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Friday Snippet: Warpaint … Cady’s Back — 43 Comments

  1. This is going to be a terrific sequel, Holly. I would never have considered doing what you’re doing. But then, I’ve not been in the game for long, so it wouldn’t occur to me.

    Love the different dynamic of hostage and captive modes between this and the last book. The locked room element works very well for you. It always has.

    I’m dusting off the Kindle app right now and ready to receive the latest in the Cady’s sage.

  2. Wow! I just got a chance to read your snippet and now I’m as hungry as those vampires for more! Can’t wait for the whole book!

  3. It puts my first drafts to shame. Just seeing what a snippet of first draft from a successful writer looks like…immensely helpful. Thank you.

  4. Wow, that just left me wanting more. Yep, that’s an opening that grabs the reader. I’ll be looking for this one when it’s finished.

  5. Daaamn. True to form, raw, in-your-face, uncompromising action, seems to be a Holly Lisle trademark. I remember taking the impression of ‘this writer doesn’t dick around or pull punches’ from my first encounter with your work, the Secret Texts trilogy, and it’s definitely present here. “Vampires in space” can work when done right, and it’s done right here. I love the take on them as blood-crazed, starved monsters crawling all over a shuttle. Really makes me want to read the first book – and I’ve just gotten a new Kindle, so…

    • I really liked that! I haven’t read Candace Drake yet but I’m definitely going to pick up the first book now.

  6. Holly,

    This is terrific and I’m so glad you decided to resurrect Cadence Drake. I can’t wait till the book is done and while I realize it will be awhile I want you to know that once it’s live you have a guaranteed sale. Keep us posted and keep delivering teasers like this one 🙂

  7. Holly, every time I hear from you I learn something new. Whether it is direct information passed along to help a struggling writer or just by reading your books, I learn.
    I can’t wait to read all of Warpaint.

  8. Terrific opening! I just read Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood and loved it. Can’t wait to read Warpaint.

    A shame there is no app for either Kindle or Nook to read those formats on third-party readers like the Sony or Kobo. Do you plan to release in DRM epub?

  9. I listened to you podcast on writing where you told the audience how to make a killer opening to a novel that has the reader wanting to turn the page. You example was from Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood and the opening sure was killer because I immediately ordered the book and read it.

    I wanted more, and I look forward to this next book. I am a science fiction reader and nothing scares me away from reading a book faster than a wizard or a horse on the cover. I love your excellent science fiction story and can’t wait to read the next Cadence book. I hope this is the next great series.

  10. As always Holly…your writing is giving me shivers. I’m now inspired to continue my own WIP and get to the meat of my revision on others. I was stuck in the same spot for way too long, but now I think I know the way out.
    I’m buying this as soon as it comes out, just as an extra thank you! Then again, I buy your stuff anyway 😀
    Thank you so much for posting this. And when I was really needing it too 😀
    *Runs away to work on a HTTS lesson*

    P.s. If my revised material will be as amazing as your first draft…I will be pleased. Very much so.

  11. Ok,why would her blood be deadly to them? I confess I haven’t read the previous books in the series yet. *Beats head on table*

    Kind of a variation on the classic locked room problem in a tradition mystery story, but this time the sleuth is inside the room and trying to figure things out beforehand. This is wild.

    • Only one previous book in the series, Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood, and that shows why her blood is deadly. No spoilers, for those inclined to read it. I cover it later in this book in a quick bit of exposition so the book will stand more or less alone, for those NOT inclined to read the first one.

  12. Oh, and thanks for the links to the free Nook App… I didn’t know that was available (I have a Kindle, though, so all the book I read are on it).

    Also, whenever you edit your beginning, please keep my favorite line of the whole thing: “In my favor, I had myself, my shuttle, my wits and my rage.” Awesome description that conveys lots of information. Good job!

  13. Science-Fiction is my favorite genre to read and this is very, very good. I write crime/mystery fiction, but I wish I was brave enough to attempt scy-fy since it’s my fav to read. Like someone else already said, this makes me want to go get the first Cadence novel and read that first. Your snippet beautifully illustrates how to “hook” the reader and “reel her in.” LOL Also, thanks so much for the heads-up about Kobo… I’m planning to self-pub in digital format by the end of the year and I’m glad to know about that price-matching issue!

  14. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Love a preview. 🙂 Thank you so much. I do have a question though if you have time and/or inclination to answer it. While I understand that this is part of the beginning of the book, how do you decide what to use in snippets further along in the process? I like the idea of doing this so much, but I’d be worried about either giving too much away or not enough so that it is out of context and meaningless to potential readers. Thanks.

    • I choose the bits I love, and always end them with a cliffhanger.

      I’m just trying to give the flavor of the characters and the problems they face. I’m not trying to tell a shorter version of the story in the snippets. So context really doesn’t come into the equation.

  15. Wow! Love your voice, the story, the female lead. And the artwork is impressive. This series is added to my mental Wish List.

  16. Usually the word “vampire” will make me put a book down faster than setting it on fire, the subject having been beaten to death in recent fads. This neatly side-steps around my new phobia and I’m hooked. A definite addition to my buy list when it comes out, although your name on the cover would be enough to make that happen.

    • Figure, I wrote the original about 15 years ago. Wanted to do something that was scientifically plausible, given a high enough level of science. Mine are not really vampires…

  17. I agree with DragonsLady — this book will be joining my collection as soon as it becomes available, whether ink on paper or digital. That’s guaranteed. {:o)

  18. Every time I read Holly, I get a lesson in storytelling.

    And often, I get scared witless. Good show!

    For anyone who hasn’t seen the Legends, they’re explained and described in Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood. I’m looking forward to the new release of that, too. :)TX

  19. Oh sure, just when you had me hooked you ended. Great writing that pulled me in the first few paragraphs. I hope they find the cutters at blast off and fry a few of them! Thanks for sharing

    • 😀 That’s why they call ’em “teasers.”

      I’ll post from time to time as I write my way through the rest of the novel.

  20. I havne’t read the first Clarence Drake novel but I have to say, this grabbed me from the opening line, and now I must read the first book!
    I don’t considerd myself much of a sci-fi fan but I just might change that because now I am intrigued!

    • Hoping to have Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood out in print/Kindle/Nook/iBook in a couple of months.

      As noted elsewhere, I’m shooting for November 15th for WARPAINT.

  21. Super excited for November. I sure hope you’ll put this on Kobobooks.com along with some of the other items from amazon!

    • Hi, Sara,

      It won’t make it to Kobobooks, because of a Kobobooks policy I can’t live with. Kobobooks discounts. That is, they take the author’s set price, then drop it. Unfortunatley, Amazon price-matches, which means Amazon will find Kobobooks’ unilateral (meaning not author-approved) discount, and match that price. At which point Kobobooks will discount the book again, and Amazon will price-match again, apparently on the theory that the faster they get to zero, the happier everyone will be.

      Except, of course, for the writers who are having their livelihood cut out from under them. Considering I’m publishing reprints at $2.99 (Kindle’s bottom 70% royalty price) and will be publishing new works at $3.99, my prices don’t need to be discounted.

      Since Kobobooks is, when it does this, discounting products it did not purchase in the first place, and since it does so at its whim, and does not honor the author’s set price, I won’t publish there. Probably more than you wanted to know—but I wanted you to know WHY I won’t put my books or writing courses or anything else on Kobo.

      • It’s not more than I wanted to know! Thanks for that. I’m also wanting to self publish this year and for a first tim, electronic format is probably the only way to go.
        Hopefully looking to get more helpful tips like this as I continue down HTTS.
        BTW loved this start. I havent read any of your fiction yet but I’m now tempted. Made me think of firefly – and I could only ever mean that as a compliment.

  22. OMG – If I had read that in a physical book I would have immediately purchased it. Now I have to wait. And, even worse, I don’t do Kindle or Nook or any sort of electronic reader. May have to change that.
    As usual – Holly jumps into the fire on the first page and flips the frypan with all the grease on top of her just for fun.

    • You don’t have to have an e-reader. First, I’ll be bringing out ALL my novels in both print and ebook formats.

      Second, if you want the ebook format, you can get either the free Kindle or Nook downloadable app for any device you own, including your computer.

      Here are the links:
      Free Kindle App
      Free Nook App The Nook download links are at the top of the page on the left. Oddly harder to find than the Kindle download links.

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