From Stephannie’s Desk {Kinda like a Newsletter, but Not} #1

The last two months have been very productive for me writing wise. They’ve also given me a lot of things to think about with where I want to go with my books and publishing.

Since some of those plans are set in stone now, I feel more comfortable sharing them with y’all. So buckle up, here we go!

My Lord Hades will be Republished April 15th.

Since I already had it edited by a wonderful editor, I decided “why the Hell not?”

Truthfully, there was a lot of inner debating and I settled the argument by asking a friend of mine. She liked my plan. So there inner critic! 😛

My Lord Hades, author Stephannie Beman

Book Cover Design by Stephannie Beman

Ok, childishness aside. I have decided that I will be republishing My Lord Hades. I decided to do this because there are readers who have been asking me where the book went. Some because they loved the book and they want to read it again. Others never got the chance to read it the first time around and by the time they wanted to, it was gone.

When I asked those readers who contacted me what they thought about me expanding the story of My Lord Hades, I got mixed responses. Some loved the idea. Others hated the idea (And I’m not just talking about my mom here.). Some were on the fence as they had yet to read the book. Others were willing to read both the original and the expanded edition.

So last week, I finally decided to take the plunge and republish My Lord Hades, but that doesn’t cancel out the Rebellion: Children of Khaos Series, which leads me to…

Writing Rebellion: Children of Khaos Series.

While reading My Lord Hades, I realized that the book didn’t have one main plot line, it actually has three. There are also several character arcs and subplots going on.  In my effort to fit that all into one 95,000 word book, I didn’t give any of them the attention they deserved.

This is something that has bothered me for years and while working on My Lord Hades last month, I finally realized that if I truly wanted to be happy with the book I either had to trim the story down and make it a true romance or I had to split it into three books and make it a fantasy.

I decided to follow my heart and begun the process of turning My Lord Hades into three books. Those books will be The Warrior’s Rebellion (#1), The Dark God (#2), and The Iron Queen (#3). The Rebellion Trilogy is part of the Children of Khaos Universe and better aligns with the changes I have made to my writing focus.

Side Note for those who missed it, I’m moving from Romance to Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, and Science Fiction with elements of mystery, horror, adventure, and romance.

Anywho, as my plans solidify, I should have more details for you on each of the books, what they will be about, the cover designs, and my projected publishing schedule.

The Warrior’s Rebellion is off to my editing team!

No cover yet, but I do have several ideas.

This is the first book in the Rebellion: Children of Khaos Series. It’s basically an expanded version of the first 1/3 of My Lord Hades. But it’s not just a cut and paste job or some chapters from the book fleshed out.

I completely rewrote most of the scenes, moved some things around to make it flow better, and added another 30,000+ words to it. So that 1/3 part ended up being nearly 60,000 words long instead of 26,000+ words that it started at. The Warrior’s Rebellion is its own story and book one in the retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth.

Now I finished writing The Warrior’s Rebellion a few days before the deadline I gave myself and spent the last week editing it. As of March 6th, it is officially in the hands of others to be edited. I’m looking at a May 2018 release for The Warrior’s Rebellion and will keep y’all update as the date gets closer.

BTW NOTE: I am looking for beta readers for romantic fantasy and YA Urban Fantasy if anyone is interested. You can contact me by email or through my contact form.

I’m writing The Dark God in March.

This is book 2 in the Rebellion: Children of Khaos Series and by the time you will read this post, I will have had several writing days to work on The Dark God.

Now this book is closer to 2/3 of My Lord Hades, however, this isn’t going to just a light revision job and a few new scenes. This part of the book is getting completely torn apart and reworked. Also there will be several new scenes and some of the older stuff might find it’s way into book 3.

This book mostly takes place in the Underworld. It deals with more with Hades fight to rule the Underworld and save Persephone from the terrible day that took her memories and magic. Because, while that event happened three years prior to their meeting, what happened that day hasn’t been resolved and it has come back to haunt Persephone.

My goal is to be done writing this by April 1st, spend a week editing it, and have it out to my editing team as soon as I can.

I created a tentative Publishing Schedule for 2018.

With the help of my writing friend Ruth (does anyone besides me see how much I utilize Ruth’s help), I created publishing deadlines for all the books I want to get out this year. At the moment it comes to six new books (Rebellion: Children of Khaos Series and Sara Greenway Series) and two republished ones (My Lord Hades and Death’s Lover).

I plan to create a page for those interested in knowing what is coming out and when it will be coming out sometime this month, although it might get put on hold so I can meet my deadlines.

Wishing y’all the very best in March!

Stephannie Beman

2 thoughts on “From Stephannie’s Desk {Kinda like a Newsletter, but Not} #1

    • LOL I guess it does. Because I already have the next series set up to write when I finish the Rebellion series (My Lord Hades into three books), and the next series after that. If I can stick to the schedule I planned out, it should prove to be a busy year. 😀

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