A funny thing happened on the way to finishing this book!

I want to share a little bit of our editing process with you, as it leads to quite a hilarious story.

I write in acts, and once I am done with an act, it goes through a developmental and line edit, and then off to the Beta Team in groups of five to ten chapters.

This time around, when the team got to the end of chapter 15, one of the Beta Readers was so concerned about the future of his favourite character that he petitioned me to be merciful, even going so far as to beg.

Carol, my wife, who manages the Reader Teams, quite enjoyed egging him on and feeding his fears.

Well, we both learned a lesson here, as he decided to create a closed fan group, inviting some of the other Beta Readers, and then posting a series of pleas to save the character.

I can't reveal what the outcome was, as it would give away too much, but he did finally say "the storyline was excellent."

Shadow of the Crown, Heir to the Crown: Book Four

And so it begins...

Harry Hathaway headed down the street, a silver necklace dangling from his fingers. As he walked, he examined it, talking to himself.

"Not bad, Handsome Harry, you old rogue. There isn't a woman alive who can resist your charms."

He turned up the side street, dropping the necklace into a small pouch, then withdrew a slender key. He had stopped at a door, ready to unlock it when he thought he detected a faint hissing noise. He paused, the key only partly inserted, listening intently.

Again the sound issued forth, and then a voice whispered, "Harry!"

"Who's there?" he cried out, his voice echoing down the street.

"It's me, Harry," came a familiar voice.

"You'll have to be a little more specific," he replied. "I know a lot of 'me's'."

"It's me, Nikki, Nikki the Knife."

"Nik?" he responded in surprise. "You've been gone a long time Nik, we all thought you were dead."

He moved toward the voice and was suddenly conscious of a stench that permeated his surroundings. "What's that smell?"

"I had to escape through the sewers, Harry; they'll kill me if they catch me."

Nicole stepped out of the darkness.

"By the gods, Nik, you look as bad as you smell. Who's after you? Did you upset another gang boss?"

"No, Harry," she replied, "it's much more serious than that. Can you help me or not?"

"Of course, come inside, and we'll get you cleaned up."

"No," she insisted, "I need you to come with me."

"Where are we going?"

"I have someone stashed nearby, but we must hurry before he's discovered."

"You intrigue me, Nikki. Lead on."


Dawg Central Report!

Great news! Apparently, while we were busy digging up bones in the backyard, Paul finished writing his next book, Shadow of the Crown.

From the Elgin Life Newspaper, that we might have chewed up this morning, the reviews are really good, even going so far as to say it is:

   "Another action-packed, battle-filled, heart-felt continuation of a most spellbinding tale."

We also might have peeked over Carol's shoulder when she thought we were sleeping and noticed what some of the Beta & ARC Readers said:

   "The whole battle had me absolutely riveted the entire time!" - R. D.

   "Loved it" - S. R.

   “What a great book!! I loved it” W. F.

   "It was amazing... The writing, the plot-line, the wonderful, wonderful characters!! ...you want a masterful, epic story? You want action and suspense up to your eyeballs, with a wit to match?? STOP LOOKING, HERE IT IS!!! Honest-to-goodness epics written by a master storyteller.read it for yourself, I dare ya." - M.J.  -(Tilly thinks he really, really liked it!)

Now, this next part is tricky, at least for us, since we like to chase mice and don't have opposable thumbs to scroll on a touchscreen.

Apparently, there is this thing called a "Pre-order" you see, where you can get Paul's latest book. Well, as long as you have the internet, and if you are looking at our cute little faces, then you must have the internets!

So here is our plea: We wants more bones to bury out back, and they cost monies, so please do the pre-order thing, so we gets more bones.

That is all, thank you.

~~~Love Daisy and Tilly

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