Archive for August 2011

I’m a simple kinda guy. I like a burger. Meat, Meat and Cheese, Meat and Onions. These are things that I can get excited about. When I heard Best Burger in LA talk going around about Umami Burger it went on the MUST list for a WCWR Review.

So Sunday night I drove to the Valli Location which really isn’t a cute way of telling me it is in the VALLEY. Cause the Valley – San Fernando Valley that is – takes up an enormously large area. Real location? Studio City. So after finding the hidden local I set out and got excited.

The wait was not bad though it was a Sunday night so I am not surprised. I did end up with a seat overlooking the sidewalk and street so exhaust with your burger was on the menu. Here we get to the good part and the bad part.

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What to expect from The Sanction Chronicles Blog.

Where to start, lots of things starting tomorrow September 1, 2o11

Excerpts

Deleted Scenes

Character Journal Entries

Character Blog Posts

Original Free Reads

PNN Paranormal News

Movies, TV, Music

 

SO the doors open to Sanction tomorrow.

Terry Kate

Hello Readers -

I can not believe it! As of September 1 we are up and going full speed her at Sanction and that is SOOOO in the next few days! I am blown away. And it might not shock anyone who knows me – a BIT behind.

Well there is a lot to do people!

SO today is Sanction Sunday for me. All day we are working and getting things ready for all of you lovely readers. Because lets face it – the action is about to start in our town so if we are going to keep up in real time we better be ready to move…

Last chance for authors readers and bloggers to get an insider look and become involved with Sanction. We have a few openings for some dedicated people.

Thanks!

Terry Kate

For a week now Oscar had been there, in that same spot of grass when I go down to meditate next to the river. I am tired of not being able to do yoga. At least when he was hiding in the bushes I could ignore him and do my usual work out, now that he sits there watching me downward dog no longer seems appropriate.

Today he was there when I arrived and stayed over two hours with me. Does he really have nothing better to do? It has to be boring, but he stays and I’m not really sure why.

More than a week till school starts. Football has to be practicing soon and Oscar will be gone. Not that I care or anything.
- LMS

Went down by the stream again and saw Oscar. He was in wolf form, but I knew it was him. Grey fur with a black star like shape across his back. Not totally sure when he started coming around. I caught site of him in the woods a dozen times before he showed himself,

So far he hasn’t dared to cross the river onto the Grove. Guess they train wolves to know better than to walk onto witch lands. I doubt he will get closer. Last wolf caught over here by Demitri and his patrol went home shaved bald like a poor little sheep.

Male witches might not be able to channel magic, but they ALWAYS have spells of some kind with them. Oscar would look like a sorry puppy without all that fur.

-LMS

Summer in Sanction

Part 2: by Terry Kate

See part 1 HERE.

The smell of the lake made his mouth dry up and he craved a drink. Trying not to pant like a dog in heat, he peered over the edge and saw eyes less than a foot away, staring right at him.

“Shi-” He didn’t even get the word out before shhh sounded all around him. The dark eyes didn’t belong to a creature worthy of startling a werewolf. Kyle bared his teeth at the stupid beast. Dumb thing didn’t even run.

“I hate rabbits.” He muttered the words softly, but everyone of them had superhuman hearing.

“Our big bad leader got scared by a bunny.” Eric whispered. Idiot probably felt safe since Matt and Simon separated them.

“Shut up, you want to get us caught?” Simon’s voice rose and another round of Shhhh started up.

They crept forward making enough noise to disturb another night creature nearby. Kyle’s muscles locked as an owl hooted. Crap, I need to relax. We are way off course. Who would think to look up here?

“What are you going to do if we run into one of the witch guards?”

Kyle sighed, he didn’t want to go into details or make the young wolf more nervous. “We won’t.”

Matt didn’t let it go. “What if one of the other teams finds us?”

Simon lost his patience snapping at full volume. “Dude, shut up already.” Kyle clapped a hand over the other wolf’s mouth before he could say more.

With any luck they would not… “Did you hear that?”

The voice sounded nearby and they all froze, holding their breath.

Stay or run. Those were the options and he was the leader of their team. The choice was his and he wasn’t sure which to signal to the others as the plan. A female giggle filled the air giving him hope.

Maybe that was not a guard, or maybe he was distracted. There was no way for Kyle to be sure, but they were so close now he could smell it. Literally his nose even in human form was picking up scents.

They were staying and they were going to win. He looked over and the other guys looked just as determined.

All this to see a ritual with naked witches? Totally worth it.

“Hey, there they are!” Feet pounded on the ground and kept coming, then passed without pausing.

Another team? Didn’t matter. Opportunity was knocking and they were going. Cries sounded in the forest while Kyle lead his team in the opposite direction.

Distantly they heard shouts that had Matt visibly cringing.

“Get off. I will not let you. No, don’t even think about it. I will tear out your heart and eat it.”

A buzzing noise started that Kyle knew all too well. Being new to town, the youngest one asked the question he did not want to answer. “What is that? Are they hurting him?”

Eric snickered. “Oh it will hurt.”

Matt started to turn back, but Simon caught his arm. “We need to go help them.”

Simon and Eric exchanged a look but the asses kept quiet.

“Fine.” Being the leader was not a fun job. “It is a buzzer, they are going to shav-” He didn’t need to explain further when a shaved wolf went running past, skin exposed from the neck down to the end of his tail.

“Holy crap!” Kyle silently agreed.

Voices sounded, laughing and congratulating each other on the catch. They were close and after seeing one of their pack bald Matt made a run for it. He was not careful to keep the noise down and the chase was on.

Kyle cursed the kid as a branch hit him in the face. His lungs worked, pumping oxygen into his blood and with every heart beat he wanted to shift, to really run. Not an option for him unless he wanted to disqualify his team.

Need to loose the witches. Where?

Matt dropped out of sight and he had his answer. Over the cliff.

1: No way! Kyle veered to the right and kept running.

2: That’s it! Kyle was done. He turned to confront whoever was in the woods hunting wolves.

3: He couldn’t see anything below, but one for all and all for one.

That’s the choices this week!  Pick number 1, 2 or 3 and then come back to find out where the story will go from here!

Welcome to the Sanction Library!

My name is Audrey.  I’m the Sanction Librarian.  I’ll be hosting giveaways on the blog every Friday!

Do you like free books?

 

I like giving them away!

Drop back by on Friday and find out what I’m giving away first.  Is it a book that you’ve been waiting to read…..something on your wish list that you haven’t purchased yet?

Friday is the day to find out!  See you then!

Time to announce the winner of the Round Robin voting!

Thanks to everyone who dropped by and voted and thanks to Sanction author Jamie Leigh Hansen for writing the first part of the Round Robin!

 

The Eyes have won!  To catch you up to date, last week Jamie wrote a story about werewolves Kyle, Simon and Eric heading off to see if they could catch sight of the celebration of witches.  They climbed up a cliff and when the first in line looked over he saw:

  1. A canopy of trees blocking his view.
  2. Eyes, less than a foot away, staring right at him.
  3. A clear, empty beach with lake water lapping at the edges.

Voting is over and readers have decided that number 2 – Eyes, less than a foot away, staring right at him – is the beginning point of the next part of the story.

 

The next episode will be posted on Monday.  What do you think will happen next……mark it on your calendars and get ready to vote!

 

My Sanction Chronicles Soundtrack

Some people have workout sound tracks to get them moving. Authors have a reverse – music we sit to. Okay my head bobs back and forth and my foot taps if that can be counted as exercise.

As the creator of Sanction NH I have had a lot of days where the prospect of building something this big was overwhelming. What did I do then? I listened to my uplifting playlist. David Bowe? Is there anything better?

Want to hear the music that got the Town of Sanction out to the world hit play below.

 

1 - David Bowie in Labyrinth – Magic Dance

2 - The Black Cab Sessions. Chapter Thirty-Seven: Lykke Li

3 - Langhorne Slim in Bermuda – “for a little while”

4 - The Black Cab Sessions. Chapter Forty-three: My Morning Jack

5 - The Black Cab Sessions. Chapter Thirty-one: Spoon

6 - Under Pressure - David Bowie-Under Pressure

7 - Grizzly Bear – All We Ask (Black Cab Sessions: Chapter Seventy-Nine)

8 - The Black Cab Sessions. Chapter Twenty-Five: The Kooks

9 - The Black Cab Sessions. Chapter Twenty: Cold War Kids

10 - David Bowie China Girl

11 - Black Cab Sessions.Chapter Twenty-Six: The Felice Brothers

12 - Langhorne Slim – Land of Dreams (Live at The Woods)

13 - The Black Cab Sessions. Chapter Eleven: St Vincent

14 - The Magic Numbers & Amadou & Mariam – All I Believe In

15 - The Black Cab Sessions. Chapter Fifteen: Seasick Steve

16 - Tori Amos – Leather

17 - Sunset Rubdown – New Song [Black Cab Sessions]

Much anticipated and so unbelievably awesome -

The Wind Haven High School Mascot and Logo!

Go Wolves!

 

The logo for the Sanction High School the Wind Haven Wolves

The Wind Haven Wolves High School logo

Let us know what you think – the artist who did the design is nervous – he does not seem to believe me when I say this is AWESOME!!!

Summertime in Sanction

Part 1 by Jamie Leigh Hansen

 

Only three days past the new moon, the stars were the brightest lights in the sky. They bounced their glow off the crescent-shaped sliver and bathed the woods below in shades of black, white and the barest hint of color.

A twig snapped and Kyle swung around, glaring behind him. “Be quiet! Do you want to be caught before we even have a chance to see anything?”

Three sets of eyes glowed behind him. One set dipped as the youngest, Simon, dropped his gaze respectfully. “Sorry, Kyle. I tripped.”

Kyle rolled his eyes. “You have got to be the clumsiest werewolf in existence.”

Simon’s shoulders slumped and Kyle winced. Eric and Matt glared at him. With a shake of his head, Kyle swung around and looked up the small cliff they had to climb in order to reach the spot with the perfect view. No one had witnessed the annual summer celebration of witches before, though many had tried. He and the three werewolves with him would be the first, beating out the other three teams racing toward this one goal.

“Let’s go. A little more quietly. Simon,” Kyle took a deep breath. Some of the witches were empathic. Bringing a sad werewolf with them would be like setting off firecrackers to announce their position. “Simon, don’t stress. Or get excited. Or, well, anything. Just chill. We’ll work out the clumsiness on the field when school starts.”

A relieved sigh sounded behind him.

Eric moved up to his side. “You’re sure this is the best spot?”

Kyle nodded. “I got a peek of the cauldron one day when we were out on the lake. It’s this spot. The clearest view that they likely don’t protect as well with their spells will be from the top of this cliff.”

Matt joined them on Kyle’s other side. “Do you really think they will be naked?”

Kyle full on smiled. “That’s the rumor. It’s worth checking out.”

“Definitely!” All three guys agreed at once.

“What makes the cauldron different from the rest of the lake?”

Kyle shook his head, wondering if Simon really had hit puberty. “It’s where the girl witches swim naked. What else matters?”

Eric laughed. “I did hear they just used rocks to enclose a small area of the lake and then their firestarters heated it and the airblowers made it bubbly.”

“Wow.” Simon stared up the cliff, awestruck. “I wonder what that feels like.”

Kyle scowled. “A jetted hot tub, dumbass. Can we climb now?”

Eric and Matt both snorted.

Simon grimaced, his expression admitting he knew what a dumb question he asked.

Kyle stepped to the steep cliff face and looked up about a mile and a half of nearly smooth wall. Might not actually be that high, but it sure looked like it in the darkness. Finding a few cracks and grooves for his fingers and toes, Kyle took off, going up the side.

One by one, the guys started up behind him: Simon, then Eric and then Matt. They wouldn’t want to leave the inexperienced, soon-to-b Freshman by himself at the back. Kyle didn’t usually hang out with the underclassmen, but tonight’s raid had been planned as a get-you-settled-with-the-big-dogs buddy thing. The Alpha’s two sons each led a team, trying to see the cauldron from different vantage points. There were four teams of four guys and each one had a Freshman of its own. The first team leader to see a naked witch would howl, thereby winning bragging rights for the entire school year.

Kyle grinned and continued up the cliff. Under him, he heard a sudden scrape, then a scrabble of hands looking for another hand-hold, and a slide. “Oh, shiiiiii—”

Smack. Grunt. Eric’s pained voice wheezed out. “Got you, kid. Just take a deep breath and find your mark.”

Kyle hurried faster, the rope over his shoulder. Everyone had wanted to try the climb under their own power, but the rope was the backup plan. And it sounded like they would need it. Wolves were strong, dexterous and very in tune with their bodies, as a rule. But as with most everything in life, there was a learning curve. Apparently Simon’s was gonna be steep.

Kyle reached the edge and flipped himself over it, gasping for breath and looking around. The top of the cliff was a gradual slope of rock and soil, trees and grass. Kyle tied the rope to a thick tree trunk, found a groove to sink the toes of his shoes into, then lay on his stomach.

“Incoming,” he called softly. No telling how close a guard was on the other side of the cliff or what sounds the witch’s spells would catch. He tossed the rope over the edge and watched it unwind and fall. Under a full moon, he would have seen every detail below him. But tonight, he was just thankful he had all of the wolf’s energy and stamina back. He’d never have made the climb without it.

The rope yanked tight against the edge and Kyle covered it, trying to keep it from moving so it wouldn’t fray. When Simon was close enough, Kyle grabbed his shirt collar and added some pull so the kid got over the edge pretty easily. It was easier with Eric. Kyle left Eric and Simon to aid Matt and scouted over to the other side of the cliff.

He could hear the singing and chanting long before he saw anything. This was going to be so freaking cool. His teammates joined him on his final approach. Thankfully, they were quiet this time and no one tripped. It was windier up here, but the blowing leaves were the only sound as they chose a clear spot and crept closer. The chanting built in tempo, syncing with his crazy, thundering pulse.

The smell of the lake made his mouth dry up and he craved a drink. Trying not to pant like a dog in heat, he peered over the edge and saw:

  1. A canopy of trees blocking his view.
  2. Eyes, less than a foot away, staring right at him.
  3. A clear, empty beach with lake water lapping at the edges.


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