Late catch up for May
I have been off the radar too long!
The first half of Bian’s Tale 1 is with my editor (minus a couple of chapters I’m obsessing about). I have the first quarter of Bite Back 4 in draft form. The whole writing thing has become very slow. It’s not that I’m enjoying it any less, but that the ‘voice’ for Bian’s Tale seems a bit slippery. It goes down on the page okay, then when I come back to review it, it’s wrong.
Anyway, I’ve made these comments before and you’ve all been kind. So I’ll leave it by saying that predictions for numbers of books to be written this year are obviously going to be wrong. 🙂
Mostly, not progressing while I fuss over writing. However, I am this close to a German version of Sleight of Hand. I’ve just got the sample formats back and they look … German. There’s been a bit of to and fro with some of the names of things. For example, ‘Diakon’ is a Greek word and is actually used in the church in Germany, where it is the equivalent of the related word in English ‘Deacon’. So, I’ve changed it to Dexion for Germany (based on a development of the Greek root Dexi for right). The book name in German is “Die verborgene Hand” which means the Hidden Hand. Many thanks to Peter and Moritz for their initiative in getting this going and for their hard work in the first draft translations.
Other projects waiting for my attention – audio version, cover rework, short stories and spin-offs, lots of things.
Raw Deal 19,500
Sleight of Hand 19,800
Hidden Trump 14,200
Wild Card 5,000
So HT is now at 72% of SoH, but WC is only at 25% of SoH. I am still hearing from people saying that they didn’t realize that WC was out, so Amazon are still not promoting it to people who have read both SoH and HT.
I’m concentrating here on books that I thought I might not enjoy…
Bitter Snow by Lauren Sweet. This is an excellent Urban Fantasy rework of the Snow Queen set in small-northern-town, modern-day America. The protagonist is a teenage girl. Now that makes it YA, right? I have a barge pole that I keep handy for YA novels. Well, yes and no. It’s difficult to describe exactly how this sneaks out and grabs you with its icy hands, but, believe me, it does. The story is going to be split into 9 parts, and the first 3 are out now. ( )
Look Behind You by Sibel Hodge. Psychological chiller. Set in England. Simple scenario, small cast. Must be an obvious solution, right? Wrong. Bluff and double bluff. Real heart-in-mouth chiller. Really neat. ( http://www.amazon.com/Look-Behind-You-Sibel-Hodge-ebook/dp/B00JPFB11S/ )
Naked in Death by ‘JD Robb’. Futuristic(ish) police procedural based around Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Recommended to me somewhere on this site or FB. I will search you out and thank you! This is, in fact, Nora Roberts, and she damn well should write a good book, she’s had plenty of practice and tops the NYT list often. In fact, I screamed at her when she did a little bit of PoV head-hopping, which I hate (and which publishing houses would not allow a newbie writer to do). It’s a tribute to the rest of the book that she got me back and left me happy. There are lots more in the series. ( http://www.amazon.com/Naked-Death-Book-1-ebook/dp/B003MQM7B4/ )
A Drink Before The War by Dennis Lehane. PI thriller. I’ve had troubles with Lehane before. Then I started Mystic River and the writing led me back to give him a second go. ( http://www.amazon.com/Drink-Before-War-Dennis-Lehane-ebook/dp/B004ZLS5QQ/ )
Books I’m having trouble with…
Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh. Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance. Umm. Good writing, highly regarded writer. If this story is what you’re looking for, you’ll love it. For me, stuck at page 100 and waiting for something to happen, other than orgasmic pondering about why she’s so attracted to a handsome angel who kills and tortures humans for a hobby, who holds her life and her organization in his hands, and to whom she is instantly, constantly and aggressively insulting…
Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard. SciFi. Dumb capture. Then endless hormonal meltdown while trying to sword fence with hot pirate who’s just kidnapped her whole ship’s crew. Just not for me.
Tell me if you disagree!