Sure is! I have lots of action in the Khekarian series, a rich assortment of characters and different worlds, three dominant species of being in control of much of it, and a fourth coming into the picture – there’s a war on (isn’t there always) between two of the three civilizations and a small planet in the peaceful Terran Sector -humans- may end up being the pearl of the galaxy.
The Khekarians are fishing around, they know what’s there. They want what’s there to aid their war effort.
Two books of the series are written and printed. I’m having another look at those after a three-year hiatus. It’s good to see them fresh and new as though I am a new reader and not the author. These ARE being tweaked and will be re-uploaded. No major changes and none at all to the plot – just better for me being able to see those few patches that jar. The third book (unpublished) will undergo the same treatment and follow the first two, and then I can get on with the next.
It’s happening and fast, but it takes time to pick up the pieces, to know where I’m at and to move forward again.
Sweeping out lots of commas, a good thing. 😀 LOVING the story, I actually think the second book The King’s Sacrifice is better than the first book The Khekarian Threat – I suspect that is because the second is fresher to me than the first (I lived and breathed The Khekarian Threat for decades and it pretty well grew up as I did. Yeah it took that long).
The Khekarian series has been my passion for a long time and it’s good to get back into it after a lengthy break. I’ve completed reading my first book through – and I’m very pleased with it, it’s great to be able to see my work as a reader does rather than as the author (time away does that for you). We writers typically get up close and personal with our characters and frequently see our work through that lens, meaning we see what we know and not necessarily what a reader sees at all when they enter into that world and meet our characters for the first time.
For the most part, The Khekarian Threat is good and strong and I very much like the humor throughout. Great sex too (gotta say it, it’s true)! However I also saw a few (not many) weak points where a bit of clarity was needed or more info given. There was one glaring typo I corrected and in one scene a very important adjustment made on a singular slip up in continuity. Ouch on that one!
When my publishing house went down (roughly when I did three years ago), I lost access to my account and the sales at Amazon – I couldn’t access my published books, I couldn’t edit, change the price, or even order my own copies at cost.
It added an extra weight to my own personal crunch and the whole became too much, at that time, to deal with.
Now here I am, up and running again, refreshed and eager, and I discovered to my surprise that my publishing house had not collapsed into nothing, but had morphed into something else and although my account was useless, it was still there to transfer across into the new format.
Voila! This has been done, and hey presto, just like that I have access to my own works again. Both books are live on Amazon and always were. I can fully access them again. I don’t need to start over, I don’t need to have the whole series finished before I venture out again – I can start up where I left off and NOT keep anyone waiting extra long for Book 3.
I’m currently reading through everything I’ve got so far to know what I have and what threads I need in hand to carry into the rest of Book 3 and the rest of the series. Liking it so far with very little tweaked in correction.
Gosh, it was me all along! They’ve changed everything in WordPress Blogsville and I find myself in alien territory, no joke. Not knowing how to do stuff, stuffing up my own links from Post to Page…
Sheesh, not enough coffee, I swear…
…Right. I’ve gone back and RE-LINKED my links so that they actually POINT to something. Just in the two new posts over the last week (I thought it had something to do with the domain mapping I also had to get up and running. My bad).
Anyhow, now all should be well. For me, it’s back to work in my manuscripts, picking up threads and getting back into the action. I’m actually enjoying myself, it’s where I need to be and what I should be doing.
While meant well, I realize that holding back publication of each book until the entire series is finished is not fair on those who have already been waiting, so my plans have changed accordingly.
I will say it’s good to get back in the swing of things. I’m currently reading back on my work, notes, manuscripts and even my previous books to get the flow up and running in the right direction. It’s certainly important for continuity and I’ll soon be back to Book 3.
The break I took – though far longer than ever intended – was necessary and has put me into a position to do the following books in the Khekarian series justice. I certainly hope it is worth the wait for all my readers.
I still need to sort out publishing and the cover work (Laura, if you are reading this, please get in touch, I’ve tried reaching you through your work email to no avail. LOVE your work and I don’t want to lose it).
I’m still setting up again here in my long abandoned blog. If not accessible yet, give it another 24 hours. Yes, it’s that fresh.