I know you’re expecting a new chapter this morning, but I hope you’ll bear with me. We’re on the final leg of the journey. I know I had said a while back I thought there’d be 24 chapters, but it’s gone a bit longer than that. Which you’ve probably already noticed. 😉 Now, I’m almost certain there will only be three more chapters. Chapter 26 is finished. 27 is half finished. And I think 28 will wrap it all up.
Because I am a panster, sometimes what comes out on the page as I type surprises me, even as I approach the end of a book. In the middle of the book it doesn’t matter because I just roll with whatever new has popped up. But at the end of a book, I don’t have as much wiggle room because at that point I usually have a pretty solid idea how the book’s going to end. So I tend to need to tweak and tweak and tweak to be sure the last few chapters flow well toward that end. At the moment I’m still finding myself tweaking a few things in 26 as I’m writing 27. Which means I’m not quite ready to post 26 yet.
So, I’m going to delay a day. I’ll have Chapter 26 here on my blog for you sometime Saturday morning (Mountain Standard Time), January 26th. Thanks for understanding!
In the meantime, I thought maybe it might ease the wait if I shared some of my “research” photos with you. 🙂 These images are from Dreamstime, which is a stock photo website. Since I’m not using them for anything except to show you sample pictures of my characters, and they’ll be up here only temporarily, I haven’t purchased licenses for the photos (hence the watermarks). However, IF I decide to write a sequel to this story (and, yes, I do have some thoughts on that), then one or more of these might very well become part of a new cover, in which case I will most assuredly purchase a license for their use.
These are mostly Hunter and Jay, but there’s even one of Shane at the end, if you’re curious! 🙂
**And also, because Tory asked, I’ve just added pics of Ripley and Newt! 🙂