WIPpet Wednesday, Book Tours, and Nefarious Plans

As it turns out, fellow WIPpeteer Adrian Smith has a Book Tour taking place for the release of her book Forever Burn. I missed the boat on officially signing up, but I hear there’s a Rafflecopter giveaway going on, and if you’d like to read a review and a bit more about Forever Burn, wander on over to Sarah Hart’s Blog.


More news: I have it on good authority, the wonderful Kourtney Heintz (whose interview of me will post April 7th) is planning to review Emergence tomorrow. There have been quite a few good comments regarding Emergence this week, which really helps make up for some of the daily crap I’ve been dealing with. I especially like these kinds of tweets:

tweetEvil plans for my characters?? Moi? *tries to appear sweet and innocent* *epic fail* Mwahahahahahahaha!

So, moving right along. That brings us to today’s WIPpet. No complicated math this week. For the 2nd day of April, two paragraphs from CBC in which Driev attempts to impart some of his vast *cough* wisdom to Gylan, aka ‘the boy’.

“Gylan…” I looked away, shaking my head. I had no idea what I wanted to say, or why I felt the need to say anything. I should have been on my way out instead of bandying words with a snot-nosed boy. “Look, I’m sorry I frightened you. I’m not a nice man, you’re right in thinking that, but not everyone who shows you a friendly smile is trustworthy. Sometimes they hold out their hand just to use it against you. I’ll never do that to you. Truth, I don’t give a rat’s balls if you like me or not. I don’t want to be your friend. But there’s going to come a time you’ll need to trust me. I’ve never lied to you, have I?”

He shook his head, his face scrunched in thought.

For a character who wasn’t even in the first drafts of this tale, Gylan sure has taken over. I’m just as helpless as Driev is where that boy is concerned. *shakes head* In case you’re interested in what inspires me while I’m working on CBC, who I would cast, what music reminds me of the characters, quotes, and any other assorted visuals, visit the ever-growing Coinblade Chronicles Pinterest Board.  If you have any suggestions for the board, images or songs that put you in mind of Driev and his world, feel free to pass them along. The same holds true of First of Her Kind and Emergence ~just visit The Darkness & Light Series Pinterest Board.

I’m hoping…ho-ping…to have this tale finished by the end of May. Sooner would be better, but we shall see. Anywho, I’ll be looking for a few folks to read and shred. If you’re interested, let me know.

And with that, a bit of music that always puts me in mind of Driev, sadly enough.

“All the times
That I’ve cried
All this wasted
It’s all inside
And I feel
All this pain
Stuffed it down
It’s back again
And I lie
Here in bed
All alone
I can’t mend

~ Staind Outside


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  1. I feel bad for that kid. I get what Driev is saying, but the little guy needs some kindness and affection. Love the tension between their needs/wants and personalities that you’ve shown so far.

    Also, poor Fallon. It’s gonna be rough. 🙂

    (Thanks for the reminder that I haven’t put any music on my pinterest boards yet. And nice pics!)

  2. I wonder what it is that draws kids to gruff people. It’s not just a story trope—I see it in real life, too. That’s got to be kind of draining on the poor kid, though.

    • Maybe it’s because kids can sense what people are really like, despite the outer mask they wear? Poor Gylan has it tough, but he comes out of it all right. 🙂

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Pinterest board!!!
    Great excerpt! I can see you writing a book from Gylan’s perspective.

  4. You can’t fool us with that innocent look. Especially now that I’m more than half way through it.

    Great excerpt!

  5. *snorts* snot-faced boy! lol I’m with Amy, but I think I know what it is that draws kids to gruff people. I like the contrast in the two characters. =P

  6. Oh, Driev you gorgeous cynical bastard, you. I’m loving him more every week! And of course Gylan would worm his way into Driev’s heart! He sees the boy’s innocence and is reminded of his former self … or so is my rather presumptuous take on the situation.

    Congrats on the great Emergence tweets! Go you! Hope your week gets better. *hugs*

    • “Gorgeous, cynical bastard” I’m laughing out loud at that. I’m thinking someone may have to call him that somewhere along the line.

  7. I wonder if kids are drawn to these types of people because they want the truth too. I’m not sure, but it seems this character is straightforward which may help this kid out in the long run. Either way, nice excerpt here. I really enjoyed it!:)

  8. Short but sweet — great snippet. 🙂 And great song. I have a song from Staind on my IPod, must get this one too.

    Good luck on getting the book done on schedule! I’d be happy to be a beta reader for Driev’s story for you.

    • Thanks, Ruth. I’ve found a couple Staind songs that could apply to this particular WIP. They have a very distinctive sound.

      You are on the shredding list for CBC. Thanks so much!

  9. Looking forward to what Kourtney has to say. I loved her review of the first book, I thought she was spot on. 🙂

  10. Gylan should definitely be weary of nice people. You’re writing this after all. 😉

  11. Huh. I’m not sure I’ve seen much of that “kids are drawn to gruff people” thing in real life, myself, and I’ve worked with kids of varying backgrounds and abilities for 20 years.

    Anyway, that’s not the point. I DO think this is a great excerpt. I like that Driev is direct. Lying to kids never helped anyone, that I know of.

    • I don’t know about ‘gruff’. I’m not exactly a warm, fuzzy person. Not outgoing. Tend to be quite reserved around folks I don’t know. And–even though I’ve taught pre-k, and worked with kids from 5-12–I’m not really a ‘kid’ person. Yet the little buggers seem fascinated by me, even though I do my darndest to not make eye contact. 😉

      But, back to the excerpt…Driev is often direct to a fault. He really doesn’t have a lot of experience with kids in general, and his childhood was nothing anyone would want, so he approaches kids like they’re little adults. When he’s not trying to avoid them altogether, that is.

  12. I think kids are drawn to people who don’t lie to them. Most adults do, in many ways, as a means of controlling them (information is power, and, sadly, many grown-ups want to keep the power to themselves).

    Maybe it’s less the gruffness that kids are attracted to, but the honesty – people who are gruff might be more likely to be truthful…

    I tend to attract children. I’m not gruff, but I treat children as people, and I think kids really pick up on that.

    I would love to be on the list! Oh, Driev, I’m coming for youuuuuu! =)

    Yeah, I do have a Pinterest page. I guess I should go look at it again sometime….

    • See my response to ReGi.

      I will put you on my list. Or, more precisely, Driev’s list. 😉 Thanks much.

      I was skeptical of Pinterest for a long time. I’ve come to rely on it for keeping track of things now. Very handy little beast it’s turning into.

  13. I think Driev’s directness is something that I like in him too… like, yeah, he’s a bit of a dick sometimes, but he makes that pretty clear to you from the outset, so it’s not like you can’t say you haven’t been warned. Also, just looking at your CBC Pinterest board, I agree with all your casting choices for him. Richard Armitage particularly, because reasons, but the others are mighty good choices, too.

  14. Sorry you’ve had so many things to deal with. Ugh! I loved Emergence. Had to showcase it on my blog this month. 🙂 Hugs!

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