Dividing Plots: The Phoenix Hatchling

Book 1 of The Seasons of the Phoenix

(Just a reminder: The Phoenix Hatchling is still a work in progress with no release date scheduled.)

Calico from Infinity 8 must have slipped out for donuts, but he could be back any minute. While he’s run off WITHOUT ME (huffs in offense), I’ve turned to The Phoenix Hatchling manuscript.

Over the last few days, I’ve realized how I can flesh out Hatchling since I made the decision to cleave it in half. A few weeks back, I split this story because Plot A and Plot B were:

1) seriously overpowering each other and butting heads
2) really had nothing to do with each other
3) was making the book into a uber doorstopper even longer than Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs
4) Plot A’s abrupt ending would not provide a sense of satisfaction or completion, especially since it slid like a home run into Plot B.
5) the ending of Plot B would have been rushed, crappy and unfulfilling.

Even as I do this, I am still disappointed that I had to sideline a character (Plot B) until book 3. But it works better this way.

Who is this sidelined character for book three? I can’t give away all the secrets just yet, but I’m sure you know if you’ve read The Phoenix Embryo.  As for the title of book 3, that I can tell you. Book 3 is called The Phoenix Fledgling. I also think this title matches Plot B much better.

So, you ask, what’s in store for Hatchling then? Well, I’ll just say Trose was down, but not out.

The Phoenix Embryo – Updated Cover

 The Phoenix Embryo book 1

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Here it is. The long awaited cover revision of The Phoenix Embryo. Book one tells the story of 13-year-old-goddess-devotees seeking redemption during a seven year exile, and the overall series begins with Acanthus Breese searching for his missing goddess. But that quest is far easier compared to the many lifetimes that await him, and what his phoenix heritage requires of him in the future.

The cover and book files should be updated across platforms by Monday or Tuesday, which is around the first of May. Print copies will take a little longer as I need to order proof copies, then approve them for publication.

I also want to give a special thank you and shout out to my new cover artist for this series, Nazanin Nemati, and to Deranged Doctor Design.

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!

 

Dividing My Work For The Better

My websites always seems to be changing. Constantly.  I’m either swapping templates for a fresh look or tweaking my headers. I never seem satisfied.  I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.

Recently, I’ve split my dark fantasy universe from my urban fantasy series of Infinity 8. Why? Because it’s all about the tones. The settings and feel will all be very different and generally, so will the audience. I’d considered a pen name, but that would just be more trouble than it’s worth, especially since I write in one big universe with the majority of my characters being related in some sense.

Infinity 8 is lighter, with more focus upon quest romance.  My dark fantasy is gritty and out of the box. It’s not for the faint of heart and most people don’t know what to think of it. It’s quest oriented with romantic elements. Although it’s possible the formulas may blend in future books.

It’s also possible that those who read my dark fantasy will enjoy I8, and vice versa. But separating the novels (as you can see in my menu above) will serve the reader better, as well as keep everything organized and easy to find.