November was a great month for me, in terms of general publishing excitement. I released Night Seeker, the new City of Crows novel, and it performed pretty well. That gave me a confidence boost. 🙂
I did scrap another draft, unfortunately, but it was only 7,000 words this time. I realized that I started in the wrong place in the timeline for The Shape of Terror, the next Jonah Lane book. And since I hadn’t worked on the draft for a few weeks at the time anyway, I just went ahead and trashed it.
I started over in a different spot in the timeline, and the new draft has been progressing much better. I passed the 20,000 word mark a few days ago. Hopefully, I can finish the draft in December, in time for an early January release.
Learned my lesson last time though. No firm release date till I finish a draft, lol.
Anyway, The Shape of Terror is coming along. It’ll be my first release of 2023, and should be followed shortly by several more books. I might also try to get ahead in December by starting the draft of a second book, but that of course depends on how busy I am over the holidays.
As it stands, I’m in a pretty good place writing wise at the moment. If all goes well, 2023 will start with a bang.
After a rather lengthy hiatus due to personal life problems, I have finally completed the ninth novel in the City of Crows series! This book represents an exciting turning point in the series, so I’m super happy that it’s finished!
Title: Night Seeker
Series: City of Crows, #9
Calvin Kinsey has always had terrible luck. But this time, his bad fortune might cost him everything.
In the wake of a successful raid on his mortal enemies, the Children of Enoch, Cal Kinsey unwittingly binds himself to a critically damaged seraph blade. With every minute that passes, the broken blade drains more of his life force. And the only way to stop the blade from devouring him is to destroy it—at the same place it was created.
Accompanied by his mysterious seraph father, Cal must venture deep into the Eververse and overcome dangerous threats in its many strange, unearthly realms. Worse yet, the fallen angels who command the Children of Enoch want the blade so they can use it for their awful ends, and they’ll wreak whatever havoc necessary to steal it back from Cal.
Worlds away from all his friends and everything familiar, Cal will have to fight his way through the most difficult trial of his life. Even if he succeeds, he might be forever changed. But if he fails, he’ll cease to exist altogether.
After a tumultuous spring and summer, I have at last completed the next City of Crows novel, Night Seeker. Coming in at 71,000 words, the book is officially the shortest in the series (thus far), but word count isn’t proportional to the amount of action and adventure (and snark from Calvin Kinsey).
In fact, Night Seeker has quite a lot in the way of adventure, more so than most of the other books in the series. And during that adventure, there’s a bunch of new character introductions, new world-building information, and setups for a lot of the major plot threads of the latter half of the series.
Night Seeker is essentially a transitional book between the “buildup” half of the series and the “climactic” half of the series. Starting with book ten, things really start rolling, and they don’t stop until the end of the series.
I’m very happy that I finally got this book written. I scrapped 50,000 words of the first draft and started over…because the first draft sucked. Like really, really bad. So that was a major setback, but the restart was a great decision. The plot of the second draft is much more exciting and advances the series plot a great deal more than my original draft.
Right now, Night Seeker is in proofreading, with an official publication date of 11/15/22. So keep your eyes peeled for the official release announcement. It should be coming very soon!