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Weekly Word Count: 2/20/19

Word Count: 6662

What story I’m currently working on:

So, my pace has slowed, but for good reason. I finished up writing the LGBT heist proposal, and still managed to get a little work done on Forged Redemption, bringing me up to 14k. Once this proposal is turned in, I’m back to placing my full attention on Forged Redemption, and I think I know where everything’s going to go. My god though, it’s been a crazy February. Once I finish Forged Redemption (estimated by April/May), I’m most likely launching into finishing the Narnia Club book.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Lor, it was a week for editing on the fly! I finished the Narnia Club proposal and turned it in, and then finished writing the LGBT heist, so it’s edits time.  I’m continuing to make plodding pace with the Rising for Autumn edits too. Luckily I’m in the last leg of those, and after that it’s just Waking for Winter. Once I get my final proposal turned in, I’m switching my attention to Of Tinkers and Technomancers release, which comes out March 12th! And I’ll soon have news on the way about a Tales for the Skies compendium of shorts from my Take to the Skies universe.

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Teaser of the week:

“Hope you enjoy the show then, darling.” Heat flickered in his amber eyes, and his lowered voice made the implication quite clear.

Currently listening to:

Line of the week:

“He was a sweet kid who didn’t deserve that sort of hell,” Drew murmured against her neck. His words made her want to sob, for him, for…

“Do you ever wonder?” he continued, his voice a hoarse scrape. “What ours would’ve been like?”

Even after years had passed, Ally couldn’t voice the answer out loud. The words stuck in her throat, and the chasm in her chest throbbed anew. Drew simply hugged her tight to him, because he understood.

Every damn day.

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Music Monday- In the Eye of the Wind

Hey guys! Let’s welcome Katherine Wyvern today to celebrate her new release, In the Eye of the Wind! She’s going to share her musical inspiration with us!

  1. Loreena McKennitt- Marco Polo

Rikko’s main theme is without a doubt Loreena McKennit’s Marco Polo. It is an instrumental piece with a mixture of western and oriental flavors, and it has a luscious, amorous sort of swagger to it, and all of this is exactly what Rikko’ is about. A character that left the north of this Europe-like world to move into a far freer, sunnier, more sinful city on the southern shores of the Circled Sea. And he’s obnoxiously sexy, of course!

2. Hedningarna- Tass’on nainen

The darker side of Rikko’s character, heritage of a terrible dark-spell laid on his mother before his birth, has its own score, a tremendously powerful, absorbing piece from Hedningarna’s third album, Trä. The name of the song, which has Finnish lyrics, is Täss’on Nainen. Both lyrics and music are haunting, and they fit well this powerful but dangerous darkness Rikko’ carries from the deep North, and also his destiny as a sea-farer.

3. Master and Commander- The Far Side of the World

Much of the sea-chases and battles in the book were imagined with the accompaniment a favourite movie score of mine, the beautiful music for “Master and Commander-The Far Side of the World”. This immediately put me into a sailing frame of mind, and many pieces of the score have a distinctly war-like feel to them, with lots of drums and fifes. Drums mean business, especially in a world where many ships were oar-powered. And the story is heavily inspired by the Master and Commander books, so…

4. La Femme du President

In the Eye of the Wind has a lot of broad, humorous male banter to it, and it was certainly inspiring (and very funny) to listen to traditional mariner’s songs to get into the mood of it. I have a favourite collection of French and Breton ones, and some of them are obviously composed for comical effect and hilariously smutty, like “La Femme du President”, where a wealthy lady invites a sailor to her boudoir for lunch… the lunch lasts three days and three nights, until the seaman leaves, exhausted, not without throwing an irreverent quip at the lady’s husband while on the way out!

5. https://youtu.be/ebYNnZJXCLc

The last song I like to associate with this story is much sunnier piece called “Celebration” by Secret Garden. It’s Gael’s song. I like how it starts small and gentle, almost secretive, to explode into a triumphant, joyous ending.

What are you working on next?

At the moment I am finishing up my new novel A Muse to Live For, which will be published next month. It’s a book very much about inspiration and it also has a Loreena Mc Kennit song as its main theme…

 

In the Eye of the Wind

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Born in the northern wastes of Kaleva in the middle of a devastating war between light and darkness, Rikko’ has found his way south to the warm shores of the Circled Sea, the first elver to ever turn pirate.

Forbidden by the rules of the Andalouan court to pursue such an ungentlemanly career, Gael can only dream of ever becoming a doctor, and his medical studies remain unfinished until his aunt the Queen sends him on a covert mission to the pirate city of Beyas’kahl.

And here, after one night with Rikko’, all his loyalties are put to the test.

Queen Amata has reigned for three decades, and she always used her men cunningly. But even the best player can miscalculate, and her blunder places Gael first in slavery, then in a naval battle, and finally, worst of all, face to face with Rikko’s darkest and deadliest side.

From such darkness, is there any coming back? Is there any hope of love for Gael, or redemption for Rikko’?

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Music Monday- Upon Broken Wings

It’s Music Monday time again! This time we’re featuring E.L. Reedy and A.M. Wade with their book Upon Broken Wings!

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Puscifer – The Humbling River

The river mentioned here: in our book it outwardly symbolizes death: it is a swollen river that takes two lives. But it also symbolizes life: that struggle that we each must face to get to the other side in one piece and ready for whatever comes next.

How To Save A Life – The Fray

To save a life, it is a grief so many in the world, too many, must face—that helpless feeling of guilt that we should have seen the signs, should have recognized the hidden pain of those who chose to journey to the other side before their time. That horrible and indescribable feeling that it was somehow our fault. It is a feeling that dims over time, but never really leaves us.

R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts

Pain and emotional turmoil are a part of life and this song is the most direct, in-your-face way of saying it. Don’t give up or give in. We all hurt but we’re all here to share the pain. The line “No. No. No. We’re not alone,” says it best.

Shinedown – Save Me

This particular song is almost a suicide letter—screaming for help. It mentions drugs, but whatever puts us in such a pit of despair can be anything. The point is that the singer is begging, crying, screaming for help. And the counterpoint is that so many who choose the lonely road never say anything outwardly. And maybe if they did, at least one more life could be saved.

Shinedown – Second Chance

Yes, its’ the same group, but this song says it best. The songwriter wrote this (in his words) as a message to his parents that he was moving on to live his own life. And though we don’t have to move on or move away physically, choosing to face our despair, to change our situation, to ask for help, that is a way to give ourselves a second chance.

Authors–

E. L. Reedy and A. M. Wade: a brother-sister writing team from Iowa. “We wrote Upon Broken Wings to teach that suicide is never the answer and that all it does is spread pain to everyone left behind.”

Our World–

Is a modern-day place of imperfect people, friends and family who both love and fail us, angels who deliver hope, bullies who destroy, and a loving Creator (God, or whatever name we call Him) who offers redemption for even our greatest failures. It is a place of light and shadow, love and hate, and a friendship that lasts even through death.

Our Settings–

Are Purgatory, which looks like a rustic retreat in the country, surrounded by flower gardens and a vast forest; it is the weigh station between Heaven, Hell, and Earth—and The Borderlands, a grey realm between life and death—and finally a small Midwestern town on Earth.

Our Protagonist–

Andrew (14), a high school freshman with Touch Aversion Syndrome, just trying to get through life, stubborn and proud, never asking for help, which leads to his undoing, must ultimately save Kiernan (14), a high school freshman, who attempts suicide after he’s outed as gay and is assaulted by bullies.

Andrew wants to awaken from what he thinks is a dream, but what Andrew needs is to realize that we are all connected and for better or worse, our choices affect everyone in the world around us. If he fails to achieve this understanding, his soul and that of Kiernan’s risk eternal damnation.

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We can be found all over the internet, but our blog is here: https://oflightandshadow.blog/

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Author Pages: E. L. Reedy’s Amazon Author Page  

A. M. Wade’s Amazon Author Page

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Patreon for My Books!

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So, I decided to join in on the Patreon wagon! Mostly because I LOVE sharing my creativity with people, but my bills are also not paid on dreams alone! This is the link for my Patreon if you’d like to come and support: HERE!

I have 7 different levels of patronage, starting at Sleepy Kittens!

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Access to sneak-previews of my latest work, plus cat pictures! (Who doesn’t love cat pictures?)

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Weekly Word Count #95

Word Count: 10,148

What story I’m working on: I see the end in sight for Future King even though I’m at 50k in the story! There are a couple twists and turns I need to suss out, but for the most part I can see the direction I want to take this clearly. What I’m excited about is that I’m getting to THE scene, the one that’s burned through me from the beginning of the book. Usually a romancey hookup scene, tbh. It tides me through all the slow burn, the thought of the awesome scene that’ll unfold later on.

What I’m editing/marketing: I got most of my beta reads back on Forged Alliances, so I’m doing massive edits on it. So far, it’s looking like I’ll be finished them in a week or two–they’re definitely doable things. I’m super excited to begin work on Waking for Winter too, and I’ll probably be able to announce a release date to you guys soon!

Line of the week:

His gaze sparked with amber depths, a vulnerability I hadn’t yet seen from this complex, layered man. I wasn’t the only one who unraveled. Every encounter, every touch and incursion delved deeper and deeper to the point I wondered how I ever could’ve believed he was simply the smart-talking criminal I’d first encountered. Despite all the confidence he displayed, what truly made Merlin stronger than most was the fact that he plunged through this as blind as the rest of us sometimes, never letting on to the others his fears and worries. Shouldering the burden alone.