Been a few weeks, but I have LOADS to tell you all! 😀
Okay, so let’s do a quick run over what you may have missed lately…
Well, first up there was a Blog Post on the influence of music on my writing process, with a few examples of tunes that link to chapters.
I also put up another of my ‘Casting Call’ pages. This time looking at who I would cast to play Damian Dane, the leader of Pack Nation. So who did I and my beta-readers chose to play the Wolf King?
So, now that you’ve checked all those out – and come back here – let’s check in and see how everything else it progressing…
Hmmm…what’s happened here?
A sliver of pale green hath reappeared!!!!
Why? I hear you cry!!!!
Well, I heard back from my anonymous Beta Reader – who gave me a glowing review and some absolutely FANTASTIC feedback! Thank you so much whoever you are!!! – they did reveal an opinion on the end of the book that gave me pause to think…
One of the questions I asked on my ‘Beta Reader Questionnaire’ was…
Did the plot and arc flow for you from beginning to end?
And their answer was…
Yes. I felt like the end packed in a lot of action in a short amount of time. It is obvious there will be a sequel, but with all the detail contained in the story up to the final couple of chapters, the final turn of events seems skimmed over and left me with more questions than answers. I am privy to the fact that this is supposed to be an epic series, but other readers might not and might feel cheated.
Which made me think.
Did I need to slow the ending down a little bit toward the end?
I decided that, YES. The Beta-Reader had a very valid point. So, after a few more questions had been asked and a little more feedback had been given, I decided to write in two more chapters.
Hence the new green sliver.
In actual fact I LOVE these new additions, and I wish I’d put them in sooner. I think they really add a wonderful new dimension to the end of the book and I’m interested to see what my Beta’s think of them.
(Note: Andy already took a look and he said:
A quick summary of what I thought…… abso’bloomin’lutely brilliant. They do both add quite a bit to the whole **redacted** that I hadn’t realised it might need and benefit from. Chapter 78 is an excellent run-up and sets the scene very well without intruding on the actual event or invalidating
anything from the next chapter. And I hadn’t even considered how **redacted** might have been directly affected in the aftermath, apart from **redacted**, as she would naturally have been in the room at the time **redacted** so Chapter 80 really rounds out her reactions and emotions at the time, and grants her a bit more flesh in her own character arc (since Chapter 79 jumps to **redacted**).
Those two new chapters are now in the edit phase.
Next up, it you recall from my last ‘Songbird News’ post, I was getting my cover art for book 1 from LenamoArt. (Find her on my artists page and check out her website… Lenamo.art
Well, Marlena came though AND THEN SOME!
Feast your eyes on this…
You can find more details on it, on my latest blog post…
Be Honest… We DO Judge A Book By It’s Cover!
I adore it so much I’ve already filled in my commission form for the cover to the next book in the series, ‘Blood to Earth’. Speaking of which…
LOOK at that pie chart! LOOK AT IT!!!!
What all that yellow and green tells us, is that the book is now COMPLETE… Almost.
One chapter is still incomplete, but I’ve decided that I’ll get to that when I come across it on the first edit. Which is what that green wedge represents.
That’s all to report on B2E for this week. 🙂
Only a quick on to report on Book 3… PLOTTING IS UNDER WAY!!
EEEK! I’m populating the Spreadsheet of Doom™ and have about a third of the Chapter Synopses in place now. It’s really quite exciting rounding out the story for the next book in line and I’m VERY excited by where it’s going so far.
Hopefully I’ll have more information on this on a future update.
That’s all for this week. Until next time folks…
Love & Books