Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Teaser with a Tune

Today is Kid #2's 5th birthday. She couldn't be more thrilled. Somehow she thinks she'll be riding on the bus and going to school with the rest of the kids starting . . . um . . . today. For a while we've been trying to explain she won't be going to school until the fall, but she's just not catching on. Anyway, enjoy the teaser, I'll be planning the surprise party she's been asking for. :-)

Listen to this while reading the teaser:


There’s so much I want, but is it really that much to ask? I want the life I was beginning to have. I want family, friends . . . this is all a dream, it’s just a dream and I’m going to wake up any moment. None of this is real. I smack my face, hoping to snap out of this, to open my eyes and be in my dorm room at Virginia Tech, or to open my eyes and see the stars Brad and I put on my ceiling all those years ago. Again and again I bring my palm to my cheek, pinch my hand, punch my thigh, but I’m still trapped in this dreadful place, still sitting atop a beautiful horse, still face to face with a man I don’t want to be face to face with, no matter how far we’ve come.

“Katriona,” Perth says, wrapping his bony fingers around my wrist.

I jerk away from him and punch my thigh again.

“Kate! You are in shock. Let me take you to The Meadows. The giants said the town is clear; we can go to Arland’s childhood home, assuming it is still standing.”

Arland’s childhood home. It may smell like him, may have something that I can touch and feel, something I can hold onto while I cry. “Okay.”

“Hand me her reins,” Perth says, holding out his hand.

“What? Why?”

“In case you change your mind before we arrive.” He opens and closes his palm, demanding the leather straps.

I sigh. “Here.”

Digging his feet into Luatha’s sides, Perth leads Mirain, and Bowen follows.


  1. What a great idea...a soundtrack for the post! Love the tune and the teaser! Happy Bday for the baby girl!

  2. Happy Bday for the baby girl too!! And i wanna read this book so bad. But you knew that already! Happy New Year!

  3. Anonymous1/03/2012

    Love this teaser! Love this song! This is how I write, with the song to the scene. I thought about eventually posting this way. =) I love the way you have been doing this.

    Happy birthday to your little one. My little one celebrates her birthday in a couple weeks.

  4. what a absolute great post!!! I love that you had a song to play while we read. really set the mood.
    Happy Birthday to your daughter. My four year old is the same way :)

  5. I like it. It works better for me if I read the passage, then start the music while I reimagine the passage. Try it. Pretty neat.

  6. Great teaser, Krystal! Thanks for sharing. My daughter's sixth birthday is in a matter of weeks. Where does the time go?? Happy birthday to your little girl!

  7. Thank you, guys! I will definitely share all the bday wishes with Abby. She'll be thrilled. She happens to love attention. ;-)

    Debra, I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE it if you'd post teasers like this! I'll be waiting!

    I've listened to this song and read this passage so many times, Ron, that I can't do one without the other. haha

    Thanks, Raine! You've dished some great teasers yourself.

  8. A fine piece of writing. Enjoyed it.

  9. Anonymous1/04/2012

    And can I ask who sings that song please? It worked well with the passage. :)

  10. Thank you, Dawna and Christina! :-)

    Did I just turn you onto another Great Northern song, Connie?? haha

    Legends...The song is Summertime by Great Northern. You should check out some of their other work also. Wonderful stuff!


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