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November 22, 2014

I know the saying goes "Rome was not built in a day", but it was probably built in less time than it took me to finish this book. As I mentioned in a previous blog post from way back, it wasn't the story that took so long, it was the review, proof reading and the self-editing, etc...(queue the violins). No excuses. It took me much longer than I expected (like way longer), but now that it's done I believe it's a better story than Book 1.

I'm finally at a point where I'd love to have a small group of Beta readers. If you're interested in being a Beta reader for Book 2, that would be fantastic! Just let me know and I'd be happy to send you the story. Right now it's strictly a word document. You can send me a message or leave a comment on this blog and I'd be happy to send it over to you. I can also send you a coupon for a free download of Book 1 from if you haven't read Book 1 yet and want some foundation to the story before you Beta read Book 2.

Thanks to everyone who reads this blog post and thanks in advance to everyone who has taken an interest in Book 1 and now with Book 2.

Rich Phelan
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Published on November 22, 2014 20:51 • 55 views • Tags: book-2, colleen-colgan, war-of-the-blood-demons

August 23, 2013

I looked at the date of my last blog and almost screamed. It's been a while since I've given anyone an update. I've finished Boook 2 War of the Blood Demons. I'm not kidding. I know I've been talking about it for too long. I'm still editing it but I expect that I can get it done in a month or so. Book 2 is significantly longer than Book 1 so at least I can use that as an excuse. But that's all it would be is an excuse.

The real reason it's taken so long is that I got another story, totally different, stuck in my brain. It's one that has Zombies and vampires and werewolves in it. I'll say this - it's a completely different take on that genre. It's called Zombie Air, but that's a different blog for a different time.

When I finish the editing portion of The War of the Blood Demons, it would be great if I could find a few people that could be beta readers.

Again, thanks for your patience. Hopefully the story will be worth the wait.

Rich Phelan
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Published on August 23, 2013 20:15 • 67 views

May 4, 2011

After a few months of doing other things I have re-upped with renewed determination to finish this book. It's not that the story is difficult to create. Just the opposite, the story was finished (in my head anyway) almost before I finished Book 1. It's just finding the man hours to scratch it out on paper, so to speak.

Book 2 is set almost entirely in Erin's post-apocalytic Earth. I will say this- as much as I couldn't boil down Book 1 to one single premise, in this book it's possible. Colleen struggles with this main dilemma- If you could save the lives of billions of people you will never know or never meet, but to do that you would have to kill your best friend, would you do it?

I have my own struggles with Book 2. More specifically as this story is developing on paper I'm realizing that it may be less of a Young Adult book and is feeling more like adult sci-fi. I base that conclusion mainly on the level of violence in the story. It' a story about a war and war, by its very nature, is extremely violent. Specifically when the war involves creatures that view humans like Fred Flinstone eyes a Brontosaurus Burger. There's no cute way to describe that. I'm sure, according to Hoyle, having two books in the same series target different audiences isn't recommended, but if I downplay the violence as it relates to war, then I change the story, somehow diminishing the impact it has on people who experience it, and I don't want to do that.

My best estimate is that I will complete Book 2 by mid-summer, meaning it should be available shortly after that. Unlike Book 1, I plan on having Book 2 edited before making it available.
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Published on May 04, 2011 19:37 • 159 views

April 21, 2011

Sorry for the long time between posts. Life has definitely gotten in the way of my writing the last 4 months. Thanks again to all who read and reviewed The Colleen Colgan Chronicles. I'm thrilled that everyone liked the story. It was a great relief to get it out of my head and onto paper (the real and the cyber version). The current version being an ARC, I’ve considered the portions of "constructive feedback" that have a common thread amongst several reviews. I've used that input to improve the book (at least from my perspective) and will be releasing a "clean" version soon.

The most overwhelming feedback was the book needed professional editing. I realize that the typos and errors in grammar were distracting and I apologize for that. However the options at the time were to publish it as an ARC or never publish it at all, so I’m glad people were able to get through it. It’s currently in the process of professional editing.

I’ve added some background about Colleen’s condition. It’s important to understanding her. My original version had the entire first chapter dedicated to the how and why of Colleen’s condition. On the advice of a literary agent from a very big agency in New York, I trimmed out a lot of the backstory for the version I used in the giveaway. It’s clear that I trimmed a little too much so I’ve re-inserted a small amount of backstory.

As you may have guessed, I’m pretty passionate about global warming. Sometimes that passion comes on a little too strong. The reviews allowed me to see that through the eyes of the reader. As a result I’ve softened the edges and focused more on what’s important to the story instead of just what’s important to me.

I appreciate everyone’s interest in Colleen and her posse. I’m working on Book 2 now “War of the Blood Demons” and will post a preview soon.
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Published on April 21, 2011 13:56 • 108 views

December 10, 2010

Thanks to everyone who has read, reviewed, or marked The Colleen Colgan Chronicles to be read.

The inspiration behind the book was two-fold:

Raise global warming awareness in kids 10-15 years old. I don't think kids of that age are too young to understand the consequences of the way we live our lives in today's world. In a lot of ways the real pressure to find a solution rests on their brow. Don't get me wrong, I love the benefits of technological, communication, and medical advances. But some of the advances in technology have come with some carbon based baggage. And the problems can be solved, we just have to want to solve them.

Oh and the other, most important, reason for the book is that I wanted to create a fun, exciting world where you can get lost and , at least for the period you're reading the book, believe in some things that simply aren't possible. It's a quick and easy read. On that subjet, the feedback seems to be unanimous.

I am in the process of writing Book 2 "War of the Blood Demons". I should be done in the late spring. I will post a preview of the 2nd book in a later post.
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Published on December 10, 2010 20:13 • 121 views