Kait Nolan's Red, Second Campaign Challenge and Liebster Award

Kait Nolan's Red is out!


Have you read it yet? No? What are you waiting for? Here's a little bit of what the story's about:
"Elodie Rose has a secret.

Any day, she'll become a wolf and succumb to the violence that's cursed her family for centuries. For seventeen years she's hidden who and what she is. But now someone knows the truth and is determined to exterminate her family line.

Living on borrowed time in the midst of this dangerous game of hide and seek, the last thing Elodie needs to do is fall in love. But Sawyer is determined to protect her, and the brooding, angry boy is more than what he seems. Can they outsmart a madman? And if they survive, will they find a way to beat the curse for good?"

You know what? I think Kait's the first modern (published only in the 21st Century) author, and first indie-published author, whose books I pick up as soon as they're released. As someone who normally reads novels and poems by authors long passed on, it's exciting to be able to say that. There's always some bit of news out there about publishing suffering the last throes, or no one being able to write any more, and so on. Well, Kait's proving them all wrong, and writing some great romantic paranormal stuff while she's at it. I wish I could turn out books that quickly!

Susan Bischoff interviewed Kait Nolan the other day - and there's a Jamie Fraser reference in there. Diana Gabaldon's Scottish Prisoner is coming soon, by the way. I've preordered it and hope Amazon can deliver on the day.

And now...
Second Challenge of the Writers' Platform Building Campaign!
Rules: "Write a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. The blog post should include the word "imago" in the title. Include the following 4 random words: "miasma", "lacuna", "oscitate", and "synchronicity". If you want to give yourself an added challenge make reference to a mirror in your post. For those who want an even greater challenge, make your post 200 words EXACTLY!"

I've done it all! Here's my entry, adapted from my novel, Out of the Water:

The Necessary Imago

"Rosa?"

Caught! She pretended she hadn't heard and continued down the stairs.

"Where are you going?" Arcturus reached her at the bottom. His eyes widened as he took in her outfit in the dawn light.

She stayed silent as a lacuna, but he followed her, down the hill past the tower. She remembered the day she'd looked down that hill and seen Ayten, and Baha had rescued the girl at her word.

Perhaps that was the day he'd fallen ill; some miasma from the icy waters had entered his lungs. If it hadn't been for her, he never would have lingered in the snow. Or perhaps it had been further back; the cold night on deck after the pirates' attack. Again, if it hadn't been for her... But perhaps it had merely been synchronicity.

They'd reached the harbour. She glanced across the mirror-like water, up to the palace walls. They said the Sultan could see all their neighbourhood through his windows.

A fool's errand it might be, but she would not back down now.

Arcturus followed her gaze, as if he'd read her mind. "You're going to the palace?"

"Yes. Don't oscitate."

"Is that why you're clothed as a boy?"

Thank you to fellow campaigner Sheril for the Liebster Award! Ich liebe meine fellow bloggers.


THE RULES
1. Show your appreciation to the bloggers who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the camaraderie of the most supportive people on the internet ~ other writers.
5. And best of all ~ have bloggity fun and spread the love.

MY PICKS
1. Sarah at The Aspiring Subcreator, who's a Tolkien fan
2 Glynis at Glynis Smy - Writer, who's celebrating the birth of her first grandchild
3 Liz at Liz Fichera, whose Craving Perfect you really should read
4 Michael at In Time..., who's hosting a What I Did On My Summer Vacation blogfest that I hope to sign up for, even if I'm late
5 Stacey at Stacey Wallace Benefiel, whose The Toilet Business is a hilarious and touching roundup of all the random jobs she's had

Meanwhile, this past week was Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week. I'm on my yearly reread of The Lord of the Rings, and it never ceases to amaze me how much reading this story is like slipping into a familiar world. The language, the pace of the story, the humour, the poetry; it's all so well known yet fresh. Sara had a post about rereading the other day. Does anyone not reread? Why not?

Thanks for visiting!
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