Unexpected Musings for WIPpet Wednesday

I know, I said I was taking a bit of a hiatus from WIPpet Wednesday, right? But yesterday, for the first time in way too long to admit, whilst working on Edge of Darkness (you know, the infamous Book Three in my Darkness & Light trilogy) I actually felt a little tremble of excitement flow through me. A flicker of, “oooh… I kinda like this.” I tried to be really cool about it, not making direct eye contact for fear of frightening it off. And by the end of the day it was still there. In fact, this morning, it’s still here.

I blame my subconscious. Which after a restless night, left me with a scene that spurred several others and was a missing piece of the puzzle.

Of course, I say this knowing full well that in another day I may well be bemoaning my fickle muse, and once again sobbing in my alcohol infused coffee.

But for now, in honor of this momentous event, I wax poetic.

*climbs onto stage and clears throat*  *a hush falls over the crowd*



*smiles sweetly*

My poem. Entitled Ode to the Subconscious Mind.

The Subconscious is a marvelous Beast
As problems it solves while fast you sleep.
The Brain it starts whirring,
Thoughts begin stirring,
who cares if your rest is disturbed?
With morning’s light through the window streaming,
you try to recapture your brain’s own scheming,
like dust through your fingers,
it’s gone, does not linger,
leaving you mostly perturbed.


*exits stage left*  *err… right*  *um… disappears behind the curtain*

Hey, I never claimed poetry was my strong suit. Also, because I’m feeling so… ahhhhhhhhh… I give you a WIPpet that doesn’t really come from an actual WIP. I shared the opening of this a couple weeks ago. Something I dally with from time to time. Show of hands for those of you who recall Horban and his… arms.

Bravo! Due to some of the comments following that opening, I found and am going to share with you the first time Horban is actually given a weapon. He really is quite inept, as you shall see. Fifteen sentences for the 15th.

Horban caught the weapon out of reflex alone. Fumbled it. Gave a startled yelp when the blade nicked his finger. Fumbled it again, very nearly dropping it straight into his foot. He finally got an awkward grip on it and stared, mouth hanging open, unsure what Kalyn expected.

“It’s a sword,” she said, giving him an encouraging nod, and talking slowly as though to a small child who was having a hard time understanding. “You do know how to use one, don’t you?”

“No.” Horban’s voice rose an octave. “Why would I? I’m no soldier.”

“It’s really quite simple. Pointy end toward anyone besides the three of us that comes for you.”

Horban shook his head, gingerly holding the weapon point down by just a few fingers on the crosspieces. “Take it back.”

And with that, I bid you fond… wait! I leave you with this quite humorous video. Krankenwagon… *snork*


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The UNPLANNED Bloopers


I just had to reblog, because not only can you win a copy of Alana Terry’s new book, but in this post she shares some bloopers. How many times does an author share their blooper roll? And some of them… hysterical. (UNPLANNED is the newest Christian suspense novel from award-winning author Alana Terry.)

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A first-year college student adjusting to life in the States.
A brand-new pregnancy center desperate for new volunteers.
A mysterious phone call from a girl who’s far too young to be pregnant.

from award-winning suspense novelist Alana Terry

After volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, Kennedy Stern finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay for victory.

One of my favorite things to share when I release a new novel is the blooper reel. I type really fast, and my fingers almost always get ahead of my brain. When I’m dictating instead of typing, my computer program is even more likely to come up with hilarious approximations to what I really tried to say.

I hope you enjoy theUnplannedblooper reel as much as I did.

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WIPpet Wednesday

Hey, it’s WIPpet Wednesday, and while I’m sitting on the sidelines this week, other WIPpeteers aren’t. So follow ye yon linky thing —————————–> and see what everyone is up to.

And if you missed it this week, two announcements on the blog. WIPpeteer ReGi McClain has a new project in the works that is oh-so-exciting and needs your help. If you missed that, read about it here.

Also, if you enjoy a good ghost story, then check out the Cover Reveal for K. C. Tansley’s new book here.




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Cover Reveal for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K. C. Tansley

You know how I love cover reveals. And if you love ghost stories then you’ll want to put this one on your TBR List. It will be available for pre-order May 2nd on Amazon. Aaaaaannnnnddd what would a cover reveal be without a a Rafflecopter giveaway?

First, the awesome cover …The-Girl-Who-Ignored-Ghosts11

And now a bit about the book…

She tried to ignore them. But some things won’t be ignored.

Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut.

The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton.

But that’s all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time—and their own bodies—before their souls slip away forever.

kctansleyauthorpicK.C Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and three quirky golden retrievers on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is her debut YA time-travel murder mystery novel.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

You can find out more about her at:



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If You Ask an Actor to Sketch a Book Cover


Fellow WIPpeteer and all-around awesome Alaskan ReGi McClain has a new project in the works. See how you can help dreams become reality.

Originally posted on regimcclain:

339208_288040834556390_474404681_oIf you ask an actor to sketch a book cover, he’ll say, “Models would be better.”

So you’ll say. “Oh, okay. Yeah. I guess that sounds cool. As long as you can keep it under budget.”

So he’ll call all his friends and find out who wants to be on a book cover. He’ll schedule a photo shoot, but someone won’t be able to make it, so he’ll schedule another, and another and you’ll start to panic. He’ll finally get everyone coordinated and you’ll relax.

Before the photo shoot, he’ll point out that all the models are also actors. You’ll send him several snippets of work so they can all get their groove on for the shoot.

He’ll make some suggestions about the cover. You’ll explain why they don’t work. He’ll explain why they do, so you’ll say. “Oh, okay. Yeah. I guess that sounds cool. As long as no…

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No Fooling for WIPpet Wednesday

Happy April Fool’s Day! Also, WIPpet Wednesday. No fooling. First order of business: huge apologies for not making the rounds last week. I ran out of social media time because of all the goings on. Or actually, because of all the goings out. I was a bit of a social butterfly the last half of the week. That occasionally happens. Like, once a year.

Though I didn’t manage any new words for The Adorned, I decided to do a search for the word ‘fool’ amongst the words I have already written. Amazingly enough, I found two instances and am sharing the first of those, which is also one paragraph which all coincides rather nicely with my foolish theme. This is from an early section of Roe and Fader’s story and gives a bit of background on Roe. I don’t think I shared it before, but I can’t say for certain.

Inkings, like the ones that decorated the man’s head and torso, were uncommon in the city as far as Roe knew. Brands were another thing. Nothing like searing the flesh of a convicted criminal to remind them of their carelessness and tell everyone else what a fool they’d been for getting caught. Roe’d come close to such a brand once. Barely ten and still unguilded, she’d made a left when she should’ve made a right, and found herself staring down a polished length of steel in the hand of one of the night watch. He took a shine to her, though, and also happened to owe Tuter Lighton, Prince of Thieves. Owing Tuter Lighton isn’t something anyone in the Unheld City wants hanging over their head. So he sold Roe to cover his debt. From Roe’s standpoint, it could have gone a lot worse. She’d gotten quite good at thieving under Tuter’s hand. Enough so that by the time she reached fourteen, she’d paid off her bond and earned full and legal guildship, making her a free woman. Or as free as life in the guilds allowed.

Also, last week I promised a surprise. So I give you another of the digital drawings I created for The Adorned. It’s not exactly finished. I used stock clothing and hair for Roe, but I plan on changing that. I’ve already started, but it’s not complete. Some of you may recall the scene that inspired this particular piece. I call it “No, no, no.”


Now, onto the bad news — which ties into not making it around last week. I need to take a bit of a hiatus from WIPpet Wednesday. I’m getting into the busy time of year for me, and there are a lot of little things I’ve let slide because it’s easier to just put them aside and… you know… Facebook, Pinterest, Blog. So those things pile up. Often literally. I’m terrible at filing.Then I move those piles around until they tip over and slide to the ground. I will still set up the linky every week, and still try to make the rounds, I just don’t know how often I’ll actually post a snippet. But I’ll still be here, and so will the monkeys. So don’t take this as an excuse to goof off. Yeah, I’m looking at you.


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Kindle Scout for Epic Fantasy?


Fellow WIPpeteer Xina Uhl is trying out Kindle Scout. Okay, that was an unintentional rhyme. To find out what it’s all about, and nominate her book, read on…

Originally posted on Journey Taker:

I’m trying something for my latest book, an epic fantasy novel. Please nominate it over on the Kindle Scout website (it uses your Amazon login info) which may result in it being published through this imprint. The first pages are listed here as well so you can see what you’re getting into. Apparently, you can get free copies of books when you nominate ones that are published, even. Pretty good deal. So, clicky click please!


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