Life is weird. I was going to say funny, but weird is just a better adjective here. It’s Wednesday, which means you get a teaser from the Water prologue, which is posted here for you all. I also have another little peek ahead. Not at A Fall of Water, but at another upcoming book in the Elemental World.
Did I mention life is weird?
Sometimes the best laid plans go a little bit awry. And sometimes things you work really hard at fall apart, despite the best of intentions. Those of you who know me know that I’m a planner. (Well, at least in my writing; the rest of my life is up in the air.) I percolate a story. I timeline. I outline. I sketch. Blah, blah, blah. It’s really not all that interesting to readers, I know. But THEN I sit down and start writing. And usually, after all that planning, the writing part goes fairly fast.
But then, as I’ve said, life is weird.
My current work in progress is Carwyn’s book, which has the working title of Building from Ashes. It’s planned. It’s outlined. I know exactly what Carwyn’s story is, and how I want to tell it. In fact, up until the beginning of April, I was humming along with the writing. But then, life got really weird, which necessitated a move for my son and me back to Central California. Not a bad thing, necessarily. But unexpected and complicated.
And writing grinds to a halt.
Which is as it should be. Family is family and nothing trumps that. In the end, it’s all about family. But that also means that now that life is settling back into a new pattern, I’m having a hard time picking up the threads of this book and diving back in. I’m writing a little on a short story. I’m blogging a bit more. (For you fellow writers, I just put up a post over on my other site about the fine art of editing.) I’m outlining a new series I’m very excited about which explores shapeshifter mythology and is set in the American Southwest.
But I really want to finish Carwyn’s book! I love it. I love his story and his journey, which is so different from Gio and B’s. So, in order to give myself a kick in the pants, I’m posting a small teaser from the book in the hopes that your expectation and excitement can motivate me. It’s a tiny part that overlaps the prologue to Book Four, as a matter of fact, when Carwyn is in Cochamo. I’ll be posting more in the future, and hopefully that will prod me along with the writing part. But I know a lot of you Carwyn fans have been missing him. So take a look at a tiny part of Carwyn’s story, Building from Ashes. Leave me a comment if you like it. I hope you do.
A look ahead at Building from Ashes…
Valle de Cochamo, Chile
“Squeal in terror, tiny human.”
“Forget it, old man. You’re going down.”
“You are wildly optimistic for a loser.”
“Keep trash talking, it’ll just make it sweeter when I—what was that?” Ben’s mouth dropped open as he stared at Carwyn’s coin count shoot up.
“What was that? Where did those coins come from?”
“Catch up now, slow-poke.” Carwyn quickly punched in another cheat code, and his car shot forward.
“You’re cheating at Mario Kart! I thought you were supposed to be a priest!”
“Doesn’t mean I’m a good one.”
The young man was indignant. “Cheater!” Ben furiously pressed buttons to steer around the cars that had bunched up in front of him, but Carwyn only grinned as the checkered flag waved and electronic confetti sprinkled down across the screen. He stood, raising his arms in a victorious pose.
“And I am, again, the undefeated champion of—oof!” Ben tackled him from behind, but Carwyn only laughed and let him knock him to the floor.
“You’re such a cheater! Why do I even play with you?”
“Because I’m the only one here who doesn’t fry the equipment?”
Ben punched his arm and rolled off the giant vampire. Carwyn was still laughing and gasping for breath.
“Well, I’m not playing with you again unless it’s Resident Evil.”
“Oh,” Carwyn pouted. “You always win at that one.”
“Damn right, I do. I kick your ass at killing zombies.”
Isabel’s voice drifted in from the front porch. “Language, Ben.”
Ben rolled his eyes at her voice, but Carwyn tapped him on the back of the head, shaking his head and giving the boy a look. Isabel may have been the strictest of his children—and the most devout—but Carwyn wouldn’t put up with any disrespect from Giovanni’s nephew, who was staying with Isabel and Gus while Giovanni took care of Beatrice.
The quiet valley in South America had changed little in the previous hundred years. They still brought most things in by horse or boat. There were no roads and only a few tourists during the busy season, which they happened to be in the middle of. The balmy southern air of the valley brought travelers from the Northern Hemisphere to enjoy the rock-climbing, hiking, and horseback trails that still ran through the mountains. It was a pocket of wild in a rapidly changing world, and the perfect refuge for a close-knit clan of earth vampires. Giovanni Vecchio and his new wife, Beatrice De Novo, had become adopted members of the clan.
“Ben!” Isabel’s husband, Gustavo, called from outside. “Time to practice.”
The boy’s head fell back and he groaned. “Not wrestling again.”
Carwyn shoved him up. “Go. Practice. Or you’ll never hear the end of it from your aunt.”
The quick sadness flashed in the boy’s eyes. He hadn’t seen Beatrice in months, and Carwyn knew any reunion was still months away as Beatrice learned to control her blood-lust.
“Okay.” As always, Ben immediately complied when Beatrice was brought up. He dragged himself off the floor and stomped outside for his jiu jitsu lesson from Gustavo.
Like [giant spoiler removed, sorry people] Beatrice was a new vampire, and far too unpredictable and hungry to be safe around humans, even humans she loved. So Ben spoke to her on the radio phone a few times a week and saw his uncle at Isabel and Gus’s house for lessons. But Carwyn could tell that the boy was still lonely in the strange place. Luckily, he knew the time would fly.
For mortals, it always did.
And there’s a quick peek at Carwyn’s story. If I get some writing done on it this week, maybe I’ll give you another little teaser next week, too.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. Don’t forget that you can still enter to win an ARC of Book Four! Check out the details here. I haven’t had all that many entries yet.