So I’ve been thinking about this blog lately, of things and thoughts and such to add to it. Guess I can start off by giving an update to the sequel to Of Shadow and Ash. It is well on its way, though not sure I will be meeting my goal of publishing by the end of the year. This summer has been challenging to get much done but I’m excited for where the story is going. The first third of the book will have to be overhauled. Like OS&A the beginning wasn’t entirely clear until well into the story. I would like to get into where it has gone so far but I have this thing about spoilers. I’ll just say this, it picks up shortly after where the first novel leaves off and as of right now it’s past the halfway point. Book 3 is in development, still in the mists but gaining clarity as I forge ahead with this middle installment. No titles just yet. Of Shadow and Ash wasn’t named until after the book was finished, then it came to me and it just seemed perfect.
Getting ready to write just now, immersing myself into the world of Janet Skyy through music. Speaking of, this track by Xandria fits to be her theme in this yet-to-be-named second book. Check it out!
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers’ Favorite
Feeling entrapped in an old family estate of Arradan, Janet Skyy was always curious on what lies in the Valley of Shadow and beyond the old village of Dars. She longed for a journey to the outside world, but her father’s years of strong prohibition and his old age were the two things that stopped her from entertaining her wishes. However, her stagnated days seemed to end when she and her father, Leslye Skyy, found a hidden, ancient grave, together with a book with mysterious carvings. The mystery of the find was further intensified when Professor Rion – a trader – brought them something that eerily connected with the book, as if a piece of a puzzle found its way home.
Chapter one started slowly but it was beautifully written. It engaged me deeply with adequate details to introduce me to the setting and the main protagonist, Janet Skyy, as well as the other characters. Occasionally, the same slow pace is found in other parts of the story too but the great storytelling and intriguing plot more than made up for this small shortcoming. Janet is a well-developed protagonist, believable and memorable at the same time. It was easy to connect to her emotionally. Stacy Shofner Williams knew how to weave “Of Shadow and Ash” to the right climax with enticing mystery, clues and even scary elements of ghosts, nightmares as well as frightening creatures. As the story progressed, I became more curious about what conclusion the story would entail, and I wasn’t disappointed. This book must not be overlooked by fantasy fans.
Hang in there, sequel seekers, I plan on getting started after the weekend and I’ll tease you with this: it’ll be more scifi than its predecessor and will address with more depth the mysteries of the Zehdekians, the alien race living so long among the humans that no one remembers when they came there or why. I’m excited about where the story will go from where Of Shadow and Ash left off!
At the same time I’ll be working up some storyboard type stuff for scenes from Of Shadow and Ash that will hopefully develop into illustrations. I have several in mind that I just haven’t had time to get to: Leslye in his study. The Valley of Shadow. The village Dars. Janet’s dark dreams. And more. Can’t wait to get started!