AND I THOUGHT I WAS SO CLOSE! My editor has suggested that I slow the action down and add more. Never thought that would happen. I'll be looking over the MS to see what I can do. Sorry for the delay, but I want it to be the best.
I'm moving ahead! First half of Dead Prey past final edit. Second half under way. Thank you DeeAnna. Sept is definitely looking good for getting it out.
The Dead Series
In the Dead Series, I look at a heroine who is tough and cold when needed. Dead & Dead for Real is about terror attacks within the United States. It was my fiction. Later I found out it wasn’t mine and it wasn’t fiction. Dead Reckoning is about the new warfare, where land captured or troops killed are not the objective. It’s the destruction of your enemy’s economy that wins wars. In DR, the weapons are biological and cyber attacks against the infrastructure of the U. S. Both are way too real. Enemy troops never have to invade. If that doesn’t scare you, it should. Look what COVID has done to the economy, and it wasn’t intentional, or was it? DR is the untold part in most dystopia stories–how did our society get from what we have now to dystopia. Dead Again is about the battle to recover from economic devastation and rebuilding the nation. Risen from the Dead is about a new prophet on earth (ties into The Envoy) and the evils that President Eisenhower warned us about the Military Industrial Complex. It also is about the United States’ return as a world power when it becomes the global supplier of clean energy instead of weapons. Dead Prey was fun because I took the dire state of Mexico where lawlessness plays such a great part. At the time I started, the Presidente announced he would not fight the cartels but work with them. Thus was born the theme. Of course, I had to introduce the Air America history from Viet Nam. The corruption from illegal drugs rises to the top echelons of government, and not just in Mexico. I left the story with no winners, so there has to be more. We will see what happens when the war against drugs takes place on our shores. Maybe there won’t be a war.
My editor DeeAnna suffered a rotator cuff injury so it's going to slow down release of Dead Prey. Meanwhile, let me know what cover you like the best.
Working with Steve on cover design.
I'm hoping to have the cover finalists for Dead Prey next week. I'll post them for comments. Tell me what you think.
Just when I thought I was nearly done with Dead Prey, I had a flash about another chapter to add. Sooooo writing again. I WAS about half through with third set of edits. Now, not so much. This new chapter opens up another line for the story. Still hoping to get the book out in August.
First edit is moving ahead on Dead Prey. About half way through. I figure about 6 times through and it'll be ready to go to the editor.
I'm more than 1/2 through with first edits on Dead Prey Book may be out in August.
I have finished the first draft of Dead Prey. The first run-thru of editing is underway. Since my editing group has become a victim of COVID 19, there will be many editing sessions before it even goes to my editor. I really depended on that group and its demise is a blow. Besides, it was my only social event. I did go to the mountains and escaped the heat. Pinetop was quiet with little traffic in my neighborhood. Not as much in town. A lot of Arizonans flee the valley heat there. While letting the MS rest, I binge watched The Wire, easily one of the best dramatic series ever broadcast. For those of you who don't know about it, The Wire portrays the dirty and gritty side of American inner city life , one we don't want to see. LOVE THAT SERIES!