Forced To Choose Forever

This is my very latest effort on my novel.  I decided that you all might want to give me some feedback on the opening of the story, or at least be a little curious about it.  So, here it is:

68468856805097349_z40ZW64T_b“Father, I will not take a mate and if you force me, either he or I will be dead by morning.”

It was bad enough the pack ran with all the old-fashioned traditions. Women were second class citizens to be given away by their fathers at whatever age their father chose. Nina knew it could be worse. If she were lower in the pack, there would be fewer prospects for mating. They had little choice. Only a rare few mated for love, if they were allowed to mate at all. The weakest wolves weren’t even given the option. Damnable old traditions. If her father thought making her alpha would keep him happy and comfortable, he was in for a rude awakening. Her father would not choose the man she would be forced to spend centuries with.

“You will do what I say or I will disinherit you.” He bellowed.

“Perfect. I’d rather be the world’s only lone female wolf than be mated and married to a dictator. How many years did it take for you to kill Mother‘s spirit? I will not be her! Ever!”

It sounded like bliss. She wouldn’t have her father’s demands and endless lessons or her mother‘s broken disregard. She would miss Kyra though. Nina felt guilty that she wouldn’t miss her sister. If they weren’t related by blood, they’d have nothing in common. Nina thought it had to do with her mother’s neglect. She guarded her heart and her sister did everything she could to get anyone to notice her.

Unfortunately, as the second daughter in a traditional pack, she was supposed to marry into another pack to tie packs together, so neither the boys or the men would focus on her. She did have girlfriends though. Lots of girlfriends who always “dropped by” to see Nina instead. She was the one who would have the power. She didn’t want any of it. She would leave without regret and she let it show in her eyes. Who needed an inheritance in trade for centuries with the wrong man. Little body cues made sense to wolves her father would understand. She didn’t bow to him or to anyone.

Unusually, the Alpha‘s voice softened. “It was over a century before she became as you know her to be.”

“Why father, what broke her? Why can’t she love her own daughters? She is barely alive. Is that really what you want for me, father? She is miserable. Did she not want a mating either? Didn’t she want children? Was she sad she didn’t give you boys? She takes no pleasure in pack runs. She doesn’t even spend them with us. She goes off alone. Are you a monster as a mate or did her father choose the wrong alpha for her? I know alphas aren’t supposed to make mistakes, but mother is proof that they do.”

She went past pushing him a while back but it seemed to be necessary. Maybe he was blind where her mother was concerned. Couldn’t he see her pain? Did he care? How could her mother be fixed?

“You will challenge your mate, child”

Nina’s dry laugh echoed through the musty study. “Not if he is dead. Remember, you taught me to fight, and I fight well.”

Her father sighed. Even he had to realize he was loosing. She would leave before he picked her mate for her. They lived too long to be trapped in a miserable mating. Maybe her father was miserable too. Was that the problem?

“It is time for me to retire and past time for you to have a mating arrangement. You are soon to be alpha. Devise a compromise to satisfy us both.”

“Father, I am barely seventeen, hardly getting old enough to have a mating contract. If I’d been allowed to go to high school I wouldn’t have even graduated yet.” She had wanted to go to school, be normal, have homework, group projects, and papers to write. It seemed like a sort of peace to her, the normal worries of a teenager. She would never be normal. It was never to be.

That’s it, the first scene.  What do you think?  Did it grab your attention?



New Writing Software

Cut, Copy, Paste

Cut, Copy, Paste (Photo credit: Iain Mullan)


Writing my new story turned out to be somewhat of a challenge.  I refuse to give up.  I have been using the trial copy of this software for months, but had to copy and paste information from it before closing it.  It’s best benefit is simply that it can help you create primary and secondary characters that are rich, fully created, and individualizes.  It also allows you to use something very similar to psychological profiling to figure out how each character might react to the other.


Character Writer 3.1 is the best software on the market in my opinion.  Each and every one that had a trial, I have tested.  This is the one I fell in love with.


Yesterday, I was finally able to purchase it, so “Forced to Mate” my latest story, will be written on Character Writer.  Just to give you an idea of the types of character profiles it can create, I’ll show you a partial character profile from my next book.  I hope you like it.  Feel free to let me know what you think.  Character Writer is available for both PC and MAC.



It’s Time For A New Start

I realized this weekend that I have spent too much time writing and failing on my current writing project.  So, I decided that it was time to shelve (or save on my hard drive) it for a while and do a new story.  At this point I don’t think I can plan, write, and complete  National Writer’s month with my new project.  However, for me it’s more about the act of writing.  Next month and the next will be writer’s month for me because I think I have learned enough about me, how I write, and how I need to plan to complete the novel.

So, this is my last Writer’s Month post, but not the end of my blog.  I have a new story idea, a new plan, and new characters to create.  It’s going to be a fun experience.


One Man Writes 50,000 Words In 10 Hours!

I can’t imagine doing this. Can you?

101 Books

If you’re on social media, you might be aware that November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as “NaNoWriMo” in trendy, social media speak.

I think it’s awesome to set aside a month like this as a way to encourage writers, but I also think budding novelists should temper their expectations in thinking they can finish an entire 50,000 word novel, from writing, to proofing, to editing, in 30 days. As I tweeted the other day, “If you somehow manage to write an entire novel in 30 days, be sure to hire a good editor.”

The idea being that the quality of your work will be affected by trying to condense the type of work it requires to complete a novel into 30 days. Why not go for 90 days instead?

Anyway, the YouTube German comedian Flula attempted to conquer NaNoWriMo last year, and the results speak for themselves.

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Self-Publishers Aren’t Killing The Industry, They’re Saving It

I am attempting to learn everything I can about self publishing. I hope this article is informative to you as well.

David Gaughran

There’s a lot of talk at the moment that cheap books are destroying the industry.

In traditional publishing circles especially, fingers are being pointed at self-publishers (and their chief enablers, Amazon), who stand accused of encouraging a race to the bottom, of devaluing books, and training readers to pay ever-cheaper amounts – making the whole book business unsustainable.

Today, I have a guest post from Ed Robertson – author of Breakers and Melt Down – which takes issue with that view. His logic is compelling, based on a historical look at book prices. This is really worth the read:

Self-Publishers Aren’t Killing The Industry, They’re Saving It

I’m a self-publisher. An indie author. Whatever you want to call me. I’ve read many articles about how self-publishers are killing the book industry. I’ve heard it from big publishing houses. From the president of the Author’s Guild. From traditionally published novelists and agents…

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