Slow Start

Okay, so this week I’ve mostly been trying to get back into the first draft of the fourth book in the DUAL MAGICS series, likely to be titled WAR OF MAGIC or possibly WAR MAGIC. Maybe WARRIOR OF MAGIC. (But maybe not any of those if I get a better idea. Titles are hard.)

I posted before about the necessary shift in mind set from editing to writing a first draft. The first draft is just to get the story down. I’m not supposed to worry about whether I’ve got the right word or even whether a sentence is awkward. Or whether I’ve put in enough description or too little. Or whether, at the start of the fourth book, readers have enough of a re-introduction to the characters and setting. And a million other things that I worry very much about when I’m revising or editing. Which, of course, is what I was most recently doing–revising and editing the final draft of BEYOND THE PROPHECY.

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????I’ve had more trouble than usual getting started again with this story–and it’s because I made a mistake.

When I stopped work on this first draft to do the final revision and polishing edit on BEYOND THE PROPHECY, I didn’t stop when I had a good vision of what would happen in the next chapter, as I should have. No, I stopped at a place where I had to make a time jump (over some boring bits) and I had only a vague idea of what came immediately next. That was a very bad idea. It made it doubly hard to start building some momentum.

I have to keep reminding myself that this draft doesn’t have to be good–or even complete–so long as it gets the story down so I can fix it.

I have–finally–gotten one chapter down. (Though even then, I had to just put a note in saying “More here” and move past a spot that had me stopped for a day.)

Now, I’m going to start getting away from the planning and more into that war promised in the (probable) title. Hopefully, that should let me build up some momentum.

Good Things

First good thing: Beyond the Prophecy is available right now as a paperback.

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Second good thing: Two of my book are still available on Wattpad, BLOOD WILL TELL and the sequel BLOOD IS THICKER.


Someone read both of them in what must have been a marathon and commented on just about every chapter how much they were enjoying them. That just makes an author’s day. And it made me go back and look at those two again. I’d forgotten how much fun that story was. Someday, I’ll have to go back and write the third installment of that series.

I’m going to let those two good things win out over the one bad I’m still struggling with. More on that later–maybe.

Cover Art Update

While I’m trying to transition my brain back into first-draft mode, I updated the cover of FIRE AND EARTH. Admit it, the old cover was kind of boring:

Fire And Earth Cover (Provisional)

The new version is more dramatic:

FireAndEarthNewestIt’s one of the great things about e-publishing that it’s so easy to change a cover.



Final draft uploaded for pre-order. Print files formatted and the proof ordered. (The print version will go live as soon as I’ve checked the proof and made any adjustments necessary.) I also have to get busy setting up some promotions and maybe trying to get a few early reviews.

So, now it’s time to transition back from revisions and edits to the first draft of Book 4 (likely to be titled either WAR OF MAGIC or MAGIC’S WARRIOR). This will be the last book of the DUAL MAGICS series.

This transition always takes a few days because it’s a complete shift in thinking. I have to stop worrying whether that’s the precisely right word. Even stop worrying about getting the details right. The first draft is to get the story down. Nothing else.

It always takes me a few days to make that shift. Right now, I’m reading through what I’ve already written (while BEYOND THE PROPHECY was with my beta readers). That’s necessary, but the temptation to edit and revise is still strong.

Almost Done

I am just shy of 80% done with the polishing edit on BEYOND THE PROPHECY (which is up for pre-order at only $0.99.)

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And then I can go back to the first draft of the fourth and final book of the series.

Meanwhile, when I start to go cross-eyed from the edits, I’ve been letting my creativity out in planning an update to the cover of FIRE AND EARTH and starting to think about the cover for that fourth book in the DUAL MAGICS series.

The third book in my DUAL MAGICS series, BEYOND THE PROPHECY, is now available for pre-order.

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Here’s the third and final blog post about Vatar’s unique relationship to the magic of the world of the DUAL MAGICS series.

Acquired Magic:

Having been born and raised among the Dardani, Vatar is a fully initiated member of the Lion Clan. As such, he can sense the presence of lions and tell whether they’re resting or hunting. That’s normal for him.

However, the two kinds of magic interact. The first indication Vatar has of this in THE VOICE OF PROPHECY is when he accidentally sees through the eyes of a hunting lion. His Far Speech is also accompanied by the shadow of a lion. And, more dramatically, his Transformation into his avatar—a white lion with a black mane and tail tuft—is much too large, about twice Vatar’s actual size or the size of a real plains lion. That breaks all the rules of how Transformations are supposed to work.


When Thekila was initiated into the Eagle Clan, similar things happened to her. There is the shadow of an eagle in her Far Speech. She can see through the eyes of eagles. And her avatar—a white eagle—is the size of a normal eagle and able to fly. Thekila’s younger brother, Theklan, was also initiated into the Eagle Clan, with the same effects.



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