I have had a fairly hectic month, since my last post.
I have been working fairly solidly on getting Book 2 - Extraordinary Part 2 - edited and ready for release. However, in the meantime, a few distracting things have happened.
I was contacted the night that I posted my last blog entry, by a lovely lady from the other side of the world. She got in touch with me via Facebook, and noted that I was a writer. I told her that yes, I was. She asked whether I had anything published that she could read. Of course, I pointed her in the direction of Extraordinary Part 1, which she downloaded a couple of days later. Within 5 minutes of telling me she was going to download it, she was already through the Prologue, and telling me she really liked it!
Before I venture any further, I must tell my readers that I have received 99% positive feedback from the few who I know have read and have given me feedback about my books. However, I just go by the assumption that they know me, therefore are being kind. I live in the shadow of the falling-hammer that is... my First Bad Review.
So, as you can imagine, I was worried that this lady I'd never met, from the other side of the world (namely, Texas), would either give me no response or, maybe, be honest and tell me how terrible my work was. So, imagine my surprise when less than ten hours later, I heard from her again. She said:
"I am at the 50% mark. I have a hard time putting the book down! (writers always seem to like it when we say that and mean it! LOL)."
I was pleasantly surprised. I had been told by a couple of people I knew, that it was a page-turner, but again, I thought it was kindness. I knew that she had indeed reached the halfway point, due to a further comment she made (which I'm not going to post here, due to it being a bit of a spoiler) referring to a scene in the book which happened in Chapter 19.
The following day, I had a bad day. I left work in near tears due to frustration (mostly), then on my way to pick up my husband, was nearly hit by two cars who had crashed into each other and spun out, nearly collecting me where I was stopped at an intersection!
When the drama had died down, and I made my way home, I was surprised by what was waiting for me in my Facebook Messages, from my new Texan friend:
"Good Thursday afternoon, my friend!! It is 7:42 PM Weds. here.
Ok. I just now within the last couple of minutes finished your book. I assume you want my honest impression of it. Well, ok.
Evie, I have read thousands (hey I'm 60 and have been reading since I was like 6) of books. I've read books that after I finish them I wonder why I even picked it up to start with ... And I've read books that I couldn't put down. Issac Asimov comes to mind on that. And I have read books that were ok and a decent read but nothing to write home about. The ones that I couldn't put down are the shortest list of all. Issac Asimov, J A Janice, Anne McCaffery (and forgive me when I misspell someones name, please), JRR Tolkien, JD Robb and several others. And now I am pleased to add a new name to my "I can't put their book down" list. Evie Asterwyn.
You took a totally unbelievable subject and made it believable! I was hooked from the very first sentence. Your writing style is very smooth and easy to read. I can not wait to read the next book!! WOW! Keep it up girl!! Oh and Evie? Please know that I truly mean what I say. If I didn't love it so much you would have probably gotten something from me along the lines of..... Nice book! But your writing is truly awesome and up there with the best."
As you can imagine, that glowing recommendation totally
made my day! Publishers
A couple of weeks after that, around the 16th of May, I had noticed on Twitter that an indie publishing group were looking for more authors for their listings. I had seen them post a few messages, and had previously looked up their site. However, on this particular day, after humming and hawing for a couple of hours, I finally decided to take the leap. I emailed them a submission, telling them I fit the genre groups they were looking for, and that I was a series writer, and was self-published. I sent them links to my work (which is what they had requested), and hit send. Then I told my mother-in-law (whose house I was at, at the time) what I had done.
Now Mum #2 (as I call her) had been an avid follower of my writing escapades for a while. I had even purchased a large-print paperback copy of my book for her, for Mother's Day. She seemed very pleased that I had taken that step. We celebrated by my taking us out to get some donuts from the local bakery (our favourite treat) and then watching some music videos of her favourite songs.
A busy week later, on Thursday 23 May, I heard back from them - and they wanted me to send them more! Specifically, they wanted to see the first fifteen-thousand words of each of my completed manuscripts. I had mentioned books 1 - 4 of my series to them (namely Extraordinary Parts 1 and 2, and The Secrets We Keep Parts 1 and 2). So, I frantically started working, to get The Secrets We Keep up to the same standard as Extraordinary's first few chapters were.
"Easy," I told myself. "Extraordinary is ready to go" (so I copied and pasted the required words over into fresh documents to send to the publishers). "I'll get The Secrets... ready in no time." Over that weekend, I got The Secrets Part 1 prepared, then started working on Part 2.
In the meantime, Mum #2 had fallen ill, and had been taken back to hospital with a relapse of Pneumonia. This was a standard sort of thing that happened to my poor Mum-in-law, due to complications and ill health that had been plaguing her for the last few years. She would normally go to hospital, get better and then come home, until the next bout hit. Unfortunately, we had bigger things to worry about this time.Grief
My husband had been visiting his Mum in hospital (as he always did when she went in). He saw her on the Friday (his day off) after I heard from the publishers and had advised her that I had been asked to send more work to them. She was absolutely thrilled for me.
On Tuesday 28 May, I attended work as usual. I went into the office in the morning, as Mum was still in the hospital, and I didn't want to be at their house alone in the morning (usually we talked while I worked on my editing, then I'd go to the office for the afternoon to actually do work). That afternoon I did my work as usual.
At 4.20pm, I picked up a phone call to the office. I didn't understand what the person at the other end was telling me, at first. Something about someone going to the hospital and needing picking up, was what I got from it, as I misunderstood the name they gave me. I asked who was calling, and when they mentioned the name of my husband's workplace, it suddenly snapped into place:
"(My husband) has been called into the hospital. It's an emergency. He's taken (workmate's) car. He needs you to go down there, now!"
"He's taken whose car?" I was still confused.
"He's taken (workmate's) car. (Workmate) isn't worried, just you need to get down there. (Husband) was shaking so hard, he couldn't find your number, that's why I'm ringing. You need to go!"
"Oh! Right!" My brain was going a million miles an hour at that point.
After talking for two more minutes about what to do with his workmate's car, I hung up, then bolted to the other end of the office to speak to my boss.
Then I raced to the hospital.
My husband told me he was at the hospital door when he saw me arrive. I parked, and raced inside, not knowing he was just two minutes ahead of me.
After speaking to reception, to find out which ward Mum was in, I shot upstairs in the faulty lift (which took me up a floor, before returning to ground level, then taking me up to level 3 - it's funny thing things you remember!). I headed into the ward and a nurse approached, seeing me probably looking very confused.
"I'm looking for (Husband's mother)"
"And you are?" she asked, looking very solemn.
"I'm (Husbands) wife, her son's wife... I don't know what's going on, I was just told to get here in a hurry."
The look on her face went from solemn, to something resembling emotionless.
"You don't know what's happened?"
"No. I was just told it was an emergency."
She then told me that Mum had been recovering from pneumonia, but had suddenly gone into cardiac arrest. That the doctors had done everything they could for her.
"So, is she okay? Or is she..." I couldn't say it.
The nurse looked me dead in the eye, then said, "I shouldn't be talking about this here..."
We were in a public hallway, but I insisted that she tell me.
"I'm sorry, (Mum) has passed away."
They say that the whole world screeches to a halt, when you receive news like that.
I believe them now.
I swear, I could hear the brakes being applied, for a fraction of a moment which seemed to take forever to pass. The screeching, heartrending sound of the world halting, while your brain struggles to comprehend what you've just been told. What does this mean? How can she be gone? She was doing better, she was getting better, that's what they told me, right? How can she be gone? There has to be a mistake... but no, they wouldn't say it, unless it was true. Oh, god, (husband)! Where is he? Is he okay?
Then, everything started up again, and the nurse led me down to where my husband and his step-father were, in the room where Mum was, but no longer was.
The few days dissolved in a mad rush of funeral planning. Many tears were shed as we recalled the wonderful memories Mum had left us with.
They say that angels don't walk among men. That may be true, but if they did, Mum would be among their number. She taught us all so much about living life to the full, about loving with all of our hearts, and about being brave when everything was falling apart around us. She welcomed me into her family with open arms, and treated me like her daughter-in-law, no, like her daughter, before I'd even married her son, and all through the nearly ten years we have been married.
And now we are coping with the horrendous, hollow emptiness that follows losing someone so wonderful.
Mum's funeral service was beautiful - befitting a lady of her warmth, love and heart. Her children, my brothers-in-law, sister-in-law and husband all spoke of the incredible love, respect and friendship they shared with their mother. I believe she would have been so proud of them all.
It's been a week and half since Mum passed away. But, determined to make her proud, I persevered, and completed editing the first few chapters of The Secrets We Keep Part 2. And exactly two weeks after hearing back from the publishers, I emailed the manuscript excerpts to them - from Mum's living room, where the whole process began.
I have decided, in Mum's memory, to dedicate The Secrets We Keep Part 1 to her. Freebies
This weekend, I have decided to run another freebie promotion of Extraordinary Part 1. So, if you would like to read it (and hopefully leave me a brief review or some feedback) you can purchase it here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/251914
Use the Discount Code* LS33U
at the checkout, and it's price will drop from $2.99 to $0.00.
This promotion runs from 8 June 2013 to 17 June 2013.
Please, download Extraordinary Part 1. Read it, and let me know what you think. Better yet, leave a review, or a comment, on my Smashwords
sale page, or here on my Amazon
sale page (they're the same book, just different outlets, so it doesn't matter where the review is left). I would be very grateful for your time in doing so.
(*Please note that the discount code ONLY works on the Smashwords site - I cannot discount the Amazon page!)
I have loved the 2005 movie, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" for many years. However, it is only recently that I've started to read the book.
Yes, I know! This from a woman whose favourite saying is: "The book is always better!"
All that aside, I am loving the book, as well! The version I have is "The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" which a dear friend passed on to me. This version is a compilation of Douglas Adams' 5 Hitchhiker's Novels, plus an additional mini-novel. They are:
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (hereafter known as "THGG")
"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe"
"Life, the Universe and Everything"
"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"
and the mini novel:
"Young Zaphod Plays It Safe"
Today I started reading the chapter in "THGG" where Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are subjected to Vogon poetry. I have quoted parts of the book here, but pay attention - because the last line made me laugh (given today's internet phrases).
Firstly, so you get an idea of what Arthur & Ford were subjected to:
"Vogon poetry is of course the third worst in the Universe. The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a recitation by their Poet Master Grunthos the Flatulent of his poem "Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit One Midsummer Morning" four of his audience died of internal hemorrhaging, and the President of the Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been "disappointed" by the poem's reception, and was about to embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles when his own major intestine, in a desperate attempt to save life and civilization, leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator, Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England, in the destruction of the planet Earth."
- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
So, Arthur and Ford were discovered hitchhiking aboard a Vogon ship, one of many which had just destroyed Planet Earth. As a punishment they were subjected to a poetry reading by the Vogon ship's captain, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz:
"The prisoners sat in Poetry Appreciation chairs - strapped in. Vogons suffered no illusions as to the regard their works were generally held in. Their early attempts at composition had been part of a bludgeoning insistence that they be accepted as a properly evolved and cultured race, but now the only thing that kept them going was sheer bloody-mindedness.
The sweat stood out cold on Ford Prefect's brow, and slid round the electrodes strapped to his temples. These were attached to a battery of electronic equipment - imagery intensifiers, rhythmic modulators, alliterative residulators and simile dumpers - all designed to heighten the experience of the poem and make sure that not a single nuance of the poet's thought was lost.
Arthur Dent sat and quivered. He had no idea what he was in for, but he knew that he hadn't liked anything that had happened so far and didn't think things were likely to change.
The Vogon began to read - a fetid little passage of his own devising.
"Oh freddled gruntbuggly..." he began. Spasms wracked Ford's body - this was worse than even he'd been prepared for.
"?... thy micturations are to me/ As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee."
"Aaaaaaarggggghhhhhh!" went Ford Prefect, wrenching his head back as lumps of pain thumped through it. He could dimly see beside him Arthur lolling and rolling in his seat. He clenched his teeth.
"Groop I implore thee," continued the merciless Vogon, "my foonting turlingdromes."
His voice was rising to a horrible pitch of impassioned stridency. "And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles,/ Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon, see if I don't!"
"Nnnnnnnnnnyyyyyyyuuuuuuurrrrrrrrggggggghhhhh!" cried Ford Prefect and threw one final spasm as the electronic enhancement of the last line caught him full blast across the temples. He went limp.
- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Do you see what the wonderful Mr Adams did there? "Arthur lolled".
I know that it was not intended as internet speak for Arthur bursting into laughter. However, seeing that, after Ford's reaction to what seems like gibberish (though fairly awful) poetry, just made me LOL! Bonus points for noticing Arthur lolling, earlier on in that segment, too!
So, in response to unintentional internet puns, I award thee, Sir Douglas Adams, 100 internets!
I wonder how much more of that darn Vogon poetry I can take, though.
I know it's totally going to be worth it, once my second book is done.
I keep telling myself that.
But right now, I'd rather throw it out a fifteenth-storey window, than have to face re-reading or editing anything! Which is a shame, really, considering this book is my favourite of the two.
I powered through Part 1, almost like a machine. I edited and re-edited, chopped and changed it. I'd even set it up into 4 different documents - for the original manuscript, the two e-books (Amazon/Smashwords) and the paperback version - prior to my final few read-throughs and edits. Technically, I was updating five different copies (along with the one I had posted here on this site) all at the same time.
Madness, I tell you!
This time around, I decided I am not going to even begin creating the other documents, until I'm sure that the original manuscript is right. The only place I'm posting now is on Wattpad (look me up!) as I complete each chapter. I learned a lot through editing the first book, so this time around I know what I'm looking for, as I edit, so I can change several things at the same time.
I'm even well into the storyline of Part 2. In all honesty, it is the more interesting storyline - more adventure, more romance, more drama and more evil for Cassie to face.
So, all-in-all, this should be easier, right?
But, still, there is that very tempting idea of book meeting window...
Perhaps I need a holiday. A few weeks to do something other than write. The only thing is that, when I leave my writing alone, it calls to me, like some homeless specter who has decided to take up residence inside my head - and my fingers - howling at me to return to the laptop; to continue typing. I feel almost guilty, leaving my laptop anywhere except where I am. I feel like I am abandoning my characters, like children, when I walk away.
I'm pretty much convinced that the madness has claimed me, and that I'll never be able to see a situation unfold, or hear a story, or look at random items, without it all screaming my characters' stories at me. And, strangely enough, most of the time I'm quite happy to be mad!
But today, it's getting to me.
Am I the only one going through this? Or is this a regular kind of madness that writers get involved in? Becoming so tangled up in our characters lives and adventures, that nothing in the real world seems quite as real as our stories?
Am I alone in this?
Comment below and let me know!
I had a very busy weekend, with book promotion and editing, as well as the renovations that I've been working on around home. Evie has been a busy girl!
I also issued a promotional discount code, via Smashwords, for people to be able to download my e-book for free. Unfortunately, unless I'm part of Amazon's exclusive KDP Select, I could not run a free weekend through them. If I were to sign up, I'd have to remove my book from other listing sites. That's not a choice I'm willing to make just yet, so I decided to discount through Smashwords instead (and yes, Smashwords does have a file type which will read on Amazon Kindles!)
My promo code was used a few times to essentially give away my e-book, Extraordinary Part 1. Not as many sold as I would have liked, however, some did sell, so that's always a bonus!
Posting my e-books as a free read on Wattpad has resulted in a few positive comments, which have made my day! I have to admit I'm still sitting in that grey zone where I'm waiting for my first negative comment... It's a bit like waiting for a hammer to fall! However, I am pleased that so far, at least, no-one has hated it enough to say so! And of those who love it, some have left amazing feedback. So, if you like my book (or if you don't!) please do not hesitate to leave me a comment on my many profiles (links are available throughout the site) or here on my Comments Page.
In other news, I am hoping that the rest of my Weebly website will be live this evening. I'm just running a few last minute link checks and, all going well, it should be up and running again!
The Site is now LIVE! :) See you there!
“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
― Eckhart Tolle
Sometimes things need to change. This is one of those times.
I have decided to overhaul the look of my webpage, which means, for the meantime, that the page is unavailable, at least, for browsing through my novels. But what it does mean is a new colour/design scheme, and some awesome new header images, and a new set-up for samples of my novels.
I will be providing, via this site, just sample chapters of my novels, along with links to where the e-books &paperbacks can be purchased, as they become available.
However, do not worry! I have set up Extraordinary Part 1
as a free read via Wattpad. Please do not hesitate to go and have a read. Membership on Wattpad (required so that you can read the books online) is free of charge, and the books are free to read as well. The only payment I ask is that my readers please leave me feedback. Extraordinary Part 2
is currently being posted up on Wattpad, too; however, it is only being posted as I roll through my final edit. This means that the pages will only appear once I'm happy with them. And that will also mean that I can get on and prepare the e-books!My Wattpad pageMeanwhile... In Other News:
I have been busy in the social networking area. I have arranged to have an author page set up for my writing, via Independent Author Network (a.k.a. IAN).
This site utilises a lot of the social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc) and is also a one-stop-shop for all the links that Independent Authors have for their books! My IAN Page
I have also, finally, finalised all my Part 1 books: They can be found (for purchase) at these sites:E-books:Smashwords
(6" x 9" (15.24cm x 22.86cm) 450 pages ) $20.00Large Print
(7" x 10" (17.78cm x 25.4cm) 658 pages) $23.00
And, in the meantime, I have set up discount codes for the Paperbacks and for the Smashwords e-book (which is formatted for reading on Kindle (.mobi), iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and many other e-readers (.epub), PDF format, and many others).
The discount codes will bring the Paperbacks down by $5.00 per book (Standard will be $15, Large Print will be $18.00) and the e-book will drop from $2.99 to $0.99.
However, I will only be releasing the discount codes to those kind people who have provided feedback for me here on site, via Wattpad, or through my other social media sites.
As far as feedback is concerned, I don't mind what you say, as long as it is kept clean, and is constructive (i.e. it helps me write better!) If there is something you don't like, please let me know. If there is something you love, I want to hear about it! Feel free to say what you think. And also, don't feel you have
to read the entire books online. Just leave me feedback about what you have read, and I'll be happy.
I am looking forward to my improved site being opened to the public shortly.
Thank you for bearing with me!
“I'm unpredictable, I never know where I'm going until I get there, I'm so random, I'm always growing, learning, changing, I'm never the same person twice. But one thing you can be sure of about me; is I will always do exactly what I want to do.”
― C. JoyBell C.
... and so have I.
The paperback version of Extraordinary Part 1 is now available to purchase via Createspace
. A large-print copy of the book will also be available shortly.
I have started drafting a book trailer for the book, as I've heard they can generate a lot of interest. I have seen a number of these, and admittedly have found my interest in buying the books advertised is piqued by them. However, any feedback or advice in relation to how these work, and where the best places to post links to them are, would be appreciated. Also any links to pages where I can post links to my ebooks would also be appreciated.
Part 2 is in the process of being re-edited (fine-tuned, in other words!) so that I can get all the ebooks/paperbacks published. I'm sure I'll read and re-read, and edit and re-edit this one a number of times, too. I am hopeful that I have learned a lot from my efforts on Part 1, and that the process should be a lot quicker this time around (and won't require me to read it 60 times!)
I hope that all my readers have a fantastic Easter weekend! Relax and take it easy on your travels! And, if you get a moment to check out my novels, please leave me some feedback! I'd love to hear what you think.
Wow, it has been a while since my last blog entry.
I have been busy doing what I swore I wouldn't - re-checking and re-editing Part 1, hopefully for the last time. Each time I think I'm finished, I see something else to tweak, to change, to shape into something (hopefully) better!
I have today uploaded the latest versions of Part 1 to Amazon and Smashwords. They'll be unavailable for a short time, while the sites update the files and check them over. However, if you have bought a copy, you should be able to log into your Amazon or Smashwords account, and download the latest versions for free.
If you haven't, then what are you waiting for?
I am also finally happy with the paperback version of Extraordinary Part 1. I have just uploaded the file again and am just waiting for the CreateSpace team to send me the digital proof to approve. I am pretty sure that this time, there will be no further changes to make (thank goodness!).
Across all of my digital versions I have updated my cover images to a new cover. You will see it on the Novels page of my site as well, and on the headers for the Part 1 online chapters. The new cover will also be on the paperback version, which should shortly be up for sale. I will shortly be working on a Large Print version of the paperback as well.
Now I have to go through the same process for Part 2, getting the ebooks up and out for sale. Hopefully I'll be able to compress all of my various edits into one read-through, check and change. That should mean it doesn't take 9 months to get my final ebooks and paperback ready to sell.
In the meantime, any feedback would be appreciated. If you've bought, or just read online, the novels, then please let me know what you think. Leave a comment here on site via the handy comment fields found on the Table of Contents pages, or on my Comments/Feedback page. Otherwise, private message me or leave a message on my Facebook Wall, send me a tweet on Twitter, or leave a comment here on the blog.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to 2013.
I have been a very busy girl, travelling up and down the country, visiting friends and family, all while editing the rest of Extraordinary Part 2.
I am very pleased to announce that the complete Extraordinary story is now live on site. I am preparing the e-books for release via Amazon and Smashwords.
I am also considering posting a a discount code for my readers here so that you can purchase the two e-books together for a very good price.
Also, I am very close to having Extraordinary Part 1 available in paperback via Amazon CreateSpace. I will post the link to that once it is ready.
In the meantime, please leave feedback on the site here, letting me know what you think of the story so far. Feedback can be left through my Comments page, or through the comments boxes on each of the Table of Contents pages. You can even leave comments here on the blog!
If you don't want to leave any comments, then please complete the survey set out on the Comments page. However, I am looking for feedback to post up on site! Good, bad or otherwise :)
Also, you can follow me on Twitter and Pinterest (where I have posted some images relating to stuff set out in the story) or join my circle of friends on Google+, keep an eye on me on LinkedIn, or Like my page on Facebook. Links to all of those are up on the top of each page. Just click the appropriate icon, then it will send you to my pages, where you can Like/Follow/Friend to your heart's content.
I'd also love some questions for my Q & A Spot here on my blog, so if you have any questions, whether about my books, my characters, or me personally, then please ask!
I really look forward to hearing from you.
Despite the end of the Mayan calendar - at least this era of it, anyway - I am pleased to announce that yes, I survived the "end of the world" 2012.
I am sitting here, currently listening to a favourite song of mine and looking forward to Christmas. I have been busy over the last few days, posting chapters for Extraordinary Part 2.
As Cassie and the Graysons head to Jennabeth's house in the North Cascades, to prepare for the coming battle, Cassie is facing her visions with determination... if only Alex could be convinced to let her fight! She knows that without her input, there is no positive outcome from this battle. Alex, however is determined to protect Cassie - even if it means he cannot fight.
But we all know Cassie... quietly determined, even if easily frightened. But her love for the Graysons outweighs any fear she may feel. So if she can get in on the battle, she will, without thinking about the consequences she might face.
For those who are only just joining us, I have now added a link at the top of the Table of Contents for Part 2, sending you back to Part 1, so you can read from the beginning.
For those who have been following through the story from the very beginning... thank you! I appreciate your continuing support. I will be posting chapters over the holiday period, hopefully finishing Part 2 and uploading it as an e-book (time permitting, of course!)
Now we are heading well into the Christmas Season, I just want to take a moment to wish my readers a very Merry Christmas and a hopeful and joyful New Year.
Have a wonderful holiday period, be good, and stay safe!
Over the last week-and-a-half I have posted, even by my standard, an unprecedented number of chapters. Over the weekend I posted three chapters in two days and in the days prior to that I was posting a chapter a day.
I guess that my enthusiasm does have a cause... I am very excited about where Part 2 is going.
If you've been following as I've been posting, you will have seen Cassie is going through some major issues, which for the average teenager may not seem as huge as they do to her. However, Cassie is naturally easily frightened and also rather cautious. She worries about those around her and is determined to protect them, no matter the cost. If that means hiding from her mother the true nature of the Grayson Family, the true nature of Cassie's destiny and the secrets that she carries, then Cassie will do that.
But what will Cassie do when she is faced with a member of the Craevyrn army - who also turns out to be her terrifying enemy from her childhood?
Yes, we get to meet Mallory... and discover a side to Cassie that is stronger than Cassie has ever given herself credit for. In Chapter 20 - Cassie's Fight, the tables definitely start to turn. Cassie discovers that she is capable of being the defender, the guardian and the fighter that Alex has been training her to be. But at what cost? Can Cassie live with the decisions that fate forces her to make? Can she deal with the remorse that is soon to follow on the heels of her actions?
In Chapter 21 - The Things We Do For Love, Cassie has to face Alex's anger at her decisions. However, love wins over anger and Alex has to rapidly help her face a new issue - the craving for blood that comes with one of the secrets that she carries. Just how will Alex and Cassie deal with this?
Stay tuned (is that the correct phrase to use?). Cassie has a long way to go and lots of surprises to discover yet...
Oh, and if you're still reading, congratulations. You're now halfway through this book and three-quarters of the way through Cassie's Extraordinary story. It is only going to get more intense from here on in!
In the meantime, please feel free to Like my Facebook Page, or follow my Twitter feed (links at the very very top of the page!) Also, feedback is appreciated, good or bad, so feel free to leave some, either here, or on one of the forms found around the site, or through FB or Twitter! I hope to hear from you!
Also, don't forget that Extraordinary Part 1 is now available as an ebook. To buy a copy, head to "The Novels" page and the links to the sites are listed just below the synopsis for Part 1.