I was lucky enough to have the wonderful C. E. Clayton read and review Snow, and you can find her review below!
C. E. Clayton
I Highly suggest you give her series, The Monster of Selkirk, a read! Clayton is a masterful story-teller, having created a wonderful world with vibrant characters to fall in love with. I certainly have, and am awaiting the release of the remaining books to the series.
In other news, I’ve been working on the outline for the final book of the Black Ice Trilogy, Hail. Fleshing out the structure for a book has always been an interesting experience for me, and after some research I found some guidelines that greatly helped me to find the proper way to work out the bones. Putting the meat on said bones is the fun part, the infuriating and frustrating piece that can occur at break-neck speeds, or suddenly halt and tease as a snail in a sprinting race. What I am working on is how I want the series to end. For my first novel of this trilogy, I did not have an outline. I found with Blizzard it was useful just to write it out, but I did not really reference back. Once I had it written out it was set in stone in my mind. This, I am finding, seems to be my path in move forward!
I’ve made a change…and I feel good about it. I made the 3rd book in the Black Ice Trilogy title change to Hail, from Frost Bite. Seems I’ve reached my limit of ability to edit Blizzard at this point, as I have been burning my candle at both ends. Taking care of my son-he got a concussion just this past Monday and has had to be home, working from home in between, working on Blizzard, and I have a certification test I have next Wednesday that I still need to study like crazy for has been a bit much. Even for me.
As of just now, Blizzard has been submitted to my editor! So begins the next phase, and there will be two months of time for me to find a cartography program to create a map, and find the best tool for a timeline to be created! Open to suggestions here.
*As said before…I don’t own that image. I just love it.
Excitement is the key word of the day, today! I’ve received feedback from my core Beta Reader’s, and it has all been overwhelmingly positive! This has to be one of the best feelings as a writer, I think. Aside from making huge sales and getting a movie deal :D! Hahahaha Seriously, it wouldn’t hurt ;). Silliness aside, I’m doing one final pass through on my end this weekend before it gets submitted to my editor. It’s crazy to think how soon everything will be falling into place! Also, the book cover has been “finalized”, so I’m excited to share that here shortly.
Moving ahead…I already have plans on writing the second book, how it should start out. I’m eager to get to that, but really need to finish working Blizzard xD! And…reconsidering the title for the final book. It might need to be Frost Bitten as my sister previously suggested. We shall see, I think I will set up a poll for it!
I woke up Sunday morning with an idea for something additional to write that would not necessarily be part of the current trilogy, but act as a type of guide. The problem is, I cannot write about the details of it here, even though I want to, because Blizzard has not been released! It stems from Blizzard and would, I believe, be a fun little side bit for readers to enjoy. It made me so happy just to think about it! I can still work on it, and it will tie in with all three books in the end. However, it will not be a full-blown book. Hmm…considerations must be made, and it’s exciting to consider.
Truthfully, I never expected this to be the first books I published, let alone self-published. It takes me back a bit to know this was not how I planned to start out my (prospective) writing career! The first series I ever penned/typed was an epic fantasy novel that, even then, I recognized needed an overhaul. When I read Snow, even, there are things I wished I had done differently before receiving any feedback from the reader’s who now love, or dislike/hate, Snow. Blizzard is a major improvement, but when I think back to that first novel I wrote and completed my heart swells. I wrote the first, then began the second, and decided the second would be the first and I would do a major re-write of the first. That story found its own path in a slightly different method. That’s not entirely how I feel about Snow, only that there are things I would adjust now. I wouldn’t hold back as much as I did on points I wanted to expand upon, and Snow itself would probably grow about 30K words with the information and details I would include. That’s what experience brings. The knowledge of things that would be done differently. I know I could make changes to Snow, even now. That’s the beauty of self-publishing, to take it down and revamp (heh heh) the work to redistribute…but there’s a part of me that wants to retain the originality of what I produced. Granted my original will remain on my bookshelf (currently on my desk…next to my laptop as I continually edit Blizzard), it just feels like something sacred I should not mess with. Perhaps I’m being too sentimental too soon? That’s a question that’s haunting me at the moment…
How did I do it the first time? Not very well, I fear. This time around, with Blizzard, I cannot help but thank God for the people who have been involved as my Beta Reader’s! Such saving grace I receive from their help and participation. I will finish up all edits for Part I of Blizzard, and I already have feedback from one of my Beta Reader’s which I will go through as well. Otherwise, I am waiting to receive the final feedback from Part II of two of the reader’s. The feedback (minus comments-two have read it already, one remains :)!) has already been incredibly positive. A rising tide to meet the ending with the third book, which I plan to begin working on once Blizzard goes to my editor on the 12th of February!
Trying to get these all churned out and available to reader’s in a most efficient manner, while providing quality story/books!
Oh! Oh sweet, sweet relief! I have completed writing Blizzard! Yet, now, this means editing must begin. The second half of my book is in my Beta Reader’s brilliant hands and I’m waiting for word back from my cover designer-God bless her I put in a major change request to my cover she had been working so hard on :S.
I will begin applying edits to the first half starting tonight, should hopefully only take me a few short days to cover what’s been given. The book goes to my editor on February 12th! So exciting! It’s not expected to be published by mid-May. I know that’s some time away now, but it will give an opportunity for refinement and perfection!
The Goodreads Giveaway has ended, the winner’s are selected, and the books will be ordered and sent for delivery by the end of today! It was exciting to witness how many people entered this time around. On the first giveaway, back in August, just under 1600 people entered in the course of the month-long giveaway stretch. This time, over the course of 2 weeks, 1,970 entered to win! An additional 522 people added the book to their bookshelves as “Want to Read,” on top of the original 643 that had first added it to their shelves over the last 7 months!!!
I’m so excited, and hope this is a sign of steam slowly, but surely, picking up on interest in Snow and the Black Ice Trilogy! Now…people just need to buy Snow for $.99 on Kindle, $8.83 on Paperback, or get for FREE on their Kindle Unlimited account (and/or share)!
In even Better news (to me :D!) I got the first round to review for the Book Design for Blizzard, and Oh-My-Goodness!!! I cannot wait to share with everyone <3_<3! It’s simply gorgeous, with just three modifications I have requested. Fiona Jayde is AH-MAZING! For those who don’t know that I simply Love her work -^_^-.
**As per usual…I do not own this image! But come on <3!
I’m exhausted, but excited. I have gone over 100K words in Blizzard, and have only two to three chapters remaining before its completion. I’ve been sick, thanks to my gremlin, and struggled to get better. While days late now on my goal for completion, I am feeling more confident in what I have written. I always find that my story evolves the closer I get to the ending, and though these changes were all considerations for how things could/should go, it has built the grounds for greater possibilities at the end and for the final book in the trilogy. A swirling vortex of options, too much fun!
Still, I’m ready to end this. I just find some struggle with finding the right words, the proper way to express my thoughts as it continues. It has its own life, and it deserves all the respect I can possibly provide. For now, it’s nearly midnight, and I do have work in the morning.
Here I am, working away on completing Blizzard, and I was also able to finalize the blurb you can read on its cover once in print ;)!
Follow the link here: https://mikaylaelliot.com/home/black-ice-trilogy/blizzard/
I have finally made it, I’ve reached coming to the conclusion of Blizzard! I’m so excited, I have reached the part that I have long sought to express and detail. Presently, I’m at just under 98K words, but I must sleep. I had to stop, I have work in the morning that requires I be prepared. That part of my life requires a hefty workload in the wake of recent changes, and I always aim to do whatever I can to assist and support.
Today was spent writing, knocking out nearly 10K words-a little over 9K is what I managed, and I cannot feel anymore proud of myself than I do in this moment. Well…aside from when I complete the book and my lovely Beta Reader’s get their ingenious hands on it -^_^-! By tomorrow night, I will say possibly latest being Saturday afternoon, Blizzard will be complete. I’m so excited for all that is to be discovered!