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Kyle Evans Update

I am thrilled to announce that the first draft of the new Kyle Evans book (the second book in the trilogy) is complete.  All being well, this book should be ready for release by Thanksgiving 2016.  In case this seems like a long time, here’s what has to happen between now and then:

 

For the text

  1. A first round of editing
  2. Early readers review the manuscript
  3. A second round of editing based on feedback from the early readers
  4. A third round of editing by an independent editor
  5. A final round of editing by me
  6. Production of a proof copy of the book
  7. Final approval of the book

 

For the illustrations

  1. Selecting which scenes might be illustrated (in conjunction with James Chapman – my brother and the book illustrator)
  2. Producing early sketches of 15-20 scenes
  3. Narrowing sketches down to 8-10 final scenes
  4. Producing and digitizing final illustrations
  5. Developing a cover concept for the book
  6. Producing an early version of the cover artwork
  7. Producing and digitizing the final cover

 

I have a sudden feeling that I better get started!

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“The Alexa Hill Chronicles (Book One)” is Finished!

Well, it took about five months (with a big break in the middle while I was appearing on stage in Milford, CT), but my new manuscript is done!  To celebrate, here is the first chapter.

I hope you love it! 🙂

THE BROKEN WINDOW

 

ONE

Alexa Hill was in trouble. Again. Just moments ago, she had been happily throwing a ball with her friend Jasmine in the backyard, but now the fun was over and a window was broken. And it was her fault. She should never have thrown that curve ball – there was no way Jasmine could have caught it.

It was a pity it hadn’t been the other way around. If Jasmine had thrown the curve ball, Alexa would definitely have got it. She was one of the best pitchers and fielders in her school, possibly in her town, and nothing could get past her. But that was not what happened. Instead, Alexa had wound up her arm, lifted her front knee and snapped the ball in the direction of Jasmine… and the kitchen window.

Unfortunately for Alexa, it wasn’t just the broken window that was a problem. Right now, at this exact moment in time, she was supposed to be studying for tomorrow’s math test. Her mom had gone to the store just 15 minutes ago, and the last thing she had said before leaving was, “Alexa – I want you to study this morning. The math test is very important and you need to get an A. Do you understand me?”

Alexa had understood.

To be fair, she had every intention of studying, but no sooner had her mom left than Alexa’s phone buzzed with a message from Jasmine.

Want to hang out?

Alexa’s fingers flew across the phone screen.

I can’t. I have to study.

On a Sunday morning? RU crazy?

It’s my mom

😦  I thought she was gone, I saw her car

She is gone

🙂

Alexa smiled.

OK.  30 mins only. Want to practice catching?

OK

Alexa knew that Jasmine wouldn’t really want to play outside – she was more into celebrities and fashion than sports – but she was a good friend.

Great. C U in a min

And now the two of them were standing side by side, staring at the window. “Wow, you are going to be in such trouble,” said Jasmine. “I mean, really.”

Alexa shook her head sadly. “My mom is going to kill me for this. Literally. Check our garbage tonight – you will probably find my body in one of the cans.”

“What are you going to say?”

“I have no idea.”

“I wish I could stay and help,” said Jasmine walking towards the side of the house.

“Wait!” cried Alexa. “You can’t leave me here! You have to help me explain this to my mom.”

Jasmine stopped, turned to face her friend and gave her a huge smile. “You know I love you right?”

Alexa nodded.

“But your mom scares the bejeezus out of me. There’s no way I’m staying here. Please don’t mention my name when you explain what happened.”

With that, Jasmine turned and ran down the path at the side of the house which led to the street.

Alexa sighed. This was not going to go well.

What’s New

2015 has been an incredibly busy year so far, and shows no sign of letting up!  Right now I am working on a new manuscript which I love!  If course, I usually like most of the stories I write (otherwise, I just stop writing them – that has happened more than once), but this one is fun and funny and I have no real idea where it is going.

I’ll provide more updates when I have them, but for now, here are the opening few lines…

Alexa Hill was in trouble. Again. Just moments ago, she had been happily throwing a ball with her friend Jasmine in the backyard, but now the fun was over and a window was broken. And it was her fault. She should never have thrown that curve ball – there was no way Jasmine could have caught it.

It was a pity it hadn’t been the other way around. If Jasmine had thrown the curve ball, Alexa would definitely have got it. She was one of the best pitchers and fielders in her grade, possibly in her town, and nothing could get past her. But that was not what happened. Instead, Alexa had wound up her arm, lifted her front knee and snapped the ball in the direction of Jasmine… and the kitchen window.