So not only have I relaunched SURVIVING EDEN on Amazon through self-publishing, but I also posted my newest release, SAVING EDEN, the never before published final installment of the Eden’s Court Saga. This novel went through several title changes, but landed back with my original intent of Saving Eden. Cover is below. All three Eden novels are still awaiting a Kindle purchase choice, but they will all have electronic format options soon enough.
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Guess what? I had the rights returned to me for both RULING EDEN and SURVIVING EDEN after Crescent Moon Press, my publisher, closed their doors. Now, I am fairly close to releasing these books via self-publishing with brand new covers. Above is a preview of the new RULING EDEN cover. The ISBN number and bar code will be a different graphic, but that’s a minor detail. What do you think? I believe it to be an amazing improvement over the original cover. Stay tuned for release news as the novels become available on Amazon. They should be available in both print and Kindle.
In other news, the third and final installment will be similarly self-published shortly after I get the original novels up on Amazon. The story is currently in the editing stage, and then I’ll move onto cover art and formatting.
I am excited. This has been a long road. But life is like that most of the time.
Done! I finished the first draft of the third Eden book. I had tentatively been naming the novel Saving Eden, although the crowds are making noise about choosing another name. We will see. Now I will be on the hunt for some solid critiques in order to move this puppy forward. As my former publisher is now out of business, I am looking into the process of self-publishing all three of the books. That means new cover art and some small editing changes to the original two novels. Stay tuned. I am thrilled to have finished the draft. It has been many years since I finished a manuscript. Too many. And I hope the readers will feel their patience has been rewarded. Enjoy summer everyone.
So yesterday I was telling my sons that I had completed a pivotal scene between my protagonist, Rachel, and one of the uber-antagonists in the story. Death ensued. I shared how my kick-ass heroine had finally killed her adversary, a dagger thrust to the heart. My youngest scoffed. He told me how difficult it was to kill someone this way and questioned the length of the blade I had used.
At that point I knew I’d made a mistake. He immediately suggested I consider a much simpler slice to the carotid artery on the neck. Okay, this seems like a rather bloodthirsty discussion to be having with your children, but there is a strange joy that comes when I can share the creation of stories with my family. There have been a handful of times I’ve tapped extended family for special knowledge or ideas for my books. Each and every time it has brought me happiness. I am folding in all of the precious and diverse pieces of my life and identity into my stories. That makes their creation richer.
You’ll be pleased to know I am roughly three chapters away from finishing the first draft of SAVING EDEN (title tentative). It’s been a long road from the time I began this series. Life has thrown curves along the way. But if I can bring an end to Rachel’s story, I will have successfully created, helped grow and celebrated the lives of dozens of characters in that story world. Putting so many lives to rest is a strange idea, but one I kind of like.
I love dragons. They appear as characters in my Eden series, but my next project will include them as a story focus. I impulsively purchased a dragon pendant this morning from www.allnaturalarts.com.
Isn’t she beautiful?
I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was restful and enriching. Mine was, as I got to spend it with some of my favorite people. No dragons, however.
You can’t have everything.
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