After a long hiatus from WordPress I am back. So I am working away on this sequel to ‘Of Shadow & Ash’ but no title for it yet. OS&A didn’t have a title until I had completely finished it. I suspect that’ll be the case for this one too. Aiming to have a solid first draft and possibly more by the end of the year. Best scenario would be to be in print by then but that may be overly optimistic. In the mean time I’m pleased to hear back from readers who have enjoyed my novel and one the other day who is reading it for the first time and losing sleep because it can’t be put down. Sorry, not sorry! LOL. It makes my day to find that some people have read it multiple times! And each one I’ve talked to has taken away something different from it. I hope the continuation of the story will be just as entertaining.
I’m (finally) on Twitter!
Thank you Sherrie Carter for carrying my book in Lonnie’s in Anadarko, OK, my hometown. It’s a fantastic shop, give it a visit if you’re ever in the area!
Four stars from Readers’ Favorite! Check it out here.
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!