I have roughly three chapters left to go in Exploration before the story itself is complete, after which I’ll begin the proofing and editing process, which generally takes about a week. I’m going to have a test reader read the book this time around as well when I’m done proofing it just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
Exploration isn’t just the title of the third book. I chose it for a specific reason, because the third book is really very much about exploration, but not just in the traditional sense. It’s about the characters exploring themselves as people, exploring the depths of their relationships, exploring the limits of their morality and what they’re willing to do for the ones they love. This is all in addition to spending a lot more time in the blue fin dimension and learning about their new friends and how they live. There’s really a lot of ground covered in this book, and once again you’ll get to see the characters grow as people.
Jeremy, Mike, Jenny and Laurie make a return in this book as well. Their desire to join the team is stronger than ever, and Derek and Jarrod come up with some ways to help them along with that ambition. At some point in the future, I may actually do a book that focuses on them and their experiences after they do finally join up, but I’m not sure yet. I’ve read series before where they took the focus off of the main characters for one book, and while it was ok, the whole time you just sit there missing the main characters, and for some people it may become the bastard book they’ll skip over as they work their way through the rest of the series, so I’m not sure about that yet. What I might end up doing is giving them a few chapters in one book to cover a mission they’re sent on rather than giving them a whole book to themselves. I think that might work out better in the end.
What else will you find in this third book? You’ll have to read it to find out, but I can promise you one hell of a ride with some great humor as well as some tear jerking moments.
Right now I’m on schedule for a January release. I’m thinking by the end of the first week of January, or just after that, I’ll be able to release it, so now would be a great time to buy the first two if you haven’t read them yet. This is a series, so you do need to read the books in order to be able to follow everything.
Anyway, I’m really excited about this one and looking forward to getting it out there. I’m not sure when I’ll start work on the fourth book. I’ve written the first three literally in less than two months, so I need to spend some time actually promoting the series and getting it out there before I start work on the next one. I’ve been putting that off until I had the third book out there, but once it’s out, that’ll be the time to really hit the promotional stuff.
Anyway, I have a bit more to go in chapter 13 before I finish up for the night. I just finished writing a hilariously disgusting scene that even had me laughing while I was writing it. 🙂