Holiday Ramblings and Wishes

Since it’s Christmas, I decided to skip Six Sentence Sunday this week. I’d like to take a moment to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. Those of us fortunate to have family and friends around us, as well as health, safety, food, and shelter, need to remember to be grateful for all our blessings. It doesn’t have to be religious, just a moment to reflect and be glad for all the good in our lives. So many in this world have none of those things.

Our family has always had a fairly traditional Christmas, though there were lean years when any gifts consisted solely of the socks and underwear variety. We’ve always given as many homemade gifts as possible, because we believe that taking the time and energy to make a gift for a loved one gives us time to anticipate how they will love our gift, and to remember how important they are to us. Most importantly, we’ve always placed far more importance on spending quality time with those we love, and the religious significance is another aspect of family and love for us.

Over the next few days, I’ll be thinking of the New Year, and all the things I’d like to accomplish in 2012. I already know several of my goals, both personal and professional. Some are entirely new, while others are continuations of things I’ve already worked on in 2011. Most of the thinking will be centered on planning exactly how to accomplish all those goals.

Next Sunday, I’ll share a few of my goals and plans – I don’t call them New Years’ Resolutions, because when I do, I rarely take them seriously enough to accomplish them.

I hope you all have a wondrous Christmas, and time to share it peacefully with loved ones. Forget the stress often associated with holidays and family gatherings, and allow yourself to simply enjoy.

{{{{All of you}}}}

Kenra

 

Six Sentence Sunday 12-18

This week’s Six is a little change of pace. Still from Blood Dragon, this one is from Kiellen’s point-of-view. He and his team have followed the evidence toward Jaden, and finally, they’re on the right track.

Kiellen disconnected and climbed back into the van. “Wake up, sleeping beauties.” His men came awake, fully alert and ready to go. “We got info.” He filled them in on what Adelle told him, then turned to the computer.

Redinger’s face stared back at him from the screen.  

Will they get there in time to save Jaden?

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Six Sentence Sunday 12-11

This week’s Six continues the scene from last week’s. Jaden has fought her captors to keep them from torturing her, only to be knocked unconscious. Now that she’s awake, Jack, Redinger’s assistant, explains what happened.

Jack laughed and stood up. Filth encrusted coveralls sent off a fresh wave of nausea-inducing stink. “That’s my own invention. Redinger’s cattle prod ain’t strong enough to manage vamps, in my opinion.” His habit of dropping entire syllables and running words together made him difficult to understand. “I jerry-rigged one to double the zap – slap it to the base of the spine, and they’re down for the count.”

 

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Six Sentence Sunday 12-4

This week’s Six is from another scene, but picks up where we left off, with Jaden unconscious.

Jaden came to, lying on a blanket in the cell. The pain in her back and head made her wish she hadn’t regained consciousness. She tried moving, only to groan aloud and stop.

“Oh, you’re awake.” The nearby voice sounded vaguely familiar.

 A little at a time, she forced her eyes open, wincing as memory flooded back. 

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My memory’s like a sieve – forgot to post last week. 😀

This week’s Six is from Blood Dragon, from the same scene as the past several Six posts. Jaden fought back when Redinger tried to force her into a chair built for torture. She has knocked him unconscious here, and needs to make a decision.

Should she take the time to feed from Redinger? Would the boost to her strength be worth the risk of delaying her escape? Probably not. Better to just get the hell out of the ware-

Soul shattering pain hit the base of her spine. Her muscles refused to fight, and she dropped to the floor as everything went black.

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This week’s Six is from Blood Dragon. This is later in the same scene as last week’s Six. Jaden has recovered from the cattle prod enough to stand and make Redinger think she’s going to cooperate nicely with his demand that she sit in the torture chair.

When Redinger closed his eyes in a full blink, she charged. This time she made contact, just above his knees, and propelled him back and down.

Rather than going all the way down, he landed on his ass with a grunt. He struck her head with the baton, hard enough to make her see stars. Then hit her again.

Jaden hit back, her fist connecting with his jaw in a glancing blow. 

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In the midst of sick family members, I somehow managed to miss posting last week. Never fear, back this week. This week’s Six is from Blood Dragon. Jaden has just attempted to attack Redinger as he tried to force her into one of the torture chairs.  He retaliates with a cattle prod.

The searing pain almost made her wet herself. Far worse than the bullet to her knee.

“Silly vampire. Did you think I wouldn’t be prepared for that?” He stepped back and waited for her to recover her breath. “Get up now, and go to the chair.”

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The official Six Sentence Sunday is taking a break this week, but will be back next week. I’ve decided to go ahead and post my Six this week anyway. Partly because I’m a creature of habit, and partly because there might be one person out there looking forward to seeing what my characters are up to. So, with further ado…

This week’s Six is from the new beginning of BLOOD DRAGON, and immediately follow last week’s Six, which, in turn followed the Six from 10-9.  Jaden’s kidnapper gives her one last chance to give him what he wants.

Smiling his tight smile, Redinger approached Jaden’s cell. “Well, you’ve had time to compose your thoughts. Are you going to give me the names of the other vampires, or do I get to pull the information out of you, bit by bit?”

“I’m not telling you anything.” Determination made her voice strong. These humans would kill her anyway, as soon as they had the information.

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This week’s Six is from the new beginning of BLOOD DRAGON. These sentences immediately follow last week’s Six. The situation is going from bad to worse.

James Redinger, the apparent leader of her captors, walked over to one of the dentist chairs arranged in a row just across from the line of four cells. He lowered it and unhooked the straps, then turned and arranged some of the tools on the workbench next to the chairs.

The whole thing looked calculated to scare her. It worked. She really didn’t want to be put in that chair. Having already sampled the brutality of the men who had arranged her kidnapping, she could do without more.

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Picture of Strappado, a medieval form of torture

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Nearly forgot to add my blog to the list this time! This week’s Six is from the new opening of BLOOD DRAGON. I’m doing some fairly minor revisions before sending it out to more publishers. Still haven’t heard back from a couple, but I’m not sitting still with it.

Jaden has been kidnapped and is caged in a torture chamber. Her captors have promised to do whatever necessary to get the names of every vampire in the city out of her.

The heavy steel door opened, startling Jaden. Damn it! She had to be more alert. Letting them catch her off guard had already proven dangerous. Careful of her not-yet-healed knee, she stood from the concrete floor, and faced the door of the cell, waiting to see what they would do next. Certainly nothing good.