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From the Ashes - Chapter One

From the Ashes
Eeek! Here it is. Well, the first chapter of From the Ashes, anyway.

It does contain spoilers for the first book, so if you haven't read Into the Night, I would suggest you not read this until you do.

From the Ashes is at least a few weeks away still, so thank you everyone for being so patient. And please try not to kill me after reading the first chapter.

Enjoy!

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Poem: Buried Alive

Bloody
This is the first poem I have written in ages, so I thought I would share. It's a little bit morbid - my apologies - but it's not like my poetry was ever sunshine and rainbows. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, although I may tweak it a bit further in spots.



Buried Alive

I wake to black
In a lack of light
I feel enclosed
In a space that's tight

My heart is racing
My heart is quick
My sweat starts trickling
Wet and slick

Breathe in
Breath out
Panic
Must get out

I pound my fists
And push and shove
I claw the lining
And wood above

My flesh is tearing
My flesh is cut
My tears are falling
Damp and hot

Breathe in
Breath out
Terror
Yell and shout

I scream for help
It goes unheard
I can't do more
It aches, it hurts

My hands are bleeding
My hands are raw
My blood is flowing
Thick and warm

Breathe in
Breathe out
Despair
Hope without

I can't escape
I'm trapped in here
I lie in wait
I'm filled with fear

My pulse is wavering
My pulse is weak
My breath starts slowing
Faint and bleak

Breathe in
Breath out
Stop
No way out

© 2014 Jade Fowler

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From the Ashes update: From the Ashes is still coming - I'm very slowly getting through the changes I need to make to it. Thanks for your patience, everyone.

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2014 - The year that will be

Stars
Long time, no blog, so I thought I’d better post something. And when better to write a rambling post about absolutely nothing than the start of a new year.

Here goes then.

2013 wasn’t exactly a great writing year for me. I didn’t release From the Ashes like planned, so it has now been over a year and a half since Into the Night came out. THAT IS TERRIBLE. My apologies, people. It will be out soon - soon as in when I get around to finishing what I need to with it and then it will be out (didn’t I mention that this post was going to be rambly).

So what else can you expect from Jade in 2014? Not much because I am slow remember. Only joking (well, only a little because I really am rather slow). In 2014 I also plan to release my first horror book - this will either be a novel or a short story collection. I would like to bring out something else as well - Into the Night #3 or another novel, but we’ll see.

Oh, and I haven’t spoken about this on my blog yet, but for the past...whatever, I have been teaching myself how to draw manga. It’s my latest hobby, but I don’t get heaps of time to spend on it. And I’m not great because I sort of can’t draw, but like that’s a problem (*snort*). Maybe once I’m less bad (less bad?), I’ll post some stuff. I am VERY slowly working on a story, but the whole can’t draw thing is kind of getting in my way.

2014 has only just started and is shaping up to be a busy year already, in particular April. In the non-writing area of my life, I not only have my friend’s wedding - which is going to be absolutely amazing - but I’m also going to get to meet my all time favourite author Tamora Pierce, who is going to be a guest at Supanova Gold Coast. Unfortunately Supanova clashes with Oz Comic-Con Adelaide. That means I have to choose between them, right? Wrong. I’m going to both in the one weekend. Stupid Jade.

And so, one year ends and another begins, and still I have not released my second novel or found the key to immortality. Hopefully 2014 is a better year. :)

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Edit: Tamora Pierce had to cancel for Supanova Gold Coast, so I didn't end up going, but I still went to Oz Comic-Con Adelaide and got Benedict Cumberbatch's autograph - after waiting in line for almost 3 hours, which was totally worth it!

From the Ashes release update

Bear
Okay, so From the Ashes definitely won’t be out next week (release was scheduled for November 5th). I’m hoping that it won’t be out too much later than planned, but I’m not sure of an exact time frame yet. I’m trying to finish off stuff while working around my day job, being sick on and off, and my general slowness. So I ask that you bear with me, guys. It will be worth the wait, I promise.

Mini Character Bio's for Into the Night

Bear
Have you forgotten what Logan's surname is? Or perhaps how old Gena is? Or maybe even AJ's hair colour (I'm looking at you, Deborah)? Never fear, there are now mini character bio's over on the Into the Night website.

http://www.intothenightseries.com/minicharacterbios.htm

For the moment it's just the main group of characters with bio's, but others will be added, and the bio's will be updated after the release of any new book.

Oh, and if you missed it, the release date for From the Ashes has been pushed back to November 5th.


In other news, I have now combined my two writing journals (I used to have a separate journal for my horror writing). So all writing/book related stuff will be posted here, while my other journal (link below) will be for posting non-writing related things.

http://jl-fowler.livejournal.com/

Another Release Update

From the Ashes
Bad news again, everyone. I'm pushing the release of From the Ashes back another month. It will now be released on November 5th.

Sorry! It will be worth the wait, I promise.

To make everyone feel better (and to calm any rage that this news may have ignited), here's a cute picture of Nessie sleeping.

Nessie and Moo 3

Cover for From the Ashes

Into the Night New 1
Here is the cover for From the Ashes.

The cover was done by Amygdala Design, and I think Ida did an amazing job.

From the Ashes

Blurb for From the Ashes

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Hey everyone!


Here is the blurb for From the Ashes (Into the Night #2):


Logan, still reeling from the death of his closest friend, has reunited with his parents. He has escaped Thomas Gerard and the estate, but he knows it isn’t over. Gerard will come after them all again. He won’t stop at just one attack.

As if that wasn't enough, Logan can't shake his growing feelings for Pepper. But when the girl you have a crush on is the vampire who slaughtered a man in front of you, things can get a little complicated. And complications are the last thing Logan needs. As he’s drawn into the search for Pepper's remaining family, what they don’t know is that Pepper’s sister is alive and on a search of her own.

And what none of them know is that Thomas Gerard may not be their only threat.

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Not long to go now until the release. :)

Release Update

Into the Night New 6

Bad news, guys. I've had to push the release of From the Ashes back a bit. It will now be released on October 1st. So just a little bit longer to wait.

Well, that's actually all I had to say. This was just a quick post to let you all know about the release date and also that I will continue soon with my series of posts about how Into the Night came about.

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Into the Night: The idea

Into the Night New 1
From the Ashes update: I’m currently working on revisions for From the Ashes and I am hoping (fingers well and truly crossed hoping) to have it out at the end of August - the 27th August is a very tentative release date. I may even post some excerpts between now and then...if you’re lucky. :)


So, in my last post, I mentioned that I would be making various posts about how Into the Night came about. This is the first of those and I will be talking about how I got the original idea for the series. Here goes.


Quite some time ago I had a dream and it’s where I got the idea for Into the Night from. I’m not the first writer to get a story from a dream, I’ve done it myself even before Into the Night, but I’m a little surprised how far the story has come from that original dream.

Okay, so this dream. Well, in the dream I walked into an arena and in the arena was a pit (just like in the book). In the pit were two vampire lambs (yes, I said vampire lambs), as well a regular female vampire, who was acting as a kind of mentor as the vampire lambs fought. While they fought, a girl watched on from the floor above and she knew what was going to happen in the fight because she was precognitive. That was it. If you’re familiar with Into the Night you will know who the girl and the vampire are - Penny and Pepper. They came from that dream. The other thing I got from it was the idea of humans fighting supernatural creatures in an arena for the entertainment of the rich. This was sort of tweaked from what was in the actual dream because although a book about vampire lambs fighting would have been totally awesome, I decided not to go with it.

So, after the dream I had three things: two characters – a psychic and a vampire - as well as a very small idea. I’ve always loved reading YA books and had been wanting to write one of my own for a while, and as I had been reading a lot of YA paranormal at the time I thought I could do something with what the dream gave me. I didn’t plan to work on the idea, as there were other stories I wanted to work on, but it stayed in my head. Over the next month after the dream I started making notes and transforming the three things I took from the dream into an actual story idea. I introduced characters and came up with a plot, and a month after having the dream, I started working on it properly.

There you have it. That’s how the original idea for Into the Night came about. I just had a random weird dream (which isn’t unusual) that I was able to extract a cool idea from (in my opinion, anyway).

I mentioned above how I transformed the three things I took from the dream into an actual story, which is what I will discuss next time. Stay tuned for: The plot (and how Into the Night got from the original idea to what it is today).

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Last time I did some Into the Night fun facts, but I have none this time so you get a random Nessie fun fact (for those of you who don’t know, Nessie is my dog).

Nessie fun fact #1

Nessie and Moo 3

Nessie’s name is not Nessie. It’s a nickname. Her real name is Inverness (she was named after the city in Scotland), but she’s just always been called Nessie.