Sorry it's been so long since I've blogged. I've been very sick again. Even though I've been resting up during most of my spare time, I've decided to try harder to be productive and to keep you posted. For once, I have some good news on the writing front.
Recently, I sent my manuscript, Blood Rain, to Portland Book Review to see if it was well received. And it seems that they really liked it. They gave the book four stars and were honest about its shortcomings along with the things that they liked about the story. I've very pleased with the review. They talk a great deal about the themes of the story and seemed impressed with the world that I created even though the young adult market tends to be saturated with fantasy.
Anyway, the review is coming out later this week, and I'd really appreciate it if you would have a look at it. I'll send a link on facebook, this blog, and on my website when it's published. If you like what you hear and haven't read Blood Rain, please go to amazon and pick up a copy of the e-book.
Hopefully I'll be selling print-on-demand copies soon. My goal is to have my edits complete by the end of December, and I'll be selling the print copies then. As I mentioned on my previous blog, there are some travelling discrepancies with my world and some overlooked grammatical mistakes, but nothing that will take me too long to adjust.
For those with e-book copies, you should be able to update to the newer version for free. From what I understand these small mistakes don't detract from the story too terribly much, but I want to give my readers the best experience that I can. So, read the story now, enjoy it, and update your e-book when I have finished with my edits for a more polished version.
In other news, I mentioned in my last blog that I intended to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this time around. While I am involved with NaNo this month, to be honest, I'm not actively pursing it very much. One reason is that real life got in the way. This has been a rough month for me personally from unemployment to illness. Things could be better. It makes it difficult to focus when there is a lot on my mind.
Also, when I got started, my goal was to finish Blood God by the end of the month. I think I owe it to my readers to try to write the best novel I can, especially since Blood God is the finale novel of this series. So, even though NaNoWriMo has spurred me on to working on it again, I'm not going to rush it. I don't think I'll be "winning" NaNo this year, but I will still be writing throughout the month of November and probably part of December until I'm finished.
In the meantime, between writing, reading, and real life, I'm also editing Blood Moon. I am pleased to announce that I should be finished with those edits around the time that the Portland Book Review is complete. So, if you're interested in this series, Blood Moon is the second book and will be available very soon. It picks up almost exactly where you left off at the end of Blood Rain. I hope you like it.
Well, that's all the news for now. I have some edits to do and more writing on Blood God. In a few days, I'll be leaving a book review myself on the story Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I read this book about two weeks ago, but the story was so good it's still fresh in my mind. I hope my review does it credit. Thanks for reading!