Did you give a Kindle? Get one? Know someone who is getting one? Or, do you know someone who reads eBooks and likes fantasy, magic, or dragons? How convenient!
It’s the perfect time to get started on Dragonlinked Chronicles, because starting tomorrow, December 24, 2016, and running through December 27th, 2016, the Kindle version of Dragonlinked, volume 1 of the series, will be FREE on Amazon!
Here are some direct links: US — UK — AU — CA — DE — JP — IN
Not from one of those regions? No worries, the book is also available at the Amazon sites for Brazil, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the Netherlands. Note that, currently, the book is only available in english.
Merry Christmas, everyone, and Happy Holidays!
As I mentioned last time, the last chapters of a book take me longer to write. There’s a great deal happening in them, and there is much to coordinate and check as far as plot advancement/convergence, character development, continuity, and such. The current chapter I’m working on, for example, which was supposed to be the lead-in to an exciting chapter, has turned into two chapters. There is a subplot twist that I added earlier which needs to be paid off, in addition to the things that need to happen as well as getting certain people to certain places, all for that exciting chapter.
It’s a bit like what Robert Jordan reportedly said about his epic Wheel of Time series (and I’m paraphrasing here): I know what the final scene will be, I just need to get everyone there.
For me, I know what events will happen in the exciting chapter (and beyond), I just need to get everyone there. And while I am getting everything and everyone lined up, it’s taking a bit longer than expected. Of course, it didn’t help that my Windows 10 upgrade (from Win 7) crapped out on me a few weeks ago, forcing me to do a complete, clean reinstall of the operating system and all of my applications (Always back up your important stuff, and back it up often!). But even beyond all that, I don’t want to rush and put something slap-dash out there. I want better than that, and readers deserve better than that. So, I’m taking the time to make it as good as I can.
The short version: The draft of book 4 is coming along nicely and is almost done!
A quick update for everyone. I just finished a read-through of chapters one through six. I normally do that every five chapters, but in this book, the events in chapter five lead right into six and I didn’t want to lose the writing momentum, so I kept going until I had finished chapter six.
Things are looking good, so far. I found that I needed to add a scene to expand a bit on a character and her actions, which is another reason I do read-throughs. The outline is a great guide, but it is in the writing and re-reading of the draft where you will often find better ideas or discover a better flow. I also find that re-reading the manuscript from the beginning every time I finish writing another five chapters helps keep the events in the book alive in my head and allows me to catch mistakes, duplications, and better judge the pace of the book overall.
Now on to chapter seven!