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As the title of this post says, I’ve finished the first draft of GOMM, and I’m pretty excited about it. I stayed up till 4 o’clock in the morning a few days ago finishing and then printing out the manuscript. Here it is.

I get a sense of satisfaction seeing the physical manifestation of all the hundreds of hours of work I’ve put into the book so far, especially since the stack of paper is pleasingly hefty.

I’ve still got a few hundred hours more work to do in Revision, and then more again to do an illustration and get it ready to publish, but this is a big step towards completion. I don’t have a tentative release date yet, but as soon as I do I’ll give you guys an update. It shouldn’t be more than a few months out. If you’re interested in helping me to polish the story by being a Beta Reader, or getting an early copy to read and review, as always the newsletter is the place to be.

I’m going to get back to the writing, and as always thank you guys for reading.

I’ve had a few questions about the paperbacks for Gods of Rust and Ruin, so I just wanted to—belatedly—do a quick post to let you all know that they are available on Amazon. I announced it to the mailing list, then got busy writing, and forgot to post it to the blog as well. I got a couple boxes of books in, and took a picture of some on my desk.

I’ll be doing signed giveaways of these in the next few months, probably after I’ve finished the first draft of Book 3, Gods of Myth and Midnight. If you’re interested in a signed copy (as well as other perks like sneak peeks of the next book or signed posters), the mailing list is where to be.

In the meantime, I’m working hard on the next book, and I’m excited about what I’ve written so far. I’m about 140 pages in, and I think this is going to be the best book yet. It may also be the longest book yet, as if things continue at this pace, it’s going to be over 500 pages.

P.S.—I know it’s cheesy, but you guys are all precious to me. Thank you for being readers and fans of my books.

First, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who did an advance read, purchased, or reviewed Gods of Rust and Ruin. The launch did quite well, and the series managed to break through the top 2,000 books in the Amazon kindle bookstore, and reach the hands of a lot of enthusiastic readers. This is literally all thanks to you guys, my readers.

For those of you interested in a paperback of GORR, it’s on its way. Literally, the final proof from the printer is in the mail coming my way now, and as soon as I can look over it to make sure everything is laid out without glitches, it will go live for purchase. I’ll also be doing some giveaways of signed print copies, to those on my mailing list.

Now, to what everyone wants to know.

What’s the status of Book 3?

I’m finished plotting it, which is the first major step. I’ve got 87 index cards, one for every planned scene. I usually end up adding a few more while actually writing the novel, but this gives me a good idea where I’m going, and how long the book is going to be. You can see the stack of cards and my notebook on my writing desk (which is covered in paint, because it’s also my art desk) below.

Before writing each scene, I take the card, and expand upon it with a paragraph or two in my notebook. I call this Brainstorming, and it makes the actual writing a lot faster and easier, because I’m not writing into the metaphorical dark. I’ve written the first couple scenes already.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that I’ve been seriously struggling with carpel tunnel symptoms in my left wrist. This has been going on for years, but it’s gotten a lot worse in the last six months. It makes typing difficult, along with pretty much everything I need to do that requires two hands. I’m wearing a brace 24-7, and I’m looking into more ergonomic keyboards, as well as experimenting with dictation as an alternative to typing.

This may slow me down a bit, but it’s not going to stop me. I’ve got about 200 hours of brainstorming and writing to complete, and I’m going to be chipping away at it. Does anyone know any good ergonomic keyboards for something with especially small hands?

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Thank you to everyone who’s been waiting so eagerly for the second book in the series. It’s available now in ebook format, and free through Kindle Unlimited. I hope you enjoy it!

Gods of Rust and Ruin (Seeds of Chaos Book 2)

 

My name is Eve Redding. They call me the godkiller.


I was dying. Slowly being destroyed by the power I had worked so hard to obtain. My team and I were trapped within NIX’s web of lies and manipulation, and even my allies couldn’t be trusted.

Deep below, the alien called out to me like a beacon, and I decided to forge an alliance. As they say, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

This cover took me many hours to make, but I’m pretty pleased with it. The full piece is much bigger, which means…more giveaway posters!

What are you guys most excited to read about in Gods of Rust and Ruin?

August 4, 2017.

It will be available in the Amazon store on that date. If you want a reminder when it comes out, sign up to my newsletter.

In other news, the poster giveaway is over. Congratulations to the winners! I’ll be doing more giveaways of a similar nature, so if you didn’t win this time around, don’t despair.

This is just a quick post for now, but I’ll be back on August 1st with the cover reveal.

Last week, the people on my newsletter got a chance to get one of these posters. They get first chance at things like this, but I did save a couple for the rest of you. I’m giving away two more Gods of Blood and Bone posters, as a thank you to everyone who’s been waiting so long for Seeds of Chaos Book II: Gods of Rust and Ruin.

GOBB Poster

They’re printed on beautiful metallic paper, and they almost shimmer in the light. They are 10 inches tall, and 23 inches wide.

I’ll be giving them away randomly to two of the people who respond to this post, or email me directly at author@azaleaellis.com. If you want one, just let me know.

Now, for the news everyone is most interested in. Gods of Rust and Ruin (yep, I changed the working title) is coming, very, very soon. The newsletter gets the announcement first, but if you’re not subscribed to it, keep an eye here for the release date. I’ll be posting again soon.

One month into the new year, and things are running smoothly. As I anticipated, my workload has decreased a lot, and I’m using my extra time to work on GORR.

November: 8.52 hours. This was eked out in little tiny chunks when I could find the time.

December: 29.94 hours. Halfway through, my workload decreased.

January: 58.88 hours.

These are hours spent actively working. Not staring into space, making tea, or browsing the internet. Not any of the things we get paid for at our day job that aren’t actual work. I’ve found that there’s only so much active work in me, in a day. My brain and creativity get burnt out. My ability to focus and create every day is finite. If I’m lucky, and have caffeine, and everything goes well, I can get about 4 or 5 hours of work in, during an 8-9 hour “workday.” Which, of course, is only possible on a weekend, since I have a day job. Weekdays, I get a couple hours, max.

My goal is to average 2.5 hours of real work (on the book) per day. And it’s hard to hit that, sometimes. I estimate I’ve got a couple hundred hours of work left, maybe more, before the book is available for purchase. I’ve written a blog post about what it takes to produce a book, if you’re curious about what I’m spending these hours on.

In related news, here’s something visual I’ve been working on today. It’s an extremely preliminary sketch of GORR’s cover. Basically, I’m just trying to figure out sizing/layout, etc. The end product is not going to be nearly so messy, I promise. And yes, I know she has six weird-looking fingers.

gorr-pencil-sketch

 

I’m excited about Gods of Rust and Rot. I think it’s turning out even better than Gods of Blood and Bone, and you guys are going to love it. I’ll be back again soon with more of the same type of updates, just keeping everyone abreast of the progress.

I wasn’t able to release GORR when I anticipated. It sucks, I know. I’m sorry to those of you who were, and are, actively awaiting the second book. I hate to make you wait, but I had some unanticipated “real-life” obstacles and family issues pop up, and some obligations that I can’t avoid have hit me with a tremendous amount of work.

I’m struggling to just keep afloat of my current workload, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped working on GORR! Relative to the total amount of time needed to create a book, GORR is almost finished. I just haven’t been able to get enough hours in to finish up the last things that need to be done before I can put it out there. I want to give you all a quality book, and it just needs a little more input.

I’m slooowly chipping away at those hours, though, and I believe my workload should decrease soon, which will allow me to move faster. Trust me, the need to finish it is like a horrible itch in the middle of my back that I can’t quite scratch because my hands are tied. I’ve got to do some revisions, and then I will be doing a beta-reader call to some of those on my mailing list who would like to read the book pre-release in exchange for giving me feedback I’ll use for a final draft. I’ll also be giving out some Advance Reader copies for reviewers, so, if you want to wait the least amount of time to read Book 2, the mailing list is where you need to be.

Lastly, I got notice recently that my email address has not been accepting some of your emails! I did notice that I hadn’t been getting as many emails from you guys, but I assumed it was coincidence, and with my workload I didn’t have the time to look into it. I’m working with my website hosting service to get that fixed ASAP.

Edit: Email issues should now be fixed. If anyone still has problems, let me know here or on FaceBook.

I’ll be updating this blog more frequently, to keep you guys abreast of my progress, even if I don’t have much to say. I want to make sure you’re not staring into the dark wondering about Gods of Rust and Rot.

I really want to make some sort of joke with the quote, “Winter is coming,” by you-know-who. (Not Voldemort.) But I’m not clever enough to pull it off, as it is currently Spring.

But you know what IS coming? “Gods of Rust and Rot.”

What I look like toward the end of a book.

What I look like toward the end of a book.

I waffled back and forth like the best kind of breakfast cake about whether to post a tentative release date for “Gods of Rust and Rot.” Because somehow things always take longer than I imagine. And I want this book to be the absolute best it can be. And Good, Fast, and Cheap can be mutually exclusive. On the other hand, you guys all seem to be really eager for the next book, and curious about when it will finally arrive. Working as hard as I can while being realistic about my abilities, I think I have a good idea.

I’m putting the finishing touches on the first draft and should be done in a few days. From there, it’s on to revision, editing, and all that other stuff you may have read me going into way too much depth about in a previous post. If you’re on my mailing list, you’ll get to see some scene snippets ahead of time, probably get a chance to voice your opinions about things I’m considering slipping into the book during second draft, a chance for ARC copies, goody giveaways, and, of course, first notification when the book is live and available to buy.

If you’re not on my mailing list, why not?! (signup box is over there →)

Anyway, I’m doing my best to hit an August deadline, but it is tentative, and by very definition subject to change.

I’m excited about “Gods of Rust and Rot,” and I hope you guys are, too!

(8/22)

Edited to Add: I’m just putting the finishing touches on the pre-order. Creating the cover, reviewing the text, etc. It’ll be available in a few days, and mailing list folks will have a chance to read it then, while everyone else can buy it to have it delivered directly to their kindles on release day.