Friday, May 31, 2013

The Puppies are Growing Up and Out

The pups are 8 weeks on Tuesday, which means they will start going home. Honestly, watching the owners get their brand new babies is one of the most exciting parts of breeding - watching them pick their babies being another. Between Tuesday and Friday, all we'll have left is our own pup, Winston - and even he will be going to a temporary home, since we're going on vacation!!! A real vacation, too, so I'm sooo excited!!

Unfortunately, we lost the runt last weekend. He was so little and he wasn't growing, though we didn't know why. Then he had an accident and just never recovered. I'm relieved he isn't hurting any more, but so very sad he never got a chance to find a forever home. I guess, though, it had been with us, which is a blessing for us, as well.

Thankfully, I have the seven healthy pups to focus on - including Winston, the first of all my pups I get to keep, along with my two very happy boys and the baby girl we'll get to meet in just a few months. :)

Here's the link again for more photos. This may be the last time I get a chance to post individual ones on Chasing Revery. :)

https://plus.google.com/photos/100534894613722091866/albums/5874932333853039937

Yogi Bear


Winston (Mine!!!)


Laila


Lilly


Baxter


Eve


Jada

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WWBH Prompt!

Nicole took care of us this week. :) Let's see what she has in store.

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It's Wednesday!! Darn that holiday making today come upon us all of a sudden.

Okay, first things first, check out the awesome stories from last week -

The Calm Before the Storm - by Lyn
The Space Station by Sydney
Regrets by Sally
Alone by Cindy

These stories are awesome!!! I need to get back into this weekly prompt - I think the sooner I do it, the better.

Don't forget to grab a copy of our free anniversary Flash Fiction e-book.

Now, let's get started!

Here are the rules:

1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story
2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.

The Words:

Carriage

Gym

Poster

North

Bar

 The Photo:


Now, let's get writing!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Blog Changes

I'm going to be officially pulling back a bit on blogging. I've been pulled back unofficially now for a while, still trying to make 3 days, but it's not working, unfortunately.

So, I will definitely be posting the prompt every Wednesday. Mondays, at the moment, will be reserved for Collaboration Challenge posts. Fridays, I will mix up either prompt responses, Toddler Tales, or other random thoughts.

We will see how that goes and make changes from there. Thanks everyone, for hanging in with me! :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WWBH Prompt

So ....
It's A Girl!!

We are so excited! Kris has wanted a girl and my niece has, too, being the only girl in 5 of my mom's grandchildren.

For the prompt, it's Nicole's turn this week. The picture looks like it could have been taken by my husband on one of his business vacations trips, but it isn't. Let's see how it inspires you!!

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It's that time again and this week I have the reigns! Yay! It's been a long month for me so far - and I have a new goal to write a story to a photo prompt once a month at least. I think I can do it - how about you?

Anyways, before we kick off the prompt, make sure to check out the amazing prompts from last week-

Imagined Dream World by Scott Taylor
Camel Man by Leanne Sype
Home Coming by Sally Stackhouse

Aren't they awesome??

Okay, now make sure you grab a copy of our Flash Fiction e-book.

Ready?

Here's the rules:

1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story
2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.
This week's photo:
Twist

The words:

T-Shirt

Paddock

Spacestation

Pyramid

Zip

Oh, this should be so good.

When you're ready, post your link below -

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

It's A .... Boy or Girl??

I know what the sex of my new baby is!! I have a lot more family to tell as we only found out this morning. Do you want to guess until it's time for me to blog it??




Monday, May 20, 2013

Collaboration Challenge Sign-Up

It's been a couple months since we've had a Collaboration Challenge. With A-Z, then puppies, it wasn't high on my mind, but I'm thinking it's about time. I'm looking for 4-8 people to sign up. With four people, we'll do double weeks of writing. 5-8 people, we'll leave it at one week so it doesn't get too long. :)


You can check out past Challenges by clicking on the Collaboration Challenge Stories tab above.

If you don't know what the Collaboration Challenge is, let me help:

The Challenge is where a group of bloggers come together to write different sections of the same story, with a new section posted each Monday. We don't talk about the story before hand, or during, we just try to write well enough to turn the story in our direction while keeping in mind everything that came before.


There is no length min or max, just write enough to nudge the story along. The next author won't see the previous part until the post day, then they have seven days to come up with their portion, posting again on Monday.


Every new portion of the story will start with a link to the beginning of the story so those who come in mid-stream can start over. I will include links to each portion of the story every week on my page and I'll leave it up to you to do the same or not as everyone's blog is a little different.


A few weeks later (usually a month, though it depends) I'll post the story as a whole. You will be welcome to do the same, or to link back to mine once it's up.

This Challenge will start June 3rd, so if you're interested, make sure you have the time during the weeks following to post. I'll give from today, May 20th to Sunday, May 26th for sign-up, then we'll start selecting week assignments on Monday the 27th.


Let me know if you have any more questions or if you're interested in joining up. :) Remember I have a max limit of Challengers, and possibly different areas people are expressing interest, so I will do my best to keep you updated.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Anika's Complete Story - Collaboration Challenge 4

I know it's been a while, but here I have it: The 4th Collaboration Challenge Story. I think I say this each time (or at least think it) but this is my favorite. It is one of the few I think could truly be made into a much longer story.

So ow you can read all of February 2013's Challenge in one place. If you would prefer to blog hop your way through the story, here are your links:

Part One  -  Part Two  -  Part Three  -  Part Four   -  Part Five

Otherwise, keep on reading to get Anika's Story in full.

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Part 1: For What It's Worth
By Carrie K Sorensen

The chill from the chair permeated Anika's jeans and soaked into her skin. She slouched a little more so only the tops of her shoulder blades and hips make contact with the chilly metal. She pulled the over-sized hood on her deep purple sweater over the dark stubble on her shaved head to help hold some of the warmth in her body.


The cops could probably pump the heat from hell into this room and it would still be cold. Concrete floors, concrete block walls, and aluminum furniture, all grey, all fresh from the meat locker as far as she knew. There wasn't even one of those two way windows in this room. Anika lifted a corner of her lips with that thought. The windowless room wasn't to hide any abuse to her - but to hide her, period.


The bolt on the door slid open with a deep thunk. The person on the other side had to shoulder the heavy door open, then maneuvering quickly out of the way before it slammed shut on spring-loaded hinges and the bolt slid into place again. Anika's smile grew.


"Anika." Detective Harper leaned against the door that had almost crushed him. His green eyes peered through a fallen lock of his gold hair. He was handsome, charming and was meant to disarm his young female charge. Anika had seen more beautiful.


She raised her brown eyes to his, meeting his gaze to show him she was not trying to confront him, she was not afraid of him, she saw her time here little more than an inconvenient moment.


"I wish you would reconsider." He always spoke first and last and more. He gave away so much with his words he thought would break her into answering.


"You're better than this." A familiar theme. He'd only said she was better than them once. She'd swung the chair around to catch him in the shoulder on the other side of the table she still sat behind. Since then, he talked to her from the relative safety of the door.


"You have an excellent background. A good school, excellent grades. You have your year of volunteering at the very museum you began to steal from - but not until you met Razor's Edge."

Ah. Anika had been about to yawn, sick of listening to her own history over and over again from Harper's cool voice. This time he'd shared a bit more. They knew the name of the group she worked for now. It didn't change anything, really, but she doubted Harper knew that.


She had broken many things - the law, her supervisor's trust, her parent's hearts. It had all been necessary.


"You could help us. If you could tell us who's behind Razor's Edge, what their goals are, where they're hiding, we could help you. If you returned the amulet, your life could even go back to normal. Mostly. Isn't that worth giving up this gang's secrets, to returning the artifact?"


He lied. Anika wasn't sure he realized she knew that or not. He didn't realize a lot of things - like by putting his back to a door in a room with no reflective surfaces, he would fail to see the alarm light pulsing weakly above his head. All she had to do was stay quiet, let him talk himself into his own head.


"We're running out of time, Anika. The D.A. is only willing to cut a deal with you if we get information on Razor's Edge before they commit another crime."


Harper jumped at the hollow sound of the bolt being thrown. He narrowed his eyes on Anika's face when she failed to flinch, looked up to see the red glow and cursed.


"Come on, Anika," he spoke quick, pushing against the door, trying to plant his feet on the polished concrete floor while the door was pushed inward. "I can help you. Don't do this. Don't let them take you back."


The door flew open under Xav's shove. He wore a hoodie that matched hers, though his hood was thrown back to show his mussed brown hair and the anger in his golden eyes. A bruise was forming on his jaw, accentuating the tick in the clenched muscle.


"Let's go, Annie," he ordered. She rose smoothly from her slouched position, watched in disinterest when Harper tried to punch Xav only to catch a hook to the shoulder Anika had already bruised. Harper stumbled to the concrete wall and glared at the boy half his age.


Xav stood in the doorway, holding the door open with his left arm, the right one ready to fly into offence if Harper moved toward him again.


Anika paused, looking between the two males. Harper noticed her hesitation and hope lit his eyes. Had his long-winded words finally reached her? Xav huffed with impatience when she moved closer to the detective.


"I was a good student from a good, loving family. I had my feet firmly on the ground and was headed for the high skies of success. So why would I abandon all that? What would be worth stealing for, lying for? Disappearing for?"


Disappointment and confusion wrinkled Harper' as she left him to watch the door slam shut between them.


Part Two: Bridges Burned
By L.T. Dalin

The air outside was raw, chilly carrying hints of winter. Anika pulled her hood down further while Xav guided her down the sidewalk toward his car. Four people with identical hoodies stood guard in front of the building – all with waiting motorcycles already fired up.


“The Beast” - that’s what she called it. The largest Humvee to exist and with spare-parts from the chop-shop it lived up to its name.


Xav turned off the radio as they zoomed past the other cars, heading for the bridge. Anika clicked her seatbelt in place.


“What did you tell them?” He didn’t look at her, though she recognized the tone. Much depended upon her answer.


“I didn’t tell them anything. They know whom I’m working for, and he used the information for shock-value.” Anika shrugged, staring out of the window at the passing buildings and cars. In this weather, everything looked black and white: even the people.


He grabbed her chin and forced her to look at him. “None of my men would –”


Anika shoved aside, her hood falling back in the process. “I don’t know who told him, but I didn’t. It doesn’t matter anyway, does it? I’m free – they won’t get to me, again.”


Xav regarded her for a moment. “What were you doing out there alone, at night? We have rules, Annie.”
She pulled her legs up on the seat, disregarding his expression. “I had business to attend to.”


He raised an eyebrow. “Business? Well, now. Your business is my responsibility. Or are you hustling on the side? You know we don’t allow –“


“Oh come off it.” Anika puffed her cheeks and let the air out slowly. “I’m not the first to be caught, and I’m sure I won’t be the last.”


“But you are the first who belong to me,” Xav replied, again looking at her.


“Keep your eyes on the road, please.” She didn’t belong to him. He was a safeguard, nothing more.  


“I will not have the pigs lock you up and put their grubby hands all over you, just because you can’t keep to the rules.” He paused for a moment, his eyebrows furrowing. “Did they touch you? Are you hurt?”


Anika rolled her eyes. “Now you ask. Thanks for your concern, but I’m OK. Can’t say the same for you, though. How’s the jaw?”


Xav swore under his breath and stared fixedly on traffic.  “It’s nothing. They fight like little girls.” 


She reached out and switched the radio onto a music station. She needed to drown-out his perpetual talk of rules and dangers. He treated none of the others like this, and she already regretted the decision that linked them together.


No. She couldn’t regret it. Everything was finally coming together, and it wouldn’t be long before… 


Anika was hurled forward, and the seatbelt constricted around her, cutting off her airflow.  Tires squeaked along the wet asphalt, and the heavy Humvee skidded sideways bumping a compact Fiat into the rails before coming to a sudden stop along the edge.
 
Xav was draped over the steering wheel – the airbag tainted red. Anika drew shallow breaths. 


“Xav?” With fumbling fingers, she released her seatbelt. “Xav, wake up.” She shoved on his shoulder, and this time he groaned.


Xav raised himself into a sitting position. “What the…” He shook his head and wiped his nose; it was the cause of all the blood. “What happened?”


“You’re the one driving.” Anika pulled down the shade and flipped-open the mirror. She had a cut on her right temple, but it wasn’t serious.


“Someone jumped in front of the car,” he said, now looking over his shoulder. “Didn’t you see him? He wore white and appeared out of nowhere right in front of the car.” Xav sounded delirious – and Anika was all for making everyone believe that.


“You’re not making sense. We need to get out of here.” 


The others should have caught up by now, but there were no one around. No cars on the bridge, other than the Fiat. The Humvee’s headlights illuminated the green, scratched paint job and the empty interior. 


Xav removed the deflated airbag and put the car in reverse. The broken railing was latched onto the Humvee, holding them in place. He mumbled under his breath, fished out his cellphone and hit the speed-dial.


“We’ve had an accident on top of the bridge.” He nodded. “Yes, that’s the one.”


Anika heard animated speech from the other end, but she couldn’t make sense of it.


“We’ll wait. Yes, it’s bullet-proof.” He sounded like a proud father talking about his son’s achievements.
Xav held the cellphone out to Anika. “He wants to talk to you.”


She swallowed thickly. “Hello?”


“Anika. I hear your trip downtown didn’t go over well.”


Jasper. This was only the second time they had spoken. “No, Sir. It didn’t. I’m out now – it won’t happen again.”


Jasper laughed; a deep, throaty rumble. “It seems we have a problem, Anika.”


She didn’t answer.


“The amulet you stole for us. Well, it seems to be a fake.”


Adrenaline: her heart beat faster and her earlobes tingled. 


“I didn’t know. I took it from the Museum, just like you asked.”


Jasper clucked disapprovingly. “Is that so?”


Anika looked out the window, making sure not to make eye-contact with Xav. “I swear I don’t know anything about a fake – "


“Anika,” Jasper interrupted, all pleasantries gone from his voice. “I will find out one way or another. You know how… persuasive I can be.”


“Yes, Sir. I am telling you the truth.”


“Wouldn’t want anything to happen to your friend, now, would we?”


Bile rose in her throat, and she shook her head fiercely. “I swear I don’t know anything.” 

Xav thrust a semi-automatic with a spare clip into her waiting hand. Anika raised her eyebrows, and he pointed toward the end of the bridge. Dark shapes were advancing. 


She shouldered the cellphone and hit the eject button on the gun, checking the cartridge. It was full.


“Sir, we have a situation.”


“Don’t die, Anika. I want that amulet.”


“Here they come,” Xav said and four, large openings appeared at the front, turning the Humvee into a shooting-pit. 


Anika looked at the phone, and then clicked the red button.



Part 3
By Joseph Redhorn

Xav was the first to fire his weapon at semi-rapid lock thru a small firing pit door. What they saw amazed and terrified them both as the being seemed to turn to mist or dust.

“Anika try the UV light in the back seat.” Xav commanded.
Scared nearly motionless Anika slowly reached around a fumbled for the light.
“Hurry your lead.” Xav nearly screamed as the beings neared to no more than five feet.
When Anika had the light in her lap Xav grabbed it and turned the dial all the up and hit the trigger. A blinding flash of light appeared momentary blinding both Anika and Xav. When they regained their sight the being seemed to have created one large mass. A barrier of some type.
“What's happening” Anika asked.
“I have no idea, but whatever is it doesn't look good.”
The creatures didn't move from their five foot distant circular wall. Anika opened the phone but found it was drained of all power. Xav looked at his watch and it too had stopped.
“What the hell?” Xav murmured under his breath.
In a few minutes that seemed like hours a small pathway was formed by the beings directly in front of them. Soon a small robed figure appeared. It came to stand right in front of the Humvee, it raised its head to bear a face that seemed to be rotting as he looked at them.
Their blood began to chill from it stare until it seemed that they were frozen. They watched the creature peel it's figure nail into the paint as it wrote something out. Then it was like they had fallen into sleep. When they came to the beings were gone and the sound of sirens could be heard headed in their direction.
Xav glanced at his watch, it was working and only three minutes had past since the last time he looked at it. Anika stuck her head out the window to read the message on the hood.
'You released us. Vamprye the true.'
She was white as death when she looked at Xav and lipped the word Vamprye.
“What you mean vampires?” Xav asked with sarcasm in his voice.
“Worse. Vampire as we know them are fantasy. Vamprye are the true type who have been called back from the dead and they don't drink blood. The feed on human energy so much so that it kills. Vamprye means soul sucked.
“So how do you killed them?
“I have no idea.” Anika retorted.


Part 4: The Half-ling Escape
By Yolanda Tong


Anika was shivering so badly her jaw seered with pain and with clenched shoulders she ran through the woods. Running would warm her, and she needed to get as far away as possible. The faster she moved the clearer her head felt. She felt alive, her vision brighter, and the muscles in her legs moved her forward effortlessly as if she’d run a marathon a hundred times before.
She was alone now, truly alone. No Xav to watch over her, no security camera preventing her from a moment of privacy. She felt invigorated by the thought, and yet she felt afraid. Afraid of what could happen if she found herself in a sticky situation again.
It had happened again, and she suspected this time many innocent lives had been lost. She couldn’t even save Xav had she tried. It just didn’t work that way. Outnumbered and surrounded by police, all guns were on her. What could she do. As an intense fear for her life took over, all the men around her started collapsing. Before the last gun smashed onto the concrete, she had leapt off the bridge, plunging into the icy river, and she swam, and then she ran, and she kept running using the energy she had acquired to find someplace safe. She hoped no one had died this time.
She needed to get her hands on that amulet. It was the key to stop all this, she knew it. She just wasn’t sure how it was all going to happen. If Jasper had the fake, this was bad news. It meant the real amulet was still out there and she needed to get it fast, especially now that whatever kept the Vamprye separate from the human world no longer seemed to exist.
Only Jasper knew the truth about her, or so she hoped, and she suspected this was only because he himself was just like her, and if Xav actually survived, he would possibly now know too. But Jasper had his own agenda, this she knew in her gut, his heart was that of steel. She suspected it was a result of being backed into a corner too many times, too many years of living with a Vamprye mother who was a bitter resentful woman, but luckily for the world, she only took it out on her son, and was thus able to live in the human world without raising suspicion.
Anika had heard a story from her father about another, one like her, an angry boy, whose Vamprye mother was bitter and abusive, the boy grew up and became a member of an underground gang no one had heard of. She suspected Jasper had heard about her the same way she had heard about him. Vampyres had their connections, and weren’t exactly forthcoming about them either.
Regardless, he found her, and he told her straight what she was, he even knew what she had done. He claimed others knew about her too. No one other than her parents knew the truth about her, or so she thought, and at the time with her future looking so bright, she would do anything to keep her secrets safe.
Jasper offered her protection, he also offered hope. The amulet was the hope. It may have seemed like any other old artifact to the museum when it anonymously turned up on its doorstep one morning and happened to be valued in the millions had it gone to auction, but it was so much more than that. It had a power, a special power to keep humans safe. Safe from half-lings like her and Jasper that sucked energy from humans only when their fear and adrenaline was activated in life threatening situations, and of course, safe from the Vamprye. It acted as a shield of sorts, but was it enough to keep all Vamprye separate from the world of humans permanently? Anika had more questions than answers. She did learn from Jasper however that it needed to be activated properly to work. Jasper claimed to know how, and so for the greater good of the world, she entrusted Jasper with the task.
Now that the Vamprye had been freed from the barrier that separated them from humans, and somehow she was responsible, Anika knew now more than ever, the world needed protecting. She needed a plan.
……
It had been exactly two weeks since Anika had been broken out of prison. Not much had happened in that time. She had been reunited with Razors Edge, although she still hadn’t heard if Xav had made it or not. No one mentioned anything about the Vamprye or strange sightings of horrible creatures that seem to drain energy and freeze time, not even the news. Everyone seemed to eye her suspiciously, and they kept their distance, cautious in case she had ratted them out whilst imprisoned. Anika didn’t really care. A plan had slowly been formulating in her mind.
She wondered why she and Xav were the only ones to see the Vamprye that day on the bridge. She knew what they were capable of, and hoped they would not come back, though deep down, she knew it was just wishful thinking. The gateway between the world of Vamprye and humans had been opened somehow.
Anika had known about the Vamprye from a young age, her father being one himself, but little more was said about them beyond what they were capable of, and how those who chose to live peacefully amongst humans coped. Perhaps her father could tell her more, but she was too afraid to show up at home, or call as she knew the police would be monitoring her parents in case she attempted to contact them. She would need to be careful, the plan had to be perfect.
As the first rays of sun entered the morning sky, Anika set out in an old Ford pick up truck, her hands wrapped tightly around the steering wheel.
Part 5: 
Take Back The World
By Nicole Pyles
Four hours later, Anika arrived in the neighborhood of her childhood home. At the stop sign, she let the truck idle for a moment, eyeing the neighborhood for a moment. She recognized the police van immediately. An unmarked white van parked at the corner of the street.

She reached for the cell phone in her purse, but stopped, remembering she turned it off. While there were probably many ways for her to be followed, she didn't want to risk it. Not to mention, she didn't want to hear from Jasper. Not yet, anyways.


She took a breath and made a left turn, away from her home and away from the van that waited for her. She needed to get to closer, but needed to avoid those prying eyes.


As she passed the creek that cut across the neighborhood, and had an idea. Sneaking in and out as a teenager without getting caught would finally pay off.


~


30 minutes later, she managed to make her way through the creek and into her own backyard with mud caked on her shoes and bottom of her jeans. As she crouched behind the bush that hid the broken fence she knew so well, she listened a moment for any extra noise. A noise that would reveal who truly watched the house.


She heard the backdoor of the house open and the door slam. She gasped softly and recognized her father standing on the porch and facing the backyard. Aged by several years now, he looked just like he did the day she left home. She took her own life and her parents in her hands, but she grabbed a small stone from the ground and threw it out onto the grass.


The soft thump noise was enough to catch his attention. His eyebrows furrowed and he searched across the yard. His eyes stopped right where she sat. His eyes crinkled with a smile and quickly faded as he realized the danger of the situation. He stepped onto the grass and acted like he was eyeballing the growth of his plants. He even squatted and felt the leaves.


Finally, he got close enough to her.


"What are you doing here? You could get yourself killed. Don't you know who is watching the house? - "


"Dad, not now. Save the lecture. Where's...." She'd known of its existence nearly her whole life. How could she just ask about it, like it was..."the amulet? I need it."


He stood from his squatting position and inhaled sharply. "I don't know." She had stared at that face her whole life and knew when he was lying.


"Dad..."


"No, Anika."


"Dad..."

"Anika..."


"It's my life or theirs. You choose..."


"I promised. Them...I never...why did you have to get involved with those people?" His eyes drifted off. "I fought for you to live a normal life. Then you got into your teen years...stupid rebellion and found those...people to hang around. It wasn't long before they realized you weren't going to follow the rules."


"The rules?"


He squatted back near her. "The rules that had been created to keep the Vampyres from the humans. The stupid rebellion you joined was created just so those lines could be blurred. Why do you think that Jasper created this."


"And the police?"


"Know about it. Always have known about it. And work very hard to make sure those lines are never destroyed. But then the Vampyres realized how much they would like for those barriers destroyed too."


"Dad, I need the amulet."


"I can't give it to you."


"Dad...."


"Do you know what will happen if this ends up in the wrong hands? It destroys everything."


"Destroys everything? Jasper says the amulet protects - "


He scoffed. "Jasper says...what else did he tell you so you would get involved?" He reached into his shirt and pulled out the necklace he kept hidden underneath. A large jewel - very similar to the one she thought she stole - hung on the end of it.


She gasped. "The amulet."


He held in his hands and gazed into it. "I was entrusted to protect it. To make sure it never ends up in the wrong hands."


"And what would the right hands do with it?"


He took it off his neck and handed it to her. "I think you can figure it out."


~


By the time she returned to her truck, the sun was almost gone from the sky. The old truck provided little protection against the Vampyres she feared were just outside and waiting for her. Her initial plans had been changed just a bit. She hadn't expected to have this in her hands so soon. Even more she didn't realize she wouldn't want to return with it.


Figure it out? She thought of her father's words. Something within this amulet needed to be activated. The top of the amulet looked like the lid you may find on a perfume bottle. As if with one twist, and...


Silently, she said a prayer. A prayer to...she wasn't sure what exactly.


And twisted.


~


A flash of light. Screeches and cries as if bodies burning alive yelled into the night. Her voice among them.


~


....is she awake...


....how did she know...


....it's all over....


~


When she woke up, she wasn't sure where she was exactly. Butterfly prints on the wall. A familiar window. She was home. In her own bedroom. She looked around and there he was resting in the rocking chair by her closet.


Xav.


"What are you doing here? What happened?"


Xav's eyes blinked open and smiled. "You did it. Why do you even ask?"


"What did I do?"


"The amulet..." Xav stood up and maneuvered to the bed and sat down at the edge of her bed. The one with cloud prints. "...you know the energy that the Vampyres take from the humans?"


She nodded.


"The amulet protects it. The energy has been sealed again."


She looked away and smiled. And then a thought..."And Jasper?"


Xav shook his head. "He left...no idea what happened to him..."


~


And somewhere in the darkness someone watched and waited. The seal had returned. The protection strengthened. But one day...they would have their chance and take back the world they once thought might be theirs.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Puppy Update!! :D

I haven't written about the babies in a while. I have a lot of links to share with you to keep the load time small here, but I can share some info, too. :-)

The pups turned 5 weeks old this last Tuesday (May 14th) and they are the reason my blogging has become inconsistent again. They are just so much fun to hang out with. On warm days we go out to the backyard with all 8 pups and my 3 adult dogs and just play for at least an hour - more if it's not too cold or hot. (It's SE Michigan - snow one day, sunburn the next.)

For those of you who prefer not to link-hop, here's one of my favorite pics of the pups. Under it, you'll find the links to more photos and a couple videos.



So, for pictures, my G+ album:

https://plus.google.com/photos/100534894613722091866/albums/5874932333853039937


And, videos:

http://youtu.be/45PtOQJep2E

http://youtu.be/wxIpiXFfyTA

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WWBH Snapshot Prompt

Leanne has put together this week's prompt for us. :-) Not to mention, we are featuring a photo submitted by one of our Blog Hoppers!! Thanks to Cindy for the contribution!

On to the prompt!

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Hi friends! So much excitement bubbling around our Writer Wednesday Blog Hop community!

First-- Our winner for the ad contest is Sally over at Sally's Scribbles! Here is her button to display on your site to support her blog!
 sally's button 

Second-- Flash 500 is now available for free via here (and in time will be available across a variety of reader platforms--stay tuned)! This book a selection of blog hop stories from the first year of the Writer Wednesday Blog Hop. A huge thank you to our blog hop co-founders Nicole Pyles and Carrie Sorensen for all their many months of hard work and research to put this together!!

Flash 500 eBook cover 

Third-- This week's photo reveal! Here are all the stories from last week:

Burned by Cindy Cagle What a Day by Sally Stackhouse
What's Evil by Carrie Sorensen
The Childhood Home by Scott Taylor
Dancing by Leanne Sype
The One that got Away by David Bastiani

Here are the rules:

1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story
2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.

The photo courtesy of our fellow blog hop writer Cindy Cagle
littlecahaba

Mandatory words:
dock
cannon
anchor
camel
credit card

Monday, May 13, 2013

Where and When: the Flash 500 Ebook

The big questions. When and where should the ebook start rolling out? It took me all weekend, but I have the answers. As to the when regarding each where, each place has their own quality control checks, so Nicole and I will be keeping an eye out and update you as each place posts. :-)

In the meantime, you can still download it, and in some cases convert it to your eReader, from BookRix here: http://www.bookrix.com/_ebook-nicole-pyles-flash-500/


The where:

From BookRix Customer Service email:

Amazon, Kobo, B&N, iTunes, Hugendubel, Libri, Thalia, Bol, Page Place, Spiegel and soon Diesel, Sony, and Baker & Tayler.


The when:

From BookRix site:

How long will it take for my book to appear on the other eBooks markets?

Normally after your book is fully uploaded for sale via BookRix and there are no issues with your book, it will take about 72 hours for your book to appear in the eBook stores. Some stores could take up to 7-21 days to show up online. This is because it goes through a review process on BookRix and a separate review process for the external shops.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Flash 500 Ebook Starting to Roll Out

I'm stealing +Nicole Pyles announcement because, frankly, I'm tired. :P

That doesn't mean I'm any less excited, though. :D

She posts where you can find it now. As the days go on, other ebook sellers should be picking it up from BookRix. I will be sure to keep you updated. <3

Thank everyone for their patience!!

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(Posted 5/11/2013 at http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/2013/05/flash-500-anniversary-edition-download.html)




It's here!! Okay, well right it's only 10:57 pm on the West Coast, so we're not technically late on the publication date.

I'm scheduling this post for the morning though to catch everyone while you're drinking your morning coffee - that way you can download your copy of the anniversary edition of the weekly writing prompt!

Download Flash 500  today! It's a free book and it's awesome! It's also a lot of work and a lot of learning experiences along the way (makes sense, though doesn't it?)

Anyways, thank you everyone for your hard work submitting this week and a big huge thank you to Carrie for doing so much work on this!

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You're welcome, Nicole! Thank you for blogging about it. Lol.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Flash 500 Release Delayed

I know, I'm sorry. I'm sure you've been refreshing your Amazon search every 5 minutes to see if it's there.

Unfortunately, it's not.

Honestly, everything was ready to go on Wednesday. Reviewed on Thursday.

Then 'Publish' was hit, and that's when all the complications happened. :P

We are working through them, though. This is a hiccup, not a give up. In fact, we may have found a way to upload to multiple reader programs along with Amazon, so if you're Nook or iBook or Kobo reader, you'll get access sooner than expected!!

Granted, Kindle users may get it late, but we're hoping it's a trade off everyone can be okay with.

So, keep your eyes pealed. We are going to hit 'Publish' again tonight and see what happens this time. :P Once it's up, you will know because the West Coast will probably hear Nicole scream and the Midwest will hear me, and the echos will spread all over the world!!!

Maybe, anyway. I'm sure we will feel that loud, anyway.

So, wish us (and all the other authors!) luck, and we will have an ebook for you soon!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

WWBH Snapshot Reveal: What's Evil

It's happening tomorrow!! Flash 500 will be available for free download at Amazon.com!!

I know you're biting your nails in wait, so here's a quick story from this past week's WWBH prompt to help tide you over. :)

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What's Evil

"Evil butter tarts," Lilly muttered. She knotted her fists, pumping her arms in time with her footsteps pounding on the dry boards beneath her feet. The park path wound through a quiet landscape still cowed by winter, not quite ready to trust the turn of slightly warmer days.

The weather never mattered to Lilly. Her mother had told her 'there is no bad weather; only bad clothing.' Lilly had a wardrobe full of running gear for everything short of the extremes, and for those rare days, she had a treadmill folded underneath her bed.

Today, she was running off her mother's butter tarts. She had sworn she would only eat one. One would be plenty after a chicken salad and sweetened water, but they had been talking, and laughing, and before she'd known it, Lilly's mother had leaned over to whisper that she had eaten three. Three!

Shaking her head, Lilly pushed her body onward, forward. She would burn up those extra calories. Another mile or two should do it. Then she could be done for the day and not have to worry about Luke wondering where the paunch in her belly had come from. They were scheduled to look at a couple ballrooms today, trying to chose the event to host their wedding reception. She refused to let two extra butter tarts ruin her chances at marriage. It would not happen.

He would take her away, then. Rescue her from the ever watchful eye of her mother. They were going to have such a lovely honeymoon - three months in the Mediterranean, traveling along the coast at leisure in Luke's family yacht. Maybe then she could relax a little, enjoy the food a little, just rest ...

Until then, though, Lilly would run. If not away from where she really wanted to escape, then away from those darned evil butter tarts.


Word count: 312

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

WWBH Snapshot Prompt

My favorite part - I have a winner to announce!


Congratulations! I'll send you a note and you can let me know if you have a button or if you would like me to make one. We'll have it up by next Wednesday. :D

Last week's prompt produced some amazing creativity. I have the proof right here:

Contains Strychnine by David Bastiani
Four Years by Scott Taylor
Of Books and Fighter Planes by Anne Organista
Books and More Books by Tena Carr
Untitled by Vicki Paulus

Fantastic! There are lots of new and old faces this week, and all the stories are wonderfully matched to Leanne's great photo choice. :)

On to this week's prompt - first, the rules.

1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story
2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
4) Link up with your blog hostess (NicoleCarrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.

This week's photo is courtesy of Flikr Commons:



The 5 must-use words:

butter

evil

wardrobe

rescue

ballroom


And a quick plug - Don't forget about Flash 500 coming out on Friday via Amazon!! :-)

See all the unique takes on the prompt below and link up your own.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Reminders. :)

I was going to pound out my story for WWBH, but my one year old gave me his cold. :P So, let's go for reminders, instead. :)

The first reminder is for the WWBH post. You have until tonight by 8pm EST to get your stories in to be eligible for this month's ad prize. If you win, your button will be displayed on each of the hop hostess's blogs for a month. :) If you don't have a button, we can make one for you with a photo you send us, or from scratch. You can check out the Past Winner's page for some examples of the button's I've put together.

Secondly, don't forget Flash 500 comes out on Friday! Mark your calendars, watch my Countdown widget, then stop over at Amazon to pick it up. If you don't have a Kindle or Kindle Ap, in 90 days it will be available through other readers for you. :)

That's it for today. I hope you have a good one. I'm going to cuddle with puppies, I think, to help me feel better. :)