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Weekly Word Count #93

Word Count: 4,332

What story I’m working on: Slowed down a bunch because of finishing Forged Alliances last week! Still super proud to have that story complete, and now it’s out with beta readers! What that means is my sole focus is back on Future King, which is slugging along at a snail’s pace as I hit 33k this week. I came to a realization on that though, one I want to share. Normally, I rip through contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy and the sort because the locations are so easy for me to describe, the settings natural, and even the monster creation comes readily. However, Future King is science fiction and I need a level of precision and detail with my worldbuilding and language that I can’t convey with my normal racing through a story through the characters. So, I think it’s a good thing for me to work on writing multiple projects currently, since it forces me to take my time with Future King and seriously give this story and its unique world the attention it deserves.

What I’m editing/marketing: I started resubmitting the Iron Legacy, so we’ll see! In other related news, I’ve finally got word on Waking for Winter! The final book in the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles is now under contract! I recently started submitting Captivating Melody to publishers, so fingers crossed, because that series would be glorious.

Line of the week:

“You’ll be searching for a metal you’re connected with—the piece will have the signature of your forefather imprinted in the very make of it,” Merlin murmured in my ear, his breath tickling from his closeness. His alchemy wove through mine, like the circuits and wires of a motherboard, transferring information in a seamless flow.

Everywhere I searched, from copper to nickel, from gold overlay to platinum filigree, nothing jumped out as dangerous or resonated with me in the way Excalibur did. If anything could have convinced me of the truth behind Merlin’s declaration of my history, of what they sought to accomplish, it had been the punch to my gut the moment I boarded that ship. I’d never believed in destiny until I stepped inside the Excalibur and was forced to confront my own.

 

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Writing Inspiration Wednesdays

“If something isn’t working, if you have a story that you’ve built and it’s blocked and you can’t figure it out, take your favorite scene, or your very best idea or set-piece, and cut it. It’s brutal, but sometimes inevitable.”

-Joss Whedon

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Travel Tuesdays- Sandy Beach

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More from my pale kid adventures in Hawaii! So this day, we took a bus out to Sandy Beach (creative name, eh?) to go see some different beaches than the main one on the Waikiki shoreline. It was about a twenty minute to a half hour bus ride, and sort of just cool to take public trans up to our destination, but the beach was definitely gorgeous. This wasn’t a swimming beach though, and all around were posted signs about not going swimming. Though plenty of folks ignored them to go surfing on the gigantic waves. Luckily for me, I hate swimming and wasn’t deterred. I’m also terrified of deep water. All sorts–I refuse to swim in lakes even, and the ocean just makes things a thousand times worse.

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But I do like looking at water, and the volcanic rock at Sandy Beach was well worth the excursion!

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Music Monday- Chalvaren Rising

Want the perfect playlist to accompany the book you’re reading? Well, Music Mondays gives the authors a chance to weigh in on the music that inspired said story!

Today let’s welcome Paula Millhouse to discuss Chalvaren Rising!

Chalvaren Rising_FINALHere’s the novel playlist for Chalvaren Rising: https://play.spotify.com/user/pmillhouse.1/playlist/48pM8IoZwVaNjbiVvG5J0A

Music is such an amazing part of the arts. It inspires my creativity and often embodies the perfect emotions for my characters. I often write to movie instrumentals, but these five songs from the novel playlist inspired tons of scenes.

1) Leader of Men by Nickleback because in the beginning of Chalvaren Rising Elf Price Kort Elias questions the notion that he’s the kind of man to lead his kingdom. But, by the end of the story Mia gives him the incentive he needs to be the leader of his men, the dragon riders of Chalvaren.

2) I See Fire by Ed Sheeran because these characters all love their dragons so much. When I first heard this song from the movie The Hobbit, I could not get it out of my head. It fits Chalvaren Rising because the castle with the most dragons wins.

3) Feeling Way Too Damn Good by Nickleback because it fits the angsty magic of the romance between Kort and Mia.

4) Far Away by Nickleback because Kort loves Mia so much his whole world is focused on her being his princess. He loves her, and if he loses her he won’t be able to breathe.

5) A Thousand Years because when I first heard this song I knew there were two lovers in my heart I had to tell a story about. Yes, Bella and Edward from Twilight commanded the song, but Mia and Kort embody the romance and beauty of this timeless tune. Time does stand still for these elves, and every time I hear this song I think of Mia and Kort. They have loved each other for a thousand years. They believed in each other, weathered every storm thrown at them, and in the end they will love each other for a lifetime. Just wait until you read the final scene of the novel.

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Chalvaren Rising

With the love of Kort, Chalvaren’s warrior-prince heir, Mia Ansgar will seize her birthright and become the great dragon-riding wizardess prophesied to free that elven kingdom from her embittered sorceress kin.

TO ASCEND TRIUMPHANT

Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth…and their war.

It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin. Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.

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Travel Tuesdays- Inch Beach

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For me in particular, it was incredibly important to go to the Dingle Peninsula where Inch Beach is located. Why, you ask? I’m absentminded as get-all, and when I’m hunting for something, or babbling on, the words come out faster than my brain likes to process (mostly because other tabs are open and taking up memory space if you catch my drift). So I have a habit of replacing terms with dingle or doodle. Like, ‘get me that doodle,’ or ‘I want the dingle.’ Funny enough, anyone who’s spent enough time around me usually can interpret and catch the drift. I’ve had my husband and a couple besties pick it up.

So when we heard that there was a Dingle Peninsula in Ireland, naturally we had to go. Alas, we didn’t make it all the way in. Let me explain. We were driving along the roads on the opposite side of our comfort zone in a teensy car and even teensier lanes. And as the cliffs grew higher, what separated us from that breathtaking ledge? Shrubbery. Fucking shrubbery. So we reached a point of white-knuckled steering that grew too much and turned back around. Yes, we’re wusses.

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Regardless, Inch Beach rocked. Literally. All sorts of rocks along the beach and I absolutely loved it.