Book 2 of the Sunbolt Chronicles has a title! @BooksByIntisar

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Memories of Ash | 16 comments

I’m now knee-deep in my second round of revisions of Book 2 of the Sunbolt Chronicles. This has to be the longest I have ever gone without having even a tentative title for a book. If nothing else, I usually have a working title that I plan to scrap. But this book.Β This book.

It refused to work with me. Probably because I had all these plans of what IΒ wasn’t going to name it, and it had other ideas. I threatened it with all kinds of possibilities, my favorite being the title jokingly suggested by beta-reader and friend Shy Eager … Cinderbreath. I mean, really. When faced with the choice of Cinderbreath or revealing its own name, wouldn’t any self-respecting book level with you? (On a tangent, I have decided I must Β one day write a dragon named Cinderbreath.)

But no. This book would have none of that. I had to reschedule with my cover designer and push out the design process by months. I complained to my husband. I held online brainstorming sessions with beta readers. I ate lots and lots of chocolate.

And then, two weeks ago, as politely as could be, my book informed me that it had a name. And now, since I have made you wait this long for it … here it is!

Memories of Ash

Yes, folks, you have seen that title before. Because it’s a chapter name in Sunbolt. Which means, for those of you who like scavenger hunts, somewhere between the covers of Memories of Ash, among the many chapter titles there, you will find the title of Book 3 lying in wait.

Yes, that is also Book 2 sticking its tongue out at me. Because there it was, hiding its title right under my nose for months on end. Just because I insisted it was going to have a new title.


If anyone ever tells you that an author controls what they write, you can laugh at them as hard as you like. For a very, very long time. And if you let me know, I’ll laugh right along with you…

  • ecnef

    Interesting title. can’t wait to read it πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much! Glad it intrigues you–it nearly had me in tears. πŸ˜‰

  • haley

    I bet you get this question a lot but I can’t seem to find a release date anywhere. Do you know when Memories of Ash will be out? I can’t wait and its driving me crazy!

    • Ah, well, that’s kind of a tough question. I’m about three months behind where I want to be right now, so I’m looking at a late summer release rather than early summer. :/ Summers are always a tough writing season for me because we have lots of traveling and visiting (in fact–it’s already started. I’m writing this from the Middle East!). But I’ll do my best to get it out by about August. Sorry to keep you waiting! πŸ˜€

  • Marilyn E. Holt

    Oh man! So excited!

    • Me too! I’m sorry that it’s slowed down again, but this book is going to be so much fun when it’s done. Thanks for coming by!

  • Courtnie Nicholle Kauffman

    Will Val be in book 2? I was so sad that he left. I LOVE your book (:

    • Thanks so much, Courtnie! Well, I wasn’t planning on having Val figure in Book 2, but pretty much all of my beta-readers for Book 1 told me he better be there when I asked what their expectations were… So, without giving away too much, I can say that he’ll show up where you least expect him… πŸ™‚

  • laurabendoly

    Hi Intisar. First of all, I am dying to meet you. I am a recent newcomer to Ohio, having moved in August from Atlanta where I left work to become a full time writer. I so admire you jumping in as an independent. I want that courage. So often the agents just say, Not yet, Not quite. But I’ve written six novels, YA, MG, and adult fantasy and historic fiction. I”m so glad I found your work. I will start reading as soon as I’m done with the three I’m currently reading. I do that — read AND write multiple things simultaneously. I wonder if you’re ever in Columbus. I’ve just joined my SCBWI chapter here and am trying to get some other writers together as a critique group. Yours must be very committed to help you produce such fine looking volumes! Best, Laura, Columbus

    • Hey Laura! I’d love to meet you too! After all, I need to convert you to the indie way. πŸ˜‰ I don’t get up to Columbus very often, but you should definitely hit Cincinnati. We’re having a really neat conference here this October– Queen City IndieCon.

      It sounds like you’ve got a really diverse set of writing interests, and a lot of energy for your craft. Good luck with the critique group! That can be tough. I actually found my writing circle via NaNoWriMo. I went to write-ins and checked everyone out, then recruited the folks I though had complimentary interests. It worked out wonderfully (and I’m very grateful to them indeed!). Please feel free to keep in touch with me via e-mail. I’m at booksbyintisar

  • Julia

    Yaaaassssssss. This is joyous news!

    • So glad you like the title! The book has now morphed into a full-length novel, so hopefully it will be worth the wait! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  • Sierra Van Winkle

    Oh, goodness, I hope this is out soon!! I see that the last comment was left 4 months ago, and I was beginning to be worried! I just finished sunbolt minutes ago, and rushed to amazon to buy the second book, only to find it wasn’t there πŸ™ (I was foaming at the mouth like the guy on kyoshi island from the last Airbender anime haha xD) and I hadn’t even realized that thorn and sunbolt were from the same author! I guess I wasn’t paying too much attention to the title page… I was so immersed in the stories that I couldn’t tell their lives from mine. And being ripped from those world’s when the book ended was painful and sudden lol. Please say, do you have a release date yet? Q~Q

    • Hi Sierra! Ah, I am so sorry for the delayed response. I hope you see this! But yes, I promise I am working on Memories of Ash. I am hoping hoping hoping (and working for) a spring release right now. It has taken a whole lot more rounds of revisions than I ever wanted to believe, but it is almost there now. I can’t pin it down more than “spring” but I really do have high hopes for having it out around then. If you haven’t already subscribed to my newsletter (in the sidebar), that only goes out every few months, and my subscribers will be the first to know when I have a release date! πŸ˜‰

      So neat that you enjoyed both Sunbolt and Thorn so much without realizing they were both from me–and thank you!

      • Sierra Van Winkle

        All is good! I’m glad to hear it will be here soon. I know it must be hard to try publishing a book and being a mother, so don’t work yourself too hard! Mostly, I’m glad your writing hasn’t suffered from something debilitating. There is an author I was following who’s book series got canceled halfway through. She had a contract to only release that series under that publisher, so she couldnt finish the series elsewhere without lawsuits. :/ I’m relieved to know no such thing has befallen you! Keep up the good work and thank you for all you do! πŸ™‚

        • Ah yes, I suspect that if I ever do take a traditional publishing deal, it will only be for stand-alones. There’s too many unknowns working with a publishing house on series… will they keep the first in print by the time the fourth comes out? Will they even want the fourth to come out? Nope nope nope. I’m very happy to be indie right now. πŸ™‚ And now, back to editing with me!

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