Spoilers ahead! I'm not recapping these chapters in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, but I do refer to some things that happen in them. These posts are to give some commentary and behind-the-scenes info for people who want to read along (or re-read) with me or walk down memory lane. If you haven't read the books, you might have some surprises ruined. So maybe go grab a copy and read along as we count down to The Indigo Spell! :)
THESE POSTS ARE NOT ABOUT THE INDIGO SPELL! You're safe if you've read the first two books in the series.
The Golden Lily, Chapter 4
Holy crap. Sydney has a date!
Here it is, the introduction of Brayden, one of my favorite characters. Like Angeline, he’s got a lot of potential for comic relief, and I have a lot of fun writing his dialogue. There’s nothing too over the top in this chapter, but frequently throughout the rest of the book, I’d have to pause writing and do research into some obscure topic for him to talk about. Like Sydney, he’s a wealth of random knowledge, but as Adrian points out later, Sydney makes learning fun. Whenever Brayden talks, I try to write his lines like he’s delivering a boring college lecture.
Meanwhile, let’s look at Sydney. Romance, as we know, is the farthest thing from her mind. It’s not something she gives a lot of thought to, but when Brayden's invitation forces her to deal with it, you can see her working it all out logically. He’s intelligent, steady, and responsible. She’s intelligent, steady, and responsible. From a practical point of view, she’s certain that’s all it takes, right? But even in that first scene, you can already see where Sydney’s at, even if she doesn’t know it herself: Brayden met my eyes. His were hazel, almost like Eddie’s, but with a little green. Not as much green as Adrian’s, of course. No one’s eyes were that amazingly green. If you asked Sydney about having feelings for Adrian, she’d tell you that you were crazy. And yet, here she is, admiring a guy...and admiring Adrian more as she does it.
Heads-up: there's a Twitter chat today, January 24, at 4pm Pacific Time/7pm Eastern Time. Send me your tweets then marked with #readpenguin. It's only a half-hour, and I can't get to every question, but I'll try my hardest to knock out as many as I can!