The Final Reading

So, I know I promised I would tell you my super exciting news. But not yet… The time has not yet come.

But there are other really exciting things going on!

The release for third book in The Tethering Series, The Dragon Unbound, is imminent. And while waiting for the release, I’ve been busy working on the fourth and final book in the series, currently titled The Blood Heir. The first draft is done, the first revisions finished, it’s gone to the constant Beta reader, and now it’s time for my favorite part of edits. The bit where I make my husband read the whole book aloud to me.

I know. I have the most tolerant husband in the world.

And I don’t just love read-aloud because I get to sit near my husband and listen to his wonderful actor voice say all the words I wrote. As a person who has spent her whole life on stage, having the words read aloud makes the story come alive. It gives me a better sense of the rhythm of the story and the speech patterns of the characters. Helps me track tiny details and sense the pace of the story.

But this is the last first read-aloud in The Tethering Series. We did the first read-aloud nearly four years ago. It’s the end of an era, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. But no matter what I want, it’s time to let Jacob and Emilia go.

And I do have other series to work on. Other characters to torture and love. Other worlds to build and polish.

But Jacob and Emilia were my first, and like first loves, they will always hold a special place in my heart.

I have umpteen rounds of editing before The Blood Heir will be published, so it’s far from a final goodbye. But I can feel it coming.

The end is nigh.

And so begins the long goodbye.

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