Proposed front cover for The Healing.
New book - The Healing
It started in mid-November 2017. I had a run of 'nothing getting done' after completing my editing course, then suddenly I had the urge to write. I would have liked to continue with the third book in my Merlin's School series but it was not the place I wanted to go. It was to The Healing ... a book I has started some time back ... that I went.
I got the idea for a trilogy of books about love - not in the sense of romance, with impossibly beautiful women and powerful, buff men, who are usually pretty arrogant with it. I wanted to try another angle ... something that could be inheritantly pure. So I came up with the idea of The Healing and two other books.
The Healing seems to be coming easily so I'm enjoying the project. I decided to construct this page for people who would like to follow the book's progress. I will warn you though ... I'm a slow writer - I'm like a tortoise - but I get there in the end.
A mass of words
Some time in February I hit the 30,000 word mark. For me this is a record. As I have said before ... I am usually very slow, so to say I'm pleased is an understatement.
A call out for betas
On Sunday 18th March I put out a call on Facebook for beta readers. Sadly it went unnoticed. Monday I tried again and got a great response. I now have a beta team of thirteen readers. This might mean back luck in some people's eyes but in mine, it is fabulous ... it's the number of change.
The most exciting thing about all of this is, it's the first time I have worked with beta readers. I have been traditionally published in the past and had no need for them. New experiences ahead.
I have written 35,000 words approximately, first draft only, so it's far from finished. Are there any volunteers out there who would like to read this and give me some honest feedback. I will need responses and returns asap and those who follow through will get the end of the book to do same and a mention in the acknowledgements. Please PM with your email details. Thank you.
The story is about love but not romance.
It's about faith but not about religion.
It's medieval but not historical.
It's fantasy but could be real.
A young foundling, maid to Lady Betts is brutally raped by Pharyn, lord of Feather Stone Castle. The girl cannot exact her revenge without laying her own life on the line, so instead she runs away. Will a long-suppressed secret bring her back?
First feedback ... Christine Baker is looking forward to reading the end of the book (which I now have to go away and write). She happily devoured the book in two sittings.
Dawn Millen (author) is happy to follow through to the end, which is great.
Karen Tants offered some great feedback, encouraging me to continue.
Mellisa Jane was another eager reader.
Millicent Stand (Mel Sacco) is reading when she can, but is excited to continue.