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At last!

I am pleased to announce the official publication of Restraint.

The journey from fanfic to published novel has been a long one. It involved a steep learning curve, certification as an editor, and eleven full drafts over three years.

The resulting novel is 43% smaller than its fanfic original. Its average chapter length dropped from 3600 to 2100 words. I toned down the period language a bit. Tightened up the plot. Cut a few characters and a couple of subplots.

And yeah, deleted a lot of scenes, some of them beloved. Those were hard decisions. But I think it's a better story now.

Its heart remains the same. It's still the romantic, bittersweet story of lifelong forbidden love between a portrait artist and a nobleman who face down gossip, blackmail, and censure to be together any way they can.

a word-cloud in earth tones on a black background, featuring John, Tristan, and keywords from the novel Restraint

Anne Hawley aka DarkEmeralds holding a copy of her novel Restraint

You can get it now in print and Kindle from Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, and Amazon Australia.

And Iif you do, 'd be so pleased and honored if you wanted to write me a little Amazon or Goodreads review, and tell your friends.

Cover art for Restraint, A Novel, by Anne Hawley, depicting a long haired young man in Regency attire, white poet shirt, brocade waistcoat and tight-fitting yellow buckskin breeches, lounging in a high-backed chair

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Mar. 3rd, 2018 04:25 am (UTC)
Kudos! ((HUGS))
Mar. 3rd, 2018 04:42 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Mar. 3rd, 2018 04:54 am (UTC)
oh my god, I am so freaking proud of you!! You did it!! You're incredible--and I swear, I was just wondering were you were in this process--and here you are, finished!


Mar. 3rd, 2018 05:31 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Yep, finished. Hard to believe. I started this thing TEN YEARS AGO!!
Mar. 3rd, 2018 03:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's wonderful! Sorry about the killed darlings, but I'm sure you're right that they did not die in vain and they made it a superb rather than merely excellent novel.
Mar. 3rd, 2018 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The verbicide paid off in, if nothing else, a much smaller number of pages to typeset.

The editing process--learning how, applying it, learning more, doing more (repeat to a total of 11 drafts)--has been a thrilling and mind-expanding experience.
Mar. 3rd, 2018 04:32 pm (UTC)
Wow!!! Huge congratulations! So pleased for you!
Mar. 4th, 2018 08:17 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's been a long time coming.
Mar. 3rd, 2018 08:35 pm (UTC)
Congrats!!! What an epic amount of work for such a great piece of work. I wish you much success!
If you don't mind I'm adding you to my list of SPN authors who have published.
It's here if you want to check it out: https://meus-venator.livejournal.com/97467.html
Mar. 4th, 2018 08:20 am (UTC)
I'm honored to make your list. That's a cool list, and I see I'm in some pretty stellar company!

My author website is https://annehawley.net/restraint-a-novel.

Thank you. I really appreciate being included.
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