As I have discovered over and over again, most things take longer than it appeared during planning. That said, Orchids Ablaze is available now in paperback! A little behind my early April goal. but Amazon’s internal review is complete and it can be ordered online. Cover price is $7.99. That doesn’t provide much room for profit, but I wanted to make the story available to as wide an audience as possible. The entire process has been very much (yet another) learning experience, but one I hope to repeat for the second book in the Lodge of the Wolf series.
Work on Book 2 advances! I finished up the 2nd rewrite of Chapter 1 and the first version of Chapter 2. In keeping with my design philosophy for this book, Chapter 2 is divided into 3 sections, but kept together as a single chapter. The jury is still out on whether or not that construct will survive the entire process; it feels very strange when I review it.
The outline for the full story following the “new” paradigm stretches to about 24 chapters. That includes the “bridge” and “interlude” style sections that typically run to fewer words. Not including chapters only roughly sketched in, the story is hovering right around 7000 words now.