And I'm calling it that because it stole a weekend of my time that I should have been working on the cover for book three. I've always been a novel writer and personally haven't read that many novellas. I love getting wrapped up in a long book or an engaging series, so it always felt like when I read them that I wanted more.
This past weekend, I decided to write a character that was pacing around in my head. The story unraveled into something different than what I've written before and ended as a novella. My intent was just to hash out the character, see if it was something I could work on in the future. Little did I know this man had other intentions. So now I'm sitting here with an unexpected novella. I'm having a few people read it to give me their feedback on how serious I should take publishing this. Right now, it's pretty tempting. I like the idea of having two book releases this year and because of its length, that would be a strong possibility.
The book will introduce new readers to my world without throwing them in head first. That's a pun, and you'll get it when the book comes out.
When it comes out.
See there? I've already said it. That's jumping the gun, because I haven't received all of the feedback just yet. I shouldn't let that be the deciding factor, because the characters and story sucked me in and that this is the reason why the Mageri Series exists. It's a world that engaged me as a writer. It's also exciting because this is not a spin-off novella. I think those are fine, but as a reader, I usually skip over them when I'm reading a series. Sometimes there's too much I learn about a character and I'd rather have some of that to my imagination.
This book sparked that desire to start writing something fresh again, and that's a little dangerous considering I have several other series books that are waiting for publication. It takes a lot of time to get them ready, but now that I've taken my first stab at a novella (unintentionally), it's quite possible I might do this again as an exercise in writing. If something comes out of it, then you might see it on Amazon.
So, stay tuned for updates on the third book in the Mageri series. The beta read should be completed by the first week of August and it will be prepped for the editor. Between now and the end of August, I should have the title nailed down and the cover. I procrastinate. But I always get the job done.
A hint about the Novella?
Well, I've revealed that it involves a character named Kane. A life is taken, and a life hangs in the balance.
That's all I can say for now. You know how I am about spoilers. ;-)