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October Horror Writing Prompt #23 – Graveyard pt 6

I’m wondering if I should start calling this something other than Graveyard. It’s obviously turning into a little story all its own, and I can’t seem to help myself from writing more. While the ghost isn’t Kit’s boyfriend (yet), I think that I’m setting the scene for just that. I can’t wait to see where this goes… and I can’t wait to see where you guys took the prompt!

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I had a lot of things to think about as Michael drove us to the house. The fact that my friends were still with me was actually a little shocking. It wasn’t that I’d expected them to abandon me… but I’d actually explained what was going on. I’d told them everything about myself, finally. I had expected disbelief, shock, name calling even. What I hadn’t expected was for Alex to throw her arms around me in a hug.

“Oh, Kit. I always knew there was something going on. I’m glad you told us now.”

I’d always been afraid of what would happen if I told anyone about my abnormality. There were so many things about me, so many parts of my life that no one knew about. Suddenly, Michael and Kit were there, in my inner sanctum. They were looking my particular brand of crazy straight in the eye and they weren’t running away.

It meant more to me than I thought it ever could have.

There were questions as we drove – how long had I been able to do this. Had I ever seen anyone that we knew personally, could I do anything else ‘cool’. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I could do anything else… up until today, I’d never thought I could make contact with some creepy demon and see the last moments of a ghost. Perhaps it was the demon’s influence that made the latter possible? I wasn’t sure. I answered their questions as best I could, but I found myself opening the book again and again. There were inscriptions that I couldn’t understand, images, diagrams. I could only tell that the book radiated some kind of wicked power. I didn’t want to look at it – every time I caught myself doing so, there was a snicker from the back of my mind. I slammed the book shut more times than I could count, but still I was always drawn back to it.

Finally, we made it to the house. My heart was beating violently, so that I could taste my pulse on the back of my throat like some wicked candy. I didn’t want to go in there, but I knew that if I didn’t get answers… bad things were going to happen to me. I didn’t want to end up buried alive and a slave to some demon.

You can’t always get what you want.

   My mouth quirked in a scowl. I didn’t want that thing talking in my head, let alone sinisterly singing lyrics to a song like it was a modern thing. I shook my head and hopped out of the car before Michael had even had time to turn the engine off. I was nearly running to get to the door – I didn’t care that this was a condemned place. It was off limits to anyone but the owners… and no one had ever really figured out who they were. I hadn’t heard of anyone brave enough to come in here, and if they had, they weren’t talking about what they’d seen.

I was biting my lower lip so hard that I could taste the coppery tang of blood. My hand went to the doorknob and I yanked. Surprising to me and my friends, it opened easily. The darkness of the house beckoned, but what stopped me in my tracks was a soft, accented voice as I stepped through the door.

“I was wondering when that monster was going to find someone else to devour. What a pity, you’re such a pretty one.” My head snapped to the side. There was a boy standing there, dark wavy hair and silver eyes. I knew that he was a ghost, but I could feel my pulse race. He was, without a doubt, the most handsome man that I’d ever seen, dead or alive.

“What do you know about the demon?” Once I swallowed my heartbeat, I could form a coherent sentence. If he knew something about what was happening to me, maybe he could help? There was something about the way that he dressed and spoke that told me he wasn’t from any era I’d witnessed. Older… much older… but there was a grin to his lips that told me he’d been around to see it all.

So, there it is. I’ll see you all tonight for my accountability post! Until then, keep reading and writing!
Author Amanda McCormick
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October Horror Prompt, Day 3 – These Things

So, this particular prompt really sparked my imagination… to the point that this little snippet might turn into a full blown short story or even a novel. Maybe this will be my NaNoWriMo idea, who knows! I hope you guys enjoy, and I can’t wait to see what you came up with!

These Things

These are the things I no longer wish to understand: my real father is not of this world, and I am part of a scheme for the actual Armageddon. My mother waited until she was on her death bed to tell me this… and she waited until she was on her death bed to tell me why she was dying.

When one makes a pact with a demon to have a child, there are prices and consequences. Her life was forfeit on the day of my eighteenth birthday – her life to give me mine. Her life to fuel the powers that are now coursing through my body. It was the strangest thing. I saw the light fade out of her eyes in a very literal fashion, and as it did so it pooled from her body and spilled into mine. It felt for a moment as though my veins were on fire, and my heart was going to thunder out of my chest. The pain felt like a living, breathing thing trying to crawl its way out of my chest. It erupted from my lips in an unearthly scream – my body fell forward and all of that pain spilled out of my palms in a white hot streak of agony.

The bed caught fire.

The flames were not of this world. They burned black, and hotter than anything I’d ever felt before. My palms felt like the flesh was melting away, but they didn’t burn. I stumbled back, watching those flames envelop my mother’s body. In a burst of acrid air, she caught fire and burned away within seconds. I stumbled forward, crying out… but by the time my hands reached out to touch her, she was gone. In her place was a black glassine stone. It was hot to the touch when I picked it up… but I couldn’t just leave it there. It was all that I had left of her.

These are the things I no longer wish to understand. The dark and burning power inside of me is meant to set the world ablaze, and if the demon who is my father ever finds me, he will do everything within his power to make sure that I serve my purpose. I am on the run from the very shadows themselves…

These are the things I no longer wish to understand.

I hope you enjoyed, and until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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October Horror Writing Prompts – Day 1 Prompt

So, as promised, I’m going to start posting writing prompts for the month of October that have to do with horror! Whether you’re doing it to get your engines revved for NaNoWriMo like me, or just to challenge yourself, I’m glad to see you here!

For this first prompt, I wanted to leave people with as much freedom as possible, so I found a list! I might end up using other prompts from this list later in the month, but for this first day I wanted everyone to have freedom to do what inspired them! So, pick something from this list! If you write a prompt, please source back to me so that I can read it! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! (Image found on google search)

Good luck and great writing everyone! I’ll post my response tonight!

Author Amanda McCormick

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A Thought for October

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I had a fun thought for October, and I certainly wouldn’t mind for people to join in with me! I want to do 31 Days of Horror Writing Prompts! That’s right, the supernatural, the scary, the all and all creepy… I want to do writing prompts for those things! In preparation for NaNoWriMo (Ah, November is so close), I thought it would be a good idea to get my writing schedule back on track. Doing a daily prompt with such a fun theme will be the perfect day to do it!

So! Let me know if you want to join in! I’ll post the prompt early in the morning and my response later that night! Either way, I can’t wait to hear your responses!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

Posted in A Night of Writing Dangerously, Creative WRiting, fantasy, fantasy romance, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Writer, Writing

Porcelain and Cerulean (Writing Blurb)

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“I would dream sometimes, though I did not admit it to myself. I would look across the Dead Lands and see the glimmer of the Cerulean City in the sky like some star. I would wonder what you were doing, how you were doing… and I would see in my mind the way things would have been if I had simply come into the birthright that was bestowed upon me. I wondered what it would be like to be at your side, watching you grow, protecting you.” A bitter laugh escaped him, “I imagined you as some beautiful thing, porcelain and cerulean.

An excerpt from Cerulean Darkness. 

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Storm Siren by Mary Weber Book Ponderings

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Storm Siren by Mary Weber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. That’s honestly all that I can say about this book. Astoundingly amazing. (I received a copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.) And can I say that I am so thankful to have gotten a copy?

“”I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth—meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.” – From the BookLook Bloggers website.

Okay, let me just say, first of all.. that I am not spoiling anything about this novel. You need, need, NEED to pick up a copy of it. It’s amazing. The character progression and development is one of the most astounding things that I’ve encountered in some time.

Honestly, it’s rare that a novel can really shock me, really have twists and turns that I didn’t guess, but this novel did just that. The writing is so enchantingly and amazingly done that I can do nothing other than to bow down to the author’s ability to spin the written word and stare in awe. The language is gorgeous, the descriptions breathtaking… all and all, the level of writing is something that I can completely appreciate and find myself studying. Written in first person, I really and truly felt like I was seeing the entire story from the eyes of Nym, our main character.

Honestly, as far as the characters go? Spot on! From Breck and Colin (who were heartrendingly wonderful), to Adora (who I did not Adore)… to Eogan, who I completely and utterly loved. I usually don’t have emotional attachments to each of the characters, but I really did in this novel. The author did an amazing job of putting forth effort for each character, so that as the plot progresses, and we see more of them spill forward, we are on the edge of our seat waiting to grasp at what will be revealed next.

As far as the actual story, as I mentioned above, it was completely amazing. There are fantasy elements, along with romance, adventure, a lot of action, and some fantastic fighting and war scenes. It’s a story that will make you laugh, and is guaranteed to make you cry if you have a heart at all. Weber is extremely talented in her ability to weave a tale, and I applaud her for how she laid it out. The book was fast paced, so I never found a point where I was bored… instead, I just wanted to continue to flip the pages over and over, until I got to the end of the story… and that ending. What a doozy! It’s a shocking, unexpected, cliff hanger that has me begging for the second novel!

Full marks, hands down, 5/5 stars, if we’re going on a stars rating. I just can’t give this book enough praise. You really need to pick it up and read it for yourself!

 

Until next time, guys. Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Essenced by Connie L. Smith Ponderings

EssencedEssenced by Connie L. Smith

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

“Years ago, demons were forced out of the earth’s realm by a band of supernatural fighters, banished from the place and its people in the aftermath of a horrific war. It should’ve ended there – would’ve – if not for the final demon’s claw snagging on the open portal. What felt like victory became only a reprieve, the winning warriors understanding that the tear would spread, and the demons eventually would escape exile. It was only a matter of time, and a need for future defense – a question of genetics and essences, magic and power.

Now, centuries later, a new army must bind together – one of teenagers with inhuman potentials and abilities…

AJ went to bed Sunday night an average teenage girl, clumsy and athletically lacking. So when she wakes up Monday morning with super-strength, she does what any rational person would do: She goes into denial. When a smoking hot guy in a suit shows up, rambling about the end of the war and demons spilling through some kind of rift, she refuses to listen, telling herself he’s insane. Except weird things just won’t quit happening, and the guy keeps popping up in her life, trying to explain the changes suddenly happening within her. Is she crazy, or is this guy… not so crazy after all?
I want to start this review out by saying that this book has a lot of potential – the story line seems extremely interesting, and the concept is something that I’d love to see explored more… but for me the writing just wasn’t there yet.” – Amazon Book Synopsis

First, the opening was extremely slow to get to – the book sped up pace once we got to the main female character, AJ. However… again, I was just having issues with the writing, the way that the book was put together, the grammar mistakes, etc. I ended up skimming through the majority of the book to get the general plot down, but there was something lacking in the writing – when I started to become engrossed in the story, something would jar me out of it and take me away from that wonderful realm of fantasy that the author was trying to envelope me in.

Honestly, I couldn’t get into the book as much as I would have liked. However, I can see that the author has potential, and if I ever get the chance to pick up one of her newer books, I’d love for her to prove to me as a reader that her writing can match her beautiful story lines.

-Other things to note: The formatting of the book was WEIRD. I know that it’s a self pub… but there were no page numbers, and it was one of those tall, awkward books to hold. The cover art, however… gorgeous. The cover art and synopsis were what got me interested.

I really hope, as I stated earlier, that the author of this book proves me wrong if I ever get the chance to pick up one of her novels again… but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase.

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Blogging with my Sis, 2000 Words Word Goal, and Bout of Books

 

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Allow me a moment to lift my eyes up to the title to make sure that I got everything covered. I think so. Anyway, so, this is a little update (I’m going to try to at least have a regular blog every Monday, if I can’t handle it for any other day.)

Anyway! What is going on in my life. I am continuing my binge read of the Laurell K Hamilton Series (reviews of the books can be found Here (books Five and Six)Here (Books Three and Four)Here (Book Two), and Here (book One). I am actually up to Book Nine in the series, but I’m a little behind on my book reviews. I will be getting those caught up this week! Talking about those leads me to the first little snippit on my blog title.

My sister-in-law and I are going to start a joint blog where we post our book reviews/book discussions etc. We’re even thinking about having an accompanying blog! We thought that, since we read a lot in the same genre, and since we’re both interested in blogging and letting our opinions out to the world, it would be fun to have a joint blog. It would give us a way to hang out more (since we live on opposite sides of the US now), and something to do in common! Also, I’ve spoken before about how important it is to have someone to hold you accountable for the goals you set out… so to have someone blogging with you? I think that would certainly help out!

Second on my little list of ‘to do’ in my title is my goal count of 2,000 words per day. It seems like a small amount when you look at it, but I know it’s going to be a challenge. I will be giving you all weekly updates of how I did, how I did it, when I fail… so, every Monday be expecting an update, and hopefully some advice on how you can achieve a word goal count as well!

And last, but certainly not least… I’ve been thinking about doing Bout of Books! I actually read about it on a blog that I follow, and I thought that it would be really fun to enter into a read-a-thon, since I never have before. If anyone has any thoughts on that, whether it would be good for me or not, let me know!

Anyway, I think that’s all that I have for this update! I have some work to get done so I can get that 2,000 word goal hit! 

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Bloody Bones and The Killing Dance by LKH ponderings.

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Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Going for a non-spoilerish note in this one)

Yet another review on the Anita Blake series – I love it when I can marathon a series this large and find myself not bored with the characters or story. Bloody Bones finds us in a different location – facing down a different Master of the City… with all new problems at hand.

We go to a new location (Branson) because Anita has been asked to raise several corpses for a law firm who wishes to purchase the land, but needs to know if it belongs to the Bouviers. We also encounter another crime solving issue – murders have been happening in the area, and Anita is called in for her expert opinion.

Honestly though, what interested me the most in this novel would be the vampire portion of the book. We meet the Master of the City Seraphina… and we finally find someone who nearly gets Anita Blake – all because she can give Anita the illusion that she is her dead mother. I found this to be such an important thing in the development of Anita’s character… it’s nice to see that she isn’t invincible, that she isn’t infallibly, that some things can get her goat, so to speak. Of course, as with all vampire issues, they’re generally up to no good.

I also love the introduction of Faeries as a species in this novel. Magnus and Dorcus are both of the fae, and being able to see their power, as well has simply having the vampire world expanded is a wonderful thing. The more that Hamilton gets into all of the facets of her world, the more that I want to read.

Overall, the plot was amazing – the story was wonderful, and there was quite a bit of character development between both Anita and Jean-Claude. It’s yet another advancement in the series that makes me happy to be re-reading!

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The Killing Dance
The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ah, the Killing Dance. On my little venture of re-reading the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, this was probably one of my favorite books. Not only did it have quite a few of my favorite characters in it, but it had some of my favorite character/plot development in it… and I’m not even sorry that this particular arc was one of my favorites.

Anita Blake, vampire hunter, is now herself a hunted woman. Who put the $500,000 price on her head–a man or a monster? It’s not just her own skin she needs to save; the rivalry between her werewolf boyfriend, Richard, and Marcus, the other alpha werewolf in his pack, has come to full boil. And there’s always Jean-Claude, the vampire who’s been waiting for just the right moment to slip inside Anita’s head and heart. Don’t assume anything, though–Hamilton’s probably got a few more surprises in store. (Taken from Amazon)

There is you a good little snippit of what the book is about. This book has so many elements in it that I love. First of all… Jean-Claude. I have been a softie for him since the beginning of the series. Secondly… Edward. It’s wonderful to see Edward in this, because I think it gives him a bit of character development – Anita is wanted, someone puts a hit on her… and they contact Edward to take the job. Instead of sating his curiosity for which of them is better, and taking the rather lucrative payoff… he tells Anita what is going on and chooses to protect her, as opposed to killing her. Even though Anita plays it off as Edward simply wanting to kill more things, I think it’s a bit of show that Edward does care about Anita.

This book also has the huge development of the Triumvirate. It’s something that joins Anita, Jean-Claude, and Richard very, very close… all those marks that Anita was trying to avoid, and she takes them willingly. (Albeit to save the boys lives… but still.)

Also, this book features Gabriel and Raina yet again, which is always a bit of fun. Don’t let anyone know I said it, but I really enjoyed their characters quite a bit.

Anyway, the main plotline of this book revolves in a few different ways. First, Anita dealing with the fact that someone has put a hit out on her. Secondly, Anita trying to heal a vampire named Sabin who is rotting due to the fact that he chose not to feed for the love of a woman.

There is also a HUGE relationship development that I simply will not spoil, but Anita finally chooses between her two men, and might I say it is a tasty, amazing choice moment.

Honestly, this is my favorite Anita Blake book overall… if I could give it more than five stars, I would. Go, pick it up. Read it. It’s amazing. *Shooos you off*

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The Truth about Writers and Caffeine (And Anita Blake Novel Reviews)

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At least for this writer, I know it’s a necessary thing. Call it a bit of an addiction, but I think that when we push ourselves to write so much, so early, so late into the night, we need it. I know that I, for one, feel completely energized after I’ve downed my can of Redbull, or my morning cup of coffee. 

I think it’s honestly the need that we have to pamper ourselves in some way or another, and since we’re writers and the best we can do is a comfy chair or a new workspace… coffee, caffeine (and chocolate :3) is our way to pamper. I certainly would never take it for granted, and I know that I’ve seen dozens upon dozens of pictures of writers with that happy, beautiful coffee cup in hand. What about you guys? What do you do to pamper and reward yourself for writing hard?

 

As a side note, I’m going to be reviewing the Anita Blake novels in groups – I figured it would be more interesting and less monotonous that way. So, expect a review for those books… just not anytime soon. I’ll be reviewing them individually on my Goodreads, so feel free to check that out if you want to. I’ll be getting back to my writing challenge, as well as giving you guys a bit of an updated word count/work space tour! 

 

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick