Behind Locked Doors – On the Edge

Standing on the edge of a cliff both literally and figuratively. He peered out across the horizon. Above him nothing but the clear blue sky, below him the vast ocean, and behind him the thick forest trees. If he turns back into the trees he is met with life face to face. As he watches the ocean he feels only the calming silence of the crashing waves. He hears the distant calls from those fighting to get his attention… His heart… His soul…

Without question without care he turns to face the ocean and with arms spread he stepped off the edge. He fell as if floating and then suddenly broke through the blanket of water and submerged himself in the cool wet bed of water. As he held his breath and looked around there was beautiful life all around him. He swam staying fully submerged for as long as he could. But being only human he couldn’t stay in this world forever.

just as he was beginning to swim to the surface he felt a pull on his leg. When he looked down he was face to face with an exotic beauty… long black flowing hair… deep chocolate-brown eyes… rosy red lips… And the softest milky skin he had ever seen. But where her legs should have been… A fin… Mermaid? It couldn’t be… Was he dreaming? Had he drowned?

His eyes closed and he drifted away. When he opened them again he was on his back on the hard rocks at the bottom of the cliff. As he gazed into the sky above the distant clouds were passing slowly as if crawling through the sky. He allowed himself a few more stolen moments to dream of a distant land where his life was his own before turning to the cliff and beginning his long climb back to reality.

(c) Copyright Soden, Nina 2011

On a side note… Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort!

This blog is a place for me to journal my journey as I write and hopefully publish my first book series. However, I am choosing to deviate from that path just this once. My amazing husband and I just celebrated seven years together, and in doing so we took a vacation, as most couples do. We went down to Destin, and I soooooo recommend it! However, I have very few good words to say for the resort we stayed at, the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

Where do I start? Well, first off the room was more of a condo than a hotel, which would be good for family vacations, but not really for a romantic couples retreat. Secondly the paint was pealing off the ceiling and walls in more than one location, the inside of the shower curtain was moldy, and the balcony railing was about to fall off. We were eleven floors up, so having the railing fall while we gazed out at the beautiful ocean view wouldn’t have been a “good time”.

I will say this though, when we had to call maintenance on the second morning (not fun) because the tub wouldn’t drain, it only took them an hour to get there and fix it. So, woo hoo for the maintenance crew.  Although, honestly, for the price we were spending we should never have had to call maintenance. We were only there three nights… hello!!!

Okay, that is my rant. I would like them to call me and give me a free three night (weekend please) stay to make up for the issues we had while we were there, but I highly doubt that would ever happen.

Behind Locked Doors – Eternity…

At the youthful age of 15 she was already a lady in the eyes of society. When her grandparents made the decision to move her to the new world she was frightened yet excited by this new adventure. The Titanic was a grand ship more beautiful than anything she had ever seen both inside and out. The moment she stepped aboard her life was changed forever.

Her heart skipped a beat as his cold hand gently brushed across hers and his piercing eyes seemed to reach into her soul stealing her love forever. He appeared to be her age, but something in his eyes gave away a wisdom far beyond her years. They were inseparable from the start. To her it felt like he was the piece of her heart she had always been missing.

As fear struck the hearts of everyone around them and the ship began to sink Eric offered her life after death. With just one kiss they would be together for all eternity. In her gutt she knew it was more than that, and still she didn’t care. Like a dagger his teeth slid into her throat, and she was out. She woke up laying in his arms, surrounded by nothing but sand and ocean.

Eternity was going to be a very long time…

(c) Copyright Soden, Nina 2011

Bad news?

Is it bad when your editor pushes back your deadline? She was going to get her edits to me the first weekend of August but pushed it back to the first weekend of September! I hope it’s not that she hates it but how can I be sure?

Okay… I’ll stop freeting!

I’m at the beach with my amazing husband Eric, and am not going to worry about what may or may not need to be changed in the book! I plan to edit, rewrite, and edit some more when I get back home!

I’m going to just love my vacation now!

Behind Locked Doors – Revenge!

The night was all around him as slowly he walked the path back to his house. The wind moved the trees. And the fallen branches cracked beneath his feet. In the distance he could hear the cries of a howling wolf. Cold and nervous he pulled his coat tight around his body. Focusing on the path ahead of him he didn’t think about what might live in the woods.

All of a sudden he stopped dead in his tracks… not breathing… not moving… trying not to make a sound. He focused hard on what he saw but couldn’t believe. A young girl bent over an animal… No, not an animal… A man. When she looked up he saw the blood around her mouth and the glow of her piercing purple eyes.

In seconds the fear overcame him. He could not scream… He could not run… He was as helpless as the limp body on the ground at her feet. Moments later she was on him. With a deep breath in and out she plunged her teeth deep into the side of his neck. His blood was sweet and drew her in. She drank for hours as his energy drifted away. She gets what she wants… And she wants revenge!

(c) Copyright Soden, Nina 2011

Patiently Waiting

Its Sunday now, August 7th. I sent my manuscript off to my editor on July 15th with the knowledge that she would send it back with editor’s notes by Saturday August 6th.

The fact that it hasn’t yet arrived in my email box feels like bad news, but I’m sure it doesn’t mean anything. We all have deadlines, other commitments, distractions, etc. I’m sure that she has dug in and is on her way to completion. I don’t want to be the writer that hounds her, because I think that good work takes time, and I want to know that I am getting everything she has to offer me. And yet, I still feel this appending doom headed my way when I do see her email pup up.

So, to distract me until that day happens… I shall write.

I have finished the rewrites to book two, and plan to send it off to said editor as soon as book one is back in my hands. Until then I am picking up book three again, and starting off where I left off… Chapter Eleven! That’s right, I set it down ten chapters in and havent touched it since. It has been about four or five weeks… I hate when I have to stop for such a long time. But, I did good work on book one and two during those weeks.

Back to book three… Today is rewrites on chapters one through ten… Okay, I do have a husband, two kids, and a full-time job. Rewrites will take me a couple of days. Then, later this week I will continue where I left off with chapter eleven! I am super excited where this book is headed, and can’t wait to have someone’s feed back. Book one, got great feedback from close friends and family… Book two, is still being read by a number of people, but my sister (and lawyer) finished it and says its amazing… Book three, is so far my favorite of the series… Then again, I love them all, but I’m the author, lol.

Okay, off to work I go.