Taking a break from the character interviews and author spotlights and book reviews just to do a quick update on what’s going on in Kyra-land.I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo again this month, writing Book 4 of Daughter of the Wildings
. Having tons of fun with it; I just love Silas and Lainie
, it’s always fun to dive into a new book with them. (In fact, once the series is ended, I don’t think I’m going to be able to let them go!) The rest of the series story arc is developing nicely, and I can mostly see my way through to the end. This book involves a cattle drive, which is something I previously knew nothing about, so it’s been fun researching it. Two of the resources I’m using are The Log of a Cowboy
, by Andy Adams, who was a real working trail cowboy in the 1880s, and the blog Wild West History
, particularly the linked post on daily life on an old west cattle drive.
Here’s my daily progress so far:
Day 1: 1266 words, 1266/30,000
Day 2: 1563 words, 2829/30,000
Day 3: 1347 words, 4176/30,000
Day 4: 1459 words, 5635/30,000
Day 5: 1606 words, 7240/30,000
The novels in this series have been fairly short so far, novella-length, but I tend to “write short” in my first drafts and expect they’ll get considerably longer in revision.
The Lost Book of Anggird is undergoing its final big revision, with line-editing and proofreading to follow. I’m hopefully looking at an October release. Sarya’s Song is in the initial revision phase. So far I’m very encouraged; it really isn’t as bad as I was afraid it would be. Looking at, hmm, early next year for that to come out.
I’m also working on proofreading the proof copy of the paperback version of Chosen of Azara, and will put up buy links once I approve it and it becomes available for purchase. Just a reminder, for a limited time you can read Chosen of Azara for free, serial-style, right here on the site!
And finally, July 1-31 is the Summer/Winter Sale at Smashwords! During this month, you can get Urdaisunia and Chosen of Azara for 50% off! Just follow the links and use coupon code SSW50 at checkout.