Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sisterhood of the Travelling Blog II - Week 2

Sisterhood of the Travelling Blog II
Week Two

Please welcome my guest and friend, Author Sherrie Henry as she shares with us some of her thoughts on what she finds challenging and necessary when writing.

In your upcoming works in progress or new releases, what did you find most challenging to write, or what gave you the most enjoyment accomplishing, aside from finishing the writing?

I would have to say the most challenging for me is doing research for my most recent work in progress “Lucien’s Story.” As a lot of the vampires in the story are centuries old, I had to do research on what even to name them. One of my pet peeves is authors who don’t do research; they write a four hundred year old vampire and call her Tiffany. Come on! Do some research, get the names right. Or they have a six hundred year old vampire and name them Edward, but make him from Italy! Please, Google is your friend. Find the proper names for the proper time periods and from the proper geological area.

I ended up doing research to figure out how long it would take to go from point A to point B during the 1400s, as well as what kind of communication they had between countries. In today’s 24/7 world of instant communication, it was an eye-opener that news on a battlefield may take almost a year to get back to the ruling family depending on what war was being fought.

I don’t mind the research, I find it a necessary part of the story-telling process. I don’t want a reader to do the famous eye-roll if I get a simple thing such as a name or place wrong. I want my work, whether it be paranormal or historical, to be as accurate as possible. I want the reader to be able to immerse him/herself in the work and not be shaken out of the story because the main character used a cell phone in the 1960s. Or even such small things as the use of Prussia for parts of what is now called Germany (fyi – Prussia ceased to exist effectively in 1932 – the things you can learn from research!).

I’m hoping everything I’ve learned and used in my story makes it even more enjoyable for the reader. It’s the little touches, such as calling the automobile a new-fangled death trap when talking about the 1890s, makes the dialogue more true, the story more real. It may not be important to the major plot points, but it gives a wonderful foundation to build upon. A few hours research before starting the story can do wonders. I find myself double-checking my facts as I write, learning new things as my story comes together.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sisterhood of the Travelling Blog - Part II

Sisterhood of the Travelling Blog - Part II

This week I have the pleasure of featuring A. L. Kessler so join with me in welcoming her. Read along, join my blog and everyone else involved. :)

In your upcoming works in progress or new releases, what character are you most looking forward to your fans reading and why?

            There are two characters that I’m looking forward to my readers meeting, but they are both in different stories. The first is Midnight Symphony, due out February 12th, 2013 and the other is In the Light of the Moon.
            Midnight Symphony has a smaller cast of characters since it’s a novella. The first one that popped into my mind was Cora. I can’t wait for readers to meet her. She’s a strong female lead that doesn’t play damsel in distress. I won’t give anything away, but she refuses to take orders from the males in her life and wants to embrace what she is.  Cora spoke to me, because I wanted a strong woman, not one who depended on the man to make everything better. In the world she’s in, she needed to be able to stand up and stand out for the storyline to work.
            In the Light of Moon has a character that is near and dear to my heart. Kassity DeBeau is a kick ass shifter that has choices to make and a man to fall for. She struggles with figuring out how to out run her past, confront it, and dealing with depending on someone for control. Kass has been in my head for a long time and just begged to come out. There is just something about her that calls to me, and I hope calls to the readers as well.
            Really I hope my readers enjoy all my characters. They all have their own past, hopes, fears, and dreams. I’ve poured my heart and soul into creating them. I love character driven stories and I want to make sure I deliver that to my readers. I have a handful of my favorites and whom I’m excited for readers to meet. Those two girls up there are my top two right now. Everyone else is further along in the series, and it’s mean to tease.

Find me:
Website: A. L. Kessler
Twitter: @a_l_kessler

Amazon: Evernight Vol 2

Friday, January 4, 2013

“Set me Free” ~ Chapter Six

Six authors are coming together to write a free flowing collaborative love story - come view our blogs every week to find out what happens to our two main characters—Sera and Renzo. 

"Set me Free” ~ Chapter Six

Sera remained frozen in place at the keyhole, the black eye bored back at her. It felt as though the stranger saw through her, within her. Her deepest, most private places. She heard a snarl and jumped back. It was enough to cause cause the stillness to break. With deep heavy breaths, her back turned and placed against the door. Her weight wouldn’t do anything against the barrage of hooded figures on the other end but she sure as hell would try. Her eyes squeezed shut tightly, ignoring the ache in the back of her head. She needed to focus. The weak, raspy voice of Father Giovanni called to her from the dimly lit corner he laid in.
“A...lock. There is a lock hidden behind a brick aside the door.”
A lock? She frowned at him. Why would a church have need to hide locks on small cellar rooms? The rumbled voices grew louder; it was only a matter of minutes, perhaps even seconds before they made their way inside. Sera’s hips swivelled to the right as she began to pluck and pull bricks. Nothing moved. It was all cemented in place. Was Father Giovanni delusional?
“O-Other side.” He wheezed.
With a huff of impatience, her adrenaline kicked in full throttle, her heart slammed like a racing horse in her chest. Movement began outside, shuffling and roars of anger. What the hell was happening out there?
Precious seconds ticked away. Sera switched sides in pursuit of searching for this loose brick. Once again, she plucked and pulled on bricks. An aggravated muffled sound of annoyance trembled deep in her throat until finally her hand ran along that one brick the Father spoke of. The quiet sound of rock scraping rock filled the room with every tug and pull she made. A soft grunt spilled past Sera’s lips as the brick was finally pulled free. It was quick work, brick in one hand as the other pushed inside feeling for something. Anything.
Her small hand felt a thick strip of metal.
“I feel it. I have it in my hand.”
She moved her hand either which way until finally the metal slid across towards the door. The sound of a lock clicking in place told her it had worked. A locked door would buy them a little bit longer at least.
A screamed ripped through the muffled sounds on the other side of the door. Sera stepped back and stared for a moment at the door. A shiver rode up her spine as she dropped to her knees beside Father Giovanni. His old hand found hers and she thought of how cold his skin was. Fear settled deep in her stomach as guilt mixed with it. She wouldn’t be able to handle it if she was to blame for this; those feelings threatened to overwhelm her.
“It’s going to be okay, Father Giovanni. I promise.  Just don’t close your eyes, okay? Stay with me.”
His tired smile told her he didn’t believe he would be okay but Sera couldn’t let him pass to the afterlife.
“Have faith, Father.” She smiled warmly at him, stifling the fear she felt. The irony of Sera telling a clergy to have faith after being outcast from her home church was not lost on her.
“You should not have come here. It was not safe for you.”
A heavy sigh huffed from her. It wasn’t safe here, it wasn’t safe at her home. Where was it safe? Where could she go? Why would her parents tell her to find him if it wasn’t safe? Nothing made sense. More questions bloomed with every second and no answers were in sight.
“I am sorry you are hurt because of me.” Her soft hand rubbed soothingly against his forehead, his breathing evened out. “I don’t have anyone else. My family were killed. My parents first and then my brother. I found a letter from my parents telling me to come to you. You would help me.”
He looked at her solemnly, “They are coming for you. Father help us...”
Her mouth opened to ask him what he meant and who exactly ‘they’ were but the sudden sound caused my head to jolt to the side and peer at the door. By the strength and intensity of the sound, Sera half expected someone to bust inside. But the door held up against it...for now. She swallowed back the bile in her throat.  She hated waiting in this room for someone to bust in. They were like lambs to the slaughter because she highly doubted they came to pray or pay penance; but waiting was all we could do. Or was it? Sera released the Father’s hand and grabbed the brick in her hand as he hid behind the door. If someone was going to come in and all she got was one smack, it was going to count.
As expected, the door eventually swung open and shoes scuttled inside. Sera quietly moved from behind the door and saw the large form with its back to her. Brick grasped and arm raised, she swung hard as the brick connected against the stranger. THWACK! His body dropped like a rock to the ground, directly to the side of the Father Giovanni.

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