Well, that’s it for the first long arc of Book Five. By the numbers, Part Eight: All Is Lost, is now on record as the single longest arc in the series, clocking in at over 174,000 words… wow! For those of you left wondering why I abandoned Tony and the gang in a bad way, trapped in New Cleveland with their fate unresolved, it’s because I realized a chapter or two ago, that this tale from New Cleveland is far from over and needed more than a chapter to tell it. We will return to find out what happens to Tony and the rest of the gang in a future story arc.

This particular arc surprised me on several occasions during the writing with some new unexpected developments along the way, such as, the re-introduction of Sergeant Richard Hash, who we haven’t heard from since way back in Chapter Ten. I always intended to bring him back and tell Hash’s story, but I was not expecting him until Book Seven. In addition, Alysa Monroe’s backstory, delving into her training and initiation into the Shadow Dead (a.k.a. Ama-Eskua Order) threw me for a loop several times as we discovered that Alysa has a much larger role to play than I first realized. I love it when character stories wander off the outline and go their own way… lol. I intend to talk more about Alysa’s story as she is the next special guest lined up for After The Dark, my DFTD talk show, which will air sometime later this month (time dependent).

As for the delay, I knew after this long arc, which is as long as an entire book, that I would need time to recharge and prepare for the second half of Book Five that will commence sometime in April. I apologize for the pause, but it was necessary.

Looking ahead into the second half of Book Five: Remains, the new arc will be titled, “The Nomad”, and will take us back to Gina Melborn as we find out what happened after she was exiled. We will also find out what happened when Marcus Dempsey, a.k.a. Russell Bower, caught up with her. There will also be a few surprises thrown in as well. That’s all I can say about it for now… no spoilers.

Aside from that, I look forward to resuming this series and hearing from all of you in April. When I have an exact date I’ll announce it. In the meantime, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the new Audio Edition of Don’t Feed The Dark, I encourage you to do so. You can either click the above link or visit the tab located at the top of the main page that will take you to all the available audio episodes, narrated by Jerimiah Vega. Please show your support and encouragement for Jerimiah’s efforts by liking and commenting on his Soundcloud page where all the audio episodes are hosted. I believe he’s done a great job so far bringing these characters to life in audio format, and he continues to get better with each new episode as he gets a feel for the characters and the tone of this long dark tale.

My special thanks goes out to all of you who have faithfully been voting for DFTD each week over at topwebfiction . I’ve been holding strong with at least ten votes or more each week, which helps more people find my story. I you haven’t yet had a chance to vote this week, you can just click the link above and do so now. Again, thanks for supporting the cause.

Well, that’s all I have for now. More to come…



  1. Pam Farless says:

    I so look forward to your twice weekly installments of this great tale but If it means waiting a bit for the next chapter then I’m willing to wait for a story this good. It will be well worth it I’m sure.

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    • sscherr says:

      Hey thanks for reading Pam. Sorry for the delay but I needed some recharge time. Next arc is going to be intense. Perhaps it’s good we take a little break now… lol. See you in April and thanks for the encouraging words ;)

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