer will be its normal, frantic self, so I don’t know how much writing will get done then. But I do know that some will get done next fall.

It’s time.

Writing Math

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This is the dilemma.

I have this book, Ravenmarked. And I have a few fans. And I have a few sequels planned. And the fans would like to see the sequels sometime before they die.

So I work on the sequel, Bloodbonded. And then I finally can’t look at it anymore, so I finish it as much as I can and send it to five beta readers. Two beta readers drop out. Three beta readers haven’t finished the book.
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On Joy, Satisfaction, and Storage Solutions

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One more day of 2015.

Not gonna lie–I’ll be glad to say goodbye to this year.

This hasn’t been the worst year ever, but it’s been far from the best. I’m exhausted from the constant roller coaster of emotions. Not only am I on my own roller coaster, but parenting teens automatically puts me on their roller coasters as well. And then there are the two tweens–one who will enter that mysterious realm of teenagehood in May, the other who will enter middle school in September.

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