Thursday Writing Quote ~ Crusie

Put the computer away, climb into bed and pull the covers over your head and daydream about the story. Forget structure and character arc and all the craft stuff, and just listen to the characters talk to you in the dark. Fantasize new conversations, new actions, whether they belong in the story or not. Tell the Girls they can go anywhere they want, there are no boundaries. Don’t worry if the stuff you dream about is stupid or silly and embarrassing, just dream. Everything is possible. Keep doing that until you fall asleep.~ Jennifer Crusie

Tuesday Teaser ~ Darkness Brutal

Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle) by Rachel Marks was last month's freebie for Amazon Prime member. Since Urban Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, I didn't even read the blurb for the other books. If I tell you that I'm already planning to pre-ordering the second book in the series, will that tell you how much I'm liking this?

Aidan O’Linn’s childhood ended the night he saw a demon kill his mother and mark his sister, Ava, with Darkness. Since then, every three years the demons have returned to try to claim her. Living in the gritty, forgotten corners of Los Angeles, Aidan has managed to protect his sister, but he knows that even his powers to fight demons and speak dead languages won’t keep her safe for much longer.

In desperation, Aidan seeks out the help of Sid, the enigmatic leader of a group of teens who run LA Paranormal, an Internet reality show that fights demons and ghosts. In their company, Aidan believes he’s finally found a haven for Ava. But when he meets Kara, a broken girl who can spin a hypnotic web of passionate energy, he awakens powers he didn’t know he had―and unleashes a new era of war between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness.

With the fate of humanity in his hands, can Aidan keep the Darkness at bay and accept his brilliant, terrifying destiny?

The demon is crouched in the corner, between the Cheetos and onion dip. It's a small one, only about four feet tall: a low-level creeper. I flick my gaze over the spot like I don't see it and open cooler door to get a coke.

Right now, it's like the demon's behind glass, on the other side of the Veil that separates the human world from the spirit world. It's only able to influence people, to whisper into their minds, telling them to do dark things.

Would you read on?

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