Friday, April 22, 2011

Final Crusade Challange--Show Not Tell

Rachael Harrie's platform building Crusade has been amazing and I'm sad to see it come to an end. I made many new blogger friends and will continue to visit all their fantastical blogs. There are many talanted people out there doing wonderful things!

The final challange is here and this is what we have to do.

Show Not Tell Crusader Challenge: In 300 words or less, write a passage (it can be an excerpt from your WIP, flash fiction, a poem, or any other writing) that shows (rather than tells) the following:

You're scared and hungry
It's dusk
You think someone is following you

And just for fun, see if you can involve all five senses AND include these random words: shimmer, saccadic, substance, and salt.

Phew! I know crazy, right? I'm always up for a good challange though, so here goes it.

The Hunted Doe

I know where I will hide if I can only get there. Thin branches whip across my cold face as I run faster through dense brush. Everything is a blur and the distant ocean breeze rustles my fur.

The crunch of dead leaves is getting louder behind me sending my heart thundering.

Acid churns in my empty stomach, but I refuse to acknowledge it. All I can think about is being caught if something is really following me—hunting me.

The setting sun shimmers off the ocean in a distance, an ocean I hope to see again if I survive the next couple of minutes. But I need the safety of the forest now. I continue to run as salt in the thick air burns my parched throat. I swallow, but it doesn’t help ease the fire.

I knew leaving the forest at dusk was dangerous, but I had to take the chance of getting to the lush grass next to the sand dunes. It’s a good substance, but I never got to taste its sweetness today.

The low grunting is getting further away and I slow down. My hooves sink into the soft earth. The saccadic movement in my eye stops and my hiding spot comes into focus.

My ears move to the sound of loud footsteps to my right. My body twists and I leap off the ground as I bolt toward the thickest part of the brush—my hiding spot.

I push through it going further away from the hunter. He won’t get me today. My heart slows and my lips find dry grass. It will have to do.

I can try again when the sun shines bright. I need to eat more for the growing baby in my belly.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hey, How You Doin?

Thought I would catch up with my blogger friends to see what everyone is doing.

It's been a slow blogging month for me because I've been busy being a mama goat, seriously. Two girls, one boy, and one more goat due Sunday. Busy times at the farm.

The upcoming days of May bring shiny new ideas, a start on a sequel, a group 9 secret Crusade project (don't worry will spill the details soon), and an interview with Charlotte McClain on her upcoming book release (May 16th from Lyrical Press) LONG MEMORY. I also have a list of demands...

-More sunshine, less rain.

-Glee will finally win at regionals and Sue Sylvester will get slushified.

-Someone will get me tickets to go see Matthew Morrison aka Mr. Schuester in concert.

-And will someone please give Charlie Sheen a happy pill.

So, what have you been doing and do you have a list of demands?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kindle Book Love

So, I have recently become a Kindle app junkaholic and wanted to share some fantastical (very affordable) reads with you.

I enjoyed reading the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking and the enchanted world of Wendy. It is an addicting story that leaves you scrambling to download Torn and Ascend the second and third book in the series. The emotions are raw, the characters are likable and the twists and turns will stop your heart.

At 99 cents it's a great deal. Switched

Also by Amanda Hocking My Blood Approves  (there are four books) If you are a Twilight fan I would give this a read. It's a fun little series even though there were many similarities between Twilight.

Again only 99 cents.

The Heat by Heather Killough-Walden (The Big Bad Wolf series). The Heat is a hot little read with steamy werewolves with addictive addictions.

For only $1.00 give it a look.

If anyone has more suggestions leave it in the comments. Tell me are you a e-book reader junkaholic?