How do you operate when you’ve left your brain behind?
Behind where? Good question.
That is today’s conundrum because somehow I’ve managed to completely overlook that a year ago to the day I released Sapphire’s Divinity. I’ve forgotten another important anniversary in my book-filled world. So it’s obvious that I have no functioning brain to speak of, and therefore no fun and giveaways planned. Boo.
But I do have something to offer as a compromise. A teaser from book 4 of the Nature’s Destiny series. This is probably the earliest in my process I’ve ever released a teaser – I’m literally only in the beginning of writing this beauty, but still aiming to release by the end of the year. Hang tight, my werewolf-loving friends.
Without further ado, I give you the teaser and title below.
*First draft. Content subject to change come publication. Unedited. Copyright, Justine Winter.*
The beast taunted me, stalked me like I was its prey. Its coal-like skin, straight from the mouth of hell, sizzled brightly with streaks of orange. The lava of its home. I never stood a chance in this war, I was one wolf against an army of demons; they kept me distracted long enough to ensure there was nothing I could do to jeopardise their hostile takeover. I soon learned that distraction was their greatest tactic, their only worthwhile weapon. But still, there were little acts of heroism I could partake in; chained and bound in a cage granted me seldom freedom. I was the hell beasts’ toy, to scratch, to bite, to chase when dull moments had them bored. Compared to my torment, I was sure death would be a gift as inviting as a freshly picked bouquet of flowers. I no longer wanted to endure such heinous, criminal, apocalyptic affairs.
I wished for death, and the devil laughed in my face.
Coming Winter 2015
When I’m not in the throes of bashing out a first draft, my Sundays are often spent reading. And for the past few weeks that’s what I’ve been doing, all because I fell in love with Cambria Hebert’s Hashtag Series. After reading all four of those books in just as many days, I’ve been left with an American football player-sized hole in my heart. Nothing else I read is filling that gap while I wait for the fifth book to be released later this month. (YAY) You see, I’ve been spoiled. How was I to know when I first picked up #Nerd that I’d fall in deep down the fictional tunnel? The characters captivated my attention so badly that even after a couple of weeks I’m still not ready to let that piece of me go. I’m being held hostage.
I’m positive all book lovers know what I’m talking about. It’s that complete euphoria of fulfillment at having discovered a new treasure. We’re all literary pirates – our eyes gleam in reflection of the gold sitting pretty in our hands. Those beautiful covers are the visual enticement to our addiction. They beg to be read.
Writers are readers whose love for words never stop at the last page. The story might be finished but the writer isn’t done. I’m constantly waking up with complex sentences formulating paragraphs rolling around my mind, desperate to create awe-inspiring moments for like-minded readers. And all that lexis comes from somewhere.
To learn. To nourish. To satisfy.
I’m stuck in a reading binge funk. I have plenty of books lined up, but nothing’s grabbing my attention. I have to be in the right mood for a particular genre. Right now, I’m stuck in New Adult land. You see, it’s that hole in my heart that needs patching up with new words. I need a new set of friends while my others are on hiatus.
So here’s what I want to know from you. What are you currently reading? What genre is it? And what’s your absolute favourite book? The one that made you fall in love with reading. I know it’s a tough question. I don’t even know if I have one myself.
Announcement: The winners of Alpha Wanted: The Complete Serial paperback have been chosen.
CONGRATULATIONS to Cindy of Indy Book Fairy and Myra of MsMe28!