That's how many words I wrote yesterday. 7,729. Let that mull in your brain for a minute. That's a really good sized chapter by itself, but no, I added that to an existing 5000+ words for a grand total of 13,005 words, and I'm thinking of adding more this morning.
This is all for the first chapter of the sequel. A new first chapter. Those of you who have stuck with me through this know that on the eve of publication of the last book I did the same thing, added a whole new prologue and chapter one, so this is old territory for me.
It's a big chapter in more ways than just wordcount, however. It takes place (mostly) in ancient Egypt. It's a Hokharty based chapter and it establishes a lot of backstory, metaphysics and groundwork for the whole sequel, and the whole chapter. It's stuff that I had floating around in notes, but somehow, it was just better to tell it in a story of betrayal, death and carnage between two ancient Egyptian vampires than just having Lucy explain it to Nephys, or vice versa. It has Hokharty, a mummy, a royal embalmer and attendants, Hokharty's most trusted servant, and hey, even a couple of Egyptian gods thrown in! One is the enigmatic and stonelike Anubis we've met before, the other is Sekhmet, lion-headed goddess of revenge that comes off as a snarky anthro. All that and Miles, Sky and Nephys make a cameo appearance at the end.
It's insane. And long. Yep, it's a genuine Hewitt production.
And I'm going to be putting it up here. No guarantees, but hopefully by this monday it will be available to download here, FREE. It will be pretty rough, so no snarking on my spellings, but I hope you will enjoy it.