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My 20th Novel Is Finished!

This morning, I finished writing the ending to my YA fantasy vampire novel -- KINGDOM OF V. I'll post the quick blurb that I shared on my blog at the end of March:

"When seventeen-year-old Olivia Hudson’s mother becomes the American ambassador to a small kingdom, Olivia isn’t thrilled about moving there and leaving her old life behind. The people of V—an isolated island in the Mediterranean—are cryptic, brooding, and secretive. They’ve wanted no contact with other countries…until now.

As Olivia begins to fall for the handsome, irresistible Prince Christian—and he falls for her just as hard—her intuition tells her something is off about him and his people. When the new embassy is attacked and their lives are threatened, Olivia and her mother find themselves embroiled in a game of mystery, lies, and subterfuge.

Who are the strange people of V? Are they as harmless as they claim to be…or is their identity bloodier than Olivia and her mother can possibly imagine?"

I wrote a chapter a day and finished writing chapter thirty this morning. It's a bit on the long side -- close to 100,000 words -- but I plan to edit it and chop it down closer to 90k. I can't wait for everyone to read it. Until then, I'm celebrating!

Stay tuned for the announcement of my next novel titled...GHOUL SCHOOL! It's a children's fantasy middle grade novel that I'll be sharing the blurb to soon. (That'll be my 21st novel. Can you believe it?? I can't.)

Until then, I hope everyone's staying safe during the Coronavirus! I've been doing a lot of writing, reading, and daydreaming, but that's nothing new for me.

What else is happening in my life?

-THE DARK EVOLUTION, the second book in The Soulless War Trilogy, is being finalized by my publisher. It'll be available soon, and I'll post about it here and on social media when it's ready. (My social media handle is @DanaGricken.) I already shared the cover for it a few blog posts ago.

-My agent still has my YA mystery novel, JESSICA PRINCE AND THE CRIMSON CAPER, on submission to editors at publishing houses. There's been an interesting development -- one I can't share just yet -- but please keep your fingers crossed for me!

-I'm editing the final draft for my adult vampire novel, END OF THE VAMPIRES. After that, I'll be beginning the second draft edits for the second novel in the Jessica Prince mystery series, titled JESSICA PRINCE AND THE WHITE LILY SOCIETY. I can't wait to show it to my agent!

-My family and I are doing well and staying inside. I can't wait for the virus to pass and be able to leave my house again! There's a restaurant my grandmother and I go to here in Ottawa called Asian Stars, and it has the yummiest Vietnamese food. (Their vegan orange 'chicken' with rice and veggies is to die for!) We're both eager to get to eat there again! It's a 40-minute drive, and since UberEats won't travel that far, we have to wait until we can go back in person. We all have to stay strong and follow the guidelines of our governments and listen to science. We need to work together if we want this virus to go away.

As always, thanks for reading and stay well!


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