I missed what would have been the deadline for Episode 11. There’s a reason for that, though. I decided to break format and release this Season Compilation as a single book only. I polled some readers and the overwhelming response was that they preferred this format.
It worked better for me, as well. From a management standpoint, I’d have to do six times the amount of work with formatting, covers, and so forth to release the five individual episodes plus the season compilation.
The other deciding factor was that the point I wanted to end Episode 11 at came after nearly 150 pages. That would have been a tough precedent to set for a thriller in this day and age. In addition to that, this one flows much more like a traditional novel than the episodic formula of the previous editions of Noble Intentions. So, while the book will still be broken up into five equal episodic parts, you’ll get it all at once.
The first three drafts of Season Three are complete and the manuscript is with my editor. She’s fairly quick and already has 75% of it back to me. I’ll should be working on edits this coming week and maybe the following depending on how well I did my job. After that I have a review process I follow using a tablet with a digitizer screen and a digital pen. A few more changes will be made at that point, then it’s off for proofreading.
My goal is May 23rd. Lots to do and little time to do it in!
I’m approximately two-thirds through Noble Intentions Season Three. Most of what is written has already been revised and sent off to editing. So all in all, things have been moving along well and my pace is picking up. It usually happens that way. As I near the end, my fingers have trouble keeping up with the story taking place in my brain.
I finished up the outline a few days ago and felt good knowing that I had the story locked up, for the most part. I’ve known all along the general direction it was heading, but some of the “guts” of the story have been missing. So visualizing those remaining pieces is a big help to my typing speed. There usually end up being a few changes… a scene doesn’t go the way you expect it to, a character does something a bit different than planned. Those are easy to account for.
So two days ago I was feeling good.
Then two things happened.
First, I reviewed my outline and realized that there was something pretty major to the story missing. Now, I know that occasionally I spin up a thread and leave it hanging. In some cases, this is intentional and I have plans to get to it in a later release. Occasionally it is accidental and someone in passing catches more interest than I expected.
But this, well, you would have been upset if I left this one. This character needs resolution.
So I go back to the outline and end up with another seven or eight scenes. Not bad. A could days of writing for me. A little extra reading for you.
The second thing….
She took me by surprise at first. I never expected to see her. She had yet to show up and I figured that maybe my books weren’t good enough for her to take part in.
You see, there is a woman that appears in several of the books I’ve read. She’s never the same character, and she acts her roles according to the wishes of the author and reader, not her own demands. Most notably, she’s appeared as Rachel Walling, the FBI special agent in several of Michael Connolly’s novels. I’ve seen her elsewhere, too.
Never in one of my books, though.
She came out of nowhere. There wasn’t a note for this character to appear. When I first visualized this part of the scene, it was going to be a male agent who was to harass Jack for being at a crime scene. But the voice that called out for Jack turned out to be female. And when Jack turned around, it was her.
The hair, the eyes, the smile… all her.
I found myself faced with a dilemma. At first, I decided to ignore the sighting and continue with the scene as planned. But dammit, she started to charm me with her witty responses and that smile she flashed. And I swear she blocked my pinky finger from reaching for the delete key.
So this mystery woman who has appeared to me in several books I’ve read has finally managed to seduce her way into Noble Intentions Season Three. I mean, I couldn’t possibly have turned her away. But I’m not quite sure what she’s doing here.
Isn’t Jack’s life complicated enough?
The latest Jack Noble novel, A Deadly Distance, was released today. This brings up the question of what’s next for Jack, and perhaps other popular characters from the series such as Bear, Mandy, and Clarissa.
Two more novels are planned for this year:
Never Go Home
When Dead in Greece
I’m excited about these novels because they are going to show a different side of Jack. They’ll place him in the middle of an investigation and we’ll get to see a little more of his logical, puzzle-solving side. That’s not to say you shouldn’t expect to see him kick a few butts along the way. There will be plenty of action in these stories. I expect them to be a bit longer than Noble Beginnings and A Deadly Distance.
What about Noble Intentions?
Season Three of Noble Intentions (Episodes 11-15) will kick off late March to early April. I plan to have anywhere from 3 to all 5 episodes complete before releasing, in the event that something arises that keeps me from completing them in time, such as at the end of November and early December, 2012.
I plan to release Season Four in 2013 as well. The only way I won’t is if I write a third novel instead.
Or, if I get going on the Bear and Mandy series.
Yes, that’s right. Bear and Mandy are going to get their own series of books. I expect the length of each installment to fall between 100 and 200 pages. It’s too early in the development process to go into any details. I hope to have the first book available toward the end of Summer.
At the moment, I’m working on a proposed 4 part Post-Apocalyptic series that will be released under a different name. I likely won’t mention it here but once or twice, so if you are interested in that topic, message me here or at ltryan70 (at) gmail dot com and I’ll let you know when the first book is available.