Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Website Makeover and VESSEL Excerpt

Happy Fourth of July!  (Or, to those of you outside the US, happy random Wednesday!)  Today, I did all the traditional Fourth of July things:

- Cooked hamburgers and hotdogs.  Except I cooked them on the stove instead of the barbecue grill because a squadron of yellow jackets has colonized the grill, and I chose to grant them their independence.  So sweet of me.  Or cowardly.  But let's go with sweet.

- Watched fireworks.  On TV, because it's so much calmer and simpler that way.  No parking.  No crowds.  No mosquitoes.  And total access to my fridge (which is also, incidentally, a lovely perk of being a writer).  I don't really understand why the Washington DC fireworks are always shown hidden behind a bugle corp.  Makes the fireworks look like one of those cheesy school picture backdrops.  But I adore the Manhattan fireworks with their four barges worth of fireworks in sync to the music.

- Updated my website.  Okay, maybe that's not really traditional in the, um, traditional sense of the word.  But in addition to being the birthday of our nation, it's now about two months until the pub date for my next novel, Vessel, so I gave my website (and the backdrop of this blog) a Vessel-centric makeover.  Click here to check it out!

And while I was Vessel-izing the site, I decided that today marks the official beginning of my personal countdown to Vessel (during which I will get more and more deliriously excited as we get closer to September!!!).

So I posted the first two chapters of Vessel on my site!  Hope you like it!

Here's a taste.....

On the day she was to die, Liyana walked out of her family's tent to see the dawn. She buried her toes in the sand, cold from the night, and she wrapped her father's goatskin cloak tight around her shoulders. She had only moments before everyone would wake.

She fixed her eyes on the east, where the sky was bleached yellow in anticipation. Shadows marked each ridge, rock, and sand dune. Overhead, a few stubborn stars continued to cling to the sky, and a raven, black as a splinter of night, flew into the wind before angling toward the dark peaks of the distant mountains. Liyana felt the wind caress her cheeks and stir her hair. She'd left it loose last night, and she'd counted the strands when she couldn't sleep. The wind stirred the sand at her feet, and it whistled over the dunes and rocks. She listened to it so intensely that every muscle in her body felt taut.

She had wanted to be calm today.

Click here to read through the end of chapter two.

Go ahead.  I'll wait.

*taps feet*

*tries to whistle, but fails*


Yay, you're back!  Did you like it?!  Did ya?!?!  Did ya?!?!?!

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At 12:09 AM, Blogger Q said...

I am intrigued. :D

At 12:13 AM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Q: Thanks!

At 12:52 PM, Blogger rich layers said...

Love it so far! No surprise, given how much I've enjoyed your other work.... :) I can't wait to read the rest of it!

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Rich Layers: Happy to hear it! Thank you!

At 7:42 AM, Blogger PaulaAlicia said...

Loved it! Can't wait for the book. I love all your books because your voice is so fun and conversational I feel like the characters are my best friends simply telling me about these fantastic adventures they had :) I am starting a fantastic adventure of my own - leaving my entire family, friend group, and even the boyfriend behind to chase my dreams hunderds of miles away :) And your book comes out just in time to keep me from getting lonely! I'm excited!

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Priya Sridhar said...

I can't wait for this book either . . . the first two chapters are unique, fun and suspenseful. Ray Bradbury would be proud.

At 11:09 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

PaulaAlicia: Thank you! I'm glad to hear that Liyana and Korbyn will be keeping you company. Wishing you all the best of luck chasing your dreams! Sounds like you'll be having adventures of your own!

Priya: *blush* Thanks!

At 2:55 AM, Anonymous CiCi said...

Loved the excerpt! I can't wait for the rest of the story. :D

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Cici: Thanks!! Only two months!


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