The Most Special Chosen, Pt. 2

Alright, here’s part two of the history of The Most Special Chosen (TMSC). This is another one of those posts I can’t explain why I haven’t written. But, finally, here is the story of how The Most Special Chosen got picked up by a publisher.

In 2016, Burning Willow Press (BWP) attended Paracon in Virginia Beach. Because it was only 4 (ish) hours away, we decided to attend. Jim wanted to meet the publishers in person. I was also interested in taking photos of Ferry Plantation because I’d only recently gotten my Canon Rebel T5.

We spent some time talking to Edd and Kindra and met another BWP author, Mark Reefe. After a bit, we went inside to take photos and get out of the heat. Unfortunately, my battery died after the second room.

So, once we finished going through the house, I took my camera back to the car. No sense in lugging around something basically useless.

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The Most Special Chosen, Pt. 1

This is, admittedly, more than a little overdue. This is one of those posts that I can’t really explain why I haven’t written. There’s no real reason, I just haven’t gotten to it.

A favorite question when talking to or interviewing authors is “how long did it take you to write your book?” Sometimes, it’s an easy answer. Other times, like with The Most Special Chosen (TMSC), it’s complicated.

I’d like to explain why it’s complicated, so today, you’re getting the history of TMSC. As I said before, it’s long overdue, but better late than never, right?

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Cover Reveal: The Most Special Chosen

Cover for The Most Special ChosenThis is it, it’s finally cover reveal day. Lola’s Blog Tours did a great job setting up everything for the reveal. Loraine Van Tonder did an awesome job with the cover. I’m super happy with it.

I’ve also got a giveaway going as part of the cover reveal. You can enter to win one of five copies of Elysabeth & Shawn, the Prequel Series. This collection of shorts is exclusive to giveaways and offers you a glimpse of the special friendship Elysabeth Vance and Shawn Dooley share.

View the Rafflecopter giveaway to enter.

I want to offer a thank you to those people who have participated so far:

And those who signed up to do so:

So what do you think of my cover? Leave me a comment and let me know. And be sure to enter the giveaway.

Cover Reveal

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve scheduled a cover reveal for The Most Special Chosen for January 24th.

I’ve scheduled it though Lola’s Blog Tours. If you’re an author, or know one, I suggest checking out Lola’s services.

So far, the planning has gone smoothly and Lola has been incredibly knowledgeable and professional. I’ll keep you all posted on the progression of the “event” planning.

If you’d like to be a part of the reveal, check out the event page for more information.

*The Most Special Chosen* News 12-11-2017

It’s been a while since my last series update. There hasn’t been a lot of news recently. I’ve been reviewing and editing The Most Special Chosen. I’ve been making a lot of minor edits, and even re-writing some sections completely.

I’m currently editing the last chapter before I do a final scrub-through and send it back to my publisher for round 2. I have to admit, I’m really happy with the edits. They’ve really improved the story, and the writing is much improved as well.

Part of the need for re-writes is an ever-changing society. Statements, ideas, and themes that were perfectly acceptable when I finished the story over four years ago are now somewhat iffy, so I’ve changed them. Anyone who picked up a copy of the self-published version a few years ago will want a new copy.

As a “thank you” for reading my blog, here’s a sneak peek of the story.

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*The Most Special Chosen* News

It’s been a while since I updated you all on The Most Special Chosen. It’s just over 4 months to its release date, and I’m really started to get excited. As you may recall, it’s in editing with my publisher, and I’m waiting for recommendations.

Beta Readers

In the meantime, I’ve given it to a few beta readers, and they’ve provided me their comments. I’m working my way through the book, editing it based on those comments. I’m currently on chapter 6, and I feel like the changes are really improving the story. I look forward to making it the best it can be for your enjoyment.

Cover

I’ve also started the cover process. The fabulously talented, award-winning Ryn Katryn is working on finding models, first. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with, as her recent work has been breathtaking. Check out her website to see her work.

Newsletter

I’m working on starting a newsletter to keep you all up-to-date a little better. If you’re interested in receiving email updates, sign up for it.

Meet the Characters

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing some news about meeting some of my characters before The Most Special Chosen is released in March. So make sure to check back, or better yet, subscribe to my blog to be notified of new posts.

Starting from Scratch

Burning Willow Press logoSeveral months ago, Burning Willow Press accepted The Most Special Chosen for publication. As a result, I had to take it down from all sites, as, legally, I can’t have it for sale while under contract with a publisher.

Rather than fret, I decided to view it as a chance to start from scratch. I scrapped the old site and had Jessica Craney design a new one for me because she’s a brilliant designer. The new site should be available soon.

I’m also redesigning the series logo and developing a series tagline (both coming soon). There are a lot more things on the horizon. For now, I’ll just say that The Most Special Chosen is being re-released in March 2018. Keep an eye out!