2017 Schedule

Welcome to 2017, everyone. After taking a nice break with my wife, I’m back to the grindstone and working hard on Across the Blue Line. I’m only about 20% complete but hope to finish the rough draft by late Spring, setting me up for a late Summer/early Fall release (as usual).

As much as I would like to write a second novel this year, either a sequel to Scorched or something different, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to fit it in. Certainly Across the Blue Line is my priority. However, writing Scorched was a nice breath of fresh air and I enjoyed Kat and Sadler’s exploits. Scorched happened more or less “by accident” so we’ll see what happens during the dog days of Summer while I am waiting on my beta readers to go over ATBL.

I will try to write more consistently on the blog now that the holidays are over. I’ll tease some of the major characters in the new book and the interactions between them. Plus, I’ll discuss some absolutely new characters that enter the stage that have been a long time coming. It’s funny how many seeds I planted in my very first book, This Corner of the Universe, not knowing if they would ever come to fruition. It’s very satisfying when one does. A good example is a one sentence acknowledgement of corporate systems in TCOTU that established their existence. They certainly became major players later in the series.

For now, I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. Here’s to all of us having a great 2017!

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Across The Blue Line – Outlined

It took quite some time but the outline for Across the Blue Line is complete. I’m having a planning session today or tomorrow with a beta reader or two to get some first impressions but I suspect I’ll start actually putting words on paper (figuratively) next week. I’d actually written the prologue last summer but it will need some rewriting given the changes in my outline.

I don’t think this book will be the mammoth tome that Hero of the Republic was, but it will be longer than the novels of the first series. I’m shooting for 120-130k words (Hero topped 160k). The Parasite Initiative series is a trilogy, so the new book has to be compact but still give full due to all of the characters in the story. It’ll take me months to write this and I’m hoping to hand it off to my beta readers in the early summer next year (as I did with Hero this year).

I’m setting a VERY tentative publish date of Sept/Oct 2017 for Across the Blue Line. It will be available for pre-order ahead of release, as that process seemed to work well with Scorched.

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Deleted Scene (Not) in Scorched

It’s pretty rare that I delete scenes during the editing process with my books. I’ll add, rewrite, or change key outcomes, but usually I write to a plan. But I had a problem with Scorched. It’s ultimately a mystery… who is this woman, and who wants her dead, and why?

There was at one point a longer (but still short) prologue in the Scorched draft. Karen and I agonized over how much to tell the reader at the beginning. In the end, we deleted this setup scene because the heroine of Scorched starts out in an extremely vulnerable position. If you’ve read Scorched, you know that she is in fact far from helpless, but we decided not to give a hint of that at the start.

After the Spoiler Alert tag below is the deleted text. Did we make the right choice? Hard to say, but it was an interesting circumstance as a writer and a new experience to debate the approaches to the entry into Scorched. It doesn’t give much of the plot away to read the scene, but if you haven’t started Scorched yet you may have a different opinion of the heroine as she wakes up in the slums of Waytown…

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