Tag Archive: Bloodbonded

Launch Date, Take 2

READ MORE

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…

READ MORE

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:
(more…)

A Real, Honest-to-goodness Launch Date

READ MORE

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.

(more…)

The End

READ MORE

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.

(more…)

I’m Fine. FINE.

READ MORE

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.
(more…)

And So It Begins… Again…

READ MORE

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.
(more…)

Writing Math

READ MORE

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.
(more…)

First Impressions

READ MORE

I’m still here, Internet.

After a brief spate of blogging in mid-November, I kind of went dark. I don’t know why. Nothing to say, I guess. And busy. Always busy.

A quick update: Beta readers still have Bloodbonded. At this point, I think it will need another round of readers before I publish, so once they get it back, I’ll integrate feedback and send it around one more time. I’m not sure when it’ll be live, but probably this spring sometime. Not by February, unfortunately. Hang in there, friends. It’s closer now than it’s ever been, and I won’t let you down.

In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy this first meeting between Queen Maeve (Connor’s mother) and her paramours, Culain Mac Niall and Edgar Wolfbrother. (more…)

Celebration

READ MORE

IMG_20151020_135428921Dear readers,

 
It’s finally happened.

I have finally managed to send Bloodbonded to beta readers again.

This was a doozy of a week, too. It didn’t start out that way. It started out with promise. (more…)

Epilogue

READ MORE

Some footnotes and random thoughts…

  • The new draft of Bloodbonded is done. It’s rather anti-climatic–not the story, but the finishing of such. I am glad that I worked out the major issues, but as I sit here staring at this massive semi-final tome, I find myself feeling… meh. Maybe I’ll perk up about it when I start reading through it. The read through starts tomorrow. Beta readers are lined up and waiting. Here’s hoping they get it in about two weeks.
  • (more…)