Some have already noticed that a certain book three has been released over the last few days. Valo makes the full release on Monday with the Kindle edition ready for readers to download and read. It can already be found at a variety of other outlets. The link below will take you specifically to your Ebook partner. Paperback is only on Amazon.
As for the cover, one will note this is different than the first two in the series. Not wanting to give away too much, this is from a dream one of the characters experiences. It shows up in Valo and again in Lane.
I should add that my students say book three is the best in the series, well that is up to Lane.
Enough already - take a look at the cover and the book's description.
Enjoy your week!
After the dramatic ending of book two, Keira must better understand who she is and what she is truly capable of doing. Tested throughout by her traveling partners, faces of the past, and Sohon’s approaching army, she must act quickly to get to her father who journeys to the other part of the world.
We have a more information based update today. Some will notice on the website that I have a mailing list button. My intention isn't to have one simply to spam or inundate readers with weekly or monthly newsletters. Instead, I'm simply gathering a list to email readers when my new books are released. For example, an email will be sent out on May 15 to recognize the release of Valo. If all goes as planned another email will be sent out on June 2 for the release of Lane.
This will be a test to see how well the mailing list works. Here is the link to signup if you are interested.
I mentioned this in other updates but I have been in the process of updating book covers. For that matter, I updated some titles too. Standing with God is now known as Going Home. That's book three of the Vincent Chronicles.
As for covers, you should note the new one for Luza and Riley. Valo and Lane will be added early next week. When I am done with the editing process for A Second Chance and Erina, new covers and links will arrive for those too.
Enjoy the rest of your weeks and weekends. I'll be with my fiance crisscrossing the Italian countryside. Expect some pictures and comments to follow.
This is more of an informational post. As Valo and Lane continue to go through the copy-editing process I have been busy updating my back list of books. Our Place by the Sea is now available again or should be in a day or two. A Lightworker's Perspective has also been brought into the Ebook format. These were my first two books published. Some of you might enjoy the easy reads.
I also have a new cover for Running With Vince, in memory of my brother Stephen. The Ebook is now permanently free or at least until I change the price again. If you are looking to be introduced to the world of Christian and Vince, this is a good place to start.
This week I am working on two others books that will get Ebook releases at some point this summer, Erina and A Second Chance. Somewhere between all these releases, I do plan to get some more writing in for a new series I'm developing.
My twin would find it fitting that I ended the revision phase of Valo and Lane on the 13th Anniversary of his passing. He would find it as such because he told me in a dream to keep writing when I was ready to walk away from the craft two years ago. Luza is as much a result of his prodding as it was in creating a series that would serve as a lasting gift to my nieces and nephews. I think Stephen would appreciate those facts and that I put some winks into our childhood summers in all four books.
To that end, I wanted to briefly share that being self-published allows for some flexibility in the release schedule. With both books edited on my end, I have sent them off for my readers to look over. Once they are returned I will review and will then likely release for you the reader to enjoy. I imagine that could be in mid to late May or early June.
That is a significantly faster timeline compared to what I originally had planned. For fans of the series this should be a welcomed development. It also means I can focus on some other projects over the summer. Look for book three and book four descriptions in the weeks ahead. I still haven't decided if I will release both books at once or in a stagger. Regardless, the description for book three will be out before four. You don't want spoilers do you?
The writing monster took over. As a result, I finished writing Lane earlier today. The first draft is a little over 61,000 words. For those keeping track in the last 36 days I have written over 110,000 words. Not a record for me but a very good clip of writing when I take into account the day job, running, and long distance phone calls to my fiance.
Spring vacation is fast approaching. I hope to start editing Valo and Lane in the weeks ahead. As I mentioned in the last update both books will be ready well before Christmas. I would be willing to bet, Valo in late July and Lane in either August or mid September.
Of course everything is subject to change. Nevertheless, I'm pleased to report the drafts are done so that means we are moving forward.
In the past few days there have been some subtle changes made to the website. You will note updated covers to Luza and Riley. There is also a promotion cover for Valo. In the next month or so, Lane will also appear. I even have a box set cover in the works too.
To that end, I am more than 1/3 of the way done with Lane. If all goes as planned that draft will be done in the next month or so (May the latest). Once that is finished, I will work on edits for Valo and then an actual firm release date will be shared. Don't worry you won't have to wait till the end of summer for book three and certainly not past Christmas for the concluding book in the series either.
Enjoy the new covers!
Book three is complete! I finished the first draft earlier today. Between my vacation and the past week, I got my writing groove on. Readers and students always ask how much time it takes to compose a novel so my answer to you concerning Valo is a short 17 work days. Granted that’s time set aside to work on the story; not non-stop.
I’m excited to finally have this draft done because I intended to compose and publish Valo in 2017. Sometimes you can’t rush the process. I learned years ago that I need the environment to be conducive to writing and I need to be in a creative mood and state. When those three occur, it doesn’t take long to pound out a story.
While a year late, it’s a relief to move on to the editing, publishing, and release phase.
Still feeling good, I’m starting book four Lane tomorrow. In all likelihood it will be the final book of Luza. I’ve never been a believer of writing books to simply write them. For Keira’s growth and the books to end on a high note or dubious one, four should be the perfect number.
I’ll send more updates as I can, including the previews of the two remaining book covers. Margaret Fanco, who did the first two book covers has been busy working on some beautiful cover work that I can't wait to show you when ready.
I don’t know about you but I always appreciate down time. After a whirlwind five weeks, school closes shop for a week and I’m on vacation. Now trying to figure out an ideal writing environment is posing the biggest dilemma. I decided at the last minute to cancel my trip to Riga and go the stay-cation root. This way I should have the best chance at writing without incident or delay.
Frankly, I have been off the wagon so now it’s time to get some pages in. With that known, I read over Luza and Riley and my notes are ready. If all goes as planned, book three Valo will be in draft form well before April. I have a crack team of student readers for feedback and input that are waiting anxiously to assist in the editing and rewrite phase.
Between their input, my actual editor, and the system I have in place, Valo could be ready for release by June or mid-summer. I don’t want to get too far ahead but there is even a possibility that book four comes out before Christmas.
When I get in a groove I can write a lot in a short period of time. The important thing to know is that I’m writing again. I’m excited for where the series is going and want you to know that the wait is almost over.
here must be some humor in the fact that I am writing about the New Year, 2018 at the end of January. Most people have posted their blogs, social commentary, and goals. I on the other hand, have been busy living life.
Thankfully I was able to leave Italy for the holiday season and spend time at home in the States with my family and friends. True to every holiday season there were ups and downs, but mainly due to the fact we all knew I would be returning to Italy to finish out the school year. When you have that underlying tone of he’s not staying, it can dampen even the best holiday spirits.
Instead of focusing on any new year’s resolution, may it be writing five new books, getting down to my birth weight, and breaking the lottery curse; I think it would be better to focus on what I learned while traveling home.
Let’s call this dos and don’ts of holiday traveling via international airports and planes.
I'm sure that I'm not the only author out there who keeps track of sales. Simply seeing more readers finding any of my books is worthwhile and rewarding. While I can't quit my day job, the people that find these works might be positively impacted, and for me that's more than enough reason to keep writing.
I admit I have slacked since my arrival in Italy. Between the living environment and just being in the right frame of mind, nothing has been written since last spring. I hope to change this at the dawn of the New Year. There are notes jotted down, pasted to my walls. I'm reading Luza and Riley in route to the States with the plan to get book three and four underway shortly. Actually book three is four chapters in, but I want to see if I really want the series to go in that direction.
Shifting back to the reason for this update, Luza has overtaken Running With Vince in total sales. As of this morning Luza has two more copies sold then RWV. Of course book sales are relative, but as both are so close to the 2000 copy mark, it's a good way to begin this holiday season and be thankful.
If you haven't read either book you should. For those that have, there are follow-up books in both series.