Guess what? MFRW is doing a 52 week blog hop for 2018!! YAY!
TO kick things off for the new year, this is my first week post for that blog hop.
The prompt is: Week 1: Favorite thing I’ve written (and why)
Sometimes I take off running with these prompts only to find that I went in a totally different direction than everyone else participating in the bloghop.
So, let’s first address the obvious qualifier – the favorite thing I’ve written that’s published.
The reason this is my favorite over my other published book, Red Wine & Roses, or 30 DAys of Sass is that I feel I worked very hard on fully developing the characters in this one. I spent a lot of time trying to capture the emotional punch and I feel I nailed it!
I think my writing has improved greatly from my first book, and I hope that I continue to improve as time goes by.
Now the less obvious, more obscure point that my brain seems to gravitate towards first – my favorite bits that I have written and as yet is unpublished.
*Clears throat* You’ll have to excuse me for a bit while I gush.
I am excited about my Realm Wars series. It started with Faere Guardian, the first draft was a Christian fiction that lacked . . . everything. I had to change so many things to fit into the Christian bookseller’s association guidelines for publication, that much of my story was lost.
For example – the list of words NOT allowed is lengthy. I couldn’t use Angel for my character’s name and I didn’t want to change her name, she is paid to screw things up for Kyle and throw incredulity on his name and mess things up between Kyle and Lindsey.
Then I wrote Faere Warrior: Passion’s Price. OK, I may have ventured off into the erotica little too deeply for this one to be mainstream, but the essential tale of the McIntyre brothers has to be told. I will probably give this a heavy edit and make it more mainstream friendly.
Then of course, there is the sister – Brigit. Faere Mage is filled with antics of the up and coming Druid mage, and the Faerie Realm underlying meddling in human affairs. We can’t forget the original brothers Robert, Ian, and Alistair who is the first generation McIntyres.
How did they become keepers of the realm? Who are they protecting? DO they work for the FAE? Do the FAE work for them?
Come on, I know you’re interested!
I submitted the trilogy (Books 2 through 4) for publication to three different publishers. My social media coach at the time read it and said – “Well, it doesn’t suck!”
LOL But, with the myriad of questions thrown at me, I was able to answer them all. This was a problem though, because she then told me that I need to tell the backstory that ties them all together, and unites the greater story that is going on. SIGH I had spent a week cutting out the backstory and paring it down to a reasonable length.
This is why it is yet unpublished. However, I plan to change that this year. I will have the first book written and revised some time this year. I have to check my calendar in order to get a definite deadline. (Don’t worry, it’s on my todo list!) Books 2 through 4 are already written, they may need a few tweaks but for the most part are already complete. Also, The Blood Key – the novella I have been working on will be released in an anthology- I HOPE!
Fingers crossed that I make the cut! If not, I will still release it as a short available for my readers.
I’ve shared a few snippets in the past from this series, and I feel this is some of my best writing. When you feel like you’ve done your best, then it’s easy to pick that as your favorite!
Realm Wars writing has been in the zone. Red Wine & Roses had bits in the zone, but not the entire thing. Same for Roxy, more of it was in the zone, but not all of it.
Realm Wars is the type of stuff I love to read – paranormal fantasy, urban fantasy, epic fantasy type stuff. I’m probably not going to be writing the epic space odyssey, well maybe not.
I’m pretty proud of the world building I’ve done in this series as well. I keep saying series and as of yet, not one book is released. BUT, when I get the covers nailed down, and the first book completed, books 2 through 4 will not be far behind. Books 5 and 6 may take me a while, but I already have my outlines. I promise not to pull a George R. R. Martin! Unless of course someone buys the film rights and pays me handsomely to produce an epic saga of Realm Wars, paying me royalties and megabucks up front. Then I’ll finish the last two books in the series from an island oasis in the Caribbean!
Never say never! It’s the beginning of the new year, a time to dream and let your hope rise!
IF you want to check out what the other authors are saying is their favorites, you can find that list here: MFRW BLOG HOP
Write on my friends, write on!