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The Boy in the Sixth Form pt. 1 (aka My First Valentine)

 

One Valentine’s Day stands out in my memory. I would have been fourteen, and had a HUGE crush on a boy at school. He was two years older than me, and at fourteen, that kinda age difference was crippling. He joined our math class each week, and when I learned his favourite candy was lemon bonbons (a chewy English candy, not unlike bonbonstoffee), I made sure I always took a bag to class with me. I joined the amateur dramatics group, because he was a budding thespian, despite never being interested before. I developed a brief fascination with football when I learned he played for a local team, and I also joined the tennis club. Guess who played tennis there?

After months of talking to him in the math class, spending half my pocket money on candy that I never ate, and watching a sport that I hated, it was finally Valentine’s Day, and I had an excuse to express my teenage devotion. I bought a card for him. I agonized over what to write. How to hint at my identity, without being obvious?

Happy Valentines Day, I wrote. That’s all. SO LAME! Where was the witty line, the inside joke, the freaking giant clue that I was madly in love with him? Where?

I walked past his house ridiculously early, and shoved it through the letter box before running away. Would he like it? Would he connect it with me?

The following day I was on tenterhooks. It was maths, currently my favourite subject. I bought bonbons.

He arrived, hand in hand with another girl from my class.

#HeartShattered

 

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P.S. Come back next week for The Boy in the Sixth Form part 2

Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

Sofia x

My First… World-Building

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Continuing with my theme of Firsts… My First Attempt at World-Building

So there I was. I’d written my shifter story (affectionately known as Wolfie), had it critiqued and beta-read, submitted it – and had it accepted – and was now on the home straight. Right?

Wrong. My lovely editor came back with a request:
“Can we please have some more world building.”

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I have to admit, I scratched my head at first. I’d kept world building deliberately light. I was nervous about creating rules that I might want to break later, you know, like JR Ward. She allowed a bonded vampire widower to take another mate, when previously everything had screamed that bonding was a one-time thing. She could get away with it because, well, she’s JR Ward.

My editor had a point though and together we explored some options and wove them into the story. I’m planning another three or four books in the series (I’ve started on two of them already) and that allows me to drip feed information rather than dumping it all at once. It’s kinda fun now 🙂

 

My rules so far:

– Evolution: shifters evolved alongside humans, and so long ago that nobody knows who, or where, or when

– Secrecy: their biggest fear is discovery by humans, and being used for experiments by the government / military

– Dream-links: shifters can share their Mate’s dreams – not to control them, but to join them

– Pack structure: shifters started in Wales and spread across the world. Each regional Pack has its own Alpha, a title & responsibility passed down through the bloodline. Alphas can be challenged though, if they are perceived as weak.

 
– Shifting: this ability develops around puberty. Once they can shift, the wolves feel most comfortable if they spend at least some time daily in their animal form

 
– Mating: they Mate for life and recognise their Mate easily. It’s a cause for celebration as not all shifters will find their one true Mate

 
– Half-blood: they occasionally Mate with humans, but it’s rare. You can’t mess with biology though, and if a human is their true Mate, they have to either adapt or go without

 

I’m looking forward to building my shifter world even more, and I hope you enjoy it too. There are so many possibilities, so many decisions. What to incorporate into the world? How tightly should I control it? Oh sweet indecision.

And if you could do anything (‘cause let’s face it, when your creating something new, you can do anything…), what would you build?

Here’s a snippet for you, to whet your appetite.
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The look Sasha flashed him was actually sympathetic. “She’s the hottest pop star since Madonna. I’m gonna break it to you gently, Cuz. You have less than nothing in common. There’s more chance of you walking on the moon than claiming her as your Mate. And she’s human. Don’t you need to mate with a wolf?”
“Wolves mate with humans. Sometimes.”
“Not when they’re Pack Leader. And the last of their bloodline.”
Why did it have to be Sasha that pointed out the ugly truth? Sasha, who didn’t have a responsible bone in his body. If Jake didn’t produce a full-blood heir, the next Pack Leader might be the first non-Bledri in hundreds of years. Any human-shifter offspring would be half-blood. They might not even be able to shift.

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Wolf At The Door is available 13 May 2013, from Liquid Silver Books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog tours are fun to take part in, and I only have two stops left, see below for details:

Mon 27-May – Allyson Lindt – (http://blog.apathyshero.com/) Talking about My First Kiss
Tue 28-May – Jennah Scott – (http://www.jennahscott.com/) Talking about My First Shifter

 

* image courtesy of 123rf.com