The appointment for my ear operation is February 10th… the release date for Hunter’s Moon was February 12th. See the problem here? I don’t think I’m going to be up for much partying or work in the first few days after my ear operation, so I’m shifting the release date for Hunter’s Moon to February 26th. Yes, you’ll have to wait an extra two weeks for the book. Well, Vampires Realm series readers have been waiting for over a year for the next story in the series (non-free) so I guess two weeks more won’t kill you, will it?
The good thing about this is that it also gives me an extra two weeks to work on the story. Nicolae and Tatyana, the hero and heroine, are doing a Winter and Nika (from Winter’s Kiss) and being a pain at the start. There’s a few emotional / response glitches to smooth out. I just feel that I need to get their reactions pinned down at the start, and work in the prospect of them coming to love each other. At the moment, they’re quite set against each other, which makes it difficult to progress their relationship from hate to love in a believable way. Of course, I can’t just do away with their issues about each other. They need them because of the things that have happened in their past / their upbringing. I just need to make sure that they’re not dead set against each other, and there’s leeway for a relationship and feelings to change.
I’m in the polish / third draft phase with the book at the moment. It’s now novel length at almost 62000 words and I still have another fifty pages to edit. There’s a chance that it will creep up to around 65000 words by the time that I’m done with it. I need to go back and re-read the first few chapters to polish them a bit better and get the characters ironed out.
I have to say that the extra two weeks breathing time with Hunter’s Moon is the only good thing to come out of my ear operation. I’m not looking forward to it one bit. I’ve only been put under once before, when I was very young, and I don’t remember it really, but I do know that I didn’t like it. It gave me my phobia of needles because of the way I was handled, and I really don’t want to be knocked out. I guess it’s better than feeling all that pain though!
I’m also having to shift my release schedule for the rest of the year around too. Not the dates, but what books come out on them. I need a bit of breathing room if I’m going to reach my 11 releases in 2011! I’ll post more about that another time.
Have a great week everyone!