It is my pleasure today, to welcome author, D. M. Cain to Fiora Books, as she introduces the second edition of her book, The Phoenix Project! Welcome!!


GIVEAWAYS:  (2) book bundles – (1) paperback of THE PHOENIX PROJECT along with (1) paperback of her children’s book, SOREN!

To be eligible to win one of these sets, merely leave a comment on any stop along the tour, including this one and you could be one of our two lucky winners!!!

What’s changed from the first to the second edition?

The Phoenix Project was originally released through Amazon KDP in May 2014. This was my first novel and I was doing everything on my own, tentatively finding my way around the independent publishing world. Although I was happy with the first edition release, I still felt that there were things that could be improved. I just didn’t know how to go about changing them! In January 2015, I submitted to US publisher Booktrope and was accepted. This began the nine month-long process of thoroughly re-editing the content and redesigning the front cover. The finished result is now significantly better than the original version!

The Phoenix Project Book Cover

So, what exactly has changed from the first to the second edition?

1) My editor and I felt that, although Raven’s character was explored thoroughly, some of the secondary characters needed a little more back-story. Due to this, young Italian terrorist Alexia, and Khan, the poster boy of Salverford, are now much more developed. We learn more about Khan’s childhood, where he comes from and why he is the way he is. I also took the time to explain more about Alexia’s faith and the psychological impact of the horrific events she witnessed as a child.

2) One of the comments that I received frequently about the book was that Raven’s character was complex and deep, however, he did a little too much moping! Some people found him unlikeable and so the character is still moody, dark, silent and depressed, but now he whines less about his predicament and is less self-indulgent!

3) Around 20,000 words have been cut from the first edition to the second edition and a lot of this was due to repetition. Upon reading through the book again, I felt that some plot points could be more subtle. I even totally removed two or three chapters that focused entirely upon Raven’s thought processes and instead incorporated this information throughout action scenes to maintain the readers’ interest.

4) The biggest change to The Phoenix Project is the epilogue. Loved and detested by readers in equal measure, it was always a point of contention. Some felt it polished the book off nicely, other felt it ruined it! Therefore, I decided to put more emphasis on the final chapter before the epilogue and turned this into a conclusive ending, and remove the epilogue entirely. However, after the final chapter there is a note to the reader where I mention that the controversial epilogue can still be accessed on my website for any readers who felt short-changed!

All of these changes plus the general improvements in editing, proofing and cover design have significantly improved this book and I can now say that I am satisfied with the finished product!

I would love to know what readers feel about the changes from the first to the second editions so why not take a look and drop me a line to let me what you think?

Don’t miss my Author Party Event ( on Friday, January 15th at 1pm CST!!


D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire,  UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.



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About John Fioravanti

Author, John Fioravanti writes non-fiction as well as fiction in the sci-fi genre. He's a retired secondary school educator and a lifelong learner. He considers himself a work in progress and welcomes the opinions and insights that others may have about his work. He prizes dialogue about meaningful topics, so please leave your thoughts!


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    Rhani D'Chae

    January 13, 2016 at 2:41am

    Sorry I’m so late. That’s a great post, and the book sounds really good. I’m glad I was able to stop by. John, thank you so much for hosting a stop on this tour.

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    Wendy Scott

    January 5, 2016 at 1:59am

    Interesting article about your writing journey – best wishes with your blog tour.

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      January 5, 2016 at 3:55pm

      Thank you so much to everybody for your wonderful comments and for such excellent support! I am delighted to be hosted by such fantastic bloggers too. Thanks again!

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    Nonnie Jules

    January 4, 2016 at 5:37pm

    D. M. it seems ur gaining new fans and readers! Good luck along the tour! John F., thanks for kicking this awesome party off!

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    Beem Weeks

    January 4, 2016 at 5:25pm

    Interesting article. The editing process–aside from the marketing process–is one of the hardest aspects to publishing our work for the world to read. This work represents who we are as authors. This is our introduction to the world. We should always put forth our best effort. Best wishes with this project, D.M.

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    Jan Hawke

    January 4, 2016 at 10:57am

    I love dark fantasy but agree that too much moping and whining tends to be a big turn-off! Also, I think that indie authors are very lucky now to be living in the digital age where, if you’re courageous, self-aware, and committed to improving your skills, you CAN put an early, premature work right by taking on constructive criticism and using resources (most important of which are editorial help) that might not have been open to you when you first went to print.I applaud your guts in going back in and making substantial changes so The Phoenix Project arises, new polished and honed in a second edition.
    Oh – and I love your new cover! I didn’t read the book yet, so I’m going to get the brand new edition on my TBR today 😀
    Thanks for hosting John 🙂

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    Joy Lo-Bamijoko

    January 4, 2016 at 7:26am

    Hi D.M., good to know you, and to learn more about you. Liked your talk about how you persevered toward perfection in your books. Every Indie author should do the same. Congrats on your tour. Thank you John for hosting her.

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    January 4, 2016 at 7:23am

    Hi D.M., great to know you and to learn more about you. I liked to read how you persevered to perfection in your books. Every serious writer should do that, especially the Indie writers. Good talk, and congrats on your tour. Thank you John for hosting her.

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      John Fioravanti

      January 5, 2016 at 2:18pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Anonymous… please let us know who you are. Thank you!

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    Michelle Abbott

    January 4, 2016 at 5:58am

    I haven’t read the first edition but would love to read the second. I have to confess, I visited your website to read the controversial epilogue, even though I haven’t yet read the vook! I couldn’t resist, LOL!

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    Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    January 3, 2016 at 2:54pm

    Nice to meet you D.M. Cain. Haven’t read your book so I wouldn’t have known the difference. Its good to discuss editing because we all can relate to it. I love your book cover and have started reading some fantasy books having been on many tours. Good luck on your tour.

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    January 3, 2016 at 1:15pm

    I didn’t read the first version of the book, but it’s interesting to hear what was changed and why. I have to admit that I am fascinated with the writing process when it comes to other authors, and I love hearing about how they get from point A to point B. I think I’m going to have to read this book.

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      John Fioravanti

      January 3, 2016 at 8:42pm

      Thanks for stopping by! Please leave your name when you leave a comment. Thanks!

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    January 3, 2016 at 8:32am

    Having read your comments & the first book I think I need to read the new version!! Loved the first version.

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    Rainne Atkins

    January 3, 2016 at 8:20am

    I haven’t read the first edition, but it’s interesting to hear about the process of changing the novel into what it is now. I enjoyed reading The Phoenix Project… and the epilogue. 🙂

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    John Fioravanti

    January 3, 2016 at 8:19am

    Welcome to Fiora Books, D.M. – I wish you great success with The Phoenix Project and your other books! I love the cover!

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