Man, this has been a long week. Long but productive on a number of different fronts. While no writing has gotten done but I had the pleasure of editing — not that much was needed — Cedar Sanderson’s next novel, Dragon Noir. More on that in a bit. I also have been re-reading both Vengeance from Ashes (Honor and Duty Book 1) and Duty from Ashes (Honor and Duty Book 2), building not only character profiles (and OMG there are a lot of them if you count the minor characters and walk-ons) and making notes about things I need to be sure to cover in Honor from Ashes. That should be done by the first of next week, fingers crossed.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I truly detest reading my own work. Usually, as soon as I put the book up for sale, it gets filed away and only pulled out if I need a snippet or someone contacts me with a major issue I need to look at and maybe correct. However, writing a series, especially if you have several going on at one time like I do, the facts and faces get confused and I, for one, have to go back and reacquaint myself with what has gone on and who did what.

That is important. I know I need to tie up all the major plot threads. But the problem is I also see the problems with the novel, be it a typo I missed here or a poorly phrased sentence there. My internal editor wants to come out in full-force and fix, well, everything. Yes, I do tend to correct the spelling errors and, if it is only a word or two, that might get changed as well. But major re-writes? Not a chance.

So, I’ve done a lot of talking to myself and a lot of reaching out to my inner circle of alpha readers to keep from doing just that. VfA doesn’t need major revision — and DfA won’t either, although I do know there are more minor issues with it that may get polished some when I get to it.

The good thing about this process is it has awakened the plot for Honor from Ashes and, yes, it has let me see that three books won’t wrap up this particular story arc. It will be four books (fingers crossed that is all). However, I don’t think I will leave the universe. There are other characters that want their stories told. We’ll see.

So that is where I am on the writing front. Now to the exciting part of my week — Dragon Noir. This is the third book in Cedar’s Pixie for Hire series. Don’t let the series title fool you. These aren’t your children’s bedtime stories. These books are an homage to the noir detective novels of old with a healthy dose of urban fantasy thrown in. I once said they are what you would get if you mixed Dashiell Hammett and Larry Correia.

Pixie Noir (Pixie for Hire Book 1)

You can’t keep a tough Pixie down…

Lom is a bounty hunter, paid to bring magical creatures of all descriptions back Underhill, to prevent war with humans should they discover the strangers amongst them. Bella is about to find out she’s a real life fairy princess, but all she wants to do is live peacefully in Alaska, where the biggest problems are hungry grizzly bears. He has to bring her in. It’s nothing personal, it’s his job…

“They had almost had me, that once. I’d been young and foolish, trying to do something heroic, of course. I wouldn’t do that again anytime soon. Now, I work for duty, but nothing more than is necessary to fulfill the family debt. I get paid, which makes me a bounty hunter, but she’s about to teach me about honor. Like all lessons, this one was going to hurt. Fortunately, I have a good gun to fill my hand, and if I have to go, she has been good to look at.”

Trickster Noir (Pixie for Hire Book 2)

After the battle of Tower Baelfire ended, Lom lay dying. Bella was tasked with not only the job she never wanted, but the one she did. Could she keep Lom alive long enough for him to come to the rescue when their kingdom needed them? And what did Raven, mysterious trickster spirit and honorary uncle to Bella, want with them? If the threat was big enough to have the trickster worried, Bella knew she needed to have Lom at her side. Underhill might look like a soap-bubble kingdom, but Bella and Lom knew there was a gritty underside. Why else would fairyland need a dark man willing to carry a big gun and be the Pixie for Hire?

Dragon Noir is due to be released next month. I’ll be sure to let everyone know when it is “live”.

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