Wednesday and Thursday last week, I re-read Topaz Heat — book 3 of the Jewel Trilogy. I’d finished the rough draft of it several weeks ago and just tabled it, because I felt like “something” was missing – I just couldn’t really get a grasp on what that “something” was.
So, I made a .pdf of it, emailed it to my reader, and just read. I did that so that I wouldn’t have the ability to get caught up line-editing, thereby losing the flow of the story. I kept a notebook close by and made notes of major changes, inconsistencies, or thoughts as I wrote.
What I found out was that it’s a terrific story. Whatever I thought was missing when I wrote it didn’t stand out to me when I read it.
I even cried at the end. Silly to be emotionally caught up in a story I crafted, but it happened.
I have a few pages of notebook thoughts to incorporate, then the book will be officially done — ready to be edited and added to the Jewel lineup. This is the final step we need to complete and then we will be ready to announce release dates for all three books!
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