Asaric Axis (Asaric Tales Book Two)
O yay! O yay! I finally got those rewrites in Book Two done, including the nightmare that was those dreams. That book is now out with a beta-reader and I await her feedback.
Asaric Skies (Asaric Tales Book Three)
This has also gone out to beta-readers—and my many-many thanks to those who volunteered. Some of you have been exceedingly fast in reading, responding and returning. To date I have had one part- plus two full returns. And just from these I know I have more fixing to do. However, unlike the dreams in Book Two, I’m hoping this can be corrected with a few well-placed insertions and several lines of rewording. But I shan’t attempt that until all the betas have returned all their parts.
Asaric Sons (Asaric Tales Book Four)
It seems incredible that we’re just on the year round and already I’m able to report on Book Four. Book Four, no less! Wow.
So, while the beta readers are busy beta reading, and I await their comments with breath held and fingers crossed, I’ve turned my attention to this penultimate book.
First, I need to reacquaint myself with its plot and its incoming characters, to check out the details, make sure I’ve got the ‘science’ right, replace any vital scenes previously deleted in haste, and generally make sure it all hangs together. Of course, while I do that, it doesn’t hurt to replace the imperfect with the perfect (tenses, that is) and remove any extraneous words and purple proses (not that there are any, of course). All of which has kept me busy this past month. Moreover, since I’ve only just reached the two-thirds mark, it’ll keep me going for a while longer. Thereafter, the ‘proper’ rewrite.
Book Cover Design
I first encountered Lauren as a potential critique partner. And, wow! Our relationship has grown way beyond that, to mutual satisfaction (at least, I hope she agrees that). With both having a multiple-book series in progress, we’ve become each other’s sounding boards, with much passing of emails, personal anecdotes, recommendations, links and humour. You could could say we’ve become good pals. But more than that, Lauren has taken on the design of my book covers.
I was hesitant at first; I hadn’t seen any of her work, though I knew she had a strong design background having worked freelance in illustration and more recently onboard one of the UK’s largest greeting card companies (which she now has left to start a card design company with her husband) Anyway, I was sold from the very first sight of the first ‘rough’ … she had captured the feel and the essence of the story to perfection. But could she deliver the same for the others? With a 5-book series, it’s essential the covers connect in some obvious way.
To date I’m sitting happy on three book covers, and Lauren is working on the fourth. Though she hasn’t read the full series yet, she has read the synopsis, plus we’ve discussed it. And she has such a feel for the story. I swear, that day we first connected the gods of fantasy fiction were smiling upon us!
Lauren is currently building up a design portfolio and is open to a range of projects. Want to know more? Contact Lauren at Under One Cloud ( https://www.underonecloud.net ) where you’ll find samples of her work.
So am I going to flash a sneak preview? I hear you ask. Sorry, but I’m holding the covers close to my chest until all is prepared. Then I’ll do the full ‘tra-la-lah’ with a drum-roll thing.
In the meantime
I thank you, beta readers, past, present and future
And wish those who read and/or follow this blog the season’s best greetings
And I trust you’ll all have a glorious New Year
And finally, the next e-book update will be Sunday 6th January 2019