Messy Edits, Helen MacInnes and Kristen Callihan's Firelight

My latest update for ROW80:

If slow and steady wins the race, I might have something tangible by the end of this round. I started with 25 scenes to fill in and I've done close to 10 of them already. I hope I don't cringe when I come to type them up. I do still love the story and the characters, and that's always been my benchmark for whether an MS is worth sticking with.

But look at all the scribbled paper edits I have to deal with once I've typed up the missing scenes:

The opening:


A few blurry shots of the worst messes:




Frodo gets in on the act:


"Keep this page":



I really hope they reprint and publicise Friends and Lovers.



I picked up this novel at a book fair or secondhand bookstore years and years ago and fell in love with it - with the story, with the characters - on the first page. None of the handful of other MacInnes books I've read have had that same effect. Every few years I reread Friends and Lovers with a shivering sense of delight.

Firelight by Kristen Callihan is out now!


Once the flames are ignited...
Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity...
Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.
Kristen's agent shared some of the rejections Firelight received before an editor finally snapped it up. And now look!

"Callihan has a great talent for sexual tension and jaw-dropping plots that weave together brilliantly in the end." Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author of Outlander

"Debut author Callihan pens a compelling Victorian paranormal with heart and soul... Readers will cheer for the couple, especially when the obstacles piled in their paths appear unsurmountable. The compulsively readable tale will leave this new author's fans eager for her next book." Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Congratulations, Kristen!

Comments

Zan Marie said…
Oh, yes! FIRELIGHT is wonderful. I finished yesterday and I'm still thinking of all the intricacy of the plot. ; )
DL Hammons said…
The process you use isn't that dissimilar from my own method. Do you have problems reading your own notes sometimes too? :)
S.P. Bowers said…
I haven't read Friends and Lovers. Have you read her book While Still We Live? That the the book that did it for me. I'll have to try this one though.
Jill W. said…
Love seeing the hand-edited pages!

Some of my notes make no sense--some of them I use to flat out laugh at myself. "Really?? Come on now!" etc. [g]

Keep at it!
Deniz Bevan said…
I've won an ARC, Zan Marie, I'm so excited!

I don't usually, DL, but lately I've done a few edits in the car, and boy does my handwriting get messy then!

Ooh, I hadn't heard of that one, Sara. I'll look for it.

Thanks Jill! I laugh at some of my own messages too...
Oh my! Those edit pics will give me nightmares! One of my goals it to bust through the mental block I have on editing a work that is currently 125K words and probably needs to be about 80k. Seeing all those marked pages made me shudder!
Deniz Bevan said…
I had fun bringing down the word count on my last novel, rant. So much fun to slash out the useless scenes!
Talli Roland said…
Love the kitty paw! I always enjoy seeing how other writers edit. :)
Liz Fichera said…
I'm needing an escape at the moment. FIRELIGHT sounds like it could fit the bill. :) P.S. Love the photo where the kitty has the paw on the page.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks Talli and Liz!
Ooh, you won't regret it, Liz - Firelight is brilliant.
Missed Periods said…
Can I borrow Frodo? I need to know which pages I should keep.
Misha Gericke said…
Well done on getting on with your edits. Good luck with finishing the round. :-)
Deniz Bevan said…
Aww, sorry, Missed. I might have considered it, but he really really hates being in the car :-)

Thanks so much, Misha!
T.D. McFrost said…
Thanks for stopping by Deniz Bevan. I love your name and pretty much everything else about you. :D
Deniz Bevan said…
Aw shucks, thanks T.D.!
Joshua said…
I love that you named your cat Frodo.
Deniz Bevan said…
We've got Frodo and Sam. I was all, 'let's find some really obscure names from Tolkien stories no one knows about.' And then along came Frodo [g]
Melissa said…
Hi, Deniz. I'm in Rach's romance group with you. Just wanted to pop in and say hello. ; )
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks for visiting, Melissa!
Susan Fields said…
Good luck with those edits! I keep a file of things I want to go back and fix when I finish a draft. Right now my file is five pages long, and some of those edits may only take a line of notes but will take days to fix. Good thing I like editing!
Carolyn Abiad said…
Firelight, you say? I'll have to check that one out.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks Susan! I kinda like editing myself.
Let me know what you think, Carolyn!

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