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An Adventurer’s Heart on Sale and Pre-Orders

Adventurer’s Heart Coverstly,

An Adventurer’s Heart is now on Sale on Amazon and should show up for sale on iBooks, Google Books, Kobo Readers and more very soon.

Read about the continuing adventures of Daniel & Asin as they travel t he lands of Brad as they work to complete a Quest.

 

 

 

 

 

Redeemer of the DeadPre-orders for Redeemer of the Dead is now available on Amazon.

The books is slated to release on November 1, 2017 and will be available for reading on Kindle Unlimited as well.

Redeemer of the Dead Update

Just sent the book out to a few beta readers.  Actually, I think I need at least two or three more who will get me proper feedback.  Here’s what I just sent to the beta readers I chose earlier.

Hi there;

Thank you for agreeing to Beta Read Book 2 of the System Apocaypse – Redeemer of the Dead.
Please find attached the book and the Beta Reading worksheet.  Please read through the worksheet before you start reading.  – it’ll help you understand the kind of questions I have.  There’s no need to fill up all the questions but detailed feedback is extremely useful.
As always, the sooner the better on getting feedback to me.  However, I need feedback by the 25th of September latest if I am to hit the Nov 1 release data as the end of the month is when I’m booked for my editor.
If you have any questions, please do contact me.
Regards,
Tao
 
(Have now gotten all the Beta Readers I need for this round.  Thanks everybody!)

The System Apocalypse Book 2 Update

Finished first draft, currently editing book 2.  About half done with expected completion by end of next week at the rate I’m going.  Though I haven’t hit the parts that I know where I have to add scenes (just put notes on it) so that might make it slower.  Hopefully not.

After that, it’s out to beta readers and then the proofreader.  Depending on feedback of course, there might be a ton of changes or very little.

Current working title is Redeemer of the Dead.

Cover for Adventurer’s Gift

Adventurer's Heart Cover
Adventurer’s Heart Cover

I am scheduled to receive the proofread copy of Adventurer’s Heart for Adventures on Brad this week.  I actually received some great feedback from a beta reader so I actually will be editing it after I fix the errors the editor has found which isn’t great but I’d rather do that than leave the errors there.  So release date for the book should be in mid-September.

Book 2 of the System Apocalypse is nearly finished first draft.  I still have to add a bunch of scenes that I realised I needed so it’s nowhere done but we should be good for November release.

 

Quick Update

Tales on Brad Book 2 – Adventurer’s Gift is with the proofreader currently. Once that is complete, I am just waiting on the cover (which hopefully will be complete end of this week) and it should be ready for posting.

The System Apocalypse Book 2 is nearly done first draft.  I’ve got the last major scene and sort of epilogue to finish and then draft 1 is done.  However, I have large notes of things to improve / add including entire chapters and scenes so I expect the editing process will take longer than normal.  I’ve been struggling with finishing the book since I’ve been plagued with doubts.  And illness.

Overall, timeline for November release should be good.

I’m going on holiday for a few weeks though so no real writing is going to be done.

Finishing the Series

I’ve seen some posts about whether series will ever be finished.  I figured I’d share my version of the answer for the two series I write.

Adventures on Brad – this is probably the one with the least ‘conclusion’ to it since the series is very much more open-ended and meant to follow Daniel on his journey.  However, the plan is currently to write each ‘portion’ of his journey in 3 book series with the first 3 books all taking place in Karlak (sort of).

The System Apocalypse – again, this is written in 3 book story arcs with the first 3 books dealing with the Yukon and Whitehorse in particular.  Once the first 3 books finish, we’ll be taking the show on the road.

The System Apocalypse has a definite end, though it might take a long time to get there.  I’m sort-of patterning it after the Dresden Files series, where yes, there is an end but it’s a LOT of books.  I’m hoping to keep everything written in 3 book arcs though so that people can pick it up and read without getting too bogged down but that might break down in later books.  We’ll see.

 

Social Justice Warriors, Racism & Sexuality

Currently, Life in the North is sitting at around 4.6 stars on Amazon.  Of the negative reviews we get, it can be split into two portions.

  • the majority complain (and rightly so!) about spelling / grammar/ issues.  That’s being resolved by hiring a proofreader who is working on Book 1 and probably will work on Book 2 (depending on final results of Book 1).
    • this is is a more than fair complaint.  While everything has been read over, there are certain things that my mixed background (studying English in Asia, the UK and Canada means I DON’T write American English and have some weird grammar usage at times) just doesn’t get picked up.  Unfortunately, since I didn’t have the money to pay for the proofreader (and still haven’t gotten paid by Amazon!), it meant publishing without professional editing. So complaints on that is more than fair.
  • Being a lefty / SJW / pushing gayness.

Firstly, I should point out that technically John is bisexual.  I believe on the scale that is used, he’s technically only ‘bi-curious’.  It might be better to call him xeno-curious since he is attracted to an alien, but eh.

Secondly, it’s kind of amusing really since I never went out of my way to write the character / story with that in mind.

When writing LitN, I knew when I introduced Roxley the character I wanted – a VERY hot, charismatic and aloof Dark Elf.  That was the mental image I was pulling from when I created him.

It was only as I was writing the chapter that I started thinking about how John would react to running into Roxley and realised, yes, this was something that he would be interested in.  The entire sub-plot of their romance was one of those things that happen when you write – when two characters interact and you suddenly finding yourself writing something that you didn’t expect.

It felt / feels right.  And personally, as a writer, I love it when things like that happen.  Characters become more than 2 dimensional creatures in my mind, they grow and add stories, personality, desires and it makes the characters ‘breathe’ in my mind.  I know there are writers who are more disciplined, who have very specific things they want / need characters to do.  That’s their process.

Mine has been and will always be a bit more organic.  Writing this way means that these characters don’t bore me, and I find it more fun to write.  I’ll admit, I do cut out scenes eventually (sometimes because those scenes are wrong or just don’t fit), but in this case, it did.

Tales of Brad Book 2 Update

So I’m about a 1/4 edited for Tales of Brad.  I’ve started the process of getting a cover designed for it and if all goes well, mid-late August should see the release of the book.

I’m currently scheduled for a holiday mid-August though so it’ll either drop before or after the holiday depending on how fast I get the edits dealt with.

the System Apocalypse Book 2

Writing the System Apocalypse Book 2 now and I’m technically on Chapter 7 or so.  I started with an outline of what I wanted int he book and that’s going okay, but what I found / have found is that as I write it, more ideas on how to specifically fit in the themes / characters keep coming to me.

It’s why I haven’t posted anything in Royal Road at all since I started writing since I keep jumping back and going – oh yeah, I should add this scene.  Or, wait – this character here would make more sense.

Partly I think I’ve got a much better ‘feel’ for the book now that I had when I first started writing for fun.  The problem of course is that each time I bounce backwards, it takes longer to finish the book.

Which becomes the question – do I write fast and get a book out or write slower and ake a better book? I’m leaning towards Option 2 since I’d rather have a good book than a not as good book.  I’ve seen too many series get worst and since my only is myself, I’d rather make sure this is written well than just dump it out.