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I forgot about the pinky ring! (DWW to end)

I tried to prolong it, but once I got to the bus station, I just kept reading, all the way to the blown up van, burned charms, and cookout. You know, I think Rachel felt sorry for Frances at the end.

RIngAnd Trent? He is not a nice person here. Not at all. I personally didn’t like how callous he was, even knowing why he was doing this, and it really was my intent at this point to keep him the big-bad-beautiful to the end. I think it was when Al began to show up and take on that roll that I was able to start modifying Trent’s past and future actions so that they could be seen in two lights. He killed a man, but it was to save his species. Rachel thought he sent the demon to kill her, but we find out he was a fellow victim. He stole Rachel’s pinky ring, but he didn’t harm her when she was vulnerable. He is  honorable, but his moral compass is just a little . . . skewed right now. And that makes for an interesting character.

Just as a reminder, DWW is on sale until the 14th, and I’ll be having my own smaller give-away on Monday. More on what it is and how to enter tomorrow.

[DWW e-book outlets]


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Edden, one smart cookie (read-along to cp 29 inclusive)

Edden was one of those characters that, unlike Ceri or Kisten, was intentionally created to fulfill a need for the story. He is my contact to the FIB, my burly captain, somewhat stereotyped down to the loose tie and coffee stain on his lapel. And that was okay, because you know immediately who and what he is. There is no hidden plot, no ulterior motive. He is exactly who he appears to be, and in a cast of characters who have a hidden agenda, Edden is a much needed relief. That’s not to say he’s cardboard. Least, I never saw him that way.

But I can’t help but like the guy. He’s ex military, and frustrated with the bigotry in both the FIB and the IS. He just wants to get the bad guys, and when Ivy goes to talk to him, he goads her into getting herself jailed–just so he can talk to the witch who just survived a demon attack. He wants to use her, but he wants to use her to help his own department bring in the bad guys.

I just finished proofing a chapter in The Undead Pool where Rachel is invited to talk to a shift change meeting down at the FIB. Is the bigotry still there? Yep. It would be a true fairytale if it wasn’t. But she is there, too, and they listen to her. That feels pretty good to me.

As part of the read-along, the e-books will be going on sale as we discuss them. Dead Witch Walking is on sale right now. 🙂

And an early heads up. Harper is going to have two large give aways in conjunction with the read along, but I’ll have my own, smaller giveaways in between, one for each book. The first will be on Monday where I’ll give away three signed hard covers of Dead Witch Walking. More on how to enter, on Monday morning. Monday. Not now, Monday. (grin)


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Big Al (DWW read-along to cp 27)

I quit reading the day before yesterday because I wanted Al to have today’s post all to himself.

AlOh, my.

I’d forgotten how bad he could be. And I love him for it. Al was one of those beloved characters that I intended to trot on stage to move the story forward and up the stakes. In that aspect, Al did it in spades, not only in trying to kill Rachel, but doing it in a way that ripped her carefully constructed blindness aside and showed her fears bare to the world. He developed Rachel’s character in that one pivotal chapter. A walk on/walk off. And when that happened, I knew he was going to be there to the bitter, happy end.

I like Al. I like his insecurities, (that we don’t see here) his power and class (which we do) his bitter disregard and hatred that stem from his own brutal evaluation of himself (which you guys won’t see until the last couple books)

When he tore out Rachel’s neck, I had no idea of all these things, but I saw something in him, and I kept my thoughts close, letting unfold as he would.

He remains to this day one of my very favorite characters.

And I’m sorry, but I don’t have the name of the reader who drew this. She signed it, but I can’t read her signature. (head hits desk)


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N-n-n-nick (finished chapter 23)

DWWoldOh, the man I love to hate. Nick. He showed up in the rat fights quite unexpectedly, written in as a way to get Rachel out, and when I “saw” him for the first time, unafraid and curious, standing in Rachel’s kitchen, not afraid of either of them or the taint of possibly black magic, I was foolishly charmed enough to let him stay.

I really liked Nick when he first showed up. I though he was a great way to show that not all humans were scared or ignorant of magic. He was just a little too comfortable, I suppose. He was exactly what Rachel needed, and watching his character slowly de-evolve, or rather, Rachel’s understanding of him change, has been a trip.

Despite it all, Nick remains one of my favorite characters to write. Not because he’s bad, but because he’s determined, hard working, inventive, and smart. Kind of like Rachel.

The first of the Harper contests will be starting tomorrow. More about how to enter when their page goes live. 🙂

[Threaded chats at Goodreads]


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Why does Jenks wear red? Kim’s read-along answers

I read up to chapter 21 last night, forcing myself to stop after a very pleasant afternoon in Trent’s office–right before the rat fights.

Sara Jane, oh Sara Jane. Poor smart, industrious, Sara Jane, who sees the trap and has no choice. I named her after one of the Doctor’s companions, and a small amount of that original character’s plucky determination has leaked through into my Sara Jane.

And I still don’t like Jonathan.

JenksMarkRudeBut Jenks? It’s right about now that his character just begins to shine, and he is one of my favorites. I bristle when he’s given the name comic relief, because he’s so much more. He’s the one with the large family, mortgage, and no money. The one who’s put both enemies and failing children into the ground–the first with a casual nonchalance, the second with a long-standing grief. He has talents, a wife that he adores, and absolutely no secretes. He is everyman, and it’s the dichotomy of his ruthless savagery and smart-mouth commentary that make the four inches work.

But as for red?

The wearing of red as a symbol of good intent and free passage came right from my back yard watching the ruby throated humming birds at my feeder. Turning the warning symbol into one of good intent was a small step. Sort of like changing  growl and baring of teeth into a smile.

Thank you again, Mark, for the rendition of Jenks. Love this one!


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I read an extra chapter last night. I couldn’t help it. Kisten. OMGosh, I forgot we meet Kisten so darn early in the books. sigh. Just sigh. Kisten, of the leather jackets and sultry voice. Kisten of the velvet touch and dangerous lure. You were only supposed to be a warning to Rachel to be wary of vampires, to not touch, to stay back. And you fell in love. . .

I need a moment.

RachelTrentMarkRudeAnd we also meet Trent within those first 15 chapters, Trent, with his mysterious 20-5-1 scrolling screen saver. Can I say that it’s been almost a shock seeing him closed and secretive after working so intensively with him in the last two books. He’s changed. Changed a lot.  It took a long time because of his personality, but he finally opened up as to his fears, fears you can see in these first few pages if you know what’s coming. So I guess taking it slow with him was true to his character. Besides, we had Kisten to distract us.

I need another moment. sigh

The 20-5-1 screen saver is one of those things from me that made it into the books. It’s an old marketing term meaning from 20 cold calls, you will have 5 people interested, and 1 might buy. They were the words I lived by when I was trying to find publication, that if I just kept cleaning my work up and shopping it around, that eventually I’d find the one who would see what I did among the pages. They are still words I pin my goals to.  And yes, it’s my screen saver too, even to this day.

Thank you, Mark Rude, for the sketch of Trent and Rachel. It remains my favorite. (Mark did all the sketches of the characters in the HOLLOWS INSIDER)


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Give aways and read-alongs

My editor reminded me last night that they have stuff to give away to go along with the read along. (grin) I completely forgot. Each give away will be different, but they might include the Hollows Insider, hard covers of the title we’re focusing on, galleys . . . Who knows what Harper has in their closet? It should be fun.

[read along with Kim-follow link to the discussion page]

I think what we’re going to do is set aside one day, (I’m aiming for October 1st for the first give away for Dead Witch Walking) and everyone who posts or comments in the specified area will be in the running. Not yet. October 1st. I’ll tell you were to post for the contest later so I don’t get early posters.

FishInBowlSo, you might want to hold off on your questions to me until then.

As for me? I caught another fish from my pond this morning. Right now he’s sitting in a mixing bowl, warming up in my office before I slip him in with the rest. I’d left the net in the pond last night, and there he was this morning, sitting in it. Easiest fish I’d ever caught.


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