Saturday, November 7, 2015

Update on The Price of Passion

For those of you patiently or not patiently waiting for an update about book four of The Legacy Series, you will be happy to know that I’m almost in the home stretch of completing the book. However, let me clarify that throwing 70,000 plus words into an MS Word document doesn’t mean my task is finished. After that, I will have a painful process of self-editing before I send it out for professional editing.

During the initial stages of editing, I sometimes embellish with additional text, cut things, and rearrange things. Right now I have a “to-do” list as I near the end of the story. After that, I run it through Grammarly and Autocrit, my two favorite programs and make corrections. There are multiple re-reads and formatting checks to make. Finally, I hire an editor, who can take a month or more to edit and find things that I missed. When returned, it’s correction time. Then finalization of the eBook formatting and eventually off to distribution. Oh, and in between all of the above, I have the cover to think about.

Once the book is out, I’m usually exhausted, depressed, and telling myself this is the last one. Of course, as far as The Legacy Series is concerned, book four will be the last one. I just couldn’t bring myself to write another generation with characters dying off from old age and young men going off to fight in World War I, who never come home. Don’t make me go there, please.

The good news is that very soon I am lowering the price of The Legacy Series box set to $0.99 until January 1, 2016, in the hopes of gaining more readers before the release of The Price of Passion. Feel free to share the 99 cent deal to your friends on social media. I will also be purchasing advertising.

I’m happy that overall the reviews on the box set have been very strong. Readers in the United States and the United Kingdom have given it five-star ratings. Thank you!

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If I don’t touch base with you in the next few months, have a wonderful upcoming Holiday Season.

All my best, Vicki Hopkins

P.S. Remember, if you're bored while waiting, my pen name of Nora Covington currently has threenovellas waiting to be read. Blythe Court is my favorite and received great professional reviews. Check it out! 

"A wonderfully heartbreaking read that serves a powerful lesson on love." 4.5 Crowned Heart of Excellence InD'Tale Magazine (June 2015) 

"Blythe Court by Nora Covington is a thrilling tale of a rakishly handsome marquess and his lovely lady." 5 Stars - Readers' Favorite (June 2015)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Update on Life

Gee, I can't believe the last time I posted here was July 2014!  Where have I been?  Well . . .

Periodically, I have worked on two other books - a contemporary romance and The Price of Passion.  Most importantly, however, I just finished two more novellas under my pen name, Nora Covington - Whitefield Hall and Blythe Court.  Recently, I released a box set of all three that includes Thorncroft Manor.

NEWS! Thorncroft Manor was reviewed and received a 4.5 Crowned Heart of Excellence from InD'Tale Magazine (March 2015) Comments were, "There is but one flaw in this otherwise perfect romance - not enough story!"  Apparently, the reviewer wanted more of Caroline and Bramwell. 

I have discovered that writing novellas is a challenge.  It's a bit difficult to scrunch a story into 30,000 to 40,000 words.  Sometimes they seem rushed to me, too, and I find the tale moving along at lightspeed. However, many authors are finding that there are a growing number of readers who prefer shorter stories due to busy schedules. 

Blythe Court has definitely turned out to be my personal favorite of the three. If you're into handsome men and unrequited love, you'll love the mystery and danger.


Also, The Legacy Series Box Set is on sale starting today for one month through April 15, 2015 for 99 cents!  Such a steal!  I will be doing some advertising to push it along as well.



Stay tuned as I refocus upon The Price of Passion.  About 75% of my readers want book #4, while 25% seem content to end it at The Price of Love.  I'm giving into the majority.  The book is almost half finished, so it's coming along.  Just keep in mind there is always that theme that everything in life carries a price -- even passion.

Cheers,
Vicki