Falling Into WIPpet Wednesday

Before I jump into this week’s WIPpet, I need to announce: Fall Into Fantasy banner 1 the brainchild of the incredibly creative Mara Valderran. It’s August, and that means Fall is upon us! To celebrate the cooler weather and keep your mind off any back to school blues, we’ve put together the Fall Into Fantasy Tour. This tour celebrates the wonderful fantasy books that you can dive into–right now!

But what’s a tour unless we are giving away free stuff? That’s right! Each week, we will be giving away some awesome prizes from the author being featured. And to wrap things up at the end of the promotion in December, we’re going to have a huge Facebook party all weekend long featuring these authors and more!

Want to get an idea of what is ahead? Check out the calendar below!

August 25th: The Darkness & Light series by K.L. Schwengel
September 1st: How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser
September 8th: The Undead: Playing for Keeps by Elsie Elmore
September 15th: The Enchanted Bookstore Legends by Marsha A. Moore
September 22nd: The Curse Merchant by JP Sloan
September 29th: The Ragnarok Prophecies by Ayden K. Morgan
October 6th: The Daath Chronicles by Eliza Tilton
October 13th: The Heirs of War series by Mara Valderran

October 20th: Salvation by James Wymore
October 27th: Strings by G. Miki Hayden
November 3rd: The Shadow Series by Anna Hub
November 10th: Between by Lisa Swallow
November 17th: Darkness Watching by Emma Adams
November 24th: Bound by Kate Sparkes
December 1st: The December People series by Sharon Bayliss
December 8th: The Disciple series by L. Blankenship
December 15th: Evensong by Krista Walsh

Don’t forget to join us at the Facebook party here! And be sure to check out these awesome blogs that will be hosting the tour for us:

Bilbo’s Book Ends
Katie’s Stories
Book Crazy Gals
Read Me
Kelly P’s Blog
SW Fairbrother

Want to get involved with the Fall Into Fantasy promotional tour?

  • If you are interested in joining up as a blogger, you can always sign up here. We are happy to welcome more bloggers into the fold.
  • If you are an author or blogger and want to sign up to help with the party, please fill out this form.
  • If you are an author that wanted to take part, be sure to add me on Twitter or Facebook to hear about the next promotion I plan! This won’t be the last. 🙂

As for ROW80…I pretty much fell on my face. EoD is not moving. That’s not good. After skimming through my assorted plot notes, I decided to start over. Yes, from the beginning – or near enough to the beginning to make no difference. An alternate beginning that I had discarded in favor of the one I have been fighting with. Maybe that will unstick me. Maybe that’s the actual road I should be on. Time to kill some darlings because, at this point, I’ve got nothing to lose.

And just where is Driev, you ask? Whee-ell…he’s been through a round of Betas. Been edited. Been smacked about a bit. And his reward? I’ve decided to try the traditional route with him. Why? Depends which day you ask me. Some days I have no idea. Others, it ranges from a sense of self-worth and validation, to the fact that I don’t have the amount of time needed to properly market The Lightness & Dark series, how can I add The Coinblade Chronicles to that? So far I’ve only queried two agents from the top of my list, my Dream Team. First was a prompt reject based on the query. The second was a request for a partial. HenceAramis is pretty excited that only the melon was blown away. several weeks ago. Although I didn’t totally splat when I received the rejection, I was bummed. As of this writing, the third query is out and I’m slaving away at the dreaded synopsis. I’ll go through my list of agents and then we’ll see…

Okay, on to the real reason for posting on Wednesday…the WIPpet. Today, 20 sentences (plus or minus because that brings us to the end of this section) from How Not To Buy A Dragon. Everything that came before is still here. Last week, if you recall, we ended with talk of golden nuggets, and Janni deciding to invite Dachus to stay for dinner. This week, she continues on with her…planning.

“Sit him between Radorth and Dale.” Better and better.

Fiona waggled a wooden spoon at her. “You’re up to no good, Janni. You should just kill the poor man and be done with it. Hang his nuggets from the rafters as a warning to others if that makes you happy.”

“Much too quick. This will be more entertaining and–” she held up a hand to stop Fiona’s objection “–will hopefully teach him a very valuable lesson. One that he can take back to where he came from.”

“The Proupunua’s private court, I believe you said.” Fiona frowned. “You are familiar with the dangers in poking a bear with a sharp stick, are you not?”

“Pah! A bear is nothing compared to a dragon.”

“And did he poke a dragon?”

Janni wedged her fists onto her hips. “He poked me. One in the same.”

Fiona sighed and shook her head. She turned back to her cooking. “As you will, Master Jannis. As you will.”

Don’t forget to visit the other WIPpeteers to see what they’re cooking up by following the linky in the sidebar. Anyone’s welcome to join in the fun. Come back Monday and join in Fall Into Fantasy.


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  1. An enticing excerpt. I want more! I’ll go check out your published works 🙂

  2. I hope Driev finds someone who appreciates him. *grumble*


  3. Gosh, you’re brave. I am crossing all ten fingers and all ten toes (ok, not literally, as I’m typing right now). Good luck in your quest for an agent.

    I like this story more and more. Janni is quickly becoming one of my favorite people. I adore her spirit. More, please! 🙂

    • Thanks, Amy, though I don’t know if ‘brave’ is the right word. Nuts might be more like it. Absolutely over the edge, whack, crazy…

      I’m glad you like Janni. More…um…sure…at least another Wednesday or two. Then?

  4. Another funny scene. Really enjoying this non-project! *g*

    One sentence I stumbled over: “Janni wedged her fists onto her hips.” The use of “wedged” struck me as odd, I guess.

    • I think I picked ‘wedged’ because I thought it more fit her personality. She didn’t just put her fists on her hips, she has a way of forcefully lodging them there, as though to make her point. But, definitely worth another look when it gets that far. *cough* If, I mean. If it gets that far.

  5. Good luck on the agent quest! I think we’ve all been there at one time or another, and it sucks. Just royally sucks. I very promptly got my first rejection too, within like 15 minutes of sending the query or something ridiculous. I feel your pain. I loved the excerpt though. Janni is one of my favorite characters. So spunky.

    • I tried to agent FOHK and didn’t get so much as a nibble. I’m not 100% sure of why I’m trying this route again. I waver. But, I’ll go through my list of agents and then move on if need be. Flexibility and all that.

  6. Fingers crossed on your agent queries!!! I also was promptly rejected by one that I recently queried. Sigh.
    Great excerpt! I can’t wait for another encounter between Janni and Dachus.

    • Thanks! It’s one of those roller coaster ride things. I love being in the front seat but it sure messes with your head. 😉

      There will be an encounter next week. I guarantee it.

  7. I do hope you manage to get EoD sorted and written soon Kathi. I want to know what happens!!

    Nice excerpt too. Jannis is being merciful then? I’d hate to see her when she’s really cross! 😉

    • Thanks, Elaine! I hope I get it sorted out soon as well. I don’t know why it’s being so stubborn. I know what has to happen, I just can’t seem to find the right way to get there. I’m overthinking. I just know it.

      Oh, yes, Janni crossed is…well…she lives with dragons, you know.

  8. Hang the what from the what? I’m screaming with laughter. This story is growing on me. I like the strong, flip dialogue. <3

  9. Wow, go you with all the promo! I need to get my butt in gear when it comes to promo as well. Sigh. I’m totally psyched about you going the traditional route with Driev! Best of luck!! I’ve been querying agents for a nonfiction history project and I keep getting “what a great idea but I have to reject you.” Grrrr. Keep on keeping on, though!

    As always, wonderful excerpt! Your heroines are always so fiesty and your dialogue is so evocative. You’re aces!

    • Thanks, Xina. 🙂 It’s not one of the fun aspects of being a writer, is it? Trying to sell a child of your soul on just a few words. How can they ever get the depth and breadth of it. *sigh* And promo…yeah…I am so bad about that. I have all sorts of ideas, just the time to implement them is never all it should be.

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  11. That looks epic! I submitted my blog to the tour…hope I can help out somehow!

    • Thanks, Mariella!! That’s awesome. I hope people enjoy it. Looks like quite a few books I’ll have to add to my TBR list now. 🙂

  12. I love the excerpt, and also the querying of Driev. You just need to weed out the agents who aren’t tough enough to handle him, is all….

    And Janni….oh, do I delight in Janni! =D

    • The hardest thing about pitching Driev to agents is his complexity, and the story’s complexity. How do you boil all that down to just a few hooky sentences?

      I like Janni, too. *growls* So much for her being ‘not a project’.

      • I see what you mean. But maybe the answer is in focusing on the complexities, and the way Driev and his life are both knotted up in a hopeless tangle.

        If one is the metaphor for the other – or something like that….

        I think Janni is sure that she’s a project. Whether you or Dachus like it, or not!

  13. Ooo! A blog tour! Sounds like fun. 🙂

    I’m kinda bummed your going trad on Driev. He’s got such an independent spirit, it seems like he belongs among the indies. But, you’ve gotta do what you feel is best. 🙂

    I do so love a clever character with tricks up his/her sleeve for the tormenting of other characters. *pops popcorn, settles onto the couch-substitute with eager expression* Okay. I’m ready. Keep going.

    • Trust me, ReGi, it is one of those decisions I mull over several times a day. Especially when waiting for replies from queries. Part of me just doesn’t feel that I can do Driev justice in getting him out there, getting people to notice and love him as I do. He’s my favorite bit of writing to this point. Well, Fletch from Greylands is very dear to my heart as well. I don’t know that the traditional route will do him justice, but they have more tools I think, than I feel like I have at the moment. Although, the thought of him languishing for years is one of the main things that keeps poking at me to stop the search and move forward with releasing him via Indie channels.

  14. Trying to promote yourself as a writer… whether it’s for a solitary book to an agent or as the publisher of your own works is daunting. Seriously daunting… as in, I know I’ve switched writing projects for fear of being to close to having to try to promote the story before because it was SO daunting….

    So I’m in awe that you’re going at this with the energy you are.

    And Janni… at least she didn’t ask Fiona to deep fry those nuggets.

    • Marketing is the toughest thing of all. There’s a fine line between beating people over the head with BUY MY BOOK and just letting them know it’s out there. And I’m terrible at marketing. I get loads of ideas. Implementing them…well, that’s another matter altogether.

      Hmm…fried nuggets…

  15. Best of luck with the querying! I hope Driev gets out into the big wide world soon!

    I’m almost feeling a little bit sorry for Daines based on this excerpt (almost). It sounds like there are hijinks on the agenda!

  16. Very amusing! This sounds like it will be an entertaining read. 😀

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