Blurb Reveal: EVO Ghost

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Did you catch yesterday’s cover reveal? Don’t worry if you missed it. I shall share it again…

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Today’s reveal is the blurb. I spent more time on this blurb than any other book I have written. Blurbs are the work of Satan. I mean, we can write a 100k word novel, but a blurb is like pulling teeth. Well, it is for me.

EVO GHOST

This is it, folks. The  big finale. I hope I’ve done Teddie and her story justice. Only time will tell.


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EVO Ghost Cover Reveal

 

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It is time for the cover reveal of EVO Ghost. I can’t believe that I’m at this stage and it is a little daunting. All of a sudden, I have realised how close I am to completing my first series and saying goodbye to characters who have been with me for years. *Sob*

Okay, enough with the sentiment. Let’s crack on with the reveal. First, I shall remind you of the covers for EVO Nation and EVO Shift:

 

Now, for the BIG reveal…

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I feel that this cover completes the trio with a minimalistic image, colours, and font. I am excited to see the whole series together on my book shelf. The next big reveal shall be the blurb for EVO Ghost. Oh my, I’m getting all emotional again.


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Update 13/1/17

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I haven’t posted an EVO Ghost update on my blog in what feels like ages. I have hinted at some struggles on Twitter and in my Muse-ic post, and now, I thought I’d let everyone know how I’m getting on.

Word Count:

After Christmas, I started on EVO Ghost with 24k words written. I hadn’t touched the manuscript for a while because I was focussing on Thrown to The Blue, but going back knowing that I already had 24k words was a motivator. That motivation didn’t last long. I couldn’t move passed a particular point in my story, and for days, I procrastinated. Eventually, I decided to cut 10k words, taking me back to where I knew I was last inspired. I took the narrative in a completely different direction and the words flowed much smoother. I’m now at 27k words and going strong, so that’s 13k written since Christmas. The bonus is that some of the cut stuff will make it into the narrative a bit further down the line.

‘Third Book in the Trilogy’ Syndrome:

Half of my word count issues stemmed from self-doubt. Rather than let my story flow and pay it little heed until the redraft, I stressed myself out with worry over loose ends, tying up character arcs, making the third book epic etc. I dubbed this self-doubt, ‘Third Book in the Trilogy Syndrome’. I know this book has to close the story, and I want to do right by my characters, but dwelling on it wasn’t helping. Getting back to my usual ‘seat of my pants’ drafting style has helped me progress the narrative.

Where I am at now:

I am neck deep in drafting, researching, and note taking. A brilliant idea popped into my head that wouldn’t leave me alone. When I finally wrote it into the narrative, the whole story shifted up a notch, and a huge plot hole filled itself. Phew. I also may have, kinda have, sorta have an ending idea. I say this very gingerly because my ending ideas usually change as the narrative moves along. Teddie will tell me how this ends, but I’m hoping this idea has been sparked by some hidden message in the narrative so far. That happens to me, you know. I only realise why I typed something when that something becomes important further down the story arc. Strange, but amazing, right?

Excerpt:

This excerpt is only small because it is very hard to find interesting paragraphs without spoilers, especially for those who may not have read books one and two.

I push at my temples, scrunching my nose against the tension forming in my head. “You were doing what you thought was best,” I say, more to myself than him. “Still, you should have told me from the first.”

His mouth opens and closes like a fish. “I thought you’d be—”

“A bitch about it. You saved my life. I won’t forget that easily, just don’t keep things from me. I have… trust issues.” I smile and tap at the stapled scar on my scalp.

“Sorry, I’m just used to my family being hard-headed and petulant.”

“Oh, I can be both of those. I just have perspective now.”

How do you overcome self-doubt? Have you written a trilogy, and how did you find the experience?


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#AMWRITING Instagram Promos

I am fully embracing Instagram of late. It is a great way to share promos of published works and current WIPs. I wasn’t a committed Instagrammer before, but that has quickly changed. If you’re not on Instagram- why not? It is worth having another social media platform at your disposal.

Here are my latest #amwriting promos that I have been uploading over the last week. They are snippets of my current WIP, EVO Ghost:

 

If you’re already on Instagram, or looking to join, give me a shout when you are over there. I’m happy to return the follow! KJ Chapman on Instagram.



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It’s Killing Time… Don’t Panic, I’m A Writer!

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Okay, I better explain that title, right? And perhaps the picture… Who am I kidding? It’s pretty self-explanatory.

Yep, even though I was a bitch of an author to some of my characters in EVO Shift, not many died. Not many in comparison to the 15 in EVO Nation. Yep, 15! Some were minor characters, but still- 15! Technically, there is more if you add in the faceless, nameless characters, but let’s not.

Now that I am drafting EVO Ghost, book three, the time has come for me to make the hard choices. Hard because my characters are my babies, and hard because someone needs to die. *Insert evil laugh here*.

Is it wrong that I enjoy a good, poignant death scene? I love fiddling with the narrative to create the perfect boiling pot of emotion. I want my readers to feel the death, whether it’s sadness at the loss of a beloved character, or euphoria as I dish out just desserts. It’s all in the name of writing fun.

On a final note, that meme was not created by me. I actually stumbled across it. Coincidence? I think not!


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EVO Ghost: Writing Playlist

Creating a playlist for the drafting process of each novel is a big thing of mine. Music helps set tone, pace, and emotion to name a few. Sometimes, you only know what you’re thinking, or what you want to write, once you’ve listened to a certain song. Click the links to listen to the playlists for EVO Nation and EVO Shift.

My drafting playlist for EVO Ghost:

Yes, I love Sia!

I need to just add that the opening lines to’Fight Song’ gave me actual goosepimples. ‘Like a small boat in the ocean, sending big waves into motion.’ EVO Nation readers will understand my being in awe of this line considering the start of book one. Such a perfect summary!

There is a story here: 30/30-150 was the song I was listening to when EVO Nation was just a seed of an idea many years ago. I think this song could have set the tone for the whole series. EVO Nation series readers, what do you reckon?