Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ABNA quarter-final round

A wee bit of good news yesterday, Old Flames, Burned Hands made it to the quarter-finals in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Being the phlegmatic and superstitious cur that I am, I refuse to get too excited about this. It's a nice bit of news but any whoop-whooping from me will jinx its chances as surely as poking a sharp stick into the eye of a sleeping pit bull.

I honestly don't expect it to advance to the semis but maybe I can use this little accolade to build some awareness for the book. It's been a real uphill battle to find an audience for this book. Colour me stymied.

Still, on a day when it snows in April and I got two barfy kids to look after, it's a good reminder that maybe, just maybe, I'm not completely wasting my time here.

whoop whoop

Thursday, April 3, 2014

First draft...killed

The third and final book in the Bad Wolf Chronicles was supposed to be finished and released by December of last year. Wow, did I blow the deadline on that one! Here it is April and I've just finished the first draft.

For some silly reason, I thought this would be a walk in the park. Natch! Took me forever to grind through it and kick out the pages. I've set it aside for a couple weeks before breaking out my red pen and attacking this tower of paper. Then all I have to do is fix all the bad parts!
The tentative release date is early June. However, given how bad I blew the last self-imposed deadline, maybe I shouldn't predict any timeline at all. 

If anyone out there has been waiting for the next book, please forgive this plodding lunkhead of a writer. It's coming, I promise.