A piece of advice writers often hear is, "Write the story you want to read," and I'm super stoked because I really think I've done that with Dragon Protocol. I'm feeling super jazzed about DP right now since I just gave my approval for the cover layout and it's made it all seem a lot more immediate and REAL.
The first iterations of the cover left me feeling like there's a reason I don't usually love science fiction covers. But this last one? I got that little buzzy feeling in my chest and I knew that if I saw that cover on the book shelves, I'd totally pick it up. Sure wish I could show you, but I want to wait until it's 100% finished. So far, the cover's layout has been approved, but the artist needs to do some painting.
It's gonna be freakin' awesome, folks!
And if the cover's awesome, then the story that's inside better be, too! Fingers crossed it is.
I mean, I did my best. I used a developmental editor (Lorie Humpherys) and beta readers. Now it's with a finish editor (Jana Brown) who'll hopefully help me smooth out any lasting rough spots, disconnects and the like. I'm kind of on pins and needles waiting for that edit to come back, but it probably won't be until the end of this month.
Ah, to heck with it. Here's a tiny glimpse!
This is totally the kind of story I love to read. There's a fascinating new world, humans with unique abilities, an alien mystery and DRAGONS. These aren't your dragons from fantasy—but they ARE dragons. I mean, why not dragons? Who says they can't exist on other worlds?
I can't wait to share the story with you!