I’m super proud of myself. I’m staying ahead and should have this first draft finished before the end of the month. That works out well because I’m having family come in and I probably should clean house before they get here.
I got to write a bit over the weekend but that means that my hubby had to work the weekend. He ended up not having to go in at midnight like we thought but we didn’t do anything because of it.
Camp Nano Progress
I’ve included a run down of my progress below. The story is taking on a mind of it’s own. I had some basic thoughts of what was going to happen but unexpected events are popping up. I sit down with where I’m taking the characters next and they straight up let me know that’s not where their going. I cave and follow orders, typing what then tell me to.
My main characters are Haven and Riker and I shared a bit of their first chapter before. Riker wasn’t on the scene yet but he’s hot, of course.
How is Camp going for you?
Are your characters shoving you out of the drivers seat, too?
ReBlog – So useful to us new authors struggling to get it.
I recently had the honor of being named as a finalist in the ACFW Genesis contest, and had two days in which to make changes to my entry to resumbit for the finals.
Thatwas a tense two days, as I agonized over every word, every sentence andevery paragraph (and for that matter–every comma). My entry consistedof a one-page, single-spaced synopsis and the first fifteen pages of my manuscript.
WOW! I was blown away before I was even finished. The Hero, the Victim and the Antagonist swap roles like a thing of beauty. Just when I have the story lined out Lindsay would throw me a plot twist leaving me happily dumbfounded. When I was done flopping around in disbelief and spouting ‘I can’t believe that just happened’ I again would try to determine what end lies in store for our main characters just to be amazed all over.
Leila, poor thing, is much the human equivalent of a vampire trying not to feed. She is also the only one left to watch over her baby sister so of course she would willingly walk into a den of vipers to rescue her. The problem is it’s all a setup. Caleb, mister sexy himself, is an addict trying to stay clean. Leila is the drug that can bring the monster back out in him. He needs her though to save his baby brother from certain death. Unfortunately she is a serryn, a walking vampire aphrodisiac that can stop a vampire’s cold heart. The hunter and the hunted play a dangerous game each trying to set the other off just to end their standoff. When an outsider threatens to end their game earlier Caleb must think fast, because he’s not ready to stop dancing with death yet.
Oddly I don’t have a favorite main character. By the end Leila is still naive to a fault and Caleb still believes he is a bastard underserving of affection. Her sister Alisha is too clueless and reckless for my liking. Jake, Caleb’s brother is my cup of tea. He is loyal and logical both things I like. Caleb and Leila are loyal but are their loyalties misplaced. Jake doesn’t care as much about the bigger picture. He is concerned more with now.
Lindsay did a great job writing this book just like the last. I had it in my hands reading every available minute I had. This one has a bit more of a cliffhanger ending but not entirely. There’s a resolution to the current problem but bigger problems lie in wait for our pair. If you’re looking for a new series to start I highly recommend this one.
Blood Shadows is Book One in the Blackthorn Series
Get ready to follow, Caitlin Parish, as she relentlessly pursues the master vampire, Kane Malloy. Attempting to read his shadow and convict him of all his crimes against his own kind and humans. Caitlin also hopes to obtain information from Kane. She hopes the information will aid her in resolving the unsolved murders of her parents. But Kane rarely does anything that doesn’t benefit him.
Kane, with his bad boy image, is enhanced by his almost John Wayne style of vampiric justice. His ego knows no bounds and his confidence and boldness are refreshing. From the very beginning, I was captivated by him and his je ne sais quoi.
Caitlin’s almost unachievable goals made me empathic to her and her plight to discover what truly happened to her parents. Her urgency for Kane to divulge the information before being detained causing her to let her guard down.The author, Lindsay J. Pryor, did a superior job creating the world the book takes place in. The book was well thought out, with carefully painted characters, who were easy to imagine. The book moves well, getting the reader where they need to go … even if they don’t want to. This book will defiantly leave you with your jaw gapping quite a few times.
The best part for me was the ending, the resolution of one set of problems and the hint of new to come. It left me wanting more! More Kane, more Caitlin and more of this new world Lindsay J. Pryor created. I would definitely recommend this book! It has a lot to offer those you enjoy romance, fantasy, futuristic or supernatural. From a sultry romance, to an unknown unexplored world that feels like it could be just a few days into our future, to all the things that go bump in the night that scare us just enough to excite us.