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There’s a Chill in the Air ~ WIPpet Wednesday & ROW80

What the heck? Wednesday already?? And a crappy one for many parts of the US. We’re cold here in WI, but don’t have the snow that’s slammed other states. And yes, I know, I said I like snow and winter and all, but it’s a bit too early for single digit temps. I expect that weather in January, after I’ve had a few months to acclimate myself to it.

Now, I could have very well picked something for my WIPpet that would have warmed you up a bit, but I decided to leave that to some of the other WIPpeteers this week. I am giving you more of Roe and Fader. A bit of good news on that front, I managed to add another thousand words to The Adorned when I was arguing with EoD characters and needed a diversion. It was that or kill someone, and neither of the two I was arguing with could die at this point in the story. They keep acting like this, however, and all bets are off. (Kate Sparkes, you may want to have a talk with your boy. Just saying.)

No fancy math this week. I’m giving you 11 paragraphs for the 11th month, in which I give you a peek at the antagonist.

The woman turned. “Adorned? I thought you were dead.”

“Close enough to singe my brow in the fires of the damned,” Fader said.

She grinned and slid a look Roe’s way. “Who’s the urchin?”

“I’m no urchin,” Roe said, not bothering to hide her ire.

“She is no one for you to hold in concern,” Fader said.

“You saying as much tells me she is just that.”

“Then you lay meaning on my words they do not hold. She is no one.”

The woman’s amber eyes settled on Roe, raked over her head to toe and back, lingering on her face. “Ah.”

Roe lifted a brow. “Ah?”

Cael ris brehcht,” the woman said to Fader.

A laugh rumbled from his chest. “Nulch churraup, Jimmalynn.”

Trust me, a part of that conversation is going to come back to bite Fader in the ass. Yup. That it is.

And, moving on to ROW80. I have officially crossed the half-way point in EoD. *happy dance* The 1800+ words I officially added since Sunday doesn’t include a couple thousand written on future scenes. I tend not to count those until I actually insert them into the ms. just in case they don’t make the cut. So yeah, even though currently two of my characters are just begging me to kill them and dump their bodies in the river, I’m muscling through. First drafts are allowed to suck.

 

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Fall Into Fantasy Week 13 ~ With Emma L. Adams

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes! Speaking of prizes here is this week’s Rafflecopter giveaway

Week 13: The Darkworld Series
Prequel Novella: Fear’s Touch
Book One: Darkness Watching
Book Two: Walking Shadow
By Emma L. Adams

This is a standalone novella, intended as a prequel to the Darkworld series. As it takes place one year before the events of Darkness Watching, it doesn’t contain any spoilers (although it does hint at things which will come into play later in the series).

Freakish powers and staring demon eyes aren’t part of Claudia’s plans for the future – and neither is ending up stuck at the gloomy, isolated University of Blackstone. But bad life decisions are the least of her problems, when a split-second decision to help out another magic-user puts her in the crossfire of both the shadow-beasts and the creepy organisation which hunt them down.

Claudia’s never had to worry about making the right choice before, but every decision matters when you have a Darkworld connection. Soon, she’s going to have to make a choice: turn her back on the crazy and try to live a normal life, or take the monsters down.

But in a world where everyone seems to have secrets, can she really trust her fellow magic-users – or even herself?

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Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.
 
Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.
 
All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons never give up, and their focus on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is. 
 
In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be…

Reviews:
“Demons, Sorcerers, evil, and secrets. Could you ask for a better supernatural suspense set-up? The plot is original, and completely gripping. From the first page, this book had me hooked.” – Rose at Desert Rose Reviews

“A suspenseful first part to an intriguing new fantasy series.” - Sharon Stevenson, supernatural author
 
“The story is extremely well-written with effortless, flowing prose, and the original magic-user mythology and Darkworld creatures are very entertaining. The author took what might have been over-done premise and twisted it into something very fresh and exciting.” – Lexa Cain, author of Soul Cutter
 
“Emma is an amazing writer. She has become one of my favorites. I couldn’t put Darkness Watching down.” – Diane at A Creative Mind

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When you have a connection to the Darkworld, nowhere is truly safe.

 
Ashlyn has found a new home in Blackstone, but when a spate of grave robberies across the country spark fears that someone is practicing illegal sorcery, she comes under the radar of the Venantium, the protectors of the Barrier between her world and the Darkworld, who are suspicious of any sorcerer who doesn’t know their origins.
 
The trouble is, what Ash does know might just get her killed.
 
Sufferers of the dangerous condition known as the vampire’s curse are being brutally killed, and the latest victim is Leo’s guardian, the ex-head of the Venantium. Ash determines to help Leo find out what’s really going on, but it isn’t long before events are spiralling out of control. The dead are rising from their graves, and the barriers around Blackstone are threatened by a demon which looks exactly like Ash herself…
 
Coming December 1st, 2014 from Curiosity Quills

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ABOUT EMMA L. ADAMS
Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy novels for children and young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an insane number of books. At the age of 21, she signed a publishing contract with Curiosity Quills Press for the first book in her creepy urban fantasy Darkworld series. DARKNESS WATCHING was published in October 2013, and four more novels and a novella will follow. She chats about writing and other book-related things at her blog, From the Writer’s Nest, and looks forward to sharing more tales from the bizarre depths of her imagination.

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Somebody Toss Me A Guava ~ ROW80 Check-In

It’s amazing, but after only a week I feel as though I might be close to getting caught up from my hectic fall. Well, caught up mentally. Word-wise…

I put this really great (free) app on my phone a couple weeks ago. It’s called Writeometer and you can read all about it here. I wanted a quick, easy way to track my daily word count on the go. Writeometer does that and more for multiple projects. It even awards you treats in the forms of Guavas for hitting your daily word goal. 1 Guava = Eat a cookie or take the dog for a walk, 2 and you can browse Facebook… The talented Krista Walsh and I decided it would be better if it could actually spit chocolate at you when you’ve had a good day writing. Or a bad day. Maybe that’s something the programers could work on?

Anyhow, it probably does more than I use it for at the moment. One of the unfortunate cool things it does is this:

2014-11-16-07-08-40Yeah. That 4065 words a day to reach my self-imposed due date…it used to be in the low 3000s. *flips phone over and refuses to look*

I shouldn’t be so hard on myself, though. Because when I tallied up my actual word count between Wednesday’s update and today’s it was far better than I thought. Yes, over 6k in 5 days. That’s not setting the world on fire, especially when looking at what NaNo participants crank out, but I’ll take it. Besides which, it puts me within sight of the HALFWAY POINT. Woo-hoo!!!!!!!!

Perhaps I’ll get a chance to put words down today and break that barrier. Sundays are a bit rough because it’s grocery shopping day, Packer football day, READING day…

And, of course, I like to check in on the other ROWers and see what they’re up to.

Plus, we got enough snow yesterday to cover the grass. Minimal compared to what we can get around here, and what other parts of the country are getting. But I like snow. My dogs like snow. So we might have to go play in it for a bit. Yeah, cause I’m crazy like that.

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Things Are Looking Up ~ WIPpet Wednesday & ROW80

It’s Wednesday and I’m back in full swing! Look out WIPpeteers, I’ll actually be making the rounds this week. Mm-hmm. That’s right.

Let’s get right to business, shall we? I’m resorting to creative WIPpet math today to give you 23 sentences from The Adorned. (11 for the month + 12 for the day). I’m slowly running out of things to share from this one since I don’t have a lot written. Guess I’ll have to put more words down. However, if you read through to my ROW80 update, you’ll see why that may not be possible at the moment. Anyhow, I’ve removed one or two words from this excerpt that could have been spoilery, and have the expletive in brackets because I’ve yet to put effort into finding a replacement for it. Driev used ‘sarding’ as his version of the eff-bomb. Not sure what Roe will wind up with, so for now, it stays.

Roe wrenched her arm out of his grip. “No. Look, you hired me to help you find someone, we found her. I’m done. I’ve got other things to do with my time. You’re dangerous for me to be around. For some reason people want to dust me now. Well, more people than normal, leastwise. And meaner ones to boot. So, no. No, no, and in case you didn’t hear me up there, no.”

But Fader stepped in front of her; just a smooth, calm shifting of his body that claimed the space between her and the door. She should have been terrified. He towered over her, all hard muscle and swirling tattoos–and that soft look in his light eyes that belonged to someone far less imposing, and did things to her resolve she found hard to fight.

Roe clenched her jaw, and refused to look at him. “No fair. No [fucking] fair.”

“The world abounds in that which appears unfair.” Even when he kept his voice quiet it rumbled like a distant storm.

“It abounds in idiots as well,” Roe said. “I don’t mean to give it another.”

His fingers wrapped her wrist, light but firm, his hand making her arm look like a child’s. She stared at it, frowning.

Huh. Sounds as though Roe is a bit conflicted. Mwahahahahaha!

Now, my ROW80 update. If you recall, not too long ago I was all *head, desk, repeat*. Well, I’m pleased to say that at the present moment, I’m more like…

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Because, not only did I manage to hit another 10k goal with EoD, which meant I got to send Shan  a new word to use in her WIPpet with Trip and T’pol, but I added quite a few more words somehow. Not only that– *looks around and lowers voice to whisper* –EoD is actually going rather well at the moment.

I know! Right?

Everyone is still doing unexpected things, but they seem to be doing them with a sense of cohesion I hadn’t felt before. We still may not all be on the same page, but we’re at least in the same book. There were times I questioned that. I think the change has come because I’m at creeping up on the midway point and shit is starting to happen. Pieces are being moved into position in preparation for the inevitable heart-stopping conclusion.

Well, someone’s heart will be stopped. That’s a certainty.

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*ahem* Moving on…

I also have a new character who I just adore. Back in the early, early stages he was in, but I couldn’t make it work with the plot as it was, so he was out. Then I trashed the first 20 or 30 THOUSAND words I had written and managed to sneak him back in. Then he was out again. Now, he’s permanently back in. All I can say is he must have a helluva agent who negotiated him quite the contract. He comes complete with a few surprises, and I only hope readers will feel the same about him as I do.

So where does that leave my current word count? Glad you asked.

 Which doesn’t include another 2366 words of upcoming scenes and some climactic events because I don’t know if they’ll make it in. I think they will, but I’ll wait until then to officially count them.

That’s it for this week. Off I go to harass visit other WIPpeteers & ROW80 bloggers. I leave you with a bit of mood music from Adrian von Ziegler.

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Fall Into Fantasy Week 12 ~ Lisa Swallow

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Week 12: The Dark Intent Series
Book One: Between
By Lisa Swallow
What do you do when you are attracted to two men and both have the power to kill you with a touch or a kiss? Can Rose trust either of them – or anyone in her new life?

 
Ghosts? Demons? Angels? Or something more? The supernatural you find living and working in this English city are a little different to those you usually find in the genre…
Rose survived the accident that killed her friend. The problem is the life she returns to scares her more than the night she almost died.
When Alek and Finn enter her world, Rose discovers the after-effects of the accident are worse than she thought. The slow recovery and fogged nightmares aren’t the only changes she needs to cope with.
Rose has an immediate and intense attraction to arrogant housemate Alek. This confuses her as much as the chilling effect of her enigmatic work colleague Finn. As Rose struggles to cope with her new life, she learns that her connection to the two men threatens all their futures
Alek has lived years closed off from people. He didn’t expect someone like Rose to come into his life and challenge the reality he grips onto.
If Finn doesn’t fix the mistake he made, his life is in danger. His desire to help and protect Rose makes his task difficult, especially when she’s the mistake he needs to fix.
When Alek’s past catches up, Rose disappears. Trapped between the living and the dead, on the edge of Hell, Rose is unable to find her way back. Alek and Finn could help her – but are they prepared to risk the consequences?
ABOUT LISA SWALLOW

Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark. In between running a business, looking after her family and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.

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Home Again ~ ROW80 Update

For those who don’t check in regularly, I was out of town from 10/29 until last night spending some time at the Australian Shepherd National Specialty in Bryan, TX. That meant few words because there really wasn’t a lot of downtime. However, I did manage to sneak in a couple odd scenes totally a little over 2k. Not to mention plot noodling a few other scenes on the drive home. I figured that was worthy of an update since I really didn’t expect to get anything done. Of course, that came complete with a scare when my laptop would no longer read my jump drive. Never fear, when I arrived at home and popped it into my desktop it worked like a charm and, yes, I immediately backed it up. Why not just use Drop Box you ask? Because I don’t always have an internet connection when I want to write. I do use it to transfer files and store some others, particularly if I’m sharing, but the jump drive works best. I need to be better about backing it up, though.

No, off to play some more catch up and hopefully get to some other ROW80 bloggers later today. This morning it’s a trip to Fleet Farm and shopping.

 

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Quick and Short from States Away

Yup, still in Bryan, TX at the ASCA National Specialty, but found myself with some down time yesterday so decided I’d toss out a quick WIPpet. Sorry I didn’t make it to anyone’s last week. Or this week. (Most likely.) And just to clear things up in my Driev quandary–it’s not the risk of rejection. That comes with the territory and I have pretty thick skin, so that’s not why I’m still debating about which avenue to pursue. It’s actually a combination of impatience and inability to craft a respectable synopsis. Possibly lame reasons, but reasons nonetheless.

Okay, my WIPpet, more from The Adorned. I’m not sure if it’s been clearly mentioned in my excerpts, but Fader Price has quite a few tatoos–abstract, tribal-type designs in black or perhaps wode blue. I give you 14 sentences for the year.

She watched him over the top of her mug. “What do the tattoos mean?”

Fader opened his eyes, just enough to see her through his lashes. “Many things.” He sighed and lifted a hand, tracing the line of one down his neck. “They are not easily explained. They are…my history. My future. Choices good and bad. Strength. Weakness.”

“You’re right,” Roe said. “Not easily explained. Forget I asked.”

And since I’ve added no (or very few) words, no ROW80 update. Maybe next week when I’m back home and trying to get into the groove again.

 

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