Friday, November 11, 2011

Still Waiting in the Shadows: A First Look at Lycanthrope

Last night was a full moon.
Last night, I finished the manuscript of Lycanthrope, book 2 of the ShadowShifter series.

I can't believe that it has only been less than a year since I self-published my first novel (and even attempt at a novel), ShadowShifter. I was too insecure to send it out to any publishers but wanted my story to be heard, just the same. After only one month of sales as an self-published author, I saw the potential the book really had, so I began sending it out as I continued to sell it. After sixteen rejections, a small independent  publishing company out of Indianapolis took interest - Passionate Writer Publishing. I signed the contract and had to take ShadowShifter off sale while they edited accordingly and prepped it for an even bigger released for late winter 2012.
Along with my many edits, I worked on the second book of the series, Lycanthrope. I finished it last night. *insert squeal*

Let me introduce you to my inner-nerd. I always viewed ShadowShifter as the foundation of a bigger story, much like Star Wars: A New Hope. You meet the characters, get pieces of their back story and see how they initially come together. Throw in a conflict here and there and create a resolution. The end.
I am well aware of the unanswered questions in this book. It wasn't by accident. Nothing in my books will ever be by accident; there is always a purpose, even if it's currently unclear. Life is much like this. Everything you think you know, you really don't. And for the questions left unanswered, you press forward to find the answers... unless you suspect that those answers will destroy you and that's one of our main conflicts in Lycanthrope.
Julie Taylor needs to be a strong character that women can look up to - but strong characters aren't born, they are created by circumstance. She must be weak before she gains power of herself and her destiny.

And my heroine must do this independently. Love is great! Everyone should experience it and have someone by their side in life, but dependency is unhealthy. I love Brody just as much as Julie does, but in order for her to be perfect for him, she's going to have to love herself, take care of herself and fight her most fearsome demons - internally and tangibly.
My goal is that Julie and Brody do not become the other's half. They should be two wholes that become a greater one. That is the only way to overcome evil in the end.

To give you a premise, Julie has taken cues from those that doubt her account of The Incident that occurred in book #1 by sweeping it all under the proverbial rug. The truth coming out and being proven can only make matters worse in her eyes, but like an untreated sore, it festers and creates a life of its own.
And we all know that ignoring situations never make them go away.
Her greatest battle is facing her fears and accepting her past before it comes back and bites her in the ass.
This book will not, in any shape or form, be soft. Much like reality, the characters age and grow. The danger increases as does the love between people. Alliances are formed and bonds are broken. Secrets exposed.
Trust is put to the test.

Lycanthrope will be ready for your eyes in 2012. Stay glued here, to my official website, Facebook, or Twitter for continuing updates on a release for the re-publication of ShadowShifter, my book signing dates, and for the ultimate release of Lycanthrope!

This book continually moves, so fasten your seat belt and hold on tight! Horror waits in the shadows, even when you're closing your eyes.