Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Revisions & Guarded

Gee. Is it just me? Or do the days just seem to go really fast? :/

Anyway, I hope you're all having a great week so far. I wish there were more hours in the day at the moment. I'm busy working on the second draft of the novel I wrote in February. It's 85k, so it takes a whole lot longer than short stories and novellas to get through. Lol. I'm also doing other stuff on the side too, so the days are going too fast.

I'd like to have the second draft done by the end of the weekend, which includes typing in all the changes. Yeah, I'm printing it out a little at a time and trying to keep up with the changes that need to be made into Word. Otherwise it's just too overwhelming. I'm slowly making my way there. At the moment I'm sitting on page 235... I'm aiming for 300 today. It's a bit ambitious, but we'll see what happens.

Oh yeah, and I wanted to share another excerpt with you. This time it's for:

If Jemma wasted another second drinking her coffee, she’d miss him. The highlight of her day would get away.

She downed the rest of her vanilla coffee and burned the back of her throat in the process. But it didn’t matter. Temporary discomfort would be worth it. In the past month, she’d seen him almost every single day. Their little smile-and-greet game had been going on for much longer, though.

At first, Jemma hadn’t thought anything of it. They were just two strangers being polite to one another with a little greeting. But now, every time they crossed paths, her heart skipped a beat. Her palms got clammy and fingertips itchy at the thought of running them through his hair. Her attraction toward him was strong, and she often wondered if it was one-sided. Was this just her fantasy? Although, the smile he usually flashed her way had convinced her there was definitely something between them.

Come on, come on. She silently cursed the damn light for staying red so long. Impatience wound its way around her body. She didn’t want to miss him this evening. Around this time every weekday, the nameless man would be inside this part of Hyde Park.

She’d gone out of her way several times during weekends in the hope of seeing him, but it was only a Monday to Friday thing.

Her gaze cut across the dense traffic of Elizabeth Street to focus on the park. Hyde Park was a serene section stuck in between the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Whenever she was inside the park, an air of romance always wrapped itself around her. All because of him.

Until she’d noticed him months ago, the park with its many paths and fig trees had been a shortcut from the main city streets to her apartment. Now, she woke up with the anticipation every weekday, and daydreamed all day about the handsome stranger.

Even as the breeze the cars gave off chilled her arms, her cheeks warmed. He was tall, with longish black hair that curled around his collar. He had the darkest eyes she’d ever seen. His complexion was pale, and his face was always sprinkled with stubble. He was the sexiest man she’d ever seen. She hated to seem like a sentimental teenager lost in a fantasy, but she only wanted him. No other man could hold her attention for longer than two minutes before he invaded her mind. He was beneath her skin and had already touched her heart.

One of these days, she’d work up enough courage to break the silence between them. It was just a matter of time…it had to be.

The simple glance, smile and nod stages had been abandoned. They were now up to the, “Hi,” point, and she was trying to get up the nerve to start an actual conversation with him. It didn’t need to be anything too deep. Just a mention of the weather would be enough to break the ice.

She sighed. If only it were that easy.

The traffic slowed to a halt in front of her, and the little pedestrian man flashed green.

The coffee made her feel sluggish as it sloshed around inside her stomach. The anticipation of seeing him built up into an excitement she could hardly contain.

Today could be the day.

GUARDED BY STONE is now available from Cobblestone Press.

It was #5 on the Best Seller list for March.




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