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Posted By Babs

Because my diehard fans have been taking the time to catch up on stories, the debate with them is beginning to rise again weather I should complete The Dark Chapter Battles of the Paranoid Pixies, because it is being reference more in the current three stories, Forest God and the Beast, Crimson moon and Secret in the forest which all feature gods who have fought in the battles that have not only left them physically but also mentally scarred. I have told them I am only prepared to do so when more people begin to ask for it as this terrible time in their history has also been mentioned in other stories and there has not been the call to give the entire picture of what happened back then.

My diehard fans understand that there is no use in putting all my time in to this epic when only they are going to read it. So they are hoping the more people who read the Master Guardian series will also begin to question me about The Dark Chapter which in turn may give me the push to finish it. I say again yes and only yes if the call for it begins to increase. I could write it along side the Secret in the forest series which they have all been scrambling to grab since its launch over the weekend. I am considering posting the opening of the Dark Chapter for free to see what other people make of it which also gives me the incentive to come up with an interesting cover as I still need to do one for Forest God and the Beast.

 
Posted By Babs

 It is such a wonderful feeling to see my free short stories are finally being recognised on penana and booknet. The one that is getting the most attention is Forest God and the Beast, followed by Secret in the forest and Crimson moon. It is quite surprising the first one is getting so much attention when is obvious it is from a much larger book Dark Chapter Battles of the Paranoid Pixies which I am yet to complete as I did not believe there was a need to. Now I am beginning to have second thoughts. Crimson moon is connected to chapters 21 and 22 of Secret in the forest which are yet to be published. I have, however, just launched the first book in that series.

It is also great to know fans are passing my stories on to their friends and family and with this virus I says it is great to just curl up with a good story to take a break from reality for a while. I have been saying to my fellow writers who only do stories as a second job, Shakespeare may have wrote King Lear whilst he was under quarantined during the plague. However, it is not his only play to make reference to the plague for it is mentioned in Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. I know he did turned to poetry whist the theatres were closed for six months in 1592 as a source of income. This has inspired them to write mainly because they have nothing else to do and I have said you never know you could write a master piece. A lot of them have also said they can understand now why I do it full time because they are getting so much done.

 
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I was so pleased that all my readers agreed to me splitting the second book of Secret in the forest in to two more to make it more manageable and informed me they are fine with book three bing 227 pages long. I can now concentrate on the back cover which can be used for every book to save my hand and all I need to do is change the blurb to match the story. I have been posting the images of the drawings in group; I just need to finish the last two, then I will be able to set a date for publishing.

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Posted By Babs

 Oh my goodness I did not realise I had Secret in the forest set up in A4, this is no good when it comes to printing with Lulu. I have found over the years it is happier converting A5 manuscripts into paperbacks than A4. This courses a huge problem with the second book as it goes from a nice 169 pages to a whopping 359 😳 That is way too big for me and my fans to cope with, so I am going to split it again into two 5 chapter books, making book two 134 which is fine, but book three will be 227. I will have to check with my dyslexic fans they are all right with this? I think they will be because the chapters themselves are not that long 16 to 26 pages.

 
Posted By Babs

 This week I have been sorting the first 10 chapters of Secret in the forest, since it arrived back from my editor and proofreader. I am also trying to come up with a better cover of Fedor with the forest spirit. I have also been sorting Crimson moon because this story falls between chapters 21 and 22 of Secret in the forest. I afraid to say because of my hand I will not be creating art for each chapter just a few. Apart from this I am really enjoying writing what I am nicknaming the Fedor series, I never thought it would get this big and I am still coming up with ideas for chapters makes me very happy. I am looking forward to getting the first ten out soon once I have done a gripping cover.