A Bit of a Pain in the . . .

Happy Wednesday before Thanksgiving for those of you in places that actually celebrate Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. I also hope everyone is enjoying the WIPpeteer interviews. So far I’ve had ReGi and Kate stop by. This week Friday, however, I have to pre-empt WIPpeteer interviews as the fantabulous, uber talented Keri Lake is stopping by on herSR Blog Tour buttonIf you like paranormal romance and urban fantasy, as well as drool-worthy hunks, badassery, kickassery, and drool-worthy hunks, then you want to read this book. Sear-ee-us-lee. If you think I’m kidding, check out some of the other stops on her tour or refresh your memory with the cover reveal. *passes out bibs*

Don’t despair, however, all ye fans of WIPterviews (cool word, yes?). They shall return on Monday. I’ll also be checking my list to see who I’m missing, so if it’s YOU (yeah, you know who you are) check your mailbox, or watch the sky for flying monkey delivery of mail . . . or other things. You know those monkeys.

Now, onto today’s WIPpet. For 11/27/13 I give you 11 sentences from page 27. Driev is limping because Phineus shot him in the arse with a crossbow. Thankfully, it wasn’t the best shot in the world.

I smiled. Phineus glared. His mouth worked and I waited expectantly, thinking he perhaps had something else to say. But then he simply turned and started shuffling down the hallway. I limped along at his heels like a faithful dog, hands clasped loosely behind my back, categorizing turns, doorways, windows, staircases, and every other nook and cranny between my cell and what turned out to be an ante-room outside the Marquesa’s bed chambers.

“Wait here,” Phineus said. “And don’t touch anything.”

He left by a side door. I remained standing in the center of the room even though I had my pick of several settees. There were also a collection of upholstered chairs surrounding a low table. Their gilded arms reflected the slice of late afternoon sunlight streaming in through the tall windows flanking a cold fireplace.

So far I’m on target to get this thing to Angry Robot. Anyone who fancies to shred read it through prior to that, and can turn it around in a week, let me know. I’m thinking mid December. Although I could start feeding the edited bits out before that. Now, go forth and WIPpet.

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30 responses

  1. I need a poster of that book cover. Purrrrrrrrrrr.
    Ouch for Driev! Glad you’re on track for submission. Driev’s story needs to get out into the world.
    I’m off to celebrate Thanksgiving!

    November 27, 2013 at 8:11 am

    • Oh yeah, trust me, when I got the first glimpse of that cover for the reveal I felt compelled to admire it on my 27″ monitor. *sigh*

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

      November 27, 2013 at 12:39 pm

  2. Sore bum – not great! Love the description of the light in the ante-room at the end of the excerpt. 🙂

    November 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

  3. Thanks, Elaine. 🙂 Yes, of all the places to get shot, right? Painful and embarrassing.

    November 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  4. Jae

    I really liked this part, great imagery: “limped along at his heels like a faithful dog” Btw, did you get my return WIPpet interview? Just wondered. I don’t trust my email these days.

    November 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    • I believe I did get your interview. I have to go through them and double check.

      November 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      • Jae

        No prob, just making sure. Hope you had a great weekend! 😀

        December 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm

  5. Love the first sentence, “I smiled. Phineus glared. His mouth worked and I waited expectantly,..”
    This is outstanding: “…reflected the slice of late afternoon sunlight …”
    Good thing Phineus wasn’t a good shot! 😀

    November 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    • Phineus is a bit old, though he doesn’t care to acknowledge that. In his younger days, the shot would have been straight through Driev’s heart. Good thing for us, and him!

      November 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm

  6. Great snippet, Kathi, nice descriptions.

    Good luck on getting the book done in time to submit it to Angry Robot!

    November 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    • Thanks! Working feverishly. Holidays don’t help. Time off work, yes, but that rarely translates into free time.

      November 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm

  7. I love that Driev stays standing though he has his “choice of several settees”. It says a lot about him and his feelings about his present situation.

    Good luck with the Angry Robot thing. I should offer you a trade. A week’s turn-around for CoinBlade for Release… I’m trying to get Kieri’s story done for the end of December deadline too. (And I am VERY thankful for you mentioning the open submissions.)

    November 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    • Oooh . . . I may have to take you up on that trade off. 🙂 I threw the first 5k at my crit group and got some good feedback so I’ll keep sending bits their way as I pound through it. What’s your ETA on Release?

      November 28, 2013 at 7:55 am

      • The second draft is finished, but I’m reworking some details into the opening chapters so I can ditch the prologue.

        I’ll let you know by next Wednesday if a trade works for me. Will that work for you?

        November 28, 2013 at 9:17 am

      • I’m hoping to wrap CB up by mid-December and I’m pretty much clearing my plate of other projects (of my own) until then.

        November 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

  8. Wonderful snippet! Your characterization is really great – a feat for such a small amount of story.

    November 28, 2013 at 1:21 am

    • Thanks, Xina. 🙂

      November 28, 2013 at 7:55 am

  9. Fantastic snippet. Is he not sitting because that would put him at a disadvantage when someone else comes in, or because sore bum? 🙂

    November 28, 2013 at 10:19 am

    • (Oh, and best of luck with the submission. I hope you find a few speedy readers.)

      November 28, 2013 at 10:19 am

      • Thanks!

        November 28, 2013 at 10:30 am

    • He’s not sitting for several reasons. It’s painful, it puts him at a disadvantage, manners (yes, he does have some) dictate he not sit in the presence of Marquesa until she does, and he’d rather keep his feet in case he needs to act quickly. 🙂

      November 28, 2013 at 10:30 am

  10. Nope, don’t need a bib, but thanks for the offer. 🙂 Good job in your post. It makes me curious about the characters.

    November 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

  11. So many places to sit must remind him of his bum bum. (Hehehehe!) I’m tempted to offer my services, but it is a bad time for me, as the kids and holidays. It makes me sad I can’t read/help. Wish you the best with it!

    November 29, 2013 at 6:55 am

    • Thanks, Gloria. It’s a bad time for me, too. I can’t believe I’m putting myself through this!! LOL My characters probably love the fact that I occasionally torment myself and don’t reserve it solely for them.

      November 30, 2013 at 8:04 am

  12. Kate Frost

    Hum, yes, not quite so easy sitting down when you have an arrow in your arse! Great extract.

    Btw you’re missing me for the WIPterviews. There’s nothing in my inbox (or spam folder) and I’ve definitely not been visited by any flying monkeys. I would have remembered… I’ll be back and joining in again with WIPpet Wednesday next week. 🙂

    November 29, 2013 at 8:08 am

    • WIPterview coming your way, Kate. Watch for it today . . .

      November 30, 2013 at 8:03 am

      • Lovely, have received it and will get cracking answering those questions this week. 🙂

        December 2, 2013 at 2:38 am

  13. Driev is being very polite to the guy who shot him, isn’t he? If I am keeping characters straight, that doesn’t necessarily mean Phineas shouldn’t watch his back, though, correct?

    WIPterviews IS a cool word. 🙂

    November 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    • Phineus should definitely be wary. At this point Driev is unarmed and in the ‘enemy’s’ hands. He needs to bide his time.

      November 30, 2013 at 7:29 am

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