Starting with Illuminated.I've taken various critiques I've received in reviews and other comments and have begun making a few changes. But the changes will not effect the story line at all.
Except that I'm toning down on the animosity between Tarek and Princess in the beginning. While I was working on Illuminated, I never really intended to see Tare again after Alyra left Racah. After the series began to grow and the characters started taking on their own personalities... well, he kept coming back. And kept showing up.
He wasn't interested, it seems, in being written off so easily. Which is why I ended up writing the White Road Tales novella series. I needed to see what happened before the first story opened.
I'm a closet SOTP writer. Meaning... I'm naturally prone to write for discovery. I let the story flow where I want it to go. I've tried, over the years, to rein in this wild tendency and set up a basic outline. And now I do outline. I really do.
Jerin, the centaurs, Katrina, and worst of all, Alyra... they don't care about my outline. I don't know how many times I've sat down to write only to have my characters go off in some kind of unexplained tangent.
I try to argue. They tell me to hush and type faster.
What's a writer to do?
I type stinkin' faster, that's what I do.
Same story, just a simple spit and shineThe story won't change. I'm cleaning up some of my earlier prose. Well, because I write better now. And I'm going to have an editor read over each story before I update them. So, HOPEFULLY, I'll eliminate most of the typos and grammar stuff that drives some readers up the wall. =)
Illuminated will get the most work. Luminosity... and the rest, just edits.
I'll let you know when the changes are made in my newsletter. I've been working on the first book for some time, but it keeps getting pushed onto the back burner while I finished up writing a few other stories. The next White Road Chronicle book, titled Ignited, for example.
A New FaceI love the covers I have on the series, but they simply don't match. I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on Elena Dudina's art which is featured on the first two covers: Illuminated and Luminosity. As must as I hate to change them, I just find it necessary to have a bit of continuity through the series.
Here's a sample of one of the books I've redone.
What do you think? The rest will be set up similar to this. As I get them done, I'll post them here for you to see.
Next up... Cover reveal and fist chapter of Ignited... soon to be released in February.
I'm excited about this next book.
If you've a newsletter subscriber, you'll be first to see the new cover.
Let me know what you think about them.