August 6th, 2020 by kwmccabe

 

I have finally completed edits on the Prologue and the first couple of chapters. I will be posting them up as I complete the editing process. You can choose to either read them as posted, or listen to me as I read them on the podcast.

There are sponsored additions to the podcast, and your listening to the podcast does help support me as I work and write from home (full disclosure) But it is, of course, your choice ^.^

I hope you enjoy the read ^.^

 

Dragon Kin

 

~A Treatise Regarding the Origins of Human Faerie Tales~

The tales began as re-tellings of true events woven into allegorical form. In due course, the stories took on the appellation of the Kin closest to humankind. How could they not? Their evolution in this manner was inevitable. There, in the genesis of that evolution, lies the truth of the origin of human faerie tales.

~Compilations of the memories of the Eldest Kin~

 

Prologue

Queen Saranyu

Had Tadeus known, the night he left my side and died, how impossible the burden of the Dragon Throne would be?

I could not believe so, for he would never have abandoned me to reign alone.

Above my left shoulder, a giant dragon bust loomed, casting a shadow across the great length of the black marble dais. Front and center on that platform crouched the Dragon Throne. My rightful seat. I straightened in the forbidding chair. Edged with silvered mother-of-pearl, the obsidian arms left icy imprints on my wrists.

Derek, my beloved offspring, stood before me, and a girl stood beside him. What had he called her? Cecily.

A glance at the girl told me nothing–and everything. If she were human, her wavy black hair, caramel skin, and gray eyes would have warranted little notice from dragonkind. Had she been human, killing her would have simply resulted in Derek’s broken heart.

Ah, but the girl was more.

The sensation of familiarity, though I had never seen the child before, betrayed her genetics: Kin. Her ability to pull away from my gaze affirmed her inhuman nature. Therein lay my dilemma.

I studied the girl, felt the weight of the ages, as Derek spoke.

“Queen Saranyu, wise above all dragon and draakon… With your permission, I would like to recall a conversation with you and certain words you spoke.”

No. Not again. I gripped the ebon armrests, my fingertips aching with pressure. Why did Kin forever plague my lineage? More than two thousand years after I called for the long sleep, they still cursed my line. What more could I do? The protocol must be followed. I could not refuse him the floor. “I give permission. Speak.”

“You told me a story of two draakon. You mentioned a sign dragonkind must never ignore.” Derek hesitated and the softening of his emerald, dragon-slit eyes, the glance he gave the young girl, told more than the words that followed.

“You asked me to present to you my true mate.”

I tensed. “No.”

Tall, dark-haired Derek–the living image of my consort Tadeus–came forward, knelt before me, and grasped my white silk slipper in one palm.

I struggled to inhale.

Kin did not deserve such an act of humility from a prince of dragonkind. I knew the girl did not comprehend the magnitude of what Derek had just done, the level to which he had abased himself.

Derek lifted his face, showing vulnerability I knew he would never reveal again if I denied this request.

“Queen Saranyu, I come not as your heir, but as your son. I found my true mate. Her name is Cecily–and she is human.”

The absurd irony left me with a bitter taste. Derek could not rebel–not to this extent. He was the last draakon of the lineage who could plausibly hold the Dragon Throne.

I barely recall all that I said but, as queen, I could give only one response. I stiffened on the cold, hard throne and clenched my hands together. “We cannot tell you more than this: Cecily and her family are descendants of a line we had hoped were wiped off the earth. Though we have sworn not to kill them, they are our mortal enemies.”

Derek’s green eyes narrowed as his features darkened. “Cecily has never done anything to us.”

I blinked against a sudden burn behind my eyes. Must I always choose between my offspring and the throne? Ah, but I had sworn an oath. “Nevertheless, they are our mortal enemies and have been so for millennia. You will not have her. You cannot have this… Cecily… and still retain your claim to the Dragon Throne.”

“Then, I renounce my claim as heir to the Dragon Throne.”

I stood, trembling, barely feeling the dais beneath my slippers. “You cannot renounce the throne and still hold your claim as my son.”

Silence.

“Then, I am no longer your son.”

My heart shattered. Would Derek ever know how much I loved him? Would he ever understand the role Tadeus would have wanted him to fulfill? Not now. Perhaps never. I had failed. I had not expected Derek would defy me to this extent. While he had stretched the boundaries of draconic law in the past, he was the very image of his sire. Sometimes, when I looked at Derek, I could nearly hear Tadeus’ voice. No, Saranyu, not that path–can’t you feel the Balance?

How could my sons, Sahak and Derek, be so different?

None of that mattered now. I had lost the son of my heart and had no strength left to carry the burdens of the Dragon Throne.

Darkness closed over me as the dais slipped from under my feet.

Want to read or re-read the first book of the series? The Dragon’s Call is available now! Your support is appreciated!

August 2nd, 2020 by kwmccabe

A Juggling Experiment

 

Juggling life, work, being a mother, and still trying to find time to write.

Wish me luck.

 

July 29th, 2020 by kwmccabe

Confusion!

So, I recently made the decision to become a Tik Tok content creator.

This is what happened instead.

 

The Poem in the podcast is available on Amazon HERE.

June 30th, 2020 by kwmccabe

So I happened to have randomly come across this announcement of a Word Camp that usually takes place in Minnesota. Now, as a result of Covid-19, they are moving the convention online — and it’s completely FREE!

I don’t know about you, but I’m all for anything free. No question.

So, needless to say, I signed up.

If you’re a writer, you should also.

I mean, come on. It’s free.

You don’t have a reason not to.

Check it out HERE.

I’ll be there for certain ^.^

Wish me luck!

June 24th, 2020 by kwmccabe

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So, I’m back.

Feeling good and ready to hit the ground running, too.

I have begun re-editing the beginning chapters of Dragon Kin. And although reading it after so long a hiatus made me cringe–the break was much needed. I could see what needed to be ripped out with no mercy and restructured into something much more coherent.

This was good.

I hate editing, but it also feels good when you know you’re fine-tuning the flow of your entire work.

I won’t hesitate to say that this will be a process, because it’s not the only project on my plate right now….which leads us into:

RGAA: Real Girlfriends Across America. If some of you have been following my pics and posts on my life story on messenger (maybe 5 of you have? lol) You’ll have noticed that I am currently working with a group of women that are all about networking and building up women in their work spaces.

I absolutely love this experience. Interacting with these women have encouraged me to restart on my creative process–something that I had abandoned because I believed life was too much for me to handle while trying to write/edit at the same time.

I’m on fire now, and it’s all to the credit of these awesome women.

From time to time, I’ll be forwarding their posts, because I strongly believe they have something to offer.

Full disclaimer, I’ve also written some of the blog posts on their site, and hosted some podcasts that they produce.

In any event, feel free to check out their site HERE and make sure to listen to some of the episodes of the podcast HERE.

Much luv, and wish me luck!

May 31st, 2020 by kwmccabe
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May 1st, 2020 by kwmccabe

I have recently had the chance to go through old contact messages I’ve received from various readers, and most of them made me wince in shame and appall.

 

If you’ve had the chance to read any of the blog posts,  my life has gone through periodic stages of upheaval.

 

This has not changed.

 

However, that does not absolve me of my great, unforgivable sin: that of seeming to have abandoned my story.

 

I assure you I have not done this…I still hold great resentment against some authors that abandoned stories I was reading avidly. I haven’t forgiven them to this day.

 

In response to readers who have queried me regarding Cecily’s story, I am posting this letter below.

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I’m very sorry for the utterly excusable, extremely late reply. But I do want to thank you for your question. I didn’t respond when I first saw your message because, to be utterly honest with you, I was swamped with life… but ashamed that I had let those down who were waiting for the next book in the series.

I have now completed the trilogy.
The second book, Dragon Kin is still going through editing, and the third,  The Dragon Throne, is still going through revisions.
I hope that when they are published they won’t disappoint you more than the long wait for them already has.
Thank you for your patience with me and this series,
KW McCabe

 

 

March 21st, 2018 by kwmccabe

 

I have updated the WIP page with the blurb for Dragon Kin. Check it out by clicking below.

 

WIP

March 20th, 2018 by kwmccabe

 

Hello, Everyone!

Or, at least, those of you who choose to visit me occasionally ^.^

I have finally, officially, begun edits on Dragon Kin, which is the second book of The Dragon Throne trilogy… Did I already mention that this was going to be a trilogy? No? I can’t remember…

Anyways!

Dragon Kin is complete at 54,000+ words. I have completed the very first rough draft edits on the first few chapters, and I’m in the process of submitting the manuscript to an editing workshop: InternetWritingWorkshop.org

I’m not certain if it will stay at 54k words as I have removed some words and added some words, and I’ve NO idea what the finished edits word count will be. But for now, 54k.

I will also begin basic edits on The Dragon Throne which is complete at 67,481 words. This word count is also likely to change through the editing process.

I’ve had emails from various readers who have requested an update on when the sequel to The Dragon’s Call would be published. I had, at first considered completing all edits and rewrites on the sequel and publishing it as one book – but at 121,403 words and the possibility that words would be added with additional edits, not only was this just not possible – it would increase the wait time until publication.

So, a trilogy instead of a duology.

And factoring in the amount of time edits, submissions to editors, beta readers, rewrites – barring any catastrophes (for some reason, I have ample amounts of these in my life) the editing process on Dragon Kin should be done before this year is over.

On the far end.

Hopefully.

Wish me luck.

 

January 10th, 2018 by kwmccabe

 

So.

Here we go again…

I’ve moved.

Again.

For the quintillionth time.

Which, by the way, I didn’t even know was a word until a preacher spoke about how many years it would take a tiny sparrow to carry all the grains of sand in the world to the moon. This discussion was meant to put the length and depth of eternity in perspective.

But I digress.

So, yeah.

I moved.

Most of my stuff is in a rental storage, and the rest is still in boxes stacked in a corner.

I was also sick for a period of two weeks, during which I was nearly completely bed-ridden.

I finally pushed through the end of that period, and began to feel more optimistic about my situation after having unpacked a few bags and one box.

There are still several – many actually – boxes to go, but I am determined to feel optimistic.

In any case, this move has put a stall on any editing I might have been able to accomplish.

I’m getting my bearings and hopefully will get revved up to start this process soon.

Wish me luck.

 

 



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