Astray is now on sale for $0.99, to celebrate the upcoming release of Forlorn. *happy dance* Available on Amazon, for example!
I just wrote the final scenes for Wavesongs #3, the last book in the series. I’ve never finished a first draft this quickly before (3,5 weeks – Astray and Forlorn took 6 weeks each), and even though the manuscript is extremely messy at this point and there are a lot of new scenes that need to be added in, I’m just so pleased with it. Because I did it, I finished this story no matter how many times I’ve been close to giving up over the years.
Book #2, Forlorn, will be out in March and is currently with the copy editor. So I’ll soon be busy getting that one ready for publishing, before I can focus entirely on book #3 again. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I can set a release date for it. I’m really looking forward to the day when I have all three books in my bookshelf at home, next to Entertaining the Sombrevilles.
Right now I’m still an emotional wreck over the book and the final scenes and those characters that I love so much. Before I’ve reached a milestone in my writing I always think of how I’ll celebrate when I’m finally there, but it seems I just have a cry instead and then start working on something else. I guess I’m just not good at celebrating.
I’m currently working on the last edits for Wavesongs 2, Forlorn, which will be out in March. My plan was to finish that and then start writing the third book on November 1, since I’m doing it for NaNoWriMo, but… I wrote the first few pages today. I’ve missed that lovely first draft phase so much (my favourite part of writing), and I had an idea that I wanted to try out and see if it worked.
And it’s so good to be back. Technically I spend most of my free time in this verse because of all the editing, but now I finally get to continue the story. There are so many scenes that I look forward to, that I have looked forward to for a long time, and it’s strange to think that I might be writing them in just a few weeks. NaNoWriMo is brilliant because it forces me to put everything else aside and focus, and I grow more and more motivated when I see how quickly that word count goes up each day.
Not that it will be a piece of cake, though. I know I will struggle just as hard with this book as I have with the previous ones. This time it’s not just about finishing a novel, either, but wrapping up an entire series.
November will be interesting.
It’s been a few days since Astray was released, and I’m very relieved now that the release day is over. I celebrated in the best of ways by baking cupcakes (the chocolate ones turned out to be the most delicious, obviously), and doing a bit of editing for my current WIP—Astray‘s sequel. I’m a little bit sad about being done with Astray, but the series still has a long way to go and now I can fully focus on part two and try to make it as good as possible. I’m having just as much fun with this book as I did with the first one.
Astray has been getting some wonderful reviews, which I’m thrilled about. For example, it has been reviewed by Boy Meets Boy Reviews and Bayou Book Junkie. You can also read a bunch of reviews at Goodreads.