Kita is adjusting to her new liquid diet–an adjustment she rather resents. Not that everything was chocolate and sunshine before (though both were possible before the sexy but infuriating Nathanial sank his fangs in her business). Kita’s ability to shape shift into a kitten when her peers shifted into lions and tigers complicated her life, to say the least, but getting stuck in one form–that of a human shaped tick, a.k.a. a vampire–sucks, literally. Her adjustment period is violently interrupted when she discovers a headless corpse during a party for a visiting vampire council. But, the headless dancer won’t be the only corpse she encounters.
Kita’s involvement draws the attention of the Collector, an ancient vampire with an inclination to acquire two things: power and oddities. As a pureblood shifter turned vampire, Kita ranks high on the collectability list–not a safe place for anyone who values her freedom, and Kita is not the only one on the list. But with the body count rising, there is more at stake than freedom. A killer is slithering through the underbelly of Haven’s vampire community, and with the supernaturals dealing in unnamed favors, it’s a bad time to be a kitten who can’t slip her skin.
I recently had little downtime between deadlines and took an evening off to catch up on watching Castle. I don’t watch a lot of tv—or really any most of the time due to writing—so I tend to record shows I like and marathon them when I take a weekend off. Well, my husband and I were trying to catch up on the second season of Castle, and in one episode the main character, Richard Castle, a thriller writer who is shadowing a police officer for inspiration, decides he needs to figure out how his main character would get out of a situation where she’s been taped to a chair. So he has his daughter duct tape him to a chair and leave him to get out on his own. Of course, this is when his phone starts ringing and he frantically attempts to get loose. As we were watching, my husband burst out laughing. Now, it was a very comical scene, but it wasn’t quite a laugh-till-tears-run from your eyes scene. Once he finally got his breath back, he looked at me and said, “I could totally see you doing that.”
Oh, yeah, it did look like something I’d do.
I don’t know who writes Castle, but they got that scene spot on. Writers (or at least myself and several of my friends) are all about figuring out how our character could get out of the mess we tend to dump them in (and we don’t always plan the out before we drop a character into trouble). I distinctly remember one night, during critique, several of my critique partners and I ended up on the ground trying to figure out where a knife would have to be stashed for a character who was tied up in the back of the truck to get to it and cut herself free. Anyone who was watching would have thought we’d lost our minds.
As a whole, watching a writer write would be extremely boring, but there are moments when I’m glad no one has a camera. There are times, while writing, I’ll suddenly jump up and imitate the position I’ve put my character in so that I can better describe what she’d be feeling or seeing. Lots of times it is the little details which can be the most interesting, and you just have to experience them to describe those details well. I also apparently tend to make faces while I’m writing and trying to decide what expression a character would have depending on how they feel. This isn’t much of a problem locked away in my office, but I do write in public places on a regular basis, and apparently I’m so accustomed to cycling through expressions I don’t notice myself doing it while writing in the middle of Barnes and Noble. Oh well, the end result is hopefully a better book which rings true to the reader!