I did something novel over the past few weeks.
I rewrote my first novel and it almost completely changed. It even has a new name as do all of the characters. What has happened in effect is I have a Middle Grades novel, the first one, and a Young Adult, the second one.
It was an interesting exercise taking the old story and rewriting it for an older audience. I got to create new characters. I added an element of romance. I even added new dangers and adventures.
In fact, the story grew so much it has become two novels. I’m very excited to finish the editing and get the new novel out there for you readers to evaluate.
I’ve even posted the first three chapters here to whet your whistle. Let me know what you think.
Here’s what the new story is about:
19-year-old Falon ‘Andria’ Watts is a sophomore at Jacksonville University, living alone in a dingy apartment within walking distance of the college and working as a waitress at Renee’s Spaghetti Barn, which is within walking distance as well. Having been very sheltered and very fat in high-school (and having lost the weight and become quite beautiful once she left home and matured) she has never had a boyfriend or even been on a date until she accidentally and repeatedly bumps into her soul-mate at the college.
19-year-old Michael Clancy Osburn is a sophomore at JU living in a suburban house with his very ill 15-year-old sister. He goes to school, works full-time at repairing computers and takes care of his sister because his parents were killed recently and he assumed the responsibility for his sister. He doesn’t have time for a girlfriend; until he meets his soul-mate at college when she keeps bumping into him at lunch.
Together they discover an insidious evil creeping slowly throughout the world. Then strange and bizarre visions begin assaulting Andria’s dreams and waking hours. Demons and people who shape-change into dragons appear around any corner without notice or warning.
Andria’s world begins to spin out of control.
Then she finds there is another young man who desires her attention. And this dark eyed, dark haired, dangerous-looking college student makes her feel strange in ways Michael never has. And while she enjoys the attention she also fears the ramifications.
Finally Andria is approached by an Angel with a revelation of her destiny. And it isn’t going to unfold on Earth. And she doesn’t have any choice in accepting it. And neither does Michael.
So click on the page labeled Portal to Cimmeria and read the excerpts for yourself.