Chapter 2 First Paragraphs

So here we are, at Chapter 2 in my #WIP Blood Ties. Tora is on her way back home from Odin’s place in Valhalla. If only I could actually travel like her. #amwriting

Every atom in my body seemed to stretch and squeeze through a tube of space and time. I still wasn’t used to teleporting, and it was a bit disorienting as my cells unscrambled and came back together. When my feet touched the floor, the darkness receded to the morning light and the library came into focus.

“Well, look who’s back,” Kaige said as I materialized in front of him. Coffee cup in one hand, newspaper in the other, he sat on the leather sofa in only his pajama pants. “I didn’t think Odin would’ve let you leave so soon.”

My eyes roamed, appreciating the lines of his body and his dark wavy hair that fell past the shoulders, framing a rugged jaw that currently held yesterday’s stubble.

After being stretched like a rubber band, I tried to compact myself by squatting down and squeezing my knees to my chest. “I convinced him to let the Valkyrie come here to train.”

His brow rose. “Really? Where?”

Trying to keep a straight face, I said, “Ryk’s.”

Kaige laughed. “I hope you talked to him first.”

“Nope. He doesn’t have a clue.”

 

Hmm…I wonder what Ryk will think about having a bunch of Valkyrie descending on his property? What do you think?

So, on to Chapter 3 of Blood Promise.

I turned my head to the left and casually tucked my hair behind my ear. Glancing over my shoulder, I saw him.

Ryk stood a ways back at the corner edge of Hershey’s.

So he is stalking me. Once I got to the salon, I sauntered to the gleaming glass French doors and took hold of the brass handle. Making eye contact with him, I blew him a kiss.

His lips quirked up.

“See ya later alligator,” I whispered.

His smile widened in response, and he whipped out his phone.

As I pulled the door open, a tinkling chime signaled my entrance. A couple steps in, my phone beeped a text. When I looked at the display, my heart stopped; it was from Ryk. Swallowing hard, I opened the text.

In a while crocodile, it read.

Holy shit. Not only did he have a sense of humor, but either he was exceptional at lip reading or he had bat ears. Bat ears, I bet.

 

This is one of my fav scenes showing Ryk’s humor and the easy way he flirts. 🙂  And I bet you’re wondering…considering his bat ears, maybe he’ll already know about Tora’s plans to use his place as a training compound before she gets to ask…or more like tell him? I guess you’ll have to wait until Blood Ties comes out to know! (cue evil laugh here)

You can get your copy of Blood Promise at all the major sites.

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Prologue Beginning

Since I’m working on Blood Ties, the second book in the Blood Promise series, I’m letting you guys see my writing process and get sneak peeks of the first paragraphs of each chapter along with the first paragraphs of Blood Promise. Each week, I’ll put up a new chapter beginning. So, here goes…the first paragraph for the Prologue of Blood Ties and the first chapter of Blood Promise. #WIP #Blood Ties #Blood Promise

 

Prologue

The large wolf quietly stole through the small house, scenting the air to find his latest victim. It didn’t take long—he just followed the scent of sex and booze. At least he got some action before he dies tonight.

 

Ooohhh…who’s dying tonight??? How do you like that? Murder on the very first page!

 

And, the beginning of Ch.1, Blood Promise. If you’d like to get your hands on Blood Promise, you can at Amazon, Google Play, Apple, B&N, Kobo, Scribd, 24 Symbols, Inktera, and Playster.

 

Chapter 1

Under the rising sun in Grant Park, I bent down into a calf stretch, reminding me once again I’d forgotten to put underwear on. I’d gotten to bed just a few hours earlier after spending a night out with Mia at a new club, Z’s, only to wake up after falling from my bed onto the floor, terror seizing my breath while blood rushed through my ears and my heart galloped out of my chest. It’d taken a few heart-stopping minutes to realize it’d only been a nightmare. I couldn’t remember much other than the primal fear of being chased by a beast with a desire to rip out my throat as I screamed for my life, and then relief at being saved by a man in black. It’d left me unsettled enough I couldn’t go back to sleep, so here I was. At six in the morning. Apparently trying to run off my dream.

 

 

Release Date Approaching!

So, Blood Promise will go live on October 1!  Everything is set to go.  I could release it earlier, but I’d like to try to get the paperback to release at the same time, which I’m still waiting on the proof copy. I can’t wait! Thing 4 said I should frame it. Hmm….I just might.  It’s up for preorder on Amazon, plus B&N, iBooks, Kobo, and 24 Symbols at Tonya Kerrigan, a number of German channels through Tolino, and will soon be on Scribd and Page Foundry. The first chapter is on Goodreads, so go read the first chapter! It’s a lot easier to search for me by name since there are a bunch of titles called Blood Promise, but only one Tonya Kerrigan!

Also, I got my website up. Check it out here.

 

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ARCs Available!

If anyone would like to review Blood Promise, send me an email to tonya (dot) kerrigan (at) gmail (dot) com along with your name and the name of your blog. I can send ARCs in mobi to your kindle email. Thanks!

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With a murderous beast on her heels and a conniving daemon who wants to use her for his own means, Tora Hayden’s main objective is to keep herself and those she cares about alive.

After meeting an enigmatic businessman who possibly suffers from florid psychosis, Tora is propelled into the world of the supernatural. She’s forced to believe the mythical world exists when she’s brutally attacked by a savage fiend intent on annihilating her family line for reasons unbeknownst to her. With the assistance of the psychotic businessman, along with a gorgeous manwhore whom Tora swore to never date but ends up doing just that, she discovers her seventy-years-dead great-grandmother was actually an otherworldly warrioress.

In an effort to beat the murderous beast at its own game, Tora chooses to take on her deceased great-grandmother’s powers to gain immortality and supernatural strength.

During the transfer of powers, something goes wrong: she unwittingly releases a daemon who’s been cursed to his own realm for enslaving the fiend and working towards enslaving all factions. Now, she not only has a murderous beast on her heels but a conniving daemon who’s loose and wants to use her for his own means.

Blood Promise Is Up For Preorder!

Preorder here!

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Oh My God. This has been a very long, very emotional journey for me. I started this book back in 2010 during NaNoWriMo. My ex and I separated in 2009, our divorce was finalized in 2010, I went from stay-at-home mom to working mom and needed an escape. I’d always loved to read, so I read…a lot…and then I thought about writing in early 2010, but I didn’t have a clue of what to write about, how to write, etc. Up until that point, I’d never even considered being a writer. I researched how to write, how to come up with ideas to write, took some online writing classes, wrote a few short stories, one of which actually made it into Blood Promise (the marble moon goddess scene…you’ll understand when you read the book!). The writing prompt had been “Footsteps behind you,” and I wrote out a scene. I scrapped the action of the story but kept the description which is now in Blood Promise. Amazing how I still remember that, six years later.

After I had written the first draft and edited it, which took over a year since I kept adding and deleting to it in order to get my world just how I wanted it, I attended my first writer’s conference in Chicago. I have to say, for any writers out there, a writer’s conference is a must do. Yes, there’s a cost, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. That’s where I met some amazing friends and learned tons. So, without further ado, you can preorder my book here! More vendors to come!

 

 

 

To KDP Or Not To KDP?

Since I’m nearing the publishing point, I’m trying to decide whether or not I want to  go through KDP first or just upload to D2D or Smashwords (or both?). For those of you who published through KDP, what was your experience? Do you feel like you missed out on a lot of sales, or was KDP the best way to go? Also, I’m wondering, can you upload to both D2D and Smashwords? Can you choose what outlets the book is distributed to on Smashwords like you can with D2D?  I like how Smashwords has more outlets, but their payments are quarterly whereas D2D it’s monthly (depending on when royalties are paid to them, so it could end up being quarterly anyway). What has your publishing experience been?

Cover Reveal!

I just love this cover. Oh my God. Les from Fiverr made it for me. I can’t stop looking at it! She had me go to a site to choose the picture, and then she added in the background. I didn’t have any suggestions on font or anything because I didn’t really know what I wanted, I just liked the photo. What do you think?

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With a murderous beast on her heels and a conniving daemon who wants to use her for his own means, Tora Hayden’s main objective is to keep herself and those she cares about alive.

After meeting an enigmatic businessman who possibly suffers from florid psychosis, Tora is propelled into the world of the supernatural. She’s forced to believe the mythical world exists when she’s brutally attacked by a savage fiend intent on annihilating her family line for reasons unbeknownst to her. With the assistance of the psychotic businessman, along with a gorgeous manwhore whom Tora swore to never date but ends up doing just that, she discovers her seventy-years-dead great-grandmother was actually an otherworldly warrioress.

In an effort to beat the murderous beast at its own game, Tora chooses to take on her deceased great-grandmother’s powers to gain immortality and supernatural strength.

During the transfer of powers, something goes wrong: she unwittingly releases a daemon who’s been cursed to his own realm for enslaving the fiend and working towards enslaving all factions. Now, she not only has a murderous beast on her heels but a conniving daemon who’s loose and wants to use her for his own means.

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