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Today, I'm featuring Carrie Butler's new release, because she's a fellow NA writer and blogger/Twitter friend. Read on for an excerpt of Courage, then afterwards, I'm talking briefly on character motivation.
Wallace shot me a look. “We’re not barging in; we’re visiting. I wanted to introduce you, anyway.”
“S’bout time,” Cole added out of nowhere, the weight of his arm sinking onto my head as he leaned on me. “You’ve been dating for—”
“You have exactly three seconds to get your arm off of me.”
Cole snickered and mussed my hair. “Easy, killer.”
“Cole,” Wallace groaned, rubbing his temples. “Don’t start with her now.”
“Start what?” Cole used that grating, innocent voice he always did when he wanted to wind his brother up. “I’m not starting anything.”
He clicked his tongue in disapproval, and my eye twitched. One look at his stance told me he'd braced himself for one of my usual attacks. An elbow, a knee, something he could evade without trying. I had to catch him off guard.
And I knew just how to do it.
When Wallace stepped forward, I smoothed a quick hand up Cole’s chest—like I wanted to stop them from fighting. He dismissed the gesture as usual, and I used the distraction to lock on target. Gotcha. A pinch and a twist sent the world’s fastest man crashing to his knees.
“Fu—ow!” he howled, swatting at my hand. “Damn it, Rena! A titty twister?”
A smirk curled my lips as I wrenched my wrist to the side, relishing his torment. “How’s that feel, AssCole?”
“Burns like a son of a—”
Someone cleared their throat behind us, and I froze.
“Am I interrupting something?”
Mechanically, I turned to look over my shoulder. Please don’t let that be who I think it is.
No such luck. A puzzled older gentleman stood on the path leading to the house, his weight resting on a gnarled, wooden cane. "Spirited little thing, aren't you?"
I jerked my hand away from Cole and spun around. “I, uh…”
“Henry, this is my girlfriend Rena.” Wallace edged the words out, caught between laughter and embarrassment. “Rena, this is my great-uncle Henry.”
There wasn’t a shade of red to describe how hot my face felt. I forced a smile and thrust my hand out. “N-Nice to meet you.”
Henry cracked a grin and hobbled forward to accept my handshake. “Same here, my dear. Same here.” He glanced down at Cole. “You all right over there, Nicholas?”
“Peachy.” Cole stood up and rubbed his chest with a sour expression. “Just taking a rest.”
Good stuff, right?? And the first book in the Nexus series, Strength, is now FREE!
Add Courage to your GoodReads shelf, right HERE.
And find Carrie Butler at the links below ...
BIG CONGRATS, CARRIE!
Well, we've talked about Courage and Strength now ... so how about some Motivation?? But I'm talking about Character Motivation. As I've grown as a writer over these past few years, I've come to know just how important it is to make sure every character has a motivation for their actions--even the bad guys and sidekicks. ESPECIALLY the bad guys and sidekicks. Otherwise, they're merely puppets the author performs with.
In every scene, EVERY character must have a motivation for their actions, and the reader must be able to identify what that motivation is, or the story will fail.
So are your characters' motivations clear in your story? Are you excited to read Courage? Don't forget to get your free copy of Strength right now! Click on the picture of the cover above. And I'll be looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday and showing you my brand new cover!