I am up to chapter 10 in my second middle-grade novel, Harriet and the Secret Ring. Whilst Harriet and the Secret Librarian is yet to be published, (still need a final manuscript critique), I am pushing ahead with this one, and thinking that I might try to get this one published first. Have found an Australian manuscript assessor & critiquer on-line, who has very affordable rates. This afternoon, I read Chapter 9 to my 3/4 class after Scripture, and asked for feedback. Most of the children have said they are really enjoying it. One girl asked what the next book will be! Gosh, I haven't thought that far ahead, as finishing and publishing is the first hurdle. However, she suggested a theme for the next novel, as she and another girl felt these books would be good as a series. They feature my protagonist, 10 year old Harriet Cooper, and her good friend Will Taylor. The two get up to different adventures. In Harriet and the Secret Ring, they time-travel, first to ancient Rome, then to ancient Philippi where they end up in jail next to Paul and Silas, and finally, in Sherwood Forest, with a grand plan to kidnap the Sheriff of Nottingham to teach him a lesson. They are ably assisted in the first and last parts of the book by my Welsh dragon, Gruffyd. I have really enjoyed working on this one (well, really enjoyed the other one as well), doing some research into Rome, Philippi and all things Robin Hood. I hope that these books, whenever published, will be engaging. The children have said that they hope to see them published, and have asked for signed copies. This is a nice vote of confidence, but of course, there's a long way to go.