I must admit I haven’t done much writing this week. Not sure why, but don’t judge me. Anyway, I have done a lot of thinking. I have decided on a title (I think). “Fateful Deceit”. I have decided how I want the cover art to look (I hope). Although, I’m not sure I feel like drawing it up myself. Any takers? No? We move on…Most importantly, I decided to make the novel a a TRILOGY (a word I love), because all of the most popular books nowadays (a word my mother loved) are part of a series. I was even toying with the idea of making a super long series like Alex Cross or Kay Scarpetta, but I don’t think I have that in me. I have already thought of a way to carry my current story into one more book. Now, I’m just waiting for that third idea to pop into my head (at some inopportune time, I’m sure).
But I did do a little dabbling last night. I added that ‘extra’ to Chapter 7, remember? Short Shorts guy? I also corrected a couple of content mistakes that my darling husband pointed out for me when he read Chapters 11 and 12. But that’s about it. After Super Bowl though (Go G-Men!), I’ll be sure to get back to it! Chapter 13 awaits completing!
In the meantime, here’s another excerpt from Chapter 3 that describes Brighthouse’s partner, Blakely. After him, there is only one more main character to introduce you to! Try to maintain your composure…
“Slightly more seasoned than Brighthouse, with five years of service under his belt, Officer Blakely’s time on the force was beginning to show. A peppering of gray was starting to crop up around the hairline of his dark, close-cut hair, his broad shoulders were shrinking, and he was becoming somewhat round in the middle. In addition, he was much more content with leaving well enough alone. His days of over-zealous investigations were worlds behind him and his handful of years on the force had created a cynicism that clashed mightily with Brighthouse’s fanaticism. As far as he was concerned, if you hear hoof-beats, you think horses. Brighthouse, on the other hand, would like nothing more than to be absolutely sure that he didn’t hear zebras or water buffalo. In other words, Blakely knew that with a suspicious circs call, this was going to be a very long night with his good old friend, Officer Brighthouse.”
I love the description of Officer Blakely! I know a few cops – ok, they’re British brat cops, but they’ve got exactly that ‘hoofbeats ->horses’ attitude. I’m a little biased, cis that’s my favourite analogy, but I still think it’s great. Even if tou never get it published (unlikely) can you put it somewhere online please? I’d pay to read it. The hints are so frustrating though – I just want to keep reading!
Thank you very much! This is probably the most complimentary comment I’ve received thus far! Score!!! I absolutely intend on self-publishing the novel as an ebook and will absolutely announce that little miracle in a blog post!
Sorry, beat cops, not brat cops – curses, spellchecker!
Good luck with your journey!
Sounds like it’s all going well. It’s fun to fantasize about what cover might be on your book, but don’t get too attached to anything. My understanding is that authors have very little say in how their covers wind up and, if they have any say at all, it’s usually not until they’re quite established.
Oh no, really? I thought I read something on another blog that adding cover art contributed to the appeal of your ebook, but I suppose I just assumed that it would by the cover art of my choosing. Good to know, thank you!
ah, didn’t realize you were planning to ebook….are you thinking about self-publishing? In that case, I think you have full say over what your cover will be like, so disregard what I said above. 🙂
Oh ok! Phew! Haha