Prepare yourself…

True Connection is in the hands of the beta readers! EEK!

This week for Teaser Tuesday I am doing something a bit different. In my mini-almost-there-celebration for True Connection being sent to Beta Readers, I am going to share something new with you.

If you read the interview I did with The Book Town, (you can find it here http://thebooktown.blogspot.com/2012/11/an-interview-with-rachel-walter-author.html?m=1  ) I mentioned inspiration for True Connection coming from a strange dream conversation.

Well, inspiration for the Work In Progress I’m about to introduce came from a very random conversation. I woke up one morning to a message from my sister, just two sentences. Totally random, not part of a conversation we were having. Just something she pulled out of a hat, or so it seemed. I kind of ignored it. Or at least I thought I did. The middle of the night that night, I was finally ready for bed after some editing of True Connection, snuggled nice and warm in my bed and nearly out for the night. Some how, my brain took those two sentences, twisted it, turned it, squished it, chewed it up and swallowed it. I had a light bulb moment that made me sit straight up, grab my notebook, pen, phone, and laptop, leave my snuggly warm bed to the cold comforts of my desk and I was up all night penning out the synopsis, creating the title, doing some research and bam, out pops the baby of a story.

I’m done talking, no more waiting. Here is a special sneak peek exert. It’s an Urban Fantasy. 18 and up. Some Adult Content.

Lares Complicated

The Spirit Guardian Trilogy

Blurb:

Life for Ronnie would be absolutely perfect, if it weren’t for one or ten things. There are assignments from the Gods, her sexy mind-reading messenger, her half-Vampire partner, a slippery Necromancer, and whatever the hell happened to throw the sexy Demon Hunting Angel and equally stunning Shifter into her territory. If it weren’t for her best friend Zane, a descendant of Neptune’s, and her drunken Bwbach Fairy, she feels she might go insane. Being the Compitillicii for her territory, there’s a level of responsibility, tact and a daily laundry list added to her already hectic life.

Ronnie and her friends must ban together to protect her territory from all hell breaking loose. After laying her pride aside, Ronnie finds that accepting help is great. Until relationships start changing, assignments get screwy, and she’s forced to do the forbidden.

Exert:

“Damn you Tipper! I had to deal with Marilynn again tonight!” I shout into the now silent house.

I toss my keys on the stand, drop my purse on the floor and peel off my boots. “Drunken Fairies,” I grumble while making my way through debris and garbage to get to the kitchen. It looks like a garbage truck barfed in here.

“Drunken little bugger, you’ll get your fucking whiskey!” I shout. He hates when I yell at him. I hardly ever see him, he likes to be alone. But man, oh man, he’s worse than a pregnant chick without her ice cream when he doesn’t get his whiskey on time. I pop open the bottle, push some garbage off the table and go in search of a clean, unbroken glass.

“I really wish this mess would be cleaned up before I get home from work tomorrow.” I say a silent prayer that Tipper has smelt the whiskey and in ear shot.

I’ve dealt with a womanizing, asshole boss for eight hours, then worked the territory for three hours, trained with my partner, Willa and then had to deal with that damn Necromancer again. Will she ever get the hint? This is my territory. No, I will not allow you to raise the dead to kill my people! Duh! She is truly the definition of dumb blonde for as many times as I have to deal with her. I just wish she never found out about my ties. I’m not allowed to leave the perimeter of my territory. I could gut whoever told her that tid-bit of information.

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Thankful

I know it’s a bit late, but it is still Thanksgiving in the states. I had planned on doing this much earlier in the day but I honestly did not have the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVti3acinqs

The above song is just a song that I love. Much like a lot of people I am in love with music. I am always listening to it. Reading, writing, cleaning, ignoring annoying kid shows that grate my nerves, and when I’m doing NOTHING at all. I love music. I love it all, classical, punk, rock, regge, oldies, I’m not picky.

So I am thankful for music 🙂 songwriters, singers, composers, bands, their managers, and everyone who listens to music and shares songs/bands with their friends. Word of mouth is one powerful tool. Recently a new friend of mine turned me onto a band that I didn’t know and I fell in love with one song in particular. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt9ovW2Jo_w&list=UUQ_aRF–VPB384_BTdrYqHw&index=10&feature=plcp So Thank you to my wonderful friend (David) for introducing me to a new band 🙂

I am so thankful to a good friend of mine who told me “You need to join Twitter, make an author page on Facebook and check out this site and that site. Without her I would not have met so many other writers, authors, bloggers, and book lovers. Every day I enjoy chatting with new friends. So thank you Julia 🙂

I love my family. Every family has their ‘bad nuts’ or ‘bad seeds’ and mine is no exception to that, but I despite that, I love my family. My mom is such an amazing and strong woman and supports me in everything. My siblings are great, even the sibling in laws. My husband, he’s wonderful. Of course he’s always finding new ways to annoy me, but just the fact that he puts up with my crazy makes me love him more. My kids, my beautiful stepchildren, if I could squeeze them every single day I would.

My friends are great too.  They understand me in a way that even I am amazed at.

I’m just thankful for everyone in my life. Good or bad, I would not be who I am today without all of you. So bullies, thank you, without you I wouldn’t be half as strong. To the people who used me as their doormat, thank you, without those experiences, I wouldn’t have as much to write about. 😉

I also have a bit of True Connection news!!

Editing is D O N E

Amazing right? I thought so too! I’m doing my read through right now, and I will be sending a PDF off to the Beta Readers. (Thank you Tamara, Emma and Carey) I expect them to be brutally honest with me, and after I hear back from all of them, I will nail down a date for release. So it’s getting closer. Thank goodness too, because I’m dying to share it with you!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday, and stayed safe. I’m off to read and pass out! Love and thanks to all of you!

Teaser Tuesday!!

Welcome to this week’s Teaser Tuesday!

 

When my eyes focus I see that I’m in the school, alone. I try opening door after door but they’re all locked. It’s so eerily quiet that it’s almost scary. Thunder crashes and echoes through the halls and the lights flicker out at the same time.

“Jazzy…” Someone says in a sing-song voice. “Oh Jazzy…” The sing-song voice sounds closer. It’s a scratchier voice than normal, almost creepier. My skin actually feels like it’s crawling when this guy says my name.

I walk faster with my hand running along the wall, passing over posters, flyers, and lockers. Every doorknob I come to, I jiggle, in hopes it’s unlocked. “Jazzy!” The sing-song voice screeches. “I know you are here. I can feel your soul.” The voice sang out sounding closer now.

“Jazzy, you are a beautiful creature.” Someone else whispers in my ear. I shiver and move a little faster.

My right hand presses over a glass case. If I take a left here, I lose the wall for a minute but I can head to the gym, and the gym has an exit. I let go of the wall and make a sharp left. I find the wall again and hold my left hand in front of me to feel for the door.

“You, my dear, would make a beautiful addition to our family.” A woman sings. “Think about it, you can have anything you want. Except that fine specimen you love so much.” Her evil cackle floods my senses. I have to get out of here! My left hand reaches the door…

(Some slight alterations were made to not give certain things away) I really hope you enjoyed this!

Editing is coming along nicely! I’m so excited! I’m in the home stretch now. True Connection will soon be off to the Beta Readers!

Comments are welcomed 🙂 I’ll have an update soon!

This & That

I recently read a blog post from a fellow author ( http://authorthomasamo.blogspot.com/2012/11/wendy-let-me-explain-something-to-you.html?m=1 ) and it made me think of a conversation I recently had with my husband. Now, my husband is not a writer, or even a reader. He will read the newspaper and that’s about it. Very rarely will he pick up a book and read it. He just doesn’t see the joy or purpose. He’s very encouraging to anyone who wants to write, the kids or myself included, and he doesn’t discourage reading either. When the kids whine and complain about being bored, he tells them ‘clean your room or read a book, Mom (stepmom) has plenty of them!’ So it really irritated me when he said something to me the one day. He asked what I was doing, I responded, ‘I’m going to my desk to write.’ He gave me this look and said ‘Didn’t you do that last night?’ This irritated me. I told him he works for days in a row and this is kind of the same thing. You can’t always set yourself a strict schedule of ‘well I’ll only work when the spouse is at work,’ sometimes it just doesn’t work.

There really is only one point that I have, I have my ‘Jack’ moments along with my everyday ‘Rachel’ moments (ie: putting iced tea in my coffee thinking it was creamer, forgetting where I put my cell phone only to have it in my pocket, forgetting that the baby gate is mid-thigh-high and falling on my face).

I haven’t made a post regarding True Connection for a few days. I apologize for that. While I was editing, I came across a boo-boo, fixed it, noticed it again and fixed it again. After correcting this simple error, I decided to go back to the previous chapter. It was there. What started as a simple error suddenly escalated to a major error that I couldn’t believe I made. It was throughout the whole novel, minus the first 4 chapters. Now I know I’m not perfect, but it was something I felt was obvious. It’s corrected now, and I have moved on in editing. So that part is progressing. I have one beta reader lined up, but I would like another, so if you have any suggestions please feel free to let me know.

On that note, I will leave you with a teaser. I hope you enjoy it!

“Come on, please, let’s go talk on the boat. You need to know the truth, before I can let you leave, or take you home. Please, I think this is a good thing, a really good thing, and I hope you see it that way too.” He looks at me so sweetly.

“Fine, but you do realize I can swim. So it’s not like you can trap me out on the water.” Maybe I’m just blinded by his gorgeousness or I really am crazy. I’ll bet on crazy since I just agreed to this.

“I know.”

That saying of ‘curiosity killed the cat’ is thrumming through my brain as we climb onto the boat.

I’d also like to give you a song that I played repeated for a good portion of this book while I was writing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJhiLymsxIY

Have a great day!

True Connection

Look at that beautiful work of art from from the wonderfully talented Regina Wamba at www.maeidesign.com

So, I have a teaser, it’s just another short one. I’ll get a longer one put together in a few weeks.

It’s more than a fight for my life. It’s a fight for my soul and my soul mate.
Jazzy is a not so average coffee-loving teen, coping with the deaths of her father and sister, dealing with her famous uncle’s fans, an overprotective big brother, and a depressed mother, all while trying to make friends at her new school-her old school’s rival. She meets a gorgeous green-eyed hottie who turns out to be more than human, and more than just some high school crush. On her first day at the new school she unknowingly enraged a very dangerous breed of demon who wants her soul or life as payment. With the help of some supernatural friends and protectors, she remains safe. Until what remains of her family is put in danger. Can Jazzy save her family, her life, her soul and soul mate, or will all be lost?
*Warning* Mature Content. This contains some profanity, mild sexual situations, innuendoes, and violence. Recommended for ages 17 and up, depending on maturity level.
“What class do you have next?” he asks me. Dang, I have to use my puddle brain.
“Uhh…”Shoot! Why didn’t I take the time to memorize this thing?
“She’s got study hall with Mrs. Kling.” Skeeter answers for me. How exactly does she know that? I look at her. “Sweetie, your schedule is in your hand, and close your mouth, you don’t wanna drool.” She whispers before walking over to the group of kids standing by the door. That leaves me alone with Mr. Brain-Freeze-Inducer, himself.
I hope everyone enjoys this!

Introducing Jazzy

So I have a special message to share. It’s from the main character in True Connection, Jazzy. Here’s what she has to say.

‘Hey guys! I’m under strict orders to keep this short, sweet and to the point. I’m not allowed to give you too many details *Ahem…Rachel…* So I want to tell you a little bit about myself. I’m absolutely in love with music! Music inspires me to draw or paint. That is where my true passion is. At the moment I’m drawing some children playing in the park. Anyway, I love to read, I have a library of books in my room. I have a touch of OCD. Everything has it’s own place and I’m constantly fixing the kitchen. My uncle is terrible at putting dishes away and has been banned from doing it ever again. I enjoy school, more than I probably should. I have bad days like everyone else but for the most part I really love being at school and having to challenge myself to complete assignments. I can handle school better than dealing with the challenges outside of school. That would be one of the topics I have to not mention so no more on that I promise! I absolutely love being near water. The beach is one of my favorite places of all times. The smells, the sounds, to feeling, it’s just amazing. Well, I need to go, my brother is ready to teach me how to parallel park! I hope we use cones, or boxes this time. I’m sure my uncle would appreciatte not having to fix another dent in his bumper. Oops! I’ll catch up with you guys later! Maybe then I’ll be allowed to give you a peek into my world!’

I hope you enjoyed the little introduction Jazzy gave. There will be more character introductions, as soon as they stop fighting over who goes next. 😉

News on the cover reveal? It will probably be happening at the beginning of November. I’m so excited and cannot wait to share it with you! It might happen sooner! Keep your eyes peeled 🙂

Introductions are so hard…

So, I want to introduce myself, I am Rachel Walter and I’m going to be realeasing my first book soon. I’m not sure what you would like to know about me, so I’m going to move along and introduce my book a little bit.

My book is the first in a series, True Connection from my Soul Mate Series. It’s Young Adult Paranormal. I’m sure you’d like to hear a little bit more about the book right? Well you’re in luck!

True Connection focuses on a teenage girl. Here is the description:

It’s more than a fight for my life. It’s a fight for my soul and my soul mate.

My name is Jazzy and I’m just your average, everyday teenager, until one night a few months ago tragedy struck my family by the hands of a drunk driver. Now my mom, uncle, brother and I are left picking up the pieces of our broken hearts. As a result my brother and I moved in with our uncle and ended up switching schools as well. All I want is to feel normal again and for everyone to stop treating me like a porcelain doll. I’m not made of glass, I will not break.

For me, switching schools late in the year to our rival school was practically a sin all its own. Looking back, I can tell you that it was just the beginning. From being stalked to nightmares, this move was affecting me in more ways than one. It wasn’t all bad of course. I found an awesome, yet unusual, group of friends and a very gorgeous green eyed hottie to occupy my time with. Then things began to get weird. For the most part it was good but sooner, rather than later, the weird turned into impending doom sitting on a precipice begging to be pushed.

Things were brought to light that made me question everything I thought I knew, maybe not everything, but close enough. You know like when you’re a kid and you have a bad dream and your dad says, ‘Oh Sweetie, you’re ok, the monsters can’t hurt you. Go back to sleep,’ you believe it. How about in school, when you begin learning about Greek Mythology and your teacher says, ‘These stories are all myths. The Greek Gods and other mythical creatures did not and do not exist.’ You believe that as well. So how would you react if you were told one day that everything you’ve been taught thus far isn’t as black and white as it seems? That there is this huge grey area, and you’re living in it.

*Warning* Mature Content. This contains some profanity, mild sexual situations, innuendoes, and violence. Recommended for ages 17 and up, depending on maturity level.

So, I’m going to leave you with this for now. If you have any questions for me feel free to ask! I will be introducing a few of the characters to you all with in the next few weeks and Cover Reveal will be happening soon!