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I wanted to address a concern a number of readers have been emailing me about recently and hopefully quell that growing anxiety. As many, if not all, of you know I publish my books exclusively on Amazon. The books are available in ebook and paperback formats and are also part of the Kindle Unlimited subscription service for Amazon. This means that all my books are only acquired on their store pages and only have their customer reviews to show for it. Something that has drawn attention to readers is the status of Chronicles of Eden – Act I, which currently has an overall 3 star rating on the site. This has prompted a number of emails asking if I’m worried or if this is a sign that the series isn’t doing well. It also brings up the question if I’m going to continue writing the series if this keeps up.
First and foremost, I’m always going to keep writing Chronicles of Eden. I love the series. I love the characters. I love the world. I want to keep going with it. Even if it had one star ratings on all the books I wouldn’t stop. I will never let the harsh words of others keep me from writing the words in these books. So don’t worry about that, this writer isn’t going to leave the series hanging on a perpetual cliffhanger.
Secondly, I want to state that the series is doing very well financially. It’s only selling more and more each month and I’m able to comfortably live off the royalties and art print sales alone. This is my full time job after all. I’m not saying I’m filthy stinking rich like J.K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer, but I’m doing alright. Don’t worry about me losing my home or anything, I’m not reduced to water and bread or living in a cardboard box. Sales have always been going well for the series and have only been getting better as time goes on and more readers jump into the world.
Third, I am aware of the review count for the books. The truth is most people don’t leave reviews, only a small fraction actually do. Ask any author, it’s the reality of how this works. People could love it or hate it, and they would still likely not leave a review. Granted, some are motivated to more than others, either by really liking the book or really hating it, but very few actually do take this extra step. The number of reviews on Chronicles of Eden – Act I is the vast minority of overall readers for the book, even if most of those reviews are showing as less than positive recently. There’s nothing I can do about this, I can’t demand or twist the arms of those who liked the book to leave a review, that’s entirely up to them. The review count isn’t hurting the book, it’s only making it seem less bright to new readers who first come upon it.
To answer the concern for the third point, if you or any reader is concerned about the review count or simply wants to help the book shine better on the store pages, then leave a review for it. Simple as it gets. It could be as short as “Loved the book” or “Great story” or anything like that. Doesn’t have to be a novel critiquing every aspect of the story, unless you’re that motivated to do so in which case go right ahead. Only takes 30 seconds, not even, to help the book shine, and every single review helps it do just that. I would love to see the book and the others raise to solid 5 star ratings, I truly believe that’s what they’re worthy of and will continue to believe that since I’m proud of my work. But if people don’t want to review for any reason, that’s up to them and I can’t fault them for that. They have to want to do it, they can’t be forced.
Whether the books get to five star ratings or down to one, I’m not going to stop writing for the series. I have a large story to tell and am currently planning several spin-off books to further explore the world and history of the characters. I’m never going to let the words of others keep me from doing what I love to do, so don’t worry about that. The truth is, whether people out there want to believe it or not, Chronicles of Eden is a success for me and is continuing to be as such. That’s all thanks to people out there who are buying the books and art prints and helping spread the word that the series is out there, that’s what shows the story is loved and wanted more of. And I’m more than willing and eager to keep the story going all the way through to its end.
Things I’m working on:
- Chronicles of Eden – Act XI
- Chronicles of Eden Wiki
Things I need to work on after:
- Chronicles of Eden Wiki (it’s an ongoing project)
- Chronicles of Eden – Act XII
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness (complete revision of series and continuation of Act VII)
- Rosario Vampire: A Game of Chance
- Rosario Vampire: Tsukune’s Head Girl – Retry
Things I want to work on after that:
- Chronicles of Eden – Act XIII
- Chronicles of Eden Wiki (will never be done)
- Two side-story books for Chronicles of Eden
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness
Things I want to write and publish but not sure when I will have time:
- Demons of Aether: Volume 2
Things that are taking away from my writing time:
- That thing called ‘sleep’
- A massive backlog of Steam games
- A massive backlog of Oculus Rift games
- A massive backlog of anime series
- A massive backlog of TV series
There’s your update on what’s going on with me. Now if you’ll excuse me my Nintendo Switch is bitching that I’m not playing with it enough, as it so frequently does these days.
The official cover art for Chronicles of Eden – Act XI is finished. Only one character highlighting this particular entry, a deviation from how the covers normally go for the series. All that can be said of any certainty alongside this teaser for the upcoming book is this: This fall the Gemini are going to make you scream.
Well, I finally did it. After getting emails after emails after rocks thrown through my windows asking for this, I finally decided to do something about it. I’ve started creation of the Chronicles of Eden wikia page. It was bound to happen eventually, why not now? Readers and fans of the series are free to take a look, and if they’re so inclined, to add to it. I’ve just started work with it, getting pages and links created and beginning the long process of entering in all the details for… well, everything in the series up to the current point. Needless to say it’ll take a while to fully flesh out, but that’s to be expected.
For those wanting to take a look and watch as the pages slowly grow the wikia can be found here. Official links will be added to my website after I get more content set up on the page.
And now, back to work.
So I have received many messages from readers of Chronicles of Eden asking/wondering/complaining about a few things in the series and I thought I would take some time to address them as these are the most frequent ones beings spoken about regarding these topics. Typically I prefer to let readers figure out things on their own, enjoy the ride with surprises intact, and come to understand its story structure along the way, but it’s becoming apparent that there are quite a few that need a little information or reminders about a few things. I’ve often been blamed of things such as not keeping track of things properly or neglecting character story lines in some books, typically things that these readers find irritating as its not how they themselves would want the story to go. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion and I by no means condemn anyone speaking ill about my stories or ranting about something they’ve misunderstood in them, I just want to take a moment to go over a few things and put some concerns to rest with everyone in case some facts have gone unnoticed or forgotten.
And of course, this post will contain spoilers for the series up to Act X. So if you haven’t read through the books yet this will let loose some major spoilers, so read at your own risk.
***SPOILERS BELOW. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED***
Okay, so first off, biggest question I get is “Who is the damn MC of this series?”. That’s paraphrasing many comments and even reviewers who don’t appear to like Daemon and his group being in the story at all. Let’s be clear about this, Daniel Sorres is the main character of the series, that’s undeniable. He’s in every book, we’re following him on his journey to instill peace in Eden, and he’s the envy of many guys out there with his apparent luck with the ladies. His story and path are important to the series. He is however not the only character in the story or for that matter the world. He is not showing us all of Eden on his journey. There are other lives out there that are taking place, and many as we’ve seen are contributing to the overall plot. Daemon and his followers, Max and his growing number of friends, Kindra and Flarah’s plotting, the Dark Queens. There’s other things going on than just what Daniel and his harem are up to or can see from where they are. Everything is connected, even if you can’t see the connections just yet. Their paths are all intertwined, that’s more than obvious as many have crossed each other one time or another. Daniel’s journey and development will continue as always, but there are other things that need to be fleshed out and brought to light along the way, and that means Daniel and his harem can’t be in every scene. This isn’t to say the cast is anywhere near as enlarged and complicated as that of Game of Thrones, but there are a lot more characters in the book than just Daniel and many deserve time to be seen, heard, and understood. That can’t and won’t be changed, so if the idea that Daniel isn’t going to be in every scene in every book really upsets you to the point that it makes reading this story unbearable, you may as well find another series to jump into. I won’t fault you for that, that’s your decision based on your preferences. It’s all cool.
Next off is another accusation many readers seem to fault me for while not seeing the entire picture first. This being “How the hell did the gemini get an entire army of followers so quickly to attack others with?”. Let’s look at this from what’s been seen so far. The gemini were cast to the eastern wastelands by Apoch and Astreal. There they plot to bring as many vicious monsters as they can to the land to annihilate Daniel’s dream of bringing peace to man and monster. That was at the end of Act IV. We again see them in Act VII at the very end leading a large army into Ruhelia to utterly decimate it. The time gap between these events is 6 days. To anyone paying remote attention that is certainly not enough time to draw an entire army together by handing out pamphlets of any sort. Now, it isn’t shown how the gemini recruit other monsters to join them, how they’re spreading the word. Magic could be involved, sure. So could messengers by horseback, carrier pigeons, and smoke signals for all we know, right? But still that’s a very short amount of time to recruit an army large enough to take down the centaur kingdom, even if the centaurs were poor fighters. So logically they couldn’t have sent word to all these monsters so quickly. That being the case many readers who noticed this are quick to jump to the conclusion that I screwed up the timing, that I wasn’t aware of the timeframe in my own books and made a big boo boo. After all this is a lot easier to think than, say, there’s more going on than what they’ve seen so far. Or what they’ve been paying attention to. Now that’s not to say the entire truth of everything that’s been happening has been made aware to readers, however there have been some clues that there’s been more going on for some time.
Who remembers this witch? Alice is her name and killing is her game (bad joke, I know). We first meet this nasty little monster in Act X as she murders- WAIT! No! Wrong! We actually meet this witch for the first time in Act II. For those who pay close attention they might notice that her staff is oddly familiar. The design is colorful, creepy, and made its first appearance when this witch confronted Alyssa towards the middle of the second book. Although her name wasn’t spoken as she was just ‘another witch’ who didn’t introduce herself or was questioned who she was, she is indeed the one and same from back then. However based on her introduction she gave in Act X she isn’t from this land. She and her sisters come from Zuyuan, which is located far east beyond the Opelega Sea. They’re from a different continent entirely. Sure, they’re joining The Sisterhood for the wicked party the gemini are throwing, but that’s not what brought them to the land in the first place. These evil witches, who technically are trespassing on Charlotte’s land, made the journey into enemy territory for another reason. And they’ve been around Daniel’s neighborhood since near the beginning of the series. Weeks have passed since Daniel began his journey, and long before the gemini even started calling monsters over for their party these wicked witches were already raping and killing humans with glee nearby. So what does this show? Not only would it have been easy for these witches to hear about The Sisterhood and their devious plot, but it shows that evil monsters can and have already been coming to this land without the gemini calling for them. Being drawn towards it even. Monsters that wouldn’t even normally play nice with each other, like the arachne and mites (or for that matter any of them as they all seem to be the kind that don’t make friends easily). Many of them joined The Sisterhood as it sounded fun and profitable for them, but its apparent, even just looking at it logically and timewise, that the gemini’s intentions are not what drew all these monsters into the land in the first place. Many readers have taken what they see at face value, and given the general theme of not believing in only what you see in Eden, that’s going to blind them from parts of the story. They believe that since we’ve only seen the gemini wishing to bring down everyone in the region that they’re the only ones causing trouble, that they’re the only bad girls in town. There’s an entire world we haven’t seen, other people, monster races, and very easily more villains that have yet to make an appearance with their own intentions. If something doesn’t make sense in the story (aside from Triska’s duffelbag, that thing’s a perpetual mystery) then perhaps that’s because you haven’t seen everything yet. Many people assumed Emily was something she wasn’t. Many people assumed Flarah was someone who she wasn’t. Sadly this is something many upset readers and reviewers won’t realize, but that’s something they’ll have to manage on their own.
Another thing I’ve noticed is many readers demand instant satisfaction. That whole bit about Daniel having to evolve as a character and earn the love of his mates and come to learn how to rise higher in the world with a power he didn’t even know he had? Many reviewers don’t like that apparently as he’s not strong enough or confident enough in the first book. The whole character development between Triska and Alyssa, from going to bitter rivals to companions and even lovers later on? Nope, their whole bickering aspect at first was too much to take for some. How any character development should be done with them slowly building a relationship and overcoming trials to make it seem more realistic? Wrong to many readers as they should just skip the whole fighting bit and just get to the sex right away. The first few books of the series suffer from poor criticisms such as these and that is unfortunate because these things that they all wish would go away are what helped build the foundation for the characters later on and for a great story to stand upon. That’s what the first book was for in fact, not to have Daniel become some powerful hero outright but rather to setup the world and introduce us to a few of the girls that would grow to become his family later alongside many others. To show his own growth into someone greater over time. A lot of people out there don’t seem to think so though. Still, the developments needed to be done and naturally, not forced for the sake of jumping to the later scenes and events sooner. People who are unsatisfied with that should probably stick to short stories, they’ll find them more enjoyable than long-running series.
I do get questioned very often if I’ve thought everything through by people who believe they’re seeing everything properly to make that sort of judgement. To answer this, yes, I have my story planned out from start to finish. There are parts that can be molded to different events if I choose to, but the overall plot, main characters, villains, and journey of them all has been decided in its entirety. I’m not making the whole story up as I go, as many would like to believe. What happens will happen for a reason, even if you can’t see the entire reason right away. That’s part of what makes reading a book fun, the journey of it all. Learning about the world, being surprised by twists and turns, cheering for heroes that earn your respect, cursing villains who you wish to see fall. That’s how these sorts of books go.
I understand my books aren’t made for everyone, no book is. Everyone has their own way of thinking and own preferences for what they like to read. These are just a few things that have been thrown at me repeatedly by others who, I think, just don’t understand how these sorts of stories work. Of course there are trolls and hateful people out there that just want to see authors burn, but I’m not making that judgement call on every harsh reviewer of my works. Some of them just aren’t the intended audience for these books and don’t agree with how it plays out, and that’s fine. To each their own. I’m still glad of the work I’ve created, the vast majority of those reading my books think they’re enjoyable, they’re all selling remarkably well so that proves people want more of this world, and that’s enough to make me sleep well at night.
To those who have asked about the topics above in emails or reviews I hope this sheds some light on them for you. And of course to everyone else that reads and approves of my stories, thank you all for your continued support. It really is appreciated
Sorry for the long pause of updates, this has been my sort-of-kind-of summer vacation. I’m still working on the next Chronicles of Eden book, artwork has been planned, and release is scheduled for this fall. I am also taking some time off now and again to rest and relax this summer. Of course the Steam Summer Sale and Oculus Summer Store sales have given me an increasingly large backlog of games to play, my anime collection is as always everlasting with new releases tempting me into watching more of them while previous releases are still whining they haven’t gotten their turn, and the weather has been quite pleasant to enjoy time outdoors lately which is always nice from time to time. That and I have an anime convention coming up shortly that will certainly pull me away from the computer without question.
Don’t worry though, the writing hasn’t completely stopped and never will. More updates will be coming soon as they’re available. Until then thanks to everyone for your continued support, reviews, and purchases of my books and their art prints. Every bit is appreciated. Looking forward to the next publication and releases of other projects planned as well which are all coming in due time.
The month isn’t even over and the first chapter to Chronicles of Eden – Act XI is already done. I’m just as eager as the rest of you to see the next Act of this series published as it’s finally time for the long awaited reunion between Daniel and the gemini sisters. If the ending of Act X is any indication, and it should be, things are about to get serious and deadly as Daniel and his girls come face to face with the dreaded Dark Queen and those that wish to stop their mission of bringing peace to the land once and for all. The breaking point doesn’t end there however, as another Dark Queen is close to being released which would only throw even more chaos into the mix if she were to be freed. Needless to say the next book will start off right where the last one ended and carry on through these imminent confrontations. Daniel and Daemon’s groups are slowly converging towards a common goal and a certain internal conflict, more monstergirls will be introduced, new friends and enemies will be encountered, and Daniel will need to step up not only as the knight his family needs but also someone who is willing to stand against these evil monsters to keep his dream of peaceful coexistence alive. What the world of Eden needs now more than ever, is an Alliance.
The next book is planned to be released this fall. Stay tuned for updates and thank you for your continued support.
It’s no secret or surprise, Chronicles of Eden – Act X has brought in more sales than any other release in the series. In fact all previous entries are also selling like crazy in the wake of its release. Reviews are looking good and people seem to be enjoying the latest book in the monstergirl series. And not only that, but the book is… blocked in India? Wait, what?
Yep, after being alerted by several potential buyers that the Amazon.in store page for Chronicles of Eden – Act X was unavailable I contacted Amazon to find out what the issue was. And after a week of no response I get a simple reply saying:
During our review process, we found that your book(s) contains content that is in violation of our India content guidelines. As a result, we will not be offering the following book for sale in India:
Chronicles of Eden – Act X (ID:9078388)
An odd thing to see, considering the previous nine books are currently being sold in India and selling quite well in fact. I’m not sure if this is a mistake on Amazon’s part or if the tenth book in the series crossed some unknown line with India, but as of now the India store page for Act X isn’t available. All other countries, sure. India? Nope.
I’m currently trying to dispute this and get the store page back up. Sorry to everyone in India who haven’t been able to read the newest entry of the series, I hope to have this unfortunate problem taken care of soon. To everyone else who has bought and read the book, thank you all for your continued support. I really do appreciate it
The wait is finally over! The newest entry to the Chronicles of Eden series is now being uploaded on Amazon in both ebook and paperback formats, check out the store page here. Get ready for plenty of action, suspense, new monstergirls, more enemies, and… less friends.
Expect things in Eden to turn darker as those who are worthy of the name ‘monster’ continue their rampage across the land, and know that this isn’t the end of the conflict by far. This is just the beginning of something more. Of course to find out just how bad things could get for our heroes you’re going to have to read the book, so head on over to the store page and get your copy today. You won’t want to miss what happens next 😉
It’s that time that many have been waiting for. The first chapter to the upcoming Chronicles of Eden book is now available for a sneak peak before its release! I’m looking forward to publishing this next entry very much as it sets into motion a great number of things, one of which is of course the highly anticipated reunion of Daniel’s group and the evil Gemini sisters. Plenty of monstergirls, plenty of action, and plenty of surprises await in the next Act. For those that wish to hold off on being teased any further with what’s coming up, you probably shouldn’t look at the preview chapter so as not to spoil anything at all. And if you just can’t wait for that next taste of Eden then by all means take a look, if anything it’ll only increase your eagerness to have the next book released.
So when is the book officially being released I hear you all saying. Surely by now it’s about ready, right? Well, almost. There are a few more art pieces that need to be done and I have to go through the entire book to make sure everything is set properly. And of course there’s the ending to finalize. You see the ending to this particular book actually hasn’t been decided on just yet. And that’s because there are three major events planned at the end that could each serve as a stopping point, the real question here is which point do I want to stop at? This is what I’ve actually been spending the most time with getting correct and set properly for the book’s release, as this is actually a big decision to make regarding how the series will continue. Each of these three points is a huge reveal/moment that I don’t want to have outshine the others, and each of these three points is set to happen close to one another as the story demands it. So it’s not a matter of will Chronicles of Eden – Act X have a big ending to it, it’s which big ending I want for it. And depending on which one I want to be the final period of this entry I need to shape the previous chapters accordingly as I’m not going to do all of them and have them become outweighed by each other. It’s a delicate balance that needs to be decided on before I can stamp this one as ready to publish for all.
So while I give the story it’s final revision and set up the chosen ending for it you can take solace in knowing that the next book is nearing completion. The first, but not the last, publication of 2017 is going to be one of the best so far in the series. That being said I am also eager to see how readers will react to what happens next, especially with what’s in store for our heroes.
As always the preview chapter will only be available until the book is published. If you want to catch the first glimpse of Act X then click below.