Coryn of Bellsferry: Blood Thieves -Chapter 5: Unexpected Guests

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Chapter 5 of Coryn of Bellsferry: Blood Thieves is here! Check it out on Wattpad!

“I shivered, despite the summer heat. What if something happened to me? What if the Blood Thieves got to me? What would that do to my daughter, losing the person closest to her? She barely knew Gunner and Dixie. She’d be devastated and scared, and the security and joy of her childhood bubble would burst and she’d be thrown into the dark, confusing maze of this dangerous world. Death was banging on all of our doors, especially mine and Krista’s, and who knew when it’d break through and seize its loot. It could happen tonight…”-from chapter 5

Chapter vibes:

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Coryn Aesthetic!

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SYNOPSIS TIME!

“With long snaking roads enshrouded by dense woodland and only smatters of clarity along the rolling hills, the beautiful countryside of Bellsferry was the perfect place for predators to stalk.” Coryn knows fate when she’s pricked by it–she thinks.

In a world where American law has been overthrown, and wanna-be supernatural, self-made vampires exist–who by the way, are really creepy and demented and have started preying on the small town of Bellsferry–there also exists Coryn, a twenty-three-year-old single mother who’s just trying to survive through life–and give her daughter a somewhat decent one. But when Coryn is taken under her gunslinging neighbors’ wings and something…otherworldly happens, forget decent; she and her daughter’s lives are now even more dangerous than before. Sigh. That’s what happens when you accidentally become the only real nemesis to the deranged psychopaths who have iron-gripped your hometown.

Since before the demolition of law, Coryn grew up surviving through life, but now she has to protect not only herself and her seven-year-old daughter, but their entire town–doesn’t she?

 

Have you been following along? If so, what are your thoughts so far? Got a WIP you’re working on? Are you on Wattpad? Let me know! Happy reading! -Natasha

Do you make image quotes from your stories?

Pinterest got me starting to make quote images from my books and stories. I also make some for Instagram from time to time. I use quotes I really liked and I think they’ve generated some interest. What about you? Have you made image quotes for your stories? Feel free to share your Pinterest links with them or Instagram account with them. Here’s some of mine from my latest WIP (available on Wattpad), a New Adult urban fantasy, Coryn of Bellsferry: Blood Thieves:

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“Hunter” Chapter 3 of “Blood Thieves” is Here!

I’m really excited for where this new adult urban fantasy story is going AND for the introduction of this special character.

Story vibes in gifs:

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Check the story out on Wattpad!

“With long snaking roads enshrouded by dense woodland and only smatters of clarity along the rolling hills, the beautiful countryside of Bellsferry was the perfect place for predators to stalk.”

Coryn knows fate when she’s pricked by it–she thinks.

In a world where American law has been overthrown, and wanna-be supernatural, self-made vampires exist–who by the way, are totally gross and demented and have really started taking over the small town of Bellsferry–there also exists Coryn, a twenty-three-year-old single mother who’s just trying to survive through life–and give her daughter a somewhat decent one. But when Coryn is taken under her gunslinging neighbors’ wings and something…otherworldly happens, forget decent; she and her daughter’s lives are now even more dangerous than before. Sigh. That’s what happens when you accidentally become the only real nemesis to the deranged psychopaths who have iron-gripped your hometown.

Since before the demolition of law, Coryn grew up surviving through life, but now she has to protect not only herself and her seven-year-old daughter, but their entire town–doesn’t she?

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Why Kick-Butt Female Characters in YA Are Getting Frustrating

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YA books are rife with “I can kick a man’s behind and then some” kind of young women and it’s aggravating to say the least. Why, as a woman, do I feel this way?

Because in reality, we girls often tend to be less PHYSICALLY strong then men, and often times, more emotional.

But somewhere along the line, this lie, this message began to fester that because we women are different in those ways, we are lesser and so we must work our tails off to strive and be stronger in every way possible than a man.

It’s rather frustrating because we women have our own fortitudes and feminine nature that make us different and unique and beautiful and COMPLEMENTARY to our fellow men, not LESSER than. But because of the lie, we now despise those natural, complementary elements like nurturing, gentleness, often times beauty, etc., instead of embracing them, and we become wanna-be men–whether we realize it or not!

We are not proving we are better by trying to do everything they do, instead, we are showing an insecurity about our own identities and natural feminine design.

I think the most beautiful women are ones who are confident in their femininity and own it. They own motherhood, beauty, gentleness, etc. and rather than try and compete with and defeat their fellow man, they complement and support them. These women know it isn’t about rivalry because there’s nothing to prove: I am woman, beautiful as I am, you are man, different and I respect your differences.

I have to be careful myself not to cater to this mindset when writing my female characters, because truly, rather than edifying, I believe this message is hurtful to young women who already battle with enough lies about women, to now be all the more insecure about and loathe their femininity.

I love my long hair. I know I despise the gym and I don’t care. I would never pick a fight with a man, and if a man did try and hurt me, I’d pray there was a stronger one around to take him out on my behalf. Like this man I read about who helped a woman who couldn’t defend herself against another man trying to sexually assault her in broad day light with many turning their cheek. And this guy, who took on a group of vicious goons–apparently both men AND women–attacking an elderly woman.

I adore and respect man’s innate desire to protect, and I’m extremely thankful for when they do! Don’t get me wrong, I have a desire to protect my children and friends, but I know there are some foes capable men would do better at defending against than I. On the flip side, I know of many women who are better at caring for children than men. They have an innate wisdom and careful nurturing knowledge that many men seem deficient of. Leave a man with the kids and I’ll tell you, he ain’t better at it than mom. Again, we’re different, we complement one another, and that’s a beautiful thing.

What would man be without woman? What would woman be without man? But I’m afraid with the feminist message which, underneath it all, is truly anti-woman, there will be more and more imitation men out there and less and less genuine women.

Killing Your Characters

So killing off characters in your story: is it fun for you, or torture?

I’ve been on both sides of this fence, and I can say that now, it’s leaning toward more fun. For me, there’s something about the shock of it, the later oh-so-hoped for justice, the real-ness it adds to the danger and the story in general, and of course, the emotions it stirs. But what say you? I wanna know your reasons as to why you enjoy killing characters in your story, or why you hate it. Let the discussion begin!

Love Triangles: Hate ’em or Love ’em?

Some love love-triangles, others despise them. For me, they sometimes work and other times they fail miserably. What I think makes them work and why is simple enough. There’s something about a challenge that ignites us, especially when it involves someone we care about–let alone two people we care about. So when a couple faces a test of their love, our interest is piqued, and what better test than the temptation to love someone else? We also like to see when love fights and doesn’t give up easily.

But it’s kinda like a double-edged sword, isn’t it? At least it can be for me. I get pretty upset when a gal has clearly proved her love through sacrifice and commitment, only to then face the threat of being dumped by her guy for some chick who likely hasn’t shown the same level of sacrificial devotion. When the temptation is superficial–enter someone really attractive and mysterious or confident–that’s a fail for me. If that person’s a threat then either it’s not very believable, or the guy is a shallow jerk who I then end up not liking anymore because he dared entertain the idea of leaving his girl for lust. That’s annoying and makes me lose respect for the guy. Or the super typical obvious bad-girl/guy whose just trying to mess things up for the characters who are in a relationship. Those are never believable because you always know the character being hit on isn’t gonna fall for it and that the villain/villainess is gonna get found-out.

But then there’s those really likable other romantic interests; someone you can maybe root for whose relationship with the main character is a lot more complex, has more depth and history; like a long-lost-love, or a close companion whose also always been there for the character; or someone who even seems like a better match for said character. *Spoiler alert for the two of you who have yet to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi* I felt that way about Rose and Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I actually really liked Rose and felt like she and Finn were a better pair than Finn and Rey (even though it’s still not that official with Rose and Finn, it’s certainly more official than him and Rey).

So, how do you feel about the infamous love-triangle? Have you read/watched one that you really enjoyed? Feel free to share your thoughts in a comment.

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Introducing Characters the Right Way

Ever meet a new character in a book and not think much of her? Her introduction was quite normal, mundane, lackluster. New characters should pique our interest. There should be something about them that causes us to want to know more. Sometimes, they don’t even have to say a word, but rather, it’s something this character does that sets him apart, makes him weird, unique, noble, horrible, awkward, funny, something other than normal (even though we all know no one’s completely normal; we all have our corks and “normal” is often subjective, but there’s pretty normal and then there’s really not normal or different).

What makes this new character different from previously introduced characters? What can be shown about this guy that hasn’t been seen in anyone else, or maybe has been seen, but not quite in the same way? Pick a word that you think would cause you to wonder about a person you’ve just met: mysterious, spiteful, cautious, nervous, brave, creative? Now consider a unique way one of those characteristics can be displayed. Think outside of the box because there certainly is one and you don’t want your character–even if he’s just a side one–to be typical.

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I know it’s easy to get lazy with side characters–I’ve been guilty of not always giving them too much thought–but they’re apart of your story, apart of the world, and they either build it in a way that makes it cooler, richer, more believable, frightening, wonderful, or they don’t add anything to it and that’s a wasted opportunity.

What side characters have you read recently and loved? Feel free to share your thoughts in a comment.

Happy helping!

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Writing Craft Wednesday: Don’t Let Revenge Fuel Your Protagonist

Some stories are fueled by a character’s vengeance. I don’t know about you, but I can’t relate to someone going on a killing spree to seek revenge. I don’t have the strength or heart to do something like that. And now think of the movies whose main characters are controlled by revenge? Punisher; Michael “Jay” Cochran (Revenge); other creepy murderous characters I don’t even wanna name. So many of these movies flop. Again, could it be because not many people can relate to and really enjoy a person who is consumed with vengeance and just wants to go and murder some folks?

Now think of the opposite of that kind of hatred: love.

We can relate a lot more to loving someone can’t we?  Whether it be the love for a parent, friend, sibling, boyfriend, girl friend, husband or wife, we get love. We’re very familiar with it and so when a character is driven by love, she’s easier to follow and enjoy.

And yes, we all know in YA fiction at least, insta-love is annoying and worn out like four-year-old ballet slippers. But, when that character genuinely loves a friend, family member, or significant other, it helps us connect.

I’m not saying vengeance is completely out of the picture, but I am saying it shouldn’t be your character’s sole or primary driving force.

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I remember reading a review from a YA reader who got the protagonist’s thirst for revenge, but when the protag never overcame that desire, but continued to be consumed and led by it, the reviewer was very disappointed. “She never rose above that.”

At the end of the day, desire–what your character wants–is everything. Are you going to give a very relatable desire, or a distant, hard to grasp one?

Really, it’s way easier to root for someone who just wants to find meaning in her life than it is for someone whose end goal is murder.

Sure, there’s lots of Braveheart fans out there, too, BUT William Wallace wasn’t just fueled by revenge, he was mainly ignited by a love for his country and its freedom. AND there’s a difference between pure vengeance and justice. Pure revenge is selfish: I’m going to make them pay for what they did to me. Justice has more of a focus on others: I don’t want to see these people suffering anymore so I’m going to risk my life defending them.

Quick vote: William Wallace or Punisher?

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See what I mean?

What do you think about revenge-driven characters? Do you enjoy pure vengeance stories, or do you prefer following a protagonist with a different desire? Share your thoughts in a comment!

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