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Teaser

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Blood Loss Teaser

In honor of MystiCon 2015, here is a little teaser from my upcoming release “Blood Loss”. While this book has been a long time coming, I want to thank everyone for their patience, understanding, support and encouragement.  The book is closer to being ready for release because of you, my readers and supporters. I’ll have some release dates for beta readers, bloggers, and the few supporters that have per-ordered very soon. Until then, please enjoy this teaser tidbit of “Blood Loss”…Baine Kelly's Blood Loss teaser

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Octavia waited, impatiently, for Michael to show. He was to meet with Patrick and bring her a new girl, but of course something went wrong. Like it always did with those idiots. She didn’t even know why she kept them around anymore. This last girl didn’t last long. Died within weeks. She needed to up the count of pitiful humans. Why was running black market blood so difficult? She was pacing the dark dirt covered floor behind an abandoned warehouse near the James River. This was a meeting spot only a few knew about. She loved it here, it was right in Garrick’s backyard. She loved messing with him and watching his pain. Peace would never come for him. She would though. And very soon.

She circled back around toward the side of the building as headlights came into view. About fucking time!

She knew something was wrong when Michael got out of the car. Alone. Octavia bit back her anger. No sense in killing him yet. She needed help dumping the dead girl. When that was finished she might consider offing him.

“Where is Patrick and a new girl Michael?”

“Gone.”

“What do you mean gone?”

“When I got to the club he was gone and so was the girl he was after. I followed their scent to an ally not far from the club then nothing. I couldn’t track them any further. Someone else was there though but I don’t know who.”

She knew. Did Garrick figure out she was back.

This could be fun…

“It’s alright. Get this body dumped and go back to the club and find me another female.”

“Yes, Mam.”

Octavia started back toward her car, her foot hitting something sticking out of the ground. What the… The scent of rotting flesh engulfed her.

“Michael! Get over here with a shovel now!”

She watched as Michael shoved the shovel into the ground near her feet. A small hand was the first thing visible. She watched as Michael dug up the body of a young blonde female. Her throat had been torn out. Interesting, Octavia thought.

“It’s her!”

Octavia glanced up at the panic coming from Michael. “Her who?”

“The girl Patrick was after.”

Octavia took a closer look. The female hadn’t been dead long. Hours at most. Her kind could already smell the decaying flesh that mere humans wouldn’t smell for days. Finally she bent down peering at the dead girls face. Her face was covered with dirt, obviously from being buried. But there was something else. Bending closer she noticed it wasn’t just dirt covering the dead face. Taking a deep breath Octavia now understood what she was smelled. There was ash covering the body. And not just any ash.

Vampire ash.

She would bet her life that there in the shallow grave lay Patrick’s ashes with the body of the dead girl.

Only one person would have enough balls to send her a message like this.

Garrick knew.


If you enjoyed this “bite” of Blood Loss, check out “Splash” the Novella that introduces you to the “Sable World”.  The first chapter of “Blood Loss” can be found at the end of the book.

We’ll see you this weekend @ MystiCon!

Baine Kelly

Work in Progress

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Work in Progress

WIP

Caution Writer working, approach with care

A writer’s work in progress (WIP) is often a mixed jumble of scenes, strings of thought, random quotes,  and other ideas. Not very often do they resemble what the finished works will. But they give the author a place to start stringing things together. Writers all have different styles. Some have to write the beginning to the end, other just write random scenes and then fit them together, some times it is a mix of those processes, and I’m sure there are a multitude of other process. But the key is that they all have a WIP. One of the reason that I don’t often share my WIP is that people are too critical, they don’t seem to understand what the WIP is. The WIP is just the bare bone ideas for the story. Often it is just the characters telling me what they want to do, so I write it down. Some times I like what they have to say and I work with them to see where it goes, other times I tell them tough, not going to happen! But on those rare occasion that I do share a scene with folks, I’m looking for feedback on the scene, not the grammar, not the spelling, not the punctuation. I want the emotions that you feel after reading it – the shock, the fear, the joy. I want the questions that you get – the how could (s)he do that, the how can you make that work. Like the outline, and the story board, the WIP is a guide that I use to pull the story together. This isn’t a beta read, it isn’t even the alpha read. So keep in mind that when an author shares with you a bit of their WIP, they are letting you in really early to see if they are on the right track and read it for the content of the story, not the accuracy of the quotation marks. To all my grammar Nazi friends out there, this is why you have to wait for beta books. I love you all, but you need to relax… 🙂

MystiCon 2015

MystiCon 2015 is just over a week away! I’m having a hard time containing my excitement. Right now my biggest concern is the weather. It seems that mother nature isn’t quite done with winter yet, and after a relatively quiet winter, we got 8″ of snow here at home, and to top that off, we are now being told that there may be more on the way. This of course, could make traveling to Roanoke next weekend rather difficult. For now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we get a bit of a warm up next week, at least enough to help reduce the snow totals and make travel safe. I’m excited about the list of panels I’m on.

  • How Spooky is Spooky?
  • Fandom Art
  • Ending Stories with a Bang or a WhimperMystiCon
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Villains We Love to Hate

I’m also doing book signings on Saturday and Sunday. If you didn’t buy your ticket, sorry we’ll miss you as MystiCon 2015 is sold out. But if you did, I can’t wait to see you in Roanoke!

Featured Author of the Week

It has been a while since I did this, between life, writing, and etc, I have not been updating the blog. So hopefully this will be a return to normal postings. For those of you that are new, I am a member of the Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers group on Goodreads (link here). One of the things that they do is help promote authors. Each week they have a featured Author and this week that author is Steve Downes. You can learn more about Steve on Goodreads or his wordpress site. Good luck Steve!

 

MystiCon 2015

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

MystiCon 2015

MysticCon 2015 is just around the corner. We are talking about a little over three weeks away and I’m really excited because it is the first time I’ve been asked to be a “Guest Author” for one of the conventions. Having been a regular visitor of RavenCon in Richmond for a few year, I’m really excited to expand my “Con” experience by going to MystiCon this year.  While I’m really excited about attending and being a “Guest Author”, it got me wondering what exactly is a “Guest Author”? I see this title and others being thrown around a lot for these conventions and book signings, “Come See so and so, Guest Author” or “So and So is our Guest Author”.

Let us first start with, I’m excited and thrilled to have this attached to my name, but I was just wondering what it meant. So I asked around, and spoke with some of my fellow “Guest Authors” and figured out that it was MystiCona better way of saying, an individual that will be working the convention panels and activities. So basically in a nutshell, that was it. We, the authors, artist, musicians, etc, want to have the opportunity to talk with the fans and the folks that are interested in our crafts. The conventions, such as MystiCon, that we attend give us a platform to do so, and the folks at the conventions want us, the artisans, to know how important we are to the success of the event. So they give us a great sounding title, and let us pick panels that fit our needs and allow us to speak to the convention attendees that are interested in the same topics that we are. So, Thank you MystiCon for inviting me to be one of your “Guest Authors“, I am super excited to be one of many authors, musicians, artist, and other performers that you invited to attend and contribute. I just hope that the convention goers enjoy my panels as much as I enjoy being part of the event!  See you in Roanoke, VA in 3 weeks!

Thank you again for all your support!

Baine Kelly