May 2018 Updates From Stephannie’s Desk

Yippeee! It’s time for another update on what the Hell I’m doing, because most of the time I’m not sure and neither are you!

Besides, you all really want to know what I’m doing, right? Hello? Anyone still around? *looks around and listens to the crickets chirping noisily*

Just kidding, I know there is at least one person looking forward to this post, because she told me so. ūüėõ

And without more time-wasting, let me get started…

Writing The Dark God

Cover Coming Soon…Actually, the cover is done…Kinda. I’m letting the design percolate for a little longer so I can decide if that will be the finished cover or if I need to create a new one.

Yep! I’m still working on The Dark God, book #2 in Children of Khaos: The Rebellion Series, and until it is done I’m making this my main priority. Mostly because I refuse to place The Warrior’s Rebellion up for pre-order until I’m nearing the end of this book. The plan is to have all three books in this series published within a month of each other.

The Dark God is a romantic fantasy novel that tells the story of Persephone’s abduction by Hades and the Battle for the Underworld. It has a projected pre-order date of July 2018 and a publishing date of September 2018.

Designing The Warrior’s Rebellion

Cover Coming Soon…Same thing applies to this  cover as what I said about The Dark God cover

I’m in the process of finalizing my book cover design and formatting the interior of The Warrior’s Rebellion, book #1 in Children of Khaos: The Rebellion Series. This is a romantic fantasy novel that tells the story of Hades and Persephone as their relationship blooms and the Titan-Olympian War comes to an end. I’m looking for a projected pre-order date of June 2018 and a publishing date of August 2018.

Editing Love is Blind (Working Title)

In the process of being designed

This is a short story from the Children of Khaos: The Originals Series, Love is Blind (Working Title) is a little tidbit into the life of the nymph Tarma that is introduced in My Lord Hades.  This is a previously published short story that I’m in the process of editing and preparing to send to my editing team before publishing. I’ll also be updating the title and the old description.

Love is Blind has a projected publishing date of October 2018.

My Lord Hades & Death’s Lover are Coming to Paperback in May!

Death's Lover, book #2 in the Chilren of Khaos: The Originals

Death’s Lover (Children of Khaos: The Originals, Book #2)

My Lord Hades, author Stephannie Beman, book #1 in the Children of Khaos: The Originals series

My Lord Hades (Children of Khaos: The Originals, Book #1)

By the time you read this, My Lord Hades and Death’s Lover should be entering the proofing stage for the paperback edition.

I decided to create a lovely paperback version of all my longer stories, if for no other reason than that I want a copy of these lovely covers in print. It’s always nice to have a hard copy of all my books which is why I’m also looking forward to creating hardback version of all my books from now on. That way, I can have them for a long time to come. ūüėÄ


So that is my plan for the rest of April and into May. I’m looking forward to seeing how much I can accomplish before the Spring and Summer ranch work begins for the year.

Wishing you all the best,

Stephannie Beman


Sounds like Amazon is Pulling Book Reviews

I started the process of republishing My Lord Hades and after it went live on Amazon, I thought little more about it. After, I announced the return of My Lord Hades to the eBook scene Friday for my mailing list and Tuesday on my blog, a writer friend of mine pointed out an article about Amazon removing book reviews from their website.

Now, I don’t know the validity of all the accusations tossed Amazon’s way, but I doing what I do, I researched it. I read several articles about how Amazon has removed book reviews from its site because they decided that some of those reviews were bias due to the authors being friends with those people on social media.

For those curious, I found two articles about what is happening on why Amazon is removing reviews from k-lytics and one on how to protect your reviews from disappearing on Amazon from Author Marketing Experts. From these two sources I understand there are several reasons for Amazon doing this and some are legit reasons but others kinda suck.

For someone like me, who has so few reviews on any of my books, to lose any of them was disheartening to see. Some of the good reviews I had received on My Lord Hades in the past are now gone, taking My Lord Hades from a 4.5 star book down to a 3.1 star book. This brings the ranking of the book down and now means that it will be less noticeable in Amazon’s eBook store. Which brings me one step further from my goal to share the stories I write with those who might like them.

Oh well, shit happens in life. It’s what we do with it that shows us who we are.  ūüėÄ

Stephannie Beman


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My Lord Hades, author Stephannie Beman

Book Cover Design by Stephannie Beman

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My Lord Hades is Now Available!

Well, it’s finally back in print! Or is that digital? I guess since¬†there is only a digital copy at this time it would be, My Lord Hades is back in digital! Woohoo!

Now that that is figured out, My Lord Hades is book 1 of Children of Khaos: The Originals and it was ready to return to the world a little earlier than I planned.

For those who just want to read your copy now, feel free to ignore the rest of this email and buy My Lord Hades in ebook at Smashwords,  Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Scribd, Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon AU, Amazon CA. For those who would like to know more, keep reading.

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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! ūüėõ

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

Reviving the Children of Khaos Series

Yep! I’m bringing the Children of Khaos Series to life in a way that I didn’t really plan on.

Children of Khaos Series, Series Banner

Early last year, I was ready to throw the series into a drawer and start over with my writing in every way possible. By December 2017, I realized that the series deserved more respect then that. And, there are a few fans who have written me letters asking where My Lord Hades went and when is it coming back.

(I will email those who have been asking me about the book when I republish it.)

I want to take a moment to thank all those who have send emails of encouragement. You guys are the greatest! You’ve also inspired me to¬†not only bring the Children of Khaos Series back, but write another book in the series.

But that isn’t all. I also plan to add more books.

Why did I decide to do this after swearing to never write another Children of Khaos book?¬†Well, it wasn’t just because there are readers out their wanting more stories.

As I was working on my plans to¬†resurrect a few books and breathe fresh air into others, I made the mistake¬† of starting with Death’s Lover.¬†Even though it is the third book in the series, it had the least amount¬†of work that needed to be done as it was the first that I had edited by one of the best¬†editors¬†I’ve worked with.

Reading Death’s Lover made me fall in love with the series all over again. I will confess that it is my favorite book in the entire series and it really made me want to bring the other two books up to the same level.¬† Plus I found a ton of teasers for future books hidden inside its pages that only add fuel to the creative fire.

That means I needed to add a few more to-dos to my ever growing to-do list. Over the next few weeks I’m going to:

  • Finish my read through of¬†My Lord Hades¬†(Lauralynn Elliot¬†edited this book last year for me and I went through the edits at the time, but still felt something was a little off.). I will be tweaking some of the scenes for better clarity and removing a few that don’t need to be there.
  • Work on the rewrites of¬†Loving the Goddess of Love¬†and send it to my favorite editor to clean up. This book will not only gain several new scenes, but will also get a new book cover and title. I was never a fan of the original title and have wanted to change it for years now but I really didn’t have an idea what to name it. Now I do. And no I’m not going to share it with y’all yet.
  • Make notes for more¬†stories while reading through the books, including scenes and notes for¬†Beloved Kora.
  • Put together the front and back matter for this series so that it has an uniformed look.
  • Redo the interior formatting of¬†Death’s Lover,¬†My Lord Hades, and¬†Loving the Goddess of Love,¬†because for some reason the formatting for My Lord Hades is a little wonky.
  • Plan and design the look I want for the Children of Khaos book covers and redo all the covers. Some are getting a complete makeover, while others more of a upgrade.

I’m not sure how long this will take me, but they are near the top of my to-do list for my writing just below actually writing book #1 of the Sara Greenway Series.

Wishing you all the best!

Stephannie Beman