Discarded Novel Opening

The way my current work-in-progress manuscript originally opened. I later decided to skip this scene and start the novel at a later point, but I still thought this was a fun moment.   There was the sound of performance-grade fireworks, then a pillar of blue flame erupted on the living room sofa. When the inferno... Continue Reading →

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Novel Quotes Out of Context

A selection of quotes from my work-in-progress manuscript, but without any of the surrounding scenes. I still don't have a working title I'm happy with, but to be honest I find it's best if I create the title last anyway; that way the title fits the work instead of me forcing the work to fit... Continue Reading →

Novel Excerpt: Shadows

Sometimes Nesrin just looked at her own shadow, the part of her that always reflected her jinn half, even when she wore the body of her human half. She pinched her arm. Yep, her human body was still physical and solid, but the shadow always reflected her jinn form nonetheless. “Everyone says jinn are rebellious... Continue Reading →

Novel Excerpt: Table Talk

Jason rolled his eyes. “Will you calm down and eat, Isabelle? Everyone else is halfway through and you barely started.” Isabelle had a pen and her journal where her plate should have been. The excitement still hadn’t worn off after meeting her favorite author and artist Aravis Quarterfire then finding out Aravis was Nesrin’s niece,... Continue Reading →

Novel Excerpt: Previous Chapters

Nesrin removed the Colombina mask she’d worn to the parade as she, Isabelle, and Jason walked back into their apartment. She held it up to watch the light dance in the red, orange, and yellow sequins that formed a dancing flame design over a background of black felt. When she’d played long enough, her eyes... Continue Reading →

Novel Excerpt: Family

Nesrin and Ceylan walked alone through the ruins of Karatepe, as they often did when they needed to talk together as sisters. Ceylan stopped and looked at the angle of a lion statue in relation to the ocean. “I think this is where we used to watch the leviathan surface in the water.” Nesrin stopped... Continue Reading →

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