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An Update on Wardens of Archos (There’s an Excerpt, Too!)

My, it’s been a while since I’ve last done a progress update! How have you been? ๐Ÿ˜€

As usual I’m trying to do a hundred things at once (or it feels like I am, anyway – if anyone knows how to contact Satan, let me know. I’m ready to sign that contract for more hours in my day now.) and to be honest I’m tired and I have no idea how people juggle a full-time day job, raising their children, writing, keeping their partners happy, and maintaining their house so it doesn’t fall apart. It’s sorcery, it must be. (They’ve probably signed that contract… So someone knows how to get in touch… Email. Me.)

What I’m currently trying to juggle are my edits on Wardens of Archos, my part-time day job, editing jobs (by the way, you can officially book me from July! Take a look here for more details.), keeping my cat and partner happy, and ignoring all the housework that needs doing but which I have no time to do. So, if you’re someone who balances everything perfectly without getting tired and/or stressed, please tell me how you do it. I wouldn’t mind some pointers :’)

My familiar is still very involved.

The edits on Wardens of Archos are going well. My editor is doing a developmental edit and guys. It’s gonna be good. I’m loving her suggestions and I’m loving how much it’s improved already. Two critique partners are going over it, too, and I’m doing my own edit at the same time. We’re cutting and adding in (almost) equal measures ๐Ÿ˜› I’m adding all comments to my printed version and will apply all changes once I’ve finished going over it. Once that’s done I’ll be ready for betas ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, there’s a lot to do and not much time to do it in, and I don’t want to rush it. I’m also trying not to feel bad about how long it’s taking, but I’d rather have a 3rd draft I’m happy with than one I’ve rushed through and missed a bunch of mistakes.

I’m currently hoping to publish it in August/September, but nobody hold me to that. (Or do, actually!)

By the time I get to Darkened Light it’ll have had a nice long break!

If you’ve signed up for my newsletter you might know that work on the cover for Wardens of Archos has begun! In theory I’ll have a cover reveal and the blurb for you in a few weeks ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, to summarise, everything’s progressing nicely but slowly due to other commitments. I’m dying to see the cover, and I’ve already booked the next slot for the end of September, which is for Darkened Light.

Now, if you’d take a peek to the left, you should see this new shiny option:


You probably know that I’ve been blogging about world building and, more recently, beta reading. On this page you’ll be able to find all posts I’ve published already, in one handy list! That way, if you need specific information, you’ll be able to find it quickly ๐Ÿ™‚ It also gives you an idea of what’s yet to come, and includes the collaborative posts I’ve hosted together with other authors.

And to finish off, as promised, here’s an excerpt ๐Ÿ˜‰

โ€œIf we wanted to kill you,โ€ said Yoko, โ€œweโ€™d have done so when you arrived.โ€

Reeve snorted. โ€œYou underestimate me, witch. Iโ€™m not so easy to kill.โ€


The lights in the room flickered, the smell of incense gone. Rachael blinked, and between two flickers of the candles Yoko moved right before him, her body encased in blue flames and a dagger at his throat. It drew the smallest sliver of blood.

โ€œYou are on your guard, Sparrow, and yet Iโ€™ve managed to draw blood from your neck. All I had to do was blink.โ€ Yoko stepped away from him, and turned around. Reeve caught himself the moment her back was turned, and threw a dagger at Yokoโ€™s head. It stopped in mid air, halfway between them. โ€œIf I wanted you dead, Sparrow, you would have died.โ€ Her smile was as beautiful as it was lethal. โ€œJust think what I could have done had you closed your eyes for one more second.โ€

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    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Thank you!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. First, stabilo pens are wonderful. The colors are so beautiful and I love that the tips are fairly slim ๐Ÿ˜

    Second, that excerpt is enticing! I can’t wait to read more. Good luck with your revision/editing process!

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      *sigh* Aren’t they just? I love these, they are my favourite pen set <3 (You know you're a writer when you have a favourite pen set.)

      Thank you! I'm so glad it's pulled you in ^-^

  2. Aha! Brilliant excerpt ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be getting some more notes to you this week, Sarina. I’ve been waylaid a bit but tomorrow is my reading day for it!
    August/September is marked now in my calendar ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Thank you, Faith! You’ve probably seen it on my newsletter first, but I didn’t want to rob the people here entirely ^-^

      Oh God, you may need to hold me accountable! I’ve been so ridiculously busy it’s been difficult to juggle everything!

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