Vengeance Will Come, First Review

Today I discovered that I had a review for my novel, Vengeance Will Come on Amazon. Further more, I’ve had the review since November and didn’t even know!

For some strange – and surely nonsensical – reason, it appears Amazon displays comments only on the Amazon site where the novel is purchased. I would have thought it’d make more sense to display all of the same-language reviews on every Amazon site that caters for that language… i.e. give your customers more feedback about a product (and not to mention, potentially help your authors).

The review is very generous:

An engaging story with a surprising twist at the end. The characters are very well developed and vivid. The story is told masterfully and I wish to congratulate the writer on such a well written book. I only wish that they make it into a movie! I look forward to Book 2.

Thanks so much “Amazon Customer” 🙂 Such a review is encouraging, and encouragement is a big help. You too can buy my novel at the Amazon US, UK, AU or other site of your choosing 🙂

I have heard before that every author (regardless of previous successes) doubts themselves and their writing ability. It’s nice not to be alone in that feeling. It just so happens Francine Rivers who is an incredible writer, recently wrote about her continuing doubts and how she overcomes the immensity of the goal.

Now Published: Vengeance Will Come

Earlier this week, I published Vengeance Will Come on Amazon. You can read it now for the low price of $1.50 (US) or $2.12 (AU).


After oscillating more than a conviction-less politician with contradictory poll information on if I should publish and how I should publish I finally just did it. I wrote Vengeance Will Come hoping that others would find it an entertaining read – and that wasn’t going to happen if I didn’t put it out into the public sphere.

At the moment it is just an e-book, though I’ve had a few requests for a print book – so I will look into the implications of that in the future.

This is the description on the Amazon page to whet the reading appetite.

‘A man in a fight for survival will grasp at anything to use as a weapon.’

A shadowy cult with arcane powers foments hostilities between two Regents, locking them in a bitter struggle that traverses planets.

Regent Menas Senay has been promised the long-awaited revenge that will free him from the demons of his past. He’s willing to pay anything to achieve it, even if it costs him everything.

When Menas attacks the Tador capital he unleashes a series of events that rock Regent Danyel Abudra’s life to its foundations. Danyel soon discovers that even rulers are slaves in adverse circumstances, and that to prevail will be harder than he can conceive.

But they’d both better hope the cult doesn’t get what it wants from the deal.

Vengeance costs more than anyone expects, and it’s coming…

At just over 100,000 words and 297 pages this book is approximately 20% longer since my last revision cycle, and 15% shorter than the original draft. (I’ll talk more about the revision process in future posts).

Thanks and credit for the background image on the cover must go to the talented user Gellinger who uploaded and made it available for use at pixabay.


Seeing Vengeance Will Come finally available for others to read is a great encouragement to keep writing!

Writing a Synopsis

I’ve written before about the amateur author’s pendulum, and the indecisiveness of which route to choose. The spectrum is vast, with traditional publisher at one end and self-publish, release-for-free at the other end.

I’ve decided that I’m going to submit Vengeance Will Come to a traditional publisher. First and foremost, I want the gatekeeper to say I’m allowed through. I don’t want to self publish and (accidentally) add to the slush pile. I know I’m not experienced enough to judge my own quality objectively.

I also know myself. I don’t want to have to worry about things like cover art, promotion and marketing. (I realise there could be elements of this, but I don’t want to ‘go it alone’. I’d rather leave it to the experts).

So now I’m trying to write my very first synopsis. Trying being the operative word.

The Story Surgeon

I stand over my creative womb, gloves on and scalpal ready… there are two babies in there, conjoined twins and it is my job to separate them. Remaining together their chances are minimal, but separated they both may live healthy lives. I must extricate them from one another, sharing out vital organs and repairing the wounds the procedure inflicts.

Anatomy and medical procedural faults aside, that is what I am going to do with my story Vengeance Will Come. I believe I’ve admitted before that the novel is almost two stories. Or I may have been kinder on myself by using weasel words such as ‘two defined acts’. This is part of the reason for the getting-too-long length and also the ridiculous number of points-of-view.

The main storyline is fully-fledged, but the other is small, undernourished. They are part of the same character arc and are both important in the overall series-story, but the inclusion in one novel is problematic. Introduction of a new plot arc and a new cast of characters at the third-point mark is too clumsy to be forgiven by the reader, even this reader who squirmed every time he read it. It was too jarring and felt like an offshoot tangent, which it is.

Consequently I have decided that I will extricate the smaller of the two, and turn that into a novella. This will have the effect of shedding around 10,000 words and about six points of view from Vengeance Will Come, which can only be a good thing. I do really like the second story which is why I am keeping it alive as its own work. Separating it out will allow it to grow and thrive a bit if it wants, but my intention is it will remain a novelette and not grow any bigger (around 17,500 words).

Novel Update

If my first full attempt at a novel, Vengeance Will Come, was a ship on which I planned to sail for grand adventures, it’d be fair to say the ol’ girl had some holes. As I’ve previously confessed I didn’t know the motivations of my characters and the truth is some of the plot lines blurred away on the horizon. It was only a matter of time before I was like a drowning man clinging to a piece of flotsam.

Fortunately, my writing is better than my drawing.
Fortunately, my writing is better than my drawing.

While I knew how my plot would end for my main characters, the ending for other important characters was less clear. (Bearing in mind that this was always planned as book 1 of a series).

And if you’ve been watching my progress bar on the left you no doubt would have noticed it hasn’t been moving much lately; partly because of this issue. When you have invested so many hundreds of hours into something and it feels like your dream is sinking, motivation can be difficult.

I am pleased to announce that I have decided where the different character’s destinations should be and what steps I need to get them there. I did the amateur step of re-starting my review back at 0% to incorporate it all, and after a monster weekend of writing, significant progress has been made.

(That’s not to say that I still have some serious concerns about the plot and execution, but being that this is a first book I think it is more important to finish it than to try [unsuccessfully] to make it perfect).