Doorways to Arkomo – Book 1 of the Spirit Oak’s Gift by Jacqueline Dooley
Word count: 67,000
Within Arkomo’s Four Kingdoms, one hundred princes are raised in total seclusion, preparing for the Departure—a sacred ceremony that will finally allow them to live freely among their people.
But Sorel, Arkomo’s only princess, fears the Departure isn’t what it seems.
One night Sorel opens a magical Doorway into a strange world—the place she calls Hospital. There she meets 11-year-old Grace Woodward who is desperately ill. Hopeless and about to give up, everything changes for Grace when she meets Sorel and learns about Arkomo—a world that once only existed in her imagination.
Grace and Sorel embark on a journey to save the Princes before the winter solstice—the night of the Departure. With Grace growing sicker each day, and Sorel dangerously close to being discovered, they’ll both need a miracle to survive
The main character in this week’s story has lost his memory. Don’t forget, it’s time once again to make your choice for the flash fiction challenge.
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Ed Drury (33%, 18 Votes)
Kenyon Ledford (30%, 16 Votes)
Lois Nelsen Lewandowski (9%, 5 Votes)
Jon Jefferson (9%, 5 Votes)
AV Carden (7%, 4 Votes)
Tom Kepler (6%, 3 Votes)
MathoSka (4%, 2 Votes)
Morgan Winters (2%, 1 Votes)
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William Faulkner famously said, “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” He was, of course, talking about having the guts to eliminate superfluous prose, chapters, etc. from your work. However, as I was completing my third book, Cinder’s Reach, I had the task of killing one of my darlings in a very different way. As a caution, I should note that everything from this point on should be considered a spoiler for those who are considering reading The Echo Chronicles.
My Echo Chronicles series revolves around four central characters: Trin, the protagonist, Cipher, his best friend, Creed, the hothead, and Dalton, the nice guy. As I progressed through the books in the series, it became clear, both in my own mind and from my conversations with others, that one of my characters had become the clear favorite. To my surprise, that character wasn’t Trin; it was Cipher. Something about the fact that she never stopped trying to help others despite the fact that she was, herself, fairly messed up, really drew people to her. Trin was leaning on her more and more, and she was constantly putting her own life on the line for him and the rest of her friends. The world inhabited by my characters is extremely volatile and dangerous. Early on the thought struck me that it wouldn’t be entirely realistic for my characters to continue getting into dire situation after dire situation only to come out relatively unscathed. Continue reading “Killing Your Darlings: The Death of a Central Character”