Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty Eight Part Four

October 27th, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  4 Comments

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A/N: NaNoWriMo is coming. Learn what I’m doing for it and how you can be part of it.

Gerian led them straight to the room where the heart friends were in stasis. He didn’t have to say which was Alison’s heart friend – she ran straight to the pillar of light containing an ice nymph. Karen hissed as she noticed the deep cracks and fissures running throughout the nymph’s icy skin. She really was badly injured to look a broken statue like that.

Sarah and Birke walked over more sedately and laid their hands on the beam as if it was solid. After a second, Sarah hissed. “What the hell was done to her?” Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty Eight Part Three

October 24th, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  4 Comments

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A/N: NaNoWriMo is coming. Learn what I’m doing for it and how you can be part of it.

“Are you ready for this?” Indaturan asked without preamble when Adrian gated them into the meeting point.

“I’ll be fine,” Karen said. “As long as he doesn’t try to kill me again.”

“He won’t,” Takilyan said. “I’d like to say he has too much hon–”

“Gerian has no honour!” Indaturan snapped.

“I know,” Takilyan said. “I used to think he had at least a little until he attacked Karen-alra here while she was still a child.” He smiled at her. “But he still won’t attack you. Not when you have so much back up.” He turned to Alison. “So you’re his daughter? Did he give you a name?”

Alison ducked her head nervously. “He named me Aritiya, Takilyan-mirian.”

“Aritiya-alra,” he said. “Let’s see about getting your heart friend back.”

“And the others,” she said firmly.

“Oh, he’s already agreed to that; it’s yours he’s worried about,” Indaturan said. “He doesn’t want to risk handing her over to those he considers enemies and I think he’s scared they won’t be able to heal her in time even if he does.” He turned to Sarah and Birke. “Which is why you’re here. To assess her condition and see if it’s safe to move her to Waldhafen.”

“Indeed,” Sarah said. “Though I can’t say I’m comfortable with this myself, since he’s demanded we meet on his territory.”

“He’s a jerk,” Lydia said.

“He is,” Indaturan said. “But I don’t think he means to play us false. He was genuinely horrified and upset when I described Aratiya’s psychic injuries to him. He hadn’t realised it was that bad. Still, he’s probably going to be demanding and petty. Try not to let him get to you.” He looked around. “Is everyone ready? I’m opening the gate to his palace.”

***

Gerian was waiting outside his palace for them when they gated in. He looked much like Karen remembered except for his expression, which was almost diffident as his eyes fixed on Alison. A moment later he rushed over to her and knelt down taking her hands in his.

“My darling Aratiya,” he said. “Are you well? Have they been treating you well?”

“I’m fine, father,” she said. “They’ve been very kind, but there’s something wrong and I think it’s because…” she trailed off unhappily.

“You need your heart friend healed, I know. Indaturan told me. Speaking of which, I’d better deal with the formalities.” He looked up at Indaturan and Takilyan and said a few words in Draconic. They replied in formal tones and he rose to his feet and put an arm around Alison’s shoulders. “Please, come in all of you. We have much to discuss.”

“It’s a bit late to be polite when you’ve blackmailed them into coming here when they could be rescuing Kayleigh-iatia,” Indaturan said dryly. “If Xantaria kills her it’ll be your fault.”

Gerian stiffened and glared at him. “Maybe you should have waited to tell me the state my daughter was in, then. Her wellbeing is far more important to me than some girl I don’t know.” He gave a sigh when Adrian growled at him. “Look, I know that bitch better than anyone. I fought her for the red miriate after she stole it from my sister. She won’t kill the girl until she’s sure she can’t get the imposter back.” He scowled at them. “I was going to deal with Likadrian before he did this. That would have stopped her dead, but no, you had to keep getting in my way.”

“You know what she’s planning?” Sarah asked sharply. “And maybe you should have tried explaining?”

“Who the hell listens to dragons?” He shook his head violently. “Not humans or Speakers, that’s for sure. And no, but I know she released him so it was obviously part of her plan. But let’s discuss this inside.” He strode through the doors with Alison at his side.

A/N: NaNoWriMo is coming. Learn what I’m doing for it and how you can be part of it.

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NaNoWriMo is coming…

October 24th, 2014  |  Published in News  |  8 Comments

… And as usual I will be taking part as I have every year since 2005 (and I’ve won every year except last year and even then I wrote over 40k words in a month). This year I want to do something different. I want to give you – my readers – the chance to read my NaNoWriMo tale as I write (yes, we’re talking daily or near daily posts). Before we get to that bit let’s talk about the story itself.

I’m going to be writing a Superhero story. It doesn’t have a title yet but here’s the blurb:

Superpowers and superheroes aren’t real. They belong in fiction not reality. Everyone knows that. Sienna Munroe certainly knows it.

Or at least she thinks she does until the day an explosion shakes her home town and a strange mist engulfs it. While trying to get an injured friend help in the aftermath Sienna and her friends are attacked by a man and Sienna throws him backwards and knocks him out with just her mind.

Now she doesn’t know what to think but a paramilitary group is hunting down and murdering other people who manifested powers during the disaster so she needs to do something and quickly.

That sounds great, Becka, you say. (At least I hope you do). Now how can we read it as you write it?

Now that’s thing:

I’m going to be making a separate wordpress blog for it on wordpress.com and the posts will password protected. All Patrons (at all levels) as of 31st October 2014, my beta readers, and Tony who does my ebook layouts will be sent the password automatically but anyone else will need to donate at least $5 before November 30th to have access. Otherwise you’ll have to wait for me to edit it stick it into the schedule for serialization on the main website. The money thus raised will go towards the Dragon Wars Saga book 3 edit.

If we raise $300 (after which I will not need to do a separate crowdfunding campaign for Book 3) I will remove the passwords and make it accessible to everyone. Yes I will count the Patreon money for November towards this total. If you want to donate either become a patron (but only if you intend to give monthly, please) or donate via paypal.

Hopefully you’re all interested but I guess we’ll find out. :-D

Becka

(Edit: Adding a progress ticker for the monies… Patreon amounts will be added  to the total in early November once they are processed.)


The Whisper of Damkina Part Forty One

October 22nd, 2014  |  Published in Whisper of Damkina  |  3 Comments

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Amanpreet didn’t have to wait until they returned to normal space to find out that Kayla and Rick had been able to hear her singing because with in minutes of her beginning to hum the main melody of her favourite song in her head she heard a male voice join in singing the complex harmony and then Kayla’s voice singing a counterpoint. They might not be able to hear the words but their music kept the three of them entertained through the journey.

As soon as they emerged from hyperspace Amanpreet signaled the other two.

“That was awesome!” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty Eight Part Two

October 20th, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  1 Comment

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A/N: Quick request for readers who have a moment and want to help out. The Dragon Wars TV Tropes Page hasn’t been updated in quite a while so if people can spare some time to update it and cross link to the tropes that would be awesome. Thanks

Next morning, they all rose late after the night’s exertions and Lydia immediately headed to the sitting room to check the news. She wasn’t surprised to find her mother sitting there already, sipping tea and staring at the television. She looked around and smiled when Lydia came in.

“Morning, Lyd,” she said. “Last night could have gone a lot worse.”

“Well, except for Tarian,” Lydia said. Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty Eight Part One

October 17th, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  2 Comments

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A/N: Quick request for readers who have a moment and want to help out. The Dragon Wars TV Tropes Page hasn’t been updated in quite a while so if people can spare some time to update it and cross link to the tropes that would be awesome. Thanks

“Sonia says her team will stay in place for a while until we’re sure it’s over but she’s not sensing any more danger tonight,” Matthias said when they returned to the school.

Lydia closed her eyes for a moment and concentrated. Her stomach felt calm now and her skin was no longer itching. “I don’t either,” she said. “I think it’s over for now.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Whisper of Damkina Part Forty

October 15th, 2014  |  Published in Whisper of Damkina  |  5 Comments

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“She’s not made for travelling this fast in normal space,” Vanna said as the Whisper shot through space in pursuit of the asteroid. She was holding on to the console in front of her and staring at the reading in horror. “I’m not sure the dampeners will continue stopping us being turned into chunky salsa if we keep this up. They’re showing amber already.” Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty Seven Part Ten

October 14th, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  2 Comments

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“What?” The guy who was obviously in charge looked around wildly but his eyes slid past where they were standing unseeing.

“Where? There’s no one else here.”

“They must be here,” the messenger said, holding out a tablet to the man. “They’re streaming your conversation and once again we can’t block it.”

“But…” Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty Seven Part Nine

October 10th, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  7 Comments

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A/N: Hi, Patreon supporters over $5/month. Can you please confirm you’ve received the emails with the first two chapters of Shattering. Thanks.

Daniel and his mother and their group jumped inside the security perimeter of the large house where the cabinet was supposed to be meeting. Sonia must have scanned the area well because she had positioned them in a small clearing within a mass of rhododendrons but he could spot the house through the branches.

Let’s be careful here, Sonia said. I know the Prime Minister was telling the truth but we can’t assume that no-one else was listening. We’d best be ready for an attack. Read the rest of this entry »

The Whisper of Damkina Part Thirty Nine

October 8th, 2014  |  Published in Whisper of Damkina  |  5 Comments

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The first leg of the trip from Talis to Corona went off without a hitch and the Whisper and its

escort emerged from hyperspace at the waypoint they’d designated before the jump in order to

swap navigators and check for messages.

 

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