Home of a mother, wife, writer

Archive for June, 2017

WeWriWa: “Bullet in the Plaster”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, a blog hop for anyone who likes to write. I’m still sharing from Hawk’s story. This bit comes from a part I wrote for the Story a Day challenge in May using one of the prompts. I thought it would just be a silly little exercise, but it actually fit into the story and explained some things about Hawk and his dad. So, I kept it in there. Anyway, Hawk and Devil went to check on the old bookseller who took both of them in at one point, only to find the shop closed. So, they went to his house, and this picks up from there.

I saw a footprint in the dirt and jerked my gaze up toward the window. “Get down,” I shouted at Damon, lunging to the side just before the window shattered and something thudded into the wall behind me.

“What the hell?” Damon asked, staring at the bullet in the plaster of the wall.

I wondered the same thing. Except I was afraid I knew. But, I just couldn’t understand why. I didn’t think I’d ever run into my father again after he kicked me out. Or that he’d try to kill me. And actually put effort into it this time.

Was it really Hawk’s father shooting? Why would he do that? Will they get out of this mess? I have some of those answers already.

I also have Chapter 4 of Dance with the Devil up on Wattpad if you want to check that out.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Sign”

“I’d take that as a sign,” Carlos said.

“Sign of what?” Carisa asked, looking up at her older brother. He was leaning against her table but not looking at her. She followed his gaze and saw Jayla walking into the restaurant, trailed by two young men and a girl. She knew the girl, Alexa, but not the two boys.

“Jayla doesn’t come down here,” he said. “Not around anyone from her past, except Jared. And that’s because he gave her a job at the clinic. She certainly doesn’t bring her siblings.”

“Obviously she does if they’re here,” Carisa said, ducking her head so her brother hopefully wouldn’t notice her cheeks flaming.

He only chuckled, though. “That’s just what I’m saying, Carisa. You ever tell her you spend most every day here after work.”

She felt the temperature in her cheeks climb higher. “No,” she said finally. “But, I did tell Alexa about it one day when I was working with her at the youth center.”

“And she told her big sister, maybe even mentioned your name. And here they are.”

“It doesn’t mean anything, Carlos. They need to eat like anyone else.”

“But, never here. Not before. And that’s just what I’m saying. And she’s risking the younger sibling’s foster mother’s ire by bringing them around someone like me. I’d say that’s another sign.”

“Sign of what?” she asked again. She didn’t know what had gotten into her brother lately, but he kept saying stuff like this. Just because he was happily married now with a new baby didn’t mean everyone was cut out for that.

“Sign that she wants to be with you. Maybe it’s one you should start heeding.”

She shook her head and turned back to the paper she was grading. She didn’t need to start heeding any signs. It would probably be better if she avoided them at all.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Oh, Carisa. No don’t avoid those signs. Your brother knows what he’s talking about. 😀

This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use “sign” any way we’d like. And the first line of this popped into my head. So, I went with it.

Fiction Friday: Dance with the Devil – Chapter 4

And I’m back with the next chapter of Dance with the Devil. If you haven’t started yet, or need to catch up, the previous chapters are all available on Wattpad. And here is the beginning of Chapter 4:

“You sure it’s a good idea to be getting back on your bike?”

I turned from checking my saddlebags—everything was still in place from the day before—and saw Bull standing only yards away, his arms crossed over his chest. “Didn’t know I was required to stay here. Just because you put me on probation didn’t know I’d be treated like a prospect again.”

Bull’s face pulled down into a scowl. “You’re going to want to start watching that mouth, Devil. You’re already on thin ice. Mouthing off to me or any of the other officers isn’t going to endear you to us.”

I couldn’t help but think about Hawk. He was the only one I wanted to endear to. No, no, no. No! I couldn’t think like that. Especially not when facing one of the men who held my future in his hands.

I was sure that was a smirk twisting his lips up. He couldn’t know what I was thinking. Could he? I couldn’t let him. But, I remembered that hurt in Hawk’s eyes once again, and it twisted a knife right through my gut.

“What’s wrong?” Bull dropped his arms and took a step toward him. “Your head still hurting?”

I hadn’t thought I’d reacted physically to that emotional pain, but apparently I had after all. “It’s fine. I need to get out of here.”

Bull studied me for a moment then nodded. “I get it. Despite what you might think, I do understand. Just watch yourself out there.”

“Yeah. Whatever.” I said and pulled my helmet down over my head. If I didn’t get out of here soon, I would lose my mind.

The ride back to my place didn’t do the usual job of clearing my head. In fact, it seemed to be spinning even more. Maybe Bull had been right. I gritted my teeth at that thought.

By the time I made it up the stairs to my apartment, I was pretty sure I was going to be sick. I should have stayed back at the clubhouse a little longer. If I had done that, I’d probably be climbing the walls. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if I’d been able to get a little more sleep the night before. I hadn’t been able to forget the feel of Hawk’s hand on my elbow, making sure I didn’t fall as we headed to my bedroom. Or the sight of him pulling down the sheets for me.

You can check out the rest of the chapter here. And I’ll be back with Chapter 5 next week.

Writing Wednesday: Ahead of Myself

On Sunday, we had my niece’s birthday party. Got groceries, came home and put air conditioners in the window. And thank goodness for that. Apparently even 75F in the house is even too hot for me(I used to let it get to 80 before I’d turn the air conditioner on. My tolerance for heat seems to keep getting less and less).

Monday I had my goals for the day finished around lunch time. Part of that is because I only had two plotting goals for my writing time, 1 of which I got to Sunday night), also the book I was going to read I ended up setting aside because I just didn’t care, it wasn’t drawing me in. So, I had most of Tuesday’s goals done by the time I went to bed Monday night. The same was true for Tuesday(in fact I’m writing this up Tuesday evening). in fact, I had all my writing goals and everything else except picking up the yard(too hot outside) and getting dinner ready for Wednesday done before I went to bed Tuesday.

I was looking through the things the kids brought home from school, including some of the boy’s writing. And found this little “book” he wrote, “The Lost Puppy”(or Pupe as he spelled it). Here’s 2 pages from it:

But, it’s Wednesday now(ok, it will be by the time this posts), which means WiPPet Wednesday!!!! This week, I have 5 paragraphs from Still Burning. This is from the first chapter, and they’re at a picnic at Jess’ parents’ house. The baby is her twin brother’s new daughter. And you may recognize some familiar names. 😉

“I rescued her from the rookie,” Mark said as they reached the table. It should look strange, that bundle wrapped in a pink blanket nestled in his tattooed arms. But, it didn’t, not even with him holding the bottle of milk in one hand.
Nolan laughed. “You make it sound so altruistic. And when are you going to stop calling Austin a rookie? He’s been with the department more than two years.”
Mark shrugged one shoulder. “Ah, he’s still a baby. And he is a rookie on the squad. Same with Brooke,” he said, raising his voice slightly.
Jeremiah Brooke jerked his head toward them then grinned when we realized Mark was ribbing him. His boyfriend, Silas, came up beside him along with their girlfriend, Corrin. She didn’t get that. She couldn’t even keep one man in her life, let alone balance two of them.
She wasn’t romantic enough. She’d been told that enough times. Fuck romance. She liked sex plenty, but once someone started getting all lovey-dovey she was done.

Writing a romance about someone who doesn’t care for romance, this could be interesting. Especially since I don’t want it to turn into a “she was just waiting for the right person” situation.

Now on to my progress for the week so far.

Plotting:

  • High on Your LoveBack stories, Plot summaries, Story Toolkit, Outline
  • Jayla & CarisaPlot summaries, Story Toolkit, Outline – Wrote up plot summaries Sunday night and typed them Monday. Started the Story Toolkit. Got through Initial Concept & started on World Building

Writing:

  • Heart of Christmas(BC Security #3.5) – Add 8000 words – 4122/8000 words, 2425 words this week
    • As he walked out, Alaina turned her gaze to her brother. “You know, sometimes I forget I love you and really start to hate you.” Then, she pushed away from the table as well and followed Caelen. *looks like someone’s overprotectiveness just backfired on him.
  • Still Burning(Hunter Family #4) – Add 10000 words – 6190/10000 words, 1761 words this week
    • Austin watched as the volunteer department’s engine pulled away. “I just wish I knew why she hated me.” The words spilled out before he could catch them.
  • Not Meant to Be(Gilbert, Co #6) – finish 1st draft 
  • By the Gun – Add 8000 words – 2014/8000 words
  • Side Projects – Add 9000 words between them – 7990/9000 words, 2524 words this week
    • Sean & Braeden – 216 words – Braeden dropped his gaze almost instantly, which sent a rock tumbling into Sean’s stomach. That was probably his own fault. He shouldn’t have let Braeden’s reaction to that stupid kiss send him running. But, how could he see him every day with Braeden had made his feelings clear? *Oh, I don’t think they’re all that clear, Sean. 😉
    • Hawk – 275 words – “It’s my father,” I said, after swallowing the huge lump in my throat. “Yesterday he tried to kill me.”
    • Mike & Fadil – 1009(about 750 of these were copied from a piece I wrote during May). “I know. I’m not saying you should regret anything, Mike. I’m just saying you should stop looking back. You have a daughter, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a future.”
    • Patrick & Sarah – 324 words – That changed things, at least as far as Patrick was concerned. It would have been one thing to him if Sarah had wanted the man here. But, he would not let someone get away with abusing her.
    • Roman – 202 words – And that had totally not been what he’d expected. He’d thought Carlos would be more worried about himself, not some young girl he’d been using. So, maybe it wasn’t what he’d thought. Maybe he’d made assumptions he shouldn’t have. He was going to have to figure that out.
    • Dougal & Shae – 258 words – But, as she took a few more steps down, she saw that she’d been wrong. He was here. Her gaze shot back to Donovan. And his smirk turned to a full-out grin. That damn, dirty bastard. *Oh, yeah, Shae is not happy with her brother & this little set-up.
    • Preggers – 240 words – Lyndi snickered when the waitress had left. “Damn, she’s gotten good since the last time I was in here. Her older sister made passive-aggression an art form. I wasn’t sure Missy had the knack for it, though.”

Editing:

  • Stained Blood – beta edits – edited Chapter 1/26(counting the epilogue as a chapter of its own).
  • Flames of Renewal – CP edits – still waiting
  • In the Moonlight – Pre-revisions & 1st Revisions – finished 4 scenes(added 2623 words). Decided to leave chapters how I have them for now(switching to a new chapter when POV switches between Yasmin & Nola – which  means some are a bit longer than others). I’ll see how the pace seems when I do my read through, which I think will be in July.
  • One Touch(formerly Snow White Twist)Beta edits, Polish, & Submit – contacted 2nd beta reader Sunday night. Hoping to have it back from her soon.
  • Dance with the Devil – Polish 6 chapters  – Polished 4/6 chapters

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 books – 2/5
    • Blood and Betrayal(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Friday morning. On Chapter 20/25. I’ll probably finish it today or tomorrow.
  • Read: 30 books – 15/30, 2 this week
    • Hellbent(Cynthia/Sara Rayne) – Started this Saturday night. Finished it Sunday evening. Really enjoyed it.
    • Hiding Behind the Couch – Box Set One(Debbie McGowan) – Started this Sunday night but didn’t get too far yet.
    • Delivered Fast(Annabeth Albert) – Started this Monday evening. Finished it Tuesday morning. Liked it. Was about to give up on these books, due to same reasons as an earlier rant(basically in the six books of hers I’ve read – from 2 different series- the word bisexual hasn’t even been used. And it’s been bothering me). But I read a review of the next book and apparently one of the characters(who was a side character in this one) is bi, so I’ll give it a little longer and see how that one is(and it was only .99 so I bought it all ready).
    • This Savage Song(Victoria Schwab) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. At 12%

Teaser Tuesday: In the Moonlight – “Your Responsibility”

Okay, so I’m back with another teaser from In the Moonlight after all. I’ve been adding some new scenes into this the past week. Once I get done with those and see if any chapters need rearranged, I’ll set it aside I think until July, then do a read through and more revisions before getting ready to send it to my CP. But, for now, here’s a little teaser:

“Are you sure you aren’t going to need the car?” I asked Mrs. Thomas once more. She assured me it would be fine, but I didn’t want her to be stranded here.
“Yes, Nola, just go. You can get the groceries while you’re in town. I made out a list. Just grab it before you go.”
She brushed a loose wisp of hair away from my face. “I wish you didn’t have to worry about this,” she told me. “You should get to be a twenty-year-old girl. Not have to try to take care of everyone.”
“I’m still a twenty-year-old no matter what else I do. And if I don’t take care of it, who will? Teagen? Yeah, I don’t ever see that happening.”
“You know that isn’t what I meant. And it shouldn’t have to be your responsibility.”
“Yeah, well, Dad shouldn’t have died in that accident. Mom shouldn’t have gotten sick or waited so long to figure out what was wrong. Ms. Adriane shouldn’t have died. There’s a lot of shouldn’ts, but it doesn’t change what is.”
Mrs. Thomas gave me a quick hug. “I know, darling. I know. I didn’t mean to upset you. Go on. Do what’s needed then come on back home. It will be fine.”
It wouldn’t be. We both knew that. Mom was dying. The drugs I was sending money for would only help delay that. For how long, we weren’t even sure. But, I’d do what I could. It was more than Teagen even attempted. She still hadn’t returned my phone call.

Sunday Summary: One Down

I’ve been working on several different WiPs this month. And I finished one of them on Friday. Not Meant to Be, which I first started back in October. This is book 6 in my Gilbert, CO series. And if you read Healing the Heart, this is Jared’s little sister’s story. The first draft only ended up around 55,000 words. I already have ideas for my threads to tie in through it, so it should end up longer after revisions, but for now it’s done.

The kids’ last day of school was Wednesday. It was only a half day, and a rainy one at that, so they spent the afternoon inside. Most of Thursday was spent outside, and yet they still managed to find something to fight about. If that’s going to keep up, it’s going to be a long summer. Hopefully, it won’t though.

It also seems to be bee season. I’ve had to chase 3 of them out of the house in 2 days. Bad enough having to deal with them outside. Stay out of my house!

And today is my niece’s 10th birthday. That’s really hard to believe. Especially since that mean’s in two months(- 1 day), my daughter will be ten as well. That…can’t be right. 😉

Anyway, here’s my progress for the week:

Plotting:

  • High on Your LoveBack stories, Plot summaries, Story Toolkit, Outline – Got Morgan’s(1084 words), Anna’s(1037 words) & Kacy’s(727 words) typed up. Wrote plot summaries.
  • Jayla & CarisaPlot summaries, Story Toolkit, Outline – Since I finished Not Meant to Be, I’ll be picking this one back up.

Writing:

  • Heart of Christmas(BC Security #3.5)Add 8000 words – 1697/8000 words
    • “Who said it’s a boy?” Eva asked from the seat behind Niall. “All Sean told you was that she had an admirer.” In the rearview mirror, she caught Eva’s wink toward her and smiled. “And, sweetheart,” she added, obviously to Declan, “she asked you to drop it. So, drop it. She’s right, it’s not your business.”
  • Still Burning(Hunter Family #4) – Add 10000 words – 4429/10000 words, 2309 words this week
    • And just maybe it would take her mind off this clusterfuck of emotions she couldn’t seem to set straight.
  • Not Meant to Be(Gilbert, Co #6) – Add 10000 words or finish 1st draft – 7628/10000 words, 4532 words this week & finished the 1st draft! I’ll have more to add during revisions(It’s only about 55,000 words right now), but for now, it’s done!!!
    • She moved over to him and pressed a kiss to his cheek. “You are a sweet man, Tobias Pedera.”
      He laughed and kissed her lips. “I don’t know if they should put a delusional woman in a courtroom.”
  • By the Gun – Add 8000 words – 2014/8000 words – I was writing in the antagonist’s view point this week. And that’s quite disturbing.
    • That was a lie. He was as good at spotting them as he was spouting them.
  • Side Projects – Add 9000 words between them – 5466/9000 words, 4106 words this week
    • Midas’ Daughter – 347 words – Calla shook her head. That wasn’t true. It couldn’t be. “He doesn’t even like me. He barely looks at me.” *just keep telling yourself that, Calla
    • Sean & Braeden – 354 words – He opened the door and stepped inside, getting ready to call out. But, he was stopped by the sound of a familiar voice coming from the front parlor. One he hadn’t heard much on in the last couple years.
    • Mike & Fadil – 336 words – “You’ve been mooning,” Jaspar said. “Please tell me you at least got his number.” *nosy bosses
    • Patrick & Sarah – 268 words – The boy wrinkled his nose. “I don’t think she likes him. He tries to tell her what she should do, with us and for a job.” He leaned closer to Patrick and lowered his voice. “I don’t like him either. He’s not nice like you.” *Aw, I’m loving writing Will as a young boy.
    • Dougal & Shae – 405 words – Donovan grinned and clapped him on the shoulder. “Good man. Can’t wait to see you there.” *Oh, Donovan. Your sister is not going to thank you for this. Not yet, at least.
    • Jacob & Matthew – 565 words –  When they reached a table, he’d had enough. “Damn, Kline, what is wrong with you? Hit the bottom of the bottle a little too early last night?” *That line comes straight from Stained Blood, only now writing scene from Jacob’s POV
    • Hang On – 322 words – “Come on,” he said. “Grab on. Hang on,” he growled.
    • Roman – 286 words – From the way his look changed to horror, he hadn’t know that part. “He did what?” Carlos practically roared.
    • Preggers – 265 words – “It’s okay, Missy,” Lyndi said. “It does hurt, but so does thinking about him. And I can’t just make myself stop doing that, either.”
    • Hawk – 227 words – Then, from the truck, Mr. Bentley shouted, “Jeez, boy, just kiss him already and put him out of his misery.” 😀
    • Tavin & Haiwee – 361 words – Her head came up, and she saw the men riding in her direction. She didn’t like the look of them, like two wolves who had spent too much time without a pack, and no longer knew how to act within it. She drew back from the bank, hoping to fade into the trees before they spotted her.
    • Mason & Lila – 370 words – There wasn’t anything he could do about it. She’d chosen her dad and music over him. And he doubted it’d be the last time she did that. *Ah, the breaking of young love. And this short story is done!(though not with a very happy ending…though eventually they do stay together)

Editing:

  • Stained Blood – beta edits – edited Chapter 1/26(counting the epilogue as a chapter of its own).
  • Flames of Renewal – CP edits – still waiting
  • In the MoonlightPre-revisions & Revisions – Mapped out 32/32 chapters & highlighted different plot lines, wrote out a scene list/timeline to figure out how crammed together the story is. Made up note cards for sections of revision to concentrate on & pinned them to my board. Spread out the timeline about another week. It still only takes place over about a month, but it’s not quite as crammed together now. And added 32 words of world-building details. Added 4 new scenes(1987 words)
  • One Touch(formerly Snow White Twist)Beta edits, Polish, & Submit – still waiting to hear back from 2nd beta reader.
  • Dance with the Devil – Polish 6 chapters  – Polished 4/6 chapters

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 books – 2/5
    • Heartless(Gail Carriger) – Finished this Monday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • The Immortal Irishman(Timothy Egan) – Picked this back up Tuesday morning. Finished it Friday morning. Really enjoyed it. I knew a lot of Meagher’s story during the Civil War and the Irish Brigade. But, I didn’t know much from before or after that. It was really interesting.
    • Blood and Betrayal(Lindsay Buroker) – Started this Friday morning. On Chapter 7/25
  • Read: 30 books – 13/30, 10 this week
    • Death at Peony House(Krista Walsh) – Finished this Sunday evening. Really enjoyed it.
    • The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh(KJ Charles) – Read this Sunday morning. It was short, but I really enjoyed it.
    • Devil May Care(Cynthia Rayne) – Started this Sunday evening. This is book 4 in her Four Horsemen MC series. Finished it Saturday evening. Liked it. And now I can read Shep & Pretty Boy’s story. She’s been teasing us with hints of them throughout the series.
    • Talk Me Down(Victoria Dahl) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday evening. Really enjoyed it.
    • A Seditious Affair(KJ Charles) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Absolutely loved this one.
    • Against the Mark(Kat Martin) – Started this Wednesday morning. Finished it Wednesday night. Enjoyed it.
    • To Rule the Stars(various) – Started this Wednesday night. Bought it for just one of the stories, so I jumped right to that one. Finished it Thursday morning.
    • In Too Deep(Tracey Alarez) – Started this Thursday evening. Finished it Friday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • The Cattle Conundrum(Amber West) – Started this Friday evening. Finished it Friday night. I figured I’d only read about half of it before going to bed. But, I just couldn’t stop.
    • Daring Fate(Megan Erickson) – Started this Saturday morning. Finished it Saturday afternoon. Loved this one. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.
    • Hellbent(Cynthia Rayne) – Started this Saturday night. Shep & Pretty Boy are breaking my heart. And we finally found out Pretty Boy’s name(I don’t think it was mentioned earlier in the series).

WeWriWa: “In Tune”

Welcome back to another visit with the Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop for anyone who likes to write. I’m still sharing from Hawk’s story and probably will be for a while since I’ve only recently started it. Today I have the last 10 sentences from the first scene. They are going out to visit a man who took both of them in when they were younger and both of their families basically turned their backs on the boys.

We didn’t speak as we got ready to head out. This was one place we always seemed to be in tune with each other. The other was in bed. I glanced at Devil with that thought. He caught my gaze and gave me a wicked grin, as if his thoughts had been going to the same place.

I ducked my head and finished getting ready before swinging my leg over my bike. We pulled away from the garage and I led the way. It was good to be back out on the bike and not having to worry about enemies lurking, though even I knew that might not last.

Still, I’d take it while I could get it. Just like I’d take Devil for as long as he still wanted me.

Why does Hawk think Devil will stop wanting him? Are there still enemies lurking? Or possibly some new ones coming?

Also I have Chapter 3 of Dance with the Devil up on Wattpad now if you want to go check that out.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: “Admit”

Admit it. I know what you’re thinking.”

Carisa wanted to sigh, but what was the point, really? “then, why would I bother saying it?”

“Why wouldn’t you?” Jayla shot back. “Might as well get it off your chest. It won’t bother me.”

“Judging from your tone, that’s exactly what it would do. Except I’m sure I’m not thinking what you’ve assumed I am.”

Jayla looked confused for a moment then she scowled again. “Sure you are. It’s what everyone thinks. I see how people look at me. I know what they think of me. They don’t believe I actually left that life behind more than five years ago. But, I did.”

Her bottom lip trembled at that last, and she pressed her lips together as if to hide that. Carisa wanted to go to her, but she was sure Jayla would not appreciate that. So, she kept her distance. “I believe you,” she said. “Trust me, I am not judging you.”

“And why should I trust you. I still barely know you.”

Not for a lack of trying on Carisa’s part, though. The other girl had some quite tall and thick walls erected around herself. Carisa didn’t know if she’d ever be able to get through them.

But, she’d certainly like to try.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was to use “admit” any way we want. I’m going to be getting back to outlining Jayla and Carisa’s story, since I finished the first draft of Not Meant to Be on Friday, so these two jumped into my head.

Fiction Friday: Dance with the Devil – Chapter 3

I’m back this week with the next chapter of Dance with the Devil. You can check out Chapter 2 if you missed it last week. And for now, here’s the beginning of Chapter 3.

I probably shouldn’t have gone to town. It’s not like we’d been told to stay away, but I was already in quite a mood. From that messed up vote, to that last altercation with Hawk, and everything else that always mess up my mind.

We were supposed to do patrols together. They hadn’t said anything about not coming to town by ourselves. Still, it probably would have been a smart thing to buddy up even for that.

No one ever accused me of always, or ever, doing the smart thing.

I pulled my bike into a space in front of the Iron Heart bar. I should go down to the diner and grab something to eat. I needed something to calm me down. Hawk’s words were still bouncing around in my head, and I couldn’t take it. Still, as I walked down the sidewalk toward the door of the bar, my gaze took in everything. Three bikes sat in spots a little ways down from mine. My stomach twisted up tight at the sight of them. One of them had a decal of a white-ish bird in the corner of the windshield. A dove, I told myself. Except its wings were spread out, just the way the Ivory Crows’ patch looked.

I stood, frozen for a moment, fighting with myself. Part of me wanted to go barging right into the bar and calling them out, making a scene, taking them down. The other part wanted to ride back out of town. Icarus told us not to approach any of them, not to start anything. But, God, did I want to start something with them.

No. I had to be careful and watch my step. I was never good with that, though. Still, I headed down to the diner after all. Hopefully by the time I came back out, they’d be gone, and I could get a drink in peace before heading home.

I hated feeling like I was tucking my tail between my legs and skulking away. But, I didn’t want to disobey a direct order less than an hour after it had been given. Sure, I had a history of that, a full file of disciplinary actions during my time in the Corps. But, even that would be extreme for me.

I almost reached the diner when the door swung open. Three men in heavy boots stepped out. My gaze slid up their bodies. Two wore chaps, but the third just had on a worn pair of jeans. Before my gaze even reached above their waists, I admit my attention snagged longer there than it should have–Hawk had gotten me stirred up, and I couldn’t seem to help it–a glob of saliva landed in front of me. I didn’t need more evidence, still I kept looking up.

If you want to keep reading, and find out how Devil reacts to this, you can check out the rest of Chapter 3 here. And I’ll be back next week with the next chapter.

Writing Wednesday: Last Day

Today is the kids’ last day of school. And they actually only have half a day. I’m not quite sure what summer vacation will mean for my productivity, but I’m hoping to still have some. The kids are pretty independent so it may not change too much, though I’m sure it will slow down a little when I don’t have the house to myself.

Neighborhood ducks came to visit

It’s been a pretty good first half of the week, though it didn’t start great. Sunday night something was bothering my stomach, and I ended up skipping dinner. Woke up Monday morning around 1 or so and couldn’t get back to sleep. Still wasn’t feeling great, but thought that also might be because I hadn’t eaten anything in over 12 hours. So, I had some crackers with my coffee and that seemed to settle my stomach, though I did feel off most of the day. Still, I got stuff done. May be a good thing that I’d already planned to focus on plotting for the day. Tuesday I felt back to normal, and it was a really good writing day.

I’ve basically been writing along with the JuNoWriMo sprints over on Twitter. Using the times between them to get some other stuff done. Well, except for yesterday. There were several hours in the morning when no sprints were happening. And I got basically everything else done, so I wrote even without any sprints. But, this seems to be working. At least for this month(since you know, no more junowrimo in July). 😉

Got my revision board for In the Moonlight all set up.

But, now it’s Wednesday(Ha! tricked you!-as my son likes to say-I’m actually writing this Tuesday night), so it’s time to share another snippet with you. I’m working on By the Gun today, so I’ve got a snippet from that(not sure I’ve shared from this one before). This is a western I first started writing maybe 15 years ago(maybe not quite that long, but probably close). I’ve had some trouble getting this story to come together, but I think I just need to keep reminding myself, it is not a romance, so it’s not going to follow the same path mine usually do. That seems to be working for now. Anyway, today I have 7 paragraphs(simple math, just going with today’s date). Luke, his oldest son, and his brother-in-law and some other men(only Luke & the brother-in-law are in this scene) are driving cattle to the railroad. Both of the men woke up in the night and are talking about what is keeping them up.

Luke winced a little at the reminder. He’d been lucky Varick’s bullets hadn’t ended him. He’d remained on his feet at the end of the battle, but the loss of blood had put him down for a few days. He’d kept infection at bay by some miracle, though and had recovered. By the time he’d gotten on his feet again, Varick’s son had left town searching for him. He’d spent a few more weeks recovering at Diego’s ranch before heading back to his own.
That was when he’d put his guns away and started living simply as a rancher. He was afraid not too many more of those days were ahead of him.
“He’s dead,” Luke said, not completely sure if he was reminding himself or Diego more. “No matter how much he haunts me, he can’t hurt me or those I love.”
“His son is not. He’s still out there somewhere. And no matter that more than seventeen years have passed, he’ll still want your blood.”
Luke knew all that. He didn’t need Diego reminding him. “He hasn’t found me in all this time. I find it hard to believe he would now.”
“Unless that neighbor of yours starts spreading word the gunfighter, Lucas Riordan Tierney is hidden away up in Acoma. They will come out of the woodwork, hermano.”
Maybe that’s what was really haunting him. The fact that his past was coming back and his family may very well be in its cross-hairs.

Just how prophetic will that thought be? That’s what I’m writing now, and let’s just say, it’s very disturbing being in the antagonist’s head.

Now, on to this week’s progress so far:

Plotting:

  • High on Your LoveBack stories, Plot summaries, Story Toolkit, Outline – Got Morgan’s(1084 words), Anna’s(1037 words) & Kacy’s(727 words) typed up. Wrote plot summaries.
  • Jayla & CarisaPlot summaries, Story Toolkit, Outline

Writing:

  • Heart of Christmas(BC Security #3.5) – Add 8000 words
  • Still Burning(Hunter Family #4) – Add 10000 words – 4429/10000 words, 2309 words this week
    • And just maybe it would take her mind off this clusterfuck of emotions she couldn’t seem to set straight.
  • Not Meant to Be(Gilbert, Co #6) – Add 10000 words or finish 1st draft – 3096/10000 words
  • By the Gun – Add 8000 words – 482/8000 words
  • Side Projects – Add 9000 words between them – 3070/9000 words, 1710 words this week
    • Midas’ Daughter – 347 words – Calla shook her head. That wasn’t true. It couldn’t be. “He doesn’t even like me. He barely looks at me.” *just keep telling yourself that, Calla 😉
    • Sean & Braeden – 354 words – He opened the door and stepped inside, getting ready to call out. But, he was stopped by the sound of a familiar voice coming from the front parlor. One he hadn’t heard much on in the last couple years. 😀
    • Mike & Fadil – 336 words – “You’ve been mooning,” Jaspar said. “Please tell me you at least got his number.” *nosy bosses 😉
    • Patrick & Sarah – 268 words – The boy wrinkled his nose. “I don’t think she likes him. He tries to tell her what she should do, with us and for a job.” He leaned closer to Patrick and lowered his voice. “I don’t like him either. He’s not nice like you.” *Aw, I’m loving writing Will as a young boy. 🙂
    • Dougal & Shae – 405 words – Donovan grinned and clapped him on the shoulder. “Good man. Can’t wait to see you there.” Oh, Donovan. Your sister is not going to thank you for this. Not yet, at least. 😉

Editing:

  • Stained Blood – beta edits – edited Chapter 1/26(counting the epilogue as a chapter of its own).
  • Flames of Renewal – CP edits – still waiting
  • In the MoonlightPre-revisions & Revisions – Mapped out 32/32 chapters & highlighted different plot lines, wrote out a scene list/timeline to figure out how crammed together the story is. Made up note cards for sections of revision to concentrate on & pinned them to my board. Ready to start actual revisions now.
  • One Touch(formerly Snow White Twist)Beta edits, Polish, & Submit – still waiting to hear back from 2nd beta reader.
  • Dance with the Devil – Polish 6 chapters  – Polished 2/6 chapters

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 books – 1/5
    • Heartless(Gail Carriger) – Finished this Monday afternoon. Really enjoyed it.
    • The Immortal Irishman(Timothy Egan) – Picked this back up Tuesday morning. On Chapter 18/24
  • Read: 30 books – 7/30, 4 this week
    • Death at Peony House(Krista Walsh) – Finished this Sunday evening. Really enjoyed it.
    • The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh(KJ Charles) – Read this Sunday morning. It was short, but I really enjoyed it.
    • Devil May Care(Cynthia Rayne) – Started this Sunday evening. This is book 4 in her Four Horsemen MC series. I really want to get to the next one and read Shep & Pretty Boy’s story. She’s been teasing us with hints of them throughout the series. I got to 36% Sunday night.
    • Talk Me Down(Victoria Dahl) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday evening. Really enjoyed it.
    • A Seditious Affair(KJ Charles) – Started this Tuesday morning. Finished it Tuesday night. Absolutely loved this one.

Tag Cloud