The False Angel and the White Knife: a novel excerpt in an Inkitt contest

Greetings lovely people ūüôā

Not expecting many to lift their hand at this salutation – I’ve been gone too long for that, unable to keep up with blogging here at my faithful doll thermometer, attempting other forms of blogging/social media, etcetera. Nevertheless, I hope to still pop things up from time to time – when I put Book #4 of the Treading Twisted Lines series up for pre-release, for one. Should be reasonably soon, I hope. Almost through the last trudge of the final edit. Can’t bring myself to work on it right now, though – just finished Den Patrick’s “The Boy Who Wept Blood”, and I’m having trouble maintaining¬†my composure. Needless to say, difficult to focus with tears streaming. However, there is something I’ve done recently I’d like to share … otherwise I probably wouldn’t be here ūüôā I suppose that’s so with blogging in general, whether long absent or not.

I recently followed the Twitter account¬†of¬†a writing community called Inkitt, and soon after received an invitation to participate in the contest they’re currently holding. It’s called Echo of Another World, held in honour of Terry Pratchett. I wondered a while if I could finish and enter a¬†short story/novelette I’ve had in mind, but concluded I would not have the time to do the story justice. However, the rules indicate that novel excerpts are¬†welcome. So, after a little thought, I spent a few days editing/reworking two chapters from my first novel – the ridiculously long one that no¬†unpublished writer¬†could ever hope to traditionally publish. I nervously popped it up on the site yesterday.

The¬†cover image is awful – text over a Paint-adjusted free image. I am so far from an artist it’s sad.

The¬†excerpt is called “The False Angel and the White Knife”, chapters eight and nine of the presently fourty-four chapter novel, and comes in at roughly 12,000 words. So, roughly,¬†you’d probably estimate the whole thing might be around 264,000 words. Sadly, you’d be wrong – I know for a fact it’s over 400,000.

Sigh.

In any case, I’d love it if anyone wanted to read my work¬†and let me know what they think. Also, it’s community voting to determine the finalists, so, if you do like it, a vote would be very much appreciated. Vaguely¬†hoping someone with their foot in publishing’s door might magically spot it and see potential. Aren’t hopes lovely ūüôā

You can have a look at “The False Angel and the White Knife” at¬†http://www.inkitt.com/stories/13054.

And now, here’s the 200-character or less summary that I hope entices you to have a look:

“A scorned leader of a zealously religious and racist people, the Mirror-to-be uncertainly performs a brutal ceremony on capture of a hated False Angel, whose soul is fused with another’s, far away.”