The Tuesday Tease – A Little Change

Well, I know I’ve been sharing blips of my current-work-in-process, Return to Walandra, BUT I’ve fallen prey to something I’m sure most writers do… I got distracted and pulled away to another project.

While I plan to finish writing Return to Walandra, the ‘voices’ have temporarily gone silent because of the ‘voices’ for my first attempt at writing a movie screenplay are screaming in my head. LOL

Sacrificing Souls is from my Paranormal/Horror Halloween blog short story from a couple of years ago. I had always thought it could make a great ‘scare-fest’ on the big screen, so I thought why not put it into a screenplay, right?

Of course, there was one little problem… I’ve never written a screenplay.  So, I took the plunge. I purchased Final Draft and started watching YouTube videos on how to make this dive into unfamiliar waters without drowning. LOL

Wow, talk about a completely different way of writing!  One thing I’m happy about is I’ve always written LOTS of dialogue in my books, so at least I’m one step ahead there.

So, in the spirit of The Tuesday Tease, I thought I’d share some of my screenplay with you as I go through a first edit. I’m sure there will be SEVERAL more edits. LOL

I wasn’t able to make it look exactly the way it does in Final Draft, but this will give you an idea of what I’m doing. As my fellow authors will see, writing a screenplay is a WHOLE  different animal. LOL

This is a scene from Sacrificing Souls:

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The WORN wheels on the dolly RUB against the metal frame, SQUEAKING LOUDLY with each rotation. Frank enters the kitchen. He walks toward the corner by the exit to the back porch.

The temperature in the room suddenly drops, showing each breath Frank takes. Pushing the dolly to the corner, Frank SENSES an unseen presence. Beads of sweat appear on his forehead, in spite of the cold.

Frank STOPS and glances around the room. Dread is on his face. Frank unclasps the strap around the boxes.

DEEP SINISTER VOICE

You shall be another sacrifice.

Frank FREEZES in place, his eyes wide with fear.

FRANK (quivering)

Who–Who said that?

DEEP SINISTER VOICE (evil laughter)

Frank looks around the room. His face is ASHEN and his body TREMBLES.

FRANK

You–you– you’re not real. I–I–I’m just letting m–m–my imagine g–g–getting the best of me.

Frank lifts the first box and sets it next to the wall.

DEEP SINISTER VOICE (louder evil laughter)

Frank picks up two of the boxes and stacks them by the first. He reaches for the last two boxes. His vision becomes blurry.

FRANK (groans)

With both hands, Frank frantically RUBS his eyes.

DEEP SINISTER VOICE

Your death will be thought as an accident, but you will know the truth.

SMASH CUT TO:

Flames fill the room. The intense heat of the flames GLOWS. The metal cabinet handles and the appliances on the countertop are BUBBLING and MELTING. Frank STUMBLES backward, tripping over one of the kitchen table chairs. Holding out his hands, Frank watches the flesh melt away, leaving only bone.

FRANK (agonizing groans)

The fire grows until his entire body is trapped in the flames. His body THRASHES, as the flames consume his flesh. Frank is on the verge of MADNESS. He opens his mouth to CRY OUT when in a FLASH of bright light, THE ROOM AND HE RETURN TO NORMAL.

Frank quickly sets the last two boxes next to the others and RUSHES out of the kitchen, pushing the dolly, its wheels SQUEAKING LOUDLY.

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I hope you enjoyed the tease from my first screenplay.  While this is a whole new learning curve for me, I must confess that I’m having a blast!

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This is how I envision the mansion. WGA Registration Number: 1944758

 

 

The Tuesday Tease – Week 4

Here’s some more fun from Return to Walandra: Book 2 – The Dragon’s Blood Key

cover 2 for return to walandra 1Donna and Steve leaned forward and looked closer at the stone.  It was quite beautiful, but upon closer inspection, they noticed a spark of light glowing from its center.

“I don’t understand.  I’ve seen this necklace around her neck for months, but I don’t remember it glowing like this,” Donna reached up to touch the stone.

“It is glowing now to give her the strength she needs to stop the Evil Queen in her plan to destroy Walandra.  We are on the verge of a great battle, and I fear many will not survive,” King Ashlym’s voice was firm and unyielding.

 

The Tuesday Tease – Week 3

Here’s another tease for Return to Walandra. Enjoy!

cover 2 for return to walandra 1“Demlins are dark, evil creatures that live in the Land of Shadows.  These two are servants of Alona and were sent here to earn Cassy’s trust so they could use her to destroy the Royal family.”  Keira glanced at Cassy and gave her a knowing look.

“Oh, no, is Frier okay?  They haven’t harmed him, have they?”  Cassy’s heart ached at the idea of Frier in the hands of Alona.

“No, he’s safe for now, but if we don’t stop Alona, I fear the entire Royal family will be lost.”  Keira did not want to frighten Cassy, but it was important she knew the truth.

“I don’t understand.  What does this all have to do with Cassy?”  Steve cleared his throat, trying to calm his nerves.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s teaser from Return to Walandra. If you haven’t read book 1, it’s available on Amazon for only $2.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited.

 

The Tuesday Tease – Week 2

Last week I began a series of post with a few chapters of my current work-in-process. Return to Walandra is the sequel to The Dragon’s Blood Key. Here is this week’s tease:

cover 2 for return to walandra 1“Stop fighting,” David growled in a low and menacing tone as he tried to regain his grip on her.

“Cassy, what’s happening to me.  I feel strange,” Melissa cried out.

“Let her go!” Cassy shouted as she reached for Melissa again.

“Stop fighting, and I promise she will wake up in her bed safe and sound.”  David wrapped his arm around Cassy’s waist when suddenly an agonizing pain shot through him.  “What have you done to me?”

“Look at her eyes, they’re green!” Ralph shouted.  “Come on, we need to go before it’s too late.”

A burning rage built up from deep inside Cassy as she reached for Melissa again.  “Melissa, take my arm!”

It was then Cassy realized Melissa appeared transparent.  “Melissa, please look at me.”

“Stop wasting our time,” David grabbed Cassy again, but this time the pain he experienced from her touch knocked him back several steps.

“Leave her!  We’ll take her sister, that way she’ll come to us,” Ralph yelled as he faded away as well.

Realizing he had no choice, David released his hold on Cassy.

“I will see you soon, Champion,” his laughter filled the air as the three of them disappeared.

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It’s getting exciting now. Come back next week for another Tuesday Tease.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s teaser from Return to Walandra. If you haven’t read book 1 it’s available on Amazon for only $2.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited.

 

The Tuesday Tease: Week 1

I have been neglecting my blog for some time. With other projects and the everyday events of life, consuming all my time this little blog has been shoved to the side. Well, I decided it was time to show my blog some attention.

Between some of the crazy things I’ve been doing the last few months, I’ve somehow managed to squeeze in some time to work on the sequel to The Dragon’s Blood Key: Return to Walandra.

This story holds a special place in my heart. The morning I woke up a couple of years ago with a wild story about Dragons and magical creatures burning in my mind, it opened a whole new writing experience for me.

I had been one to write dark, twisted thrillers, so I must admit the desire to write a YA Fantasy came as quite a surprise to me. That morning, I climbed out of my bed, sat in front of my handy laptop computer and to my surprise two weeks later I had written The Dragon’s Blood Key. I must admit it was a crazy two weeks. My husband was still driving over-the-road, so I was home alone.

I barely slept, I even forgot to eat (which wouldn’t hurt me to do more often. LOL), but it didn’t matter; the voices in my head had a story to tell, so I was held captive.

I must confess the voices haven’t been so chatty with the sequel. They have come to me in bursts. However, as I sit at my laptop, I find myself amazed how so many questions posed in the first book are somehow answered in the second one. I didn’t know there were even questions while writing the first book, but as the voices dictate this next story to me, I find sub-plots filling in the gaps. If you are a writer, I know you’ll understand what I mean. LOL

So, back to the reason for this post. I decided to begin a series of posts titled: The Tuesday Tease. Each Tuesday I will share a few paragraphs of my current work-in-process. While I hope you will enjoy the posts and look forward to the book’s release, I’m also open to suggestions. Writing is a growing adventure, so I feel input from others can be a benefit. Just remember, this is unedited so you may see issues the editor will find later. Okay, let’s get started…

Here is the book trailer video for The Dragon’s Blood Key

Isn’t that a fun video? It sets the mood perfectly for this exciting story. Now that I have your attention, here’s a taste of book 2.

Return to Walandra: Book 2 – The Dragon’s Blood Key

The morning sun shone brightly over the mountains to the east as Frier returned to the castle.  The feel of the sun on his wings and the wind on his face was comforting, yet it was unable to help him forget the pain in his heart for even the briefest moment.  Since Cassy had returned to her realm, Frier had spent many nights at Roupert’s hut deep in the forest, hoping to force the memory of her from his mind.  He knew it was wrong of him to leave the palace, but it was the only place where he could find peace.

While walking to his chambers, Frier heard a voice from behind him.

“Good morning, son.  It’s nice to see you looking well this morning.  Did you have a nice flight?”  Queen Privlana had worried about Frier since Cassy returned to her realm.  It seemed he would stay to himself far too often, and then vanish for days at a time.

“Good morning, Mother.  Yes, it was quite enjoyable.”  He turned to meet her gaze.

“Your father has been looking for you.  He has important business to discuss.”  The Queen knew this was not welcome news by the expression on Frier’s face.

“I’m sorry; where is he?”  Frier hoped this discussion was not the one he had been trying to avoid over the last few weeks.  He was in no mood to hear of royal responsibilities and other such things.

Privlana saw the dread in Frier’s eyes.  She understood the feelings he had for Cassy, but she had hoped over time he would come to grips with them and somehow find the strength to move on.  “He waits for you in the Conference Room.  The generals are discussing some distressing reports.  He needs you to join them as soon as you can.”

Frier had hoped he could take more time to become acquainted with the Royal responsibilities, but it looked as though he was mistaken.  “Thank you, Mother.  I will join them now.”

Queen Privlana’s heart broke as she watched Frier walk away with his shoulders slumped. It was as though the weight of their kingdom rested upon the young Prince.

“I’m so sorry for your pain, my son.  To give your heart in love only to say goodbye is a pain no Dragon should be forced to endure.”  Privlana whispered, fighting the anguish stirring in her heart.

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s tease from Return to Walandra. If you haven’t read book 1, it’s available on Amazon for only $2.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited.

Goodbye 2017

Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s nearly time to say goodbye to 2017. It really was a year full of exciting events for me as a writer.  From working with first-time authors to get their book ready for readers to enjoy, to branching out into new and exciting ventures, 2017 has been an interesting year indeed.

for facebookI wasn’t able to finish any new books of my own this year, but I was thrilled when my Christmas Novella, Saying Goodbye won GOLD for its beautiful cover. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend you get the FREE download on Amazon. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

As the last hours of 2017 tick away, my heart fills with hope for the coming new year. I have several books waiting for me to finish writing them. The second installment of Dragon’s Blood Key, Return to Walandra has been patiently waiting, as well as my paranormal thriller, 4.  I had started working on a new series titled Malora Danning which is the story of a woman from a secret real with magical powers. I must admit it’s going to be a lot of fun writing this one. Then as the Christmas Spirit took hold of me, the idea for another Christmas Novella popped into my mind.  It’s a shame I just can’t plug my brain into a laptop and have it write the stories swimming around in there. LOL

So, as we enter the new year I wish you all nothing but health, happiness, and success in everything you do. I also pray you have a wondrous 2018, and may all your dreams come true.

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It’s Christmas Time!

I LOVE this time of the year with the bright and cheery decorations, the yummy baked goodies, and of course, all the feel-good Hallmark Christmas Movies.  As I look back over this year I can’t believe everything that’s happened.  Our children and grandchildren are all happy and healthy, we added two little rescue pups to our family, we had to say goodbye to two loved-ones, and my hubby is still the love of my life and writing muse.  Yes, I truly am blessed.

for facebookI do have some exciting news to share.  My novella, Saying Goodbye: The Christmas Gift won GOLD in the 2017 AUTHORSdb cover contest.  How cool is that?  I’ve never entered any competition for my writing, so this was quite exciting for me.  If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it as a FREE download on Amazon.  It’s received a handful of rave reviews, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. 

I’m currently working on another Christmas novella. I don’t know if I’ll have it ready for this year, but it’s going to be a great story that will make you cry tears of joy and sorrow.

So, decorate your tree, bake those favorite yummies, and spend this magical season with those you love… MERRY CHRISTMAS!

bob and me rockin tree

What happened to Christmas?

Where has 2017 gone?  It seems like it was just yesterday when I was taking down our Christmas tree and packing up all the decorations.  When I went to the store the other day the shelves were filled with decorations for Christmas, alongside those for Halloween.  Whatever happened to letting each holiday have its own time???

I long for the days when Christmas did not officially begin until the day after Thanksgiving.  We all enjoyed the playfulness of Halloween.  Then we moved on to Thanksgiving and beloved family gatherings.  Then and ONLY then it was time for the Christmas season.  Yes, the Christmas season.  Not this watered-down, several months long thing the retailers have created and forced on us.  I understand businesses want to make money.  I have no problem with that. However, I believe putting Christmas items out WEEKS before Halloween is a bit much.

How are we supposed to enjoy each unique time?  None are allowed to stand out, to be thoroughly experienced before moving on to the next.  Call me old-fashioned, but I enjoyed the feeling of magic and wonder during December.  I loved shopping for gifts and seeing the decorations lighting up homes and stores.  I miss feeling the excitement in the air as each day brought us closer to Christmas eve and day.

I don’t know if I’m the only one who feels this way, but I’m sure I’m not.  I, for one, refuse to allow those grinches in merchandising to steal my Christmas spirit.  So many have forgotten or never experience the true wonder of the Christmas season. I only pray we can find the magic again.

Now that Halloween is behind us, we move on to Thanksgiving…