Looking back on this blog, I’ve been unfaithful in many respects; I haven’t posted regularly, I haven’t written regularly, and I haven’t logged in regularly. I’ve turned my back on it, on my craft, and for what? Late night Netflix binges and staring at my bedroom ceiling? Now that I look back on this past year, my behavior has been unacceptable. From today on, I pledge to blog (semi) regularly, write every day (even if it isn’t my best work), and be faithful to the craft.
If there’s one writer who has done the above things, that writer is Lindsey Sablowski. I first “met” Lindsey about four years ago on the now defunct Inkpop, a writing website for young adults. I’d gotten in way over my head with a new project, and I needed guidance (and more than a few collaborators). Though the novel was never completed, we formed a tight-knit group of authors who still speak today. We couldn’t be more proud of Lindsey. As the first of us to be published, Lindsey has given us something to look forward to, as well as constant inspiration.
I’ll never forget the giddy excitement I felt when I received Lindsey’s first novel, Cursed With Power, in the mail. I’ll admit, part of the excitement (okay, most of it) came from seeing my name in the acknowledgements, but as I read the novel, my pride in my friend grew. I showed the novel to my family and friends and have been following her progress in completing the series. Though I’m a day late in revealing the cover, nothing brings me greater joy than posting it here today.
In addition, I’m privileged enough to give you the official summary and a teaser of Thicker Than Blood.
Alaire Sencler is not the man he used to be. He left behind a foul and bloody past to be with the woman he loves, but the memories never allow him to forget what he did.While the White magicians rise an army, their leader hides his true reasons for going to war.Meanwhile the Dark magicians seek out a new haven, one that might keep them hidden long enough to prepare for the war that is raging on outside their doorstep.Though Alaire has a unique gift and the woman of his dreams by his side, he has yet to come to terms with Esmour’s death and what the future holds for him. New faces and the revealing of the fifth Dark magicians offers hope, but only the strongest will survive in the final battle.Whoever said “blood runs thicker than water” never knew what it is like to be a part of the current.
We followed the noises and passed by more trees until Léal was in our sight. He performed a spell which hit the tree in front of him. Rostland held me back and gestured he would advance first.Slowly stepping forward, Rostland said, “Léal, you need to stop before you hurt yourself.”He turned around and glared, but sweat covered his face and ran past his neck.Léal replied, “You knew her for one year; I knew her for five. She kept saying time and time again she was on my side, and I never once believed her until the end.”Rostland took another step forward, but Léal raised his hand. I considered moving closer to help if anything spun out of control, but I was confident in Rostland.“Do you plan to kill me again? Come now, you’re making a fool out of yourself,” Rostland said in a firm voice. Léal whispered a word and cast a spell, causing a ice shard to strike through Rostland’s chest.Every muscle in my body tensed, but Rostland quickly ripped the icicle out and threw it on the ground. The icicle broke apart into pieces, and the two men stared at each other.