Basic Update before I return to my Lair…

Hello! I know it’s been about 2 weeks since I was last here and the break from online was much-needed.  I thought I’d start my first day back at the blog with an update on what I’m working on or going to work on this month before I head back to hibernating…ummm… I mean my writing desk to work.  Yes. Work. 😀

First, I’m going another year without NaNoWriMo. I just don’t have the umph to push myself that hard to write 50,000 words in a month. Not to mention the time factor that would make 30 days about 16 days. And if that’s not enough to convince me that it’s a bad idea, I’m still stretching my writing muscles after my vacation. Habits are hard to reestablish once they are neglected.

Second, I’m rethinking my online activities and which ones are the most beneficial to my writing. Yes, you heard me right. My writing. I know that it’s suppose to be business, but I’m not really passionate about marketing so it will always fall flat, or about people, but to be honest I’m not a social person so social media and connecting will never be something I do well. So I decided that I’m better off narrowing down my focus to things I use and find helpful. That’s left me with my website/blog, Pinterest, and Twitter. I’ll have to decide how I will use each and focus what time I have after writing and cover design to those. 😀

The Stagecoach Bride

Coming SoonThis jaunt into historical  western romance has been quite fun. The Stagecoach Bride is still with Ruth Ann Nordin and she’s going through the last of the edits and will format it before she sends it back to me. The plan is for me to go through it once more and see if I can pick up any more typos or inconsistencies that the numerous beta readers and editors may have missed. I also want to take notes for the next book in the series. I’m looking forward to writing the Rancher’s Wife with Ruth.

Once I’m done, I’ll upload it to various distributor and look through the formatting. Then announce it’s release here. And for once, yes, the December release date is still on and as of today we are still on track.

Death’s Lover

Death's Lover, Children of Khaos Series, Stephannie Beman, fantasy romance, based on greek mythologyWhile I’m waiting for The Stagecoach Bride I’m working on writing the next book in the Children of Khaos Series, Death’s Lover. This has been one of those books I’ve had in mind since My Lord Hades. I’ve known the middle to end of the book for nearly 5 years. It’s been the beginning that’s kept me from writing it. The whos, hows, and whats of the story.

I’m also afraid in some ways to mess up Thanatos’ character. Everyone loves him and I’ve been asked a few times when this book will be released by readers. I need just the right mix of jovial and tormented to pull him off and not make it too comical or overly dramatic. Talk about pressure!

Anyhoo, I think I have everything figured out, but then again I thought the same a few weeks back and got slapped in the face for my pride when I had to tear it apart and start again. My goal is to write about 2,000 words a day (Monday-Friday) on this book. Hopeful it will be done before December, so I can met my tentative release date of February, although I’m a feared that May 2014 would be a more practical date.

The Raven King

I decided to try something a little different this time (taking a page out of my writing friend, Ruth’s book) and have two books on the writing desk. This way if I get stuck on one the other is there to pick up the word count. I’m trying it with a book I’m tentatively titling the Raven King.

It’s one of those books that I wrote years ago and took out of the filing cabinet to look at. It had some merit, but needed a rewrite. So I’ve stripped it of all non-essential scenes, meaning it went from 200,000 word behemoth to a 28,000 word novella in less than a week. I started from the beginning and I’m hoping to get at least 500 words written on it a day (Monday-Friday). This will probably be released in May or more likely August.