Hello? Is anyone out there?
First, let’s get this out of the way: the ebook version of SCENT OF THE SOUL is free on Amazon from June 4th through June 6th. Grab it here: https://www.amazon.com/Scent-Soul-Julie-Doherty-ebook/dp/B00SZ0SKUE
It’s been a chaotic, emotional spring, one that required writing through anxiety and stress. There’s something therapeutic in spending time in worlds I can actually control. So, what do I have to show for my effort?
- THE SCENT OF FOREVER is in the hands of my editor, which means we are truly sailing toward an August release date. I’ve heard from the cover art coordinator, so we should soon have something to ogle and celebrate. I’m just going to warn you up front. This novel is spicy. After missing each other through three books, I wasn’t going to reward my reuniting soul mates with a handshake. 😉 I should also mention that Semjaza is back, too, so expect the stench of evil. Trust me, he didn’t get any nicer in eight hundred years. About that. I rarely read my reviews, but it’s impossible not to see them, since I have to visit my Amazon page on occasion. I noticed that a few readers gave up the moment they encountered an evil character. That’s a shame, because the book has undertones they would appreciate. Whether we like it or not, there’s good and evil in this world. I didn’t write a comical demon. He’s bad. Real bad. And he definitely gets his comeuppance.
- I finished another novel, a non-paranormal historical romance that I can’t name right now, since it is a finalist in a contest.
- I bonded with my new critique partner, who seems to share my love of writing and my uncanny talent for attracting adversity. We’re pretty new-fangled with our Google spreadsheets. Last month, we bagged 100 hours between us.
- I hit 20,000 words in my latest work-in-progress, a contemporary romance about a disabled vet who uses a drone to send anonymous messages to an old high school sweetheart.
In non-writing news, I’m still renovating our 1926 Craftsman Colonial. The foyer is taking much longer than I’d hoped or expected, but it’s turning out well.
I managed a trip to Philadelphia in April, which strengthened my love of the 18th century. The last time I was there was in 1979, when you didn’t need to take off your belt or go through security just to see Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. It was worth it, though.
I found George Croghan while there. If you don’t know who he is, look him up. Fascinating Irishman who comes out of nowhere to play a pivotal role in advancing and protecting the Pennsylvania frontier. He’s the sort of character who deserves to become a hero in a romance novel.
While in Philly, I visited a secondhand bookstore, where I bought what I now believe is a kidnapper’s thesaurus. Didn’t realize it until I got home.
I found out this spring just how hard writing is on a body. All those hours spent in a chair take their toll. Most people make a gradual reentry into the world of exercise. Not me. I go from 0-60 by hiking seven miles of the Appalachian Trail! Well worth the sore muscles, and I can’t wait to do it again.
That’s the news from here. Stay tuned, because I’ll have a cover to reveal shortly. Come visit me over on Facebook, where I will have lots of giveaways during my upcoming cover reveal and release. And say hello, will you? I’m lonely.