It’s been a long and eventful year since Finding Sage was released in March of 2014. One year later, the sequel A Gray Crusade is finally out! You can purchase it on Amazon here.
At the beginning of this month, I was determined that I was going to have the first draft of my newest book done by the end of the month. I’m estimating it to be around 80,000 words. That’s right. I was going to write 80,000 words in a day. NaNoWriMo is only 50,000 words and a lot of people don’t make it, so I knew I was being ambitious. I was going strong, writing about 3,000 words a day, when something hit me.
My research paper.
Sometimes I forget that I’m still in college. It really sucks remembering that, especially when you have a 3,500 word research paper to write. Plus, there’s also your day job. Because of these responsibilities, I had to push drafting the novel back. It pained my heart to do so, but I’d really like to graduate with grades other than D’s, so it had to be done. However, I’m now proud to say that the paper in question has been submitted, and my coursework for the semester is completed. I do have summer classes, but those don’t start for another month, leaving me with quite a bit of time in between now and then to get some work done.
So it’s back to the writing cave. I’d like to say that I can work overtime and still get the book done on time, but I’m not that stupid. I’m only about a third of the way done, and there’s no way I’m writing 60,000 words in a week. I’m not that stupid. But all is not lost. I still plan to release the novel in the summer, and if I’m lucky, July, but I realize that things often get pushed back. It took me two years to write my first book, and with good reason. I was still figuring it out. Heck, I’m still figuring it out right now. But it’s coming.
Before I go back into the cave, however, I do have some exciting information. I have settled on a title for the second book of The Rogue. I’m throwing it out on the internet so that I can’t change my mind, as I’ve already done half a dozen times. I do really like this one, and I’m so confident in it that I’ve already ordered the book cover, which I hope to be able to show you sometime fairly soon. The title is (drum roll, please) . . . . . . . . . . .
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A Gray Crusade.
Like it? I hope so. Otherwise all of that drama will have been incredibly childish.
Maybe it was anyway.
The time has come for book signings! The first shipment came to my house on Wednesday and I’m thrilled to start looking into doing book signings in my local area. And if you want one but don’t live around West Lafayette, IN, that’s not a problem. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you one. Due to the time-consuming nature of mailing them, however, I can only do 20 of these per month, so keep that in mind. The price is $14 including shipping.
As I hope you know, I’m hard at work writing the sequel to Finding Sage. Here’s a little update on how that’s going.
I’m loving the story. When I write, I’m not one of those people that can have an outline of everything that happens beforehand. I’ve tried to do that, but it just doesn’t work for me. Instead, I end up changing the outline so many times that I might as well trash it. So writing is an adventure for me, because I discover the story as I’m writing it. And I am really enjoying this story, and hopefully you will too!
This book follows two primary things that were left unanswered in Finding Sage. The first is the phoenix symbol. What does it mean? Why is it showing up in Silas’s dreams? Why did the prime minister have a pendant of it? What’s the significance? That is a big deal in this book, and the book also follows Grayson. After the debacle in New York, will he still pursue the life of his best friend? Does he still think that’s the right thing to do? What will happen when he finally faces that moment? Also in the story are some new characters that are a lot of fun, plus one returning minor character from the first book.
My original plan was to release this book in the middle of June, but alas, classes and my day job have gotten in the way, so I must push the date back. Now I’m hoping for the end of June or early July. Rest assured, I will get it to you as soon as I can!
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