Hey Everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted here, and I hope everyone is doing well. As for me, I just started school again and started a new extracurricular as well as a new job, so it's easy to say that it's been hectic nonetheless.
With that being said, I have a couple of posts for you guys in the upcoming 2-3 weeks, so keep an eye out for that. Today's post is a guest post from Courtney Brandt, the author of the newly released The Queen of England: Coronation. Here is a quick blurb, and then her post. Enjoy!!
A story of growing up and leading a nation.
Set in an alternate universe of London, after the untimely death of Queen Victoria in 1840, recently crowned Juliette faces a mysterious organization. The New World Order threatens her country and claims responsibility for the dirigible accident which killed off much of the aristocracy. Add in distracting romantic entanglements, a gifted unicorn, and tracking down the legendary Excalibur and this teenage Queen has an uphill battle leading to her coronation at Westminster. Will her reign be over before it has a chance to begin?
Fans of Gail Carriger, Shanna Swendson, and Gaslamp fantasy won’t want to miss out on this lighthearted steampunk adventure.
The Queen of England: Coronation is the first book in a trilogy by author Courtney Brandt.
Talk about your plans for the future and how you hope to get there. Do you have a specific plan? Or are you going where the wind takes you?
Excellent question! Regarding The Queen series, I've just finished the second draft of the sequel, and it will shortly be going to an editor (always a bit of a nerve-wracking process). I finished a rough draft of the third book in the trilogy earlier in the year, and it's time to break out the red pen. Yes, I tend to edit the first draft by hand, and I'm not entirely sure what I'm in for! Having read numerous books on the writing process, I subscribe to Stephen King's 'stick it in a drawer' method (and have done so for years). Sometimes the period a manuscript is 'in the drawer' is longer than I intend, but with Queen #3 having finished the book in late May, I feel enough time has passed and that October is a good place to start back on the project. While the second book has a title, I'm still on the fence about the final title for the third book.
Given book sales aren't in a place I'm pleased with for The Queen of England: Coronation, I may also look into alternative places to advertise the novel. I feel I can do better by my book, and I truly want Queen Juliette to succeed in the world.
If there's still time after all of this, I may also start a novel that's been in my head for about a year or so (working title, A.U.). I'd love to do it as a NaNoWriMo project, but I'm not entirely sure the timing is going to work out. I tend to write a book a year, and while Queen #3 was finished (or, at least, in the process of being completed), I'd like to get a jump on next year's book.
And, of course, there's an option on one of my earlier published books (Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek). I've always hoped this project might see some screen time, so who knows? I'd like to think that just about anything is possible.
In addition to my author stuff, I'm also a fairly regular food blogger (you can find me on Instagram under @atozaatar), which has been taking up more and more of my time. With a focus on fine dining, I post on my blog and freelance for other publications. I was recently on a television series for the first time (!), and am hopeful that I might work on another food show before the end of the year. Between fiction and food, it's a lot of words in a week, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
So, to answer your question -- it's a bit of both. I like knowing where my books (I think) are going to go, but I'm always open to new opportunities.
I hope you guys enjoyed it. If you did, definitely go and check out her book, and tell me what you think about it. I'm hoping to get the time soon to read it myself.
That's it for today everyone, I will be more active on here very soon so keep your eyes out for that! As always, leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram.
Brooke's a high schooler who loves to read all sorts of books. She's happy to be able to share all the books she's reading with all of y'all.