How Laziness Inspired a Showdown of Equals
One of the most common questions writers are asked, particularly in the paranormal/fantasy genre is… “Where did that idea come from?” For me, the real answer is that the ideas sort of fall into my head and I write them down. However, I’m not always that lucky and I have to put thought into things and do a little research. Every once in a while I will get an idea from a family member or a close friend.
This is not a story about any of those times. This is a story about flat-out laziness and how my fiancé is responsible for chapter fourteen of Unnatural Law: A Showdown of Equals.
Apart from being a writer, I’m also a mother and a horrible cook. One day, I wasn’t particularly in the mood to cook. I was in the mood to write. My fiancé, who had been to work all day, looked at me in annoyance before asking, “What do you want to do for dinner?”
“Whatever you want,” was my response. Eyes still glued to the monitor.
“You going to cook?”
We both already know the answer to this.
“How about KFC?” he asks now.
“Do you want to go get it?” he asks… not really as a question, but to let me know he isn’t going to get it.
“Can you go get it?”
“Uh, yeah… no.”
“If you go get dinner and let me finish this, I’ll let you make something happen in the second book,” I tell him desperately.
Yes, I said it… and yes, I was that lazy and in the zone on that particular day.
“Anything?” my fiancé asks me.
“Anything,” I tell him.
When he comes back, he puts the chicken and biscuits in front of me, and we sit down to a nice dinner.
“I want Jaycie and Allison to battle. Not in a training exercise… I want the real thing,” he tells me.
Well, that was the very last thing I was expecting… but I wasn’t about to go back on my word. At first, I didn’t know how I was going to fit it into the storyline... but I did, and it actually worked out nicely.
Here is a brief sample of that chapter inspired by laziness. Enjoy!
“What the hell was that?” Haylee complained.
Jaycie didn’t answer because her eyes were wide with fear. Allison Young was walking toward her with a murderous look in her eyes. “A-Ally?”
Before she had time to blink, Allison grabbed her arm and applied a reckless amount of pressure to it.
Jaycie shrieked wildly in pain as her bone snapped. She shielded herself when Allison came after her again. The shield threw Allison back one hundred yards, and the ground shook under their feet.
“What the hell?” Haylee asked.
“Run,” Jaycie whispered, her eyes watering in pain.
Jaycie’s pain started to mess with her concentration. Her shield grew weak right when Allison was coming for her again. “Run!” Jaycie yelled, and shot herself into the air. Allison snarled, jumping up after her. Jaycie shielded herself in time and dropped to the ground. “Allison! It’s me, Jaycie!” she cried out in desperation.
But Allison was on her feet again. Jaycie grabbed her by the throat telekinetically and held her there. Allison thrashed wildly, and Jaycie struggled to keep her control. She knew that if Allison got close to her again, she would be dead.
Unnatural Law Blurb
by Natasha Larry
Fantasy / Young-Adult
Book 2 Darwin’s Children Series
Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner’s psycho-kinetic power surge is over, and her astounding powers are under control for the time being – sort of. As she struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of the awesome terror and responsibility of her abilities, she also yearns for the chance at a normal life – and a relationship with Matt Carter, the best friend she had to leave behind. But Matt’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, and he’s not about to give up on his feelings for Jaycie.
As Jaycie and her family grapple with the day-to-day routine of trying to keep their world together, Jaycie’s mother figure, Allison Young, endures a personal crisis of her own. The superhuman blonde possesses the physical equivalent of Jaycie’s awesome psychic power.
So evolved, at ninety-two she still looks twenty. But what good is extended life when everyone else around her is so fragile? With no one to share her unusual life, she’s a uniquely lonely woman yearning for the romantic love she sees all around her. But in a dream she gets her wish – and it quickly turns to a nightmare for everyone else in her life. The memory of a rose is all she can hold onto in the storm of obsession that nearly sweeps her away.
Things quickly turn deadly for the vampires, but the Dey-Vah Guard fairies refuse to acknowledge there’s an imbalance in the nature they protect. As the danger gets ever closer to Jaycie and her family, the race is on to find answers before a secret plot can destroy them
Natasha Larry resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her daughter and fiancé. She graduated from Tusculum College with a B.A. in History and is currently working on getting her certificate in education. Apart from writing, she is a self-proclaimed comic book nerd and urban fantasy junkie. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in publications such as Writing Edge magazine and Escaping Elsewhere. Darwin’s Children is her first work of novel length fiction.
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Books by Natasha Larry
Darwin's Children ( Book 1 of Series: Darwin's Children )
Unnatural Law Book 2 Darwin’s Children Series