First of all, thank you to everyone who has picked up a copy of Darkness Wanes. I’ve appreciated all the wonderful feedback I’ve received via email and Facebook messages. If you’d consider leaving a review on Amazon or whichever retailer you use, I’d greatly appreciate it.
The paperback should be out within two weeks for those interested. I’m getting it formatted now. Many people have asked about the audiobook and my publisher has set it to release on June 21st. Sorry it can’t be sooner, but hopefully the time will pass quickly!
As for Dancing with Flames (book 2 of the Dragon’s Breath series), I have begun working hard on it. I’d done some of the preliminary work last year after finishing the first novel, but now I’m getting deep into the writing. One thing I’m enjoying is that with the apocalypse and basic world-building tasks are out of the way, I can focus more on the characters and plot threads with this installment. There will be some recap of events from the first book, but mostly I’ll be pushing the story forward.
Yesterday, I spent some time on research I needed for the novel, going to visit a couple of sources for various information (don’t want to spoil anything). It’s amazing how many people are patient with me when I ask crazy questions related to the series and that they’re willing to help. I also walked through the location for one of the battle scenes and took a bunch of pictures I’ll refer to later. There was a skateboard park nearby. The guys there were giving me strange looks because I had to pass by them along my way while snapping photos (in another direction), but I ignored them. Unfortunately, their colorful ramps couldn’t figure into my story due to their location. This particular battle scene is already written, but my first drafts are bare bones with little description so I needed to get the proper lay of the land for when I do my revisions.
I know a lot of people want a hard date for when the novel will be out. Believe me, I wish I could give it to you, but after all the delays with Darkness Wanes I’m a little nervous to do that just yet until I reach a certain point in the book. Nothing bothers me more than letting you guys down when I miss a target date. At the very least, we’re looking at two months from now. That is doable, barring any unforeseen circumstances. It’s spring, though, so keep your fingers crossed that Oklahoma doesn’t get another spat of tornadoes to distract me. Speaking of which, there are storms forecast for the next couple of days so I should probably get off here and get some writing done while the weather is still calm.
Thanks again for all the support you’ve given me and for your patience. I’ll post another update later in the month.