It’s Almost Time!

The final edits are back. I’ve tweaked the cover a bit more. The manuscript has been fed through Vellum for conversion after ISBNs were secured. Soon, very soon, Fire Striker will go live and a new series will begin. And, yes, before you ask, I’m terrified.

This book isn’t one I originally set out to write. It came to me as a couple of sentences. Then it took Myrtle the Evil Muse hostage and forced her to dictate it to me. What I didn’t know at the time was it would be a new series. Oh, not as long as some of my others. I’m looking at three books. But we all know what Myrtle’s like. She may wind up changing my mind for me.

I also didn’t expect the book being so long that I wound up splitting it in half. By the time I finished the rough draft, it was weighing in at over 160k words. I know me and know I would add more than I cut. So I had to take a hard look at what I’d written. I also had my editor take a look and we decided it was actually two books in one. We agreed on a cutting off point and went from there. This first book comes in a little over 86k words and while it doesn’t end on a cliff hanger, there are still plot points to be resolved.

Hey, that’s what books 2 and 3 are for.

This morning, I crawled out of bed much earlier than I wanted to but sleep was elusive. The good thing about being up this early is that I can get a great deal done before the rest of the world joins me. I did one last spell chucker on the manuscript, tweaked the cover as I mentioned above and then ran everything through Vellum. I’ll take a look at it in e-book form today and upload the final version tomorrow (knock on wood). Of course, I already know one thing I need to do. I forgot to add the art credits to the legal page. That’s no biggie when it comes to making the changes but it is a very big “biggie” in the grand scheme of things. Not only to I license my art work or elements, but I give credit to the artists. It’s only fair.

Anyway, here’s the tweaked cover.

I may still tweak it slightly, but I’m not sure.  As for the elements, here’s credit where credit is due:

Fire Dragon Head by Анна Богатырева

Biker Girl on a Motorcycle by Andrey Armyagov

Dark City by flint0010

Now, for a quick sneak peak:

I stared at my reflection and shook my head. Less than forty-eight hours ago, I’d known I might never see another day of freedom. Now I stood in my own private bath, wrapped in a soft robe, wondering if my dreams of freedom had come true or if I’d finally lost my last hold on sanity. It didn’t help that I barely recognized my reflection. The face looking out at me was older than the one I remembered. My hair was now the color of the flames I’d thrown several hours earlier. The world had turned upside down yet again and I didn’t know how much more I could take.

Hey, I said it was a quick sneak peak.  😉

 

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