Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Reading Update and Starting Over

It’s never a good feeling to start over. At least, not for me.

I realized I messed up something in Ghostly Protector when the ending was happening too soon and I hadn’t even really gotten started on the romance! Luckily my friends gave me some suggestions, but it still comes down to starting over. It’s not like I haven’t done that before. In fact, that’s what I did with the last ghost book, Ghostly Interlude.

Oh hell. Am I doomed to do that with all the books in this series? Gosh, I hope not!! Not fun. Not fun at all!

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #48

Dates read: October 30-November 12
Title: Demons Will Be Demons
Year of publication: 2018
Author: AE Jones
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series:  The Realm Book 1
# of Pages: 223
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: When hotel inspector, Tallulah Thompson, is called in along with her pug, Franny, to investigate renovation delays, she meets an extremely annoyed and dapper turn-of-the-century innkeeper. The only problem is he’s in limbo, neither dead nor alive, and Tallulah and the pug are the first to see him in a hundred years. Cursed by a medicine woman, “Love ‘em and Leave ‘em Lucius” Stewart is stuck between worlds until he finds his true love and gives her his heart. When he first sees Tallulah, he doesn’t know what he’s feeling. Yet, her stunning beauty, and feisty attitude pull him in. With the fate of Hotel LaBelle on the line, Tallulah with the help of a powerful medicine woman turns Lucius back into a flesh and blood man. She and Lucius team up to save the hotel, but Tallulah can't help but wonder if he will ever let go of his past love and learn to love again. Misha Sokolov is one frustrated demon. While his professional life with the Bureau of Supernatural Relations is rewarding, his personal life is woefully lacking. His teammates Kyle and Jean Luc have found their mates (with his help, he might add). Was it too much to ask for his happy ever after?
    When Misha finally meets an amazing demon female who could be THE ONE, Fate conspires against him. With the escalating tensions between the earth and realm demons, and his newest case involving supernatural seven-year-old twins, he’s too busy for romance.
    Callie, a human female, can’t seem to convince her half-demon sons that using their powers in front of humans is a bad thing. The more time Misha spends with her, the more he realizes she’s keeping secrets. When these secrets jeopardize both her and her sons, Misha will stop at nothing to keep them safe.. Because instead of conspiring against him, Fate may have put a spunky, green-eyed woman and her incorrigible sons in his path for a reason.
My thoughts: This was cute and I enjoyed reading it. It’s a spinoff of another one of her series, but I wasn’t confused or anything, so a nice way to become introduced to this author. Although I purchased this series from the author when I met her a couple of months ago, I’m really glad I liked her writing and will have no problems reading the other two next.

So … when you discover you’ve messed up, are you gung ho in fixing it or do you get depressed looking at all the work laying ahead? I wish I was gung ho, but I will fix my story. After I’ve had time to sulk about it. The snow on the ground ain’t helping my mood any, either.

Happy Reading!



Maria Zannini said...

That happened to me on one novel. To me, the story didn't come full circle (as I like to call it). I loved the characters but it was missing something.

It took me nearly a year and a live writing class I was taking at that time to find the big picture. When it published I was very happy with it.

In the meantime I worked on other projects, keeping my trouble novel on the back burner.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - I'm trying to write faster, not slower, so I will face this battle head on (both the book and my funk). I'll just keep telling myself that I'm making it better. Because I am. :)

Jennette Marie Powell said...

I find it most discouraging when I know there's a problem, but don't know how to fix it. Once I figure out what needs to be done, I'm usually excited to get to work on it because it's making the book what I want it to be, rather than what it's become. The current WIP is completely meandering, and the romance hasn't even gotten going. So yep, I can relate to what you're dealing with! I have at least part of it figured out, so that's the good part.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - At least I kind of figured out what I did wrong, and my writer friends confirmed it. But now I have to come up with a different conflict. Ugh!!!

The Happy Whisk said...

I tend to jump in and just fix it to the best that I can, if possible. I don't spend too much time feeling bad because that time is for me, better spend with a do-over.

Sorry the snow is bumming you out!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - Not snowing today, so all's good! And yeah, I get what you're saying, I'm learning as I'm going. I just don't like it happening so far into the story!!! :D

The Happy Whisk said...

I get that, Stacy! Makes sense.