It has been a long road, and will be exactly 2 years on the 31st August 2015. But from my perspective it has been worth it, and I hope for my readers, it will likewise be worth it.
Over the past couple of months since my last update I have been adding and editing Haldred Chronicles: Shade. At last, as of the weekend of the 3rd July 2015, I have completed my latest draft of the story in its entirety.
Haldred Chronicles: Shade is over 73,000 words long, making it over 10,000 words more than my previous book, Kalla.
Now, after my wife’s mum Jenny did such a excellent job of proofing earlier chapters, Deborah is going to proof the remainder of the draft, checking grammar, spelling etc. After which I will hand the completed manuscript over to a couple of proof readers to check the story. Then, on the 31st August 2015, I will at last release Haldred Chronicles: Shade for purchase on Amazon Kindle!
Shade will not only be the longest book I have so far written, but I hope as well the most intriguing. My previous books followed a dual narrative structure, where the story was primarily told through the actions of the protagonist (Victoria Haldred) and the secondary protagonist (Alyssa or Kalla). However, Shade is different. Not because it isn’t dual narrative; it is, as I hope most my future books will be. It is different because there are now two primary protagonists. Shade and Victoria Haldred.
Readers will follow these two completing characters through a maze of politics and intrigue, of lies and deception, misdirection and misadventure, mystery and madness. I hope readers will enjoy reading about the characters, as much as I have enjoyed creating them.
Your favourite characters have returned from the previous books, as well as a host of new characters. Shade, in particular, has become prehapes one of the most mysterious characters I have ever written;
I hope you enjoy reading his story.
I will say no more. Instead, I hope to update this blog again at the end of August announcing the release of the book. The end of this particular challenge is almost upon us.