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

Welcome to 2017!

I hope your holiday break was as fun and productive as mine. I spent most of my free time working on finishing The Warlord’s Daughter (both productive and fun), putting together puzzles with my girls (possibly not so productive but it was really fun), working on my latest stitching project (more meditative), and spending quality time with my family (both productive and fun).

Now that our girls are back to school it’s time for me to buckle down for some heavy writing sessions this month. But first, I wanted to give you all a preview of what I’m doing in 2017.

~ Reading 55 Books in 2017 ~

I made the goal to read 50 fiction books and 5 non-fiction books this year. I’ll be making a monthly post about the books I read that month on my blog.  I wish I could say that I picked them all out ahead of time, but since I don’t know what each week will bring I thought the better plan would be to pick them out as I went along. The fiction will be a mix of novels, novellas, and short stories.


~ Writing 5 Books in 2017 ~

When I posted my writing goals for 2017 in December I mentioned that I wanted to finish writing 5 books in 2017. Those books include the entire The Queen’s Rebellion Series. They are: The Warlord’s Daughter (#1), The Scout’s Captive (#2), The Lost Heir (#3), The Empty Throne (#4), and The Rebel Queen (#5). This is where most of my focus will be for the next 12 months. My hope is to have all 5 book written, edited, and on pre-order so that I can publish them throughout 2018.

To accomplish this I had to rethink my entire writing game plan. I’m going to have to be focused, organized, and disciplined in my writing. Which is code for “stop goofing around on Pinterest and playing Solitaire or Sudoku on the computer during writing time, Stephannie!”

So I started 2017 by erasing all the games from my computer, weaning myself off Pinterest (started this in December), downloading the new version of the Cold Turkey app (December 31st), and making my writing schedule for 2017. While I don’t want to push myself too hard and burn out, I also like to aim for the moon, maybe then I can land among the stars (LOL). So while I made my goals attainable, I decided to challenge myself with an added bonus to inspire me. If I finish these 5 books before my scheduled deadline then I get a prize. Incentives are really great for people like me. 😀

I will be writing a post at the beginning of each month to let you all know where I am in my goals.  This is where I am so far in the books…

The Warlord’s Daughter (Book 1)

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I was about 70,000 words into this book in December 2016. My word goal for the book started out at 85,000 but I as I reached my goal I realized that the story wasn’t done so I changed my word goal for the books to a 100,000. During the holiday season, I started on the complete overhaul of the scenes in The Warlord’s Daughter and even got around to writing some new scenes that I needed.

As of January 1st, I have around 93,000 words done and about 8,000 to go. I should be done with this book before my deadline.

Deadline: February 1st
Status so far: 92,974 words written of my 100,000 Word Count Goal
My Incentive for finishing this book: Buy Miracle Morning for Writers. I love the idea behind the Miracle Morning Routine, however, what I learned about it didn’t mesh with my kinda chaotic schedule. I stumbled upon one for writers and figured it would be a good incentive to work

The Scout’s Captive (Book 2)

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I’m not as far along in this book as some of the others, but mostly because I took more than half this book away to create The Warlord’s Daughter.

This book will take more fleshing out as most of the big scenes are already written, although I have a few ideas for new scenes that I will be adding.

Deadline: April 1st
Status so far: 32,755 words written of my 100,000 Word Count Goal
My Incentive for finishing this book: Buy that Tibetan Singing Bowl I’ve been eyeing for the last two years to add to my meditation collection.

The Lost Heir (Book 3)

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This one should pretty much write itself as I know where this book is going and as with The Scout’s Captive all the big scenes are written. Side Note: If I finish The Warlord’s Daughter and The Scout’s Captive early, the deadline for this book will shift to compensate. It wouldn’t be much of a challenge if I had an extra month to three months to finish this book.

Deadline: June 1st 2017
Status so far: 50,905 words written of my 100,000 Word Count Goal
My Incentive for finishing this book: Buy three books from my wishlist.

The Empty Throne (Book 4)

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This is one of those books that I don’t have much done on. The scenes in this book are where I stopped because I had written myself into a corner and needed to figure out some plot holes. I have a better idea where the books are going so I’m hoping by the time I get to writing it it will go fast.

Side Note: Even if I’m ahead on my book writing goals the deadlines I will probably not change the deadlines for The Empty Throne or The Rebel Queen. I going to be writing these books during the Summer and Fall months when my girls are out of school and there is a lot going on around the Ranch. I’m pushing it with the deadlines I have already.

Deadline: September 1st 2017
Status so far: 3,233 words written of my 100,000 Word Count Goal
My Incentive for finishing this book: Wacom Digital Graphics Tablet. I’m not sure what model as the one on my wishlist is now years old and out of day. I have to do some research.

The Rebel Queen (Book 5)

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I have a vague notion of where this book is going but other than the opening chapter that refused to go away, I have nothing else written. I’m hoping to have several ideas for scenes ready by the time I write this book.

Deadline: December 31st 2017
Status so far: 9,167 words written of my 100,000 Word Count Goal
My Incentive for finishing this book: Buy a new tablet as my old one died at the end of 2016. Yeah, I know. Why am I waiting a whole year? Because I still have a Kindle I can read my books on for the moment.


Wishing you all the best for the New Year!

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