Thursday, January 17, 2013

"Whatever you don't want me to clean, better hide it now!" " Save my room for last, OK?"

 Today is Friday, and Friday's keep sneaking up on me. I thought it was Thursday again so I was going to do my review of Howl's Moving Castle, but since it is Friday I guess I will have to do as I said I would and post a summery...eh?

 Before I do that though, I joined a link up from Grace's blog, found HERE. What I am supposed to do is post a bit from a book I'm working on that goes along with the prompt What If?

 I can't seem to find the words What If in any of my current projects, but I suppose this is a kind of what if snippet. What if this had happened instead of that. So I hope it counts.

 Resting his head against the rock, Peter again closed his eyes. For a moment the farm sounds filled his ears and he smiled. Maybe, he thought, he'd become a farmer. He would let Tony go on to London alone and he'd stay here, throwing slop to the pig every morning.
We could always start a farm.”
For a second the voice sounded so real and close that Peter almost opened his eyes to see who was reading his mind. Then he realized it was nothing but a distant memory, buried deep in his mind and slowly coming back. The clucking and mowing faded and Peter saw before him a man and a woman. No, two men. One with dark hair the other with blondish white and the first signs of a beard.
You, a farmer?” the bearded man scoffed. “That I'd have to see to believe.”
The memory was faded, as if shrouded in a fog. Peter knew if he opened his eyes he could chase it off, as he'd done so many times before. Yet, for some reason, this time he couldn't. He sat still, almost fearing it would fade.
I think we'd be good farmers,” the woman said with a giggle. “Noah gets along well with sheep.”
The bearded man lost it and doubled over with laughter. He then looked at Peter, his blue eyes still shinning with merriment.
What do you think, Pete?” he asked.

 The snippet is from Abolished Impracticability. So kind of me to share a spoiler, don't you think? though it isn't much of a spoiler so those who  haven't read book one, I've given nothing away.

 Abolished Impracticality
The enemy draws close. Cities will fall. And few can stand in Morcoft's way.


Peter Jones has been betrayed by the man he trusted as his own father. Now he is forced to question everything he has ever been told, and learn the truth of his past. Isidore Thaddeus Reichmann has finally found the person he has hunted all over England for. Yet, not all is as it seems and he begins to fear he might be on the wrong side. Singur faces down his worst fear and comes out a victor, but the price of his triumph may put the last member of his family in grave danger.
Choices now stand before all three young men and the paths they take will not only change their lives, but the whole world.


Battles are coming. Enemies are made. Friendships are questioned. When the only world you've ever known is a lie, where do you go?

 What do you all think? Got your interest? Or does it need more work? (Still working on The Broken Blade's summery. It is putting up a gallant fight, I shall have to outwit it somehow. Should have it up though, maybe by Sunday if all goes well and I win the battle.) Voting is still open, you can find the box on the side bar.

 Quote is from the movie of Howl's Moving Castle when Sophie is on her cleaning rampage and threatens to clean Michael's room.

 Allons-y!

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15 comments :

  1. *shakes Jack by the shoulders until her teeth chatter*
    BUT WHAT ABOUT DARCY??! I demand to know what Darcy 's up to!
    *starts pouting*

    Signed, a fan of the cocky (though not as cocky as Steed) air pirate.

    PS:
    I guess sometimes there is grass here. It's just not what you would call grass. Instead you would call it lame.

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  2. You have found Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I commend you. That is one of my favorite movies. "I've been talking to the ship's computer... It HATES me."

    I love the synopsis! And the little snippet. I can't wait!

    I haven't finished the complete Defenders of the Realm book yet... Just the prologue. And I'm kind of stuck. I might scrap the prologue and try again. The content will be the same, but I'm not sure if I like the style I wrote it in.

    I did a blog post once upon a time about my uniforms... Here it is if you want to see:
    http://dollsbooksthingsthatmatter.blogspot.com/2012/10/halloween-through-years.html

    Have you read any of Scott Westerfield's other series? I read the Uglies series... It wasn't nearly as good as Leviathan is proving to be.

    Hee hee. Without the Merlin-guy in Midnight, I think the episode would have been rather dull. Except for the mimicking part, that was funny.
    Oh my goodness.... BC and the Merlin-guy as brothers would be AMAZING! Maybe Sherlock and Mycroft could have a younger brother as well....

    I hope Philip Reeve is more well known in England. Kind of like Herge, maybe? Everyone knows who he is in Europe but no one knows him here. What a sad country we live in. *sigh*

    I'm kind of glad Steampun isn't so well known. It is very unique and I think that if too many people started writing in it, it would be tainted. Vampire-Steampunk and all that.

    Hee hee, the thickness of Les Mis scares me as well.

    Have a good weekend. =)

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  3. I like your snippet. IT sounds quite interesting. I also enjoyed your query, though for readability it might be an idea to break each introduction into separate paragraphs. Thusly:

    Peter Jones has been betrayed by the man he trusted as his own father. Now he is forced to question everything he has ever been told, and learn the truth of his past.

    Isidore Thaddeus Reichmann has finally found the person he has hunted all over England for. Yet, not all is as it seems and he begins to fear he might be on the wrong side.

    Singur faces down his worst fear and comes out a victor, but the price of his triumph may put the last member of his family in grave danger.

    Choices now stand before all three young men and the paths they take will not only change their lives, but the whole world.

    Do you write mostly Steampunk? That is SUCH a great genre! I love the idea of Modern/Victorian coming together, and of course the gadgets are way cool. :)

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  4. The summery sounds pretty good, as does the snippet. Sigh. The summery just may be the hardest part of writing a book.

    The snippet sounds pretty good, too. I've been thinking about participating in Pure Grace's link-ups, but I've never done so ...

    Arthur also got to dump a bucket of water on her a few times - though usually it was at my suggestion.

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  5. Ack, summaries! They ARE killers. Good luck wrestling yours. And fun snippet too. Do I detect longing in that memory? I'm sure Peter won't be a farmer though... I reckon you've got too much planned for him. ;)

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  6. ~When I get older and start working, i`m gonna buy your books! The summary`s interesting and I like the snippet! Cool name, Isidore. Summaries force writers to squash all the awesome into such short paragraphs and contain the awesome, it`s just not right!

    Where does one usually find Dragons? Ireland? Have you watched Durarara! before? I have a feeling all em magical creatures seem to be coming from Ireland... Or maybe Lock Ness? Wanna go camping to catch one? I`m up to it if you`re game! ^^

    Ah, at episode 3 of Season 1 of Sherlock, loving it! ^^ My favourite character from Howl`s is Calcifer, he`s so adorable! ^^

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  7. Ooh, you finally saw it! Yay! What did you think?(: Incant wait to read your review!

    I am definitely intrigued! I still have to get my hands on a copy of the first book, though! Hopefully sometime soon...or at least before you've published the next one!

    ~Vicki

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  8. Great synopsis and snippet :)

    Snippet is one of my favorite words to say :)

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  9. ohman! :D It's awesome! The snippet that is. Love it. so is the Summary! totally interesting. ^_^ <3

    hehehe. Yeah, Hitchikers. and they bust into the room and they're like "WHERE IS SHE!?" and the thing is like, "who, the director of robot arm repair?" hehehe. yup. that movie makes me chortle.

    yup.

    Me too!! I thought of that too! I'm worried about how John will react...I hope he'll just be too happy. <3 He wanted a miracle right? He's gonna get one. *squee* can't wait. <3
    xx

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  10. Snippet is great! I think the What If? fits.

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  11. You got my interest! Well done, definitely. :D

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  12. I love Howl's Moving Castle. Great quote. :)

    Really enjoyed reading your excerpt and blurb!

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  13. I liked the snippet!

    Ohhh, I remember those episodes of Merlin so well! They remain two of my favorites. What could possibly be bad about an episode that deals with why you shouldn't marry a troll queen?

    Arm-waving SHOULD be a language. I speak it fluently.

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  14. That snippet left me all excited. See what are you worried about? You are so silly - thinking you do nothing but rample *hmmph* You, dear friend, are silly.

    One day I shall travel with Howl and Sophie. How fun would that Be??? :-O I love that book :) I loved it when Howl comes in oozing green slime and complaining and Sophie snaps "Oh stop it!"

    Where are you with Merlin?

    God Bless!!!

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  15. I love the excerpt! It's so moving and the voice is just lovely. I want to read more! Thanks for sharing this, Jack.

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