Having received a number of two star reviews on The Emperor’s Pet, I have come to the expected conclusion that readers have virulent objection to and hatred of cliffhangers. I knew people didn’t like them particularly having written one in my Power of Poses series, but I didn’t sufficiently learn my lesson. I’ll probably pay for it through lost readers.
I am sorry about that. The losing of Pol’s memories is key to his future growth. I suppose I should have started the next book in the series with that happening, but it’s too late now. I will learn from that mistake. I promise: NO MORE CLIFFHANGERS!
I just finished outlining most of The Misplaced Prince, book six. I have an overall vision for where the books go and then do a scene outline, but I don’t follow the scenes slavishly. They are more like mileposts along the journey. I often take detours and alternate routes while I write. Having said that, I’m ready to start with book six.
The beginning of the book is written, but its purpose is to position Pol in a village before the story really begins. I’ll be able to begin knowing the direction the story will take and as I write, I’ll let inspiration nudge Pol here and there and I’ll give birth to new characters and new challenges outside of my scene outline. I can’t promise no cliffhangers between chapters, though.
As promised, I have just gone through The Sleeping God and given Shira a personality change. Her aggressive tendencies have been mollified, but not totally eradicated. No more kicks to Pol’s shins, but taps and nudges. She still gets a good poke in from time to time. I made a few other edits to the manuscript, but none of them affected the story. Hopefully, she won’t appear to be so shrewish as some readers pointed out.
If you’ve read the original version of The Sleeping God, please give Shira the benefit of the doubt in The Emperor’s Pet. She is much better behaved.
Now, on to the next book, The Misplaced Prince. I hated to make this a cliffhanger, but Pol is embarking on a new chapter in his life and there wasn’t a better place to delineate his Shinkyan experience from his Daeran than showing up on Daera with Demeron as his nursemaid. More excitement to come!
The Emperor’s Pet has just been submitted to Amazon and is now published. I put in a lot of extra time and changed my post-draft workflow to get it done, and my efforts worked. I probably saved two weeks in the process and have caught up, despite spending some quality time with Demeron last month. You will note my typical excerpt of the next book in the back of The Emperor’s Pet is a little shorter than usual. That’s so I could get this book out earlier.
The excerpt is for Book Six in the Disinherited Prince series and goes by the title The Misplaced Prince. I’m still pretty much in the planning mode, but I did know enough about where the book was headed to write part of the first chapter for the excerpt. Book Six is scheduled for the end of June.
I’ve put in some extra time to get The Emperor’s Pet out before May 1st. It is in one of two final edits and then I’ll be pushing it out of the nest. I have completed the cover and it is, for the first time anywhere…below.
My next book is coming along. I suppose I’m about ten days behind. I had the beginning of the baseball season, the Masters (I like watching golf) and a Neil Diamond concert to distract me this weekend. In addition, my editor is ill, so we will see what happens in the next few days. I should be done with the first draft by the 12th and will immediately head into rewrites.
The story is coming along nicely and I’m at the very end where tension is high. I like writing this part because twists start to pop into my mind. We’ll see how the end goes. I’ve got it mapped out, but sometimes it’s better to write with the flow and ignore parts of my scene outlines.