Weekend Writing Warriors: The Bad Patient

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Today for Weekend Writing Warriors I’m again posting an excerpt from my sweet fantasy romance The Beauty’s Beast, which is about a cursed werewolf knight and the lady who loves him.

The first week we met our hero, Gabriel, and the second week we meet his feisty love interest, Kathryn. Today I’m posting one of their first interactions. Gabriel has been badly wounded by a dog attack and he’s not exactly being a model patient/wolf for Kathryn.

“Idiot,” the girl scolded him.

He blinked and focused on the maiden as she shooed him toward the bed. Not “the girl”–Lady Kathryn. She had saved his life. Learning her name was surely the least he could do.

“Back to bed,” she said. “What are you doing?”

Startled, he searched her face and wondered, Does she really think I understand her?

I’ll be posting more from this scene next week so stay tuned! :)

THE BEAUTY’S BEAST is currently available in paperback and wherever ebooks are sold:

Amazon Paperback B&N KOBO ARe

You can also learn more about the book and read the first chapter here.

The Beauty's Beast Web File

The Story:

Lady Kathryn’s father sends her to court to find a husband, but being penniless and disinterested doesn’t bode well for her success. Bored by the petty intrigues of court, her frustration and loneliness are eased when the king charges her with the care of his newest acquisition: a wolf he and his hunters have recently captured. What the king doesn’t realize is his remarkable pet was once Gabriel, his favorite knight, cursed into wolf form by an unfaithful wife.

The beast’s too-knowing eyes and the way he understands and responds to her every utterance convince Kathryn he is more than what he seems. Resolving to restore him, she doesn’t count on the greatest obstacle being Gabriel himself. The longer he stays in wolf form as a captive of the court, the harder it becomes for him to remember his humanity and to fight his wolfish urges to maim and kill.

Only Kathryn’s affection and determination stand between Gabriel the wolf and Gabriel the man. But when the one who betrayed him returns to court, will Kathryn’s love be enough to keep Gabriel from exacting a brutish revenge that will condemn the wolf to death?

Hope you enjoyed the snippet above, and don’t forget to check out all the other 8 sentence excerpts this week.

Fun Stuff for Your Saturday Morning

Hi all,

Slowly but surely getting back into the swing of blogging. To that end, I thought you guys might enjoy some of the cool stuff I found on the internet this week:

*Wedding season is gearing up, and just look at these gorgeous wedding pics from Tehereh Mafi and her husband Ransom, two authors who took a unique (but gorgeous) approach to their wedding. Click here. Her bouquet is made of book pages!

*These are great, from the Good Tickle Brain blog, the artist has told all of Shakespeare’s plays in 3 comic panels (although Titus Andronicus actually only takes 1…). Click here.

*This TED talk on bionic limbs is wonderful, and very moving at the end when Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. Watch.

A human being can never be broken. Technology is broken. Technology is inadequate….We can transcend disability through technological innovation.

*And, to finish off, an impressive and surprisingly witty musical performance:

Dissecting Fight Scenes (Luke vs. Vader)

For the past couple months, I’ve been doing a series on fight scenes and how to make them more effective:

Part One (Will Turner vs. Captain Jack)

Part Two (Black Widow vs. Hawkeye)

And, in case you don’t have time to read those other posts, what IS the secret to a really great fight scene?

Character! 

Fight scenes, really good fight scenes, are all about character.

Today we’re going to talk about probably my favorite fight ever…

Luke vs. Vader from Return of the Jedi.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a fight scene without character stuff is meaningless: it’s just pretty choreography, and this scene, even though the fight choreography isn’t wicked intense (like in, say, the mediocre prequels with their lava battles and such) is still a totally riveting scene. Luke is trying to redeem his father; Vader is trying to push Luke to the dark side and, meanwhile, the Emperor is just being a jerk to everyone in a sort of “Let the best minion win!” kind of thing.

If Luke wins, the Emperor wins because he’ll have pushed him to the dark side.

If Vader wins, the Emperor still has his trusted right hand henchman.

This is one of the few fights I can think of where the stakes are this high, and the outcome of the fight is actually really crummy for the two combatants no matter who wins. Conflict! Character! Story! Awww, all the ingredients for a really great fight.

READ MORE.

 

Back from the Wilderness…

…the wilderness being Moving. God, I hate moving. Loathe. Do not like. I have to be REALLY fed up with my current place before I will consider moving. (And I was. Cats were too.)

But now I’m all the way out of the old place and into the new, everything has been cleaned, keys have been returned and I can finally have my brain back for other things. Like writing! Yay! And blogging! Yay! And having a social life! YAY!

Quick catch up:

*I am having a giveaway for Marie Force’s latest contemporary romance ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE over at my Facebook page. Drop a comment there for your chance to win. And maybe “Like” my page while you’re over there? If you haven’t already? :)

*Captain America: The Winter Soldier is awesome. Go see it. Here is a very excellent if spoilery review from the Hello Tailor blog about it.

*Internet Repair Men are scary. Just ask Blonde Cat. He spent all of last Friday in a cupboard:

20140404_093224_resized_1How’s your month going?

Weekend Writing Warriors: Uh-Oh…

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Today for Weekend Writing Warriors I’m again posting an excerpt from my sweet fantasy romance The Beauty’s Beast, which is about a cursed werewolf knight and the lady who loves him.

The first week we met our hero, Gabriel, and last week we meet his feisty love interest, Kathryn. In this excerpt, Gabriel is just beginning to realize how he feels about Kathryn, and just how dangerous it can be to fall in love when you’re cursed…

As soon as Kathryn had checked his wounds were healing well, he hopped down and left the ladies’ apartments to seek out his king. There he stood on firmer ground; there the wolf understood his place and his duty.

The maiden is too precarious.

Every moment spent in Kathryn’s presence, he slid nearer to a great void, and if he let himself fall in, he would lose the little bit of his humanity that he retained. Despair of that kind was not the sort from which he could ever recover.

For what, he realized, could be worse than finding the true lady of your heart and knowing, as you are, that you may never possess her? What could hurt more than finding her, loving her, and knowing in your cursed canine bones she deserves so much more than the beast you have become?

Better to feel nothing at all.

THE BEAUTY’S BEAST is currently available in paperback and wherever ebooks are sold:

Amazon     Paperback     B&N     KOBO     ARe

You can also learn more about the book and read the first chapter here.

The Beauty's Beast Web File

The Story:

Lady Kathryn’s father sends her to court to find a husband, but being penniless and disinterested doesn’t bode well for her success. Bored by the petty intrigues of court, her frustration and loneliness are eased when the king charges her with the care of his newest acquisition: a wolf he and his hunters have recently captured. What the king doesn’t realize is his remarkable pet was once Gabriel, his favorite knight, cursed into wolf form by an unfaithful wife.

The beast’s too-knowing eyes and the way he understands and responds to her every utterance convince Kathryn he is more than what he seems. Resolving to restore him, she doesn’t count on the greatest obstacle being Gabriel himself. The longer he stays in wolf form as a captive of the court, the harder it becomes for him to remember his humanity and to fight his wolfish urges to maim and kill.

Only Kathryn’s affection and determination stand between Gabriel the wolf and Gabriel the man. But when the one who betrayed him returns to court, will Kathryn’s love be enough to keep Gabriel from exacting a brutish revenge that will condemn the wolf to death?

Hope you enjoyed the snippet above, and don’t forget to check out all the other 8 sentence excerpts this week.

Moving…

Hi, chaps, moving this week so I’m a little braindead and have basically no time to eat let alone blog. :(

But here in the meantime have this cool video:

With their top agent out of commission, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency needs a new…graphic designer?!

Weekend Writing Warriors: I Do Love a Sassy Heroine…

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Today for Weekend Writing Warriors I’m again posting an excerpt from my sweet fantasy romance The Beauty’s Beast, which is about a cursed werewolf knight and the lady who loves him.

Last week we met our hero, Gabriel, but today we meet his feisty love interest, Kathryn. In this excerpt Kathryn has just returned from helping the wolf to find she’s in hot water with the queen and all her handmaidens, including Beatrice, the bossiest handmaiden of them all…

Beatrice narrowed her hazel eyes at Kathryn and said, “You have decided to grace us with your presence today, milady?”

Ignoring Beatrice, Kathryn went to one of the cabinets and pulled out her own sewing kitbag. She selected a project and claimed the empty stool in the circle. Letting her hands mindlessly accomplish their work, her mind meanwhile turned over the puzzle of the werewolf’s identity.

“Well?” Beatrice demanded of her again. “Have you nothing to say?”

Kathryn did not look up as she said in her most sickly sweet voice, “As you have oft remarked to me, lady, silence is, of all virtues, the most becoming in a maiden. I am merely trying to take your good advice to heart.”

THE BEAUTY’S BEAST is currently available in paperback and wherever ebooks are sold:

Amazon     Paperback     B&N     KOBO     ARe

You can also learn more about the book and read the first chapter here.

The Beauty's Beast Web File

The Story:

Lady Kathryn’s father sends her to court to find a husband, but being penniless and disinterested doesn’t bode well for her success. Bored by the petty intrigues of court, her frustration and loneliness are eased when the king charges her with the care of his newest acquisition: a wolf he and his hunters have recently captured. What the king doesn’t realize is his remarkable pet was once Gabriel, his favorite knight, cursed into wolf form by an unfaithful wife.

The beast’s too-knowing eyes and the way he understands and responds to her every utterance convince Kathryn he is more than what he seems. Resolving to restore him, she doesn’t count on the greatest obstacle being Gabriel himself. The longer he stays in wolf form as a captive of the court, the harder it becomes for him to remember his humanity and to fight his wolfish urges to maim and kill.

Only Kathryn’s affection and determination stand between Gabriel the wolf and Gabriel the man. But when the one who betrayed him returns to court, will Kathryn’s love be enough to keep Gabriel from exacting a brutish revenge that will condemn the wolf to death?

Hope you enjoyed the snippet above, and don’t forget to check out all the other 8 sentence excerpts this week.

Fun Links for Tuesday 3-25-14

A few Oscar things in here, but still fun stuff…

*My friend Drea found this first. It’s a really interesting oral history of how the Lord of the Rings folks structured their Oscars campaign to make sure Return of the King was honored the way it deserved. “An Oral History of The Return of the King’s Best Picture Win“:

we went beyond the specific movie and campaigned for the trilogy, because we knew this was our shot. Some people accused us, saying “Well, you can’t campaign for the trilogy, you can only campaign for this movie.” Again, it was the last gasp. What they’re voting for was the scope of the trilogy, not necessarily the individual [film].

*GREAT photoblog with Oscar nominees photo-shopped together with their younger selves. Click here.

*A new short story from Ursula Vernon “The Vision of Crazy-Wool.” I wish I could afford one of her artisan plushies that are tied into this story. So cute!

*A wonderful post from the Bamboo Killers screenwriting blog: “Be the Change

Art begets change….We can make a difference with what we write….When every black person you see on film is a thug, you are more likely to believe that black people are plotting to shoot you. When every gay person you see on film is a sexual predator, of course you believe that the gay community is coming for your children. And when every woman you see in film is a wife/mother/victim, you’re far more inclined to believe that we’re not capable of anything more. This is why I write female protagonists so often. I don’t write them just because I’m a woman. I write them because I want to SEE women – women I can relate to, women who aren’t just running scared or trying to please the male lead.

*Amazing video: “How Wolves Change Rivers”

My Writing Process – Blog Tour

Veronica Scott tagged me to do this meme, and so here I am. ;P

1) What am I working on?

Right now I’ve got a LOT on my plate writing-wise. I’m gathering cover art, doing edits, formatting and uploading to get three of my books out by the end of the year. I’m also working on a second book in my Stage Kiss series. The second book will be set around a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. :D

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, I quote Shakespeare in my work more than most of the other romance writers I know. lol. But seriously, folks, one of my big mission statements for my work is to try to do what other writers in the genre are not. I try to push boundaries with characterization and plots.

I also make it a goal to have diverse casts so everything isn’t the usual white-wash that you see in a lot of the genre.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I started writing contemporary romances because it is such a fun genre to play around in. Jennifer Crusie is basically my idol. She has such strong characters, funny dialogue, brilliant plots and generally all-around excellent romance novels. That’s what I’m aiming for. (Whether I make it there or not, we’ll see. But still: shoot for the stars and all that, right? ;p)

4) How does your writing process work?

It’s a mess. LOL. Usually I do about a week of brainstorming ahead of time. For me that involves making the playlist, organizing a Pinterest board of inspirational images, and making a Cast chart with pictures to help me picture the cast as a whole. (The people are just placeholders to give me a jumping off point. They quickly become they’re own selves once I start writing.) And making the cast chart helps me with the whole diversity thing.

Usually somewhere in this brainstorming process the characters start talking to me. I’ll jot down odd, out of order bits of dialogue and scene ideas as they come to me, but once I sit down to write I pretty much write my chronological way through the plot doing a “Don’t Look Down” draft. Which means I just try to let the words come and fight my natural instinct to go back to tinker with stuff. Sometimes I do have to do a full stop and go back to write the beginning so I can press forward. Once I have a draft down I let it sit for a month and work on something else. After that I go back and do a red-pen edit on paper. When that’s done it goes to the beta readers. After I get their notes I do another editing pass myself. Or two. When I feel like it’s pretty close to being done done I read it out loud to myself to make sure stuff is flowing well (this is also a great way to catch typos!). And when it’s really done I start the next project and the whole process starts all over again! ^_^

Weekend Writing Warriors: A New Perspective

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Today for Weekend Writing Warriors I’m switching things up and posting an excerpt from my sweet fantasy romance The Beauty’s Beast, which is about a cursed werewolf knight and the lady who loves him.

In this excerpt the werewolf, Gabriel, has just been reunited with his long-lost uncle the king. Unfortunately, his uncle doesn’t who Gabriel is, and so Gabriel is forced to pretend to be an ordinary wolf until such time as his curse is broken. This is part of his first day back in the castle after the knights and pages have finished sparring practice:

The wolf went to roughhouse with some of the young pages, but he made sure to keep both his claws and his fangs in line.

After a rather pleasant row, the lads were ushered away by one of the trainers. Gratefully, the man gave the wolf a head pat and a smile in thanks. In his earlier days on the training field, when the wolf had been a knight, keeping the young pages in line could weary him near to the bone.

Although, as a younger knight, he had always managed to dodge his more onerous duties, always been able to find someone else whom he could charm or bribe into taking them on for him. He regretted that now. Corralling the restless pages, wrestling with them, playing with them, had been quite fun, though his body ached horribly now. I wonder what else did I miss while I was busy being an arrogant young lordling?

THE BEAUTY’S BEAST is currently available in paperback and wherever ebooks are sold:

Amazon     Paperback     B&N     KOBO     ARe

You can also learn more about the book and read the first chapter here.

The Beauty's Beast Web File

The Story:

Lady Kathryn’s father sends her to court to find a husband, but being penniless and  disinterested doesn’t bode well for her success. Bored by the petty intrigues of court,  her frustration and loneliness are eased when the king charges her with the care of his newest acquisition: a wolf he and his hunters have recently captured. What the king doesn’t realize is his remarkable pet was once Gabriel, his favorite knight, cursed into wolf form by an unfaithful wife.

The beast’s too-knowing eyes and the way he understands and responds to her every utterance convince Kathryn he is more than what he seems. Resolving to restore him, she doesn’t count on the greatest obstacle being Gabriel himself. The longer he stays in wolf form as a captive of the court, the harder it becomes for him to remember his humanity and to fight his wolfish urges to maim and kill.

Only Kathryn’s affection and determination stand between Gabriel the wolf and Gabriel the man. But when the one who betrayed him returns to court, will Kathryn’s love be enough to keep Gabriel from exacting a brutish revenge that will condemn the wolf to death?

Hope you enjoyed the snippet above, and don’t forget to check out all the other 8 sentence excerpts this week.

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