Monday, July 22, 2013

Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts PLUS My Adventure in Edinburgh

The National Archives of Scotland
My work-in-progress is titled The Last MacKlenna. It’s a romantic suspense that picks up where The Ruby Brooch ends and tells Elliott Fraser’s story. 

Elliott, CEO of a Thoroughbred farm in Lexington, Kentucky, meets Meredith Montgomery, president of a winery in Napa, California, during the holidays at a B&B in Edinburgh. She’s visiting the city to do family genealogy research at the National Archives. She's also awaiting the results of a breast biopsy. 


Elliott is on crutches recovering from surgery and dealing with news of the death of his prized Thoroughbred. I have a scene where he accompanies Meredith to the Archives and has to climb icy steps. I had searched Google Earth and had a sense of the scene, but it wasn’t until I was actually there last week, that I could feel how the scene played out. We visited on Saturday so the steps were locked off and I couldn't climb them, but in my mind, I could see Elliott hobbling up the stairs.  

As a side note, Edinburgh was having a heat wave. Notice that I'm wearing a running jacket. The scene below takes place in December.

EXCERPT:
Meredith slung her bag over her shoulder. “There’s a lift on the other side of the building if you’d rather not take the stairs.”

He judged the distance across the icy sidewalk to the lift, compared it to difficulty of negotiating two dozen wide steps, and made a quick decision. “Let’s take the stairs.”

At the bottom step, he blew out dread on a long breath. Making it to the first landing would be worse than pulling fingernails. He could get through it, but hiding his agony from Meredith would require an Oscar performance. If he rattled her, maybe she’d wouldn’t hover and notice his distress. He hobbled to the first step covered with fresh snow.

“Why do you still wear your wedding ring?”

She stumbled, barely grabbing the stone railing in time to remain upright. “That’s twice today I’ve almost fallen.”

He managed a grin. “Hope to hell you don’t get yourself killed.”

“That’d put a damper on your dinner plans, wouldn’t it?”

“Aye.” And much more.

They reached the first landing without Meredith answering the question about her ring. Elliott stopped, readjusted his grip, and fixed his eyes on a bronze statue of Wellington mounted on a rearing horse. His thoughts went to Galahad.  

“I took it off once,” she said, “but I felt like I was running naked.”

Running naked? Her comment jolted him back to his question. “So you’re one of those OCD runners who incessantly check their Garmin?” He’d never worn one, enjoying the freedom of running without being tethered to a watch or smart phone. But he’d always mapped his run afterwards to check the mileage and log the run in his notebook.

“I know it’s good training to run without a watch, trusting your instincts and listening to your body, but it drives me nuts when I don’t wear it. That’s the way it was without the ring. I put it back on.”

“If you’re wearing a wedding ring so you won’t feel naked, won’t any ring work?”

“Another ring wouldn’t stop men from hitting on me.” She bit down on her bottom lip and averted her eyes.

Her obvious embarrassment at exposing herself so easily gave him smug satisfaction. “How’s that working for ye’, m’lovely?” He placed his finger under her chin and turned her head toward him.

She tempered her glare with a slight smile. “Not so good.”

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Being in Edinburgh where the first 100 pages of the story take place was an absolute delight. Being back in Lexington where the remaining 400 pages take place is a delight, too. After five days, I think I’m finally recovering from a fantastic adventure. 

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Answers to Questions About Referring to Death http://ow.ly/n7R5D via Daily Writing Tips
  2. How to Write Like a Pro http://ow.ly/n8mvK via @write_practicec
  3. 13 Ways to Convince a Literary Agent to Represent You http://ow.ly/n8Aib
  4. Why Didn't I Say "Yes" to Your Submission? - Rachelle Gardner http://ow.ly/n8AqB
  5. Magic 5-Step Plan To Writing a Post That Will Easily Win Pulitzer Prize @ProBlogger | Hey Sweetheart, Get Me Rewrite! http://ow.ly/n8AQM
  6. Twitter's Verified Users: How They All Connect [GRAPHIC] http://ow.ly/n8B03
  7. The MBT Ponderers: To Plagiarize or Not to Plagiarize http://ow.ly/n8BcK
  8. 7 Essential Online Book Marketing Tips from the Front Lines - BookBaby Blog http://ow.ly/n8ZQO
  9. Why You Should Put Yourself Into the Uncomfortable Zone http://ow.ly/n9Lfo
  10. Should Authors Read Their Own Reviews? - Rachelle Gardner http://ow.ly/n8Az9
  11. Motivation for Writers… Wet or Dry http://ow.ly/natAz via @storyfix
  12. Social Media Secrets Book Marketers Don't Tell You—Part I: How to Avoid Twitter-Fritter and Facebook-Fail http://ow.ly/nb2tN
  13. 6 Reasons Google+ Beats Facebook for Author Platform Building http://ow.ly/nb2xD
  14. Janet Reid, Literary Agent: Building tension http://ow.ly/nb2E9
  15. How to Format an eBook for Kindle http://ow.ly/nb2Jm
  16. YAtopia: Why You Need An Elevator Pitch Even If You Always Take The Stairs http://ow.ly/nb2MD
  17. Niche Publishing Strategy: Pre-Test Your Book Before You Write a Word http://ow.ly/nb2Oe
  18. 3 Quick Ways to Perk Up Your Email Marketing Efforts | Copyblogger http://ow.ly/nb2Qs 
I’m always looking for great content to share. If you have a writing and/or marketing blog, or have a favorite that you visit often, please leave a link in the comment section. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy writing & running, Kathy

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