Monday, July 28, 2014

Release countdown: 3 days

Quote directly from Thicker Than Blood
In only three days Alaire will be returning to narrate his story, and along with him we can expect new and familiar faces.
This has been a crazy and busy week for me. Release day is literally right around the corner, and I am still preparing for the big day. I'll be sending out an email today to everyone who participated in the cover reveal and said they wanted to be a part of the release party. If you haven't already make sure you sign up to join in on the release party. I want you to be a part of this too!
I have started working on the custom bookmarks for Thicker Than Blood, though I might not order them for a while. Nonetheless, I do intend to order them soon to add to my collection.
Now that the book is ready and I am preparing it for publication it's a strange feeling. I remember worrying I would never finish this book. I had several obstacles, most of which related to writer's block. Alaire was not necessarily a difficult character to work with, but his story did require a lot of back tracking. Each book ties in with the last, and thus more often I've found myself going back and double-checking facts and so forth.
For the first time ever in this book I am revealing the next installment to the series. At the end of the book you'll see "next in the series," in which I reveal the title for the fourth book. I will also be revealing the title and a few more details later on the blog once TTB releases. For now I don't want to take away Alaire's spotlight, but I hope it's exciting for when readers reach the end.
In the meantime let's focus back on the story. I thought a fun and different idea to share for the countdown would be some fun facts about TTB in general.
Favorite new character: Rostland -while he's not exactly "new" I was glad to spend more time working with Rostland this time around. In Shadows and Embers we mostly experienced how Leal felt toward him, but this time around matters have changed. We see both Alaire and Leal's new feelings about him, and we also learn more about his immortality.
Total chapters: 31 -if memory serves me correctly, I believe Shadows and Embers had a few more chapters. Even so, I think TTB originally only had 28 chapters and it increased over time during revisions and so forth.
Favorite chapter: 13 -this is one of my favorite chapters in the book because I spent a lot of time on it. I added a lot of material to it, and it held some parallel with a few scenes in the previous books. I won't go into great detail about it, since I don't want to ruin the surprise for anyone yet.
Least favorite chapter: 1 -surprisingly, this was a difficult chapter because I jumped into the story exactly where it left off at the end of Shadows and Embers. Not only did the narration change, but Alaire's view and feelings about the events in this chapter were much different than Leal's.

So what are you most excited about? Do you think we ever knew Alaire, or was he an entirely different man before meeting Celestria? In three days we'll soon find out. In the meantime stay up to date with events through Facebook and checking in daily on the blog. Don't forget the countdown timer is running on the sidebar.
Lindsey R. Sablowski


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