And so the epilogue finishes The Far Reach. I hope you have enjoyed this particular tale. My writing starts again tomorrow with my versions of Three Weddings- A ‘Swimming’ story.
Thank you again for spending time with me through my words. It has been a joy!
As promised, I have two stories here for your pleasure, complete with their new banners.
The first is It Takes Two. This is a story I wrote for Kinnik, a new author, as part of the summer Story Exchange that was run by Queen of Area Five. If you haven’t read Kinnik’s ‘Into the Blood’ it is well worth the visit. The Queen has recently updated ‘Ride the Lightning’, and her story, ‘A Marriage of Inconvenience’ was one of those tales that hooked me on Eric and Sookie forever. I have links to both of these authors on this site.
It Takes Two was based on a prompt provided by Kinnik. What if… Eric and Sookie didn’t stay apart? Instead they jumped into co-habiting, but found, as many do, that all the little things that they do are really annoying? How well would Eric’s long hours and rules about his house sit with the telepath? And how would a thousand year old vampire tolerate the harsh chemical smells of a woman who likes to clean and who prefers to shop at Walmart? This tale examines what might happen, and how it might play out. The banner is a new one by Sephrenia. Every time I look at that lady-like pink, Playtex glove I snicker!
(Banner by Sephrenia)
The second update is a story I wrote this past May, Sluagh Sidhe, or The Wild Ride. Sidhe is one of the words used for the Fae. I wrote this tale for the Historic Fiction contest run by Area 5 Bloody Pen. (By the way, there is a contest underway for Day of the Dead sponsored by Area 5 Bloody Pen. If you haven’t had a chance to write your Fall/Hallowe’en/spook-inspired story, there is still time to get it in. There is a link to Area 5 on this site.) I hadn’t originally written this story to be a part of the Swimming saga, but as I continued writing Far Reach I realized that the premise (how Eric and Niall meet for the first time) provided context that explained their later relationship. In this version, Eric is sent to Niall in Ireland to pay off a bet that Appius lost. The vampire ends up saving the Prince’s life, and in the process introduces him to the woman who will become Fintan and Dermot’s mother. It’s a fast-paced, adventurous fairy tale, and it now has a new banner, thanks to Sephrenia. Yes… I did ask for the image of Lee Pace playing Thranduil for the younger Niall, and I am pleased with how closely is resembles Niall’s description in the book.
(Banner by Sephrenia)
I will be formally launching the summary page for A Distant Horizon and the epilogue for The Far Reach tomorrow. Thank you for all your support and hope you have a great weekend.
When I first discovered fanfiction in 2014, one of the things that drew me in were the images. I would study the banners and wonder how and who could make these words I was reading come alive. I would scan the lists of characters at the the end, mentally checking off those that agreed with my own imagination and assessing those that didn’t quite match. One of the artists whose work I admire and who caught my attention is Sephrenia. I’m not alone. Her work graces the pages of many authors in our universe, and with good reason. I have linked to her page from this site for some time, and I am thrilled to have an opportunity to work with her now.
Below is the banner Sephrenia created for A Heart’s Desire, a short story I wrote for the summer SVM/TB Story Exchange that recently wrapped up. The story was a gift I wrote for FairyTaleAmber, an author whose work I enjoy (there’s a link to her page here too). There was some excitement about the idea of Eric dressed in gladiator garb. Well – let’s say the story went pretty far down the adult rated road for me!
I will be re-launching two more stories this evening with banners compliments of this lovely and talented lady. Thank you Sephrenia!
It is with a sense of joy that I launch this last chapter for The Far Reach. I hope you find that you join me in feeling that the story has found its place. As Eric Northman might say, it feels right, it feels good.
There will be an epilogue, and I’ve left some other rambling at the end. Again, thank you for walking with me on the trail of this tale. I look forward to our next adventure.
American Android has done it again with a beautiful (and not so dark) image that will serve as my inspiration for the last major part of the ‘Swimming’ story – A Distant Horizon. I am working away on the outline and hope to launch in October 2015. Thank you to everyone who has read the series. On behalf of my two talented beta readers, the lovely artist who’s work you see and admire when you launch the stories, and myself, I look forward to our next story-telling journey together.