Friday, December 16, 2016

First 250 words of the newest edition-


After granting his wish to be released the voodoo priestess leaned down until her lips met his bleeding ear,

  "See," she said, "I am not without feelings for you."

     She set him on a makeshift raft, far away enough so she could not see his pain. The sheet of ice stretched out in all directions. With each heave jagged, translucent blue shards thrust upwards. The rising drifts closed in on the buoyant wooden platform. Its sole occupant curled in a fetal position, struggling to stay conscious. His battered lip bled incessantly down his unshaven chin. The steady stream stopped when the wound froze over. Swollen eyes pulsed with hot blood, turning his lids and surrounding are purple, his nose permanently misshapen. The arctic chill came as almost a welcome change to the dark dungeon he occupied for days, tortured for his treason.

     Soon the platform will be surrounded by nature's most destructive device. A moment later, it will be crushed by the sheer weight of the unforgiving ice floe. Delivering its occupant into the waiting oceanic graveyard.

     The slab of wood, slick with a thin layer of ice reflected the cold midday sun, bright yet already low in the dark blue, brooding sky. The lethargic castaway shivered when a wave burst into droplets of ice before raining down on him, frozen by the arctic blast. His stilted breath came out in smokey puffs through peeling, water deprived lips.

    He had all but given up hope, until the faint rhythm of oars slapping water brought him back to the living world. A hooded man standing on the bow of a small row boat, telescope in hand, headed directly toward him.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Book 2 - Name????

I'm trying to work out a name for the next book.

I have a few prospective titles. But it would help if everyone has an idea of what the story is about.

It is a continuation of the first book. Still, I would like it to be able to stand on its own. Let's say a person hasn't read book one- AKA Nights Arose, they can pick up this book and not say who are these effing people? And why should I care?

It would be more fun if they had read book one but not a necessity.

ANYWAY here is the premise.

Heiress turned pirate must save her husband and child from the hands of the voodoo priestess who is holding them prisoner until she receives the Gem of the Red Spirit.

I have a few prospective names:

The Lady of Highwater Castle---too reminiscent of MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE...

The Lady of Highwater --- still may be too much on the HIGH side

The Lady of Calmwater (Castle) --  Calm instead of High and with or without "Castle"

A Catcher in the Rye--- NOT

I am going to build the story around the premise that the Priestess has stolen this castle from the owners and has taken up residence there.

I may pitch some other names in a bit but right now its all I got.