Hello everyone and Bright Blessings. It's been a few minutes since I was here last, and I come in to report some great news. "Hearts on Fire: Draconia Rising" is currently at 40 pages and slightly over 15,200 words as of this writing. I am quite in love with my new writing program LibreOffice 5, it makes writing so much easier to get done.
To give you all a tiny glimpse of my newest work, here is a snippet from page 7, where Tristan McKinley adopts for his daughter, a very unusual kitten...
"Thirty minutes later, Tristan pulled into his driveway, and parked in the massive three car garage. His daughter was literally bouncing up and down on the deck, as apparently grandpa had broke the news about a special present was on its way. He barely had time to get out of the car and go towards the passenger door, when an excited squeal greeted him and a tiny weight collided with his knees. Lily stared up at him with anticipation and asked “Can I see her, what does she look like, can I hold her yet?! I missed you tons, it was lonely with just Anna and Grandpa, sometimes. Anna doesn’t like to play games, and Grandpa had to work, Grandma wanted to spend all her time going to tea times and shopping. I was so bored!” Tristan grimaced at that, the poor kid hated having to sit through tea time, and shopping with his mother, he felt the same exact way.
Tristan was flabbergasted at how Lily fired off questions and seemed to not even noticed how he had changed and that he looked different. His internal questions were answered, as she looked up at him more intently and said “Did you eat a ton of vegetables and grow again? Your hair has grown out, I like it!” Lucan sniggered at the vegetable remark, and prompted him to tell her that yes he had ate tons of spinach, and wanted to try a new hairstyle. Lily was fine with that answer, and then her attention was averted, by the sight of two odd colored eyes and a patchwork coat of fur. Tristan opened the passenger door, and introduced Lily to her new protector and best friend. Tristan bit his lip, as Mischa was probably hugged a bit too tightly, and carried haphazardly towards the front door. He was glad that his mother was not home now, and she had went out with Mrs. Hammond, as he could do without having to listen to a screeching tirade for a few more minutes."
And another little teaser... from pages 19-20, where Tristan and Serena's lives change once again, leading to a rather "heated" moment...
“My Beloved Tristan,”
“I wanted to tell you how proud I am, that I have had the honor and privilege of being your father. You have worked so hard, and become an excellent example of our family’s legacy. Out of all of my sons, you and only you, proved to me that you are worthy of the gift I am to bestow upon you today. Please take the paperwork to our attorney tomorrow. I knew that the events that transpired today were coming, as your mother has not been herself these past few weeks, and I hurried to make sure that all that I have worked for did not come to ruin. I will return in a couple of days, as I feel that your mother may not be able to come home after her episode, therefore, I have other arrangements to be making. Please give Serena my best regards, and I hope to meet her upon my return.”
Enclosed in the envelope, were the deeds to both his father’s home, and his entire business, transferred entirely to himself and Serena. Tristan had to sit down, his knees felt slightly weakened right then. At Serena’s quizzical stare, he silently handed her the letter and the paperwork, and watched her eyes grow huge, and her mouth make a silent “O” of astonishment. She and Tristan had just been given total ownership of a million dollar home, and a business that had a revenue of nearly a billion per year. All of this, on top of their royal duties, was rather the shock to take in. Serena made a point to not look directly at Tristan, while he dabbed at his eyes with a napkin. Men considered tears a bit unmanly, and most did not want to be caught showing a profound emotion.
She sat beside Tristan, laying her hand on his heavily corded arm, and asked “You are Ok aren’t you?” Tristan silently nodded, a wavering smile touching the corners of his beautiful mouth.
Tristan wondered what his father intended to do, now that he had relinquished his rights to everything he owned. Surely he would not just leave the country, and spend his days being a sedentary old man on a beach somewhere, like most retirees did? Either way, Tristan’s work was now definitely cut out for him. Lucan spoke up and said “ I think between all of us, this can be easily managed, you will be surprised what having a dragon inside you will do for the stamina and ability to get things done in record time. We will find a way to streamline your work with a little boost of magic. think now would be a great time to ask the High council, about designing some extra special business equipment and management software applications that run on a totally different energy spectrum”
Serena thought about her tablet idea that she had presented to the High Elder awhile back, and said “Yes, those crystal tablets, and some other things, would make running our new business a breeze, we could have more designed, and have them set into the different departments of the business, and have them set up to run on autopilot, they can be magically programmed to all but take orders and place shipments, and do payment information for you, all you need to do is check it once in awhile to see that the information is correct. Imagine if we introduced a product like that to the tech world, how damned rich we would be literally overnight?” Tristan had to admire his new wife’s business sense, and her ingenuity with creating innovative business solutions. Without hesitation, he tipped her heard back to where she could look into his eyes, and said “ I love you Serena.” and proceeded to kiss her soundly, that proved to be something he should perhaps have thought about first, as electric heat zinged between them like something untamed, and primitive. Serena melted like an ice cube under his kiss, and had to steady herself slightly against him, when he pulled back, she saw smoldering heat in his eyes, that made her insides feel like warm jello. She would never get enough of his mouth, she dared not imagine the rest of what would eventually transpire, seeing as they were now married."
End of snippets....
Readers that might be pondering what has happened before all of this, need to pick up a copy of Hearts on Fire and start there, as the second book will make no sense unless you read the first. I am slowly but surely building a story arc here, with book two being the rise towards the peak of the story between Tristan, Serena, and Lucan. I'm leaning towards the 100+ page mark for book 2. It's very hard to fit a year's worth of story and dialogue into a neat 100 pages and make it appear seamless. for the moment though, I have to breeze back out, as this book isnt going to write itself. I hope to have it at least finished by the end of this month, although I hate to even contemplate a potential release date. Have a great upcoming week and I will be back soon!