Part .5 of Delphinium, Beta Edition

Once again my over-estimations come back to haunt me. Here’s part of the first ‘chapter’ of Delphinium, about a 4th of it. This is why I gave the vague ‘day or two’ for estimations. Slow and steady did finally win the race though, so I’ll keep writing even if it’s only a little at a time.

She had become ill. A cough began the day of their departure and lasted throughout the  journey, bringing with it chills and taking away her appetite. Three days from Piques’s capital they were commanded to stop and rest in town, her suitor refusing to go further until she improved. As his orders were that of duc and doctor none could argue.

He carried her to the most elegant suite at the inn as if he were already her husband, laying her down in bed, but then moving to the hall while a maid helped her undress. When he entered again she was curled up under the covers and shivering. Ignoring the maid he made his way to the lady, kissing her forehead and letting his lips linger to both comfort and asses a fever.

“I am unfamiliar with what ails you, my dear,” he said, stroking back her curls. Her blue eyes were unfocused, her skin pale save for blotches on her cheeks. “I will consult with local physicians about this. You will be better soon.” His studies had been in surgery, not illness, but he would take extraordinary measures to make her well.

“Forgive me for being so much trouble—” A kiss silenced her. The thought that he could catch her illness entered his mind for a moment, but the desire to show her no blame won over. And if he did fall ill and feel the symptoms himself, at least he might be able to hold back the spirits that plagued her.

She broke the kiss to cough, spots of red betraying how much worse her condition had become.

“Rest for now,” he said softly. He took out a handkerchief and wiped away the blood from her lips, then tucked her in. She lay facing away and only mumbled a reply. The duc remained standing by her side, not wanting to leave her, one hand still stroking blonde hair that was damp from fever and sweat.

“There is drink for Lady Elizabeth by the bed, Your Grace,” the maid spoke up, breaking into his thoughts. “And chimes to the servant’s room for when she wakes.”

“Thank you, you may go,” he replied over his shoulder. Pouring his love a glass of diluted wine he paused after setting down the glass- the maid had left and the door was barely ajar. He took off his gloves and, with a pin taken from the folds of his clothing, he pricked a finger. Blood seeped out, becoming dark first with saturation and then in hue. When it dripped down his hand the trail left behind was black.

He let several drops of blood fall into her wine before putting on his gloves again. They were black as well, and by sight one would not see the bloodstains.

“Sleep well, Lizzy. Do not forget to drink. I will have a light dinner brought to you later.” She did not reply a second time, already asleep or too weak to answer.

He closed the door behind himself softly, uncertain if he wanted to leave without making her at least drink first. But no, she needed to rest, it would do her good before any magic enchanted her. And he needed his own rest before using any cræft.

He went to his own rooms, smiling when he walked in to see his cat lying on a pillow. A pure black queen, she was his constant companion and confidant.  He sat beside her and pulled her into his lap, not a care for the expensive clothes that would be covered in fur. He held her close as a pet from childhood and not the Familiar she usually was.

“She is very ill,” he told her. “I do not know what to do, Pluta. I don’t know how to feel. A doctor has been sent for, what if they can offer no help either?”

Pluta pressed herself to her master. He did not often worry, but Elizabeth had become close to him again these last few weeks, a childhood friendship becoming an adult’s desire for true companionship and love.

“What is the worst that can happen?” the cat said. To most it would sound like purring or mewling, but to him and those that knew necrocræft it would be human tongue.

“She could suffer,” he replied. “And I might not be able to do anything.”

Serializing Delphinium

I’ve been a bad author. It has taken me far far too much time to get Delphinium done, and frankly, I’m still not finished.

I am sorry.

I get ahead of myself and make plans, and then I realize I can’t do what I want to. With a blog and facebook and twitter I’ve found myself also spouting all my plans to people who actually count on me. Then I can’t deliver.

I’m learning, I’m trying to catch up with my mouth and ideas. I’m getting there. To make up for this astoundingly long wait I’ve decided to serialize Delphinium’s first edition on my blog. It’ll have pages up there under “Clandestina > Larkspur Series > Delphinium” and I’ll mention it in posts here. There are 15 parts of ~2000 words each, and most still need polish, so I’m going to release one at a time (in order :P) until the book’s finished. I’ve giving myself a day, maybe two, for each section. That said some sections are almost perfect now, so as soon as they are done they will be put up. I won’t be holding anything back, it’s less ‘a part a day’ and more ‘a part as fast as I can finish it.’

Then I’ll send it over to my editor to catch any last moment issues I may have missed, and release it on Amazon/B&N/Kobo. Sadly at that point the ‘first edition’ will be taken down.

The first part of Delphinium will be up *tonight.* It’s late-ish (East Coast) but I’ll have it up before I crash for the night. I promise.

Book II

I really need to get Delphinium out. Larkspur’s sales have peaked, and even though it’s not even been 3 months yet, I already feel like ‘hey I wrote a book!’ is getting old. I don’t want to spam people, I want people to read my stuff because they like that sort of thing. My Facebook Party has 18 confirmed guests, and my sales are at 132- so it seems people are at least a little interested.

But I won’t be able to keep anyone’s interests with a short novelette and no sequel.

I moved the facebook release date to the 30th, just so it wouldn’t stay on the 20th, but I think I can hit that. The extra week is giving me a lot more breathing room, even accounting for an exam I have to take on the 23rd. I’m essentially home alone for the next two weeks (family in Poland, and while brother is at home, he’s out a lot) and won’t have many distractions aside from keeping the house not-on-fire. Now just not to get sucked into procrastination.

Larkspur will still be free on the 20th and 21st, going on to Nook, Kobo and other platforms the 22nd.

Facebook Release Party!

(Was going to wait until I wrote today’s 3K, but I’ve barely started.. so I’m going to do this and then go write).

I’m told this is a thing! So Delphinium’s going to be released on June 20th, and as a part of my ‘you have to do it, people know’ plan, I’ve also set up a Facebook Event. It’s open to the public, anyone can join, and I freely encourage questions and/or chatter. I’ll probably work out a thing where I give away a free copy or two, maybe of Larkspur and maybe the upcoming Delphinium. Please do join, and ‘invite’ anyone else who might be interested or interesting!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1492874244262537/

Delphinium Release Date!

I’m going to take the risk and announce my ~release date for Delphinium: A Necromancer’s Love–

June 20th, 2014 ❤

KDP Select ends on Larkspur the 21st, and so for the last two days (20th and 21st) I’m going to have Larkspur set to FREE. By that point I want there to be a link in the back pointing to Delphinium (which will NOT be in Select). After the 21st I’ll put both books on to other platforms like Kobo and B&N.

I’m writing this post for two reasons- hype, and motivation. The only reason I managed to get Larkspur done is because I set a publish date and *had* to stick to it. So I’m going to do this again with Delphinium, knowing there are at least a few folk who are waiting for the release.

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Writing Day

I have a tentative date for Delphinium’s release (those signed up for the newsletter know the ‘about this time’ date already 😉 No hard promises yet though). But to hit it I have to start working *today.* Boyfriend’s visiting friends in Florida now, and my summer classes are relatively low intensity, so it’s writing time. No distractions.

Right now I’m at 4403 words– not a lot at all sadly. The goal is ~30K to ~35K, at least double Larkspur and hopefully longer. The good news is is that I have an outline, and I know far more about what I’m doing than when I was attempting the first book. I know I can hit a few thousand words a day, and at least the first time I set a public release date with Larkspur I hit it. Plus now I have far more people actually interested in my work. No pressure, right? 🙂

 

Summertime work

Everything is done! Now I have.. one week until things get hectic again.

Plenty of time! (No, I am not saying Delphinium will be out in a week. Writing it asap, but don’t have a date set yet.)

Today I listened to more of the self-publishing podcast, and made the cover for book 4 – Regalis. Yup, the Larkspur Series is not a trilogy, it’s actually six planned books. Though I suppose the two halves are different enough that you could call them a duo of trilogies. Here’s the cover:

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(The more covers I make, the more I love them. I think Regalis is my favourite. Going from a ‘blood in the painting’ to ‘blood on a photo’ sort of theme.)

Regalis is actually a fairly common species name. There are many plants, insects and such that are called ___ regalis. Consolida regalis is one of them- the field larkspur.

Now, how about Delphinium? Well, I am writing it. It should be 30-35K, more than double the first story. Far more plot threads are appearing, the rest of life is starting to crowd Pierre’s time and privacy. There is more revealed about magic, the land, even some of the neighboring places as well.

I have tea, I’ll be up tonight writing and maybe get into more details in another post.

Ah, and I’ve also decided on a subtitle. At first ‘A Necromancer’s Romance’ was just a subtitle for Larkspur so that people would know about the content. I thought I would eventually take it off and just call it ‘Larkspur’ (and I usually just refer to it as such). But I’m starting to like the explanatory phrase, it’s rather like old exactly what it says on the tin titles. (Warning: TV Tropes link)

Book II is therefore Delphinium: A Necromancer’s Love

(Yes, I’m still using necro-mancer. It’s easier, everyone knows what I mean even if it isn’t the in-universe term. Pierre might just do a little bit of necromancy so I can call it that without feeling bad about breaking canon.)