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Alyssa Drake Novels

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Day 70 - An Imperfect Bargain

Posted by Alyssa Drake on 19 October, 2021 at 23:35 Comments comments (0)



Formatting. My old nemesis. I did not turn off my laptop this time when I completed the format for An Imperfect Bargain (ironically I didn't need to leave it on, because I had zero corrections to do to the formatted file, but I digress).


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Day 69 - Tying it all together

Posted by Alyssa Drake on 18 October, 2021 at 18:25 Comments comments (0)

When I wrote An Imperfect Bargain, I hadn't planned to tie it back into the series, and was originally going to use it as an introduction into the Wiltshire world. However, when I wrote the first half of A Perfect Scoundrel (Alana's pirate adventure, which is due out in 2022), I connected the two stories by having the first mate, Mr. Shaw, become the hero of the second book (I also used the same ship and several of the same crew members in both stories).

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Day 68 - Missing my voice

Posted by Alyssa Drake on 17 October, 2021 at 13:30 Comments comments (0)

You'd think by now I would stop using the words "quick edit" because every time I think that, it turns into a project. Deep breath.


My steamy historical short story, An Imperfect Bargain, was originally written to be part of a pirate anthology of short stories. At the time the edits came back from the publisher of the set, my mother passed away. Instead of holding up the set, I approved her changes and allowed th...

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Day 67 - Pre-editing (is that a word)

Posted by Alyssa Drake on 16 October, 2021 at 19:15 Comments comments (0)

Remember what I said about editing before sending anything to the editor? Yes? Good, because that's what I'm doing tonight (still better than formatting, but not by much).


I put The 10th Kingdom film on while I was booting up my laptop (the movie is a little over six hours I believe, however, I only plan to work through the first part). I don't mind a bit of background noise while revising (writing on the other h...

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Day 66 - Connecting it all

Posted by Alyssa Drake on 15 October, 2021 at 18:55 Comments comments (0)

The final bridge section between Devoured and Petrified was written almost as if it was the end of the story, despite having the final tale follow it. I wanted the reader to say good-bye to Myra (don't worry, I didn't kill her) and her new family, before ending with Petrified.


I had two directions to go with this relationship, either sisterhood or motherhood, and since Myra ha...

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Day 65 - A fortuitous accident

Posted by Alyssa Drake on 14 October, 2021 at 16:25 Comments comments (0)

Knowing that Petrified will be the last story in this collection, I skipped the final introduction and dove into the story. Interestingly, this is the only tale that originally didn't take place on Firefly Island, nor do the characters have any magical ability, with the exception of the Wendigo.


So, how do I take a horror story set in the snow, and transplant it to an island? I actually solved that problem for my...

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Day 64 - An admission

Posted by Alyssa Drake on 13 October, 2021 at 12:25 Comments comments (0)

I went into tonight with the explicit goal of completing the Devoured revision, which has carried into day two. I should have finished this yesterday, and it annoys me that I'm spending a second day on edits. It also concerns me, because the deadline to get this collection to my editor is rapidly approaching, and I haven't written Reflected yet.


And here is that moment when you have to admit to yourself that your...

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Day 63 - Death by chocolate

Posted by Alyssa Drake on 12 October, 2021 at 18:40 Comments comments (0)

The tale of Grammy Sue, also known as Devoured, was born from a combination Hansel and Gretel, and a dark comedy I watched many years ago, where the characters were killed and dumped into a vat of chocolate.


Points to anyone who can name this "sweet" film.


Putting aside the skin crawling that occurs when I rea

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Day 62 - Welcome to the family

Posted by Alyssa Drake on 11 October, 2021 at 13:40 Comments comments (0)

Because I'm introducing Suze (Grammy Sue) as Dr. Jack's sister, that means two things. First, Dr. Jack knows the secret ingredient in Grammy Sue's Easter Chews. Second, he's okay with that.


Worse, he proudly gives a chocolate bunny to Myra before that ingredient is revealed. He does give her a small hint, which she doesn't quite understand, when he invites Myra to live with him permanently.


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Day 61 - No romance here

Posted by Alyssa Drake on 10 October, 2021 at 12:50 Comments comments (0)

Electrified is one of the few stories that I wrote without romance in the plot. I intended to develop a relationship between Dr. Jack and Jill (since that would just be one more unethical line that he would cross), but felt their relationship would need more time to develop, and I didn't want to rush it. There's a hint of their relationship when they make a cameo in Possessed, but again, it's just a whisper, and there is no explanation of why they are together.

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