Sunday Excerpt — October 19, 2014

For anyone who didn’t hear my shouts of joy and relief, Sanguine is now available at Amazon for Kindle and at Smashwords for everything else.

This week’s excerpt from it jumps ahead a bit from last week.  Gregor is escorting Kaen through to the chamber where they will spend the night and the way leads through the Hall of Masters.  Please ignore any odd punctuation — I promise it doesn’t bite.

 

“The Hall of Masters,” Gregor said, his voice soft with reverence.  “The lives of every Master we have served is documented here – all but one – the first.  His story is still incomplete.”

Kaen nodded, studying the portraits as Gregor led him through the room: some seemed vaguely, disturbingly familiar, but it was the portrait that dominated the far wall that made him catch his breath.

“Do you see, Master?”

“Yes.”  Kaen stared at the portrait of himself. “But how…”

“I do not know how, Master, I just know that it is.”

Kaen reached out and touched the painting and memories flooded back, too fast to sort out, but somehow making him feel more whole.  “My people,” he choked, suddenly overcome with emotion.  “How could I have been gone from my people for so long?”

 

 

 

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Sanguine Is Live!

Yes, finally!

Sanguine 

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is now available for Kindle on Amazon.

Sometime next week I hope to get it ready for Smashwords as well.

Sorry for the post and run.  I have to get ready for work but wanted to get this up first.

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Sunday Excerpt — October 12, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

I’m back.  Work was killing me last week (six days straight with dementia patients – I was ready for the loony bin!  Plus, one left for a personal care home and two others ceased to breathe, so I just was pretty wrung out.)

Anyhow… picking up from where I left off two weeks ago.   (There may or may not be some creative punctuation involved.)

 

 “No!  I forbid you – “

Kaen looked up, but Gregor had joined Constin and the two of them were pushing Gavril away, blocking him, and Kaen turned his attention back to Mirela.  “Do it,” he said softly, his gaze locked with hers.

She pressed the edge of the blade into her wrist and as blood welled from the cut she raised it to Kaen. “I offer freely that which you need.  Drink deeply of my life, my lord.”

“No!”

Kaen looked up, snarling, his mouth inches from Mirela’s wrist, from the blood that called to him, but Gavril’s attempt to interfere was still blocked by Gregor and Constin and he turned his attention back to Mirela.  He wrapped his lips around the cut as he had done many times that night, but it was as he drew her blood into his mouth that he fully felt the power of the Blood Pledge:  for the first time truly understanding the implications of what he was to them – and what they were to him.

 

Computer, internet and Amazon gods willing, Sanguine should be available by the end of the week…

 

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Sunday Excerpt — September 28, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

Picking from last week.   (There may or may not be some creative punctuation involved.)

 

Mirela stared Gavril down for a moment then turned to Kaen and her breath caught in her throat.  “Master…”  She faltered briefly, overwhelmed by his presence. 

“Mira, I told you…”

She ignored Gavril, never taking her gaze from Kaen.  “Please, Master,” she whispered. 

Kaen reached out and gently cupped her cheek with one hand, looking into her eyes.   He had no idea why Gavril was trying to prevent her offering, but he did know that she was one of his people and she had turned to him, seeking his protection, and he could not refuse her silent plea. 

 

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Sunday Excerpt — September 21, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

Picking from last week.   (There may or may not be some creative punctuation involved.)

 

“Mira?  What’s going on?” Gregor asked.

Mirela’s gaze never wavered from Gavril’s.   “Ask him,” she said, a challenge in her voice.

Gavril started toward her but Constin stepped between them.   “Gregor, take Mira inside.”

“Come on, Mira.”

Gregor gently turned her toward the castle but she jerked free of him. “No,” she said sharply.  She turned to face Gavril as she drew her dagger.  “I told you before I will not marry him:  I will not be a Blood Whore, nor will I betray my Blood.” 

 

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Sunday Excerpt — September 14, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

Again, I’m skipping ahead a bit from last week.  They are on Earth and at the castle.  Kaen has accepted Blood Offerings from all of his people, but Gregor has noticed that someone is missing…

(There may or may not be some creative punctuation involved.)

 

“Where is Mirela?”

“Mirela is…”

“I am here,” Mirela’s quiet voice cut off Gavril’s answer.

“There you are!”  Gregor hugged her tightly.  “Where have you been?  I thought you would be the first to greet me.”

“What are you doing here?”

Mirela turned to face Gavril, defiance shining in her blue eyes.  “I am here to offer my blood to my family’s Master.”

“I told you…”

“You have no say in this.  I am of the Blood – it is my right to make the offering to my Blood Master.”

 

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Sunday Excerpt — September 7, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

Sanguine is back from one of two awesome and brave volunteer pre-readers (thank you so much, Sarah W!) so watch this space for a release date.   And, meanwhile, please vote on a cover

Again, I’m skipping ahead a bit from last week.  They have arrived on Earth and are at the castle.  Anca, Gregor’s great grandmother, is the first to offer Kaen her blood.  (As the eldest, the honor was given to her.)

(Pay no attention to random punctuation and run on sentences – they don’t exist in the big version.)

 

“Anca,” Kaen said, bowing deeply, “Gregor has told me much about you:  it is an honor to meet you.”

She held his gaze for a long moment.  “Master,” she said softly, “I did not think that I would live to see the day you returned to us.”  Then she shook her head.  “It’s about time you came home.”

Kaen laughed and embraced her, lifting her off her feet.  “Yes, yes it is,” he agreed, smiling.  “I promise I will not stay away so long again.”

Gently he set her back on her feet and she smiled, drawing her ceremonial blade, never taking her eyes from his as she raised her wrist and made a cut, speaking the ancient words. 

“I offer freely that which you need,” she said.  “Drink deeply of my life, my lord.”

Kaen took her wrist gently and lowered his head, accepting her blood offering, suddenly overcome with emotion as he began to truly understand – truly know – that these people had been waiting for his return to a place that he could not remember ever having been, but a place that he knew was home.

 

 

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Back to Work…

All in all, it’s been a fairly productive three days off.

First of all, I came up with some potential cover images for Sanguine, so please go vote for one if you haven’t already.

I did some editing of Sanguine using Sarah’s comments, and I fixed a name change that I missed. (Thanks, Danielle!)

I’ve been posting chapters to Wattpad, but I still haven’t tackled Goodreads.  (But I’m blaming that on the fact that it suddenly got too hot to think again. Ugh.  I can’t wait for cooler weather!)

I’ve added words to my current WiP (Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy).  Only a couple thousand, and a lot of them are probably going to be cut, but sometimes the important thing is to just keep writing, because sooner or later something that you write is going to show you the way to move forward.  And yesterday something did so I’m excited about the project again.  I’m not sure how to segue to it, but since this is just a first draft I’m perfectly content to write [SEGUE NEEDED] and get on with it.

And I’m working on outlines for November.

Yes, outlines.  Plural.

No, I’m not planning on doing two novels in November – I did that once and swore to never do it again – but I’m having trouble deciding what to write.   Sarah wants a sequel to Sanguine, but Rowland has been patiently waiting for a sequel to Song and Sword.   And then there is Book Twelve of The Academy of the Accord series that needs to be written (along with Books Six, Seven, and Ten, but they’ve been sort of started so they don’t count).  And of course, there are a few other plot bunnies hopping around nibbling at the edges of my mind…  It’s getting crowded in there and will be worse by the end of October.

Oh, and I got the email from HQ that the 2014 Municipal Liaison kits are ready, so if I hadn’t already been thinking about NaNoWriMo I would be now anyhow.  But now I have to plot and ponder how to use this year’s “theme” for my region.  And start putting together a calendar of events.

But, now it’s time to go back to work at my day (well, evening) job, so…

Other than more work on the outlines, which I’ll print (on reused paper) and take to work with me, I doubt I’ll get much done for the next week or so.  I’m working five days in a row, get one off, work one, get one off, and then will be working at least three days.  (I haven’t seen that schedule yet.)  I’m hoping that during my next run of three days off I can get Sanguine formatted, but I know I’ll be too wiped out to do it next week.

I might also start working on a blurb for Sanguine.  If you hear a lot of swearing coming from Western Pennsylvania it will probably be me.  (I hate writing blurbs.  I would rather edit than write blurbs…)

 

 

 

 

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Just Another Laboring Day…

Happy Labor Day to those in the United States.  It’s just another work day for me, although one that has a better rate of pay than normal.

And I’m in a really good mood and am going to happy dance through my shift.

Why is that?

Well, I got Sanguine back from one of my pre-readers, the ever-wonderful Sarah Wesson.   (Seriously – check out her blog and her books – she’s awesome!)  It made sense to her and her only main comments were regarding description… or my lack thereof.   Easy things to fix, so that’s on my agenda for my day off tomorrow.   (I would do it today, but I have to go to work and don’t want to do a rush job.)

(Well, she also wants a sequel, and she says I owe her a keyboard – and probably a cup of coffee.)

Also on my agenda for tomorrow is figuring out Goodreads.

Yes, I am slowly forcing myself into the self-promotion thingy.  Ugh, ugh, and double-ugh.  Triple-ugh, even.

Towards that end, I set up a Wattpad account and am posting chapters from both Song and Sword and Sanguine on it.  Song and Sword is a bit easier to do because with Sanguine I have to read over the excerpts first to make sure they aren’t too explicit.

I’ve also been making myself a list of things to do on a daily basis, and looking at it tells me one thing:  fall is starting.  I always get a burst of energy in the fall and think I can take on the world.

And that world includes all of the plot bunnies that are hopping around in a folder on my computer.  Right this minute I want to write everything.  Right now! All at once!

I’d better get busy…

 

P.S.  Hopefully by Friday’s post I’ll have at least narrowed down the choices for the cover for Sanguine.  If I have, I’ll have a page for them here for previews and feedback.

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Sunday Excerpt — August 31, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

Sanguine is in the hands of two awesome and brave volunteer pre-readers, so watch this space for a release date.

Anyhow, I’m skipping ahead a bit from last week:  The interior design of the ship isn’t complete, but they’ve decided (after an incident between Murray and the head of the security team) to head for Earth anyhow, taking the work crew with them.  (It’s voluntary – they’re not kidnapping them!)  Gregor is collecting the names of those who wish to go on the trip.

(Pay no attention to random punctuation and run on sentences – they don’t exist in the big version.)

 

Kaen glanced at the chronometer.  “Best get to the airlock,” he said, “their shift should be ending soon.” 

“How did this get to be the First Officer’s job?”

Kaen grinned. “It’s a personnel issue.”

Gregor laughed and stood up, stretching.  “If you say so, Master.”

“Well, I’d scare them and they’d scare Murray and Trini is fussing over her engines being ready and is so excited to cast off that I’m going to have to ask Constin to give her a tranquilizer so she can sleep tonight.”

“She is so thrilled to have her very own engine room, and so scared that she will let you down.  You do have that effect on people:  you make them want to please you – once they stop being scared of you, that is.”

“And do you want to please me?” Kaen teased.

Gregor glanced at the time.  “I’ll be back once they’re gone.” 

Kaen roared with laughter at the non-answer:  he knew the real answer, of course, and couldn’t wait to draw it out of him later. 

 

 

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