Onesong – Chapter 43

May 16, 2018

This chapter has a couple of issues. First is a bad transition — I never mentioned that Rivic leaves Gohaldinest to go back to his tribe. I felt as if I couldn’t write the transition scene now because I probably already have something written anyway which just needs a better place. So I’m leaving that.

Second is that this chapter is one that will get split into two later because it’s information heavy.

In the first part, Rivic and Alityka are talking about the workings of the magical markers on the bloodwave and what it means. Later on, after Alityka shows Rivic the absorption stones (little stone pieces of gargaxes which can temporarily take away magic, for those of you who haven’t read the Sacred Knight series), they speak more specifically about how removing a thread from the bloodwave can happen. It contradicts some of what was said earlier. They need some space separating them to invest time for Alityka to have gained more knowledge.

For the moment, I’m leaving the whole chapter as it is – talking heads and all — just because throwing a novel like this out there each week doesn’t allow me to go back and correct things in the timeline as I discover them. You really don’t want me messing around with your memories in the way that would take. Trust me. This way is much better.

Well, now I’ve forewarned you about this chapter. Let’s get to it.

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Onesong – Chapter 42

May 9, 2018

The scenes you are about to get today, there are two of them, are not completely fleshed out. I feel there is more coming. It’s also another section which I’m not sure belongs right here.

And, after watching Infinity Wars this last weekend, I wonder if what I’m setting up in the first scene is even a good idea or not. It might lead to an overpowered character that my current characters have no hope of defeating. Yeah, I suspect that before these scenes become official in print, they will change greatly. But you get to see the original acorn of the idea.

Okay, let’s get onto it.

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Onesong – Chapter 41

May 2, 2018

There is part of this chapter that I’m unsure about. I feel that it needs to happen, because Rivic gets information he needs, but it just feels a little out of place. I think I need to add a scene or two earlier. I’ve talked about placeholders in the story, usually put there unintentionally by me until I figure out what I’m really going to place there and sometimes not. But as I recall, I have a placeholder which I had already fleshed out once, but it still feels a little lacking to me — it might be because I need to add a visit to the tea shop when Nyree is showing Rivic around Gohaldinest (remember that? Forever ago, huh?)

For the second time, I have “finished” writing this story. At least until yesterday when I was thinking that I still have several scenes to finish in addition to the list I already had made. I use to think that Sacred Knight was the never-ending story. I’m beginning to think it’s really Onesong. (grin)

But I did have to get back to writing Dragons of Wellsdeep while Onesong was in a cooling and reflection period. Something happened in Dragons that I realized I needed to put into Onesong. I have absolutely no idea what it was as I’m writing this, but I know its safe within Dragons.

We’re also getting closer to a new cover for Onesong (or the 1st book in the series), but more on that later.

Okay, let’s get onto it.

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Onesong – Chapter 40

April 25, 2018

This is another chapter not suited for the faint of heart. A warning, and so you have been.

I always knew that Rivic’s story would be difficult to write. Mostly because the period of this world’s history wasn’t very nice. It is to be dark. And I would have to lead a character into so really dank places if it were to work. Worse, I know I’m not doing this story justice because I don’t want to go to those places myself. I think that’s why I keep pulling Rivic back and why he had to start off so innocent.

Yeah, that probably makes me the wimp.

Along with romances, I also use to write horror. I totally dreamed of it being listed with names like Steven King and Dean Koontz. Oh, yes. It was going to be King, Koontz, and me — the trifecta of horror.

Let’s just say that I was a worse horror writer than I was a romance writer. Oh, I could make the reader feel fear. That part was easy. I feel that terror is one of the easiest emotions to evoke and manipulate.  Our automatic response is always survival, which explains why fear grips us so hard.

Heck, I can merely tell you that this chapter isn’t for the faint of heart, and many of you are wondering if you even want to read the chapter or not. Your heart is probably already pointing, spurred by curiosity and trepidation. Imagine how many people read that first line and went no further — I’m sure there were some.

And it is that same response that made me quit writing horror — I didn’t like finding out what jumped out of the dark at me. I have to be the first to experience the emotion. Only then can I convey it. I decided one day that I didn’t really like being scared and I didn’t like thinking about the scent of blood and guts all the time. So I stopped. I’m glad I had the experience, but I’m glad I moved on. It was easier to fall in love.

And honestly, that’s something I did too readily, so I stopped that too. (grin)

I told my son the other day that I really wanted to get home and lock myself away into one of my fantasy worlds where I knew I was safe.

That’s also a dangerous place for a writer to sit.

So, I’m a wimp.

At least I know it and when I come back to this chapter, it will get darker and carry a lot more tension as it should (I hope — if I do my review edits correctly). It’s already a chapter that didn’t make me feel very good when I was writing it. I do need it. But it wasn’t pleasant. I know I skimmed the surface of my emotions here and that I will need to get much deeper.

Everyone who is still along for the ride, put your hands in the air. The roller-coaster is about to pick up speed. Here we go!

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Onesong – Chapter 39

April 18, 2018

Yesterday was an amazing day with the release of Prince of the Ruined Land. One of my friends (who loves reading the weekly Onesong chapters and got hooked in the Sacred Knight series because of it), presented me with this:

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Handmade box and a donut (a bismark because “like a book you never know what you’re going to get on the inside”) courtesy of Sally & CJ Tverdy — thank you!

She’d already been up the night before beginning to read the first chapter here on my blog, then went to her Kindle when she received a notification that the book had downloaded to her device. She was already into chapter 2.

Others contacted me and let me know how excited they were about the book being out. I had notifications buzzing at me about the book going out over a variety of distribution sites. I discovered followers I didn’t even know I had. I just sat there kind of amazed and dumbfounded by the whole thing. Wow! I was so jazzed I couldn’t even focus.

Thank you to all of you for reading, whether here on my blog, my books, or both. Knowing someone out there is excited for the next installment is what keeps me going. My job isn’t done until someone reads it.

Lesson: when I have a major release, I better just not plan on getting anything done that day unless I turn off the world first. If I’d had the time yesterday, I don’t think I couldn’t sat down to write.  At least not until evening. But I had other obligations, so I didn’t even have to worry about trying.

Today, however, I get a moment to recuperate from tax season. I’m going to hang out with my dogs, write, and start getting the next couple of stories together. Eggs at Play (my children’s book) is scheduled for May release and I’d really like to have a print book to go along with that. Mystery of the Stardust Monk (which you’ll get a first look at the cover soon) is next up on the agenda, followed by a Loki novella. Things are in the pipeline — just need to get to it.

So, let’s get you to the chapter. (grin)

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Some sugar – Prince of the Ruined Land

April 13, 2018

I know that for the last few weeks you’ve heard a lot about Prince of the Ruined Land. I feel that I owe you for sticking with me and I want to reward you for being loyal readers.

Thank you.

So, here’s the first chapter of Prince of the Ruined Land (Book 4 in the Sacred Knight series)

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Prince of the Ruined Land

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 1


“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

                –Seneca (Roman philosopher)


The fact Steigan held onto life startled him.

He thought the last remnants of his existence might be wiped away by the intensity of the magic. Yet he found himself standing, staring at the gray cobblestones of the ruins beneath him.

More than a ghost on the doorstep.

Prophecy had come true: Steigan had returned.

A soft wind sweeping through the rubble brought a chill to Steigan’s skin as he stared at his hands and flexed his fingers. He couldn’t believe they looked so young again, before the age spots had started to appear. A new future lay ahead of him, yet never had the expanse of time looked so bleak.

Some dim part of his thoughts told him he was home, yet he couldn’t fight through the fog that gripped him. He was back, yet he didn’t allow himself to believe. How could this be?

All he wanted to do was rest. He thought by now he’d be able to do that. Where was all the magic? He felt none of it coming to him. Steigan dropped to his knees and shouted out his frustration, tears burning in his eyes.

With some vague awareness, he heard people clamoring nearby as they urged him to get to his feet. Steigan glanced around, a dull numbness over his senses as he tried to pull himself from the confusion surrounding him.

A crash jerked Steigan partway from his trance. He raised his head toward the sound. The wooden main gate of Lilinar bowed inwards as it was rammed from outside again. The securing crossbar bulged and was beginning to crack. He did have to get to his feet. They had to get moving. He knew their urgency was important, but he didn’t remember why.

Steigan looked over at the flattened landscape of the ruins. This had once been his home. In his memories, he remembered buildings along the path, but now he could barely see foundations. Weeds and little skeletal trees that had tried to grow here pushed the rocks apart. Vast expanses of the castle were missing. Only the wind visited Lilinar anymore. He barely recognized it.

Goddess…

Another boom thundered through the ruins. Dust fell from the aged wood as the main gate began to splinter. Martias, Adonid, the domini from the Temple, they would all be coming through to arrest Steigan and the people with him. He really needed to get up. He had made it. Now, he had things to do. Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 38

April 11, 2018

The chapter you get to read today is pieced together from three smaller scenes, so I hope they make sense all strung together like they are. I’m personally keeping the gap between them in my work in process document to see if I need to re-arrange something later. But for now, this will work. (I hope.)

I’m just going to let you get to it now.

Enjoy!

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