Progress

Book 2 is progressing along, but there is also work going into book 1.  One interesting development is that I’m creating names and fleshing out characters in notes for the rest of the Salvation’s crew that doesn’t actually get named in the first book.  I’m also going to assign everyone specific jobs, though it may not come up in the book (but it will be in the glossary I’m working on).  As for the new art, I am going to be doing some myself and using the likeness of some of my friends for the characters, with their permission.  I’m especially excited about this and can’t wait to share it with everyone.

A lot of work needs to go into marketing my book because I haven’t sold a lot, but I’m waiting until I have the new cover and the glossary finished at this point.  I just have to stop writing the second book to focus on that.  I think book 2 is going to come out in 2019 at this point, which is a year later than I hoped.  But it could still get a 2018 release.  We’ll see what happens.

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There is a fairy in book 2 now…

I had thought about introducing fairies as a race in my world at some point, but it happened while I was working in chapter 1 of book 2.  Originally the character was going to be someone else, but while writing out the section he appears in the idea popped into my mind to instead introduce a fairy to fill in this role.  Dren is a guide for the elf introduced in the epilogue of book 1, and that’s really all I can say about him, since I don’t want to spoil anything about the elf girl.  I haven’t gotten everything figured out about him yet, but I hope the readers will like him.

Book 2 is going well!

Hello, everyone!  Book 2 is coming along well, but I still don’t have a title for it.  I know I haven’t been updating regularly, but I wanted to touch base with anyone checking the blog to let you know I am working on writing book 2.  Also, as I’ve mentioned, I’m working on a new cover for the first book as well as some other artwork and the glossary for the book.  I know that will help people with pronunciation of some of the names in the book and give some details to the reader they may not get from the story itself.  I may have the kindle version up for free soon for a limited time (3 days), and I’ll let everyone know that weekend so you can get the word out.  Hopefully it will get my book more recognized on Amazon and get me some reviews.  One more note: it looks like I may get that book signing off the ground in the next couple of months.

Book 2 Preview

Hi, everyone!  I wanted to share the prologue for the currently untitled sequel to The Lost Kingdom of Moora.  Keep in mind that this may not be the final version of the prologue since it’s only the first draft, but story-wise it should be close to the final product.  Let me know what you think about it!  Oh, and you really should only read this if you have finished the first book, otherwise you might be slightly spoiled about some things.

book 2 prologue

New Cover

When my book was finished and I knew I was going to have to self-publish to go ahead and get it out into people’s hands, I made a cover in Microsoft Publisher for the book that is relevant to material in the book, but also is very simple.  I really want to get a better cover for the book before I get into doing any book signings, so I am looking into having this done now.  My plan is for myself and some other artists I know to each do a cover and then have people vote.  When the voting is complete, the winner will be the cover of the book (I will include the other unused covers on the interior of the book).  I’m also planning to have each artist, myself included, do artwork of two or three scenes to place in the back of the book to give a visual bonus to my readers.

Also, I am beginning work on a glossary to put in the back of the book to give pronunciations and information about the characters and places in the story.  This shouldn’t take long to do, but it won’t be added to the book until I have gotten the new cover.  Once I have the glossary, art, and new cover ready, I’ll be re-uploading the book onto Amazon, so if you haven’t gotten the book yet, keep an eye out for this.  I hope to have this done by August/September and then get fully focused on book 2 (which I am writing right now).  Thanks for the support!

Book signing?

I’ve looked into doing a book signing and have met with the manager at 2nd & Charles in Augusta.  I can set one up, but before I can do that, I’m going to need to purchase a lot of books to have on hand.  I’m working on having the money to afford that, and once I can get about 30-50 books, I’ll set up the signing and advertise it.  I am excited about the opportunity to hopefully sell some books in person to people who haven’t heard of me or my book yet.  When more information about this is available, I’ll let you all know!  If you’ve purchased my book and would like me to sign it, I’d be happy to do so.  Send me an email at rrcruce@gmail.com and we can arrange for you to mail it to me and I can mail it back to you signed.  Thanks to all my readers for their support!

Another reason I started writing

So I have discussed some reasons I started writing and some of my inspiration, but one thing I don’t think I’ve mentioned anywhere is The Wheel of Time.  Recently it has been on my mind since there have been articles saying that Sony is going to make a Wheel of Time tv series.  I loved Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and thought Brandon Sanderson did a great job writing the last three books after Jordan’s passing.  But I did not like the ending.  I remember finishing the book and just thinking of all the years I had put into the series just to get that for the finale and being dissatisfied.  That’s not to say it’s a bad ending, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for.  And I think that is when I first thought how if I wanted a book to end the way I wanted it to, I’d have to write it myself.

Now there are series and individual books I’ve read that have ended in a satisfying way for me, but the Wheel of Time just didn’t.  I don’t know how many books I’ll write in this series, but I know that just like the Wheel of Time, it’s possible not everyone will like the endings of my books.  And that’s okay.  I just really hope the readers love the characters and the adventures.