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Another Happy Bookday - REBEL LOST

Once upon a time, I had an idea for a short story. It became “The Darkbeast” — exclusively available as part of the Mindy Klasky Virtual Cocktails starter pack.

That idea grew into a novel — Rebel Flight.  That complete story has a beginning, middle, and end. It’s about a child who rebels against the religion of her society, saving her best friend from certain death.

But publishers don’t like stand-alone novels. They want series. And when Simon & Schuster bought my first darkbeast novel, it bargained for two books in the series.

Which left me in something of a quandary, because I’d never really figured out what happens “the day after” the events in Rebel Flight. I had a vague notion of where Keara would end up in the very long run. And I knew the people (and animals) who would be with her on that journey. But I didn’t know which steps she’d take to get there.

Being a contrary sort of author, I decided to start with the unexpected. In Rebel Flight, Keara and Caw take to the Great Road, traveling far and wide, meeting many different people in many different places. I decided to start Rebel Lost in the exact opposite setting. I wanted Keara and Caw closed in. I wanted them confined. I wanted their options restricted.

And I started writing in winter, so I knew they’d be cold.

You can read the first chapter for free here. And the entire book is now available for sale:

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Do you like series books, or do you prefer stand-alones? If you like series, why do they appeal to you?


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Mar. 28th, 2017 04:56 pm (UTC)

(Damn, this inline comment thing is great but it keeps publishing before I'm ready!)

I actually like both stand alones and series. I like stand alones because I mostly read thrillers and it's kind of nice to know that my protagonist does not have to live in the end. Gives it an edge.

I like series because I know exactly what I'm going to give, writer/protagonist/character wise. (And the chances of it being a great read are way high.) AND I know the protagonist (and other major ongoing characters) are NOT going to die.

I'm such a fickle reader.
Mar. 29th, 2017 12:53 am (UTC)
I have always loved these books. I still think they are some of your best writing. Everyone should buy them. Just sayin'.
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