|Valerie Zambito - Heroic Fantasy Author||
Heroic Fantasy Author
Island Shifters - An Oath of the Children released in paperback. Ebook coming within a few days. Hope you enjoy. For me, it is now on to Angels of the Knights - Blane...
Did you hear that monstrous sigh? Sorry, it was me. I am just so relieved to have the onerous and tedious, yet, oh, so important editing of An Oath of the Children complete.
Once I wiped away the blood, sweat & tears, the manuscript was shipped off to the e-book formatter and the cover art to the designer. That means I should have a finished product within two weeks.
Now, I can sit back and relax and immerse myself in the joy of the holidays. You know, all of the low stress stuff like shopping, baking, cooking, wrapping, decorating, cleaning....Hey! I want that manuscript back!
This little thing we call “life” has definitely curtailed my writing progress this summer. And, you know what? It's been a welcome break. My creative batteries are recharging, I’m relaxed, I’m having fun. Of course, it has still been a bit schizophrenic. With three boys running around, eating me out of house and home and stock piling enough dirty laundry to make a hoarder jealous, there is hardly a day to sit back and read, let alone write. Edgar Howe said it best. “It there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers." How true! But, in a few short weeks, the house will be quiet and I will have that full green bar once again. Good thing, too, because I will need all of the strength I can get when I return to Massa. For some reason, there is quite a bit of turmoil brewing there. ;)
Thank you always, dear readers, for your amazing support.
Whew! What should I do next? Work on the tan? Clean the windows? Go on a weekend getaway? Not!
Now that Angels of the Knights is complete, I told myself that I would take a break before starting Island Shifters - An Oath of the Children (Book Three). After all, I have written three books in the past nine months. If you include all of the time necessary for story development, research, writing, editing, designing, and promoting, my publishing endeavors have left little time for much else this year.
But…there’s always a but…I literally get goose bumps whenever I think about the Draca Cats in Book Three and the story I want to tell. I have always loved the use of intelligent animals/creatures in fantasy. Eragon’s Saphira and Narnia’s Aslan just to name two. Their loyalty just seems so much more poignant to me, their wrath so much more fierce.
In this third book in the Island Shifters series, there is going to be great conflict with the Draca Cats of Callyn-Rhe when another challenges Moombai for the sovereignty and the ploy results in bitter divided loyalties. The tensions increase even more when the besieged Kenleys call on the Dracas to stand by their oath of protection and not all feel honor bound to heed the request. When these mystic battle creatures come out of hiding and take their war inland, will anybody in Massa be safe? How will the shifters react to the oath breakers?
To be honest, I’m not even sure yet! But, I can’t wait to get back there to see what happens.
So, even though I will take more time to spend with my family this summer, I will also be sneaking in some writing every week, too. After all, someone has to feed the cats.
Wish me luck!