Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Still waiting

Yep, still waiting. Midwife said today that there's no progress. They are starting to use the word "induce". We spent some time tonight doing some accupressure that is supposed to help naturally induce labor. They say you should start it as soon as you Dr starts mentioning induction. Otherwise Smudgie will arrive when he gets ready. It's just hard to be patient.

To take my mind off things I've been doing some writing. Not a lot of progress, but some. I just read a quote from writer Sherrilyn Kenyon where she said she had completed 126 pages in 24 hours. *BLINK* That's flippin' amazing.

The latest installment in The Jewels of Ursus series, Soul Stone, released recently. It has my favorite cover and I think it finishes the series really well. Try this taste from the prologue.

Soul Stone
Elyssa Edwards

He is physical perfection. He is sex personified. He is an incubus. All his life Tarris has followed the rules that would keep him from transforming into the dark soulless predator who fed on the sexual energies of women, draining them to madness or to death. His Bears, shape-shifters Mark and Luke Ursine, shared their passions and their lovers with him all their lives. Something, however has changed. Now that he can no longer feed in a safe and controlled way, he faces a choice: hunt or starve. Callista is quiet and reserved. Her restrained exterior hides an astonishing passion and vivid imagination that has captured him. Who knew that a creature that had no soul could love a woman so deeply? Tarris must now find a way to control the change he feels coming and defeat the hunter who pursues him, obsessed with possessing Callista and destroying the incubus.


“Something happened when Sarah and I mated.” Mark shifted uncomfortably. “We didn’t know it would. We had no idea…”

“Once we mated, Mark…” Sarah hesitated. “He could no longer allow Tarris to join us.”

“That’s insane. No offense, Sarah but Mark and I have shared our lives and our dreams with Tarris for as long as we’ve known him. He’s fed off our sexual energies, participated in the most intimate moments of our lives for over a century. He’s an incubus but he’s not because he’s followed the rules. He has only us and you’re telling me Mark would deny him? Let him starve?” Luke saw the truth of it in their faces. “But it’s only a dream,” Luke rationalized, astounded. How could Mark deny Tarris?

“That’s the problem.” Mark’s voice was filled with a dull ache. “In the dream the Bear takes over, Luke. He won’t share his mate.” Mark’s face twisted. “I’d do it in a minute, so would Sarah. But I can’t stop it. And awake he can’t feed from us. Not like he needs to.”

“That’s why…” Tarris had surprised Luke with the interest he’d shown in his life since the mating of Mark and Sarah. An interest that had stopped abruptly when Luke and Anna mated just over two months ago.

“Luke, now that you’re mated,” Sarah said softly. “There isn’t…”

“There is no one for him to feed from,” Luke’s stricken face paled. His heart ached and his brain was twisting trying to find possibilities.

“What happens if he doesn’t feed this way?” Anna pressed. “How long can he go without feeding?”

Luke met her eye, “He should already need it. I assumed he was sharing with Mark and Sarah, giving us some time alone.”

“Why can’t he just find a new partner?” Anna asked.

“He could but that would mean hunting and if he does that he puts himself at terrible risk.” Mark answered his face faintly angry. “Besides Anna, what if I told you to just go find another mate?”

She sighed sadly. There was no other mate for any of the four who sat in this room. All had been bound by lovers’ stones, a mating more powerful than the norm for the Weres. A mating that was for life and precluded all possibility of finding another. “So what will happen?”

Luke’s voice was hollow and cold. “He’ll starve. And when the hunger grows it will overwhelm him. It should already be beyond endurance. Tarris is strong. But when he can no longer control it, he’ll become what he was born to be. We’ll lose him to the hunt.”

Tears slipped down Sarah’s face as she sat down next to Anna and took her hand. Anna had only been with them since her mating two months before but she was from the hunters, those who tracked and killed the preternatural creatures of the world. “Anna, he’ll become a full incubus. Hunted not just by hunters but by our kind as well. They have no soul, no mercy, no kindness. Tarris once made them promise they’d never let that happen to him.”

“How could you stop it? If we can’t feed him, how will you stop him from becoming one of them?” Anna asked fearfully.

“By killing him,” Luke whispered.

“By killing him,” Mark agreed.

Sweet Little GI Santa
This Santa has a famous face. Now we all know why Reese Witherspoon wears such a sunny smile.

Now wander on over to the ladies whose blogs appear on the left and see what they're up to. Sandra Cox has some funnies on her blog, and Anny Cook, Kelly Marstad and Jenny Beans always have something interesting to say.


Sandra Cox said...

126 pages in 24 hrs??!!!??? That's sick and wrong:)
Another lovely picture;) Thank you:)
Hope everything goes flawlessly with Smudge's arrival.

Molly Daniels said...

Jae, have some 'adult' fun with Precious. That will have Smudgie wanting to come out, hehehe...

Or, do what I did. Flash one of your good friends:)

Explanation: I'd been having false labor for 3 weeks. Everytime I thought 'this is it' and called the dr, the pains went away. They wouldn't admit me to the hospital until I dialated to 5. Then on Sun 2/29/04 (leap year), I was 'waddling' out of our church's Social Hall (the bathroom had a larger handicapped stall than inside the church's bathroom), one of my friends laughed when he saw me coming outside.

I promptly pulled up my maternity top, pulled down my maternity pants (only exposing my huge belly, mind you!) and yelled, 'If you were carrying this around, you'd walk this way too!'

Twelve hours later, my water broke!

When he and his wife came to visit me the next day, I laughed and said, 'If I had known flashing Ray was going to throw me into labor, I'd have done it 3 WEEKS ago!'

Good luck sweetie:) And great excerpt! I've got to get through Luke's story first though.

KellyMarstad said...

But were they GOOD pages?? Ugh. My fingers would cramp if I did that. And were they the same 24 hours or broken up and that was the total? Big difference. Excellent excerpt.

Jenny Beans said...

Glad you found some time to write. I miss having your stuff to read.

I have to agree with KellyMarstad in wondering how good the pages were. I think Kenyon's an okay author, but I wonder if the quality of her books could be improved by spending more time on them and less time hurrying up to whip out 6 books a year.

Waiting and waiting for those first pictures of the little one. I'm so excited from here. I'm all giddy.

Anny Cook said...

Best wishes...

and a great pic!