"The Twain Shall Meet" reissue /
Still in Progress /
Moving Along /
Until Next Time
I'm nearly two months behind schedule for the newsletter, but for
good reason. In between writing and editing, I had to finalize
several matters pertaining to my parents' house and then undertook a
major move of my own. While I'm glad to be getting a fresh start,
there has been little free time to sit down and read a book let
a newsletter. I hope to do better come this autumn, when hopefully
everything will be as right as rain rather than upside down.
"The Twain Shall Meet" reissue
Earlier this year, I wrote several bonus inserts for
The Twain Shall Meet from the
Collective Obsessions Saga (by yours
truly writing as Deidre Dalton). Most of
the new scenes focus on main characters Scott Page and Shannon
Larkin at the beginning of their relationship and are mainly sexual
in nature, leaning more toward intense "foreplay" between the
couple. I don't know what inspired the new passages, but I have to
admit they are rather electrically charged and assimilate nicely
into the existing book. Word count for the material topped just over
30,000 - which was trimmed somewhat during the editing process.
The writing binge went on for well over two months
beginning in February, wearing me down in the process (as usually
happens). I edited the material in its entirety a dozen or so
times before considering it complete, and then sent it off to my
publisher at the end of May. When first published in 2012,
The Twain Shall Meet had 234 pages
with a word count of 131,628. The 2016 edition has 296 pages and a
word count of 161,931. A new book cover
will also be designed for the novel, but I can't say much more for the time
My editor Terrie Balmer imparted a
few words of wisdom to me when I told her about the new material:
Deb, when the inspiration comes, you run with it
so there must have been a reason why you felt the need to add the
new scenes. Can't wait to read them.
The Twain Shall Meet
holds a special place in my heart. It was actually the first book
written in the Collective Obsessions Saga
(originally titled Larkin). It wasn't until I decided to
expand the story into a family saga that the parts before and after
The Twain Shall Meet were written. Basically all eight novels in the series were inspired by one. Scott
and Shannon are two of my favorite characters in the saga as well,
so I hardly needed much prodding to elaborate on their intense
More information about the reissue of
The Twain Shall Meet will be
forthcoming over the summer. Visit my blog
Irish Eyes or
my page at Facebook for updates.
Click here to read a sample from the upcoming reissue of
The Twain Shall Meet.
Please Note: Material may be subject to change during the
final editing process.
Still in Progress . . .
In last autumn's newsletter, I
mentioned the progress being made on Glinhaven,
In the Shadow of the King, along
with estimated release dates for each. At the time, I didn't
anticipate a very lengthy and difficult moving process (see
Moving Along below), nor did I envision being
inspired to write new material for the reissue for
The Twain Shall Meet, or becoming
involved in yet another writing project with a fellow author (tentatively
The Crypt Artist). The
adage "life can turn on a dime" is certainly true, at least in
my recent experience. While I cannot elaborate too much on the
collaborative work, I have updated estimated release dates for the
As per my usual notation, storylines, estimated release dates and
book cover designs may be subject to change.
After the deaths of both my parents - in 2014 and 2015, respectively
- I was left with the task of taking care of what they left behind.
I sold their house in April 2016 and moved to a nice flat in the
same vicinity, taking
Kiki with me, of course. I'm quite happy with my new digs, and
glad to be out from under the responsibility of my parents' home.
While moving is difficult at the best of times, nothing was worse
than going through more than thirty years worth of belongings
that Mum and Dad had accumulated in the house. I either gave away, kept,
sold or trashed the items. It was emotionally and physically trying, and seemed
never-ending, but it was finally done and is now out of my hair.
I especially want to give thanks to the many people who helped me
during the moving process: Alan, Andrew, Bryce, Chance, Diane, Eric, Gary,
Kim, Liz, Matt, Mel, Mike, Scott and Tanner. There was also an
entire group of about twenty people who showed up at my parents'
house one Saturday morning to help clear out the items to be
trashed. Sorry, I can't recall all of your names but you know who you
I miss and think about my mother every single day, although I'm now
able to laugh at some of the memories rather than fall apart.
In particular, I recently viewed a
video I shot of my pets in 2007, with Mum in the mix. A few
months ago, I would have collapsed in tears watching the
video, but now I'm able to laugh at the humor of it. To see the
bit with just my Mum,
click on the picture below to go to the video at You Tube. Then
use the fast-forward red bar until you are almost to the middle of
the video (or minute 2:27 to 3:35 of 4:43).
I still have hundreds more memories of Mum - most of which are not
recorded on video - and I'll treasure them all until my own dying day.
Until Next Time . . .
Now that my life has calmed somewhat, another newsletter will hopefully be
coming along in late September or early October 2016. Keep your
Until next time, happy reading . . .
June 1, 2016
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