Tag Archive: Zeeb

H.D._Femme_pleurant_à_la_fin_du_jour2At midnight precisely on November 1st, 2011, I started work on my fifth novel. To my delight, when I finished, I felt like I had the framework of a story worth publishing. Two and a half years later, after working it around to be something I liked better, I gave it to one of my best friends to alpha read and thus began my official journey toward publication.

Since then, there have been some complicating factors on this project that have put far too much pressure on me, and it isn’t something I can allow to continue. Sadly, this means shelving Faerie Blood and the Hidden Bloodlines series. I’ve learned a lot through this project about what I want from my writing, and what I don’t want.

This was a difficult decision to make, but I know it’s the right one for now. In the meantime, I’m not sure what’s going to be happening as far as my solo writing goes. I may spend more time on QoB or I may dive back into my underwater world.

Abigail Erynne and I are still plugging away at our massive dark urban fantasy NA. If you missed it, you can read the two part excerpt and get a glimpse into our co-writing strategy.

(Psst! It doesn’t get really exciting until part 2, so be sure you read both.)

WIPpet Wednesday - Faerie BloodWoohoo! Got the rest of Faerie Blood back from my content editor on Monday. 😀 She had some very serious stuff come up, so there were some very understandable delays. In the meantime, I’ve been missing my characters, so I’m actually looking forward to editing some more. Weird, huh?

To celebrate, I’m giving you another snippet from Faerie Blood for WIPpet Wednesday. Pooooosibly the last for a bit. With the Thing going on, copywritey stuff is more complicated than if I were just going the normal route. I think this sliver of story should be fine to share, though. (If you haven’t heard about the Thing yet, you can read about it here.)

WIPpet Wednesday is hosted by the amazing K.L. Schwengel. To my knowledge, she’s taking a bit of a break, but her stories are fantabulous and you should check them out. 🙂 You can read the WIPpet rules below.

Today’s math is 4o4 words for the 4th month.

Character descriptions (in case you missed them before):

Harsha: petite, light cinnamon skin tone, silky black hair, big brown eyes.

Zeeb: about average height, blond shoulder-blade length dreadlocks, full beard, ice-blue eyes, black dog collar with license tags and silver spikes, lots of light blond body hair

Don: about 7 feet tall, long salt and pepper hair covering all of him, big bushy beard to match, black eyes, wearing shorts

Necessary Context: None necessary.

A cacophony of sawing and hammering filled the outdoors and filtered through the window to pester Harsha while she attempted to read a book. Gauri was busy and Seraph was helping her. Left to herself and unable to focus on her book, Harsha watched Zeeb and Don as they worked on the [thing]. She found it difficult to picture the finished project based on the pieces littering the yard, but the green on blue of forest and sky made a nice background to the rustic picture of men hard at work. Men being a loose term, of course.

About noon, Zeeb took his shirt off to wipe the sweat from his forehead and neck and bent to roll his pants up to his knees, giving Harsha a new reason to find contentment in watching the business. Zeeb sported far too much hair to be attractive, but not so much as to hide the enviable physique of a runner or dancer, with lean, practical muscle and none of the veiny bulges or obvious areas of neglect which plagued body builders. He circled his shoulders as he straightened. The muscles of his back rolled together and apart with the motion, defining and relaxing in slow waves.

Harsha let her eyes sweep over him. Her sense of professionalism jabbed its elbow into her consciousness, but she reasoned it away. There’s nothing wrong with appreciating a well-sculpted body. It’s not like I’m drooling over him or anything. He’s way too hairy for that. Besides, he can’t see me.

“In good shape, ain’t he?”

Harsha jumped at the sound of Don’s voice and realized she missed seeing or hearing him come in. Warmth gathered in her cheeks as all her perfectly good justifications for ogling vanished in a puff of guilty humiliation.

“Wish I could keep up like that. Guy runs marathons for fun.” He pointed to Harsha’s book. “Want me to ask him to put a shirt on so he’s less distractin’?”

“No. That’s alright. I mean, unless you think he should. Because of mosquitoes. Or something.” She picked up her book and tried to concentrate on the words.

“No need to fret yourself, Girly. Zeeb’s no ladies’ man, but somethin’ tells me he doesn’t mind you lookin’ him over.”

The heat in Harsha’s cheeks blazed like an inferno. She pulled the book closer to her face and buried as much of herself between the covers as possible.

It's a book, see? I'm reading a book. That's what I'm doing. Just enjoying my super fascinating book.  Woman Reading by Kuroda Seiki, circa 1890.

It’s a book, see? I’m reading a book. That’s what I’m doing. Just enjoying my super fascinating book.
Woman Reading by Kuroda Seiki, circa 1890.

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339208_288040834556390_474404681_oIf you ask an actor to sketch a book cover, he’ll say, “Models would be better.”

So you’ll say. “Oh, okay. Yeah. I guess that sounds cool. As long as you can keep it under budget.”

So he’ll call all his friends and find out who wants to be on a book cover. He’ll schedule a photo shoot, but someone won’t be able to make it, so he’ll schedule another, and another and you’ll start to panic. He’ll finally get everyone coordinated and you’ll relax.

Before the photo shoot, he’ll point out that all the models are also actors. You’ll send him several snippets of work so they can all get their groove on for the shoot.

He’ll make some suggestions about the cover. You’ll explain why they don’t work. He’ll explain why they do, so you’ll say. “Oh, okay. Yeah. I guess that sounds cool. As long as no one’s half naked.”

He and his friends will have so much fun, they’ll start talking about how much fun it would be to shoot a book trailer. So, he’ll call to ask if it’s okay to shoot a book trailer.

You will freak out. None of these people have read the book. It could totally flop. You never planned all this. You were just going to release it quietly, write another couple of books, then give it a little push. That’s all. And doesn’t this cost a ton of money? *Gasp, Gasp* You will have a full blown anxiety attack, and say no.

Then you will vent to a friend, who will scold you for not letting these people who want to support you do so. You will feel like an idiot.

Then the actor will call you to explain he already pitched the project to a couple producers, who asked him to send them a teaser. He was so sure you’d be ecstatic, he scheduled the shoot before he asked you about it. Then he’ll be like, “So can we, please? We’re all aware it could flop and go nowhere. We’re just really excited for this project. We can do a crowd-funding thing. I’ll handle all the details and do my best not to stress you out.”

So you will pray, call your friend, and quiver in your husband’s arms while you explain everything that could possibly go wrong, including, but not limited to, a tidal wave washing Hollywood into the sea. Then you will take a deep breath, come to the conclusion that the Lord put actors in your life for a reason, trust Him to see to it you are still in one piece when all is finished whether it goes the way everyone wants it to or not, and tell the actor to go ahead.

Then you will write a blog post and invite people to support your book before they’ve even read it. You will feel gut-churningly awkward about it, but you will do it, because it’s the least you can do when you have wonderful friends like M@tch.


Click to support the indigogo campaign for a Faerie Blood Teaser trailer.

My deepest thanks and admiration to

Matthew “M@tch” Ray – the man behind it all.

Kelly Keyser – Harsha

Joshua Diolosa – Zeeb

Cat LaCohie – Seraph

Alan Clayton – Jason

Magdalene Bullock – Make-up

John Hawkings – photography

REDD  – soundtrack

Memnoir – soundtrack

Amber Ruiz – Photography assistant

Abigail Erryne – Zeeb blonderizer (for book cover)

Leah Bowler – all around awesomeness

Everyone who chooses to support this effort. 🙂

 And the team keeps getting bigger, so I’m sure I’ll have names to add soon.

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