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The Triple 7 Challenge

Published April 14, 2015 by Ashley Townsend
The 777 Writing Challenge caught my attention a couple weeks ago, and I decided to jump in on the action. Who doesn’t like a bit of writing/blogging fun? ^_^ 

~Rules~

Go to page 7 of your work-in-progress

Scroll down to line 7

Share the next 7 lines, or sentences, in a blog post. 

Once finished, you can also tag 7 bloggers to do the writing challenge themselves on their own blog.

The below snippet is from the prologue of Book III in the Rising Shadows Trilogy. I got as close to 7 lines/sentences as I could, but it’s so hard to stop in the middle of the action! Anyway, this is the opening of the story, traveling back several years to when Karen and Professor Charles had just managed to get the time machine up and running. Cadius (yes, THE Cadius!) had been staying in Ridlan years ago and somehow managed to deposit himself in the future and . . . well, I suppose you’ll just have to figure out the rest for yourself this summer when the final installment in the trilogy is released. 😉 I was nearly late for work this morning because I was in the middle of writing about a very important wedding in the last book. . . . What, did I say too much? *evil cackle* This is just a teensy taste beforehand, and we’re still in the blissful first draft stage, where everything appears perfect before you look over it again. If you’re interested in being part of my team of pre-readers, just give me a shout-out and let me know ashleytownsend.author@yahoo.com

Sarah in the castle
“We did it, Professor,” the girl whispered, shaking her head with a laugh. “We finally fixed it.”
The older man gave her shoulders a squeeze. “I couldn’t have done it without you, my dear girl.”
Cadius glared at them over being ignored, using the icy tone that struck fear in lords around the country. “What the devil is going on? I demand an explana—” The room lurched, throwing him off balance, though it didn’t seem to bother the fixed characters before him. He landed prostrate on the ground, slamming his knee into the smooth, rock-hard surface.
 Cadius glared up at the two, sure they’d had something to do with his fall, but his reprimand stuck in his throat as he witnessed them disappear, shifting and fading into dim orbs that were replaced by—no, the girl was still there, smiling, but the old man was gone. The walls lost their gray tinge as they brightened to a sunny yellow hue, and an enormous fur rug replaced the cold stone beneath Cadius, though he could not feel it’s softness even as he gripped it to steady his shaking hands; his mind continued to register the stone of the basement floor against his palms. He could see it, but it was as though he could not truly touch this world, wherever it might be.
I now challenge:
Nadine @Nadine Brandes Author
Morgan @In Darkness There is Light
Ness @Of Words and Books
Sarah @123 This is My Home
E.M @I Write My Heart
Ashlee @Ashlee Willis Author
Kystal @Books and Bookmarks
Happy reading!
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“Chasing Shadows” Has A Cousin!

Published August 27, 2014 by Ashley Townsend
Or maybe it’s sister/brother (I haven’t decided a gender for Book III yet).

Brace youselves

After having the Shadow Trilogy rattling around in my brain for nearly a decade, I set out this past weekend to tie up loose ends. That’s right, guys: Book III is officially underway! Most of you know how I like to make a big deal out of everything and turn it into a memorable event, so I just sat there for a full five minutes, watching that little line blink on and off on the clean slate that was the brand new Word doc. And I just let it sink in that the next word I wrote would be the last first word I would ever write in this series.

The beginning of the end.

Okay, okay, it sounds super dramatic that way, but it’s the truth. While I have a caravan full of other stories plotted out and half-written, and also random ideas that I want to bring to life, it’s still hard to accept that after this series, I’ll never really get to hang out with these characters again.

Start writing

For an author, starting the final installment in a trilogy is like having your kid graduate from high school—they haven’t gone off to college yet, but it’s only a matter of time—or setting your feet on the moon for the first time. OR like tasting your one and only first bite of Talenti ice cream. You’ll never be able to go back and experience the tantalizing flavors of Mediterranean Mint, Sea Salt Caramel, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, or Cappuccino (trust me, you’re missing out). Unless, of course, I’m successful in creating a time machine and can travel back simply for the purpose of eating and experiencing history. You’re welcome for that. 😉

So going back to what I was actually talking about before (writing, remember?). It’s either extremely exciting or totally terrifying to begin a new story, but for me it’s always a little bit of both. I’m not sure if it’s fear that I won’t be able to do the story justice, but all I know is that it feels a little like going on a first date, or so I’ve heard (all the single ladies, woot-woot!): Is the opener/introduction good enough to keep them interested? Haha. I know, I’m full of weird analogies today, but they’re all totally appropriate.

I did it anyway, though. I typed those first two lines, and then another four . . . then a page, and by the time I was done—and only because I had to go to work and get real pants on—I had the entire prologue finished, another scene typed up, and several chapters plotted out. EEE! I can’t tell you how good it felt to once again have new ideas pouring from my fingertips, my mind working faster than they could type. I don’t think I’ve ever had totally new and unexpected ideas and scenes come to me so quickly. In that hour before work, I explained Cadius’ motives for—well, I guess you’ll find that out in “Chasing Shadows” ;-P—why Ridlan, the surrounding province, will play such a significant part in the series, how time travel is really going to mess things up, why the professor was betrayed, and also how Karen’s parents were murdered. It was like an onslaught of awesome!

Soon, I’ll be releasing quotes/excerpts from “Chasing Shadows,” doing a final, final cover reveal once it’s sized, and also releasing the official map of Serimone, thanks to the amazing Roan Carter, who illustrated the cover. But you guys are just as important to the success of this series as my writing is, even more so because you guys help to get the word out about “Chasing Shadows.” I have some signing events, activities, meet and greets, and the like over the next few months, and I would love for you all to help spread the word when I post event info. You can Tweet, Pin, like/share on Facebook, follow, become a fan on Goodreads via the link on the sidebar, blog, or use word of mouth to share anything pertaining to the series. Or if you have any creative ideas for promotions that I can add to my bag of tricks, let me know!

I have a few ideas for a title that I have up my sleeve, but I can’t reveal them quite yet. If you’re interested in contributing your input, though, please send me an email with possible titles (containing the word “Shadows”) for the final installment in the Shadow Trilogy. And I’m still accepting review and interview submissions. If you want to host me on your blog and review “Chasing Shadows,” or if you’re an author who would like for me to interview them, let me know at ashleytownsend.author@yahoo.com

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