Only one more week until The Reaping comes out. I'm so excited and nervous at the same time. This will be the end of a trilogy that I've poured so much time, work, and so much of myself into. I hope you are all as anxious as I am for December 2nd!
This week I hope you take the time to recognize the things you're grateful for. I'm grateful for family and friends and all the blessings my Heavenly Father has given me. I've been given so much and I see all these tiny miracles around me every day. I'm so glad that we have a day set aside to give thanks.
I hope you all are safe and have a good holiday, wherever you may be.
And to whet your appetite, here's the teaser:
The government is on the verge of perfecting the loyalty serum, and Terra knows exactly what that means—the agents will have absolute control. Terra has survived the labor camp, the agents, and the soldiers who hound her as she brings nomads to the water's edge. But now she faces her most daunting challenge yet: she must return to the colony to ask the council—and her father—to help her destroy the loyalty serum. With the aid of old friends and unexpected allies, Terra races toward a confrontation that will decide her fate on the Burn forever.
Are you excited yet?
Now on to the recap of Infraction. Remember, if you're still planning on reading it, don't read any further. There are SPOILERS! If you just want a reminder about what in the world happened in this book, by all means read ahead.
It's one month (one month!) until The Reaping is released, and I've gotten a few requests for recaps of The Burn and Infraction for people who want a refesher before The Reaping comes out. Not a bad idea.
Just a word of warning, though: this post will contain spoilers! So if you haven't read The Burn, stop reading now, before you spoil the surprises for yourself. If you have read it already, then by all means...
Thanks to Renee Barratt for creating the final cover in The Burn trilogy. I've had so much fun working with her on these covers, and I'm in awe of her talent. So what do you think? The cover tells you a lot about some of what happens in this last chapter of Terra's story. The skyline belongs to San Diego, and the underwater image is just perfectly moody. Underwater? Did I say underwater? Yes, I did. Just a few morsels for you to consider :)
Can I just say I love my beta readers? I got my feedback on The Reaping back from them, and every one of their suggestions was spot-on. Something inconsistent with the story? Yup, they found it. Something out of character? Yes, that too. Something too short or too long? They're so good at telling me where to improve it.
So I've been busy this week making changes. I'll spend the rest of this week and partway into next week on that, and then it's out of my hands once again and off to my editor for proofreading.
And something for you to look forward to? Oh, just that there will be a cover reveal coming up on October 1st. That's right...check back to see the wonderful cover Renee Barratt made for the final installment in The Burn trilogy!
I've done it...I've sent The Reaping along to my fabulous beta readers. That elicits a huge sigh of relief on my part. This book has been an emotional roller coaster for me: it's been exciting, frustrating, difficult, and sad. And now someone besides me is finally reading it. This is always the butterflies-in-the-stomach part of writing: seeing what someone else thinks about it. Yes, it's nerve-wracking, but at the same time I'm looking forward to getting their feedback and seeing how to make this story even better.
What can you look forward to in the next little bit? Cover design is going to start within the next week. As soon as that's done, I'll post it on my site so you can see it. Things are going to get exciting!
You'll be happy to know I'm making good progress on The Reaping! Are you more excited, or am I? I'm not sure. For me, making good progress means that I've found a good writing routine, which means I get to do more of what I love, and that my beautiful girls are cooperating in that endeavor.
And for you, faithful readers, good progress means that I'll be done with this draft by the end of the month, then my fabulous beta readers will tear into it. Then I get to ponder over their suggestions. Then there's cover design and proofing and...done! Now I know that makes it sound like it will be out, like, next week. Not true, but it's definitely moving along. I'm thinking before the end of the year is definitely more doable than I did about two months ago! So get ready for a great holiday season :)