It’s only been a month since I last checked in. Some work has been done on the novel, but a lot still needs to be fleshed out.
This past month has been slow and busy and I’ve been working as hard as I can. I still have a few months left before my January deadline with my editor, but I’m still hoping to be finished soon. (Crossing fingers.)
Here’s what’s transpiring and what’s going to change in the near future:
As I am closing on the end to Codename: Velocity, some things have been brought to my attention. Something that didn’t actually occur to me for the past couple years since I started working on this book series.
And that’s this: There won’t be a HEA story line as I first thought it would be.
Particularly after the third book, The Front Lines.
And the reason for that is because of an idea that has been churning in my head for awhile. Or rather…a thought.
A “What If?”-scenario that was commonly used in the comic book industry to great appreciation of its fans (DC and Marvel alike).
So here’s the question: With the story line progressing as is and the danger of losing the war with the Horde is too terrible a thing to contemplate, why not make it happen?
Because it’s clear from the first book that things aren’t going so swimmingly on the front lines of the Canan Maritime Provinces in the Northwest Quadrant of Amrican. From what Jaen has been able to discern from future projections over the war, the front lines are barely holding and they could collapse any day now; allowing the Horde full access to the Southlands, to the Wastelands, and to every corner of the continent–including where the Compound presently resides. (In what used to be present day southern Nova Scotia.)
And that thought and idea appealed to me greatly. I love chaos and disorder. I love a good war yarn. (See my Price of Freedom novel series.)
And even though the projections show the Horde retaking the planet in less than five years, the mortality rate of the genetic bio-weapons conceived through Project Titan in the year 3,006 A.D. (it’s 3026 now) would stand at an appalling 83% in losses on the battle field.
In short, none of them are ready to face their biggest threat. But given the circumstances, they don’t have much time left. All the training in the world won’t prepare them for what lies ahead–which means I may have to end up tacking on a few extra books in the series to compensate.
Because–honestly–I thought the war would be over by the time Distant Shores debuted, but this new third draft has thrown cold water on that supposition. (Fuck…me!)
Everything is different in the third draft–compared to the second–and has a surprisingly slightly dark and edgy tone despite the whiff of romance and sex in it. (Just one chapter of sex so far between Mari and Velocity–compared to the 13 chapters of sex in the second draft version.)
It’s all or nothing now and it’s left me to wonder who the survivors will be able to keep up with the Horde. They are legion and the genetics only number 370. The numbers and odds are stacked against every one of them–even they have abilities and powers that defy the human imagination.
It simply won’t be enough. At best, they would only delay the inevitable. At worst…well, let’s just say it won’t be a pretty picture.
And I always thought–and believed–that this series would have its own HEA towards the end of the tenth book, but now…?
Nope. No chance of that.