WIPpet Wednesday, Book Tours, and Nefarious Plans

As it turns out, fellow WIPpeteer Adrian Smith has a Book Tour taking place for the release of her book Forever Burn. I missed the boat on officially signing up, but I hear there’s a Rafflecopter giveaway going on, and if you’d like to read a review and a bit more about Forever Burn, wander on over to Sarah Hart’s Blog.


More news: I have it on good authority, the wonderful Kourtney Heintz (whose interview of me will post April 7th) is planning to review Emergence tomorrow. There have been quite a few good comments regarding Emergence this week, which really helps make up for some of the daily crap I’ve been dealing with. I especially like these kinds of tweets:

tweetEvil plans for my characters?? Moi? *tries to appear sweet and innocent* *epic fail* Mwahahahahahahaha!

So, moving right along. That brings us to today’s WIPpet. No complicated math this week. For the 2nd day of April, two paragraphs from CBC in which Driev attempts to impart some of his vast *cough* wisdom to Gylan, aka ‘the boy’.

“Gylan…” I looked away, shaking my head. I had no idea what I wanted to say, or why I felt the need to say anything. I should have been on my way out instead of bandying words with a snot-nosed boy. “Look, I’m sorry I frightened you. I’m not a nice man, you’re right in thinking that, but not everyone who shows you a friendly smile is trustworthy. Sometimes they hold out their hand just to use it against you. I’ll never do that to you. Truth, I don’t give a rat’s balls if you like me or not. I don’t want to be your friend. But there’s going to come a time you’ll need to trust me. I’ve never lied to you, have I?”

He shook his head, his face scrunched in thought.

For a character who wasn’t even in the first drafts of this tale, Gylan sure has taken over. I’m just as helpless as Driev is where that boy is concerned. *shakes head* In case you’re interested in what inspires me while I’m working on CBC, who I would cast, what music reminds me of the characters, quotes, and any other assorted visuals, visit the ever-growing Coinblade Chronicles Pinterest Board.  If you have any suggestions for the board, images or songs that put you in mind of Driev and his world, feel free to pass them along. The same holds true of First of Her Kind and Emergence ~just visit The Darkness & Light Series Pinterest Board.

I’m hoping…ho-ping…to have this tale finished by the end of May. Sooner would be better, but we shall see. Anywho, I’ll be looking for a few folks to read and shred. If you’re interested, let me know.

And with that, a bit of music that always puts me in mind of Driev, sadly enough.

“All the times
That I’ve cried
All this wasted
It’s all inside
And I feel
All this pain
Stuffed it down
It’s back again
And I lie
Here in bed
All alone
I can’t mend

~ Staind Outside


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35 responses

  1. I feel bad for that kid. I get what Driev is saying, but the little guy needs some kindness and affection. Love the tension between their needs/wants and personalities that you’ve shown so far.

    Also, poor Fallon. It’s gonna be rough. 🙂

    (Thanks for the reminder that I haven’t put any music on my pinterest boards yet. And nice pics!)

    April 2, 2014 at 6:16 am

    • Are you posting from your phone?

      Don’t worry, Gylan gets some love and affection. He even, might, possibly, in a roundabout way, get some from Driev by the end. As much as he’s capable of at the time, at least.

      What do you think…Berk…Dean O’Gorman..???

      April 2, 2014 at 6:21 am

      • Not bad. I pictured him a little different, but you’ll never get a perfect match between reader brain and writer brain. I could see that guy for a movie version. 🙂

        April 2, 2014 at 6:23 am

      • So how did you picture him. Curious now.

        April 2, 2014 at 6:24 am

      • Just a little younger, I think. More… I don’t know. If I think of an actor he resembles in my head, I’ll let you know.

        I doubt my boys look the same in my head as they do in yours. 🙂

        April 2, 2014 at 6:34 am

      • Likely not. 🙂 That’s the fun of it, though. Letting the reader full in the blanks and draw their own image. For instance, the actor one out my Betas said Donovan reminded her of….not who I would have picked.

        April 2, 2014 at 6:37 am

      • The one you posted on Pinterest? Not exactly my image, but I thought he was suitably creepy, anyway. Needs to be better-looking, though.

        April 2, 2014 at 6:38 am

      • Yeah, that one. He’s a bit too. ..scruffy? Not smooth enough for my image of him.

        April 2, 2014 at 6:40 am

      • Exactly.

        April 2, 2014 at 6:47 am

  2. Amy

    I wonder what it is that draws kids to gruff people. It’s not just a story trope—I see it in real life, too. That’s got to be kind of draining on the poor kid, though.

    April 2, 2014 at 7:27 am

    • Maybe it’s because kids can sense what people are really like, despite the outer mask they wear? Poor Gylan has it tough, but he comes out of it all right. 🙂

      April 2, 2014 at 7:30 am

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Pinterest board!!!
    Great excerpt! I can see you writing a book from Gylan’s perspective.

    April 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

    • *plugs ears with fingers* La- la- la- I can’t hear you. There will be no such project. *skips off, still plugging ears*

      April 2, 2014 at 9:04 am

  4. You can’t fool us with that innocent look. Especially now that I’m more than half way through it.

    Great excerpt!

    April 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

    • But I practiced in front of the mirror!

      April 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

  5. *snorts* snot-faced boy! lol I’m with Amy, but I think I know what it is that draws kids to gruff people. I like the contrast in the two characters. =P

    April 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

    • Is it anything like cats being drawn to people that don’t like cats? 😉

      April 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      • Yes!!!!

        April 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm

  6. Oh, Driev you gorgeous cynical bastard, you. I’m loving him more every week! And of course Gylan would worm his way into Driev’s heart! He sees the boy’s innocence and is reminded of his former self … or so is my rather presumptuous take on the situation.

    Congrats on the great Emergence tweets! Go you! Hope your week gets better. *hugs*

    April 2, 2014 at 11:14 am

    • “Gorgeous, cynical bastard” I’m laughing out loud at that. I’m thinking someone may have to call him that somewhere along the line.

      April 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

  7. I wonder if kids are drawn to these types of people because they want the truth too. I’m not sure, but it seems this character is straightforward which may help this kid out in the long run. Either way, nice excerpt here. I really enjoyed it!:)

    April 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    • Straightforward to a fault at times, I think.

      April 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  8. Short but sweet — great snippet. 🙂 And great song. I have a song from Staind on my IPod, must get this one too.

    Good luck on getting the book done on schedule! I’d be happy to be a beta reader for Driev’s story for you.

    April 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    • Thanks, Ruth. I’ve found a couple Staind songs that could apply to this particular WIP. They have a very distinctive sound.

      You are on the shredding list for CBC. Thanks so much!

      April 3, 2014 at 5:20 am

  9. Looking forward to what Kourtney has to say. I loved her review of the first book, I thought she was spot on. 🙂

    April 3, 2014 at 8:51 am

  10. Gylan should definitely be weary of nice people. You’re writing this after all. 😉

    April 3, 2014 at 9:01 am

    • Hey now, I represent that remark. 😉

      April 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

  11. Huh. I’m not sure I’ve seen much of that “kids are drawn to gruff people” thing in real life, myself, and I’ve worked with kids of varying backgrounds and abilities for 20 years.

    Anyway, that’s not the point. I DO think this is a great excerpt. I like that Driev is direct. Lying to kids never helped anyone, that I know of.

    April 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    • I don’t know about ‘gruff’. I’m not exactly a warm, fuzzy person. Not outgoing. Tend to be quite reserved around folks I don’t know. And–even though I’ve taught pre-k, and worked with kids from 5-12–I’m not really a ‘kid’ person. Yet the little buggers seem fascinated by me, even though I do my darndest to not make eye contact. 😉

      But, back to the excerpt…Driev is often direct to a fault. He really doesn’t have a lot of experience with kids in general, and his childhood was nothing anyone would want, so he approaches kids like they’re little adults. When he’s not trying to avoid them altogether, that is.

      April 4, 2014 at 6:00 am

  12. I think kids are drawn to people who don’t lie to them. Most adults do, in many ways, as a means of controlling them (information is power, and, sadly, many grown-ups want to keep the power to themselves).

    Maybe it’s less the gruffness that kids are attracted to, but the honesty – people who are gruff might be more likely to be truthful…

    I tend to attract children. I’m not gruff, but I treat children as people, and I think kids really pick up on that.

    I would love to be on the list! Oh, Driev, I’m coming for youuuuuu! =)

    Yeah, I do have a Pinterest page. I guess I should go look at it again sometime….

    April 3, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    • See my response to ReGi.

      I will put you on my list. Or, more precisely, Driev’s list. 😉 Thanks much.

      I was skeptical of Pinterest for a long time. I’ve come to rely on it for keeping track of things now. Very handy little beast it’s turning into.

      April 4, 2014 at 6:02 am

  13. I think Driev’s directness is something that I like in him too… like, yeah, he’s a bit of a dick sometimes, but he makes that pretty clear to you from the outset, so it’s not like you can’t say you haven’t been warned. Also, just looking at your CBC Pinterest board, I agree with all your casting choices for him. Richard Armitage particularly, because reasons, but the others are mighty good choices, too.

    April 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

  14. Sorry you’ve had so many things to deal with. Ugh! I loved Emergence. Had to showcase it on my blog this month. 🙂 Hugs!

    April 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    • Thanks for that. 😀 I’m so glad Emergence is being well-received.

      April 15, 2014 at 7:20 pm

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