The second novel in the Hafu Sans Halo series is set to be available in ebook format on November 4th, currently on pre-order. The release date for the official paperback is yet to be announced. A limited time only edition with a limited edition cover will be available for the month of November.
ANYWHO. Here's a review/overview/summary I posted on Goodreads:
Two Halves Whole by Melissa Abigail
Two Halves Whole continues from where Judge by the Cover left off, following the lives of the story’s hero and heroine and their developing relationship…or non-relationship.
There are, however, important differences between this book and its predecessor. This story — as evidenced by the handsome lad on the cover ;) — is all about Ryu. Or at least, mostly about Ryu. While Book One closely followed Haruna’s gradual changes in perspective, Book Two goes deep, deeper into the mind of the Devil Half. Ryu’s forced to face difficult questions and make even more difficult decisions. He’s forced to either accept-and-pursue or reject-and-bury his innermost desires.
Meanwhile, Haruna is also being challenged. Challenged to be daring. Challenged to forgive. Challenged to be herself.
But there’s more happening than meets the eye…
Because their story is more than teen romance and high school drama. It goes way beyond Haruna and Ryu and their relationship (or, ahem, non-relationship). What starts as a tense will-they-or-won’t-they situation, quickly becomes a dark mystery. It’s not merely a Whodunit—the question isn’t who, but why? And to what end?
And all the while, like the old Italian city depicted in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, there is a solid thread that links everyone, that plagues those who struggle to find acceptance. That haunts those that seek revenge. Love. Hate. Prejudice. Greed.
Two Halves Whole is not simply about halves without halos, or a world without innocents. It’s about the darkness that lies within. The internal struggle. To find freedom. Peace. The first step is to uncover the Ultimate Truth. What lengths will they go to to seek it? And if they find it, will it be the beginning of something new … or just way, way more than anyone can handle?
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Q: How many books have you published?
Judge by the Cover would be my first full-length novel but I also published The Lad in the Lake, which is a short story.
Q: How would you describe your writing style? Pantser, Planner or a mix of both?
I’m a planner. If I don’t I’ll lose motivation and feel like the story is going nowhere. Also plot-holes aren’t fun.
Q: Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Imagination, definitely. But I’ve met people who are like the characters I created and in turn inspired my writing also. The whole thing about the pressure to fit in and pleasing others is something I’ve dealt with too. But I think it’s part of growing up, and is relatable to everyone.
Q: Do you have any works in progress?
The second and third books in this [the Hafu Sans Halo] series!
Q: What was your favorite character to write about?
I love writing Ryu’s character. He’s a teenager and the human manifestation of Id and Ego (some psychology lingo there). This is in contrast to the protagonist, Haruna who represents the Super-Ego. So she's a character who is very by the book and places a high value on virtue (so quite prudish). Meanwhile, Ryu is just a weird, walking bag of pent-up rage and desire. He’s confident in himself despite what others think of him. He’s introspective but at the same time in denial. Right now he’s snarky. He says whatever he feels like but is often guarded. He’s deeply emotional even if on the surface he appears calm and apathetic. He struggles internally. He allows me to explore the deep questions and that’s always a lot of fun.
Q: Share a funny mistake you made when writing the rough draft of a story.
So this is really bad. I described a character as being 6 feet tall and another as being “a whole head shorter.” My editor pointed out that that would make them something like 5 foot 2—so way off the mark from what I was going for. I’ve decided to eliminate that cliche from my vocabulary forever.
Interview courtesy of author A.S. McGowan who was kind enough to feature me on her page.
If you are a romance reader, be sure to check out her Centaur Agency series.
And stay tuned for part two, an interview with another character. And if you've seen the last one, you know they can get... interesting.
I started off only really using it for storyboarding and organizing my reference pictures. But I've decided, "Hey. Why not share this?"
So I've made it more public for anyone curious about where I draw my inspiration for scenery, character development etc. Or even if you're a writer yourself, I do have boards with writing tips and prompts.