I had two goals, finish "Red Sunset" and work an old short Christmas story into something long enough to submit. On goal number one I made some progress, ie: the end is in sight. On goal two the only progress I made is that the file is sitting on my desktop.
The summer was not a total loss however, as I did indulge in something I haven't done in a long time. I read books. Four books, and have started on the fifth. I searched for word counts on these books, and never found them, but it totaled over 2500 pages.
The four books I completed were: Lionheart, Here Be Dragons, Falls the Shadow, and The Reckoning...all by Sharon Kay Penman. The book I have started is The Lute Player by Norah Lofts. What I got out of these books is that I love the Welsh. The stories about Llewelyn, both Llewelyn Fawr and Llewelyn the Last were far more fascinating than the story about Henry III. Richard I is more fascinating than Henry III. Heck, Henry III was a terrible man! His son Edward was not much better.
I also spent a little bit of time obsessing, but I managed to get over it. I got frustrated over comments I read in an Amazon discussion thread...but surprisingly was able to dismiss them much quicker than I'd anticipated. I knew it would happen, that fans of The King's Tale would hate The King's Heart...I just didn't expect them to be disingenuous about it. Ah well, I should have known.
In any case, there are still a few days left to enter the drawing for The King's Heart. You can read it for yourself to judge if I've lost my touch in writing a love story. The winner of the drawing will actually receive both books, autographed!
Also...a reminder that you can download the short story, "The Magic of Lammas", for free at Dreamspinner Press. As of now, it is my "bestselling" title....and it's free!
Download it here!