Delve into my imagination

Restraint-Revised & Upcoming releases…

The Revised edition of Restraint is available on Amazon and within 24-hours on B&N. The original version of Restraint was 53,000 words. I butchered 10,000 words of poor writing and errors. I added scenes and expanded scenes. Restraint’s length is now over 70,000 words.

Restraint wasn’t the first book I’ve ever written. It, however, was the first book of that genre and the first I ever published. My inexperience was evident. My growth was obvious as you read my works. I didn’t want the foundation of the M&M of Restraint series to be weak and written poorly.

I wasn’t a big fan of large internal monologues. In some books it has the feel of filler. I wanted to avoid this in Restraint and it was to the book’s detriment. I have since went back and changed this. Katya Waters’ needed internal dialogue to explain her reasoning.

After a six-month hiatus and writing 7 books and 2 partial manuscripts, I went back to Restraint to re-edit it. I am so thankful of my decision.   The revised edition flows smoother. Katya’s reasoning is evident. I was able to add more Easter eggs for the rereaders. It isn’t perfect because I am far from perfect. I’m sure there a ton of errors to be found. But it is light-years away from its original form.

 

I am currently doing the same restructuring to Unleashed- re-edit, revise, reformat, and edit, delete, and add scenes. I have 5 new scenes that I’ve outlined to go inside the book. Unleashed will surpass the 100,000 word mark.
I am doing this for all of my works. Dexter has 4 new scenes outlined. I’ve outline a few for Dalton, too.
This promises for a smoother read.

 

Errors throw the readers out of their imaginations and it stalls the story mid-scene. It reminds me of someone pressing pause on the TV during your favorites show, or it turns fuzzy and it ruins the experience. I am doing my best to alleviate this from my works.

My current projects: The Queen omnibus: Jaded, Queened, Checkmate. The books are written and receiving the same treatment as their predecessors. Jaded will be expanded greatly. Queened will not change much. Checkmate is being scrapped. The omnibus edition will be 300,000 words. The books will be available separately and in the omnibus edition at a discounted rate. I am pushing for a late November release. Don’t hit me if it doesn’t happen. I promise to release it as soon as it’s ready.

My perfectionism is rearing its ugly head, but it’s to the benefit of the readers. I took reviewers comments and changed things for them. More EZRA was screamed. Where’d Ezra go? Master Ez will have a greater role in Dexter and Dalton. Katya is cold in the beginning of Restraint. I fixed this issue by adding Kat’s internal dialogue. The reader will understand why she is doing as she is. Why she draws her Bitch Shield!!!

Exciting news!!!

A new series: Playroom. The first in the series is written and waiting in last place for its butchering and restructuring. I have 4 scenes to add to it. It’s a light, fun, sweet read. I believe that Erotic Romance is the best genre to place it within. Whereas M&M of Restraint is edgy and Dark, Playroom will be a fun, easy read without the stress that a Dark book gives the reader. Good Girl will be released with the Queen books. *fingers crossed*

Whatnots:
After all of this, I am returning to my first work, Chrysalis. I project its release for late January. The Lilies is an Urban Fantasy series of unknown origins (Psss.. It’s a secret ‘til you read it) Following this is my second work, Shattered (tentative title) The Atticus Fox series. Atticus will be in the erotic genre, subgenre to be determined. I have a spin I may put on Ol’ Attie, but that is far off.

From now on, I will not do multi-releases, even if it means leaving readers with a cliffhanger. I’m sorry folks, but it is beyond stressful. I pump the books out fast as it is. I’ve learned that sometimes you need to allow them to marinate. I will write a book and switch to one of my other series and then comeback to it after it’s marinated. I will write what my muse screams for me to write. No worries, though. I’m a fast writing bitch. I can’t stop. If I’m doing 1 book at a time, I’ll end up with a release at least every 2 months.

 

A word about Queen.:
I always know where my characters will lead me. Their lives play out in seconds within my imagination the moment I create them. Queen is the exception. As you can see from the first 4 books, she was elusive. She was elusive for me as well. I knew Queen’s book was next in the M&M series and I had no idea how to write it. I didn’t want to force myself, so I wrote Cort. 40K into Cortez, Queen was born. In seconds I knew what I needed to do. The character that evaded me turned into the most pivotal character in the M&M world.

She received 3 books, 300K worth of story and she impacted how the story was written inside my head. She completely threw my outlines out the window & Cort’s manuscript was scrapped. I am proud of what I wrote for her. Jaded is an exceptional book. I cried, bawled, and snotted all over myself as I typed the words. It was pure torture, but it made an exceptional read and I’m about to make it better when I get back to Jaded. See, books need to marinate.

My favorite character:
Cortez Abernathy is by far my favorite character in the M&M world and I believe that he is solidified in that position. My second favorites? Tied is Regina Regal & Marcus Zeitler. You’ll see why. But I love writing anything dealing with them. Cort is a blast when he is misbehaving and he’s always misbehaving. Marc is the best when he is controlling his minions and refusing to give into temptation. & Regina is just a well-rounded character. You may ask why I don’t say Katya…. She’s too much like me… Yes, she is.

15 responses

  1. So I just bought & read the first 4 books. Do I need to buy them again?

    November 1, 2012 at 1:16 am

    • WickedWriter

      Diane,
      No, you only need to purchase them once. Amazon will update you for free. Check to see which addition you own. I’ve released Restraint and Unleashed’s revised editions. Dexter will be available by the end of the week. Hopefully Dalton by Monday. The books will be dramatically different so I do suggest as reread if you plan on reading Queens books when they are released in late November. If you don’t have the revised editions of Restraint & Unleashed follow these steps on Amazon: Your account- Manage your Kindle- A list of all of your books will come up. Scroll down to Restraint & Unleashed. Next to the title will be ‘Update Available’-Click ‘update this title now’ from the drop down when you hover over the ‘Update Available’.
      Please let me know if this doesn’t work for you.
      Thank you for your patience and for reading my series,
      -Erica Chilson

      November 1, 2012 at 2:01 am

      • I downloaded the ebooks on October 30th so the first two should be ok. I’d love to hear more of Katya’s voice/thoughts and what happened to Master EZ?

        November 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

      • WickedWriter

        Thanks Diane! If u haven’t read Dexter or Dalton yet please wait. It is drastically different. Dexter’s revised edition should be available Friday evening. & don’t worry, Kat & the gang are in all the books.

        November 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      • I have finished Dexter and am half way through Dalton-fast reader. But that’s ok. I like re-reading books. It will be interesting to me to see where they have changed-middle school language arts teacher-retired.

        November 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  2. WickedWriter

    I’ve grown leaps and bounds from when I began writing. I had a story to tell without the knowledge to write it properly. I shake my head in amusement as I revise the books. Queen’s book go back 17 yrs. This allowed me to parallel the books. There are some major changes during D&D. Restraint was revised writing-wise and a few minor changes in storyline. Unleashed was lengthened with minor changes. Dexter has changed drastically to mirror Checkmate (Queen’s book). I’m trying to get these books finished and uploaded because every time I see a sale of D&D I feel nauseous. It’s one more person who’s getting the wrong story. Dexter was written better than its predecessors, but the storyline was light- very light and a lot of things were very ambiguous. I decided I didn’t want to be that ambiguous, even if it means I have to hit someone in the face with a clue. lol! I’ll let you know as soon as Dexter’s revised edition is available. Estimated sometime tomorrow night.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    • How are you doing? I’m heading out on vacation & would love to take the revised edition with me.

      November 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      • WickedWriter

        Dexter’s revised edition is live. You can access it from your library under your account on Amazon. Dalton should be live sometime Monday night. I’ve rewritten parts of the story, but where I’d ended the book there will be another 4 or 5 chapters to tie the story up.
        When are you going on vacation?

        November 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      • Heading to Sarasota, Fl to meet up with my sisters-first time for us to do that. They’re coming down from New England.

        November 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    • I don’t see that it is showing up as a revised version. I’ve clicked on everything. any suggestions?

      November 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

  3. WickedWriter

    I found my edition by going to My accounts on Amazon. Manage Kindle. The Kindle library comes up. Scroll down to the title. Next to it should be update available. Click to update.
    Another thought I had that may work. Archive the book and then download it again. Logically, I would think that the newest version would load. Let me know. If it doesn’t work I will check on it. I listed the books as the second edition. Purchasers should eventually get an email from Amazon. I’ve gotten them in the past. But there is a large delay.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

    • I hate to be a pain…. How do I know that I have the newest version? Does it end differently?
      I sent the book to myself again on my Kindle but it showed up as having been read so it isn’t a different version. I don’t think. Sorry.

      November 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

  4. WickedWriter

    All of the 2nd Revised Editions have this on the top of the very first page. This was c/p from Dalton because I’m working on it. The others will have their titles & release dates:

    Dalton
    Copyright ©2012 Erica Chilson
    First Edition: July 2012
    Revised Edition: November 2012

    If this isn’t the copy you have. Go to my account on amazon.com- Manage Kindle- Scroll the library until you find the title- If the title doesn’t have the Update available, you can contact Amazon and request the Updated version. I know it sounds like a pain. I was on the forums earlier and that is how they do it if it isn’t coming up. I DID place it as the 2nd edition so amazon should be offering it as an update available. What they will do if you have to contact them, is remove the old edition so that the new one can come in.

    I don’t know if my books have the update available next to it because I’ve never had to buy my own books (LOL) It should have it next to it since that was what I changed when I uploaded the revised editions.

    If you have the old Dexter, it is pivotal that you read the revised copy. Dalton will be uploaded this evening and live sometime tomorrow. It is necessary that Dalton is reread.

    Here is a title in my library that has an update. It looks like on the website.
    Sterling (Mageri Series: Book 1) update available <— the update available is a drop down arrow and when you click it, it says "download update"

    Please let me know if the upload available is listed next to the title. It has to be updated through the computer on the main Amazon website, not the Kindle device or app.

    November 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  5. I keep trying to do it on my laptop but it doesn’t show up as an update available. I have contacted Amazon. Hopefully they will fix the glitch for Dalton too. I won’t be at my laptop for a week & it doesn’t work well on my Ipad-weird I know.
    Thanks for your patience.

    November 5, 2012 at 12:46 am

    • WickedWriter

      I think I figured out the issue. When they are finished republishing… again… It should come up as an update. *fingers crossed* I’ll let you know when the update shows up and when Dalton is finished publishing. Thanks 🙂

      November 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm

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