2019 is almost over. It was a good year! I hope all my readers can say the same thing.
It's almost time to ring in the New Year! The black eyed peas are in the slow cooker. I have begun the laborious task of putting away the Christmas decorations. That is sad because Christmas is the very best holiday.
I am looking forward to 2020 and the changes that will bring for the book series. Draoithe will see Dream Therapy published at the end of January. It should be ready for preorder by the fourth.
The big cover reveal is tomorrow! Dream Therapy is going to be really good. You will finally see the rest of Leon Vadim's story. Spoiler alert, it's a happy ending for the misfit red dragon! Ah but that is the thing with romance, isn't it? We want the angst, but we need the happy ending. If we can have that, then the suffering was worth it.
Jace's introversion will find a remedy as well, but she will torture him a bit first. Mostly because she has no idea what he is. So it is a bit of a hell of his own making situation.
While I was writing Elementals, I had thought to end the series. One of my friends who had read the rough draft as a bit of a beta reader very bluntly told me to rewrite the ending. She said, "You can't end it there. Not like that. What happens to Blue and Torch? The sister! You never tell about the sister. You can not introduce characters like that and then just leave everyone hanging!"
Needless to say, I rewrote the ending and agreed to at least tell Spark's story only to wind up having to tell March's story and explain Leon Vadim which led to three more books. Couldn't I have side characters who did not really have a story? I asked my circle of friends who have been my crazy cheerleading beta readers from the beginning. I had killed off a few characters. I had turned some others as dragonsworn. Everyone liked what happened to Jingles. Justice was served.
"I introduced Eli and Javier's kids in book one. We met the slimy contractor, Frank Grimes. They don't all need a story." I was whining. I was probably tired.
"Frank Grimes is coming back. He is way too slimy not to show up in another book." What!? Wait, who was writing this story? Me or my friends?
"He's a bad guy, but he is helping them. The magic will use him." It clicked. I knew Frank Grimes's story. It would provide the lead in for the ending I wanted to write. Technically had already written sort of.
It was back to the drawing board. Dream Therapy and Filth and Death had to be written. In order for Frank Grimes to meet justice properly, I had to tell a few other stories. And after the deleted scenes had been released in Synner and Sainte, no way was the guy getting off light. He needed to suffer, a lot. I mean he was technically responsible for Eli's near demise, he ratted out all of Luke's friends to Elliot's minions, and when you find out what he does in Dream Therapy, I think you will agree that suffering would be a really good idea.
So now that I have totally messed up another blog with too much information, mark your calendars. Cover reveal for Dream Therapy is tomorrow! I hope you like it. It was a hard one! Dream Therapy will be on Pre-order by the fourth of January and will be published on the 30th. I just have to be sure it has everything right.
Filth and Death should publish late February.
For all of you who are celebrating tonight, enjoy your party wisely, please.
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.