Author Interviews, Misc

Work-In-Progress Blog Challenge

A new challenge! This time I’ve been nominated by Vashti Quiroz-Vega and Jon Simmonds to participate in the ‘Work-In-Progress Blog Challenge’, and since it’s a challenge … well, I just had to do it. For this challenge, I must post the first line from each of the first three chapters in my work-in-process (WIP). Then I must select four other writers to do the same.

But before I get there, a few words about the people who tagged me…

Vashti is a long-time writer friend, blogger and all around great support so it was with pleasure that I received her nomination. She writes Suspense, Thriller, Fantasy and Horror novels and stories. Her book The Basement is available for purchase on Amazon and she is currently working on a new book called ‘The Fall of Lilith’ ,which is also the book she cited for this challenge.

Jon is a newer friend whom I met through my blog (Yay for the power of media!). Jon’s very smart and I like his blog posts—in fact, it was through his About page that I discovered that he authored Alice in Wonderland at the age of 7. Check it out and see what I mean. The WIP he chose to use for this challenge is Dark Energies which he describes as ‘a contemporary urban mystery spiced with a healthy dose of romance and quantum physics’. Nice.

So, for this challenge I decided to feature this beast of a WIP that has had me on the ropes for years, but which I am determined to tame: Wolf’s Bane, the sequel to my published fantasy novel, The Purple Morrow.

Wolf’s Bane continues Jeru’s tale as he struggles to grapple with the knowledge of who he is while Kelen contends with a new evil dogging his every move. The story takes the reader deeper into the conflict developing across Marathana, introduces new people groups and cultures and raises the overall stakes. 

The (working) blurb:

The Purple Morrow is destroyed. Guided by a dark ally, the Northmen push harder to conquer the Southernlands. Jeru, newly wed and desiring only to settle into a simple life, is forced to accept that his trials have just begun.

Revenge on his mind, Kelen must battle forces of good and evil as he tries to discern truth from lies while trying to save his skin.

Myth and Legend come to the fore and destiny reveals its hand. Jeru and Kelen, the Butterfly and the Wolf, will meet again. And when they do, no one is prepared for the aftermath.

 

And without further ado, here are the opening lines from the first three chapters. I took the liberty of including the line from the Prologue so there will be four sentences in all, but no worries. I tend to open with short lines, so it’ll be over before you know it. I’ve also added some visuals to whet your appetite. Enjoy!

Prologue: Baptism of Blood: 

The village burned.

From Infinity Blade: reckoning
From Infinity Blade: reckoning

 

Chapter 1: 

The summons came during Oren’s evening quiet time.

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From dustin.wikidot.com

Chapter 2:

Oren hurried to the Naagra-Oni’s chambers.

 

Chapter 3: 

If ever he made it up the cliff, Jeru had a few choice words for the divine being who had called him there in the first place.

From www.desktopwallpapers4.me
From http://www.desktopwallpapers4.me

 

And there you have them! To keep the ball rolling, I am tagging the following writers.

Phil Partington

Su Sokol

Lindsay Llewellyn 

Piper McDermot

Please check out their blogs, drop them a line, and find out more about what they are working on. You never know. Your thoughtful words and support might be just what they need to finish their labor of love.

Misc

Super Sweet Blogging Award

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I’m honoured to be nominated for the Super Sweet Blogging award by the super sweet Jennifer Kirk: http://jayescraftedcards.blogspot.ca/ and Kamalika Jayathilaka http://rhymesablaze.blogspot.ca/ and Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin http://lovepainandothercatastrophes.blogspot.ca/ who are wonderful, talented people in their own right. Please do them the honour of checking out their blogs! 

Jennifer, Kamalika and Yolanda, thank you all for this DELICIOUS award and I wish you all the best in your endeavours!

The Rules:

-Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that awarded you.

-Answer five Super Sweet questions.

-Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award image in your blog post.

-Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.

-Notify your nominees on their blog.

The Five Super Sweet Questions:

1. Cookies or cake? Cake. I like cookies a lot, but noting beats the decadence of cake!

2. Favourite sweet treat? Sour candies and chocolate in most any form. 🙂 I’ve also recently discovered the charm of Key Lime Pie.

3. Sweet Nickname? Dy, nothing fancy.

4. What is the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for you? When my kids do things especially for me. Make pictures, sing songs or tell stories, all that cute stuff.

5. What is your sweetest memory? Touching moments with my kids. Probably our first summer at camp.

My Nominees: Note there are fewer than 13 but a lot of the people I could have nominated have already been nominated for various blog awards. I decided, then, to focus on highlighting new, wonderful contacts I have made. So they are…

Deb http://alamond0823.wordpress.com/

Jenn http://rajcmallu.wordpress.com/

Amanda Staley http://staleybooks.wordpress.com/

Robert C. Price http://fromacloggedmind.wordpress.com/

Laura A. Diaz http://ladiazbooksandbeyond.wordpress.com/

Oliver Saak http://oliversaak71side.wordpress.com/

Steve Hi http://stevehi312.wordpress.com/

Misc

Liebster Blog Award

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For reasons I have yet to understand, Glendon Perkins has chosen to nominate me for this amazing award. I say this because I am new to the world of blogging and in some ways, I feel I still have a lot to learn. However, the fact Glendon nominated me indicates that I must be doing something right. 🙂 So I gladly and humbly accept the honour. Please show Glendon some respect and love by checking out his page at http://www.glendonperkins.com/

Here are the nomination rules:

1. List eleven random facts about me.
2. Nominate eleven bloggers for the Liebster Blog Award.
3. Notify the bloggers.
4. Ask eleven questions the bloggers must answer upon receiving the
5. Answer the eleven questions you were asked when you were nominated.
6. Link back to the person who nominated you.

11 Random facts about me:

1) I like anime

2) I love to bake when I have the time

3) I’ve taken karate

4) I’m perfectly comfortable being by myself

5) I like walking with my dog

6) I love sour candies

7) I prefer driving manual to automatic

8) My best job was working in a youth centre

9) I speak, read and write French

10) I’m proud to be Canadian

11) Chocolate and coffee are my favorite indulgences

My nominees for the award are:

1-Steve Hi http://stevehi312.wordpress.com/

2-Phil Partington http://authorphilpartington.blogspot.ca/?wref=bif

3-Adrianna Joleigh http://adriannajoleigh.com/

4- Sandra Tyler http://www.awriterweavesatale.com/

5- Stacey Haggard Brewer http://staceyhaggardbrewer.com/

6- Zee Southcombe zeesouthcombe.com

7- Rayona Tuneela http://poetryfortheblindblog.blogspot.co.uk/

8-Zach Bonelli http://zacharybonelli.com/

9-T.A. Miles http://theimmarcescibleword.blogspot.ca/

10-Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin http://lovepainandothercatastrophes.blogspot.ca/

11-C.J. Brightley http://www.cjbrightley.com/

Questions for my Nominees (as found on Glendon’s website)

1. What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?

2. What’s your earliest memory?

3. What was your favorite subject in school?

4. Have you EVER had a need for algebra away from the school environment?

5. Do you understand modern art (or even know if it’s hanging the right way up)?

6. Most enjoyable book?

7. Have you ever spent money on something you’ve really wanted although you could hardly afford it at the time?

8. Apart from when you were a child, have you ever danced in the rain?

9. What country would you like to visit that you haven’t?

10. What makes you grumpy?

11. What’s your GO TO switch to make you feel better on a gray day?

My Answers to those Questions

1. What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?
Too many! The Three Amigos, Clue, Home Alone and Little Shop of Horrors come to mind first.
2. What’s your earliest memory?
I honestly don’t remember.
3. What was your favorite subject in school?
Biology
4. Have you EVER had a need for algebra away from the school environment?
What’s algebra?
5. Do you understand modern art (or even know if it’s hanging the right way up)?
Lol I can appreciate some of it, though sculpture I find more difficult to understand/figure out.
6. Most enjoyable book?
Ugh too many! Return of the King (LOTR), Dune (book 1), The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy…it just goes on and on. Bunch of stuff by Margaret Atwood (my Canadian Idol, lol)
7. Have you ever spent money on something you’ve really wanted although you could hardly afford it at the time?
Like every day! Lol
8. Apart from when you were a child, have you ever danced in the rain?
No. Sadly.
9. What country would you like to visit that you haven’t?
Australia, all over Europe.
10. What makes you grumpy?
Not having enough ‘alone’ time. Being interrupted or having to repeat myself.
11. What’s your GO TO switch to make you feel better on a gray day?
A hot cup of coffee. Nothing fru-fru either. Simple, strong coffee with cream NOT milk.

Again, big thanks to Glendon Perkins for this unique recognition, and congrats to all the nominees! I hope those reading this post will check out your awesome sites. 🙂

Best of luck!