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Dragon Kin – Prologue

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

 

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!

Status Update

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

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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!

State of The Author

Friday, May 1st, 2020

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

 

 

Blah, blah, blah, BLURB!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

 

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

 

WIP

The Beginning of Progress

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

 

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.

 

NaNoWriMo the Last Day

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

 

At least, it’s the last day for me.

Yes, that’s right. I have written the last word of The Dragon Throne.

*Massive cheering ensues*

Now, begins the long and tortuous task of editing the entire thing which is 121k+ words long. The book will have to be divided in two as it’s much too long for one YA novel. I’m not certain how long this editing process will take, but then I really hadn’t figured on completing the series before the end of this year.

So I’m definitely ahead of schedule.

Although, it did take me forever to finish the book up to this point, so there is that to consider.

However, for those of you who were wondering when or even if I was going to finish the trilogy, I am ecstatic to state that, yes, it is finished.

Now, for the editing process to begin.

Wish me luck.

NaNoWriMo 6th – day 4

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

 

I don’t know about any other authors out there, but I am honestly beginning to feel like NaNoWriMo is the best thing to ever happen to my writing life this year.

I’m now over a total word count of 118,000 words (check the counter on the side for a more accurant accounting) and I am writing the Epilogue.

I honestly don’t think I’ll be finished with the Epilogue in 2000 words, simply because I’ve written 2k words tonight and I’ve only touched the beginning of the very last ends scenes that will close out Cecily and Derek’s story.

Nevertheless, between NaNoWriMo and unhealthy amounts of Starbucks and espresso shots, I have accomplished in four days what felt impossible in the last three years!

I’m praying that the caffeine-induced inspiration and frenzied writing panic continues unabated.

Wish me luck.

RE: The Dragon Throne

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

 

I know I’ve used the above image before, but it’s so appropriate and handy ^.^

Anyways, to the business at hand!

It has been a loooong time since I have posted – culpa mia, desculpame. I do, however, have some valid reasons – please hear me out!

After returning to California after the my husband’s funeral, I stayed with my family for awhile as they helped me and my two young children work through grief and readjust to our new circumstances.

Once my children and I had been there with my family long enough (trust me there is a time limit to how long anyone can bear living with their mother) I then proceeded to move me and my children two hours away to the wonderful, and hot, capitol of California.

That move, of course, required another period of readjustment as my oldest needed to be placed in the new school system, and my youngest needed to find a daycare.

While my oldest has succeeded in adjusting to her new life very well, my youngest is experiencing some small difficulties (not really small actually) and I’m currently considering homeschooling my youngest to prepare her for kindergarten.

If I do this, this will make any small amount of time I might have had to write nearly non-existent.

So here it is:

First, the bad news: I am struggling to finish the very last section of the last part of the book that will complete The Dragon Throne series, and it will most likely take alot of time. I don’t know how long considering my current situation. After it is completed, it will then have to be vigorously edited. I don’t know how long that will take either, although, if I compare other stories I have written of comparable length, it might take anywhere from an additional 6 months to a year. And that is just the edits. Then there is the preparation for publication – which actually doesn’t take all that long in comparison to actually writing the darn thing.

Second, the good news: I am almost done. I swear I am. I just don’t know how long it will take to write the last part!

 

So, there you have it!

I want to thank those of you who have been keeping tabs on me and the story – you are my motivation to finish – and finish as quickly as possible. You really don’t know how it touches my heart (both in the warm and fuzzy way, and in the painful guilty way) when I see your messages.

You all have been so patient with me, I beg your patience awhile longer!

Wish me luck.

 

Reviews & Stuff!

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The Dragon's Call audiobook

 

 

I was delighted to discover that The Dragon’s Call Audiobook just received an amazingly thorough review! Check it out HERE.

 

Meanwhile, the reviewer notes that the sequel has been long delayed.

 

I have to apologize to those who have taken the time to read Cecily and Derek’s story. As the reviewer notes, I did experience a several personal tragedies while writing the sequel: my father passed, I experienced two separate miscarriages, then my husband passed during the writing of this story.

 

As a result it has taken a long time to stabilize and the word count has suffered as a result.

 

Derek and Cecily’s tale is still a work in progress though the actual writing process has been hampered.

 

The sequel to The Dragon’s Call will be named The Dragon Throne and, while the first half of the sequel is complete, the second half is still in the process of completion.

 

Nonetheless, it is always a wonderful boost when readers enjoy the story, and definitely helps boost the writing process forward.

 

I thank those who have read this story so much for their continued support along with the notes I have received from those who can’t wait to find out what happens to Derek and Cecily.

KW McCabe

Artistry and Contestry ^.^

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

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Wow, so this week has been a busy week!

My daughter Yve loves fashion, and in the spirit of encouraging her artistic abilities, I’m supporting her as she starts designing her own t shirts. Right now she’s struggling to choose between logos given by various talented designers.

If you could take a moment to support a 10 yr old’s dreams – check out the logos and let her know which one she should pick! CLICK HERE.

Meanwhile, the Here There Be Dragons Giveaway is going strong. Feel free to check it out for your free prize! CLICK HERE.

 

Thanks so much, and wish my daughter luck!



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