Audible Release Day for THE TWO

Happy release day for THE TWO on Audible!

Even if you’ve read the whole series, you have to listen to the excellent narration by Amanda Berry and Wayne Mitchell. I’m so thrilled to have them bring these books to life in a new way. Thanks again to Blackstone Publishing for making this happen!

Hurry and listen because THE OAK AND THE MOON arrives on June 14th!

UNCHAINED Update – May 15

First round of editing just finished, and I’ve written the back cover blurb, which means the two most painful parts of writing a book are behind me. Publication is looking to be August-ish.

Progress of UNCHAINED
First draft: Complete (112,491 words)
My revisions: Complete
Editing round 1: Complete
Editing round 2: Starts next week
Formatting: Starts mid-June
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Ebook cover complete

THE ALIGNMENT SERIES Coming Soon in Audio

I’m so pleased to announce that THE ALIGNMENT SERIES will be available in audio very soon, thanks to Blackstone Publishing!

Pre-orders are already up for book 1 and book 2, and the others will be added shortly.

The narrators (Amanda Berry and Wayne Mitchell) couldn’t be more perfect. I’m so excited for this series to come alive in a new medium!

UNCHAINED Update – First Draft Complete!

I finished the final words to UNCHAINED earlier today. Finally!

It’s much longer than expected, but I’m not sure there’s any fixing that. I normally write my first drafts very lean and end up adding and embellishing during my revisions (which start tomorrow).

It’s hard to remember the beginning of this book since I’ve been working on it so long. So when I start from the beginning, a lot of it is going to be new to me. LOL

There’s also a cover to be revealed very soon!

Progress of UNCHAINED
First draft: Complete! (112,491 words)
My revisions: Starting tomorrow
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Ebook cover complete! Cover reveal soon!

UNCHAINED Update – January 2

There’s no way to wrap this book up in 8,000 words as I planned. It’s either going to be considerably longer than books one and two, or I’m going to have to cut it down by a lot. I’ve already cut an entire subplot by just not writing it. It’s hard when the characters spend too much time outside of time itself. I feel like I’m losing track of time too.

Here’s some photographic proof that writing is not a solitary occupation. ;)

Progress of UNCHAINED
First draft: In progress (92,123 words, about 92% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

A Quick Note on Pirated Books, UNCHAINED Update – October 17

If you see UNCHAINED available for download anywhere, no, it is not a legit copy from the future. It’s not even a leaked copy, because there’s no way the written part of it could have been leaked.

My books are only available from well-known booksellers or from libraries, and right now the only free book is THE ALIGNMENT. Any ‘download for free’ copies on random websites are pirated. If you’re short on funds and would like to read my books, please request them from your local library.

Speaking of UNCHAINED, I’ve written a rough bullet list of everything that happens to the end, and it’s under one page long! Now I just have to expand it to about 30,000 words. Easy, right? ;)

Progress of UNCHAINED
First draft: In progress (74,035 words, about 74% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

Recommended Reads: ONCE THERE WERE WOLVES

I started this book in a secluded cabin in the Missouri wilderness where the absence of light pollution at night allows one to see the band of the Milky Way. Like any book that opens with a hunting scene, I almost put this one down after the first pages. I read to escape the violence against animals too common in the world. But I felt a deeper message here, and being unplugged from media and away from the press of human civilization I felt prepared to take this on.

It’s rare to find a book that so closely validates my beliefs about nature, animals, and humanity’s troubling place in it all. I come away from the experience of this book feeling sad but moved, and pulled very far out of my comfort zone. I don’t believe the violence, especially at the climax, is justified, even in this fictional world–but I think that’s the point.

Oppression of women and animals and the connected violence go hand in hand here, as they often do in reality. Even though I really broke two rules of my reading for escapism here, the comparison was satisfying … even as it filled me with grief. I feel changed by this book, that someone here gets it, not just me. Maybe a lot of someones get it. And even as the story progressed into the awful things men do to women and animals, balanced on the other side was such a poignant expression of compassion for nature. It made me sad at the reality we’ve created, and hopeful that someday there might be enough people who follow this understanding to tip things for the good of all who share the earth.

ONCE THERE WERE WOLVES
by Charlotte McConaghy

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