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Okay, so I did something... It might be bad... I am not sure... I will let you decide. I was working on the edit for book 22 in the series. Midnight Magic. There is this one scene about about two Norse warriors who have been resurrected as dragons. Drake is a bit of a bad boy and Lorelai chose to be a shield maiden and fight with the raiders. They have been separated for a very long time. I decided that scene is going to be the preview for the book. I rewrote a bit of it and shared it the day before yesterday, but after I finished that blog, I got to thinking about how to give that away. A taste if you will. So after I finished the rewrite edit on that book, I pulled that preview scene and built something else with it.
I tried to post it to Instagram first as a story. That failed miserably. LOL. Don't look I deleted it. But then I got the bright idea to pin it on Pinterest. I created a board for it and everything. Check it out! That took hours. Which of course made me feel as if I needed to share it other places because anything that takes that much time should get put to work, right? That led to creating an album on Facebook. It's a bit of a story told as a series of pictures. So that made sense.
That leads back to Instagram. I am going to try it again, but not as a story, at least not as is. I think I want to post it to feed. The story moves the images too fast. Either that or set it to music and turn it into a video storyboard type thing maybe. If I do that, it could wind up in YouTube! If you feel like giving feedback, I would love to hear it. Drop me a line somehow. Use whatever method is comfortable. You can even comment on the blog if you want. I'm not incredibly social media savvy obviously, but I do answer the messages eventually.
But you probably came here to learn about the books and what is going on in Draoithe., not about my crazy foray into giving stuff away on social media. That means it is my responsibility to inform you that if you go to my webpage, I will give you a free copy of Draoithe: The Thread for subscribing. That short read is $2.99 ebook or $10.00 paperback on Amazon, but you can have the same pdf manuscript that I submitted to make the paperback for FREE. Just sign up.
If you want to double down on Freebies, This weekend, until Midnight Monday Jan. 20, you can get a copy of the ebook full length novel that started the who series saga for FREE! A Pack Forms is FREE on Amazon and Kindle, but only this weekend. It's a long weekend, so you have time to read. If not, grab your feebies today anyway and save them for a rainy day. But I am warning you. The Draoithe series a bit addictive.
Sometimes you wonder, If it's addictive and I start this series, I will have to wait forever for the next book. But I promise that you don't. See, so far, the series has published eleven full length novels and four short reads. The next full length read will publish at the debut price of $3.99 on Jan 30. Dream Therapy is going to be good. There is a twist and a character you love to hate is coming back from book one. It is available on pre-order now. So no worries.
Just a little bit of an almost secret, I tend to write off point, a lot! Someone suggested an outline to stay on topic, but that stifles the creativity so I said no way. I just keep writing until the story gets done. Then I edit it. (I totally ignore industry standards for word counts too, but none of my readers have ever complained that the story was too long. So I guess I'm good, and paranormal romances over a 100K are perfectly agreeable.) After I edit the story, I usually gather the loose ends and rework them as short reads so the questions that those tangents answered are not lost.
At first I had no idea what to do with the cut scenes. I even added some to the end of Synner and Sainte. (It was already a 80,000 word novel by itself, but no one ever complains about free stuff, right?) Then I got the bright idea that I could post the short stories on Amazon too. My KU readers liked them. So I published a bunch of them. (I was supposed to be doing the final edit on Dream Therapy. LOL) Sometimes I can't write. The scene simply is not there for a new work. So then I read, I research, I edit, I proofread, I build covers, and create book trailers, etc...
I started all of this in 2016 with no idea where it would wind up. I think I published A Pack Forms in May of 2018. By that time I had already written 14 novels in the series. Okay admittedly they were the roughest of manuscripts, but my friends were enjoying them and suggested I publish. Nothing really happened though, because I had no idea what I was doing. (I probably still don't, but it has been fun.) So, I kept on writing.
I will update the website about next books soon, but rest assured that I am on track to publish the entire series along with all of the short reads in rapid succession. There are a few loose ends, like covers, title changes, final edits, and polishing before full length novels can be released, but the stories are there. So read and enjoy the tale. I won't leave you hanging.
Welcome to Ophelia Kee Speaks. This is a blog chronicling my independent author walk. The journey into the dream has been a life-changing experience as I try to become a full-time writer and leave the professional world behind me. In my blog each day, you will find information on the ‘behind the scenes’ for writing contemporary adult fantasy fiction and paranormal romance stories set in the dream. I will speak on topics detailing with my writing, publishing, promotion, and marketing as well as social media dealing with my books, book trailers, book launches, book art, music, audio, and video, as well as shameless self-promotion. I am not an expert and am not claiming to be one. I am simply one writer offering a glimpse of my struggle to become a successful independent author. Thank you for considering my words. All rights reserved.