How to get the updates and what has changed.
Nothing Major has changed—Just one name, and one scene. *Scroll down for scene*
Giles has become Vincent, and the "Chosen One" and "Chosen One, Part Deux" chapters of Pretty in Black and Black Satin are now called THE HUNTER and have Vincent in them.
I'm notifying every e-book retailer to see if you guys can get updates on your e-books. Below, I'm posting the chapter change so you will be able to follow the story line in Black Satin and Raven in the Grave without going—Huh? Who in the crap is Vincent?
He's not a new character, he's just the dude who used to be Giles. I got sick of hearing the whole Buffy the Vampire Slayer thing. It got really old so I decided to change it. All the other scenes in Black Satin and Raven in the Grave with Vincent/Giles have not changed. They are the same.
I thought this was an important change to make so I made it. It doesn't change the overall story line in any way.
The Paperback Editions will unavailable for a while until all three get the same updates.
I sincerely apologize to those who never had an issue with it to begin with, [& I didn't make this change to please the readers who wouldn't've liked it anyway] but there were more factors in play that influenced my decision to make this change. I figured if any changes needed to be made, I needed to do so before the release of Evermore.
I have a tendency to be obsessive-compulsive; I have an almost overwhelming itch to reedit all three books. I noticed I do this really odd comma placement thing and it's annoying the crap out of me now, so I want to change that.
There's a line from Pretty in Black that I obsessed over for nearly two hours, wondering why I didn't phrase it differently, and hoping it didn't render odd images in any readers' minds.
I lay beside him on an unmarked and unadorned tombstone next to the iron cemetery gates—black and bedighted by beauty.
THAT. SENTENCE. DROVE. ME. UP. THE. WALL. (If you can't see why, then I wanna give you a BIG HUG)
so, of course I had to correct it.
I lay beside him on a grave, below an unmarked and unadorned tombstone, next to the iron cemetery gates—black and bedighted by beauty.
I still don't prefer the word below, but it's not next to, or beside, or underneath, (Because only the dead people are underneath) so I have to find a way to be content with below.
And there's other parts of my books that I read over and go Wow, that could've used a longer or better description.
My writing isn't perfect by far. I do odd things, phrase things oddly. I put commas in odd places. Sometimes my sentences are clipped or I miss out on technicalities and when I read over it, I wanna bang my head into the nearest wall repeatedly.
But it's raw. And it's representative of the writer I was at the time I wrote it. It's the best I could do at the age, time, and place in which I composed it.
Yes, there have been times when I wanted to go back and change sequences, delete sentences, expand story lines, improve descriptions, but I haven't because I feel like I would be killing my 22 year old self who wrote those books. I would be killing a part of me and it wouldn't be fair to those who already love my imperfections as they are.
I made a promise to myself and I'm making a promise to you, I am NOT going to change any elements of the original story—that would be like erasing the writer I used to be. At the time I wrote each book, I was writing to the best of my ability at the time, using the skill set I had at that time, and this is why I'm not changing any scenes of the book or the story line, but I will go back and change technical things like commas, periods, dashes, etc.
With each new book, I want my readers to see how I've grown as a writer and say wow, she's improved or hey, she's not going that odd comma thing, or this has a much better pacing and there aren't that many staccato sentences this time. Or damn, she wrote a 200,000 word book and somehow managed to keep me entertained.
And in 10 years from now, I don't want to cringe at how "bad" I was, but smile at how great I've become because I was willing to make mistakes, and willing to let someone read & possibly love my mistakes.
So Thank You for Reading & Loving my mistakes.