Friday, January 30, 2015

Lines 1/30

Price of Angels
Copyright © 2015 by Lauren Gilley
Michael felt the slow, even pounding of his heart against his ribs. He didn’t want to hear the story she was about to tell him. The dread was already building in him, swirling like bile at the base of his throat. But he needed to know how bad it had been. He needed to have this justification for what he was fast realizing he had to do.

            “What did they do to you, honey?” he asked, quietly, his shoulders stiff with anticipation.

            She closed her eyes a moment, pain lining her face. “Promise me something first.”

            He waited until her eyes were open, and nodded.

            “Try – at least try, please – not to hate me, after I tell you.”

            “I won’t.”

            Her smile was small and wry. She took a deep breath. “My mother fell in love with a monster…”


Back In Business

Sunrise view from my new office

Let there be internet! The new router arrived in the mail yesterday and it's all hooked up now, so barring other minor disasters, I'm web-accessible again.

When I realized that I would be without a connection for a few days, I had the option of trucking it to Starbucks every day to blog and Pin and keep up with email. But that first morning, I realized something -  I was getting so much writing done! So apologies to those I've been late to contact in return, but I decided to take advantage of my lack of distraction and really concentrate on the book for a few days. I got so much work done on Angels, and I'm so excited about it. The book is really starting to take shape, and the deeper I go, the longer I realize it will have to be. I hope nobody has anything against long books. I'm fast realizing that my goal is to make this series the Outlander of biker-themed fiction. Less romp, more epic. And genre? What genre?

A few things:

Don't forget the giveaways are still going on. You can enter the Goodreads giveaway by clicking here, or using the widget over at the top of the sidebar. You can enter the social media giveaway by contacting me with your entry in one of these three ways.

The release date for Angels is sometime in the middle or end of March. No firm day, yet, but we've still got all of February to get through. I need the writing time, and it should definitely be worth waiting for. :)

I'm hoping to make up for the lack of posts with some good ones this weekend. Between my freshly adjusted back (oh my God, it's like having braces tightened, the way it hurts afterward) and my poor doggie's post-neutering sadness, I'm hoping to get another post done today. We shall see.

I'm so glad to have the web back. Happy Friday, everyone.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Price of Angels - First Look, Chapter One

I promised on Facebook last week that I'd post Chapter One this week, so here goes! Please keep in mind that this is raw text, straight from the document, so there may be a typo or two. Apologies.

Price of Angels
Copyright © 2015 by Lauren Gilley



September 1st.

I think I found my killer.



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Workshop Wednesday (Belated) - No Slouching

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When you're a kid, the adults in your life are always worried about your posture. Stand up straight. No slouching. Put your shoulders back. Pick your head up. It's all about appearances, isn't it? That's what we think, in our little kid-minds, because we don't understand how the way we walk, stand, sit could be of any importance.

Flash forward to the debilitating pain I'm experiencing at age twenty-seven, and all those admonitions make sense.

Okay, so, I wasn't a slouchy kid, but I've been pretty slouchy the last few weeks, as the pain in my upper back, arms and neck continued to worsen. I stupidly didn't seek medical help, because I was convinced I'd pulled a muscle or something. Lifting a heavy feed bag, being jerked around by Viktor, something. I'm young, healthy, active - how could I have back problems?

I finally broke down and went to the chiropractor yesterday because I was in tears with the pain. Even now, standing at the counter to type this post is very uncomfortable. I wish I'd gone to see the doctor earlier, because it turns out I don't have a pulled muscle or a pinched nerve, but a loss of curvature in the vertebrae in my neck. He showed me my X-rays (spooky-looking straight neck I've got) and said I looked like someone who'd been in a car accident. He then explained the unevenness in my shoulders as mild scoliosis (thank you, high school backpack). My neck needs to be realigned - one adjustment already, and going back Friday - and then I'll have to implement some lifestyle changes and religiously go through my neck exercises. I'm going to have to start living a more ergonomic life; the techniques I'm going to share here, as they are prescribed, because it was startling to see what can happen while you're just sitting still. My damage is cumulative, from years of sitting improperly at a desk, and from working and straining and taking tumbles at the barn.

Have I bored you to tears yet?

This week was a workshop for me; I was the one getting the lesson. Writing can be dangerous! Haha! So make sure you're not slumped over a laptop; it will save you a lot of pain. I'm going to have to retrain myself to write in a more supportive position. And then hopefully I can stop whining about how much my back hurts!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cover Reveal - Price of Angels

Hard to see the shape because it's white on white here, but there it is. I decided I want to do alternating colors, black, then white, then black, so that when the books are lined up on a shelf, the spines will go back and forth in a pattern. I'm so pleased with how it turned out!
Copyright © 2015 by Lauren Gilley

Monday, January 19, 2015

Music Monday

First, a soundtrack pick for Angels.

"Angels & Devils" - Sarah Darling

I love this artist, and they never play her on local country radio. Her singles "Jack of Hearts" and "Feels Like Home" are worth a listen, too.

And then, because a new release from them is always a treat:

"Uma Thurman" - Fall Out Boy

I like "Irresistible" too.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekend Recap

If you missed it yesterday, I posted a social media giveaway. I'm giving away three signed copies of Fearless. Click here for entry and rules.

Thursday, I posted a scene from Angels, a fluffy Ava and Mercy tidbit. I love writing their relationship as it grows.

It was such a gorgeous weekend, if a little cold. Lots of sunshine. The animals loved it. I think I'd forgotten what the sun looked like.

Some neat antique shop finds:
The cutest set of children's books.

Look at the illustrations inside.

Almost makes me think I'm missing out being kidless.

And my British obsession continues, with this 18th century teacup, all the way from England.

Look at the inside!

Tomorrow is Music Monday. And look forward to more Angels this week.