With Blood Upon the Sand Turned In!

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Hello all you Çeda-philes. I’m happy to report that With Blood Upon the Sand, Book 2 in The Song of the Shattered Sands series, has been turned in! There’s still a lot of work to do, but this is a major milestone. I completed the first draft in January, then took a break while a few beta readers read it, and then got back to work. Over the last month and a half I’ve been plugging away, revising, folding in new changes. Adding in new scenes, collapsing or deleting others.

It’s feeling pretty good at this point. There are a few things that still need work, but I’d like my editors’ thoughts on them before I go any further, so I thought it best to get it in now so we can really start digging into the ms.

The book clocked in at 250k so far, and I suspect it’ll remain right around there. For comparison, Twelve Kings came in at 209k. So this is a fair bit bigger, but I also added in an extra POV. For those who’ve read Twelve Kings, the new POV might be a budding scholar in the collegia. That’s all you’re getting about that for now.

The current plan is to publish in February next year, but that date is still a bit fluid. I’ll be sure to let you know if it changes.

So what now? Well, I’ll continue to tinker with the ms. But there are a few short stories I might like to write in the Shattered Sands world. I’ll ponder those a bit and maybe start writing. But the big thing is going to be A Veil of Spears, Book 3 in the series. I’m eager to get that started, so I may write a few chapters since the ending of WITH BLOOD is so fresh on my mind.

We’ll see how it goes. For now, I’m just relieved to have it in my editors’ hands.

I leave you with a tiny little sneak peek of the new book. Enjoy!

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  1. Alicea

    April 17, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I can’t wait for the next book! I didn’t realize until I had finished the first book that it was book one of a trilogy and the others hadn’t been written yet. I was crushed! Oh, well. A lesson in patience.

  2. Isaac Payne

    April 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I can’t wait to read it! Personally, I think Ramahd is the most complex character in the series.

    • Brad

      April 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thanks, Isaac. Yeah, Ramahd and Meryam both have become more interesting to me than I’d guessed in the beginning.