Prequels, Sequels and Problems

 

U10: 10 or fewer attempts at chapters, prologues, or scene tests
10: 10 to 20 attempts
O20: 20 or more attempts
00: All drafts have been thrown out, corrupted, or are have an unknown status

Title: Sevens (House Osborn 1.5) [U10]
Protagonist: Ophelia–this is an “alongside” story that happened during Ophelia.
Cover Ideas: it’s a virus story, so I have to avoid the usual hazard symbols that appear on such covers. Other than that, I don’t know.
Problem: finding the right place to start the story is a pain in the ass. I had more build-up than excitement.
Notes: I got a quarter of the way through this spring before starting over. (I blame it on reading Cold Spectrum and realizing that Sevens could be a whole hell of a lot better. Curse you, beloved author and possible distant cousin! *shakes fist laughingly*)
Verdict: probably alive, but I don’t know how long it will take to get back to it.


Title: The Blessing Way (Temple of the Wind II) [00]
Protagonist: Mariamne/Andraste, Krystállina’s reincarnated form
Cover ideas: none
Problem: as if sexual assault in all of my books wasn’t bad enough, this one really crosses the “Marquis de Sade Line”. (And if there isn’t one, I just invented it.)
Notes: I may have deleted this in an attempt to get rid of or otherwise give up on it, because I know I had a copy on my computer not long ago. The last version had potential priestess candidates gathering in an arena with the high priestess (or chief shrine maiden) of each temple/shrine summoning them individually.
Verdict: pretty dead–I’m not sure I’m even going to reboot Broken Road after all.


Title: The Devil’s Bride (The Priestess I) [O20]
Protagonist: Claudia Procula, wife of Pontius Pilatus
Cover ideas: My cover designer will buy this photo, assuming it’s still around by then
Problem: BBS (bad beginning syndrome)–I haven’t found a start that I like, and I’m loathe to write out of order
Notes: [deleted]
Verdict: as of 30 July 2018, having a ghostwriter seems like a good idea

 

Title: Maggie Have I Known (The Priestess IV) [U10]
Protagonist: Mary of Magdala, disciple of the late Yeshua bar Miriam and acquaintance of Julia
Cover ideas: I had a stock image to use for the special edition omnibus (the same image on the cover of the copy I sent to Grey-Eyed Monster), but I can’t find it. Shutterstock (or wherever I got it) probably doesn’t have it anymore–and even if they did, I’d have to rebuy it, because my rights have expired Found it–it’s on my HD. I have a different stock in mind to replace it on the omnibus
Problem: not sure it’s entirely necessary to tell what happened to Julia after Exilium; I want to get The Devil’s Bride written first
Notes: I’ve barely done anything with this concept. If I’ve forgotten some, it’s because the documents were deleted at some point
Verdict: uncertain