I finished the romance I've been working on. It's ready to go when my agent tells me to send it. I was always afraid to try romance until I wrote the Emerald Hills novellas. Those changed my mind. I fell in love with each character in each story and could picture how the hero and heroine should come together, why they were right for each other. But in this story, I wanted to focus on a quieter kind of romance, one with older protagonists. I hope you like it. Loretta is at the very end of the left column.
Sia, I saw your comment and really appreciate it. I usually get a box for "reply," but no such luck this time, and I couldn't find anyway to let you know I saw it. I agree with you, though. It's tough to decide what to say and what not to say when you develop character in a story.
I posted the last and final part of Witch Gone Bad today. It's under the Babet and Prosper stories in the left column. It was a fun writing experiment for me. I'm so used to telling the River City stories through Babet's point of view, it felt odd to do the big battle at the end through Loreena's eyes. And it took longer. This part is almost a short story by itself. Also, just in case you're interested, I introduced Loreena a while ago in the Pied Piper story--in the left column, too.
I won't get much writing done next week. We have company coming to stay with us Monday through Saturday, but then I'm going to polish a Babet and Prosper novella I wrote a while ago. Hopefully, I can get it published some time next month. And then, it's nose to the grindstone for me in September when I start work on a new romance novel. Coming up with 65,000+ words should keep me out of trouble for a few months:)
This is the last day that my urban fantasy novel, Wolf's Bane, is free for Kindle. And this is the first day of my second writing experiment for this webpage. I'm playing with pointsof view. The story's set in River City, but it's not a typical Babet and Prosper story. Hope you like it. It's under Babet and Prosper in the left column: A Witch Gone Bad. But Part 1 is NOT for young readers.
I just wanted to let you know that I've played with a new writing experiment. I wanted to write a 5 part story with each part told from a different person's POV. I've returned to River City and Babet and Prosper, but--sorry, Joan Lisanti--this has a completely different feel. (I hope you still like it.) I'm going to put up each part, from Monday to Friday, starting this Monday, Aug. 10. One part is only 2 pages, but I wanted to deal with a mom whose teenage daughter is rebelling, and she's at her wit's end. I decided less might be more for that POV. Anyway, the stories will be in the left column under the Babet and Prosper section, titled A Witch Gone Bad. And I hope my experiment works!
I've been working on romances lately (my agent's suggestion), so I haven't had time to work on my urban fantasy series. I love writing urban fantasy. I love READING urban fantasy, so I've felt guilty. Enoch and Voronika have been neglected. So have Reece and Damian. They clamor in my head for attention. I have ideas for new books in both series, but I have one more romance to write before I can spend time with them. To let them know I still think about them, I made Fallen Angels free for a few days earlier this month, and Wolf's Bane is free now. I got a new review for Fallen Angels, and that made me happy.
If I ever find myself in an ideal world, I'd like to balance writing romance with writing UF. For me, it's like flexing two different sets of muscles. With romance, I concentrate on character, the give and take of personalities. With urban fantasy, I concentrate more on plot, the protagonists trying to survive and defeat evil. I like going back and forth between the two kinds of books.
Anyway, if you're interested in Wolf's Bane, it's free right now.
I finished the rewrites of my second romance. My daughter Holly read it and got all mushy, so the ending did what I wanted it to. I'm pretty happy about that.
My faithful critique partner (we trade manuscripts) volunteered to look at it again before I send it off. She saw it in its lean phase. I've added another 6,000 words to fill in the blank spaces--the descriptions and emotions that I can never think of the first time around. Ironic. She just gave me her manuscript to critique, and she needs ideas to make hers live longer and larger, too. We're a mutual admiration society. I love her writing, and she likes mine, so it's easy to give each other ideas to make the stories even better. Don't get the idea that we're easy on each other. We're not.
I've spent so much time working on romances lately that I've only written short urban fantasy stories. I'm beginning to miss Enoch in Fallen Angels and Reece in Wolf's Bane. But I have one more romance to write in the series before I can devote much time to anything else. When I think short, I always think of Babet and Prosper. I have a novella roughed out that needs a little polishing before I can post it. And I have an idea for a Babet & Prosper experiment on my webpage, using different POVs. That might give it such a different feel, it won't seem like a typical Babet & Prosper, so I'm not sure about it. But it might be fun. And then it's back to romance.
Eventually, I'd like to find balance. Maybe write a romance, then an Enoch novel. Write another romance, then a Reece and Damian novel. I love my Empty Altars series, but I just don't see how I can juggle that many things. Bummer, because gods and goddesses always make me happy.
I'm posting the last, short "chapter" of Ophelia's Story today. This has been a fun writing experiment from start to finish. The thing is, I grew pretty fond of Niccolo. He's a self-centered vampire who expects to always get what he wants, but he was still likeable. At least, for me. He reminded me of Caleb in my Fallen Angels series. Caleb is so self-indulgent, he'd let people get hurt, but he still has a certain charm about him. Villains and antagonists can take many shapes, and it's interesting to explore the different varieties, from the truly evil to the casually cruel. A protagonist is measured against the odds he must face, what he must overcome. A strong antagonist makes for a strong story. He ups the stakes, creates more conflict. The battle can be as much internal as external, it just has to matter.
Ophelia's Story--Part 5 is in the left hand column. I hope you enjoy it.
Wanted to let you know that my novel FALLEN ANGELS is free 7/28-8/1. It's the first book in the series. I broke the urban fantasy "rules" and had a supernatural interact with a mortal, and gave almost as much importance to the mortal problems as the supernatural struggles. That's what I like about that series. After all, if vampires and fallen angels lived among humans, wouldn't they interact at least a little? For my Wolf's Bane series, though, I played by the rules and concentrated on the gargoyles, witches, and werewolves, and that was fun, too. We mere mortals are just part of the background:)
For Fallen Angels: http://amzn.to/14X1JYi
We went to Indianapolis for two days this week. Had a wonderful time, but I wrote the fourth part of Ophelia early, so here it is (in the left column). Hope you like it!