Finally. Almost done this YA manuscript! I turned in Charlie #3, THE HOUR OF DUST AND ASHES in mid-November, and have been working like crazy to wrap up the YA to turn it in today.
This book (YA) has exhausted me. In good ways and bad. Never have I felt so many emotions with a book. Happiness, excitement, sadness, grief, sickened... And these things I consider good because it means the story has depth and emotional impact. The actual writing of it? Total ups and downs. No consistency there. Optimistic, stressful, bouts of extreme creativity, followed by a total blankess that I have never experienced before, confidence highs and lows....
All I can say is that I'm glad it's done. My brain hurts. My body hurts. And I'm so happy I don't care.
I have a fabulous title that I hope will stay (and will share as soon as I can). But at times, I really wanted to title this book, SOME CRAZY-ASS SHIT.
I have emails and posts and a ton of other work-related things to catch up on. And I will be sending out my newsletter in the next few days or over the weekend... and I'll be giving away some books, so sign up if you haven't already.
And lastly, THE HOUR OF DUST AND ASHES is up on Amazon! Cover is coming shortly. And I have seen what I believe is the final version and it is stunning. The color ROCKS and the image has so much intensity and movement -- can't wait to share!
Okay, so I'm off to do a few minor things on this YA and then send it off. Whew!