Done with the first draft
I finished it today. I have this on preorder for November 20 to give myself time to get it through the editing stages and to give myself some breathing room during the move to Montana. (I haven’t officially moved yet, but I will early next month. Right now, it’s a matter of getting things wrapped up in Nebraska.)
Books 2-4 in the series will not have sex in them.
Though I’ve been working on this book, I have been thinking of the next one in the series. In doing so, I realized a sex scene isn’t necessary in that one. There is nothing it would add to the plot or to the growth of the characters. I enjoy putting sex scenes into books, but only if the sex adds something. I don’t believe in adding sex just to have it there. If sex doesn’t somehow add to the book, I see no reason to have it there.
So…in realizing I don’t need sex in book 3 and sex doesn’t fit anywhere in book 4, I decided to remove sex from book 2. The sex in book 2 was more optional than mandatory. In book 1 it worked because that was when Hathor truly felt loved by Ann. But it’s not necessary in the rest of the series. One of the perks of self-publishing is being able to call the shots on what is best for the series. I don’t like trying to fit my books into someone else’s vision for them. If I don’t do what is best of the books, the stories end up sucking.
In short, I changed my mind and will keep books 2-4 the way they already were.
Books 2-4 have a high fantasy content.
There are romantic threads through books 2-4. I don’t know what the percentage is between romance and fantasy, but it is more fantasy-ish than I originally thought. So to label these as fantasy romance might be misleading. When I categorize this series, I am going to label it fantasy and romance.
I know these types of books don’t appeal to most of you, which is why I feel it’s important to specify what this series is. That way, you don’t pick up the books thinking they’re straight out romance when they aren’t. I want to be are fair and transparent as possible. As a reader, I hate it when an author misleads me into believing a book is something it isn’t. I don’t read all books authors I enjoy write, so I understand if you decide to skip this series. No hard feelings. 😀 I’d rather you read the books you will enjoy than reading books you don’t.
Will start this one tomorrow
I have some downtime before things pick up in a week and a half, so I’m going to use it to get started on book 3. I would work on Wagon Trail Bride if I thought I could handle it, but that would be too much. So I’m going to work on this one since it’s not so much work.
I’m available to do arc reading or proofing if you ever need me to.
Thanks, Bobbie. I’ll keep that in mind. 🙂
Since I read in LOTS of genres, I like it when authors change things up a bit. But not everyone reads out of their favorite genres. Honestly, I wish more people would expand their horizons just a bit because you can really find some awesome books that you might think you wouldn’t like but end up loving. 🙂
I thought I would enjoy mystery, but alas, that isn’t where my interest is. But I enjoy a good range of other ones. I think it keeps things fresh when I read different stories. I didn’t think I would enjoy science fiction or fantasy until I had a friend who watched a lot of it. You’re right. You never know unless you try it. 😀
I’m really surprised about you not liking mysteries. We usually have the same tastes (except I don’t like non-fiction). Even when I write mysteries, though, I can’t keep out the romance. There has to be romance.
I do enjoy the romance part whenever that shows up, but that is true in any genre. 😀
have you done this in the name of amanda winters?
I’m glad you asked. Yes, I have. I decided to pull it down when I realized there was another author by the same name. Amanda Winters was my pen name, and I didn’t feel it was right to take someone else’s name. I figure it’s safer to put it under my real one. 🙂
Aww.. glad you decided it that way.. seeing our own name in our work really does something and means a lot.. And now your name is famous!