Monday, December 26, 2016

The Final Stretch!

Christmas has passed, and we now enter the final week of 2016. While I think many take a deep breath and relish in the end of one year and beginning of another, I am pushing hard to get some projects done before the 1st of January. While I know there is no way I can finish everything I want to before the first, I am compelled to try as hard as I can to get the Faith completed so it can move into editing.

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And, judging from how well the writing has been going the past few days, I don't think that will be too difficult.

Now, as a Christmas present to everyone, I would like to give some information on the projects most pressing on my docket. I kept The Degenerates and The Deserted quiet because they were meant to be a surprise, but in the next few months, you will be seeing more and more on upcoming projects.

Also, if you want to get more information even earlier, then you definitely want to sign up for my mailing list. At the beginning of every month, I send a newsletter out capping over the entire month and each newsletter is filled with extras that I do not release anywhere else!


Now, a little bit on The Faith:

"The Faith follows Nina Batten, a young woman living in the rich country of Midastia. Midastia is known for its beautiful landscape, friendly people, and for being the origin of The Faith—the religion that is quickly spreading across the world. Nina is running from something, from someone, and finds herself in the enemy country of Abarae. She is saved from a potentially fatal encounter by a mysterious man who agrees to be her guide through the country of Abarae. But Nina is constantly looking over her shoulder, knowing that the man she is fleeing from will stop at nothing to get her back."

At the moment, I am aiming for March as the release, and it looks like I will be able to keep that deadline! That means that in February, be prepared for cover reveals, synopsis reveals, and book trailers. I am very excited for this project. I have had the idea for it for over 10 years! 

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As for Into Oblivion, as might be obvious from the word count below, is not very far in development. The Faith is the main project right now. But I had a big breakthrough in development of that one as well! My darling hetero-life-partner's visit helped clear up all the muddled issues with it. Seriously, without you, Cheryl, I would be totally lost!

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Therefore, you are going to get a very small sneak peek into Into Oblivion, the first project I have under the name K.J. Amidon in over a year!

Into Oblivion is the story of a young woman named Athena Alexander, whose life has taken a horrible turn for the worst. While hitchhiking along a desert highway, she is almost attacked by a man in a truck stop. Another truck driver helps her hide from the man, but the driver is no ordinary man. He is part of a traveling circus known as Roadside Paradise, and with the aid of the performers, Athena's life will change forever.

I am enjoying this project, and it is nice to write as K.J. Amidon again. Since that might be confusing to some of you, allow me to explain. Kyra Anderson is the name I used for my "heavier" projects. They are generally novels that have social commentary or are meant to make a stronger statement. These books have an enormous amount of development and consideration that go into them, and at times, that can be exhausting. As K.J. Amidon, I write stories that are a little more stereotypical and easier, stories that one can just read lightly and expect the story to take (relatively) easy paths.


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Anyway, I do not have a release date decided for that book yet, as it is barely off the ground, but hopefully in the next few weeks, once The Faith wraps up and goes into editing, I will be able to push on that one.

Alright, moving on to the real updates!
New Releases:
    - The Degenerates - Click here to get your copy!

Total Words (so far!) in December: 75,655

Editing
The Deserted:
     -Red Edits Round 1: 100%
     -Blue Edits Round 1: 80%

I'm working on this one guys, I promise! As I have stated before, I generally need a rest period after big pushes on manuscripts. The editing has been very slow on this one because I have been carefully portioning the energy that goes into each project. I promise, this one will be out sooner than you think!

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In Progress
The Faith: 66,343 words- 65% complete
Into Oblivion:  8,815 words - 5% complete
Inside the Silence: 27 words - 1% complete

Well, I'm about to jump back into the fray here. It's Monday and I have a lot I want to accomplish. Gotta make the most of what's left of 2016!

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I will talk to you all soon!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it! 

Because it is Christmas, I will be spending time with the family and enjoying the holiday, so the writing update blog post will be up tomorrow!

Have a safe and happy holiday! 

All the Best, 
K.J.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

I've Been Busy!

Happy Sunday everyone.

In case you missed it, I did release a book on Friday! I tried to keep the release a bit under wraps for several reasons, but the biggest one was that I wanted it to be a present for readers. The Degenerates is now available for purchase on Amazon!


I am thrilled to get this one out. This project was not easy to work on, and it is also the shortest thing I have ever written (yes, I am allergic to short books). However, so many were asking for more on The Significant that I felt it was only fair I release all the thought and development that went into it.

So, follow me on social media to get wind of the next one, because yes, there will be one more. Check below...

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As for writing this week...well...it hasn't been easy. I really had to push on The Degenerates and I was creatively exhausted. Usually, when I finish a project, it takes me about a month before I am able to write for extended periods of time again, which is the month I generally use for development of the next story. This time, I pushed hard to finish yet another manuscript.

And now I'm breathing a huge sigh of relief.

New Releases:
    - The Degenerates - Click here to get your copy!

Total Words (so far!) in December: 59,924

Editing
The Deserted:
     -Red Edits Round 1: 20%

Yes, so, if you have read The Degenerates already (you read fast!), then you may have seen in the Author's Note that there is a second expansion book coming soon. This is the place where you will learn first how fast the editing of the next one is taking place!

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In Progress
The Faith: 52,369 words- 52% complete
Into Oblivion:  7,058 words - 2% complete
Inside the Silence: 27 words - 1% complete

First things first, you may have noticed that there are only three projects on the list right now. I'm going to try to keep it that way for a while. Inside the Silence is a stand-alone book. But the other two are series, which means that I am going to be writing them in order. As each one is finished their title will be replace with their sequel. So, more likely than not, this is how the "In Progress" is going to look for quite some time.

Now, I am thrilled that The Faith has become my primary focus. I have been wanting to work on this book for a very long time, and my friends who have known me for many years have heard me talk about this project incessantly. Hopefully, The Degenerates and The Deserted didn't take too much out of me and I can swing my focus right back onto that project. After all, I've got a release date planned for that one!

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So, if you want to be around for cover reveals and synopsis reveals, then you better follow me on social media. Click any of the links below.

And, for my strange development of the week, as of a few hours ago, I managed to hurt myself once again! My neck and shoulders are locked up, likely from stress at releasing The Degenerates. What can I say? I always have some sort of injury! But I will suffer through it to give you guys more books!


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All the best!


Friday, December 16, 2016

The Degenerates -- NEW RELEASE

Happy Friday everyone!

In light of the holiday season and the enormous amount of love I have received from my readers this year, I present to you my own holiday present for you. A brand new book, The Degenerates.

Yes, I have been keeping this project a little under-wraps, but that was because I wanted to surprise you.

This is, in fact, a prequel to The Significant. So many people asked me for more, but without a sequel I figured I could at least give you all the development that went into the book.


Happy Holidays everyone!









Sunday, December 11, 2016

Muse Difficulties

Hope everyone had a wonderful week.

My week has been a struggle. And this is not like any struggle I've had previously when it comes to writing. Rather than being unable to write due to lack of energy or motivation, I have had far too much of it these days. While that seems like it's a good thing, it has actually hindered me greatly. I can't focus my energy on one project, which means I'm hopping around like a maniac and tripping myself up.

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What does that mean for upcoming projects? Honestly, I don't know yet. I'm just riding this wave as long as it lasts and I'll see where I land when I finally crash.

And if I don't crash by the end of this week, I'll figure it out!

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So, onward to these updates!


Total Words (so far!) in December: 27,888

Editing
The Degenerates:
     -Red Edits Round 1: 100%
     -Blue Edits Round 1: 100%
     -Red Edits Round 2: 100%
     -Blue Edits Round 2: 50%

Yep, I'm still pushing on this one. This second round of editing has been really tough for me, because I want to just finish this project and get it over with. As with most of my projects, I am getting cold feet about it. I'm nervous about releasing it, and I'm starting to heavily doubt whether or not I should release it.

But, I promised I would, so I will! This doubt is unavoidable for me--happens every time.

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In Progress
The Deserted: 45,808 words - 50% complete
The Faith: 49,506 words- 50% complete
Into Oblivion: 2,321 words - 1% complete
Inside the Silence: 27 words - 1% complete

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Yeah, yeah, I know, yet another new project on the list. I know. I told you my muses were all over the place lately. Ironically, this was not anywhere remotely on my list of projects yet. This was a long forgotten project that decided to push its way to the front of my brain. This is why my muses need to chill out.

But, thankfully, I did make some decent progress on The Deserted. I will keep you updated on when that one moves into editing. The list of the ones in progress is in order of priority, so that should be the order in which they are finished (should being the operative word, there).

That's how my week went. Not bad for writing, though I wish my brain could focus on one project at a time!!

All the best!!


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Planning 2017

Happy Sunday everyone!

The past week has been a bit strange, to be honest, so writing did not happen as much as I would have liked, but hey, life happens! I was called into the office to cover for the boss while she went on a trip, so I was back at the office for two days. When you leave for a month, you really lose track of what's going on! But I made it through, and will be back to my writing full-time next week.

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A little update on my leg--I had another appointment to confirm there was not a hairline fracture and i am break-free! Amazingly, my bones are fully, 100% in-tact after being crushed by a 1,000 pound animal. After examining my leg and looking at the x-rays, the doctor confirmed that my horse's weight fell just beyond the bone, crushing my calf and Achilles tendon instead, which explains why straightening my leg and putting my heel on the ground is an agonizing experience.

But I'm on the mend. The nerve damage is going to take the longest to heal, but I'm already miles ahead of where I was three weeks ago--and yes, it's been three weeks to the day since the accident.

I know, you're not here for the leg updates!

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Here are the writing updates!

Total Words (so far!) in December: 6,740

Editing
The Degenerates:
     -Red Edits Round 1: 100%
     -Blue Edits Round 1: 100%
     -Red Edits Round 2: 0%

Yes, this might be shocking to most of you, but I really pushed myself to get this one edited fast. I am letting it rest for a little bit before going through Round 2. That is also why there have not been many words written this week. I had my head down to edit The Degenerates.

In Progress
The Deserted: 21,541 words - 18% complete
The Faith: 49,206 words- 50% complete
Inside the Silence: 27 words - 1% complete

As you can see, I'm pushing to complete The Deserted, which means, for the next week or so, The Faith and Inside the Silence will not be touched (sorry!). There are only so many hours in the day and only so much mental energy I can exert at a time. I'll get to them soon, I promise!

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For those of you who have not seen it yet, the cover of The Significant was updated! Readers seemed to really like the new cover, so I went ahead and updated it!



Now, some of you might not know this (still), but I do write under two different pennames. So for all these projects you're seeing under the name Kyra Anderson, and you wonder why my social media has this "K.J. Amidon" person everywhere, that's because that's also me.

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Every single project in progress up there is under the name Kyra Anderson. By the end of this month, it will be a year since I released anything under the name K.J. Amidon when the Dimension Guardian series wrapped up (I'm not crying, you're crying!). I do have another project sitting in the wings for that penname, and you might see that randomly show up in the "editing" tab in the next few weeks.

Truth be known (I have no idea if it's documented anywhere on this blog), I was working on that series and then put it aside because I was not happy with it. But now that I've stepped away from the project for a few months, the characters are back and they seem to be less bratty now. So I might pick up that manuscript again and you might see it in the first few months of 2017.

I have been trying to determine how I want to release titles in 2017. At the moment, there are 3 that will be released in the first 6 months, so I'm trying to plan out how I want to proceed with everything. As much as I would love to just release everything as soon as it's finished, I will burn myself out if I do that, so I'm going to have to stagger releases.

The good news you're supposed to gleam from that is that there will be new titles and soon!

That's what I've got for you today! Have a great Sunday and stay warm out there! I don't know if it's super cold where you are, but it's freezing here!

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All the best!!