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NaNoWriMo Progress Report Week 5

Happy December, friends! NaNoWriMo is officially OVER! We can breathe again! 😀

After a quiet two weeks with no words written, I’m happy to say that my cold is finally OVER like NaNo, and I finally got some words written :’) It’s not much, but after the last two weeks having my energy eaten by a starving flu it feels huge. And I was able to add something I cut from Book 2. I didn’t want to add it during NaNo since I hadn’t written it during NaNo, but November is over, so all’s fair game 😀 This week’s wordcount is 1254 (without the bit I cut from Book 2), which brings the new total to

27,733

BLOOD OF THE DRAGON IS BACK ON, FRIENDS AND FAMILIARS! BOOYEAH!

I know it’s not much–I definitely can’t claim the NaNo crown this year–but it’s something, and given that I’ve also set up a business this month and was sick for half of it, I’m pretty pleased with my progress.

How did you do? Did you leave me in the dust with your WIP, or are you trailing behind alongside me? Don’t worry if you didn’t ‘win’ NaNo. Any progress is progress, friends, or as a friend said to me only yesterday: Words are words are words. Celebrate the words you didn’t have a month ago, treat yo’selves, and then get back in that chair, that novel won’t write itself.*

Here’s the last character aesthetic and excerpt for the year. I’ve got one more progress update for you in a couple of weeks, and then that’s it until January.**

Happy writing, friends and familiars!

* Seriously, though, well done.
** Is anyone else struggling with that?? I still haven’t accepted that April is over so how can it be December?!?

   A world without the gift would no doubt be more peaceful, and more at ease. But would it be right? The gift could create marvels. It could take them away again in the same breath and leave the world a darker place in the wake of its destruction. It was gentle mother and cruel devil all at once.
   He had hoped that seeing Rachael and others with the gift would make up his mind once and for all, but it had only fed the same thoughts he’d had all his life.
   Give a man magic, and he will taint the world. Give him a sword, and he will defend himself and do good work. His father had taught him that—him, and half of Tramura. But was a sword that different? It wasn’t the first time he had wondered, but it was the first time he had long enough to truly ponder the notion. His father had always kept him busy—a busy man is an honest man—but perhaps that had been part of his plan.
   A sword could do good if given to honest soldiers, who had vowed to protect their country. But he’d also fought bandits who hurt people, robbed them and raped them, and who believed to be no less righteous than he did. If something as simple as a sword could be used either way, depending on the person wielding it, then was magic, the ultimately more powerful weapon, not the same? His father wanted the world to be simple. Kleon didn’t think it was.


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NaNoWriMo Progress Report Week 4

I’m sad to report that I have nothing to report -.- So, really, this update is pointless :O

I’m one week into what’s apparently a three-week cold, and it’s been eating my motivation and energy like candy! Definitely didn’t see that coming when I prepared for NaNo. I’ve been doing smaller things I could do from the sofa wrapped in a warm blanket, like developing my business strategy, freaking out over said business strategy, and structuring the weekly fiction serial I’ve got for you next year. Sounds full-on maybe, but I’m finding it easier to take notes on paper at the moment than to sit at my computer for 90 minutes to two hours every day.

So, there’s no word count 🙁

Don’t worry, though, I’ve still got character aesthetics and a 1st-draft excerpt 🙂 It’s a big one, to make up for the failed word count 😛

   There was enough room between the bars for a prisoner to stick their arms through. The Parashi had told Reeve to stay far away from the cell because of it. If Ludo wanted, he could have reached through and choked Reeve, taken the keys or his lockpicks around his belt, and made a run for it. But instead he just sat there like a kicked puppy desperate for forgiveness but knowing it had lost the right to beg for it.
   Reeve hated this position. He hated how it made Ludo feel. He hated how indecisive it made him. If Ludo was any other criminal he’d hang. Sparrows didn’t take chances with their regent’s life, but Ludo wasn’t any criminal. Reeve wasn’t convinced he was a criminal in any sense of the word.
   “Ludo. Answer me.” He’d get the truth out of him sooner or later. Without resorting to torture. “Bezcyn.” He hoped Ludo didn’t hear. He hated and loved how Ludo had made him feel. What was it Ludo had said as Reeve had arrested him? Everything he’d said to Reeve had been real.
   But was that just another lie? Reeve balled one hand into a fist and rammed it into the wall next to Ludo’s cell.
   “Ludo, I asked you a question.”
   “Does it make a difference? I’m not an idiot, Reeve. I know what my sentence will be.”
   “I’m here to change that sentence, you big idiot.”
   “Reeve, please…”
   “I mean it.” He turned around, shocked at how exhausted Ludo looked in the right light. “If you don’t say anything you’ll hang, but if you tell me the truth you could live. Rachael is sure you’re innocent.”
   “And how about you?” Ludo’s voice cracked from a lack of water, and he coughed. “What do you believe?”
   Reeve took the jug of water he’d been given, and sought the right key. He’d never even consider this with any criminal. But just this once, he agreed with Rachael.
   And he couldn’t stand the distance between them any more.
   He opened the lock, careful not to spill any water. Ludo watched from his place on the floor.
   “Aren’t you worried I’ll jump you?”
   Reeve forced a smile. Maybe humour was the way to go. He regretted never having been better at it. “You’ve gone awfully far just to tackle me to the ground.”
   He hated how much Ludo’s smile warmed him. “You know I’ll stop at nothing to impress you. It’s not constellations, but I hear physical proximity can be just as good.”
   Reeve handed him the jug. “Drink up.” He sat down next to Ludo and waited until the Tramuran had stopped drinking. “I believe you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever happened, they got the wrong man.”
   Ludo met his eyes, so blue and so hopeful Reeve almost couldn’t bare not to hold him. Almost. “You really believe that?”
   He nodded. So Ludo had lied about not being a spy. Or had he? All Reeve could remember was Ludo swearing he hated Arnost Lis as much as anyone, and their talks under the moon.


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NaNoWriMo Progress Report Week 3

Happy Friday, friends!

How are your NaNo babies coming along? Aren’t they just growing up so fast? :O

My first two weeks were a little slow, but I’ve caught up this week! *pours a shaky cup of tea* This week, I wrote 11,048 words.

That brings the total to:

25,042

#smashedit

Honestly, though, I’m a little worried that we’re over halfway through NaNo now and I’m only just at the halfway point word count wise. I’m starting to accept that I might not make it this year. I’m trying to build my business alongside writing all the words, so most days it’s a delicate balance struggle. What’s more important? Writing half of a first draft or finding clients so I don’t stay broke? You get why I’m torn.

So, if I don’t write another 25K in the next two weeks, I won’t be too hard on myself.

I know this word count is a big priority for many of us this month, but don’t forget to look after yourselves, too <3

    “It’s time, Sparrows. You all know what we’re walking into, and you all know why we’re doing it. The queen needs our help, and we’re her private army. It’s our duty to keep her safe, no matter the odds. Rachael’s safety is our priority.” He swallowed hard. He wasn’t prepared to lose any more of his family. “But that doesn’t mean you can be reckless. You can’t help Rachael if you’re dead, so I expect you to be smart and stay as safe as the situation allows. If you have to fight, give it everything you’ve got but don’t get killed while you’re at it. These demons aren’t like you and me, and they don’t die like you and me. Hold out your weapons.”

   While all of them had their weapons enchanted, it couldn’t hurt to strengthen the magic that ran through them. If the enchantment wore off—if that was even possible—he didn’t want it to happen while they were fighting for their lives.
   Kaida stepped forward, and made each weapon glow in turn until hungry flames burst from each of them. Their fires burnt hot for a second, then slowly died down to allow the Sparrows to sheathe their weapons.
   “You are my family. Rachael may be our queen, but she has made herself a part of that family, too. Protect her because she is your ruler. Fight beside her because she is your sister. The enemy is fast, but we’ll be faster. The demons are linked through dark mist magic, but we are linked by a connection they will never understand. When we get to Kaethe we will show them what happens when they take our queen from us. When we get to Kaethe, we will make them regret taking our sister. For Rachael!”


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NaNoWriMo Progress Report Week 2

Happy Friday, friends!

How are your WIPs coming along? Have you all got through the first full week of NaNo madness okay? <3

My week has been slow, BUT there’s a good reason for that. I wanted to focus on finishing the first monster edit on Darkened Light which is now done and printed (until I ran out of paper anyway) and with my critique partners. Now that’s out of the way, I can give NaNo hell next week! And I still wrote 9193 words this week anyway, so suck on that, NaNo 😀

The total word count now stands at

13,994

Nowhere near what I hoped to have by now, but progress is progress and I’m over 10K into Book 3! Who cares if it’s not as much as I wanted? I’ve done good, and so have you, NaNonites <3

   She lay on a cold stone table, wrists spread to opposite sites and bound to cool hooks above her head, legs tied up in the same way below her.
   She took one deep breath in, let one deep breath out. Repeated the process. Her heart was still hammering.
   She thought of her mother’s arms, the way she’d smelled of roses, and closed her eyes until she could feel her mother’s comforting embrace. Her mind still raced.
   She focused on the spot on her hips where her daggers usually sat, tried so hard to feel them now, but nothing was there. Terror still gripped her.
   Fear threatened to overpower her again. Her stomach constricted, her throat tightened, and her eyes burnt when wave after wave of horror washed over her and made her sob.
   She had never felt so pathetic. When her father had beaten her mother, she had been free to help.
   When her father had beaten her until she couldn’t see through the pain, she had been able to kick out.
   When she had gone back to Grozma years later, daggers comforting by her sides and her step sure, she had been able to repay him for all the times he had made his mother regret marrying him.
   But now she had nothing, and it terrified her more than anything else could.


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NaNoWriMo Progress Report Week 1

Can you believe Week 1 of NaNoWriMo is over already? How are you getting on, NaNonites? 🙂 Every week I’ll share my progress on Friday, and I’ll include a character aesthetic and a quote each time, too, so feel free to join in and compare word counts! After we’ve prepared together, I’d love to know how you’re getting on <3

These updates will be short, because it’s NaNo and I don’t want to keep you.

I’ve had a slow start to the challenge. I wasn’t well yesterday which set me back already, and it’s only Day 3! Trust me to get sick during the most inconvenient month of the year #rude

This week, I wrote 5019 words, which brings my current total to…..

5019

*ahem*

It is Week 1, after all 🙂

   Hope bubbled up inside her. She took deep breaths, closed her eyes, and willed her vision to come forth. She could feel it, right there, trapped just like she was, struggling to break through. She reached into herself just like Ailis had taught her, reached out to the source of her gift, found that sliver she’d so desperately needed, and tried to guide it.
   Pressure built up inside her head until it felt ready to burst. It hurt. But she was close. She guided her gift where it needed to go, held onto it as tight as she could, and forced it into her head.
   Light exploded in her mind and filled her prison. Intense pain cracked through her skull and gripped her mind so tight she couldn’t breathe. A thin line of blood ran down her nose, dried on her lips.
   Rachael gasped. And passed out.


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Darkened Light Cover and Blurb Reveal

I have so many pretty things for you today! The most exciting is, of course, the cover for Darkened Light. I love cover reveals, all the more so when it’s my own books I’m showing off for the first time <3 I have the blurb for you, too!

In addition to that, I also have the title of Book 3 in the Relics of Ar’Zac trilogy for you. The lovely K. J. Chapman announced the title last week during Wardens of Archos’ release week. I can now reveal that Book 3 will be called…

Blood of the Dragon

You might already have noticed it on the left-hand side under Progress Update 😉 Since I’ll be writing Book 3 during NaNo, there was really no point in keeping it secret any longer! I first revealed the title during an interview Chapman did with me; if you missed it, you can still read it here.

Now, onto the cover reveal! Are you ready?

DRUM ROLL, PLEASE!

HERE IT IS:

The death goddess Ithrean has led the dead to their rest and watched over them in Dunhă for centuries, but they are no longer at peace. Their souls turn the red grass black, and their corruption seeps into the world of the living.

Naavah Ora is an elven mage who can enter Dunhă at will, and study its corruption like no one else can.

Doran is a runaway thief who cares about nothing as much as the next treasure, even if it puts his own life in danger.

840 is the only male sacrifice in his village, longing for a chance to live.

Ash is a troublemaker who is learning that he can’t burn his way through every obstacle.

To halt the coming darkness, they need to work together.

It’s too bad they are too different to get along.

ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL!

It will go to critique partners and my editor really soon <3 While it’s still far too early to set a release date, an end is finally in sight!

Share and gush away, friends and Sparrows! <3


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Wardens of Archos Release Week Day 2 – A Review and Excerpts

Today, I’m over on Meka James’s blog for her review of Wardens of Archos and a couple of excerpts chosen by her, so head on over there and take a look 😉

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A-Z Name Prompts – U

Since Wardens of Archos is out TODAY (what?!? show me!), this writing prompt will be trilogy themed 😉 Or it’s trilogy world themed, anyway. Which isn’t to say that there’ll definitely be more books set in this world in the future 😉 *wink wink* Totally not saying that. At all. *ahem*

This week’s prompt, chosen by you, is:

As always, if the prompt speaks to you feel free to use it 🙂 If you do, please link back here so I can be nosy ^-^

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Ulric

(m.; power of the wolf)

A quiet forest just outside Maishi Hou in Midoka wasn’t the most logical place for a Tramuran to move to, Ulric had known that. The magic was everywhere here, sizzling in the air and glowing through the leafs. And no one tried to stop it. It made him nervous. It made him uneasy.

But it was beautiful and it was wild, unlikely Tramura.

This untamed magic hadn’t tried to harm him yet, whereas his daughter was dead because of Tramuran bandits. All his life he’d been taught that magic was evil, but it was swords that had killed her, not spells.

He felt a weak tug on the bait and reeled in his catch. The lake outside his little cabin held few fish and nothing exotic – not by Midokan standards, anyway – but it gave him everything he needed. Fresh water, fresh fish, and the serene calm Tramura had lacked.

It gave him peace.

At night, sei came out to dance on the water; beautiful, glowing lights unlike anything he’d ever seen. He’d hid and slept high up in a tree during his first night, they had spooked him so much. When he’d woken in the morning, one night-wisp was resting on his arm. It had scared him awake and he’d almost fallen out of the tree, but the sei hadn’t jumped or laughed or run away.

That’s when he had realised that there was nothing to fear here. Magic was as dangerous as the swords the mercenaries back home carried – deadly in the wrong hands, but harmless if left to itself.

“What have you got for me today?”

He could hear the warm smile on her voice. He had never imagined he’d sell fish and herbs to a mist woman one day. Back in Tramura, he’d have been burnt alive for helping a sorceress.

“Nothing much, I’m afraid. They’re not biting as much today, but I’ve got you the leafs you wanted They’re inside on the table, help yourself.”

He got up and turned around, meeting her dark eyes. Anei Rin reminded him of his daughter; maybe that’s why he didn’t mind what she was. Or maybe he just finally knew better.

He followed her as she entered his small cabin, and left the meager catch to dry outside.

“How are your studies going?”

She didn’t turn around. It was a sore subject, but he felt rude not asking. He had a feeling not many people did.

“They’re not. How much do you want for these?”

“You can have them,” he said. “They’re worth more to you Mist Sorcerers than they are to me.”

“Mist Women, Ulric, not sorcerers. It’s not the same. And I’m neither, anyhow.”

“You study in Maishi Hou. I don’t know any others, true, so I can’t compare, but you’re a Mist Woman to me.”

Anei Rin examined the herbs and smiled, but it was false. The sparkle had left her eyes.

“Don’t let them hear you say it. I’m a failed experiment to them.”

He cringed at the deep loathing in her voice. “That’s not–”

“How much? I refuse to take them for free.”

He sighed. Anei Rin was too stubborn to back down, he knew that. Just like his daughter.

“Just the usual price. Two quarters will do.”

She nodded, and pulled the leather pouch from her belt. The movement exposed her shoulder, and revealed the black vine-shaped tattoos underneath. Anei Rin hated them, said they were useless, even blamed them for her inability to use magic, but he knew better. He felt something every time he saw them.

Her tattoos were magic, and they were dangerous. His inexperience with the gift made it more obvious to him, perhaps – he didn’t see her as something to study, he just saw what was and felt what his gut was telling him.

Rin wasn’t his daughter, but he’d protect her all the same.


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Wardens of Archos RELEASE DAY – Release Week Schedule and Character Aesthetics

IT’S HERE, FRIENDS AND SPARROWS! Wardens of Archos is now officially OUT!

To celebrate, there are all kinds of things going on this week. Here’s the schedule so you know what’s happening where and when:

 

MondayFaith Rivens shares some of her favourite lines and pretty character aesthetics

TuesdayMeka James shares her review and favourite excerpts

WednesdayDana Fraedrich does an interview with me

ThursdayK. J. Chapman does a mini interview with me and also has a HUGE reveal regarding Book 3, friends!

FridayRhianne Williams shares her review as well as two excerpts

Faith Rivens is kicking things off today by sharing her favourite lines and also some character aesthetics (which I had so much fun creating, by the way). Take a look:

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I’ll be sharing a link to each stop as they become available. Since we all live in different time zones, most of them won’t go live at my usual time but if you keep an eye on this blog – or the links above – you won’t miss a thing 🙂

You can buy it here. Don’t forget to add it on Goodreads, either 😉

Now, share away, friends, and happy reading! <3


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Wardens of Archos Signed Paperback Giveaway

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME, FRIENDS AND SPARROWS!

With the release of Wardens of Archos only one week away, I thought now was the perfect time to give away some signed paperbacks! If you’d like to win one of two signed copies, read on 😉

Here’s how you enter:

• post a picture of Book 1 in the trilogy, Rise of the Sparrows, and tell me who your favourite character is using the hashtag #wardensofarchosgiveaway I want to make sure that Book 2 goes to someone who’s read the first book, hence the picture 😉
• you can enter on Twitter, Facebook, and on Instagram
• if you cross-post across social media platforms (from Instagram to Twitter, for example) make sure you’ve tagged me correctly so I don’t miss your posts. My handles are: @sarinalanger (Twitter), @sarinalangerwriter (Instagram and Facebook)
• 1 entry per social media platform – so, if you post on Instagram, on Twitter, and on Facebook, you get three entries
• 1 entry if you sign up to my newsletter
• 1 entry if you join my Sparrow Review Team

That makes five potential entries, friends! 😘

Commenting here does not count as an entry.

The giveaway ends on Sunday October 15. The winners will be announced on Monday ☺️

Good luck, friends and Sparrows!

“Once a despised street rat, now the reigning queen of Rifarne, Rachael is at the centre of everyone’s attention. All she wants is a few peaceful moments to herself—

but her kingdom has other plans.

The Tramuran ambassador unnerves her.

The Krymistian lady is hiding something.

A Mist Woman brings her a gift, and a warning: Aeron’s death has released the Dark One’s shades into the world. And Rachael, as the only living seer in existence, is the only one who can stop him before he destroys everything she’s beginning to cherish. But can Rachael trust the Mist Woman, or is Kaida just another sorceress playing with her life?

There’s a chance that answers are hidden beneath the ancient Krymistian ruins of Archos.

If only she could be sure that her nightmares of Cephy are just that, and not something darker…

Rachael is running out of time. The shadows are coming, and their claws are reaching for her.”


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