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What Hides In Their Heart – Poll Results!

Hello again!

So, it is the beginning of June and I have now returned with the results for the poll (which is now closed!) It turns out what I’m going to start my third book with is…

Introducing a new character!

Which is probably gonna be even more fun for me than you guys, since I love new characters. And, quite frankly, this new character is possibly one of my favorites.

Also, just because I would like to torture you guys until I get this book published… I shall tell you a little bit about this new character…and then you won’t hear from her on my blog again until the book is finished. 😉

Short summary of what I know so far:

Her name is Ancantha, which I believe means fire…or flames. Something in Hebrew; I seem to have lost the notes on her name. So I can’t tell you the exacts there. My apologies.

She is from the lands past Shamayim (if you’ve been paying attention to the series this far, you’ll know what that is. If not then just ignore that) and Gavin is going to be the first one of the three to meet her.

Oh, yes, and she’s a girl. In case you haven’t already noticed. 😛

And that is all. I now have writing to get to, seeing as I have given myself only two months to write, edit, revise, proofread, format, and publish a book. So I shall be busy, busy, busy with this series from now on…or else I’ll have to do a dreadful thing and…move my deadline back.

On that note, I might have a small sneak peek or two coming up for this book (and possibly my novel) just in case y’all are curious. And I’ll try to get some short stories up soon. I think I have notes on a mini-series I was daydreaming up the other day…somewhere. I’ll have to go digging.

Okay, now I’m really done. I think that’s all. 😀

-Bethany Faith

 

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What Hides In Their Hearts vs. Writer’s Block

Hello, yee reader of this post!

In case you haven’t heard, I have two books published (look for information on the first book I published “What Lies In The Dark” on the “published works” page, if this is news to you) which just so happen to be part of a four to five five book series that I am writing titled, Trials of Three.

Consequently, I am writing the series as I publish it. This means that the time between when books come out depends on how long it takes me to plot, write, revise, redo, rewrite, and polish the book. Last year, my two books were released within relatively close range of eachother at about only a five month time span in-between the two releases. That is a very short time span to write books, given the amount of things that have to be done to self-publish a short novella.

In that respect, I intend for the third book to be released sometime late July or early August this year. I realize that’s a larger amount of time in-between books than before, and before you go a’wondering if the longer wait can be blamed on lack of interest in the series, I shall explain it to you.

First of all, I haven’t lost interest in my series. So that small handful of people that are eagerly awaiting the next book (you know who you are) be concerned not. I have a plan. This is what happened:

I wanted to start work on the third book (which you now know has been dubbed “What Hides In Their Hearts”) immediately after I published the second, but I found myself in a bit of a writer’s rut. So I took a stepped back away from it for a bit to reassess my plot, characters, world, etc. and instead started work on the second draft of my novel.

However, my “short” hiatus has gone on for quite awhile (four months, really) and I need to get working on writing it or else my poor beta readers are going to be sorely rushed to do line edits. On that note, I could start writing today only that I’m still stuck on just one aspect of the book.

Where to start.

This book is planned to have a lot of material and, unlike my novel which has proven to always have a good starting point, I could present any number of things in the first chapter. All of them give the reader equally important information, which can all be given at any time in the book.

Now, what does this have to do with you, you ask?

Well, I need your help to get me out of this little pickle of a writer’s block, or else I might never start writing it, and that would just be a shame. Gavin, Brian, and Emuna still have a long way to go before their journey is over. Thus I have concocted an age-old way to solve disagreements.

* insert drumroll here *

A majority vote! Also known as a poll. Which you’ll find pleasantly located at the bottom of this post…somewhere. Once I get to putting it up. You can’t miss it… I hope. I dunno. I have to tinker with WordPress some.

Anyways, on this vote, there are basically four options to what you want to be contained in the first chapter of the book. You could either; find out what happened to Terminus, bring in a new main character, learn more about one of the main character’s past, or be shown more of the powers that Emuna and Brian have.

Of course, I realize those options are extremely vague. So if you want a bit more back story (assuming you know at least a little bit about the books here) here are a few short explanations of the poll options:

Find out what happened to Terminus: This one is kind of pretty self explanatory. Terminus was swallowed by a powerful form of Luze earlier on in book two, and I never explained entirely what occurred to him. This scenario would give you a glimpse into what, exactly, happened. Do note though that this option is not promising that I’m bringing Terminus back, merely that I am clarifying the technicalities behind his disappearance.

Bring in a new main character: Pretty simple, I guess. I intend to present a new main character early on in the book to add to character conflict and story morals. Also…said character is just awesome.

Learn more about one of the main character’s past: If you haven’t guessed, this book is slightly a bit more focused on the psychological aspects of my main characters. Due to that, I will be presenting a lot of new information about their past and some of the situations they have all gone through to make them who they are. Choosing this options means that I will have one of the characters ‘open up’ within the first chapter of the book. Note that if you choose this option I am going to put up another poll, asking which character you would like to hear about most. Depending on your choice, I may or may not use that as the character that talks about their past in the first chapter.

Be shown more of the powers that Emuna and Brian have: So, you’ve all seen a little bit of what luze can do, but I’ve been keeping it pretty vague as to exactly what extent of strength these two characters have in their whimsical powers. In this book, I will touch a little bit more on that (and a little more in the next book, too). Choosing this option will ensue that you will get to learn some more about luze within the first chapter.

Just in case you’re wondering, this poll will be opened until the end-ish of May/whenever I feel like I’ve gotten enough votes and choose to close it. There’s really no officially set date, but the sooner I’ve gotten a lot of votes the better. 😀

Well, I guess that’s pretty much it. So, help me out a bit, and vote on the poll, please? We can’t let writer’s block win this battle!

-Bethany Faith

P.S. Just for the record, this post ended up being way longer than I intended. Sorry about the lack of short, easy, readability there, folks.

 

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The History Of Chevl’Set

World Map


So, we all know the history of Narnia and Middle Earth, but I have my own history to share. This would be the history of my fantasy world; Chevl’Set. It’s a rather well-thought out history…seeings as it took me two days to write this, but it is also my favorite history. 😀 And so, without further a-due. Here is the history of Chevl’Set:

When time first began all things were right. The world Elah had molded with his hands, like that of skilled potter, contained beauty beyond description and the goodness in the inhabitants hearts was pleasing to him. It was a world of joy, peace, and faith. All was right and nothing was wrong. Life was eternal and death was yet to be made. All hearts longed for only good and all words were only kind. This was Chevl’Set in the beginning…the beginning before the end.

As it were; Elah chose a race (the Lumenians) to serve him all their lives. He chose to protect and love them and in return they would be faithful to him. This was a satisfying life for most Lumenians, for they were treated better than they felt they deserved, but one of them did not find this life to be worth contentment. Greed filled in this Lumenian’s heart and he tapped into a dark force that had not been awoken. Power surged through his body and he became ever the more greedy. He turned against Elah and fought him with his newfound powers. Elah’s hand was forced; he banned the traitor from the land in which the Lumenians had lived amongst him (Shamayim).

Outraged by his banishment, the traitor wandered Chevl’Set in search for the perfect revenge on Elah. He changed his name to Pavix and took on the form of lies and deceit. Through his wandering he happened upon a race, humans, and they were weak of spirit. So he spent his days whispering hateful thoughts into their ears and telling them stories of little truth. The humans easily fell into his trap and were caused to fall from their place as well. They forgot all of their world’s history other than a few legends worthy not of the true glory of the history. With their memory also went their common sense and they hid behind the mountains at the far south end of Chevl’Set. They created three villages; Realta (the village of the fighters), Yernen (the weak of heart), and Wesmorin (the village of deceivers).

So their fate was decided; they would live (cowering behind the mountainous terrain) without knowledge of their past and with little hope of their future. This is what brings us to today. When truth is viewed as lies and history itself has been forgotten and buried deep within the unexplored and feared lands. A place of many hidden secrets and even more hidden powers. Forces unimaginable are left to decay in the darkness of lies and truth, more important life itself, is tossed to the side as an archer would toss a used arrow. Despite all these things, we still do not reach the end of our world. For Elah is of a merciful and forgiving heart and he has seen the thoughts of a special three…a chosen three. They shall reveal the truth and shatter lies, wield the powers and defeat the evil, and open eyes of the lost and close the mouth of traitors. They are the keys to unlocking the mysteries of Chevl’Set. A last hope in a world with no truth.

Bethany Faith

 

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The Box

This is actually just a writing prompt that I thought came out really good for a fifteen minute play with words. So here it is. 😀

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Emuna shook the box…she didn’t hear anything inside of it. “Hmm…” she looked at the box quizzically for a few seconds before hearing feet behind her. She swung around, fully expecting the man to come back for his box, but was thoroughly disappointed when it was just Gavin.

He noticed Emuna’s jumpiness immediately and he had to make a comment on it (after all, that is what makes Gavin…so utterly annoying), “Why are you so nervous today?”

“I am not!” Emuna snapped, “Where’s Brian?”

“Umm…I think he’s in his tent.” Emuna dashed towards Brian’s tent as he spoke, “Why?” he sat there with his hand pointing in the direction of the tent for a few seconds before shaking his head and brushing off her peculiar behavior. It was Brian’s problem now.

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Brian was busy placing dishes on the table when Emuna dashed into the tent frightening him so much he managed to drop the glass dish he was holding, on the ground, “Oh! For the love of Ela-” he cut himself off and sighed as he began picking up the pieces of glass. He pricked himself with one and pulled his finger back quickly, “Ow.” he whispered under his breath.

Emuna didn’t seem to notice the chaos she had just caused and instead floated up to the table where she promptly started to rant, “Leave the dish, Brian.” she placed a box on the table as Brian stood up, a few pieces of broken glass still in his hands.

“Emuna, I have to clean this-”

“Yes, yes, I know.” she interrupted, “Look at this.” she gestured to the small cardboard box.

“A box?” he said slowly, staring at her precariously, “Mm-hmm…Emuna, I’m worried. Should we go talk to-”

“Don’t be worried!” she snapped, “Some strange man ran up to me while I was walking at the beach and handed me the box. He said in a deep scary voice, ‘Don’t open it.’ than ran away. Leaving me with the box. What do I do?!” she complained.

“Alright…” Brian starred at the box as he thought.

“Brian!” Emuna rushed.

“I’m thinking!”

“Well, think faster!”

“Fine! Fine! Fine! We should open it.”

“You think?”

“Well, we can’t very well keep it never knowing what’s inside…let me clean up this mess and we’ll sit down and open it. Just don’t…do anything.”

Emuna nodded and sat down a few feet away on a bed, holding the box. She watched as Brian busied himself cleaning up the broken dish.

—–

Brian and Emuna sat across each other on the table, the box sat in the middle of them. “Who will open it?” Emuna whispered, her voice trembling with excitement and fear.

“I’ll do it…since he did instruct you not to open it…he didn’t say anything to me.”

Emuna nodded and starred wide-eyed as Brian slowly lifted the lid off the cardboard box. It took an agonizing long time for him to finish ever so carefully lifting up the lid. He finally got it off and placed it beside the box on the table. Than he grabbed the box and looked inside it. A frown crossed his face.

—–

Bethany Faith

 

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Chapter 13: So It Is Not Forgotten

Not sure how well you’ll follow this, but for a rough draft I thought this chapter was relatively good. It’s chapter 13 of the book I’m currently devoting almost all my free time to, What Lies In The Dark, and probably the chapter I was most excited about since I could pretty much run with the drama. Haha…did I mention I like drama? Anyways, sorry if this seems sort of sketchy since it’s just a draft. Quite a rough draft actually….hope you enjoy it despite! 😀

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“We should be reaching a gorge any time now.” David announced as they traveled through an open plain.

The four of them had been walking all night. Emuna had complained about being tired and Brian complied to carrying her so she could get some sleep. Now the four of them walked in such a order; David took point, Brian walked a step or so behind him, carrying sleeping Emuna, and Gavin walked a few steps behind Brian.

“A gorge?” Gavin called to David wearily. The dragon’s words played in his mind once more and the wheels began to turn on how he would keep Emuna from passing.

“Yes, it is called Letum Incipia, or Death’s Beginning in your language.” David said as he realized a sort of dip in the ground up ahead. The rising sun barely managed to provide enough light for him to catch it.

“Sounds lovely…” Gavin mumbled.

David stopped and turned around to face Brian, Gavin, and sleeping Emuna. “The sun is rising and I can see the gorge up ahead, I think we should stop and rest for the day. We will continue our journey upon nightfall.”

“In this open plain?” Brian said, looking around at the open ground that required no coverage for them. “We can be seen for miles.”

David smiled. “Indeed, if there where anyone to see us. I believe today we will have no problem with our enemies. Elah Shaddaih scared them off for a day. Unless one of us calls our enemy back they will not return until tomorrow. Around the time we will be reaching Elah’s plain.”

“Alright.” Brian said. He kneeled down carefully and laid Emuna on the ground. She let out a small whimper and turned on her side, covering her face with her hands and pulling her knees up to her stomach. “We should find food and make a fire. Who would like to find the food?” he took Emuna’s bow and arrow off his shoulder and held it out in the air.

“I will!” Gavin jumped grabbing the bow and quiver full of arrows out of Brian’s loose grip.

Brian raised an eyebrow and Gavin, but didn’t object aloud. “Very well, Gavin. Try over there.” he pointed a five minutes walk away to a patch of trees where Gavin could see them, but not be seen. “We shan’t be able to scare the animals at that distance.” Gavin nodded and sprinted towards the patch of trees.

—–

Brian, David, and Emuna sat around the fire. Gavin had not returned from his hunting yet and it was well into the afternoon. Emuna had woken up a few minutes after Brian and David had finished making the fire, which was made much easier by Emuna’s white cordial. Now they three of them sat there quietly each wondering the same thing. Where was Gavin?

Finally, Brian broke the silence. “I’m going to go get that egotistical narcissist.” He got up off the ground and wiped off the few pieces of grass that had stuck to his pants.

“Very well, Sir Brian. Be back in fifteen minutes or we’ll assume a search party.” David said, throwing a piece of wood in the fire they had made.

Brian nodded than smiled at Emuna before turning and heading towards the patch of trees Gavin had disappeared behind a few hours ago.

—–

Gavin had reached the patch of trees fairly quickly. He turned back for a second to see the other three one last time. Brian was pouring a drop of water over the ground, David was gathering fire wood, and Emuna still slept on the ground. He wondered for a second what he was doing and why he was doing it, but he quickly pushed the thoughts aside. I’m doing this. Besides not like they treat me any better. He probably could’ve thought of several times when Brian and Emuna had, in fact, treated him better, but he did not.

Gavin took a photo of his three companions in his mind than ducked behind the trees, rendering himself invisible to the other three. When he saw no one he sat down under a tree and placed his hands in the position to use his power. He slowly focused on creating an orb. The same fiery pain that had surged through his hands before came again, stronger this time. He set his jaw and focused on the small light being created above his hands.

Gavin wasn’t entirely sure how long he had sat there staring at the white orb (could’ve been minutes, could’ve been hours) when it melted away and he looked up to see Terminus standing behind a tree, concealed well by some shadows. Beside him stood a short man, not unlike the one Emuma had killed, with five daggers strapped to his belt and a bow and quiver swung around his back.

“We await our order, General Gavin.” the stout man said.

“General?” Gavin asked, looking up from the man to Terminus. Standing up so he was eye level with him.

“Yes, you shall be general. Though, I shall still refer to you as Gavin and nothing else. I do not stoop to formal names.” Terminus said, his expression remaining emotionless. “We have an army waiting. When do you think is the best time to attack and kill them?”

Gavin’s eyes widened. “Kill them? You didn’t say you would kill them!” he snapped.

“Watch your tone boy!” Terminus barked back. “I did not tell you because I knew you would be too weak. I was protecting you, but protect you I can no longer. You have five minutes to tell me when the best time is or I will assume my massacre in fifteen. Now, answer me. when is the best time to attack?”

“I….uhh…” Gavin was dumbfounded, it hadn’t really hit him until now that he would be killing David, Brian, and Emuna and he most certainly hadn’t noticed that he actually did (in a very uncharacteristic way) consider them to be his friends. Perhaps, his only friends. The realization that he had possibly just signed his friend’s death sentences struck him like a dagger in the heart. He felt his hands go cold and his face turn white as words left him. He had to do something…but he couldn’t think of anything that could be done in time. They would all die because of him and there was nothing he could do to stop it.

A strong hand slapped Gavin hard across the cheek, leaving a red mark where it had hit. Gavin blinked back a few involuntary tears and forced himself to look up at Terminus. “I said answer me boy!”

Thoughts raced through Gavin’s mind. He had to respond. The only two options he had; he could save himself or die trying to save them. For the first time he was torn between his own well being and the well being of others. He lowered his gaze from Terminus and starred at the sword on Terminus’ side. “How long?”

“How long what?” Terminus said, his voice dripping with rage.

“How long have I been here?…if I have been gone for longer than two hours they will be wondering where I am and be unsuspecting of the danger that is upon them.”

“Three hours.”

“Than in fifteen minutes is the best time to attack.” came Gavin’s solemn reply as he felt tears threatening to pour from his eyes.

“Good man.” Terminus said, than turned back to the man behind him and spoke rapidly in another language. The man said something incoherent back to Terminus, bowed, and left the patch of trees, being sure to leave so he would end up on a side that Gavin’s friends could not see. Terminus than turned back to Gavin.

—–

Brian’s breath caught in his throat, he had just watched as Gavin had given Terminus the okay to kill them all. Now he stood and watched as Gavin stood in front of Terminus, silence filling around them. Brian wanted to kill, stab, and slap Gavin all at once, but he knew he had more priorities than revenge. Starting with warning Emuna. So he got up from the tree he was hiding behind, his foot slipped on a rock and he tripped and almost fell, had it not been for a branch he caught. The branch broke. It fell to the ground with a thud.

“Someone is here.” Terminus growled, drawing his sword.

Brian gave up on the stealthy and smooth approach and opted for the run and scream method. He sprinted out from the tree he was hiding behind, just barely missing the blade of Terminus’ sword as it swung to decapitate him.

“Gavin! Let’s go now!” Brian said, even after this boy had practically just murdered him he had to at least try to save him. Maybe it wasn’t the smartest move, but he felt as if it was necessary.

“Don’t go with him, Gavin! We must prepare the army!” Terminus scolded as he re-sheathed his sword and made a signal with his hands into the sky.

Gavin thought for a second between the panicked Brian and the murderous Terminus. Than nodded to Brian whom preceded to dash out of the trees to warn the others, Gavin close behind him.

—–

Emuna and David stood up as they saw the two boys rushing towards them. Brian seemed worried and all of the color had left Gavin’s face. For a second Emuna thought she saw, shame. Perhaps remorse, even, on the boy’s face.

Brian reached them first, stopping beside Emuna. He didn’t speak for a few seconds to catch his breath, “Terminus is coming. With an entire army. We have to go.”

“My father?….How did he…” Emuna’s voice trailed off as everything suddenly fit together in her mind. It was as if she had been working on a puzzle and the last piece had finally clicked into place. She saw the full picture. “You evil brute Gavin!” she screamed, “How could you?! Now we’re…we’re…” once again her voice sunk to a whisper. She turned to David. “What’s going to happen to us?”

David’s face showed the answer to her question before he spoke it. “It’s impossible to run from Terminus’ army…we would need something to keep him here for a few minutes until we can cross the gorge.”

Emuna lowered her eyes. This was it. She was going to die. The knowledge that this journey would end in her death had lingered in her mind since she had been kidnapped at the cave. She just had wished that she would have more hope of survival when it came down to this.

“I’ll stay.” Brian suddenly said. Everyone turned to look at him. Gavin’s face showed the most amount of surprise. “I can keep him here for at least three minutes before they finish me off. Do you think you can get Emuna out of harms way in that time lapse, David?”

“Yes.”

“Are you in the upmost certainty of this? I want her gone before I swing my last blow.” David nodded, his facial expression changing from surprise to respect. Without warning he bowed to Brian.

“Of course, Master Brian. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

Brian would’ve spoken words of gratitude as well had the sound of clanking metal not reached his ears. The four of them turned to see an army running at full pace towards them.

“Brian…” Emuna pleaded, the tone in her voice begging him to stay, to think of something else he could do. Anything but this. She couldn’t stand the thought (and even less the actual event) of Brian dying.

Brian tore his gaze from the army to look at Emuna, her brown eyes were on the verge of spilling over with her bright tears. Every few seconds her lip would quiver as she bit back sobs. “You have to go. Now.” he whispered to her urgently pushing her towards David gently, but she didn’t move. She refused to take her eyes off Brian. “It’ll be fine.” he whispered before pressing a gentle kiss to her forehead. She let out a small sob as he softly turned her around and nudged her towards David.

His hand slipped from her shoulder as she reached the side of the other man. “We must make haste, Miss Emuna, the army is almost upon us.” Emuna nodded to David as he grasped her hand (half in comfort and half to coax her to come along with him) and sprinted towards the gorge.

Gavin stood looking at Brian for a second longer. Wondering why he would give himself for him. For a traitor. Brian looked him in the eye one final time. I forgive you, Gavin of Realta.

With that Gavin turned and rushed to catch up with Emuna and David. Turning behind one more time as he reached the gorge, only to see Brian covered by the blur of Terminus’ army. He muttered a single sentence under his breath, though he knew Brian could not hear him.

“Thank you.”

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My bad if the end seemed a little sappy…I’ll probably revise that later. Thanks for reading!

Bethany Faith

 

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