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Posted By Babs

Over the weekend I have had fun writing a full version of a story which came about from a scene in book two of the trilogy, after I deceased it with Kiyoshi who really enjoyed it and conformed as far as he knows there is nothing like it, he then went on to ask, is there going to be a full version? I replied with, yes, I am considering it and that’s exactly what I did, transformed the scene into a full short story, which I thought I might as well publish with most of it being in the trilogy and give it the same title Darkness give it, The iron claw in the velvet glove.

Then I started to think about a cover which would entice people to read it and this is what I came up with.


However, I cannot take full credit for this image as it is something Kiyoshi found on the internet, as he is into tattoos like this, but the image was just the black outline, no colour and it was quite dark, it also looked unfinished. He told me it is free design you can take to a tattooist to have done and finished to your taste. I was so pleased he found it as it is exactly the image I was after. I started by flipping the image as I for some strange reason cannot draw faces from right to left. Once I completed an A5 pencil image, I scanned it in to the computer and blow it up to A4 printed it off and painted it. The pink robe was suggested by one of my Korean friends so it matched the flower and the lady’s lipstick. Kiyoshi edited the story which he found gripping from beginning to end and said it really gave him more insight in to the character Narsus, and why he wears a full faced mask.

Posted By Babs

 This morning I realised I am getting close to completing book two of the trilogy, which is still yet to be titled, hopefully I will come up with one soon and a front cover.

It has been great to write this, but it has also been at times quite difficult with all the characters that are in it, hopefully the side stories will help the readers get to know them better.

It going to be great to be starting book three as we are approaching winter, with it being set in that time when snow is falling and it is too cold to leave the house, cosy in front of a fire. I am still going to setting the opening in Akihabara.

Kiyoshi bless him, has been catching up with the side stories as he has had other clients and publishers to do work for, both him and my proofreader have really enjoyed the latest one and they have both have given me really good positive feedback which makes me proud to be a writer. I just hope they also like book two, as in a way it is the calm before the storm.

Posted By Babs

Whilst I was plaining the next scene in book two of the trilogy which involves Dorjee, I got the inspiration to finally write the back story to how Límíng wù found and became Leader of the Chinese Dragon at just fifteen. When I have completed it, I will be handing it over to my editor and proofreader to see what they make of it. I can see them already liking the story, as it has a nice element of mystery to it, because in reality a child should not be leader of something that important to the gods, by rights the Father of the Gods Longwei would be a better man for the job, but there is a reason why he declared Límíng as Leader of that order. I should point out no ancient god has ever gone against Longwei’s decision, because of the reasons which are explained in the story.

Kiyoshi cannot wait to receive it as in the four years I have known him I have given him little hints of this back story and he knows I have been leaving it on the back burner for years ever since I created him as I have never really had a reason to write it until now.

At the moment I have titled it A hidden secret and then I will explain in the blurb on the back who is in it and what the story is about.

I might do Límíng wù & Dong A hidden secret. It is a work in progress

Posted By Babs

I cannot believe it is October already I am still busy writing book two of the trilogy and also created another side story which goes into more detail about what the beautiful Bǎihé is up to with regards to a certain Secretive Dreamer, which has since been completed and sent to my editor and proofreader to see what they make of it. Kiyoshi was really excited to see it not only involved his favourite character Bǎihé, but the ancient Dreamer Lèguān, he really likes him since he read Dampa & the cursed village (Prequel to Lǐwù and the teardrop stone) as he comes across as a very powerful god who knows an awful lot about the other realm.

I cannot wait for their feedback on this new short story which I have titled Bǎihé, Lèguān and the family curse.

Hopefully I will complete book two before Christmas or be on book three by then, which would be nice with it being set in winter.

But I am in no hurry to get them done as I need to raise the profile of the other books more so that more people start to demand for the next one as at the moment the only motivators I have are my proofreader and editor. It would be nice if my fans communicated more to let me know what they think of any story they have read, as no feedback is not encouraging me to continue with my writing and it also does not help to get the series recognised .

One thing I am going to try again is doing a reading of one of the stories, I was thinking of starting with one of the side stories which is written all in English as my Chinese and Japanese pronunciation is not that great giggle, but I am OK with names. So if there is one you would really like to hear read so you know how to say their names, please let me know in the comments below and I will do my best to read it .