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May 7, 2017

Hello,

I have finished up my typing/ first round editing of Intermezzo. Now I’ve begun typing Grave — or I should say my mom is doing most of the typing while I dictate and edit with some typing. At this point, I am alternating between editing Intermezzo and typing/editing Grave. Grave is a bit more of a challenge since it wasn’t written in chronological order, and I have to put it in order. Plus, I put notes for future books in the margins, which have to be typed up.

I began writing Grave in earnest in August of 2014 — the August after my stroke. That is sort of interesting, at least to me. My mom mentioned my style is different than previously. She seems to like it better. My handwriting was certainly shaky back then, but all things considered it was remarkably legible. I was still getting used to using my right hand to write again. After my stroke, I couldn’t use either hand to do much of anything. Not to mention, in no time in my life was my handwriting ever going to win an award for beauty! A thank you goes to God and His Son Jesus for His mercy.

I’ve started writing five books at a time. I started Book 5 of Nocturne’s Reaping®, Etude, when I finished writing Grave. Plus, I recently started a whole new book. Initially, I wrote a page in two books one day then a page in the other three on a subsequent day. But writing in three books in one day proved to be difficult. So instead, I am doing two in a given day. I am repeating days for Labyrinth — a book that’s the first of a three-part dystopian series and is the one of the five that is the closest to being finished. Making slower progress on the others allows me to be open to new avenues and extend the pacing and length of the books. But once I get close to the end of a particular book, such as with Labyrinth, I think it is better to be more focused and revisit it more often in order to keep up the pace and momentum.

Lastly, I will be posting Prelude two chapters a month starting today. God willing, I plan to post two chapters on the seventh of each month. Chapters 1 and 2 were already posted. I’ll be posting these on Word Press and my website: http://www.jenniferalicechandler.com  or http://www.nocturnesreaping.com

My books will continue to be in e-book format on Amazon (Kindle) and in paperback format on Amazon/ CreateSpace. I won’t be enrolled in the Kindle Select or Kindle Unlimited programs any longer though.

Thanks for reading this!

Jennifer Chandler

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I’m going to be having a free Kindle promotion for Nocturne’s Reaping®: Prelude and Nocturne’s Reaping®: Dirge. The free promotion for Prelude will be November 13th through November 17th. The free promotion for Dirge will be November 20th through November 24th. Don’t have a Kindle? You can download an app to read it on other devices!

Free Kindle Reading Apps: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200783640

Prelude: https://www.amazon.com/Prelude-First-Book-Nocturnes-ReapingTM-ebook/dp/B00TYVROKK/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Dirge: https://www.amazon.com/Dirge-Second-Book-Nocturnes-ReapingTM-ebook/dp/B01BK21LH2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Thank you for reading this!

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I’ve been writing, but sometimes it feels like I can never get enough done. I had been writing (or trying to write) a page in four different stories a day. Now I’ve been doing a page in two different stories then switching to the other two stories the next day… except for Saturday, which I take off. It works better that way. I am able to write consistently now. Establishing some sort of routine is important, I think.

One of the four stories I’m currently writing is Book Four of Nocturne’s Reaping®: , Grave. I’ve made quite a bit of progress on that one, but I wrote it out of order. I won’t be able to see all the holes in the narrative until I start editing it. Right now I have a backlog on editing. My mom is helping type up Book Three of Nocturne’s Reaping®: , Intermezzo, as well as a mystery series I wrote previously. I handwrite almost everything first. Before the stroke, I had been pretty fast at typing. Now, not so much. I have to type with just my right hand. Though, I’m grateful to God that my right hand is doing as well as it is. My mom isn’t fast at typing, but she’s better than I am! I dictate the pages to her since my handwriting can look creative at times. ^^ After typing, I do some editing. Needless to say, I wish this process was faster. But it helps to be able to do some creative writing while the editing is progressing.

I’m missing oil painting again. I hope to start that in the next few months.

Thanks so much for reading this update!

Jenny Chandler

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Nocturne’s Reaping®: Prelude will be available for free on Kindle March 20, 2016 – March 24, 2016.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TYVROKK?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

http://www.jenniferalicechandler.com/where-to-buy.html

Reviews would be appreciated!

Nocturne’s Reaping® is a six-part young adult science fiction series. It details the invasion of lethal entities known as nebula reapers upon a dystopian world consisting of space colonies.

Prelude: Seventeen-year-old Lark Tampy was falsely accused of a crime and sent to an adult syndicate of outlaws. This man is known by the name Leader Monrage. Still, as bad as being Leader Monrage’s pawn can be, it pales in comparison to the secret plan he has in store — one prison colony as a child. She soon comes under the thumb of the ruthless leader of a that could take countless lives throughout the universe.

Reviews would be appreciated!

 

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It is going well with Dirge. I have finished the oil painting for the cover. I just have to photograph it and then use Photoshop to format the cover. I plan on doing this after I complete the text editing. I’ve just started the random sentence edit. After it is done, I will format the book for print, read through it again, then submit it (and the completed cover) to Createspace. Once I get the proof, I will reread it. If it all looks good, I’ll okay the proof. Then, I will begin formatting the Kindle copy. I may begin the Kindle formatting while the proof is in transit. My goal is to have the book ready by the end of 2015. I think I have a good shot at it!

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Nocturne’s Reaping® : Prelude

Chapter 2

“It was always a nice house,” Celeste thought as she came upon it. It was large, and it looked so nice from the outside. Then again, the inside was just as nice. Still, it was amazing how many people let the outside go. One of the things Celeste’s mother had done really well was take care of the garden. Now, either Celeste or Lark would have to take care of it or hire a professional. Celeste opened the small gate to the white fence that surrounded the house. She noted how silently it glided open. Celeste’s father had maintained everything so nicely. That’s another job that would have to be done now. Oh well, Celeste thought, I have enough to do today.

Just before the school day was over — that was the moment a cloud began to descend on Celeste. People had been busy crafting a new reality for Celeste while she had been busy trying to maintain the old one. Of particular concern to Celeste was her cousin, Lark. She’d always been a sensitive sort; chances were she’d blown it out of proportion. Things wouldn’t have to change completely. In fact, Celeste decided, most things should have the capacity to remain the same. The trick was to imagine that her parents were simply in the next room. Celeste had always been rather independent, so it wouldn’t be that hard for her.

Celeste used her key on the front door. She was surprised to find the house so dimly lit. Wasn’t Lark home? It would seem odd that Mrs. Baker wouldn’t have mentioned if Lark were with her. After all, wasn’t that the real reason Mrs. Baker pulled Celeste from school, so that Celeste could once again take charge of her cousin?

“Celeste?” a weak, scratchy voice uttered from the shadows.

“Lark? Is that you?” Celeste called out.

The small girl entered from the adjoining room, which was barely lit by the light of the waning day. Her long brown hair was a mess of tangles; her face was stained with tears.

“What are you doing?” Celeste asked, while placing her keys on the key ring.

Lark looked off to the side, her lip quivering.

“You’ve just been sitting around here all day? I can’t see how that’s very helpful.”

Lark looked at Celeste questioningly.

“Are you mad at me, Celeste?”

Celeste considered briefly.

“Kind of. I mean, if it weren’t for your staying home today Mrs. Baker wouldn’t have come to my school to retrieve me. Honestly though, what could that woman have needed to do that was so important? I guess it was really her fault after all.”

Suddenly, Lark ran toward her cousin and hugged her. Celeste was taken aback by the sobbing girl. Perhaps she had been a bit too generous letting Lark off the hook, she thought. But there was no point in watching Lark sulk all day. Eventually, Celeste placed her hands on Lark’s shoulders.

“There. There. It’ll be all right. Circumstances have changed, but they don’t have to change that much.”

Lark looked up at Celeste in disbelief.

“How?” Lark stammered.

“By being strong. You don’t have to allow your emotions to rule you.” Celeste advised.

Celeste next placed her hand on Lark’s chin.

“I suppose you haven’t eaten yet either.” Celeste remarked.

Lark shook her head.

“All right. Well, let’s see whether there are any leftovers in the fridge. Huh, that reminds me that people usually bring over food after a funeral. Then again, someone has to plan the funeral, I suppose. I don’t know.”

Lark and Celeste entered the kitchen.

“You know, everyone assumes that I’m just going to become an adult all of a sudden.” Celeste remarked. “You, I guess, get a free pass since you’re younger. The fact is it’s not going to work out that way.”

Celeste turned and looked at Lark intently.

“I figure you’re old enough to carry your own weight. You can’t be treated like a baby forever. You’re almost out of elementary school. It’s about time you started taking care of yourself.”

Celeste went to the refrigerator and opened it.

“Good. There’s still some stuff to warm up. Here.” Celeste handed Lark a container. “You can handle this. I’m going to call Dad’s attorney. I’m sure he can handle things for us.”

Celeste left the room. Lark sat down at the kitchen table; she placed the container down in front of her softly. Then, she just stared at it — unable to muster any hunger. Celeste returned soon after.

“What are you doing, Lark? You can’t just let the food rot.” Celeste barked. “That’s wasteful. Here, I’ll take care of it just this once.”

Lark watched as Celeste carefully grabbed the container and took it to the microwave.

“What are we going to do, Celeste?” Lark finally managed.

“It’s not that complicated.” Celeste responded. “I know how to reheat food.”

“I mean …” Lark interrupted. Celeste turned and stared. “… without them.” Lark added softly.

“Well, I have an appointment tomorrow with the estate lawyer. He’s willing to help me with the details.”

“Yeah, but …” Lark broke down into tears. “I miss them.”

Celeste turned her back and stared straight ahead watching the dish of food turning slowly in the microwave.

“It doesn’t help me to have you say things like that.” Celeste added coolly. “I can’t handle your problems as well as my own. Listen, you’ll be going to school tomorrow. I will be at school, so I can’t stay home and watch you. I’m sure that they have a counselor there, even if it is only a public school. Why don’t you go talk with him or her? That person should know what to say better than I would.”

The microwave beeped. Celeste removed the food with two pot holders and took it over to Lark.

“There now.” Celeste stated. “You’re welcome.” she added.

“Thank you.” Lark stammered.

“You know …” Celeste started. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a housekeeper, especially if he or she could cook well? Tammy’s family has one that went to culinary school. She knows how to make practically anything. Too bad she’s already taken. Tammy would never forgive me if I took her away. Still, if we had the money …”

Copyright © Jennifer Alice Chandler 2015

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Hi all,

It’s been a good day. I went to the West End Art Fair in Yorktown, Indiana. I signed some books and sold four! I’m able to sell them for less money in person since I get copies straight from the printer. Thank you to those who bought a copy! It made me very happy. I also talked with someone who read and enjoyed my book. That was thrilling as well! I actually gave a live radio interview with 104.1 WLBC! It was a really fun experience. Brian Casey and Mark were great for putting up with me. I don’t think I’ll win any awards for eloquence as I ended up saying in regards to what caused me to write Nocturne’s Reaping that I had a vivid dream about aliens who eat people! Which is technically true, but not very pleasant. Anyway, this was a great day. I met a lot of nice, interesting people. Thank you to all of you. And thank you, Susan, for including me!

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