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WeWriWa: ‘In One Piece’

Welcome to the final visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors of 2016(or the first of 2017, I suppose, if you visit tomorrow). I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonder Christmas last weekend. Ours was pretty good, if busy. Now, I’m ready to share the last snippet of this scene from Dance with the Devil. Last week, we left Hawk agreeing not to call an ambulance and helping Devil with his helmet. Picking right up after that, here’s the last 9 sentences from the scene:

“It’s not gonna be a smooth ride, but I’ll get you back as fast as I can. Just hold on to me, Damon,” he said, his voice cracking. “Don’t let go. Please don’t let go of me.”

I knew he didn’t just mean on this ride, but I still said, “Won’t. Promise.”

Then, he was taking off, and I had to put all my focus on keeping my arms around his waist and staying conscious even as agony wracked my body. As long as I made it back to the clubhouse in one piece. That was all that mattered.

Are they going to get back? Is Devil going to be okay? Will he hold on? I’ll have more next weekend. 🙂

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: First/Last

It’s time for the last Stream of Consciousness post of 2016. This week’s prompt is to use first/last or words that mean the same. I’ve had a set of characters who just won’t leave me alone this week. So, I’ll give them some time to play here.

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First, I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

The corners of Silas’ mouth curled up. He’d known Jeremiah for nearly a decade now. The man was one of the most honest, honorable people he knew. But, he’d always had a strong vein of denying his own feelings. “Seriously, man, I hope you don’t think I’m blind. Even if I was, I’d probably be able to see it. The sparks you two throw off light up the whole damn room.”

Color filled his friend’s face, and Silas tried to ignore the ache in his chest. He wanted someone to look at him the way Corrin looked at Jeremiah. Hell, he wanted Jeremiah to look at him that way. There’d been times when he’d thought he had. He just wished he could ignore his feelings the way Jeremiah seemed to.

“You’re so full of it, Silas. I don’t even know why you’re pushing this.”

Neither did he. Except he wanted his friend to be happy. He thought Corrin could help him find that. And he liked her, too. Something had happened to her recently, something that was weighing her down. he wished she’d talk about it. But, even Jeremiah said she wouldn’t talk to him about whatever it was. She needed to talk to somebody about it, he was sure about that.

They weren’t exactly best friends. He wasn’t sure they could ever be with Jeremiah between them. But, he hated to see the haunted look in her eyes.

“Second,” Jeremiah said, pulling him out of his thoughts, “I won’t take advantage of her when she’s vulnerable.”

Their thoughts seemed to be running along similar lines. “Jer, I don’t think you’re capable of taking advantage of anyone.”

His friend frowned at that. Yeah, he definitely didn’t see himself the way Silas did. “Trust me,” Silas added, “that’s a good thing.”

Jeremiah ran his thumb over his lips. Lips it had been too long since Silas had kissed. He wanted to pull his thumb away and do just that right now. But, he couldn’t. They hadn’t touched each other since Corrin had started sleeping on their couch. Almost two months now.

“Third,” Jeremiah finally said, “it’s not fair to you.”

“I’ve seen you with girls before,” Silas said. “There’s nothing unfair about it.” Except for the way everything twisted up inside him.

“But, she’s different,” Jeremiah said. “You know she is.”

He did. Even he could feel it. And he wasn’t sure what to do about it. He turned away from his friend, trying to get his thoughts in order. Then, he felt his friend step up behind him, putting one hand at the small of his back and nudging him so he turned back. One hand stayed at Silas’ back while the other came up to cup his cheek. There’d always been so much between them. Some they didn’t even say. Maybe they didn’t have words for it.

“This is different, too,” Jeremiah said, then his lips were on Silas’.

At last.

Fiction Friday: Going Forward

I just finished posting my short story, “Goin’ Down”, last week. I’m not ready to start posting Dance with the Devil to Wattpad yet(Ok, I haven’t even finished drafting it yet). but, I have several other projects I’ve started. These are all back stories that connect to other projects. There are four of those. So, I’m planning to post one scene from each of those each week. That will hopefully give me time that I won’t catch up to myself on any of them.

So, going forward, I’ll be sharing from:

Patrick & Sarah – the story of how William Jensen’s(Stained Snow) mother and stepfather got together.

Tavin & Haiwee – the story of how Adam Kindrick’s(Stained by Ashes) parents got together

Roman – Events that are referenced in Shed Some Light(Gilbert #5)

Dougal & Shae – how Caitie’s(Flames of Retribution), Gio’s(Closing Time), & Brann’s(Crash and Burn) parents get together.

Next week, I’ll start by sharing the first scene from Patrick and Sarah’s story.

Writing Wednesday: Coming to the End

Christmas morning

Christmas morning

I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was pretty good, though busy. Our celebrations stretched from Saturday through Monday. It can get complicated when we both come from split families. But, we celebrated with my dad earlier in the month. We spent Christmas Eve with my husband’s mom, Christmas day with my mom and sisters, and Monday we went to his stepmom’s for our Christmas with her and his siblings. it’s a lot easier than when we tried to cram everything into one day. The kids got quite a few new toys, some new clothes, and I got a new ceramic skillet, sweatshirt, and slippers. And a couple books, too. Plus gift cards. 🙂

He had this destroyed in about 20 minutes

He had this destroyed in about 20 minutes

I wasn’t going to do any more plotting(or editing) this month. Taking it easy until the new year. Hahaha. I should know better. I had a character pop up and tell me his story needs to be told NOW. Usually Jeremiah is more patient and laidback than this. But, ok. It’s not too often I have a character wake me up in the middle of the night and not let me get back to sleep. When it does happen, I figure I better get scribbling. So, I already have the brainstorming and almost 2 pages of Jeremiah’s back story written for Playing with Fire which will be the first book in my Riley family series(which is another spin-off from my Flames series). I was going to work on the last book in the Hunter family series(the other Flames spin-off) first, but it looks like that one might wait a little longer.

Christmas at my mom's

Christmas at my mom’s

And it’s Wednesday, which means it’s WiPPet time!! I’m a little behind where I’d hoped to be writing-wise. It took me 2 days to meet my goal on In the Moonlight. But, I’m nearly there for Crash and Burn, but I haven’t started Defending the Heart yet. So, I’ll have a snippet from Crash and Burn for you this week. I’ll even let you meet Jeremiah in this snippet. I have 12 paragraphs for the last WiPPet post of December.

“What are you doing out here?” he demanded.
“I needed some air,” she explained. “I was just about to go back in.”
“So you stand right out in the open? When there’s already somebody following you? I didn’t take you for being stupid.”
Anger washed through her, leaving her cold, her skin prickling with it. “Don’t ever call me stupid, Brann Magaldi.  And you can take your overbearing, overprotective, possessive caveman attitude and shove it…” She saw faces nearly pressed against the glass and dropped the rest of what she was going to say. They really didn’t need an audience for this. “You know what, I just want to go home. I can’t do this right now.”
Brann opened his mouth, but the door had slid open and Jeremiah stood there. “I’ll take you, Jaya,” he said. “Corrin and I were about to head that way anyway.”
Brann’s glare shot to the younger man in the doorway. “You don’t need to be stepping in here. and just what is up with you and my cousin?”
“We’re friends,” he answered, but Jaya–and she was sure Brann, too–saw the slight blush that colored his cheeks, and she was sure there was more to it than that. “She’s staying with me while she gets back on her feet.”
“Didn’t realize she was off them,” Brann muttered.
Jeremiah’s flush darkened even more, like he’d realized he’d let slip something he wasn’t supposed to. “She just told her parents this weekend. I figured the whole family would know by now. It’ll be taken care of, but she’s taking a break from school right now. That’s all I’ll say.”
Jaya couldn’t help smiling at the young man. He definitely had the whole loyalty thing down to a science. Brann didn’t look appeased–or amused–though.
“I’ll take Jaya home. We need to talk.”
“No, we don’t,” she said, ignoring the fact everyone inside could hear them now. Hell, they’d probably been able to hear through the closed door. “I told you already. I don’t need you acting as a damn shield. We don’t even know anyone is after me. Or that it has anything to do with whatever’s going on with you.” He cast a quick glance over his shoulder toward the house at that. Apparently his family didn’t know about that, then. Well, they would now. “I told you, Brann. I deal with it from my brothers. I won’t put up with it from the man I’m sleeping with.”

Are they going to talk about this(eventually)? Is she going to go with Jeremiah? What is going on with Jeremiah and Corrin? Well, we may not find that out until I start writing Playing with Fire.

  • Write: 5000 words – 2133 words so far. Finished my weekly goal(1000 words) on In the Moonlight and Crash and Burn. And just starting on Defending the Heart.
  • Side Projects: Add 2000 words – 66 words. May not make much progress on these this week.
  • Listen: Finish Winter & Stars Above – I finished Winter(loved) and started Stars Above yesterday.
  • Read: Finish Assassin’s Heart(Sarah Ahiers), Kiss Me Like This(Bella Andre), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot(Liliana Hart), Labyrinth Lost(Zoraida Cordova), The Seduction Hypothesis(Delphine Dryden), Cutting Edge(Allison Brennan), He’s So Fine(Jill Shalvis), The Hawk(Monica McCarty), & Law Man(Kristen Ashley) – I ended up setting Assassin’s Heart aside. It wasn’t bad, just not pulling me in. I don’t think it was what I was in the mood for at the moment. I did finish Kiss Me Like This(really enjoyed) and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot(also really enjoyed). Planning to start Labyrinth Lost today.
  • Crochet: Charmed Cloche – I started this yesterday. Not too far yet.
  • A to Z Posts: Plot – nothing more on this yet this week

Not bad progress for the week so far. On Sunday I’ll have my monthly and yearly wrap-up and what my goals will be going forward.

And the song that inspired the title for Jeremiah’s story:

 

Sunday Summary: Christmas Edition

I didn’t plan to be up writing this so early. Usually I stay in bed until the kids are up on Christmas morning. Well, I suppose  I was. Because at 3:30(maybe a little before), I hear “Santa came!” Yeah, my kids are early risers, but this is early even for them! This was after the girl nearly caught ‘Santa’ filling the stockings last night at 9:45 because I was sure she’d fallen asleep by then. Anyway, I figured I should probably come out just to make sure they didn’t start sneaking peeks at the presents. I needed to take more medicine anyway since I can’t get this stupid cough to go away. Sick on Christmas…it’s basically a family tradition.

Santa did come!

Santa did come!

Friday, while the kids were still in school, the husband and I went and got a few things at the store(I needed stuff to make cookies still), and stocking stuffers. I made some snickerdoodles and M&M cookies. Yesterday we had breakfast with some friends then went to see my husband’s grandma. Then, later in the afternoon we stopped and got pizza on the way to my mother-in-law’s. The kids got presents there, and I got some cash and a gift card to barnes & noble. Now to decide whether to use it online or actually in the store(I tend to have trouble ever finding what I’m looking for in there.

"I wanted this!" What the boy said for pretty much everything he opened.

“I wanted this!” What the boy said for pretty much everything he opened.

wearing their new school spirit sweatshirts together

wearing their new school spirit sweatshirts together

We’ll be going to my mom’s later this afternoon. I’m trying to hold the kids off from waking Daddy and opening presents until at least 6. Another hour now. So, I’ll get to my wrap-up of the week.

  • Write: 12500 words – 8032/12500 words. Not even close to what I’d hoped. But, I slowed down a bit this week. Going to keep the goal low for next week, too then hopefully get it back up there after the new year.
    • Defending the Heart – 1059 words – Something was wrong. Piers could sense it just as much as he knew the waitress had seen more to his flirting than had been there. Not that he’d ever minded flirting with a pretty woman, or even taking one home. But, he had trouble thinking about anyone else when Xavier was around.
    • Crash and Burn – 1121 words – “We all heard it, cousin.” Brann saw Adrian’s wife, Kayla, hovering in the doorway, glancing down the road, too. Jeremiah was her little brother, so he figured she was probably worried about him, too. He couldn’t think about any of that right now, though. All he could think of was that Jaya could be in danger, and she was unprotected right now.
    • Not Meant to Be – 1583 words – She glanced over at Toby then. Okay, there was one cop she would enjoy existing. But, as far as she could tell, he was the exception to the rule. And even that was probably being unfair. Still, she couldn’t completely dispel the thoughts and bad feelings.
    • Stay a Little Longer – 2622 words – Terrall didn’t bother responding to that. He didn’t plan to get into trouble. But, he wasn’t going to regret doing what was needed to keep Jess safe.
    • In the Moonlight – 1217 words – Had one of those other shadows been her father? What would he have done to her. There was another sharp scream, and I was sure the echo of a gunshot, then…nothing. I dropped my hands and looked around. There was nothing up here except for a bunch of old trunks and chests.
  • Edit: Let It Begin – finish pre-revisions & start revisions – I finished the pre-revisions. Setting aside revisions until next year.
  • Plot: Loving the Devil – Plot summary & start Story Toolkit – got the plot summary done. Setting aside the rest of it until next year
  • Side Projects – add 2000 words – 2155/2000 words
    • Midas Daughter – Because marrying a pretty, and wealthy, girl would be such a hardship for him. Especially when his father was pressing him on that exact issue. It was time to settle down, to ensure the Adair line continued, and on and on. He usually stopped listening. Why would he want to settle himself down with only one woman when he could have his pick of them? *Oh, James, you are just such a gem. *gag*
    • Dance with the Devil – 553 words – I barely listened as Bull and Icarus gave us some final instructions. We already knew what they wanted us to do. And I was too distracted by Hawk’s presence next to me, his hand resting at the small of my back, just under the bottom of my vest. 
    • Snow White Twist – 559 words – “There is nothing in the many rules that says I must marry a man. Not one reference. So, Tarian, princess of [xx], will you be my queen once I’m on my throne?” *I still need to give both their kingdoms names.
    • Patrick & Sarah – 277 words – But, she thought she’d seen his lips turn up. She blinked and the look was gone. She must have only imagined it. Sarah sighed and scrubbed a little harder at the stain. She couldn’t believe she’d think it of her son for even a moment. Lord, she was a horrible mother to think it. *yeah, you didn’t imagine anything, but just live in that denial, Sarah.
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 238 words – And maybe even have a chance to see Haiwee once again. Now, that made him smile.
    • Roman – 254 words – They were going to send her to a group home. After everything she’s been through, they were going to just drop her there. She refused to go. Any option where there were other kids, she said she’d just run away from if they tried to make her go.” Cristine glanced back at Tereza, who was still eyeing them warily. Roman thought she looked pretty likely to run right now. “It only took me a few to realize what the problem was. I told her we didn’t have any other kids at home, and we were certified as foster parents already.” She smiled at him then.
    • Dougal & Shae – 147 words – “Then, why won’t he give me a straight answer?”He saw the brother roll his eyes. “Maybe because you’re being abrasive right now. You know what Dad says.”She snorted. “Which of his many sayings are you referencing? The list is probably endless by now.”
  • Listen: Winter – I’ve listened to most of this and loving it. And a friend sent me the audible of Stars Above to start once I finish. Woohoo!
  • Read: Finish Ink or Treat(Eliza Madison), Status Update(Annabeth Albert), Breaking Through(Juliana Haygert), Night Watch(Suzanne Brockman), Touching Fate(Brenda Drake), The Family Simon(Juliana Stone), Going Deep(Cari Quinn), Serpentine(Cindy Pon), & Assassin’s Heart(Sarah Ahiers) – I finished Ink or Treat(really enjoyed), Status Update(loved), and Night Watch(enjoyed). I really enjoyed Breaking Through. Couldn’t get into Touching Fate. I only read the last of the three books in the The Family Simon set(I’d read the first two separately but the set was free so I grabbed it for the third book only) and enjoyed it. I enjoyed Going Deep. Started Serpentine but it wasn’t drawing me in, so I set it aside. Haven’t started Assassin’s Heart yet.
  • Crochet: Grumpy Octopus Coffee Cup Cozy – finished this on Friday. It’s a little big to fit around my coffee cup, though.wp-1482659536582.jpg
  • A to Z Posts: Plot – haven’t made any more progress on these

Not a bad week overall, even if I didn’t get to everything I had planned. Even though RoW80 is on break this week, I’m still putting my goals for next week here.

  • Write: 5000 words
  • Side Projects: Add 2000 words
  • Listen: Finish Winter & Stars Above
  • Read: Finish Assassin’s Heart(Sarah Ahiers), Kiss Me Like This(Bella Andre), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot(Liliana Hart), Labyrinth Lost(Zoraida Cordova), The Seduction Hypothesis(Delphine Dryden), Cutting Edge(Allison Brennan), He’s So Fine(Jill Shalvis), The Hawk(Monica McCarty), & Law Man(Kristen Ashley)
  • Crochet: Charmed Cloche

WeWriWa: Too Many Questions

Merry Christmas weekend everyone(or whatever you’re celebrating this weekend, if anything). We’re going to be pretty busy through Monday. We’re meeting friends for breakfast this morning then stopping to see husband’s grandma before we go have Christmas with my mother-in-law. Tomorrow morning after the kids open their presents here, we’ll be going to my mom’s for the day. And on Monday, we’re going over to my husband’s stepmom to have our Christmas with her and his siblings. Doing things this way is a lot better than trying to cram seeing everyone into one day, though. And now back to the scheduled visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who loves to write. Last week, I left you with Devil insisting on “no ambulance”. This picks up right after that.

“No, not that, either. Too many questions. Don’t worry, I’ll get you back to the clubhouse. Have to send someone out for your bike.”

I hated that. No one else ever rode my bike, but he was right, I’d never stay on it. With his arm still at my waist, Hawk helped me over to his bike. He found my helmet along the way. With me leaning against his bike, he helped me buckle it on. I managed to slide on behind him.

Why don’t they want questions? Will Hawk get him back? What’s going to happen next? I’ll have the end of this scene next week.

Also, I was interviewed about the first novella in this series, Into the Sun, earlier this week. So, you can check that out if you’d like.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Cook”

I skipped last week’s prompt, mostly because I couldn’t come up with anything for it. But, I’ve had something simmering in my head since I saw the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt yesterday. We have a busy day(ok, we’re busy through Monday), but I’m going to try to get it down before we have to get going.

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“I do know how to cook, you know?” Alaina said. “You don’t have to hover.”

Declan laughed from behind her. “Trust me, I know you can. We probably wouldn’t have survived if I’d had to do the cooking.”

She looked over her shoulder and smiled at her older brother. They may bicker, but she was so grateful to have him in her life, especially after their mother had died and her stepfather hadn’t stuck around. He’d sacrificed a lot to finish raising her, and that’s something she’d never forget. “I’m sure you would have figured it out.” She went back to stirring the bowl in front of her. “And I’m sorry I couldn’t make it back for the wedding.”

“You could have,” he said, but she didn’t hear any censure in the words. “If you would’ve accepted my offer.”

She closed her eyes. He had offered to pay for her ticket back to Texas for the wedding. But, after everything he’d done for her, she couldn’t accept more from him. “No, I couldn’t,” she said softly.

She felt him behind her then, and his arms wrapped around her. “I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done for you. Don’t ever forget that.”

She smiled ever as tears welled in her eyes. She had missed her big brother, even as much as she loved it here. “You know Uncle Niall and Aunt Eileen are glad you, Eva, and Dani were able to make it for Christmas. They were afraid something might come up.” Not that she was sure what. She didn’t even know exactly what her brother did, except install security. But, she didn’t understand how that had gotten him shot–twice–over the summer.

“I said we’d be here. I wouldn’t have broken that promise unless I couldn’t help it. You know that.”

She did. and she didn’t say it, but she was even happier he was here. She liked being here in Ireland with her father’s family, but she’d missed Declan. He took a step back but didn’t go far. “Now, before Aunt Eileen comes in and kicks me out of the kitchen, what’s this I hear about some friends that will be joining us.”

Alaina could feel her face warm, but she kept her gaze on the ingredients she was measuring. “I’m sure she told you, they’re friends of Sean’s.”

“Yes. She also told me one of them has been paying an awful lot of attention to you.”

That actually wasn’t Sean’s friend. It was his younger brother. “They don’t have much in the way of family, either. Braeden helped raise Caelan, just like you. They’re going to spend the holidays here. I don’t know what else there is to know.”

“How about how you feel about him?”

She turned to him then and tried to control her flush, though that was nearly impossible. “I feel that I’m a grown woman now, and what I feel is my business.”

He scowled for a moment then burst out laughing. “Yeah, that’s pretty much exactly what Eva told me, too.”

“I like your wife, Declan.”

His smile was soft as he said, “Yeah, I do, too.” He took another step back and said, “I’ll get out of your hair now. Go see if Dani’s back from the barn with Uncle Niall yet.”

The whole family had taken instantly to Declan’s new stepdaughter, and Alaina was especially happy her brother had found this happiness. He deserved it, maybe more than any of them. And she hoped she could find it one day, too.

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I don’t know how far this will go, but I’ve been thinking about writing a novella about Declan’s sister since I wrote Protecting the Heart, even though this series was only supposed to be a trilogy. So, I may work on this once I finish Defending the Heart.

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