Well, things are coming together for Choices and I am very happy to announce that I got through a major portion of editing!  It was rough, but with the help of a wonderful, patient person, I got through it all!  I don’t know any authors that actually enjoy editing, and I am certainly not the exception to that!

Most authors have relatively fragile egos, especially when it comes to our writing.  It takes us a huge amount of courage to submit our manuscripts and, though I have only submitted two, so far, I don’t image that gets much easier, unless you know that they’re going to accept it.  If there is any question, then I, at least, am guaranteed to nearly need to throw up when I finally bring myself to click on the “send message” button.

So when we get our edits back, it’s a mixed bag.  While we do want to improve the story, we do want to make corrections, it’s never easy to hear criticism, even the constructive stuff.  And if you happen to get a proofreader or editor… well, let’s just say that we did not see eye to eye on many things and it took a lot of work and plenty of chocolate cake to get through it all.  It’s very difficult to see someone nitpick your work or miss the point of the scene, or simply not like your style or point of view choice.  Since this was my first time going through the editing process, there was a lot I didn’t know and was afraid of asking.  Yes, they tell you that it’s alright, but I’m weird and do not like to make waves when it comes to myself (my family? things I believe in? you bet!  Me? Not so much).

So aside from the holidays, I have been working through those and I am happy to say that what I hope is the biggest round of edits is done! My understanding is that there may be one more, but my hope is that they won’t be able to find too much this time around.

Around that, I have been trying to work on the sequel to Choices – Deception.  This features another couple, though Teman and Bathasar are still a very big part of the story.  With any luck, I will be able to finish it soon and get it submitted, then cross my fingers that Dreamspinner wants it, as well.

Yesterday, I got a lovely surprise in the mail.  Dreamspinner sent me sheets of vellum!  Each of those sheets has a message that I’ve included, as well as my signature! So the first 20 paperbacks sold through the Dreamspinner store will have my signature! That was very exciting!

And today, I got the official blurb!  Whee!! It’s all coming together and I am so excited about all of it!  It’s getting closer and closer and I just can’t wait to hold my novel in my hands! (In official, bound form, that is!)

Keep an eye here, lovely followers.  There will be blog hops and giveaways and lots of fun stuff as we get closer to release day!  I will be guest posting on a number of other wonderful author’s blogs, as well, so definitely watch for the announcements!

And without further ado, the new blurb:

Born and raised a gypsy in the late eleventh century, Teman values freedom over everything. He and his best friend, Jasim, are thieves for hire—until one night they’re caught and their precious freedom is revoked. Given the choice between the dungeons or palace pleasure slavery, they become slaves, but Teman vows to escape someday.

Bathasar doesn’t want the throne. He supports his brother instead, which suits their sadistic father, Mukesh. When Teman, the handsome slave Bathasar has secretly been watching, saves his life, Bathasar requests a slave for the first time. Before long, Bathasar and Teman fall in love. But all is not well. One day Mukesh brutalizes Teman before the court, angering the empress of a neighboring nation. To appease her, he then offers her Jasim as a gift, and Teman decides to stay with Bathasar for now—despite the abuse he may suffer.

The peace doesn’t last. Mukesh plans to invade Jasim’s new country, and Bathasar must find a way to stop the destruction. But if he succeeds, he’ll ascend to the throne and have the power to grant Teman his liberty. Then Teman will surely leave him. What other choice could a gypsy make?