Special Torture

Sigh…

I have discovered a new type of torture that unto itself is not unique, but it’s application is unique to creatives who have put themselves out to the world and are holding their breath.  And that torture is…

Watching their book rankings.

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Oh it’s torment!  And the worst part is it’s completely self inflicted.  I just have to stop looking at Amazon, and Kobo and Smashwords.  Wait a week or more THEN look and react.  I keep saying my inner Veruca Salt is running riot screaming “Make time go faster!” over and over again, so I can see the result, or worse give me something that I have to figure out how to fix.

But then the rational me kicks in and says the things I must remember to cool my conscience.

This is only the first book.  The best marketing is publishing the next one.

Give people time to read.  Not everyone is like Tdub.  (he knows who he is… 😉  )

This is now in God’s hands.  (That’s the one that really hurts to remember.)

So I get to sit and squirm about it, or… I can take the best advice I’ve been given so far and that is get writing on Book 2 and stop obsessing!!!1!

Speaking of Book 2…

I am going to be changing up the direction of my writing on this book and start a different method.  Currently, there are five plotlines, soon to be six in book 2.  Yeah, compared to book 3 this is going to be a monster.  Why?  Because I have so many things running in the background that must occur before Book 3.  I’ve been discovering the alternating chapter story structure (plot1, plot2, plot3, plot1, plot4, plot5, plot2…. ) type of sequencing is really not helpful for writing.  It’s probably going to serve me best to just write a single plotline till it needs to intersect, then write the one that it intersects with till they are ready to link up.

In the end, I hope for a nice smooth transition and a powerful braid of stories.  The key to this of course, is to avoid a stinker of a plotline where people go “I’m just gonna skip THAT chapter till it gets good again”.  I know I’ve done this on other authors, so… well there’s that.

Some plotlines are nothing more than transitional pieces of story that you need to know to tell a better novel, but could not stand up on their own.  That’s something else I’m learning.  Neat ideas that need to be re-purposed and made to earn their keep.  Which, BTW, is also not necessarily easy to accomplish.  Sometimes, the characters wanna do what the characters wanna do and as an author, there is only so much coercion you can do before you end up wrecking the character or worse, wrecking the relationship between you and the reader as they go… “ummmmm lame!”

So, tonight, it’s back to writing since I’m off from work, and building more and more and more.  I still can reach my goal of finishing before Easter.  (That always seems to be a good time for me finishing a project) and turn it over to the editing process for hopefully a summer release.

 

On Sale Now!

Yes Sir!

That day has finally arrived.  “A Light Rises in a Dark World” is now available for immediate purchase and download on Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords, so pick your poison and get your copy today!

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Now, I know that it’s just been released, and nobody’s pounding down the door yet,  but I want to thank my friend David Lawrence for reminding me that I shouldn’t be to anxious in one of the best lines I heard in a while. Thank you for that line my friend:

“Hang in their Michael. Just because people haven’t seen your baby yet, it doesn’t mean they are calling her ugly.
To which I about fell over laughing and remembered an old Flip Wilson joke that seems oddly appropriate for the situation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_6vhgSAhuI

Leave it to ol’ Flip and Johnny Carson to lighten the mood.
So the next 24 hours are important.  If you have a review, now’s the time to leave it.  If you have a rating to give, same deal holds true, and thank you all so much for your support through this adventure.
Book 2 BTW, has reached 9 chapters and 17,191 words with more to come tonight.

Update: Book 2

We have reached chapter 6 of the second book.  The scenes are still a little difficult to put out, but I am falling in love with some of the characters.  Can’t wait to share more about them.  Oh… and I am bringing back some characters from “A Light Rises in a Dark World” and Book 3.  Yes, remember, book 3 has its first draft done already.  It’s in for a heavy rewrite once this one’s done, but I think we can do this fairly well.

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Stats

Chapters – 6
Words – 11,995

And the plotlines are sprouting up like weeds.  I had forgotten how fast this happened with running RPGs.  You run the first adventure, and suddenly you have a plethora of directions to go in, and it becomes a case of careful pruning.

One of the plotlines, I am toying with making a special freebie for mailing lists since it is an asynchronous story inside the book and necessary for explaining things into the future.

One of the most fun aspects of writing of course is that I do a lot of “on the fly” research.  How did people write these kinds of complicated works before the interwebs?  I mean I am writing a scene where I have to describe the kinds of desserts available to royalty.  Much to my surprise, variations of cookies, called ‘kex’ in Iclandic go all the way back to Persia in the classical era!  Well hell!  Crusaders could have picked up that recipe since that’s when they came over to Europe.

Not to mention, this time, you guys get an out and out palace and castle. Achievement Unlocked!  Get ready for Dyrrvatn Kastali, home of the Visekonge and the celebration feast of Klarrvatn.

There’s your teaser.

Also, this book is going to be bigger than the last, and possibly the next.  Just a suspicion.

Anyways, happy days!  Now I need to move about before my butt falls totally asleep from working so long.

Begin the Squee!

So, yeah… looking at your amazon rankings is obsessively dangerous and awesome when things are going the positive direction.  So let me share with you what I saw going to bed as of this morning.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#124 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Norse & Viking
#125 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian > Fantasy
#130 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Norse & Viking
 

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I know it’s not much, but still, first book freakout going on here. 🙂

One More Chapter to Go!

Chapter 9 is now available in the free sample of “A Light Rises in a Dark World“.

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What some of you might not have realized is that this is technically the first novella for free.  Yep.  The first book is technically three novellas packed together.  So why not treat yourself with a freebie and see if the rest is worth it. 🙂

Also, The book is now available for pre-order on Kobo.com.

Lastly, for some reason, ratings and reviews have not been made available yet for the book for some reason, so I don’t know quite what the block is there.  But I suspect it’s because it’s a pre-order.  So if you have your review ready, just hang on and wait for the 17th.  You can probably put it up there then.

As always, thanks for helping out and your enthusiastic support!

 

We… are… LIVE!

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Book one of the Akiniwazi Saga is now available for pre-order purchase as an ebook through Amazon and Smashwords!

If you’ve been a reviewer, now’s the time and the place to put your review up of what you saw here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NA090PF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486455553&sr=8-1&keywords=M.D.+Boncher

or here

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/702282

It’s now available worldwide and I can put the full cover up here because my behind is covered… ummm yeah…. about that language thing… :::rolleyes:::

Here is the preview of what to expect for the print cover which will be released around April/May.

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Don’t forget you can find the first 10 chapters free on Wattpad.com as well.

So this is why I’ve been running silent lately.  That and a really rough weekend at work.. Oy… you don’t even wanna… ahem… but I digress.

Book 2 News

The first two chapters have a strong start, and some interesting thoughts have come to mind which will REALLY make things a little crazy.  A new subplot is coming to the surface as the new characters are asserting themselves.  This is why I’m a ‘plantser’.  I plot the main points and events, and then let the characters tell me their story.  Makes it exciting for me, that’s for sure.

Anyway, I best get writing if I’m going to get this book out by my appointed deadline.  Now that I know what I’m doing more, this should go so much smoother.

“A Light Rises in a Dark World” Cover Reveal

 

So I wanted to do a grand reveal of the cover, but unfortunately, WordPress takes liberties with the rights to the image if it appears on my blog, and I don’t feel like giving that to them yet.  Therefore, I have it posted elsewhere, but can’t get the link to work publicly in a way that won’t auto-post to here.  Sigh…  so here’s a small copy of the cover on my Wattpad sample.  Once the book is released I won’t care so much.  🙂

So go ahead, read, enjoy the new small sample and get ready for the book’s release in a few days (couple of weeks at the worst).

Chapter 7 of the sample is available now, here.

If all goes well, I may be able to put out the pre-order for the ebook by the end of the week. (Still scheduled to have it up by the 12th though… the 1 year anniversary.