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Daily Prompt: exactly

It’s December. That’s all I got.

From Protector of the Grey House:

“Pretender!”

All heads turned to Alexandra, who had been one of Edwin’s closest. She was alive only because Morgan warned her not to be at Edwin’s last Red Tie Affair. Morgan vouched for her, and Vincent gave her enough room to let her prove exactly who she was loyal to. Anthony found out easily the woman’s loyalty was to herself.

Vincent turned his head first, letting his body move when he reached the apex of his turn. His voice dripped with sarcasm, mirth, and expectancy. “You have something to say?”

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Daily Prompt: teacher

There were a few scenes I rewrote due to removing a useless character from the trilogy. The scene just before this was one of them. I’m not fond of rewrites. If I have lived with a scene long enough, it becomes hard not to see it when I read the changed parts.

From Protector of the Grey House:

Ben bowed to her then turned and bowed to Vincent. He left under Vincent’s hard stare, smiling wide. Vincent watched him leave then came into the bedroom to lean against the bedpost. He stared at his human, wondering at her expression. It was unreadable. Or maybe he just didn’t want to guess at her thoughts. She lay in bed, her robe almost open, the comforter hiding her legs. Her hands were folded on her lap. Her posture suggested a child waiting for a teacher’s attention; her expression was all woman: defiant, deadly, beautiful and confident.

“Will you stand there all day, or will you join me in bed?” Her voice was clear and crisp.

“Why didn’t you tell me you were under the control of my blood?”

“Would it have made a difference?”

“Yes.”

“Why?”

“Your mind was not your own.”

She frowned. “You knew my mind was already overworked from having to deal with…” She looked around and wondered who was in the security room. “That other problem. I was also under nourished for three days and the blood and fluids the hospital gave me didn’t quite make me ready for you and Joseph to feed off me. One more event shouldn’t have made a difference.”

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Daily Prompt: accepted

Vincent and Joseph have an odd relationship. The reason they are friends is explained in the third book, and in the short story this trilogy was born from. Though they are friends, and Joseph has pledged his life to Vincent, I feel that Joseph is not entirely happy with his decision. Therefore, he does a few things to show his independence.

From Protector of the Grey House:

The two left without a word, having been through the dance before. Joseph stepped out of the corner he was almost hiding in and poured himself a glass of brandy.

“You never ask my permission.” Vincent accepted the glass Joseph handed him.

“You have a case of this in your cellar, which I gave to you.”

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Daily Prompt: amiss

From Protector of the Grey House:

Natalia watched her lover come into the room and wondered at the look on his face. She had been surprised to see all the people present. Natalia had gone straight to Rebecca, knowing she could ignore the rest of the room if she were speaking with her friend. As Vincent caught her eye, she felt the peace that had crept over her while she talked to Rebecca trying to slip away. She held onto it, knowing if the feeling left, her stress and headache would return. She took a deep breath and continued her conversation with Rebecca, who had been explaining how the dynamics of her family worked. It seemed that due to the pact they made with Vincent, it was easier for Rebecca’s parents to take care of her children, as it had been easier for Rebecca’s grandmother to take care of her. They continued the conversation as Natalia tried to ignore the look on her man’s face.

Vincent stood waiting, letting the tension in the room grow. He watched patiently while Anthony nodded to Joseph then went to join Julia, who was standing with the other vampires. Vincent stepped forward, crossed his arms behind his back and waited for silence. It didn’t take long. There was a feeling of anticipation. All under his protection were present. The only creature that didn’t know something was amiss was Natalia.

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Daily Prompt: anger

I really hope everyone decided to stay home and shop online for Black Friday. But probably not.

From Protector of the Grey House:

The word reverberated in the high ceiling room. Several of Vincent’s men stepped away from the pair. Vincent grabbed her to him, letting her bellow in to his shoulder and neck. She calmed, but only because she had no other choice. He was right. Had either of them decided to tell Anthony the truth about their first meeting, he might not mistrust her so completely. It was their fault he sent someone after her. She sagged into her lover, feeling the solid weight of him. Still trying to contain her anger at herself, she bit down on his neck, not really aware she was doing it.

Vincent felt the bite and his body reacted. He crushed her to him, curling his fingers into her back. His eyes closed, hiding the passion that swan there. Controlling himself, Vincent pulled away from her gently; knowing the situation with Anthony wasn’t done. He spoke softly to Natalia. “Go upstairs, shower, change, relax and forget the past three days.”

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Daily Prompt: pace

Happy Thanksgiving! I don’t have a Thanksgiving story for you, but I hope you have a wonderful day anyway.

From Protector of the Grey House:

Vincent started to pace, waiting for his people to clear the room. Once he was alone with Anthony, he stopped pacing to stand in front of his Information Gatherer. “I can’t punish you for having Natalia followed. It’s your job to spy or send spies after those you don’t trust. What I don’t appreciate is that you didn’t tell me about it until two of our people were missing.”

“Had I told you, you would have told her.” There was venom in the last word.

“Yes, I would have. And perhaps Wayne wouldn’t be dead. From now on, tell me if you’re having Natalia followed.” Vincent started pacing again, thinking. Anthony knew better than to interrupt. “I’m impressed that someone was finally able to track her. Where was he trained?”

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Daily Prompt: microphones

I like the idea of old ass vampires using technology as well or better than young people. Mostly because the stereotype is that older people don’t like to learn technology. I hope to be one of the old ass people learning new technology.

From Protector of the Grey House:

Joseph kept silent until they were back in his room and the door was locked. He pulled out his remote, entered the code to reset the cameras and microphones, then entered the code to secure the room. He didn’t know if Rebecca had overridden the security devices but wanted to make sure he and Natalia had privacy. Resetting the devices ensured the off code would work.

Joseph faced Natalia, hungry and tired. He usually didn’t sleep much, didn’t need too, but long days made sleep a necessity.  “What you did could have caused your death. Why didn’t you wait until nightfall?”

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Daily Prompt: ignored

Writing rules state you should not use the same word twice in the same sentence…. Sometimes that rules needs to be ignored. (Yes, I did that.)

From Protector of the Grey House:

Anthony left with Natalia, feeling Lilly and Mierka’s puzzled looks on his back. He let them stare, not really caring. There were about five vampires standing in the hallway, waiting to speak with Vincent. Anthony ignored them as easily as he had ignored the two women. He took his burden up the stairs, through the sitting room and into the bedroom. He laid her down on the covers, then drew back a little when he realized she was awake.

“What…you…Why?” She sat up a little, realized she was mostly nude and hid her body with the comforter.

“Did Mierka tell you Vincent would stop if you screamed?” He didn’t know if Vincent had, but thought it was something Vincent might do.

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Daily Prompt: pointers

From Protector of the Grey House:

Natalia told him that she often had to infiltrate groups of Slayers. Before, it was one at a time. Now she often spoke with three or four at a time. She told Vincent she took care of the Slayers cautiously, making sure to kill them one at a time, when they were by themselves, instead of going against them all at once. Still, she had started training for the inevitable. She was fighting his vampires two or three at a time. Vincent didn’t care for these sessions, but allowed it, knowing she needed the training. It didn’t help that Joseph and Mierka both thought she was doing a worthy job and helped to push the human to her limit and beyond. Joseph fought her often and Mierka gave her pointers on stealth tactics.

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Update on Trilogy

I released The Grey House book one in late September, or early October of 2019. I had every intention of releasing Inside the Grey House (book two) within 6 months to 1 year of that release date. I did not, due to covid and my inability to push people to help me.

I want to be upfront and let you know, I am not bitching at anyone and I blame no one but myself. I also want to say that there is one individual who read through the entire trilogy already. That person is not being included in these comments, and is always steadfast in their ability to help me.

Covid hit in March. I had already asked some friends if they could edit the next book. Though they said yes, by the time covid hit, only one person was able to read through book 2. Others either never got around to it or had mental health issues or life issues that pushed my project to the back burner, which I understand completely.

After covid hit, I wasn’t even sure I should try to publish, as I was not able to see anyone. I’m not able to corroborate as well with my editors and artist remotely. I was encouraged to publish by my fiance, who said a new book is something people would want. So I decided to reach out to the people who had my books already and asked one or two more people as well.

When someone agrees to help me out with editing, I offer them a signed copy of the book and put their name in the acknowledgments. If I could afford to pay for an editor, I would find a professional one, as they would have a deadline. I have never been comfortable with giving unpaid friends a deadline. I am not comfortable, especially if I don’t physically see them everyday, pushing them to finish something for me. Also, due to covid, it’s been a long, long year, full of heartache and mental anguish for so many people.

I understand this and will never push people because of this, if I am not paying them. It’s unfair to them that I insist they take care of a project that takes up their time, with no reward. Therefore, I allow things to sit. And then I get depressed.

But there is a lot of things I need to do for this book, as well. Therefore, I am taking care of what I can, and now my fiance has offered to help edit. If he and I can get this done quicker than the others, then I won’t wait for anyone else. I can’t any more. I want these books out.

Therefore the update on the release date of Inside the Grey House and Protector of the Grey House is this: I don’t know. And that’s killing me.

It has taught me something though: henceforth, I will not release book one of a series if the other two aren’t edited and ready to go as well.

Thank you for your time and I hope you have a wonderful day.

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