New Direction

While I’m trying to catch up on my own schedule for writing (an endless challenge), I’ve decided to edit another manuscript while preparing for NaNoWriMo in November.

I had planned to work on book 3 in The Vaedra Chronicles Series which I had titled “The Return” but I’ve taken a couple characters in a different direction. So while I set up the background for the characters and the catalyst, I will be editing my manuscript, “Between Heaven and Earth.” BH&E was written a few years ago as a paranormal adventure romance. It needs some tweaking and self-editing before I send it off to an editor. It may be book 2 in the Angel Series. Book 1, “The Quest,” also needs tweaking, re-writing, and self-editing (as soon as I can find it). I either imagined writing it, or I still have it in long-hand somewhere in a notebook. I remember the whole story, I just can’t locate it on my computer. However, I plan to release both of these two books next year. Once I get BH&E out to the editor, I plan to use NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) to work on book 3. I’ve debated on changing the title to Betrayed because that is the essence of the story. The theme may be something else.

While writing “The Abduction,” the essence of that story was abduction, but the theme was ‘home is where the heart is.’ In “Revenge,” the essence of that story was revenge, but the theme was ‘forgiveness.’ In “Between Heaven and Earth,” an angel must decide between both places. His heart can’t be on Earth while his spirit is in Heaven. The essence of the story is finding out where he belongs. The theme of the story is ‘our choices have consequences.’

Stay tuned and I’ll post the first chapter of “Between Heaven and Earth” next time.

Starting a New Series

I returned from the Indie Romance Convention recently, pumped and ready to write. However, reality set in after that and the writing got pushed aside. That happens way too often for me so I’m always trying to balance home life, work life, AVON, and writing.

Most of my writing starts in my head. I hear people having conversations or ‘see’ scenes with my characters involved. Since I released book 1 and 2 in The Vaedra Chronicles (The Abduction and Revenge), my intention was to release book 3 sometime early next year. I’m still working out the character traits and their goals, motivation and conflict (GMC). Once I get all of that done, the story falls into place more or less. If I change a couple of things, the whole story can shift. I want this to be a great story so I’m trying to cover my bases in the set up phase.

In the meantime, I have another series that I started years ago but didn’t submit to publishers. I was so engrossed in getting book 1 out that I didn’t submit anything else at the time. I call it the Angel Series. I looked around at all the paranormal books out there and most of them were about demons, vampires, shape-shifters, and versions combining some of them. I thought, ‘what else is there?’ and realized no one had written about Angels. Yes, there are some fallen angels, but not too many at the time (this was YEARS ago, mind you).

So, my first story is about an angel who manifests in the flesh to save a girl from being the next victim after she witnesses a murder. But in the process, he discovers that he had once been human. While she falls for him, she convinces him to stay ‘in the flesh’ longer so he can discover who he was and how he died.

My research into angels turned up some interesting stuff. For instance, angels are shape-shifters. They can turn into human form or animal form to convey messages for God. After all, they are messengers. Angels are time travelers. They can travel to another place or time in the space of a ‘thought.’ Angels do not feel as we do. They more or less love as God loves us. They also have understanding and knowledge that we don’t. They may see our future or know the outcome of something that we can’t know. And they are spirit beings (same as people) only they aren’t trapped in a body. And they fight spiritual battles.

I try to show some of this in my story, “Between Heaven and Earth.” But before I release it, there’s a lot of self-editing I must do. Then it’s off to the editor, while I have someone design a cover for me. Then with the ‘tweaking’ and rewrites, I’ll send it back to the editor once more. This time, I may send off the pdf to my Launch Team to get their critique on it before the final formatting for both eBook and print book.

I also had a story, “The Quest” which was a re-telling of the story of Tobit, that I wanted to get out first. It’s more or less a setup for the Angel Series world. I thought I had it on my computer, but now I can’t find it. Maybe it was all in my head. In any case, I want to release that story first, so I’ll have to go through all the same procedures for that one as well.

I’ve got a lot of work cut out for me between now and next year. I had planned to go to Illogicon in January, 2018, South Florida in February, 2018, Weekend With  The Authors in March, 2018, the Romantic Times Convention in Reno in May, 2018, and possibly RWA in July. Hopefully, I’ll have more than book 1 and book 2 available.

See you next week with chapter 1 of “Between Heaven and Earth.”

“Revenge” Book 2 in “The Vaedra Chronicles” Series

As an update on my second book, “Revenge,” I’m working on edits I received from my editor.  Editing my own work makes it harder to see some of the obvious mistakes.  Even after waiting awhile before going over the manuscript the last time, I still missed some things. So, I have my work cut out for me.

This whole writing journey is a learning experience for me.  Although I have a book out, “The Abduction,” I often wonder if I can make it better some how.  I’m sure even the best authors may think about tweaking their “babies” after they’ve published them.

I look at it this way, after I get “Revenge” finally published, it will be the best I can make it.  I will work harder on book three, “The Return.”  I’m hoping to launch my paranormal series this year as well.  When I have time (and much later than this year) I will take another look at book one and maybe tweak it just a little, releasing it as a ‘new edition’ or ‘second edition.’  There’s always room for improvement and I know I will only get better as a writer as I continue to write more books.

Romancing the Smokies

Those who follow me know I write sci-fi and paranormal romance.

My first book, “The Abduction,” has been out since last April as an ebook and last July as a print book.  

My second book, “Revenge,” was supposed to debut this month but it looks more like April before it’s ready.

With that being said, I will bring my sci-fi adventure romance book to the “Romancing the Smokies” event this Friday-Saturday (March 17th-18th) at the Airport Hilton in Alcoa, TN.  I went last year as a reader and had a blast.  I met lots of authors and other readers at this event.  There were parties, networking opportunities, great food, an auction for a pet shelter in Newport, and many other things I can’t even remember.  I know I spent over $100 in great books (all autographed by the authors).  This year, I will be attending as an author for the first time.

I’m bringing some goodies for the “goodie bags,” a special gift for each attendee for Friday night’s “Gathering on the Emerald Isle,” special goodies for people at my luncheon table, and a special basket for the  “Baskets for Bebo” segment which donates the money to the Newport Animal Shelter.

All the lettering on the glasses were hand-done by Nastausha at The Chest and Chair. www.thechestandchair.com 

Inside the basket, I have AVON products like bubble bath, shower gel, body lotion, sun tan lotion, nail products, a credit card case, water bottle, jewelry, the special wine glass, wine from The Apple Barn Winery in Sevierville, TN, my book, “The Abduction,” and of course, chocolate.

I hope you can join us for a fun-filled event this weekend.  It’s not too late to get tickets.  Go to: www.romancingthesmokies.com.  If you can’t make it, I will be posting some images to this blog and my Facebook page.  You can follow me at www.facebook.com/esterlopez.1

Hello world!

Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

This is my new blog on writing sci-fi romance as well as paranormal romance that’s on the edge of reality.  While I take the time to learn this new program, I hope you visit my blog and website and follow me on my journey as a writer seeking publication.

I’m currently submitting my first manuscript, “The Abduction,” to agents and editors, while I’m editing my first screenplay based on the manuscript.  I hope to have the screenplay finished by the end of this month.

The Abduction is about a young man abducted by aliens from the only home he has ever known and discovers the home he has always wanted when he falls in love with the beautiful alien bounty hunter who wanted him dead.  The theme of this story is “home is where the heart is.”

The story takes place in the Vaedra System which is in the Milky Way Galaxy. ( I hope to have images of space in my blog occasionally.)  This is the beginning of the Vaedra Chronicles, a series of stories that occur in the Vaedra System.  Main characters from the first book will have appearances in other books, but the secondary characters will eventually have their own stories.

My second manuscript, Revenge, is a first draft.  I hope to work on that as well this month.  Revenge is about a reformed criminal who falls in love with a woman seeking revenge against her brother’s killer, only to discover he is the one who killed him.  I’m still working on the theme for this story, but I’m leaning towards “life is full of second chances.”[ad name=”Google Adsense-2″]