Number One: Can Chloe save Horatius
and change back the timeline to what it’s supposed to be?
Today is the day before my book launch, day Number One for the “Top Ten Reasons to read Chloe’s Odyssey,” a series of artwork designs Spencer created to go with little glimpses I’ve written about what a reader will discover in the third book of the series. As I finish my count down, Advent begins its count up to Christmas. Today is the first of four Sundays in Advent. I’m so excited that Chloe’s Odyssey is coming out right now, at the beginning of the Christmas season. The timing couldn’t be better because Chloe goes to the first Christmas and sees the Nativity, plus meets the shepherds and wise men. It was simply serendipitous and lucky that I got the book finished in time to launch in Advent, plus it was an accident that Chloe ended up at the first Christmas. That wasn’t in my original outline, but it worked out well when she and Kaitlyn decided they needed to get there.
A year and a half ago, I’d targeted the fall of 2016 to complete the series with a finished Book Three, but I had no idea what lay ahead. It was an arbitrary date for a far-off goal. At the time, I never would have thought I would take off five months in the middle of the process.
It was a year ago October that I was connected to a lady who needed some assistance. She had completed a historical non-fiction manuscript over thirty years, and was interested in figuring out the next step. But she had no knowledge about how to get it into the hands of readers as a book. It turned out that this lady was my former professor from nursing school and had written the history of my nursing school and the city hospital. It was a project I couldn’t pass up. And I enjoyed it immensely. From when we started working together to launch, it took five months. I published and marketed her book for her with a wonderful response from the public, even with the Pioneer Museum partnering with us.
It was a great experience, but when we were finished, I still had most of Odyssey left to write. So I sat myself down in my chair and started pressing the keys of my keyboard. Even when I had no idea how to get from one plot point to the next. Sometimes it was excruciatingly difficult and other times, euphoric. Now, I’m just fried. I sit and stare without realizing what I’m doing. But before I went into that catatonic state, I got the book together and ready to go. Tomorrow is the Day.
Once tomorrow comes, I have plenty of work to do. First thing, I must work on the freelance contract I have waiting in my inbox. Plus I have an orchestra concert and a Christmas party gig I have to get ready for on my violin. In two weeks that will all be finished, so then, maybe I’ll take a day off and plan my next project. Actually, I’ll just have to look at my list and choose which thing to pick up. The list is long. Plenty to do. I better go get on it. I hope you’ve enjoyed the countdown. And more, I hope you’ll enjoy the conclusion to the Nephilim Redemption Series. I hope it is as fun for you to travel around the ancient world with Chloe as it was for me. Happy reading!
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