Francis Ford Coppola once opined that:
"...there is a hormone that is injected in the blood of the young writer that makes him hate everything he has just written."
I'm delighted to say that I'm not having that problem with Storms of Tarshish. I have really enjoyed writing this novel. My beta readers have all handed in their copies, and I am busily polishing the manuscript based on their feedback. Reader reaction has been overwhelmingly positive and I can't tell you how much that encourages me. I deeply appreciate all of my readers, and their honest feedback.
So when will it be done? I expect to release Storms of Tarshish before May 31 2017. That's a lot later than I'd previously conjectured, but that was the manic in me, talking. I have learned to give myself a lot of leeway. Doing so has allowed me to add a couple of new characters and sub-plots which deliver more backstory, and enrich the overall tension of the narrative. Now the Trespass Island team will give it another reading and, upon approval, we'll move into final editing and formatting. The novel should come in right about 325 pages.
In the meantime, if you missed it, I have redesigned the cover of Uncle Arctica. Sorry, arachnophobes, Old Hairy is still there, but just not as prominently. Uncle Arctica recently received it's 10th 5-star review!
Okay, so I'm itching to give you a preview. Here's the text from the back cover of Storms of Tarshish:
"Blake contemplated his captor's words: your options will become obvious, once you have done what needs to be done. The options were unthinkable. They were wrapped in a black shroud and loomed at the edge of his imagination like the shadow of death. He imagined the worst--failure; never knowing what would become of Mia or, worse, finding out. knowing or not knowing, I would die, he thought. So, I will die trying. What I do can only haunt me as long as I am alive. As long as Mia is safe, it doesn't matter what happens to me, or anyone else."
It has been a productive winter, and though it is still only February, the signs are pointing to a very early
spring. Here on Trespass Island that means one thing: Storm season is approaching! You'll want to keep an eye on Blake and Mia as they venture into the treacherous waters of the Caribbean.
The Storms of Tarshish promise to be hazardous and exciting!