Today's usual episode of Hidden Face is postponed until next Friday in favor of a celebration for my new novella, Wings Beneath Water, which releases today!
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What's WINGS BENEATH WATER?
Dragons. Legends. An ancient power. And two brothers who refuse to give up on one another.
Click here to check out the description, book trailer, and reviews, and to buy your own copy!
In the spirit of celebration, here are some special treats:
“Pereleth,” Edric said. “The City of Water. The Old City, at the center of the Pereleth, was built on an actual island in the center of the lake. The latter portions of the city were built directly over the water.”
“An island on an island?” Katryl smiled at the irony.
“A little like the Septeru themselves,” Edric answered. “Isolation within isolation.”
Last week, I introduced you to Katryl through excerpts from my work in progress, The Seeing Queen (Book 3 of the Firewing Chronicles). This week, meet Edric, the man who has acted as her guide, protector, and guardian since Book 1.
“I thought I had masked my accent," Katryl said.
“When you are taken off-guard, you sound far too Dashani.”
“And the swearing makes you more Dashani than ever.”
Because I'm up to my eyeballs in my NaNoWriMo work-in-progress, The Seeing Queen, Book 3 of the Firewing Chronicles, I figured it'd be fun to present five juicy excerpts from the book (in addition to the one above).
What inferences do you make about Katryl's character from these excerpts? I'd love to know!
Every nation has its tales of the Stranger, even the distant Septeru... In peace or peril, the sighting of the Stranger is nothing to ignore, for he shapes the fates of the nations. You have seen him, Katryl, and I believe that there is a purpose to it, that, though not apparent yet, will prove in time to be of grave importance.
For NaNoWriMo 2015, I wrote the first book in the Firewing Chronicles, a five-book series that I've been writing since I was fourteen and which I am completely overhauling some thirteen years later. In April 2016, I wrote the second book.
Now, for NaNoWriMo 2016, I am preparing to write the third book.
My sister challenged me to write a story based on this prompt in my Pinterest "Writing Prompt" board. I had no idea how it would go, but I started to write anyway, because I'm a pantser.
(Definition: Someone who writes "by the seat of their pants.")
And waddaya know! I found a plot.
I bit into the pizza, chewed, and swallowed. Weird flavor, but kind of tangy. I liked it.
Tell me which prompt you want me to write next!
Did you know that speculative fiction fans have their own term? That's right, they're called spekkies! I didn't know that until about a year ago, but now it's my new favorite term.
I put together a short video to help you explain to your friends what speculative fiction is and why being a spekkie is awesome. Enjoy and share!
Welcome to the final episode of Jack & Tollers: Festival of Heroes! I hope you've enjoyed the adventure. It has certainly roamed far outside my normal style, and has become the quirkiest and weirdest story I've ever written. I don't think I've ever laughed so much while writing one of my stories, and I hope you laughed too!
Would you do me a favor and leave a review of Jack & Tollers when you've finished the story? Just click on the link at the end of this episode, and write a few sentences describing what you think about Jack & Tollers, what you liked most about it, and what would be better for the next story. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
This week, I'm doing something fun. When you get to the end of this episode... YOU get to suggest options for Jack to choose from, and I'll pick the one that I like the best. I know you're creative--so go ahead. Wow me!
Ever since Donkey-Hero tossed his long blond hair and started making jibes about the deficient physical appearance of the others in the Festival of Heroes, he's been the snooty background character that tweaks Jack's nerves. Now, he's about to be... Jack's partner in the Second Trial.
This week, Jack faces the third and final part of the First Trial. Should he attempt to rescue someone from the Sirens' island, or should he sail on by? When things go horribly wrong, will his wit be enough to save not only himself but his teammates?
...the water began to boil around the ship and an eerie, wraith-like song rose, as though the waters sang...
If you're enjoying Jack and Tollers, spread the word! Find one or two friends who you think will enjoy a quirky adventure and let them know. It's fun, free, and fantasy, so why not?
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