What’s Up With Me?

Got a message from a reader asking me what’s next now that The Shattered Isles trilogy is finished.  Good question, and I have given it a little thought to conclude that I don’t know.  I am not sure if it is stress from the whole Covid-19 thing or something else, but I don’t have any ideas right now for more TG Kadee books.

When I started Brother Bewitched, my intention was to create a YA novel that had TG themes.  That idea held true for the first book, though the YA idea faded more and more as I wrote the second and third books.  I think the YA notion vanished for a couple reasons.  The first was that I felt like my readers were, for the most part, not YA readers.  Secondly, my own commitment to the YA idea faded as I just wanted to write the story without feeling constricted by a certain genre.

For now, I don’t think I have anything more to say as TG Kadee.  I just don’t have a single idea that isn’t just rehashing what I’ve already done.  We’ll see.  I have felt “done” before and gotten inspired, so hopefully that will happen.    The one idea I do have is to try again at a YA novel, but this time to hide the gender bending a little.  We’ll see.  We’ll see.  We’ll see.

Brother Belligerent now available through LULU! 20% off Paperback! Amazon also now available!

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Readers!  I have great news!  Brother Belligerent is now available in both ebook AND Paperback format from LULU!  I got sick of waiting for Amazon and just did it!

Lulu ebook: http://www.lulu.com/shop/tg-cooper/brother-belligerent/ebook/product-24433137.html

Lulu Paperback!: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/brother-belligerent/26232369

Ta da!  I am so happy with Lulu’s awesome speed and service, I am offering the paperback at 20% off for the rest of the month of February!  

The paperback will eventually be available via Amazon for those of you who prefer the Amazon experience!  I will post a link when it clears there! I am just waiting on them at this point!

AMAZON!

Here is the Paperback Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084Q9WNF6?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

JUST A FEW MORE HOURS!

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Just a few more hours to go until the big Valentines Day drop!  I am so excited I don’t know if I will be able to sleep until I check Amazon and see it is released!  Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone, and I would love to hear back from you as you finish the book!  Please take the time to write a review!

Also, once the book has been out for a few weeks, I will be taking a pole regarding the fate of a certain character!  Based on your feedback, I will release a short story detailing that character’s fate, so stay tuned!

Here are the links!

 

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Brother Belligerent Presale!

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Brother Belligerent, the shocking conclusion to The Shattered Isles Saga is now available for pre-order with a Valentine’s Day release date!  Yes, the stunning conclusion to the most brutal sibling rivalry ever recorded comes to its shocking conclusion!

Coming in at over 80,000 words, this is a fully developed novel.

One note!  Amazon does not make paperback books available for pre-order.  If you are planning to the buy the paperback, you should wait until it goes live.  I will submit it right around February 14th, so depending on Amazon it will be available that day or soon after.

Here are the links!

 

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A delightful update!

Great news!  The amazing Selkie, who editing the first two books, has agreed to edit BB3!  This is really great because not only does Selkie clean up my word splatter style of writing, but also helps me clear up and improve scenes.  Both of the first two books were better thanks to Selkie’s input, and I am thrilled to have help with the final one.

I also want to thank all the readers, especially those who posted here, wrote reviews and sent me emails.  Your passion for the story helped motivate me to keep writing, and I am putting this last book out as a gift to all of you!

I am confident I will meet the Valentine’s Day deadline, and if I can make it work, I will also make the book available for pre-order this week.  Haven’t done that before, so I can’t promise, but I am looking into it!

With bloodshot eyes…

… and aching fingers, I write to tell you that the first draft is done!

It was a monumental weekend of writing, and I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, but at last it is complete.  Now. to sleep and hope the editor elves magically clean up the manuscript while I rest.

Update!

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Friday!  Update time!  As I have received a couple requests for updates, here you go!  I expect to finish the first draft this weekend.  I have cleared the decks, so I can spend the next three days focused on writing, and barring something unforeseen– or the story going crazy on me somehow—  I believe I will have the draft done.  Then, a week editing, and maybe– just MAYBE– it will be out sometime in early February.  As promised, I will post when the draft is done, and I will also alert you when the material has been uploaded to Amazon.

I thank everyone for your patience and interest.

I am getting lots of questions about Maxis and Progenita.  My original plan was for the third book to include a clarification of the gods and their roles in the world.  The way things have gone, I am not sure that will happen.  However, if it doesn’t fit into the story, I will post something here, though I want to emphasize what will be revealed will be a “grounds eye view” meaning that it will be knowledge that becomes available to the people of The Shattered isles and not authorial revelations.  Why?  Well, I feel that it is good to keep a little mystery about things!  I do think people will be largely satisfied, if not pleased at the revelations to come.

Many questions will be answered.  Who ends up as King of The Shattered Isles?  How do things end between Serren and Pattenia?  Will Maxis or Progenita rule? What will the third age in The Shattered Isles look like?  All will be answered!

 

The Apex!

The writing goes well! I don’t know when I will be done, but I will share with you that I have reached the APEX of the story.  For me, that means I am about 2/3 of the way done breaking out what I think of as the essential plot line.  Usually, once I get past the apex, the story winds down fairly rapidly.  The characters are all in play, plotting and scheming as Serren, much to his surprise and chagrin, finds himself preparing for his wedding.

I don’t know how long editing will take.  When I wrote Brother Bewitched, I took my first draft and ended up cutting 10.000 words and then adding 30,000! I still want to go back and rewrite the whole thing sometimes.  So, please remain patient, and if you have any more questions about backstory, ask away.

A reader did ask about how the men originally threw down the hekatin.  I can’t answer that one just yet, as it touches on plot points in Book 3.  However, there are some hints about that in Book 2, if you look carefully.

I do work fast, so don’t despair.  The fate of Serren and the Shattered Isles will be revealed!

Shattered Isles Origins

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For those hoping for specific updates like word count or estimated time of completion, please see my response to Chloe.  In the meantime, a reader asked me a backstory question: where did the gender swap spell used to turn Serren into a girl originate?

Here is the story as recorded in the History Hekatania, housed in the secret library of Gaunefer:

It came to pass during the reign of the third King, Erenia, that she did have three sons and no daughters.  When she passed the age of child bearing,  The Coven First grew concerned.  It was known that men, with their anger and their selfishness, were not fit to govern, and it had been passed down by the goddess, herself, the blessed Progenita, that a woman always should guide the kingdom.  Indeed, the King was called in those days also by the title of “Loving Mother,” and it was her duty to care for all her children, that including every person who lived under the sky.

Some blamed Erenia, herself, for her failure to bare a daughter.  They said she must have sinned against the goddess to be so punished.  Others blamed her husband, Juntus.  Talk began to spread among the Council that they should name a new heir to the throne, a worthy girl from one of the other families.

The goddess, though, works in mysterious ways.  Erenia’s eldest son, Devin, had always surprised and delighted his mother.  Even as a child, he had shown great care for his younger siblings, and throughout his young life he’d shown many of the fine qualities of of a girl: he was caring and selfless, brave and courageous.  More, and in this he was not different from other boys, he longed for a girl’s life, and often Erenia had caught him sneaking into her library, reading books of magic meant only for the eyes of young ladies.    Boys, of course, sensing the superiority of the greater sex, often went through such a phase, but with Devin, Erenia saw something different.  He was a boy, but he had all the talents and mental acuity to be a girl– and a king.

Erenia went to the high witch of the hekatin, Neveria, and she asked if there were some way to give her son the gift of girlhood.  Neveria and the greatest witches of the realm, after prayer and consultation, concluded this was the will of the goddess, and they devised a spell, called simply, The Blessing.

Erenia went to her son, Devin, and explained that he was to be honored with a new sex, elevated to female and made the heir to the throne.  Devin resisted.  He wanted the life of a girl, but not to be a girl.  He had fallen in love, in truth, with a young woman, the loveliest girl in all the lands, Allania, and she had even asked for his hand in marriage.  He wept and suffered, but to his mother’s pride, he did what a good girl must, and he accepted that he must place the needs of others before his own.  Devin consented to his mother’s wishes and the wishes of all the kingdom, and on what became known as “Blessing Day” he was transformed into a young woman before the whole kingdom.  No one knew whether the tears the young Devinia shed were those of sorrow or joy.  More than a few noted that his new name meant, “Blessed of the Goddess.”

Devinia threw herself into her new life and duties with the passion and devotion expected of a woman, and as further proof of the will of the goddess, she in her turn bore three strong, brave daughters, as well as two lovely sons.  During her reign, the lands prospered and knew peace.  She was and is known as one of our great Mothers.

Devinia had a happy life, was a good king and loving mother.  It would all have seemed to be a joyous story. Yet, when she died, she asked to be laid to rest next to Allania, her first and true love, the one she had denied herself in order to fulfill her obligations to the kingdom.  Even this, most said, was only proof of her woman’s heart.

Since that time, whenever a young man showed unusual promise and proved himself worthy, or when called upon by the goddess, ‘The Blessing” was used to elevate him to stand among the women, as his merit had shown he deserved.