I can’t believe I haven’t posted a new blog all year. Well, I have given up on the Patreon experiment, so maybe I will be better at keeping things updated here.
We’ll see. Today, I am procrastinating when I should be working on The Elderly Earl’s Estate edits. It is being particularly obstinate…but on the other hand, I’ve just added a new character who may turn out to be extremely important along the way, and I have FINALLY found a good opening that even the boys like. 😉
I’ve also discovered my new favorite band Steam Powered Giraffe. If you do not know this band, remedy that situation. It is amazing to me how they seem to have put Phaeton’s soul into lyrical form. In particular, Brass Goggles, Automatonic Electronic Harmonics, and Electricity Is in My Soul seem to speak to me of my automaton. I’ve been obsessing for a week now. Newell threatened bodily harm if I didn’t play something else…
The cover is coming along better than the book. I’ve acquired permission for my images and put everything together to my satisfaction, so we are good to go there. I will save the reveal for next week so that I have something to post.
Now go listen to the Giraffe!
(Muckross House: Image copyright John Menard)
While there is a ways to go with the edits, I am very pleased with the progress on this so far.
Jo and Alistair have taken their relationship on the road as they cross the pond to Ireland to meet Jo’s dying grandfather, the Earl of Braedon, before continuing on a Wedding Progress trip through Europe.
And there are complications around every corner. First of all, Alistair promised the University that he would consult with a colleague half the country away. And when she’s left on her own Jo ALWAYS gets in trouble. 😉
Tradition and science weave throughout the story, and an entirely NEW cast of supporting characters make their Conn-Mann debut.
From the historical to the humorous, the new characters should expand Jo’s universe and yours too!
Stay tuned for more information, and a cover reveal coming soon. 🙂
I love research. I sometimes disappear down the rabbit hole for hours. I was actually looking for something else when I found the information about the Central Park Zoo Escape happening in November of 1874.
(An illustration that accompanied an 1893 article in Harper’s Weekly about the hoax.)
It actually changed my plans for Book Four of the series. I was originally going to have Jo and Alistair heading off to Ireland at the end of Book Three…but the Hoax was too fascinating not to work into the story somewhere. And it became a pivotal part of the action.
Happy accidents like this can add some interesting flavor to whatever you want to write.
Make sure you keep track of anything that might add color to your work. For example, this is my folder set up for the books:
And, within each of those top level folders are more bookmarks:
Some of the information may never make its way into a book, but it is far better to have things you don’t use than not have something at your fingertips that you wish you could remember.
And always be on the lookout for new things. For example, a friend suggested that I contact the Irish Consulate in my hometown, and the gentleman I spoke with gave me a lead to someone who was a historical personage in Ireland at the time, and a perfect character to have a cameo in the next book.
- Research — it’s fun!
- Bookmark — make sure you don’t lose track of the info you find.
- Keep your eyes and ears open — you never know where your next idea will come from.
Despite a few bumps on the production highway,
is now live on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback editions.
I learned a few things on this one. First of all, the new Kindle template is a dream to work with. I tried to use my goto method, and was getting lots of random code generated. Ick! Jo knows nothing of Chinese…
So I went to the template, and I will definitely be using it from now on. Continue reading
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I have finished the polish edit on The Fiercely Formidable Fugitive, and I still really love this book. I think there is something for everyone in it–romance, intrigue, a gun-fight…but I won’t give too much away.
I’ve started working on the cover, but I think I may see if I can do something a bit different than I originally planned. If I can pull it off, I’ll share soon.
Now comes the fun part–the formatting. 😛 But it isn’t impossible that I MIGHT have it for the June 10th show in Wimberley. Hoping for SoonerCon at the latest. Depends on how fast it goes this time.
…especially as I am trying to get the edits of The Fiercely Formidable Fugitive finished…but I am making headway on putting this site back together. Still need to find some of the media and so forth. Ignore the broken links for now. I may have to edit out some of the pictures since I don’t have unlimited space any more…
Still, it is better than pointing people to a website that doesn’t exist. 🙂
I hope to be better next year. At least I was better this year than the one before, I think. We improve by baby steps. 😉
The reason I have been so negligent is because I have been hard at work on The Incredibly Irritating Irishman, revising it from very rough first draft to something I can live with. I am not sure if I am quite through tweaking yet, but we are definitely on track to be out by ConDFW.
Of course, if you have been to the page you will have seen the gorgeous cover, but I am going to put it here too, because I just can’t stop looking at it.
I am so pleased to welcome Brad Fraunfelter back to the job of cover artist, because I didn’t do The Nearly Notorious Nun nearly as much justice as he would have.
I’ve also been toying with an idea for something new and exciting (to me at least) for younger readers. I will let you know what happens. For now, Happy Holidays from all of us at the Conn-Mann Chronicles!