Book 5 release is closer than ever …

13 Nov

The White-Silver HouseThe White-Silver House, the fifth and final book in the series The Day Magic Died, recently hit two important milestones.

Last week I finished the second draft. That incorporated all the additional sequences I had written, as well as all the changes that had to be made because of changes in the first four books since I originally drafted Book 5.

This week, I completed the final draft. That meant going through the second draft looking at consistency, storyline development and character development. I also caught a few typos and some awkward wordings (and one or two places where I had to ask, “What on earth were you trying to write here?”).

Now, the final draft is winging its way to my team of critical readers. Each brings their own strengths to the process, whether that’s expertise in proofreading, an eye for character development, talent with consistency or an understanding of teenage girls like our heroine, Karia.

All this suggests the question: “When will The White-Silver House be released?”

And I have to answer, “I don’t know.”

You see, the book is now in the hands of my critical readers. And I have been guilty in the past of making my critical readers feel rushed. That’s wrong.

It’s wrong, first, because they’re all volunteers, helping me out as their time allows. Rushing them does not express the gratitude I feel for their help.

It’s also wrong because rushing them makes it hard for them to give me the feedback I really need.

And giving them time is especially important on this fifth and final book. This is where so many of the plot lines need to be wrapped up. (And there need to be good reasons if some of them aren’t.) This is the destination that the characters have been evolving toward.

Equally important is the pace of this final book. We started slowly in The House in the Old Wood, and while the action began to pick up at the end, the pace then slowed again, all the way through Book 3, The Hall of the Prophetess. Things began accelerating in Book 4, The Dwarf’s Legacy, and this continues in Book 5, The White-Silver House, as our story races toward its conclusion.

On top of all that, I’m asking my team of critical readers to take on this task just as the holiday season hits. And you know how busy that can be.

So hang in there, good readers. Book 5, The White-Silver House, is coming. It’s closer than it’s ever been.

In the meantime, would you help me out? If you haven’t already told your friends about the series The Day Magic Died that they avoid you like the plague, would you consider doing so? I hope you’ve been enjoying the journey, and will recommend it to people you know. (And if you haven’t been enjoying the books, please recommend them to people you don’t like.)

Here’s where they can start …

Price cut for Book 3

24 Oct

I’m sure you saw this coming …

The price for The Hall of the Prophetess, the third book in the series The Day Magic Died, has been slashed.

Just like the first two books, The House in the Old Wood and Karia’s Path, the list price for the paperback version of The Hall of the Prophetess is now $9.99, though you might find Amazon discounts that.

And just like Karia’s Path, the price for the Kindle version has been cut to $4.99.

Ger your copy of The Hall of the Prophetess.

What’s Book 5 about?

23 Oct

The White-Silver HouseYou’ve seen the new and improved first chapter for Book 5, The White-Silver House. But what is the book about? Here’s the back cover text:

From the day magic entered her life, Karia’s goal has been to put an end to magic. But she didn’t know how.

Now she has a plan. She’s started working on it. She knows her next step. And she has a pretty good idea how it ends.

But the next step is not going to be easy – if it’s even possible. And in the end, does she have to die? Is there another way? A way to remove the malignancy from magic? Or a way to neutralize magic, without Karia dying?

Perhaps there are answers in the strange properties of white silver.

With the fifth book coming, it’s a good time to grab any of the other books you haven’t read yet.

Fodder for writing

14 Oct

dayoneHeaded today into rural Mexico for a magazine article. Who knows how this experience will show up in a book ..

For the price of a cup of coffee …

10 Oct

Did you get Book 1, The House in the Old Wood, free, and didn’t want to pay $6.99 for Kindle version of Book 2, Karia’s Path?

Then you’re in luck!

Now, for the price of a cup of coffee, you can get the Kindle version of Karia’s Path. OK, so at $4.99, it’s more like the price of a Starbucks Venti Nonfat Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte with Whip. And come to think of it, it seems like a travesty to call that coffee.

Let’s try this. It’s more valuable than just about any of this Random stuff under $5 on Amazon, including Henna Birds Tattoos, a Joie Egg Yolky Egg Separator or Fred Holy Toast Bread Stamper

The price of the paperback has been slashed as well, to $9.99, though Amazon at the time I was writing this was charging $8.99.

I think that’s a better value than a (12×18) Zombie Fallout Shelter Indoor/Outdoor Plastic Sign, a DNA Ball or a Detail of Copenhagen City Hall Light Switch Cover

So what are you waiting for? Go get Karia’s Path!

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