Here and Now for WIPpet Wednesday

Howza-zowza, another Wednesday and I’m here for the celebration. What celebration, you ask? Why, WIPpet Wednesday of course! What? Were you born under a rock?!!?

Before I get on with my own rambling, I want to throw another huge shout out to author Devin O’Branagan who released the final book in her Legend of Glory trilogy yesterday. Missed the news? Look HERE.

And now for my rambling… I think I’ve made mention in the past about how much music is a requirement in my life. And I’m not choosy as to genre, so long as it moves me somehow. The lyrics, the melody, the overall feel. If it speaks to me, I listen. We all know how searching for one thing on the www can lead you to finding other things. Such was the case when I stumbled across the site for Karliene. If you’ve never heard of her, never visited her site, and never listened to any of her music, I suggest you do so. One song (Become the Beast which you can listen to here) reminded me very much of two much-beloved characters from Kate Sparkes’ Bound trilogy. Two other songs have been on repeat since I downloaded them. Can’t get enough. My favorite is this one The Rains of Castamere ~ The Darker Cut (imagine me liking the ‘darker’ version). Give it a listen if you’re so inclined.

I’ve been pounding away on Edge of Darkness. You know, the infamous Book Three of my Darkness & Light trilogy. As such, I’ve not spent any time with Roe and Fader — I know, big HUGE sad face — but I’ll get back to them as soon as I put ~Finis~ at the end of the first draft of EoD, so never fear. And that is… going. I finally had to break out each POV in its very own file, creating hyperlinks anyplace two characters overlap. I just couldn’t keep track, otherwise. Once I did that I found it started going much easier. Or at least I no longer feel the need to run screaming into traffic.

So, there you have it. And here you have it, from page 5 of Berk’s POV, 27 sentences, no context, first drafty.

The breeze hit him with more force once on the southern wall, gusting through the crenels as he passed. He kept his hood down and lifted a hand in greeting as he approached the wall guard. He knew the man well enough to be recognized, but thankfully not well enough to engage in a long conversation.

“Brisk night,” Berk said by way of greeting.

Halvin nodded. “Aye.” He fished under his cloak and drew out a flask. “Care for a dram t’warm you?”

Berk sniffed the contents before drinking. Taste being subjective, the night guard — especially those who drew wall duty on cold nights — often got creative with their choice of beverages to ward off the chill.

Halvin chuckled. “Jest Mol’s best spice brandy. I don’t have Will’s cast iron gut. I swear, that boy could put the fires of hell themselves in there and not feel any ill effects.” He took a pull from the flask himself when Berk handed it back, before tucking it away again. “What brings you out? Didn’t twist the lieutenant’s ear and earn yourself a turn up here with us grunts, did ya?”

“Not this time,” Berk said. “Just out for a bit of air.”

“Ah. Well then, I’ll leave you to’t.”

Berk nodded his thanks, twitched the cowl of his cloak higher around his neck, and strode off in the opposite direction. High clouds scuttled in front of the stars, and the scent of rain hung heavy. Berk drew it in through his nose, filling his lungs and his senses as though it could scrub them clean. Leaning against one of the crenels, he watched his breath ghosting from him.

“Here and now.” He whispered Sully’s favorite line, trying to feel it as deeply as he usually did.

Question for the Day: Those of you who are Indie published, what has been most successful for you in getting the word out about a book?



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33 responses

  1. “put the fires of hell themselves in there and not feel any ill effects.” – that sounds…not very appetizing and a bit painful. πŸ˜‰ nice snippet

    May 27, 2015 at 5:17 am

    • What Fallon said. Great line, by the way.

      May 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

    • You know, that’s how I feel about Tequila and 151 Rum. *shudders*

      May 27, 2015 at 6:37 am

      • Rum is ICKY. And that is all. All rum, that is.

        May 28, 2015 at 2:23 am

  2. You write fantastic banter. πŸ™‚ It never feels dull or empty.

    May 27, 2015 at 6:02 am

    • Thanks, ReGi. πŸ™‚ It’s probably because I get a lot of banter practice.

      May 27, 2015 at 6:38 am


    That song really is perfect. I’m going to have to download it for my editing mood music.

    For the last question… I don’t know. I’m terrible at marketing and generally hide from it. Biggest thing for me was having enough sales and reviews at release that Amazon’s algorithms picked it up and started recommending it as an also-bought and in e-mails. For my next series I’ll be relying more on my mailing list to try to get the ball rolling, and I might start doing some real marketing for Bound once Sworn is out.

    Ugh, I get stomach cramps thinking about it.

    May 27, 2015 at 6:51 am

    • Berk definitely needs your love right now. Poor boy. He appreciates it greatly. Yes, he does. He loves hugs. And cuddling. And long walks in the moonlight and…

      The best line in that song, “Do I terrify you, or make you feel alive?” Oh yeah. Especially during parts of Sworn… so fitting.

      But how did you get those sales and reviews right at/prior to release? FB and word of mouth mainly? I need to hit the ground running when Driev gets released. I want him to be huge. Also, if I ever get EoD done, I want to re-market the trilogy. *sigh* Oh, the pain!

      May 27, 2015 at 7:09 am

      • Berk and his boats can come sit by me any time.

        I got the reviews by offering ARCs in exchange for honest review. Not everyone who got a copy followed through, but I got a handful in the first few days. Some authors send out 40 copies… I might have got people to take ten and got six reviews out of it. I think mentioning how important reviews are (in a friendly, low-pressure way) in the note to reader has helped since then, too. Didn’t send out many ARCs for Torn, as I only had it ready about a week before release and not many people could commit to that.

        For sales, I think part of it was having blog friends post about the release with the description and cover image (and the cover helped a lot). Having a facebook party didn’t hurt. I got copies into a few more people’s hands that way and got the word out that the book was a thing that was available. There were a few other little things, too, like two friends suggesting it for their (tiny) book clubs.

        Have you read Let’s Get Visible by David Gaughran? I need to re-read that one. It was helpful.

        May 27, 2015 at 7:17 am

      • Just sent that book to my Kindle. Thanks!

        May 27, 2015 at 7:24 am

  4. Great as usual. Like everyone else, I appreciate your banter. I also loved this: “Taste being subjective, the night guard β€” especially those who drew wall duty on cold nights β€” often got creative with their choice of beverages to ward off the chill.” Now this is world building!

    May 27, 2015 at 9:45 am

    • I’m never sure about dropping those little crumbs in there, but you’re right, it is world building.

      May 28, 2015 at 5:16 am

  5. Amy

    Heh, I liked this: “Taste being subjective, the night guard β€” especially those who drew wall duty on cold nights β€” often got creative with their choice of beverages to ward off the chill.” I can only imagine.

    May 27, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    • I’ve heard of some very creative choices of warming beverages. Not sure I’d try any of them…

      May 28, 2015 at 5:17 am

  6. Berk has something tearing at his soul right now… that’s ALL too clear. Poor Berk.

    Love hearing you and Kate discussing the politics of publication… (Sounds like the politics of dancing, but more desperate.)

    May 27, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    • Yes, yes he does. 😦

      Ha! I didn’t know there were politics in dancing.

      May 27, 2015 at 4:24 pm

  7. You have a fair number of lines I love, but the one that topped the cake is, “…he watched his breath ghosting from him.” Ghosting is a spectacular description! ❀

    May 27, 2015 at 4:35 pm

  8. Love your details, Kathi. You are so good at that!

    I had to smile at your description of how you are whipping the WIP into submission — I had to do something similar with Shadow of Stone, first defining different POVs differently in Scivener for editing purposes, and eventually printing them out separately for editing in hard copy. Good luck!

    May 27, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    • Glad to know I’m not the only crazy one who’s done that! Stitching it together into one will hopefully not be as difficult as I keep thinking it might. The crossovers are fairly clear. At least I’m making headway. I’ll right it standing on my head and wearing a tu-tu if that gets it finished!

      May 28, 2015 at 5:19 am

  9. “That boy could put the fires of hell themselves in there and not feel any ill effects.”

    I know a couple of people like that. The concoctions they come up with scare me.

    May 27, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    • My oldest brother and my husband one time were throwing whatever they could find in a blender. With one such concoction they tossed in a frozen cake one of my sisters had brought for a special desert. She was less than pleased.

      May 28, 2015 at 5:21 am

  10. haha I know people who drink like that =P also…suuuuure he’s just out for a walk uh huh

    May 27, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    • Careful, don’t pick on Berk, Kate will thrash you. πŸ˜‰

      May 28, 2015 at 5:21 am

  11. Saving the music for tomorrow. I think I may love it, but with my Accomplice asleep beside me….

    I’ve been listening to one Jewel song (and singing it), over and over while driving. It feels like a song T’Pol sings to Trip, and shocks him because he doesn’t know she can sing, let along extraordinarily well, with deep feeling…

    But, you see, the scene’s not ready to write yet, so I keep listening, and singing… =D

    Love the scene. It’s odd that I’ve known about crenelated walls forever, but never put together that crenels would be a word…

    I’ve got a strong sense of Berk , even though I think this might be the first time I’ve met him.

    And, as for Driev…happy to spread the word, share your cover, buy the book, review the book, talk up the book….because the world needs Driev! =D

    May 28, 2015 at 2:33 am

    • Which Jewel song??

      Berk gets introduced in book two of the trilogy. He was supposed to be a walk-on character, but he demanded his own POV. In return, he got put through hell. *shrug* Make demands on this author, character, and you pay.

      I concur, the world does need Driev. πŸ™‚ I hope the rest of the world agrees. And I will definitely have you on my list when he has his debut.

      May 28, 2015 at 5:24 am

      • This one:

        I don’t think I’ve seen anything from this series, so now I’ve got even more to look forward to from you….and getting put through hell seems a fair trade for all the insistence these characters put up – like T’Pol waking me up and making me cry at 4am, because – well, T’Pol reasons. Good ones, but still…I was sleeping sweetly till she demanded I worry about the trauma in her life, so she gets what she gets…and it’s not exactly easy answers and agreeable results….

        But the song – that’s gonna be a sweet moment to write, before chaos descends….

        Driev is one of my favorite characters I can’t play with. I’ll be honored to support him in any way I can – and I really don’t have any valuables for him to pocket, so we’re all good there! =)

        May 28, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      • I don’t think I’ve ever heard this Jewel song. A new one for the soundtrack. πŸ™‚

        May 28, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      • It’s the last labeled track on Spirit. My Accomplice and I bought that CD new, in the early days of our marriage…

        I love that song, and T’Pol insists that it captures her emotional state in an agreeable manner.

        May 28, 2015 at 6:39 pm

  12. MUSIC. Oooh. I am both thankful for new audio fuel and also getting all teary because that singer apparently has recorded ALL the songs from my childhood and some of them…..SIGH. All the feels.

    I pretty much love all of this snippet. It’s great interaction, with great dialog, and also great narrative. It’s very true, very easy to picture, and very…well, GUY.

    May 28, 2015 at 6:10 am

    • Oh yes, many feels on that site. I’ve had the handful I downloaded on repeat on my desktop for the last week.

      May 28, 2015 at 6:06 pm

  13. I love Karliene’s songs — they’re definitely getting added to the writing playlist, thanks for sharing that! I also have to echo the others above, β€œThat boy could put the fires of hell themselves in there and not feel any ill effects.” is a great line! Made me chuckle, I know a couple of people like that πŸ˜‰

    I also wanted to float an idea past you — I’m setting up a series of interviews with writers focusing on their research process. The idea is that it would be a nice way to feature indie writers and their books without it being sales-ey. Give me a shout at if you’d be up for taking part, I’d love to do a feature on you and your books πŸ™‚

    May 28, 2015 at 9:31 pm

  14. I was just thinking how natural your dialogue was, then saw Regi had mentioned it. Listening to music while writing has give me some great ideas and finding new music can make a huge difference.

    May 31, 2015 at 3:56 pm

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