I've had a few of my readers begging me for Book 2 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, so I thought I would post an update on where I am with it.
I'm so sorry! I should have listened to Amanda Hocking and NOT put a release date on future projects until the book was near completion. I stated at the end of Book 1 that Book 2 would be done in October 2011. My day job (editing) picked up and I just have not had the time to write.
I did put a lot of effort into the novel in December and was about three-quarters of the way done with the first draft...and then the holidays hit and then Star Wars: The Old Republic came out and I also got sick (see previous spew about that).
A couple of weeks ago, I did an all-nighter and actually made a lot of progress on my book. I have one-and-a-half chapters and an epilogue to go for the first draft. WOOT! I'll pass that on to my editor and have her give it a once-over to pick out any major stuff I need to work on. Then it's into the rewrites.
I was hoping to get this done for Valentine's Day, but that's only 4 days away...so that ain't happenin'. I am going to the Romantic Times Book Lover's Convention in Chicago, so my goal is to get it done prior to that event and have the book in hard copy, ready to sign. That event is in the middle of April, so I NEED to get this book finished and printed in March. Wish me luck!!
As for the writing process, I cannot tout the praises enough for Alan Watt's book The 90-Day Novel. OMG what a fabulous book! If it wasn't for his manual on finding the essence of a story, I don't think I would have made it as far as I did with MIDNIGHT CAPTIVE. He really helps you unveil the heart of your story with the exercises in his book. I recommend it to all my authors. MUST read!
There's a few other projects I've picked up. I've started doing book trailers, so if you're in need of one, check back here in a couple of weeks and I'll have some samples for your viewing pleasure. I'll probably post some pricing on my Mystical Press Services web site.
I've started recording an audio book version of MIDNIGHT CONQUEST. Not sure how long that's going to take, but I'll keep you posted on that one, too. Additionally, I started recording audio books for Bahn Sidhe AudioBooks, which motivated me to get off my tushi and do my own novels. I'll probably record my short story, too: HERE'S BLOOD IN YOUR EYE.
And though this is not new news, some of you may not know that I'm also doing cover art for The Wild Rose Press. If you're a TWRP author and you like my stuff, you can request me as your cover artist. Here's a link to my online portfolio. As such, if you're a self-published author, I can do your cover for you, too. I'll have pricing up shortly at my Mystical Press site.
So there's the update on what's happenin' and I thank my readers and fans for being so patient with Book 2. It's coming soon! I promise!
That's my two pence...
Book 2- Scotland, 1531
Cailin MacDougal has lived a dangerous life being the adopted daughter of vampire Broderick "Rick" MacDougal, so she has no choice but to learn to fight in order to protect herself. However, such behavior is hardly desirable in a dutiful wife who's supposed to embroider and run a household. This aggressive side of her behavior should be easy enough to hide from her betrothed...shouldn't it?
After being away at fencing school for seven years, James Knightly has returned as a master swordsman, ready to captain his own ship and finally wed his betrothed, Cailin MacDougal. However, what he finds waiting for him is a dagger-toting hellion for a bride, an immortal father-in-law, and an enemy bent on extracting his revenge by threatening the family James holds most dear - the MacDougals.
Broderick MacDougal is lured away from his family with the promise of - at last - learning a way to protect those he loves from his clan enemy, Angus Campbell. Broderick knows he's headed for a trap, but the bait it too tempting to resist...and he unravels the beginning of a prophecy that will lead to redemption for all vampires. The cost of such redemption, however, may be the very soul of the woman he would die for...his wife, Davina.