You can now borrow some ebook editions of The Two Moons of Rehnor series from the library? Right now, to my limited knowledge, only the King County Library System (KCLS.org) and the Washington Anytime Library System are carrying them. But, if your library system uses Overdrive, you can request they purchase the series through their normal request channels. What a great way to stay caught up on this looooong series without costing you a penny!
Note: The good folks at the King County Library System also have The Boy who Lit up the Sky available in paperback!
Last week, I posted my June Book Release Update Rant. If you’re interested in it, you can find it below or on my website and blog. Now, I’m calmer and balanced and so I will enlighten you into the progress of all my works without flying off the emotional handle. Must be hormonal.
Book 15 – Yes, there will be a book 15, and as mentioned earlier, a goodly portion of it will delve in to Arsan’s history. I didn’t tell you much about him before, so now I’m taking a step back and exploring him a little further. So far, he’s gone from kind of a “neb” (Yiddish word, no literal translation) to a likeable, if still nebbish guy. That’s not all going on in there, of course. It’s time to take another look at Ber, now that he must go forth without Kie, and I’ve given him a love interest who …wait for it…has two heads. I’m about 50% done with this one, hoping for an early August release.
Unnamed New Project – Yes. That says it all, doesn’t it? It, whatever it is, is about 25% done. I’ll have a clearer idea when I get a little further. Also hoping for an August release.
Time Tripping Adventures #2 – After an amazing, blow out, successful promo this last weekend on Black Gold, Time Tripping Adventures #1, I guess I’ll have to pencil in a sequel to Bitsy and Mona’s adventures. The project manager software is scheduling that for September/October release time frame. I’m still planning to send the girls and their Prius back to find the lost boys in the Tower circa 1484, but that may change.
Other projects on the dashboard right now are limited to doing a lot of weeding, growing a lot of tomatoes, harvesting a lot of gooseberries and currants, jamming same, and releasing My Enemy’s Son in Audiobook. The very talented R.A. Reynolds is doing a bang up job voicing this one after giving an amazing performance on The Boy who Lit up the Sky. You can find that audio as well as all of my other audio collection on Audible, Amazon, iTunes and wherever else audiobooks are sold. Audible is constantly running promos too, so you can usually find a way to get one or more for free. I highly recommend, if you haven’t listened to it already, go download The Boy and enjoy RA’s incredible rendition.
So, that’s the very calm and unemotional update from my writing desk. If you have any questions or concerns, I’m happy to speak with you about them. You can find me between the hours of 8 – 5 out in the boat checking the crab pots, so if you can’t swim that far, just leave me a message. Happy Summer.
Well, here we are in June, normally my favorite month of the year. School will be out shortly, summer vacation commences, my birthday, such as it is, happens on the first day of summer, and my anniversary with Mr. Ay, on the 30th, will mark 29 years of both shared joy and misery.
Writing has been a bit of chore lately. In addition to the constant ache of carpal tunnel in my right hand, the opinions of some have gotten me down. I know, I know. What difference does it make what some readers think? I started this series only for my own entertainment, and I shall continue it solely for that purpose too. Still, like the carpal tunnel, it is hard to ignore. Like a shot in the wrist, telling me to stop writing is a stab in the heart.
I wonder why that is the case. Why would someone complain that the series should end? Are they compelled to purchase these books with their last dime? If so, I invite them simply to ignore them. Stop! You can do it. Yes, you can. Don’t push that button. You’ll be perfectly fine even if you never find out what happens next. They’re all fictional people anyway.
I know the series is long. Is there anything specifically wrong with that? Not that I am in any way, shape or form comparing myself to authors like Lee Child or Michael Connelly, but, don’t they have long series too? I haven’t read all of their books. I read as much as I want, but I certainly don’t implore them to stop writing when I set them down for something else. Good heavens, there are 175 books in the Nancy Drew series. I managed to stop around book 30 when I was 12 years old, and I haven’t regretted that decision one bit.
For the record, and for what it’s worth, I want to give you a little background into the series and especially the books that came after the first five. Maybe, it’ll help you to understand why they’re different. Certainly, my style has changed over the years, but my motivation for writing them has changed too.
Books 1 – 5 were written all together over the course of the last twenty-five years. Actually, about sixty percent of those stories were. The rest I added in 2012, prior to publishing. The general story was there with quite a few holes. I wrote them, like I said, for my own entertainment. If I fancied something, Senya got it or did it. If something upset me, he suffered because of it. It was fun to create a world where I could play G-d. It relieved stress and helped me deal with the banalities of real life. At the end of Book 5, I figured I was done. I started a few other projects, including the now unpublished Journey to Rehnor series. I couldn’t really get into that though. I didn’t care for the characters as much as I did for everyone in the Two Moons. So, despite the “almost ending”, I started Golden’s Quest.
Book 6 – Golden’s Quest, I wrote for my boys. Shika, in this book, is sort of an amalgamation of my two sons. Some of his adventures are their adventures. Of course, most is fantasy, but some of the little things actually happened to them.
Book 7 – Metamorphosis, I wrote for our friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the time, and another who had melanoma. I had two other friends who were also ill with various things. They’re all fine now, but it was a scary time. I was facing mid-life, menopause, and mortality all at the same time, and so Katie was forced to deal with all of that too.
Book 8 – The Choice was written right after my mother suddenly died of a heart attack. She was fine one day and gone the next. I lost my best friend. It was very cathartic to write and to think about how maybe, she had a sit-down with an angel, heard her options, and made a choice, for better or worse. It was much better than imagining her dying on the sofa and wondering what in the hell happened, as I did.
Book 9 – Treasure Hunt, I wrote for the girls in my author support group, who helped rescue me after my mother’s death. It was sort of a spoof of the western romances that they all write. Cowboys…not much interest for me, sorry, but it was fun letting Senya play another part.
Book 10- Space Chase was going to be the end, again. Maybe or maybe not. It was time to say goodbye to Jerry and a few others in any case.
Book 11 – Imperial Masquerade came out of nowhere. I guess 10 wasn’t the end after all. There was more to say, more to do, more fun to have skewering people and politicians.
Book 12 – Rivalry was written for the son of a family friend who suffered a terrible accident. All profits from Rivalry are donated to the foundation which helps to pay for the real-life doctors and nurses which provide his care.
Book 13 – Thirteen was written during the winter, when I was feeling dark and depressed. I almost killed everyone in it, but didn’t.
Book 14 – Betrayal, while still in the mood to spend my time cutting off the heads of flowers and executing crows, my kids set out to rescue me in a manner of speaking. I like Betrayal. I like what happens in this book, and since this is all about me, I guess that’s all that really matters.
Book 15 – It’s a little less than half way there, but going slowly. In this one, we are reintroduced to Arsan and learn more about him and where he came from. I skimmed over him before, but now he’s become an interesting and quite likable guy. It could be a new beginning, or not.
Is that the end? Who knows? If not, and you are sick of the series, I invite you not to buy another one. It’s your choice. It’s a free country, or at least, it was. Amazon doesn’t control the world, although they certainly are trying. There’s a lot of other books in that bookstore and a lot of wonderful authors skilled at combining words.
In reality, books are like chocolate. You can never have enough. Back when I could still eat a lot of chocolate, I liked the white kind, while Mr. Ay, the darkest dark. Today, I prefer dark too. The princess loves milk chocolate, but hates the kind with nuts. The two princes will eat anything as long as it tastes like bacon or beer. You get my point though, right?
At any rate, thank you to all who have purchased and read my stories, whether it be one or twenty of them. We’ve come a long way from Meri’s opening thoughts to wherever we are now. If it is the end, I’m sorry to say, I’m going to leave you hanging. There will be no closure, no final word, no red or purple weddings, and furthermore, angels never die.
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The Imperial Court has moved to Rozari, to the villa by the Pink Sea, while the Imperial Palace undergoes renovations and reconstruction.
Steve and Rent have been confined to the villa by the Mad Emperor, prisoners under house arrest while living in paradise.
Rent is fine with this, as he has taken a fancy to Eva, the new Imperial Finance Minister, who resides in the villa’s annex. Steve, however, is anxious to escape from both his childhood bedroom and his indifferent wife, Joanne.
In the meantime, Anne Black has arrived on Earth in a stolen Spaceforce shuttle. Preferring solitude and reclusiveness, she spends her days blasting crows with her laser, or assassinating the flowers in the garden of her rented doublewide.
One afternoon, while shopping in the local Big Box store, Anne collides with a man whose voice sends shivers down her spine. Although he reminds her of someone, he is clearly someone else, someone intent on taking her to places she doesn’t want to go, including jail.
SdK Corporation Board Meeting May 2014
Location: New board room in the rebuilt SdK Tower
Attendees: Naomi, Jim, Steve, Rent, Katie, Gabe, Arsan
Jim bangs the gavel and calls the meeting to order.
Jim: Thanks for coming everybody. I know you all had to quickly rearrange your schedules, but Naomi thought it was important that we have a quick discussion before she goes on vacation.
Gabe: Oh, that’s nice, Naomi. Where are you going?
Ooohs from around the table.
Katie: Is that dickhead going with you?
Naomi: If you are referring to Mr. Ay, then, yes. He’s coming too.
Katie: You know who I mean.
Naomi: Yes, I do, Katie, and if he wanted to join us, I’m certain Mr. Ay would be pleased to have him along. They both would enjoy each other’s company immensely, sitting on the lanai, drinking beer, smoking cigs, and watching the 24 hour football channel.
Katie (under her breath): There’s no accounting for Mr. Ay’s taste.
Steve: Where the Big Guy anyway? How’d he manage to get excused from this meeting?
Jim: He sent a note saying he’s busy.
Naomi: Actually, he’s off seeking something he can’t quite reach, searching for something he can’t quite find, and doing whatever needs to be done to secure permission to destroy the universe.
Ooohs from around the table.
Rent: Do you think he’ll get it? The permission, I mean.
Naomi (shaking head): I don’t know. It’s quite possible.
Katie: Right. And, it’ll be up to me, again, to prevent it. I should get a bonus for every time I’ve had to save the universe from him.
Gabe: Actually, the rest of us might have a hand in it too, right, Naomi?
Naomi: Yes, dear, but we are getting ahead of ourselves. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss Book 14, Betrayal.
Katie (snorts) Yep. That’s apropos. Good name choice this time, Naomi.
Naomi: Thank you, Katie. I want to announce that Betrayal has just passed the censors and will be ready for publication much earlier than I originally anticipated. However, the censors have taken it to task and although it is chock full of provoking thoughts, as well as the usual collection of fruits and nuts, it is much shorter than I anticipated.
Steve: What does that mean?
Jim: It means they blacked out a lot of stuff. It wasn’t politically correct. The Rossorian Defense Alliance has lodged a complaint against us for blatant prejudice and bigotry toward Rossorians. We don’t have a Rossorian on our board and we don’t allow Rossorian cloaks as part of our office dress code.
Rent: I don’t have any problem with their clothes.
Steve: Yeah, some of those dudes are butt ugly. It may be better that they’re all covered up.
Jim: Orange is totally the wrong color when it comes to our new décor.
Naomi: In any case, it means that a significant amount of the text has been blacked out of the book. Instead of our usual 52000 word count, Betrayal has been reduced to 5.
Rent: 5 what? 5 pages?
Naomi: No. 5 words.
Steve: The whole book is 5 words?
Jim: Yes. Unfortunately, because of our overhead, we’re still going to have to sell it for $4.99. This means it’s practically $1 per word.
Ooohs from around the table.
Jim: But on a happy note, Amazon will like that. It reduces their delivery costs.
Naomi: At any rate, I’m going to release it around May 6, right before I go to Maui. Hopefully, by then, our legal team can find a loophole to allow all 52,000 words to be published.
Ooohs from around the table.
Gabe: Sounds lovely, Naomi. Have a restful vacation. Are you taking Princess Sara?
Naomi: No. I’m leaving her home. In fact, she’s one of the reasons I’m going. Teenagers, you know.
Steve: Yeah. Teenagers are a pain in the ass.
Arsan: (jolting awake) What?
Steve: Starting with you, junior.
Katie: Leave him alone. He’s positively angelic compared to you.
Arsan: (smiling) Thanks, Gra…
Katie: Don’t say it! I don’t ever want to be called that.
Jim adjourns the meeting.