Prize-A-Palooza Day 5—An excerpt from Warrior (Breeder 3)!

Vector flying Star with light pink christmas backgroundWow! Welcome to day 5 of my Authorversary Prize-A-Palooza! Like the past five years since I signed my first book contract, this week has flown by. Thank you everyone who partied with me (read my ramblings). I loved reading all your comments.

Yesterday’s winner of the $25 Amazon gift card is Melissa Weeks. Today’s prize is a $30 Amazon gift certificate AND a “surprise prize.” Want to know what it is?

Are you sure?

How about a copy of Breeder 3: Warrior? Yep, that’s it. In addition to the $30 Amazon gift certificate, today’s winner will receive a copy of Warrior when it is published.

And remember, everyone who posts a comment this week is entered into a drawing for a bottle of Spanking Bottom Red Wine. (Shipping to US only. A winner outside the US will receive a commensurate gift certificate instead). The winner of today’s drawing and the winner of Spanking Bottom Red Wine will be announced on Monday. All gift certificates will be sent out on Monday, and the wine will be shipped next week. Warrior will be emailed when it published–this fall. I will also have a few final comments on Monday. I hope you’ll join me one more day!

If you’ve enjoyed my blog this week, I hope you’ll consider signing up to receive email notification of new posts. It’s the best way to receive info about new releases and future contests. The signup is located in the sidebar top right. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on a link in an email.

Speaking of future contests…since I started my blog, I’ve posted more than 900 blogs and had almost than 9,900 comments! When I post blog No. 1,000, somebody who has commented that month will receive a prize. And, the 10,000th commenter  also will receive a prize. I expect the 10,000th comment to occur no later than September. The 100th blog might occur before the end of the year.

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I promised a sneak peek at Warrior—I’ll get to that in moment. First some info on what to expect from me in the future.

World domination.

Just kidding.

Currently, I am prepping Warrior for an August submission to Loose Id, after which I anticipate a fall 2014 release (based on past experience, I’m thinking October-ish). Once I put Warrior to bed, I am going to finish writing Rod and Cane 5. In September, the rights to Unexpected Consequences will revert back to me. There will be a gap when it will not be available for sale, but I intend to re-release it as a self-published book. The rights to my vampire romance, A Scent of Longing revert to me in December. I will have to do a little rewriting on that one (it contains some proprietary character info owned by Decadent Publishing), so there will be a gap of a couple of months before I can get that one out. But I am going rogue! I anticipate more self-pubbing in my future.

After these projects, I have several potentials demanding to be written, including a new sci-fi romance set on Parseon but with brand new characters, a totally new sci-romance, possibly another domestic discipline series, AND more Rod and Cane books. I plan to use the Magic Eight Ball to help me decide which ones to write first.

Just kidding. But I have not decided just yet what I’ll do next. I’ll have to see which one yells the loudest after I finish Rod and Cane 5. One thing I have learned in five years is that I am a pantser–both in my writing style and my career planning.

But now a *drum roll*….

An excerpt from Breeder 3:Warrior

“Hold steady. Grip the stock of the crossbow from below with your left hand. Do not get in the way of the bolt.” Grogan stepped so close, his hardened manhood prodded her left flank. Anika gritted her teeth, and considered dropping her trigger finger to reach into her boot for Tara’s knitting needle.

Yes, hold steady now, Grogan.

“Line your target between the crosshairs.”

Young girl has some dangerous hobbyTarget in sight. Anika closed her left eye and peered through the scope with her right at the life-size outline of a male sketched in soot on an unrolled parchment scroll tacked to a tree fifty meters away. Focused on the round smudge center torso.

Grogan pressed his erection in the crease of her buttocks. “Squeeze…the trigger.”

Anika superimposed her instructor’s likeness onto the faceless target and discharged the bolt. The bow recoiled with a pop and released the arrow. With satisfying thunk it embedded in the tree. Lowering her weapon, Anika and stepped out of range of the alpha’s erection and strode to examine the result.

Right through the heart.

“Fair. For a female,” Grogan judged.

She compared her results—dead center—with Grogan’s. He’d missed the target completely, hitting it outside the outline. Perhaps the weight of his erection had unbalanced his shot.

She marched to the starting line with Grogan dogging her heels, flinging advice as wild as his aim. She shot better than every male of the Resistance, but walked a precarious path, awakening each morn to wonder if this would be the day she would fall prey to her compatriots. To Grogan who had singled her out for special training.

But joining the Guerilla Resistance against Qalin and Artom was preferable to what lay outside the camp. Anika shuddered.

After leaving Marlix’s abode, she’d roamed the countryside for a week before she straggled into the militia group attempting to defeat Qalin and Artom using guerilla tactics. Their secret weapon?

Breeders. No one would suspect a female of being an armed fighter.

But her instructor saw no reason to abandon the old use for females. Thus far she’d dodged him, but her luck and his patience could not last much longer.

“Many females can hit the target, but few have the strength as you do to cock the bowstring. You are the best female shooter by far,” Grogan conceded, his praise falling short of recognizing her true ability.

No good would come from stating fact—that she was their best shooter period.

“You have trained enough for one day. Let us retire to the camp,” Grogan said. “You may bring me the midday meal.” He peered at the sky. The star of Parseon hung overhead, its heat barely reaching the atmosphere to edge the temperature over freezing. But the chill provided an excuse to layer on multiple articles of clothing. The inconvenience of removing them had saved her on more than one occasion. Still, a clothing barrier offered scant protection. Some males—Grogan—saw impediments as a challenge.

“I feel as though I need more practice.” She peered at him from beneath downcast lashes and slumped her shoulders in a pretense of self-effacement.  “May I please try one more time?”

Usually the number of people milling around afforded opportunity to avoid or divert him.

But today, the alphas had formed two teams and split up, one group hunting for small game, another on reconnaissance. The females had been sent to forage for whatever they could find to replenish the dwindling food stores. Only she—by Grogan’s orders—remained in camp.

She jabbed  the crossbow nose down onto the ground and stepped on the metal cocking stirrup.

“You have practiced enough for one day.” Temper edged his voice.

Anika pulled back the bowstring until it locked, extracted a bolt from the quiver and slipped it into the flight groove. Cocked and loaded, the crossbow had to be fired for it was too dangerous to leave a loaded weapon lying about. A bump or a jolt could discharge the projectile. She raised the crossbow to shoulder height, slipped her finger off the metal guard, and caressed the trigger.

“Did you hear what I said?” Grogan’s tone sharpened. “Look at me when I speak to you!”

She snapped a sharp pivot. Through the scope, the crosshairs formed a perfect X on his chest.

His eyes bulged in alarm, and he stumbled over his feet.

Even Grogan could not fail to hit a target at such close range.

“I heard what you said,” Anika replied before turning back to the paper target and pulling the trigger. Th-th-thunk! Her bolt landed next to the previous one. Dead center. Again. She lowered the weapon.

Grogan seized her arm in a bruising grip, and yanked her around to face him.  “Never point a loaded weapon at me! Do you understand?” He shook her.

Anika took stock of her instructor’s reddening complexion, the slight tremor of his body, the decreased bulge in his uniform pants. Satisfaction swelled, but she bowed her head. “I apologize, alpha. When you ordered me to look at you, I had no thought but to obey.”

Stars exploded under the impact of his fist. She would have fallen, except he caught her, and struck her again. That one did knock her off her feet. She hit the frozen ground hard, and air whooshed from her lungs. Sharp pain radiated from her left cheek, as if the zygoma of her cheekbone had been shattered. Grogan struck out with his foot, but she saw the kick coming, and rolled so that his boot only kissed her ribs. Her crossbow lay several meters away where it had flown out of her grip.

Grogan followed her gaze, jerking slightly as if to lunge for the weapon. A blur of gray flashed in her periphery. Grogan hit the ground face up, his arms pinned by a large male in a dirty uniform. One of Qalin’s guards?

Anika could not see the attacker, only his back and Grogan’s face as the larger male rained a barrage of merciless blows upon it. Bones crunched. His nose shattered in a spray of blood.

Had the camp been occupied, Grogan’s screams would have brought defenders, but only she remained. Would she be the next victim?

Anika scrambled for her crossbow. The limb on the front had been dented. The scope misaligned. How would she sight it? Fire it? Would her bolt veer off?  In a panic, she required three tries to cock it. She fumbled an arrow into the groove.

Grogan had fallen silent, unmoving. He’d never had a chance. The attack had been too sudden, too vicious to defend.

The assailant rose to his feet.

With trembling hands, Anika lifted the crossbow as the attacker turned.

Unofficial Warrior Blurb

A female fighting for freedom. A male armed with determination.

Can they save their people?

As a despotic Qalin marches through Parseon intent on conquering every province, Commander Marlix pledges his sister to another Alpha to protect her. Desperate to decide her own fate, Anika flees and finds refuge with the guerilla resistance movement against Qalin. Marlix’s beta Urazi, a male of lesser status, tracks her down intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty. But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize the home they knew has ceased to exist, and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and a fate worse than death.

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57 Responses to Prize-A-Palooza Day 5—An excerpt from Warrior (Breeder 3)!

  1. I was so caught up I forgot I was reading an excerpt and that it would end like that!

    OK, so I have a question. You are a pantser but I think you’re a somewhat more organized pantser than I am as I have seen your yellow sticky notes on your office wall. Will you describe your pantsing process in one of these posts?

    • Cara Bristol says:

      You had to know I would end on a cliffhanger. 🙂 I’ll think about doing a post on pantsing. It will require some thought because so much of it IS unconscious. Unless a work is very short (less than 30K), I do “outline” first. You saw my sticky notes! (That was Rod and Cane 5). I like to know the key points of the novel before I write–even if deviate from it, which I invariably do.

      But two things I almost always know before I ever begin writing: how the story begins (the first few chapters) and how it ends. It’s the middle that confounds me. I do a lot of thinking away from the computer. I think about my book when I am “not thinking” about my book. My characters talk to me. I envision scenes. In Warrior, many incidents I outlined never occurred -and I feel I came up with far better plot points once I got to know my characters. In Warrior, more so than any other novel, I kept asking myself “how can I make things WORSE?” But that sounds like plotting, doesn’t it?

      I spend far to much time staring at my computer, thinking, “now what?” Or I type a paragraph, and erase a paragraph.

      Because I plot on the fly, I write slow. If I am speeding, I write at about 500 words per hour–with occasional gusts of 1K.

    • Sandra says:

      Pantser? I need to Google that …

  2. Renee says:

    Omg! “Perhaps the weight of his erection unbalanced his shot.” I almost choked on my coffee at that line. It is great. Like Natasha I was startled when it just stopped. Ohhh I can’t wait for octoberish. Hope you had a great anniversary week. Really enjoyed learning how you grew into a great writer.

  3. Melissa Weeks says:

    omg omg i cant wait to read this its amazing that Grogan was an ass i cant wait to find out what happens next ow im so excited woop

    misky90501 at yahoo dot com

  4. Sandra says:

    It has been great reading your posts tbis week, it always is, but this week has been extra great!

  5. Ahhh! Who is the attacker? Will she shoot or not? Love it! And I’m glad you’ll be writing more SFR in the future. Can’t wait! 🙂

    jessicasubject.writer at gmail dot com

  6. Can’t wait for this one. They keep getting better and better.
    Hopefully there will be more to come from this Series.
    I have only read your Breeder Books, but intend on buying your others ones and reading those as well.
    Thank you for this week and letting us get to know you better.
    It was definitely fun and informative !!

    stamper_sierra [at] yahoo [dot] com

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. If DD isn’t your thing, but you liked my sci-fi, try my paranormals–Destiny’s Chance and A Scent of Longing. Also Reckless in Moonlight, my contemporary romance.

  7. Livia Grant says:

    Great excerpt, Cara. I’d sign up for your email alerts, but I did that a long time ago. I’ve learned a lot from you over the years of following you. This week has been great getting the behind the scenes peek. Thanks for sharing. Here’s to the next five years!

  8. Jo Jones says:

    I hope the eight ball comes up with scifi romance soon.

  9. Leigh Smith says:

    All those characters living in your brain, I’m impressed.

    Love the excerpt from your new book – October is three months away, you know that don’t you. That’s a long time to wait.

  10. Great excerpt!

    I’m a pantser myself. 🙂

  11. Renee Rose says:

    ooh, very tasty excerpt!! Love it! renee rose author at gmail.com

  12. bn100 says:

    Nice sneak peek

  13. Susan Clement says:

    Cannot wait for this book! I know it will be awesome. I, too would like to know how ‘pantsing’ works, I assume it is flying by the seat of your pants, so whatever really strikes you as needing to get written at that time, does. I also think maintaining blog and finding pertinent things to write about is a lot of work. Good for you! This surprise ‘prize ‘is an amazing one! Thank you! I also did not realize you kept or could keep track of how many visit or respond to your blog, but in this day and age…Hope we might see another excerpt. I don’ feel badly about Grogan’s nose, I only wish he was injured lower where it would really hurt. LOL!

  14. Lisa Medley says:

    LOVE the Warrior excerpt. Anika is a kickass heroine. Is it wrong that Bon Jovi’s song “Shot Through the Heart” keeps playing through my head after that? I loved her response, “I apologize, alpha. When you ordered me to look at you, I had no thought but to obey.” And Grogan? Such an ugly name for an ugly man. Well done.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Thank you. I struggled over his name. I tried out several before I settled on Grogan. Readers are going to see a lot of new names in Warrior. There are a lot of new characters. When you take account all three books, I have used EVERY letter of the alphabet in naming the Breeder characters. I even have an X and a Z! (A couple of Zs actually).

  15. angel says:

    Oh My how do you do it each one is even better then the last and since the last was awesome I really didn’t think it could get better I so can not wait for this fall I have enjoyed hanging with you and will be back often I love that I get email about your blog or I would miss so much as I get busy it seems I remember everything just as I am falling a sleep Thanks again looking forward to reading the book and to your future blogs
    noangelalways@gmail.com

  16. Laurel Lasky says:

    Wow!! That’s so awesome. I have to find another word because awesome with your books is becoming redundant. I can’t wait but I will have to. I love reading your bogs. You give great info about writing, reviewing and publishing. Thank you and please continue.

    Big, big hugs 🙂

  17. Laurel Lasky says:

    PS how long is your grocery list? lol

  18. Sue Lyndon says:

    Ohhh great excerpt. Can’t wait for Warrior…and more Rod & Cane books! Happy happy five year author-versary!

  19. awesome!!!
    I was so into the scene, and then… “dang it, it stopped!”
    hopefully, October will come soon!

    I can’t wait for this!

    oh, and I would also love to hear more about your “plantsing” as Natasha coined it. 🙂
    Congratulations!!!
    🙂

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Thank you. Keep in mind, October is my “guess” based on when I plan to submit it and how fast Loose Id works.

  20. Stephanie F. says:

    Your killing me here.. Such a tease.. Loved the excerpt, now even more eager for its release. Excited about the new projects, your going to be a busy lady. Congrats on the upcoming releases and hope you have a great year in writing.
    These posts have been inspiring, thanks for all the wonderful info and the giveaways.

    fsteph55(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. flchen1 says:

    Oh. My. Cara, that was completely gripping and I cannot wait until this is released so I can read the whole thing! Love that Anika is such a strong character, and I can’t wait to see how her story unfolds! A great reason to look forward to this fall 😉

    This is the 3rd in a series? May I ask how the stories are connected? Do you have more planned for the series?

    Thanks for sharing more of your ongoing writing journey, Cara!

    • flchen1 says:

      Oops–finally went back and reread more about the series–I love scifi, and I can see why this is a hit with your readers!

      • Cara Bristol says:

        I guess you can see now how they’re connected. They’re all set on the same world. There is an underlying story that moves through all three books, but each novel is a stand-alone that features a different hero and heroine. The major characters appear (or are introduced) as secondary characters in other books. I do the same thing with my Rod and Cane series.

  22. Rayanna Jamison says:

    I can so relate to the panster thing on all levels. I loved hearing what you have coming up next! Sounds like an exciting time!

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Since this post started, I was presented with a couple of other co-authoring opportunities. Aiyee!!! So much to do, but it exciting.

  23. This series is such a treat. I’m also enjoying learning about your writing process. It would be very interesting to me to read a post dedicated to the pantser/plantser process. 🙂

  24. S.J. Maylee says:

    OMG! I laughed, cheered, feared for her life, and now I’m so damn curious for the very next line. Amazing, Cara. Congrats again on your authorversary and thanks for a great week! 🙂

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