Thursday, November 09, 2006


Embraced by Darkness is finished!! To say I'm happy dancing would be the understatement of the year, because for a while there, I just didn't think those two little magic words--the end--were ever going to hit the page.

I actually had a brilliant writing day yesterday--and all because I was stuck at our old house. We're getting the grotty old carpets replaced with a mix of new carpet and laminate flooring, and I had to be there to open and lock up. So, armed with my trusty laptop, a comfy camp chair and the kettle to make a cuppa tea (most important--the thinking process can survive without many things, but never without tea), I actually just sat there and wrote all day. With no distractions in the form of email, internet, or dogs wanting to be walked, I managed the 8 pages to finish off Embraced by Darkness, and then started a whole new story--and wrote 9 pages of that! :D The new one is going to be a short based on Riley's world and characters, and is set somewhere between the third and fourth books. But it's told from Quinn's pov. It's been a really interesting exercise to write from his pov, keeping within the boundries of his character as we know it from the books, but trying to bring more of him to life. I'm actually not sure if this story will go anywhere or just fizzle out and die, but at this point, I'm enjoying writing it. And it's interesting to write Riley from someone elses pov.

Anyway, Embraced ended up being 414 pages long, which is a little shorter than most of the other books. But I'm hoping that with edits (which I have to do next week) I'll add a few more pages. I think the lowest page count for any of my books so far was 428, and I'd at least like to hit that. The printing process reduces the apparent size of a book anyway, and I'd hate for readers to think I was short-changing them--even if by only a few pages.


Blogger Mel said...

Yippeee!!! Congrats Ms K.

Now you can have a guilt free weekend : )

7:51 AM, November 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm. In Word, STRAY is 431, and ROGUE is 453. My current WIP (2 chapters left) is 396 so far, and I expect it to grow by about 20 pages before it's done.

Is there any way to tell how long it will be once it's printed?

9:35 AM, November 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and congrats on finishing the book!

9:35 AM, November 09, 2006  
Blogger Y said...

CONGRATS, Keri! That's excellent! :)

9:52 AM, November 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on finishing your novel.

3:23 AM, November 12, 2006  
Blogger Christina Marie said...

Congratulations on finishing EMBRACED BY DARKNESS!!! It gives me motivation to finish my own current work-in-progress.

And, having read FULL MOON RISING and KISSING SIN, I'm anxious and eager to read the rest. You definitely have me wanting to come back for more!

5:06 PM, November 14, 2006  
Blogger Kez said...

Thanks for the congrats, everyone! :)

Rachel, I'm not sure there's anyway of telling just how long a book will be on printing--different publishers have different ways of typesetting. But FMR was 463 pages long by my count, 291 pages on the hardcover and 372 on the paperback. Kissing Sin was my shortest page count wise (418 pages) and it's 355 pages on the paperback. Not sure if any of that is any help, though.

7:24 AM, November 15, 2006  

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