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The final Fire Kin snippet

Which is also the final Half-Light City snippet. Four books later and the story is done. At least for now (because you know, never say never).

So have a snippet from our hero.

Having gleaned what I could for now, I turned my attention from the Fae to my surroundings. I was still shielding my power, but despite that, I could feel the song of the court and the Veiled World itself. Feel the slow, ancient pulse of the magic that ran beneath it. All that lazy power there to be used, ready to leap to my call.

It stood the hairs on the back of my neck on end and I was very glad that this was the second time I’d been to Summerdale rather than the first since my exile. This time, it wasn’t quite so seductive and I didn’t feel quite so drunk with it.

There was still a certain amount of temptation to let it run through me and wreak some old-fashioned havoc, but that would only lead to more trouble. The aim today was to stay alive.

One more sleep!

A snippet and a reminder

Fire Kin is out in a week (May 6).

And here’s a snippet to whet the appetite:

“Liam,” I said. “It’s good to see you.”

He smiled back at me, eyes startlingly green in his dark face. “And you, Lady Bryony.”

I studied him a moment. He looked tired but, underneath the fatigue, somehow changed by his travels. He’d been bowed down with grief at the death of a girl he couldn’t protect when he was sent on his mission. Apparently that hurt had receded a little. Also, he met my gaze without a blush. Which was another welcome improvement. He was growing up, this young knight.

“How is your arm after your journey?” I let my gaze fall to the shortened left sleeve of his tunic, which bared the stump of his arm. Simon and I had been unable to save his forearm—torn to shreds by the teeth of a Beast, and it was a failing that pained me.

“It’s fine, my lady,” he said firmly, shifting his stance so his right side was nearer to me.

I accepted his explanation, for now. He had never admitted to pain, not even in the earliest days after his amputation. I made a note to send one of the healers to check him later.

“They sent me to escort you,” Liam continued.

“Are we to meet in Father Cho’s office?” I asked, respecting his change of subject.

“In the conference room. I’ll take you there.”

He led the way, though I knew the route all too well. There had been too many conferences with the Templars and the human council these last few months. I probably could have found my way to the conference room in my sleep.

A babble of noise as we approached the room told me that I wasn’t the only one who’d been summoned.

But as I stepped through the door and saw the man who stood beside Guy DuCaine, tall and sleekly muscled with night dark hair and dark gray eyes set in a face I had tried my best to forget, I only wanted to turn around and run.

But if you haven’t started the Half-Light City series, here’s a quick reminder.

Book 1 is Shadow Kin

More info (including excerpts) here.

Book 2 is Blood Kin


More info (including excerpts) here.

Book 3 is Iron Kin

Iron Kin cover

More info (including excerpts) here.

Winners….Australia Day Blog Hopgiveaway

As decreed by the powers of random.org, the winning entrants in my Australia Day Blog Hop giveaway are:

Choice of either Shadow Kin or Blood Kin…Karina

Choice of a Keri Arthur book…Sonia Cattley

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who dropped by to comments (and to Bookdout and Confessions from Romaholics for running the blog hop). Karina and Sonia, I’ll be in touch to organise your prizes.

Blood Kin snippet # 2 – Guy’s song

I’ll put up the full soundtrack in another post but today’s snippet is a key Guy song.  An oldie but a goodie.

Pretty

Today is a lovely, lovely summer’s day in Melbourne. Not too hot, sunny, with a bit of a breeze. My mum has been down so that we could go visit my aunt and cousin and said cousin’s too cute little boy, all of whom live interstate. I didn’t grab my big camera as I left and, naturally, that meant we ended up taking a (slow and hobbly) walk along South Bank. So I defaulted back to the iPhone (yay for camera phones…the iPhone really does take some nice pics). I posted a bunch of them over on the Facebook page but here’s my fave:

Melbourne, which is a very pretty city and I’ve always loved this view up the river towards the CBD.

In other news, Blood Kin page proofs are done and so is my last chance to fiddle with the story. Hopefully I’ll have some ARCs to giveaway soon. I’m futzing around with a couple of other ideas which shall remain nameless for now and doing some planning but mostly I’m trying to get through the post book phase where a writer’s brain goes all fuzzy and all sorts of weirdness (like forgetting one’s purse, dropping things, turning up early or late for appointments etc) occurs. So lazy summer days are good therapy for that!

Spooky…

Spooky Legends 2011

You can cruise on over to All Things Urban Fantasy if you want to get Lily’s take on the legend of The Black Dog.

There’s a chance to win a copy of Shadow Kin and the Spooky Legends event is running all month and there are many other cool giveaways and legends to read about.

 

New York – Episode 3

And now onto Wednesday.  On Tuesday there was shoe shopping and other frivolities which I’ve already posted about on FB etc.  Wednesday afternoon, Keri and I went for a wander around to get a closer look at some of the places we went on the bus tour.

New York Public Library – Patience or Fortitude (which is what the lions are called but I’m not sure which one this dude is)

Stairs inside the library

View from one of the windows

 

Ceiling in the library

Door in the library

Outside Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station concourse

Lights in Grand Central

Interior of the Chrysler building

Lamps outside the Chrysler building

 

Statue outside a hotel whose name escapes me right now

Stained glass inside Saint Patricks, which has some of the most gorgeous stained glass I’ve seen

More stained glass

Next up will be some shots from the Cloisters….

Websites and promos and bears, oh my!

As the time for Shadow Kin’s release creeps closer, I’m starting to think about promotion. There’s a lot to think about. Some stuff I do already, some I need to learn about.  I’m making lists and reading and generally making my head spin.  So tonight instead, I shall write!

Pretties

My books aren’t steampunk…they’re more gaslight fantasy (Steampunk is Science Fiction)…steam tech but with magic and critters not so much steampunky gadgets. Having said that, I do love the Steampunk Aesthetic and a conversation on Twitter today with BookThingo, kicked off some searching for a steampunk iPhone cover amongst other things, so I thought I’d share some pretties with the world.

First up, possibly the closest thing to mass market steampunk iPhone cases…gorgeousness from Exovault

I confess to being a little bit sceptical about how much shock these absorb if you drop them compared to a leather case but they are beeyootiful!

Then, possibly even cooler…this bit of wonder from Japan (Factron)

Now, over to the category of people are just very very clever….

Handmade steampunk iphone cases!

via Laura

Or

made by Lilibat on deviantart

Or how about a steampunk iPhone dock?

Freeland Studios

Then we got onto the subject of e-readers…how cool would a steampunk e-reader be? (Though Mel picks an e-reader is going to be a whole ‘nother post!).

I haven’t yet found an actual punked e-reader but I have found a cover….

Outside

Inside

Wishwords on LJ Steamfashion (hattip to @Misssteamstess on Twitter

And just because, this is awesome and one day when I own a mansion with a library the size of Neil Gaiman’s, I shall work at a desk like this…

via Steampunk Workshop

Though someone would need to invent me an ergonomic steampunk keyboard! lol

So there you go, some pretties from the steampunk world. Don’t get me started on the jewellery (don’t type steampunk into Etsy! Danger Will Robinson!)

Hmmph

Sometimes, when revising particularly dumb things you’ve written, it’s hard not to feel like this!

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And when wrestling with plots, I could do with some of this…


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