Sunday, December 30, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday 12.30.12

Its still 2012 and I still have a bunch of tasks to accomplish before its over, but I'm going to wish everyone a Happy New Year!!! Anyone doing anything exciting? 

Yule was a success - kids = happy, food = delish! And I have been having the best week with all of them home together. Not very relaxing, but it has been awesome!

I have been working really hard on setting up my Kickstarter campaign all week. It is almost done. Hopefully, soon after the new year, it will launch.

So as far as Karlea and Armani are concerned, we pick up their conversation right where we left off. In the last week's snippet, Armani helped a very weak Karlea up from the floor as he continued to toy with her...

Armani smiled,"From what I read of your blood, only a vampire can satiate your sexual thirst; you make quite a lover to a vampire."
"What can I say, I have exceptional tastes."
Armani laughed, "You're fun when you're dying."
He raised his index and middle fingers and gently caressed her cheek with the back of them, noticing that her cheek was not as warm as it used to be. As he distracted her with his touch, he quickly grabbed onto her hair and yanked her head back, bringing the stake he had taken from her, from his pocket to her throat. He listened as her weak heart beat as fast as it could.

He just can't stop. He wants to kill her so bad, but he likes her so much, and he admires her bravery - she's not a human crying and begging for her life.

Thanks for reading! And please comment if you can! I love reading your comments, it helps me decide which way I should take this story. I have the rest (which isn't very much) written one way, but I am currently thinking of expanding it into a different direction first. And I will always comment back and comment on your six! Please let me know if I don't.

You can find more great authors here

Some of my favs are Christina DeFelice, Sarah BallanceMina Carter,Sue Ann BowlingSilver JamesS.E. GilchristLaura KayeS.J. MayleeSiobhan MuirGayle RamageAngela QuarlesEvelyn Jules,Kristal Baird, Karysa FairePippa Jay, and Ryan Derham! I could list even more!

Enjoy New Year's Eve and have a great first week of 2013!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday 12.23.12

Happy Yule and Winter Soltice! And Happy Holidays for any holiday you celebrate! 

I cannot believe this year is almost over. So, much has happened over 2012. Oh, and, hey, we are all still here; the world didn't end, or really change for that matter. I'm not opposed to the world changing in some better way. 

My week has been spent running around for the holidays, and for the last week of school before a two week break with events going on at their school - parties, orchestra concerts, projects, holiday gifts for teachers, and a parent/teacher lunch and teacher gift I was coordinating. And four still sick kids. My second oldest was sick the day of the parent/teacher lunch, of course, but the principal told me to bring him to the lunch anyways, which was nice. We had a good time :) He also had his first violin concert this past week and it was so cute to watch him play, he was so excited! I finished my holiday shopping yesterday and I plan on spending the next few days relaxing with my family, drinking lots of tea and hot cocoa, and hopefully catching up on my work/writing. 

All I want for the holidays is some good writing time! And maybe a new tattoo. (Hint, Hint, to the hubby). I'll leave the house, if I can get a new tattoo :) Either my collarbone piece (There's A Fire Inside Me in cursive text) or my wrists (x's) are next. 

Okay, so we just continue to pick up where we left off. Armani drank from her, nearly killing her before pulling himself away. She is lying on the floor too weak to move as Armani continues to mess with her. Here are links to the last two weeks if you are interested: 12.09.12 and 12.16.12. This week's will probably make more sense if you read the other two first.

Armani picked her up from the floor; her head resting on his shoulder as he did, color completely drained from her face. He set her against the wall again, holding her in place. He listened to the beat of her heart, once full of life, it was now slow and faint.
"You're so weak..." He said quietly as he looked her over.
It took everything she had to smirk and say quietly, "You take a lot out of me."

There is so much more after this that I can't wait to share. I will still be posting even after Six Sentence Sunday ends, if anyone still wants to follow. Fellow sixer, S.J. Maylee, let me know that Skye Warren is trying to continue SSS, so please sign up if you are interested! Please check out more great authors here, too. 

I am in the process of setting up a Kickstarter for my Armani story. I was hoping to have it almost done this week, but so far have only gotten my twitter sized blurb done: A novel about a lustful Italian Renaissance noble, turned vampire - his past, his present, his future.
I'm working on the "blurb". So far this is my WIP: 
Meet Armani - Italian Renaissance noble. Wealthy family. Artist. Lustful. Vampire. A story of his past, and in modern times where he falls in love with one of his intended victims, wanting nothing more from her than a companion for eternity.

Meet Karlea - a young, beautiful bartender - that every vampire seems to want- her heart bleeding from a bad break-up with her vampire lover, Jake, and his maker. Looking for Jake, (or looking for death), she runs into Armani and he claims her for his own. 
Given the choice, she will refuse, but forcing it upon her will change her forever in ways no one thought was possible. 
With her he will share intimate details of his past, and forge onward into the adventures of eternity.
I know it needs work and it is a WIP, but I will take any suggestions. 

Thanks for reading! And please comment! I may be slow, but I always comment back before the next sunday comes! Enjoy the holidays!!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday 12.16.12

Happy Sunday, everyone! I am sick (thanks to my kids for sharing, they're such good sharers!) and up way too early as I always am on a Sunday to write. 

Thank you for the responses last week regarding my question about publishing and writing schedules, it was helpful! I have decided to definitely turn my Karlea and Armani tale into a novella or novel. Of which, I will be starting a Kickstarter campaign for.  I quickly worked on images for it yesterday because, for me, that's always the starting point is to have that visual. I should be working on the blurb and the twitter sized blurb today. 

I did them quickly, so they are not the best. I also didn't purchase the image(s) yet, hence the watermark. But until I know which one I want to use for sure, I won't invest in it. The first one doesn't really fit. I like the second, the third has the Armani I've been using each week, but he is a singer from a band, so I can't really use his photo. The last one is more fitting, but I really don't like the chick in the photo. She is not Karlea. 

These can be the images for my six this week :) We pick up right where we left off last week, which if you missed it was Armani's reaction and it was good :) Last week's six.

Karlea was unable to hold onto him for too long; her fingers slipped off the shiny material of his suit jacket, and she soon found the cold, concrete floor beneath her. She just laid there, too weak and dizzy to move. She wanted to get up and fight, fight him with everything she had left, with the only intention of pissing him off, so he could quickly end it for her. She laid there silently cursing her blood and her thoughts for wandering too far deep inside of her, as if she had control over any of it as he was draining her of her life force, it was all involuntary.
"Such a beautiful mess." Armani commented, towering over her.

Thanks for reading! Please comment, I love comments, and I always try to comment back.
You can find more great authors here

Some of my favs are Christina DeFelice, Sarah BallanceMina Carter,Sue Ann BowlingSilver JamesS.E. GilchristLaura KayeS.J. MayleeSiobhan MuirGayle RamageAngela QuarlesEvelyn Jules,Kristal Baird, Karysa FairePippa Jay, and Ryan Derham! I could list even more!

Have a great week!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday 12.o9.12

Its Sunday! And I get to share more Karlea and Armani with you!

But first, I want to thank my readers who keep coming back for more each week. It means so much to me and your comments are always so great, encouraging, and helpful as I write my first novel. So, thank you!

Secondly, I want to ask my readers, what they are doing after Six Sentence Sunday ends? Is there an alternative? I am going to need something after January. Or I will suffer from SSS withdrawal. 

So, originally the scene with Karlea and Armani was supposed to be just that...a scene, within my novel, BloodLust,  that was the love story between Karlea, Jake, and Vaughn. Where I left off SSS with Karlea and Vaughn (before I moved in July), they were in the vampire club and Armani approached Karlea, but Vaughn chases him off. When I came back to SSS in August/September, I decided to start the scene with K & A over again and it just took off into its own story that doesn't have its place in my novel. So, I'm thinking a side story of Armani, probably as a novella, or if I have enough material then a novel? I would probably just call it BloodLust - Armani or Armani's Tale. Or something like that. Any thoughts from more seasoned writers than I (which is all of you), would be greatly appreciated, as I try to figure this out.

As far as seasoned writers are concerned, I also wanted to know how often you publish a new novel and what your writing schedule is like. It seems like you guys always have a new book release, which is awesome. I'm still trying to write my first novel and I feel like its not getting written fast enough. Although, I do have grad school, 5 kids, and several small side businesses to contend with. 

Last week, we left off where Armani is draining Karlea, and she let us into her head thinking this was it for her. Now its up to Armani, does he kill her or stop himself?  Let's see Armani's reaction :)

Armani pulled away hard, but made sure not to rip out her throat in the process. Karlea gasped from the feeling of him exiting her throat so quickly. He let go of her and she grabbed onto him tightly, much too weak to stand on her own.
Armani grinned at the way she held onto him. He wiped his mouth, completely drunk on her, "You're blood is the best I have ever tasted. Even better than a child's."

Thanks for reading! Please comment, I love comments, and I always try to comment back.
You can find more great authors here

Some of my favs are Christina DeFelice, Sarah Ballance, Mina Carter, Sue Ann Bowling, Silver James, S.E. Gilchrist, Laura Kaye, S.J. Maylee, Siobhan Muir, Gayle Ramage, Angela Quarles, Evelyn Jules, Kristal Baird, Karysa Faire, Pippa Jay, and Ryan Derham! I could list even more!

Have a great week!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday 12.02.12

Omg, its December! I can't believe it! 

It is still very rainy and windy here. It seems worse today. Welcome to a Bay Area winter, I guess, but at least temps are still in the 60's.

I finally drove over the Bay Bridge yesterday. I've seen it, and have taken a taxi twice over it heading into Oakland. But yesterday I drove to San Francisco and back three times. I now know the freeways, too, which is awesome. I got to work on a film set as a PA for an undergrad's project at my school. It was my first time seeing the film/tv building, since all my classes have been online. And I have to say that I don't think the building was in the best part of San Francisco. That was a bit disappointing. What did I learn from being on set yesterday? That I have much to learn about filmmaking :) 
I then got to come home and VyRT with 30 Seconds to Mars. Awesome day! However, Mr. Leto, if I keep getting distracted by watching your VyRT antics, I'm never going to achieve my dreams, I have to much work to do than to sit and watch you for 3 hours. 

This week's six, picks right up from last week. I have posted a collection of Armani/Karlea's Six Sentence Sundays, here, for anyone that wants to catch up or re-read. And yes, they do all make sense for the most part, if you put them all together. 

In this snippet, we get a glimpse into Karlea. Danny, her ex-fiance from over a year ago is mentioned here. As is Jake, her now ex-vampire lover :)

Karlea used to love when Jake bit her, although she knew that he didn't like to only because he was afraid he wouldn't be able to stop himself before he killed her. It actually hurt to get bitten, it hurt a lot, and usually caused Karlea to scream out, but for some reason she enjoyed it - she loved it when it hurt, it turned her on more, and sex was better when she hurt. When she was younger, she used to be the girl who would cut her self and get off on the pain (and would love to watch herself bleed), it was just better when she had someone to share it with, such as a vampire, becuase most guys or girls were not cool with cutting at her age and found it fucked up that she would get off on it, such as Danny. She always tried to get her boyfriends , or even the very few girlfriends she had to cut her with no obligation for them to have to be cut, but that didn't go over well. She had found one guy before she met Danny, that used to be okay with cutting and even let her cut him a few times, but after a year he left her for another girl. 

Karlea knew Armani was reading all this as he drank from her, but she could care less at this point, pretty soon she would be dead and anything Armani knew about her would be forgotten along with her dead body that he would leave somewhere to move on to his next victim.

That was a long snippet. I didn't change it to fit into six sentences, either. Hope you enjoyed! Please comment! And thanks for reading!

Also, if you have a moment, please vote for Nick13 on CMT's countdown, here. We are determined to have him take over the #1 spot again! Thanks in advance.

Have a great week!
Hearts & Stars,

Collection of Past Six Sentence Sundays Armani/Karlea

"Your exquisite beauty has captured the attention of this entire club."
Karlea jumped at the sound of his voice and he grinned at her humanness; that he moved so fast that she never saw him come over to her and kneel before her. 
She noticed him kneeling in front of her, holding a red rose out to her. He gestured for her to take it and she did, saying thank you quietly and trying to avoid his eyes at all costs. 
Karlea noticed that he was handsome: tall, thin, deathly pale, dark eyes that were accented more by dark eyeliner, black hair that was short on the sides and longer down the middle, longer strands falling down to the sides of his face; and dressed in an expensive, shiny black gothic suit. Maybe he was her type, but she wasn't interested. 

He took hold of her hand, rubbing the back of her hand with his thumb, erasing her club stamp.
“I am Armani.” Armani kissed her hand. “I will make your night.” He grinned, “It will be a real screamfest. I will make you feel the best you have ever felt.”

She looked just above him as he spoke. He grabbed onto her chin and forced her to look into his eyes, his eyes changing over to red in front of her. He bit down on her hand, fast and hard; the sound of her skin, muscle, and bone crunched loudly. She yelled out and tried to pull away, but he was still holding her by her chin. He sipped on her blood feeling the tiniest bit of excitement rise in her between the pain.
Armani released her hand, still looking her in the eyes, "You will come with me."

Karlea complied, taking Armani's hand as she stood up. Armani wrapped his arm around her, pulling her into him, as if to keep her warm from the cold wind they were about to face. He held her hand with his free hand, keeping her eternally locked to him as they walked out of the club.
The compulsion wore off as soon as she was in the safety of his building. She snapped out of it immediately noticing the foreign surroundings, and feeling her hand in Armani's as he walked behind her down the long corridor.
In a panic, she turned around, crashing into his chest as his grip on her hand became deathly tight.

Armani smiled coldly down at her as he wrapped his arm around her; his other hand letting go of hers and clamping the death grip back on her wrist. She began to struggle, but his grip was so strong.
"There's nothing to be afraid of," Armani grinned, "I'm going to make you feel the best you have ever felt before you die. I promise you will give in to me before its over."
He stared down at her as she struggled; she was just so beautiful, and he couldn't wait for her body to be quivering underneath him right before he drank her dry.

Karlea wasn't exactly sure what he meant, but she saw the look in his eyes. She knew, being human, that there was no way to stop him, she was totally fucked at this point. She had known it was risky to go to Flesh alone, but she had to find Vaughn or better yet, Jake; she had to take that risk. And now here she was, at the mercy of Armani, her life in his hands, and something told her that there was no way he was going to be merciful; only Jake or Vaughn could save her from death now, and that didn't look like it was happening.
"Why me - because I was all alone?" Karlea asked.

It wouldn't have mattered if you were with someone or not, I would of taken you," Armani stopped abruptly, "You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen in both my human and non-human existence."
Armani held up her hand and with his other hand just brushed his fingertips with hers as he closed his eyes. "You're sexual energy is intense, even now as you tremble with fear."
Karlea looked at their hands. "How do do you know that?"
Armani smiled, "I am what they call a sexual vampire."

"I not only feed off blood, but sexual energy. You have the best of both worlds, I never thought I would find it."
"What are you going to do to me before you kill me?" Karlea asked, tears welling up in her eyes.
"I told you, I'm going to make you feel the best you have ever felt. I have the power to make you leave this plane of existence and enter into a new euphoric one, a plane you never knew existed."

"I will make you forget who you are. I will do all that for you and then for me, I will take all your sexual energy and blood."
Karlea was scared; he was going to rape her...and it sounded brutal, before he would drink her dry. She was hoping for a quick death, knowing how some vampires liked to make it torturous but this was going to be anything but quick. She didn't know what to do, what could she do?
Then she remembered the small stake she had lodged between her breasts inside her bra.

Armani pulled her from behind him, walking towards the steel door at the end of the long hallway. Karlea kept up with him without struggling, as she pulled the small stake from her bra. She raised the stake, ready to drive it through his back, into his heart. Armani turned around with his vampire speed and knocked the stake from her hand, immediately pushing her into the wall.
"A valiant effort, I must say." He grinned as he used his speed to pick up the stake, "You're dating a vampire, I expected you to be carrying one on you."

Armani twirled the stake in his hand, as he held Karlea by the throat against the wall, "For the times when things get out of control... in bed." Armani smirked at the thought of her in bed with a vampire, then continued, "have you ever had to stake your boyfriend? My apologies, I mean ex-boyfriend."
Karlea didn't say a word, but she didn't have to.
"Of course you haven't, you like it, all of it. You like the roughness, the hurt, and almost losing your life."


Armani tightened the grip on her throat, making her unable to breathe, causing her to grab onto his wrist to try to loosen his grip as he continued, "I can tell, I can sense it. Well, tonight you really will lose your life."
Karlea stared at him; his face becoming a black spot as he grinned, consciousness slipping away from her.
"Your silence does nothing for you, your blood gives it all away."
Armani let go of her throat, immediately grabbing onto the back of her head and pulling it back to expose her neck. He drove his fangs deep into her throat, a hoarse painful moan escaped her lips. 

Karlea pushed against his shoulders in a desperate attempt to get his body off of her, but his body was so cold and heavy against hers that it barely moved the slightest inch. Karlea gave up and relaxed her body, letting him take what he wanted from her. The pain of his bite radiated through her throat, she could feel Armani sucking hard at her neck, taking life from her with each sip. She felt the room spin, involuntarily grabbing onto Armani's shoulders for support as she closed her eyes.

Armani pulled her closer into him, holding tightly onto her as he felt her get weaker, her breasts smashed up against him, he had pulled her so close. He really wanted to bite one, but he knew if he didn't stop soon, she would be dead and his play time would be over.