Book 2 Important Update

So, it’s obvious I missed the target launch window, set for around April (or May at the latest). In truth, I almost hit the May release, but we were still finalizing the cover art near the end of the month, which pushed us into early June. But, I am glad to say, the cover is now complete and it looks great! A big thanks to our talented artist, Lee Wherry.

In the end, all the hard work that went into this project has finally paid off, and we are proud to announce…

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Ties that Bind: Part 2
will arrive 6/17/2017 on Amazon Kindle!
(with additional eBook formats coming at a future date)

So, what’s been going on?

In my previous post, I mentioned that while book two was complete, it was much larger than the first. Because of its size, I altered the original plan a bit, deciding to release the book in its current form, followed by book three, wrapping up the Ties that Bind Story arc in a nice trilogy.

But if there was one consistent lesson I’ve come to learn throughout this project, it was the need to always be flexible.

A word from the wise…

After listening to the sagacious counsel of those more experienced than I in these matters, the decision was made to stick to the original plan of telling the story in four parts.

We determined that I had enough content for two books. Therefore, splitting the story into two parts was the smart move for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the most important of those reasons, was to keep to the “short-read” format we originally intended.

With so many people leading such busy lives these days, it was always my desire to provide a short reading experience, without skimping on the action, drama and character development found in larger novels.

Achieving the delicate balance between brevity and a strong story is no easy feat to be sure, but I believe it to be truly worth the effort. In the end, our goal is to make this large, and at times complex story, accessible to all readers, regardless of their hectic schedules.

A painful split…

While I knew breaking the book into two parts was the right move, I truthfully had no desire to go through what was needed to make that happen.  After analyzing the book, I knew exactly where I needed to make the split. But I discovered a huge problem…

While I had more than enough content for book three, the same could not be said for book two. To make the new version of book two into its own self-contained story, a significant restructure was required, in addition to the writing of over six additional chapters, featuring new characters and subplots. It was like writing an entirely new book!

And let me tell you this while we’re at it… Don’t think that just because a book is “short”, that it is somehow easier to write.

Trying to tell a complete story in a limited amount of words, is incredibly challenging. There’s no time to stop and smell the roses, as with sprawling epics. Each line must propel the story forward to its conclusion, while at the same time giving the reader a sense of the grand scale of the universe you’re trying to create.

To say it was a challenging road, would be a gross understatement. But it was a fulfilling journey, and I’m glad I made the trip!

So, now you know why you haven’t heard from me in a few months.

Having such a long gap between books one and two was something that I never intended, and if God willing, will never happen again.

With that said, I’m also happy to announce that book three will be coming this winter, followed by the fourth and final installment of our first story arc: Ties that Bind. Part four is tentatively set for an early 2018 release.

Believe me when I say, we’re working hard behind the scenes to keep the content coming. We sincerely hope you’ll stick with us, as we continue toward the making of the SciFy Franchise:

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Welcome to the 32nd Century!

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