Just wanted to hop on board the ol’ WordPress machine with a quick update! While the idea of blogging regularly again is still a distant dream (even more so now that I’m back in school for the millionth time, in another all-consuming, all-devouring master’s program), I AM still writing. I have a readable, half-decent-if-I-do-say-so-myself draft of my second BACK ROADS novel. One more polish and then it’s going out to beta readers – any takers?
Thing about it is, it’s long. It’s twice the length of the first book, and takes big strides into real multi-character, long-form, epic saga territory. But for me, what that means is that every round of revision takes twice as long. EXCUSES, EXCUSES, I know.
Hey there, Internet, just me again, here with an update on how things are going with my writing. In short: eye-stabbingly, skin-flayingly painful. To quote Sally Brown, “I was jumping rope, and everything seemed to be going fine. And then, suddenly…it all seemed so futile.”
I’ve been very, very hard at work on my next book, and writing time is, unfortunately, a resource that must be leveraged like any other when you’re working for the man and raising two kiddies. More blogging in the future, I promise 🙂
In the meantime, here is an exclusive advance preview of BACK ROADS REVOLUTION:
“I don’t even know what your real name is,” Penny said, sputtering out her words in a fury before properly thinking any of them through. “It can’t really be Sly, no one’s name is freaking Sly. What is it, like, Paul? Is it Paul? It’s Paul, isn’t it?”
Summary according to Barnes & Noble:Penny Lazarus has spent her entire life wishing she could escape from the real world. Through it all, she had exactly one friend – her twin sister, Dana – and now Dana’s dead, drowned in the distant Pacific under mysterious circumstances. But she left something behind, meant only for her sister’s eyes: a cryptic document that sends Penny off to the wilds of Appalachia…and then straight off I-64 and into a madcap parallel universe. Here, in the alternate America known as the Back Roads, every individual’s deepest desire emerges as a powerful supernatural ability. In Penny’s case, that means she’s a Veil, capable of turning herself invisible, intangible, ghost-like. Stranger yet, this is a place Dana somehow knew about. Now Penny must fight her way across a nightmare landscape of cyborg bikers, man-eating mosquitoes, snake-handling zealots and warring Cherokee demigods in search of the…