Dark fantasy updates March 2017

I’m having great fun working on my urban fantasy series of Infinity 8, even if the main character, Calico Winghorse, takes immense delight in keeping me on my toes. Again, if you’re interested in I8, please visit the Infinity 8 site.

However, this particular blog is set aside for my dark fantasy. So, sometime in late April or early May, I will start gearing up to work on my Seasons of the Phoenix saga. Book 2, called The Phoenix Hatchling, has already been written, but requires some in-depth restructuring. I will share more when the time comes.

You’ll be excited to know that a revised cover reveal is coming up in the next two months. Yes, it’s for book 1: The Phoenix Embryo. After a long search, I came across a fantastic artist who will be handling my Phoenix saga covers.  Teaser: phoenix birds will grace the covers. More on that later.

Lastly, is a report on my neglected Elemental Rain trilogy featuring Pony, a bipedal half breed centaur. The plot line, as well as many of the characters have run into some very tangled complications. I’m working on it when they have something to whisper in my ear. There is hope for it, but it’s not on the schedule just yet. Until next time!

 

Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs 2nd edition

Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs (TRAMM)  is now available on Amazon. The ebook will be free starting November 20th to November 22nd.

TRAMM is book 1 of The Elemental Rain Trilogy. This gritty dark fantasy has a brand new cover with additional and revised content. The story pushes boundaries. It explores society’s perception of people, taboos, and personal relationships.

Dark fantasy 2nd edition cover
New Cover
A gritty dark fantasy. GLBTQ elements.
Old Cover

Pony is a bipedal half-centaur mail courier who just wants to concentrate on her rocky relationship with Mardyth, an elven male courtesan.

Her mysterious and painful past catches up to her when Konstantine Bywater takes over as Lightfoot Delivery’s new boss.

The title of book 2 has been changed. It is now called Through Rain And Rogue Faerie.

Hammering Out a Second Edition part 13: The End

It’s been about a month and a half since I posted a blog for this series. But I am happy to say the second edition of Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs (book 1) has gone through its final polish, and its final read.

It’s been sent off to my editor. Ahead of schedule. In November, it heads to formatting and gets brand new cover art. (Side note: The Phoenix Embryo will be getting a new cover sometime in 2016.)

So, huzzah!

This has been a wonderful, yet frustrating experience. But I’ve grown and learned so much more about writing while toiling away on the second editions of TRAMM, and also The Phoenix Embryo. I’ve learned to trust myself, and to have fun. To write the story the way it’s meant to be written, and in my own style. Now I can move forward and tackle new projects. A clean slate is so freeing.

What am I working on now?

Well, I figured I should actually get to finishing the two series I’ve already created. And I will. That’s how you bring in readers. However, there is another project that’s already more than half done. It’s quite different from my dark fantasy dramas, and it’s not a door stopper like my dark fantasies.  I’m having a blast writing it.

And authors, that’s what your novels should be. Stories and characters you want to spend time with.

I’ll be mapping out the storyboard for Through Rain and Marauding Centaurs (book 2) this month. This Elemental Rain series is a trilogy, and I already know how it’s going to end. The last title is quite the spoiler, so I’ll smile when I say you’ll just have to read the books and stop by later to find out what it is.

 

 

 

Hammering Out a Second Edition part 10

Chapter 33 is a most excellent place to pause in my edits, given my obsession with threes. (Calico, my well-mannered demon wizard who-can’t-let-go-of-the-Victorian-era is still sitting over there in the corner, pouting, wondering when I’ll finally get back to his urban fantasy.)

My goal is to finish this first revision round of Pony’s Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs by the end of June. With 124 pages and 14 days left, I’m nearly there. Then what I’m going to do is run through all my feedback, and make any necessary changes. After that, a read through for flow and clarity. I’m aiming toward a goal of one month for each rework. So by the end of August. And then to my editor the first of October.

As noted in the part 9 blog post, I feel I’m still having issues with Konstantine’s character. He’s still too mentally put-together, and I’m having a difficult time unraveling him to make him more disjointed and chaotic. I may have to go back after that read through to adjust his characterization.

That’s the danger for any writer–not trusting in their characters to know when not to mess with them. It’s really a fine line, and the writer must have the experience and belief in their own work to see that.

So onward!

 

 

Hammering Out a Second Edition part 8

Ah chapter 14. I Tweeted about my then-arch-nemesis a few days ago. It took me days to streamline it and find it satisfactory for this draft round. And then chapter 15 turned around and presented the same problem. So while I wade into the mysterious unknown, I offer chapter 4.

If you’re stopping by for the first time, chapters 1 to 3 are posted with easily accessible links in the sidebar of my information pages.

Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs is a gritty dark fantasy with romantic elements. Not for the faint of heart. Mention of violence. It requires an open mind and out of the box thinking. GLBTQ.

Synopsis:

Pony is a twenty-year-old bipedal half-centaur with no desire to waste tears on a history she can’t remember. Concealing the additional crest of hair on her head and that tail sprouting from her lower back keeps her busy enough.

And, although content with her job as a mail courier, she flounders through her possibly one-sided romance with Mardyth, a handsome elf male courtesan.

Her happily mundane life shatters at the arrival of Konstantine Bywater. This half-giant from a rival mail company turns out to be a childhood friend eager to stir up the past.

Kon inquires about Orion, another mantaur last seen in Pony’s company before rogue fae massacred the centaur hamlet when they were small children. She has no answers.

When Kon’s employees accuse Mardyth of being the one who lead the attack upon the centaur hamlet all those years ago, Pony is determined to uncover the truth.