Friday Insight #2 – NaNoWriMo And “Of Wolves And Men”

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This month I’m writing hard and fast, in an attempt to get the draft of “Of Wolves And Men” finished. And you’re invited to a peek behind the curtain…

  • Each Friday between now and the end of the month, I’m posting a sample of what I’ve written that week.
  • That could mean you see samples out of sequence, depending on what section of the outline I decide to write.
  • All the samples will be in  unedited form, so you’re getting a deep insight into my writing process…

Click the button below, and bookmark the page, so you can keep track of my progress throughout the month.


{BEGINNING OF SAMPLE}

There was a very strong odor of blood, that slight metallic tinge to the air was unmistakable. I couldn’t tell if it was human blood, but not whether the source was a mortal or a supernatural with a mortal origin. To be honest, I was only able to tell that much, because I could be sure it wasn’t from any animal that lived in the wilder areas around the city. If I was able to pick up the scent from this side of a locked door, there had to be a lot of it, or the air conditioning units would carry the scent away.

Rattling the door gave me a feel for how deep the bolt ran into the door jamb, and it didn’t feel as though it went too far into the door jamb. I gave the handle another few shakes, just to see if I could pop the lock. The trick worked on my apartment door sometimes, not that I’d informed my landlady. She’d have replaced it within seconds, and I’d have lost the means to get in after a night of drinking.

Why hadn’t the STF covered this kind of situation in my training? Did the Chief not trust me enough to handle gaining entry to a locked room? Despite my efforts, Jimmy’s door remained firmly locked, so I decided to try something I’d seen on TV.

Pacing for a moment, I though about what I was about to do, and then shooed the crowd back a few paces, to give myself some room. I squared up with the door, and stepped back a few paces, before hurling myself forward, before I convinced myself how crazy that this was a crazy idea.

My shoulder and arm slammed into the door, and I felt a sharp pain right down my arm, which I hadn’t been expecting. Of course, I shouldn’t have trusted old movies, because it felt as though I might have dislocated my shoulder.

Then I remembered a trick that I’d seen Feldman use on one of the training scenarios. He’d kicked the door, rather than charging it. Now I just had to remember exactly how he did it, because I had a feeling that it wasn’t as easy as he made it look.

I backed up a pace from the door, and tried to give the door a test kick, almost falling over in the process. Shuffling forward I tried again, and felt another sharp pain, this time in my heel, as it connected with the door handle, and the name plate fell of the door. There was barely even a dent in the door. My frustration exploded at the same time, and I saw red at the thought that a simple door was going to beat me.

{END OF SAMPLE}


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Friday Insight #1 – NaNoWriMo And “Of Wolves And Men”

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Some of my long-time followers might be aware that I’ve done an event in November called NaNoWriMo. That’s National Novel Writer’s Month, for those who haven’t heard of it before.

The event has a very simple premise: Between November 1st and November 20th, write 50,000 words.

This year, I’m using it to give myself a kick in the backside, and restart work on “Of Wolves and Men (Shadows Over Seattle: Book One)”, the first full novel in the series.

  • Each Friday between now and the end of the month, I’m going to post a sample of what I’ve written that week.
  • Of course, that could mean you see samples out of sequence, depending on what section of the outline I decide to write.
  • Also, all the samples will be in their rawest, unedited forms, so you’re getting a deep insight into my writing process…

Click the button below, and bookmark the page, so you can keep track of my progress throughout the month.


{BEGINNING OF SAMPLE}

I raced across the asphalt of the Silver Cloud Hotel’s parking lot, with the stench of early morning exhaust stinging my nostrils. I’d lost sight of my quarry as he’d dodged between parked cars, but I was certain he’d been making his way toward Broadway.

There was no point in him trying to double-back past me to the rear of the parking lot, because that’s where I’d found him crouched over his victim. I’d very deliberately pulled out my cellphone and started making the motions of dialing for assistance. If that hadn’t been enough, I’d also started faking the conversation with an imaginary dispatcher.

He’d taken off fast, climbing the rear wall of the parking structure, ripped off the wire mesh covering the opening to the mid-level and slipping between the bars that stopped cars from driving off the mid-level.

I’d stopped to check on his victim and realized that this was more likely a vampire feeding than a mugging. The middle-aged, woman was smartly dressed, but her purse and everything were still on her person, with little sign that the attacker had tried to steal them.

A quick physical check had assured me that she was only unconscious. There were also no signs of injury, so either she’d fainted, or dropped unconscious from exhaustion. I flagged down a couple of passers-by to watch her and assured them that I had medical assistance on the way. When they asked where I was going I told them I wanted to catch her assailant before he got away.

That had been about three minutes ago, and we’d been playing hide-and-seek among the cars and pillars ever since. There are only so many places to hide in a covered parking area, and I was confident that he hadn’t been able to change floors, because I hadn’t heard the stairwell door closing. I knew from personal experience that it tended to stick for a moment before slamming shut the rest of the way.

The longer this game of cat-and-mouse went on, the bigger the chance that he’d manage to slip past me and into the street or find a hiding place to ambush me from. Since I wasn’t happy with either idea I did something I rarely did around so many people and tapped my inner wolf’s sense of smell. I’d only caught a brief look at the person I was tracking, but I’d spotted a couple of things that most people wouldn’t have thought to look for.

{END OF SAMPLE}


Book Spotlight – “Clay and Blood” by Rebekah Jonesy

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Book Blurb

Gillian Gilchrist has no time to rest after completing her first missions for Queen Mab and the goddess Danu. There is still the cleanup to do, and that’s how she finds herself following the trail of devastation left by a rogue fae.
Somehow this one moves through the trees without leaving any trace of its passing, except for the tattered and bloody clothing of its victims.

In the dark woods Gillian can’t tell if the culprit she is tracking is insane, sick, or simply acting out its true nature, but she knows that the only way to find out is to track it, capture it, and question it.
Unfortunately, that means following the scent of the victim’s blood soaked into the soil.

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From The Author

Rebekah Jonesy

Rebekah Jonesy knows stuff about things and isn’t afraid to talk and write about it. Outside of the literary world, she is a mad scientist cook, gardener, Jill of all trades, and military spouse. Inside the literary world she is a devourer of books, publisher, and mentor.

“Rebekah has the best kind of rabies”- JD Estrada
You can follow author Rebekah Jonesy at Twitter, Facebook, join her reader’s group, or her blog Heart Strong.

Where To Find Rebekah Jonesy

Twitter, Facebook, Blog (Rebekah Jonesy), Website (Heart Strong), Newsletter (Angela L. Lindseth)

31 Days Of Halloween – Teaser Tuesday #5

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Wolves In The Desert (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequel Three)

When his squad is deployed to Iraq, Gunnery Sergeant Garfield Feldman leads them in a series of operations against forces loyal to Saddam Hussein.

Recently rumors have been flying around base that the enemy has learned a few new tricks, and found ways to ambush Marine units from buildings that had been declared clear.

Now Feldman’s team has received orders to conduct a snatch-and-grab mission deep in enemy-held territory. But what lies behind the walls, and what can Feldman do to ensure the success of the mission?

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Urban Fantasy, Short Story, US Marine Corps, Iraq
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Book Spotlight – “Battlefield Love” by Skyler Andra

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Book Blurb

When a sassy and disillusioned phone sex girl gets a hold of the power of Cupid, watch out!

Locke Casey is a twenty something year old creative writing student, funding her way through college with a questionable occupation. When some scorned chump calls through, asking her about love, what’s there to say? It sucks.

Told she’s perfect, she’s imbued with the powers of Eros, and thrown into a world she’s unprepared for. A world full of sexy avatars, each with unique godly abilities. Like Mads, the cunning and charming embodiment of Hermes, who’s allure she can’t resist. Or Rane, the intense, secretive and broody soldier, personifying Ares, that she can’t keep her hands off.

Unlike the avatars, Locke has somehow inherited the full power of Eros, who has mysteriously gone missing, and without his stabilizing influence, the gods are going crazy. Rane and Mads must get Locke to Olympus before it and Earth are thrown into chaos. But the closer she gets to the city of Gods, it seems the two avatars have secrets of their own, leaving Locke unsure who to trust.

Battlefield Love is the first in a series, a slow burn reverse harem romance with sexy, godly avatars and steamy scenes.

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From the Author

Skyler Andra

Never say never. That’s Skyler’s attitude, and she fills her heroines and heroes with that same philosophy. Skyler is an Aussie who loves traveling and her goal is to one day visit every country in the world.

When she’s not writing, she’s snuggling with a good book and her furbabies. At heart she’s a gaming nerd, Pilates and martial arts enthusiast.

Where To Find Skyler Andra

Facebook, Website (Skyler’s Den of Darkness – Facebook Reader’s Group), Newsletter (Skyler’s Den of Darkness – Facebook Reader’s Group)

Short Story: “After Dark”

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This story was written specifically for the “31 Days of Halloween” event.

The original idea actually came from the ending of the story, and me trying to figure out what had happened to reach that point.

I’m deliberately presenting this story in draft form, with minimal editing. I may decide to develop it further, but for now, it seems as complete as it plans to be.

“After Dark” by Timothy Bateson

It was overcast the night my friends and I walked to the cemetery on the edge of town. Everyone told me that it was going to rain tonight, but I couldn’t smell it in the wind.

I’d lived in the city for most of my youth, and knew every smell and sound that the city was capable of producing. I also knew most of the streets, but the outskirts of the city were a mystery at times. And that’s why I’d brought Jenks along, even though he really wasn’t part of my circle of friends.

Jenks had grown up on this side of town, and had talked about how special the graveyard was on Halloween night. He’d regaled us with stories of nights spent wandering between gravestones reading the inscriptions. Though I didn’t really believe him, several of my friends had, and Jenks was labeled a weirdo.

I had my reasons not to believe him but I kept them to myself. After all, Jenks was the weirdo, not me. Somehow, despite everything, I was the popular one.

I was lost in thought as we approached the cemetery, and I missed whatever they were discussing, until Rollo asked how we were going to get in.

It was after dark, and I was interested in hearing the answer myself. So I turned to Jenks and asked him what his plan was to get all of us over the wall.

“There’s a loose section that I climb over, and it should hold even Rollo’s weight.”

Yeah, there was the other reason why Jenks wasn’t part of our circle. He spent a lot of time picking on Rollo and I didn’t like it. Rollo was one of the kindest people I knew, and didn’t deserve the kind of crap that Jenks gave him for his weight problem. The kid liked to eat, sure. But then when it came to mealtimes, he usually brought something that the rest of us could share.

I had Jenks show us where to climb, and we scrambled over, one after the other. I landed on the other side of the wall last amid nervous giggling and glances back toward the street. Smiling I called everyone to order, and waited for the merriment to quiet.

This wasn’t a normal night, and the reduced level of light made everything seem eerie, especially with the low-lying fog. But I knew that there were no reasons for most of us to be nervous.

The only people here, other than us, were long dead, and I was okay about that. The dead were nothing to be afraid of, and I reminded everyone of that. As nerves seemed to settle Jenks suggested that we should head deeper into the cemetery so he could show us his favorite headstone.

I nodded, and gave him the illusion of being in charge, if even for a few minutes. There was no harm in it, especially after his dig at Rollo. In fact, if anything that cemented my resolve to let him lead us deeper, if he dared. I still had my doubts about his claims.

Five minutes later, we were standing over a grave that looked freshly dug, even though the inscription indicated that it was much older. In fact, according to the headstone this was where an eighteen year old boy had been buried over sixty years ago.

I looked around my circle of friends, and decided to end the charade, and kick off the main event of the night.

I let my incisors extend, and watched the others do the same. That’s the moment we all turned on Jenks, and I grinned.

And then I started the countdown. “Ten… Nine…” It was on seven that Jenks finally took the hint, and ran. It would be a good hunt, as long as he didn’t fall into any of our graves, or faint like last year’s prey.

If he made the wall, he was safe, and the rules said we had to offer him the chance to join us. If he refused, he’d die anyway. But after his dig at Rollo, I wasn’t going to give him the chance to be one of us. Jenks did love graves, so maybe we’d hide his remains in one when we were done feasting.

“Dinner’s on me tonight boys. And no playing with your food, you have to be back in your graves before morning.” Of course, they didn’t need the reminder – we’d played this game for six decades.

Book Spotlight – “Wolves In The Desert (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequel Three)” by Timothy Bateson

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Book Blurb

When his squad is deployed to Iraq, Gunnery Sergeant Garfield Feldman leads them in a series of operations against forces loyal to Saddam Hussein. 

Recently rumors have been flying around base that the enemy has learned a few new tricks, and found ways to ambush Marine units from buildings that had been declared clear. 

Now Feldman’s team has received orders to conduct a snatch-and-grab mission deep in enemy-held territory. But what lies behind the walls, and what can Feldman do to ensure the success of the mission?

Buy Your Copy Now! E-Book
At These eBook Retailers: Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks


Here’s what people had to say about “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequel One)”


I enjoy the author’s twist on the old werewolf lore, creating a whole new version and calling them Lupines, to allow him to break the rules of the legends without really breaking things, if you know what I mean. 


Amazon Reviewer

From the Author

Timothy Bateson

Timothy Bateson is a writer who broke into the market in 2014, with three short stories being featured in Halloween and science-fiction anthologies. In 2016, Bateson self-published a re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, the first of a several stories set in the “Shadows Over Seattle” world, which he co-writes with his wife, Sandi.


Bateson is also a blogger who often spotlights books and fellow indie authors, alongside his other interests, such as the Brain to Books Cyber Convention events, falconry, journaling, quotes, and reading. More about Bateson’s writing can be found at http://timothybatesonauthor.weebly.com, or at his blog https://timothybatesonauthor.wordpress.com.

Where To Find Timothy Bateson

Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog (Ramblings of an Author), Website (Timothy Bateson)