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Whip It – WIPpet Good … and a Request!

I always want to belt out Devo on Wednesdays, for some reason. Before I get into the work in progress snippet (WIPpet), I have a request to make. I’m trying to get a couple of my short story collections free on Amazon (US, UK, CA, etc.). In order for Amazon to do that, I need different people to report that there’s a lower price on the collections elsewhere. So what you would do is visit the link associated with your country:

The Ruling Elite and Other Stories





and scroll down to the PRODUCT DETAILS section. If you are logged in, you should see an option that says, “tell us about a lower price.” Click it and fill out the short form. You will need a link for the free copy, which is here: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/book/ruling-elite-other-stories/id909160062?mt=11 or http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-ruling-elite-and-other-stories-xina-marie-uhl/1120171102?ean=2940046102932

I also have a need for the same to be done for this collection (US is already done):

A Fairy Tail and Out of the Bag




It is FREE over here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-fairy-tail-and-out-of-the-bag-xina-marie-uhl/1119478347?ean=2940045937207 and https://itunes.apple.com/ie/book/a-fairy-tail-and-out-of-the-bag/id878181819?mt=11

Hugs, kisses, and big, giant THANKS for helping me out!

Now, to my WIPpet. It is a short 10 sentences (for the 10th day of September) of The King’s Champion. Young Lance is training to be a member of the prince’s guard.

One morning, Uffen, who had the annoying habit of bursting into cheerful song at the crack of dawn, bounded up while I lay on my cot rubbing sleep out of my eyes.

            “We’re having a war!”

            Fear squeezed my stomach. I sat straight up. “The king has declared it?”

            “No, you dolt. A practice war. Many of the city guards will join us.”

            “Not to mention the prince,” Shar commented. He was standing in front of the open door, scratching his crotch.

Come join the fun, started by K.L. Schwengel, by clicking below to read more excerpts from works in progress, or if you’re feeling REALLY daring, post your own:


22 thoughts on “Whip It – WIPpet Good … and a Request!”

  1. Ha! That utterly “guy” thing about crotch-scratching had me laughing. So true. LOL! Great snippet–I can really feel the eager young boy-puppy thing going on there with how excited they are for a practice war.

  2. Love the last sentence. And the confusion about the war -Short, but this packs a punch.

    I’m going to get my practice in talking with Amazon for you and Ruth. I’ll do it after I sleep! =D

  3. Uffen I would have to whip a pillow at. Or a brick. Cheery morning person I am not. Love the contrasts of Uffen’s chipper mood against the “We’re having a war!” For that brief pause I’m just as confused as poor Lance. And love the last line. Such a great little behavioral detail to add.

        1. Thanks, Kate! Yeah, I did that but it doesn’t seem to be getting much traffic lately. Maybe I should update it with the iTunes and B&N link instead of Smashwords? Ruth mentioned that one of those may get Amazon to act sooner.

  4. Looks like you got smiles out of everyone with the crotch.scratching! 🙂

    Tattled on you. But in my experience, Smashwords isn’t enough for Amazon to price-match. You need one of the biggies like B&N or the Apple store.

  5. Yes,. the crotch-scratching is probably the quintessential man-in-the-morning thing. Nice touch. My favorite line, however, was the one that went “the annoying habit of bursting into cheerful song at the crack of dawn.” Oh, how I know what it’s like to live with someone like that. 😛

  6. I happen to BE a morning person, so I’m not terribly annoyed by him. I’m one of the people who can roll out of bed wide awake and ready to go the second the alarm starts to go off.

    The crotch scratching is funny because it’s so true to life. I like seeing little details like that in novels because it feels more real.

    1. I’m totally jealous of you being ready to go with the alarm rings. I’ve never been that kind of person despite my dad’s efforts to wake me up early for no reason other than that he was up himself.

  7. LOL, that crotch-scratching reminded me of a “League of Their Own,” where Tom Hanks was commended in a sarcastic way for scratching his balls for a half-hour. “Well if you’re going to do something, it’s worth doing right.”

    I will never understand men and their desire to go hit things or people and enjoy it. “practice for war, oh goody!!!” lol

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