Hearts on Fire coming soon

Well, I guess that’ll teach me to make promises. Two months ago, on February 7, a reader asked me when I planned to publish the third installment of the Crossfire Trilogy. I had just finished the manuscript, and replied very confidently that I’ll release Hearts on Fire in 6 to 8 weeks. After all, I just had to do the edits, right? Wrong. I had miscalculated, forgetting that Hearts on Fire at 96 000 words was almost double the length of Crossfire or Fire & Ice, which had each taken me two months to edit. And double the length means double the editing time.

I did my best, working seven days a week, in the process cutting nearly 7000 words from the manuscript while tightening up my language. Don’t worry, I didn’t cut any scenes, just silly words like eventually, finally, really and other words that slow down the speed of the story. Believe me, when I edit it’s more like an interrogation of the manuscript, and it’s brutal.

The good news is that I almost made it. And if April 7 had not fallen right in the middle of the Easter weekend and left me with a very busy household, I would have made it. Yesterday I still thought I had a chance, if I used Los Angeles time instead of South African time, but an hour ago, I realized the game was up.

To give you an update of my progress, the edits are finished. What I normally do once the edits are finished is to convert my word file to a kindle file, load it on my kindle, and give it a final read through as a reader, not a writer. I have the uncanny ability to read a piece of my work as if I had not written it, so this final read through is very important. I always think of a book as a symphony, and when I read it for the last time, I’m listening to my book’s music, and listening for clangers. Yes, I just made up that word. But what I mean by that is anything that jars, anything that pulls you out of the story, like this. CLANG. It could mean a missing word, or an extra word, or a missing punctuation mark, anything like that.

That’s what I’m busy with now, but with the amount of interruptions I’m getting, I’ve had to put it aside. I’ve realized there is no point in trying to rush it, because I would hate to put out a product that isn’t as perfect as I can make it.

So I’m in the homestretch, and will announce it here the moment Hearts on Fire is available.

I want to say Tuesday but I don’t want to make any promises. Shh.

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Posted on April 7, 2012, in Books and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Hi Niki,
    I am addicted to “Crossfire” cannot wait for the 3rd book to be out. Can’t wait for my kids to be back at school from break so I can read a fantastic book!!
    Happy Easter,
    Lara

    • Hi Lara, I also can’t wait for my household to return to normal. Silence is golden and is just what I need. Here in SA the schools are starting on Tuesday, so only a few more days to go. Have a wonderful Easter, and I hope you’ll be able to enjoy Hearts on Fire soon.

  2. Hi from Melbourne Australia. Just read your first two books ( in the one day!) – Easter was so NOT busy for me! Loving my iPad, loving smashwords and loving the Crossfire series. Hurry up with the final edit – I don’t want to have to get of the couch!!
    Cheers, Caz

    • Hi Caz, thank heavens Easter is over, and I have a quiet house again. I’m excited that you’re enjoying the series, and am doing my utmost to hurry that final edit along. Cheers from SA

  3. Found Crossfire on iBooks last night and started reading it this morning. Immediately had to purchase Fire & Ice, which was just as satisfying. Sigh…can’t wait to grab Hearts on Fire – something tells me it’ll be a doozy!

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