Update on Dreaming Death sequels…

Last week, I had someone over at Goodreads ask when the sequel for Dreaming Death would be coming out. As is probably evident by now, my publisher isn’t putting out the sequel. First week sales weren’t good enough to consider continuing the series, and therefore I’m no longer with them. Which leaves me with an incomplete…

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Things an Author Doesn’t Actually Control

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It’s interesting (and sometimes infuriating) to see some of the things that fans blame on authors. Authors who are traditionally published often have little control over their published properties. That’s simply part of the way that the business runs.

But authors still take heat for some of these things. Recently an author had a book released, and for some reason, Amazon didn’t release the ebook on time.

And fans sent hate mail to the author.

Can you really call those fans?

So I’m going to put down here a list of Things that Traditionally Published Authors Generally Don’t Control.*

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The Release Date

Yes, we don’t have much say over when our next book is coming out. Our publisher sets up a scheduled date and everyone races toward getting things done on time, but if we miss a crucial part in the publication process (say, for example, edits just take too…

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New Website

I have a new website! If you’re looking for information about my publications, please click here.

This site is now primarily used for my serial work. The King’s Daughter is open to all readers, and I usually post a bit of that each week. The Truth Undiscovered is for my Patreon patrons, and is thus password protected.

Thanks for dropping by!

Beth Cato: Researching the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 — J. Kathleen Cheney

Today my guest is Beth Cato, whose new book, Breath of Earth, is available today. I get to tell you about her new book, and she’ll also discuss one of my favorite topics–researching the historical events behind it! From the back cover: After the earth’s power under her city is suddenly left unprotected, a young…

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New Golden City Novella, plus a Sale on The Seer’s Choice — J. Kathleen Cheney

Available today, After the War, a novella of the Golden City, at Amazon. Read an excerpt here. Also, The Seer’s Choice is now on sale at most booksellers! Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, All Romance Books An excerpt: A raindrop struck her cheek, and Genoveva peered up at the sky. The clouds had thickened…

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Moving on up to the east side…

Not literally. What I’m actually doing is moving part of my blog over to a new location.

Most of the older blog content will remain here, and this blog will primarily be for personal posts. My posts about my writing will appear on my other website: http://www.jkathleencheney2.com

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It’s another WordPress blog, and I’d love it if you would follow it!!!

If you do go visit my new site, please sign up for my MAILING LIST. That will help you keep track of my new works (I’ve got a novella coming out next month!) and let you know about special prices and promotions. (Plus I may be able to offer a free book to my subscribers in a month or two–I have to get it formatted, still.)

And if you’d like to support me in my writing endeavors, I have a PATREON. You can support my writing for as little as $1 per month.

Thanks again for reading this blog!

 

 

 

 

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New review, 5/5 for The Golden City

It’s odd when you’re a writer to see what book sells the most, and for me that’s consistently been The Golden City. It’s widely available in bookstores, and only 7.99 for the ebook.

I recently offered some review copies to readers, and so today, one of those readers has a new review of TGC posted! I’m glad I’ve converted someone back to fantasy fiction, since there’s some lovely work out there.

Here the review at: Reviews by a Thrifty Mom!

Thanks, Angela!

separatorAlso, since I’m going to need some early reviews for After the War and Whatever Else, (ebook only at this time), if you’re interested in reading either of those for review, just let me know.

After the War is (for those interested) the last story of The Golden City, and I have to admit that it helps if you’re read the Golden City series, since this story serves as an epilogue for that.

Whatever Else is a SHORT story, unrelated to my other works.

I haven’t set release dates for either of them, but I hope to set them up as soon as possible!

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Cover Progress

I’m working with artists on covers for upcoming ebooks, and have a couple almost ready:

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Whatever Else is a short story, unrelated to my other works. I hope to put this out later this fall. (This is pretty much a final cover.)

And here’s the preliminary for After the War:

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The artist for this still needs to work out a few things about the cover, but I like the first version of it!

And I hope to have a final to show people soon!

 

 

 

After the War

I’ve finally finished the rough draft of After the War!

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After the War is  planned to be the final novella in the Golden City setting. By final, I mean the last one I have planned chronologically, not the last one I intend to work on.

I am actually working on two other things in that setting: a prequel novella (or two) showing the meetings of Gaspar, Anjos, Vladimirova, and the Lady; and a sequel about Cristiano (Joaquim’s clever younger brother) and a submarine race. (I mean a literal submarine race and not the euphemistic version of that term.)

My Patreon patrons will get access to the final chapter of After the War today (it’s on this website, but password protected), and I hope to have that novella available for purchase by the end of the summer. I have a cover commissioned, and I should be sending it to my editor/formatter by the end of the week.

Cross your fingers that all goes as timed.

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If you’re looking for other new  (free) fiction by me, I’d suggest reading The Horn, which is set in the Dreaming Death world (although I concerns a different Family.)

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Historical Research goes Scholarly

I’m reblogging this today for two reasons: One, it’s about Historical Research and unusual sources, and Two, because it mentions the Alejandro Novella, which I’ll be working on finishing today. (I have to get the last section to my Patreon people next week, so no more dallying!)

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As yesterday was Sunday, I was working on the Alejandro novella rather than the normal WIP.*  (Sunday’s my day to ‘play’.)

The Alejandro novella will be set post WWI (early 1921), and for that setting I need some rather specific information about the Portuguese army in WWI.  Not too surprisingly, English language sources pay very little attention to the Portuguese, and very little Portuguese information has been translated into English.

That’s been a constant source of research angst for me. I don’t read Portuguese well enough to do serious research in that language, and those things that are translated into English have a strong bias to them (that’s often anti-Portuguese.)

So in researching for this particular novella, I was despairing of finding any real specific information about the 2 Portuguese divisions involved in the Battle of La Lys.  (This is, BTW, not the setting of the novella, but it does…

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