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Votive: The Curse of the Bond Riders 2

This is a progress report and an apology!
It’s been ages since I’ve blogged and part of the reason for that is that I have madly been working on Votive, Book 2 of The Curse of the Bond Riders series. As a result, I had to let everything slide – my blogs, my friends, my life…! Seriously, I have had to lock myself away and immerse myself in Tallow’s world, emerging to shower, eat and the other things that our bodies require us to do! I also had to cope with a very nasty allergic reaction to medication in that period, which saw me bedridden and very medicated (semi-sedated) for a week as my abused body recovered. So, I lost more time on this most precious of novels. But I want to say sorry for being so … reclusive? Is that the word?

Thing is, the first draft is now finished and in the safe hands of my editors and agent. I am actually giving myself a brief break (a week or two before starting Book 3) – oh – and cleaning my study which accumulated dirt, papers and food scraps in amazing quantities while I wrote! The amount of mugs (which beautiful hubby would bring down to me brimming with steaming coffee), pill containers (he would also bring down meds), and plates of half-eaten food scattered across surfaces beggar’s belief – really. And I thought I was a tidy person. Ha! Teenagers bedrooms don’t come near the state of my study. I could set up a cultural studies centre here based on all the unusual things growing upon displaced kitchen utensils… gross.

Now, I was going to post the blurb for Votive here as well – but I won’t just yet. You see, I may have sent off the first draft, but I know there are many flaws and faults in it and I await feedback anxiously (us writers are an awfully insecure bunch, full of self-doubt and worry) from those whose opinion I value very highly (hubby is also reading it and found some mistakes and made some great suggestions). In fact, the hardest thing not to do is to return to the novel and start rewriting now! I can already identify changes I want to make. So, I am not going to post the blurb… I would hate the story to shift and mislead you. So I will wait… impatiently and nervously for what my agent and publishers think of what I have done to the characters – and that’s before the book hits the streets next year – I’ll be a mess by then. For those of you who have read the first book, Tallow, I’d love to know what YOU think might happen in Votive!

OK. Back to cleaning. Somebody’s got to do it and since I made the mess in the first place…
Take care everyone and thank you for your messages while I have been laying low – they’ve meant the world!
Karen :)))

Comments: 15


  1. Honestly, Tallow was amazing! The finale left me speechless. If Votive is going to be anything like Tallow, then I don’t know what to expect! The countless turns the plot took were completely and utterly unexpected. THAT, along with the mystery surrounding each and every character, is what kept me so enticed.

    Don’t stop writing! = ),
    De Quan

  2. thanks for tallow it was awsome and i am just as impatient in waiting for votive thanks for the update

  3. Hey, Tallow was a great read, looking forward for the next book!

  4. Oh Tallow left me a little crazy from wanting to know what’s next!!
    Is there any chance Votive will be out before… say August??

  5. ={ I just finished reading Tallow, GRRRRR!!! Dante better come back….apart from that it was a great book =)

  6. Tallow was great I really want to read the second one

  7. Oh and I really want Dante to come back

  8. I won Tallow in a magazine competition and wasn’t sure if I would like it, but it was free and allof my books I owned were already read and collapsing my bookcase. So I read it and it was genius like something between Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I can’t wait for the others!!!
    Please keep writing!!

  9. Just finished Tallow and loved it. A little obsessed with wanting to know what happens next… eagerly awaiting the next chapter…

  10. Ahhh! Just finished Tallow, I LOVED it! Can’t wait for the next book, but everything on this site says it should be out by now? A bit confused there(Does not help that I am an impatient person..). All in all an amazing read that I could not put down and read it in one and a half days. P.S. I really hope Dante comes back! Can’t wait until I get my hands on the next book, so if anyone can explain that to me or where I can get it??

  11. Hi Gabby,
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments 🙂 Votive came out on the 1 June, so it should be in stores now. I hope you can find it. Just ask or order if you can’t. I hope you like it even more than Tallow! Karen xx

  12. just finished Votive……………love the books………….when will the third book release ?

  13. HI Gabriella – the third book, called Illumination, comes out June/July next year. I will put some more info about it (including a sample of the gorgeous cover) early next year. So glad you love the books – thank you!

  14. I’ve only just read Tallow! I can’t believe you let Dante die! Is book 3 out yet? It was an awesome read but I’m a bit confused? Was Pillar only his…… friend?……. Because of his mothers forceful and strict ways? Or did he really like Tallow? And what’s the go with poor Cane aswell? Surely he could of gotten away? And one more thing what is the relation between Katina and the man and woman that take Tallow? Keep on writing! What are some other series of yours suitable for teens?

  15. When I was talking about Pillar I totally meant her! 🙂


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