Hello everyone! It's that special time of the month again when I participate in Beautiful People, a writing blog meme/link-up hosted...

    Hello everyone! It's that special time of the month again when I participate in Beautiful People, a writing blog meme/link-up hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. Their blogs are awesome, so please go check them out!

   For this edition, I'm switching the WIP I'm talking about from Splintered Crown to Golden Revenge, an YA Epic Fantasy. Why? I'm in the thick of second draft edits of Golden Revenge after finishing the first draft almost a year ago, and I'm absolutely adoring spending time again with its characters. Here's a blurb about Golden Revenge:

In a world ravaged by war, Taylan is yet another scarred teen refugee. He’s one in thousands of Paralinese that fled from their civil war strewn country, caught in bloody battles between magical royals and rebel soldiers. Now in Mohetania's refugee camp, he struggles to last from day to day. Hope keeps him alive; hope that someday he'll be able to return home, rid his country of blood-sucking royals, and bury his family.

Mida is a Mohetanian princess cursed with the touch of gold. A killer by age four, she keeps her hands trapped in magical leather. She isolates herself in order to protect others from the monster she believes lies inside her. But when her victim's brother pays her a visit, Mida snaps and begins to delve deep into the world of illegal magic, hunting for a cure.

When rebel soldiers begin to appear in the refugee camp, Taylan and Mida's desires and lives are caught up in plots of war. A war where there are no winners.

Here's a collage I made for the story agggessss ago!
   Let's throw Taylan some questions!

1) What's their favourite place they've ever visited?

   Taylan has lived in many places in his life, some he loved and some he hated, but as for a visit, probably the village his mother grew up in. When his mother was on the run from their father with Taylan and his sister, they stopped briefly at their aunt's house. It smelled of mint and woodsmoke, and it was where everyone was smiling after crying for so long.

2) What’s one mistake they made that they learned from?

   I would tell you, but that would be a massive spoiler. Let's just say that his anger got the best of him.

3) What was their favourite subject in school? Or favourite thing to learn about?

   It wasn't taught at school, but Taylan always enjoyed drawing. He taught himself by sketching objects over and over again until he got them just right.

4) What’s their favourite flower/growing thing?

   Probably orange trees; he ate an orange once and thought he might die of love for its sweet juice.

5) Have they ever made someone cry? What happened?

    When Taylan returned home from his mandatory time in the Royal Army, he tried to hide the scars whippings left on his back, but his mother eventually saw. Tears fell. He wished then he hadn't been stood up to the older soldiers, and just bowed his head and did as he was told.

6) Would you consider them a reliable or unreliable narrator?

    Reliable, a hundred percent.

7) What do they dream about at night?

    Nothing good; screams, devouring flames, sprays of blood.

8) They’ve gone out for a “special meal.” What would they eat?

    A "special meal" would mean anything other than weak stew and almost stale bread. Food is scarce in the refugee camp, so having a little meat would certainly be special.

My photos appear to be food orientated today. Sorry if you're now hungry!
9) What’s at least one thing they want to do before they die?

    Taylan desperately wants to return to his destroyed village and bury his mother and sister. But he knows he can't feel at peace with that until he's killed the royals that led to the destruction of his family, and country.

10) Do they have any distinguishing or unique talents?

    He's a very fast runner, and is fairly good at sketching in charcoal, though he doesn't have as much time to commit himself to his art as he used to.

    That wraps up this month's Beautiful People! I really hoped you enjoyed learning about Taylan. He'd appreciate any hugs, so feel free to send him any! ;)

Did you participate in BP this month? I'd love to check out your post! What do your characters dream about at night? What WIP are you working on right now?
Let me know in the comments below, and good luck with your writing! <3

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  1. I love your BP, Melissa!

    I'm working on getting a BP post out, but I'm working with a new WIP character set, so I need a little more time to get to know these characters. I'm planning on using this for my Camp NaNo/Rooglewood project, so you'll get a sneak peak at it, lol.


    1. Aw thanks Catherine! <3 Oooh I'm excited to be introduced to your new story and your take on Snow White! XD I'll be keeping an eye out for your post. Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. Ah, I love your WIP! But I just ate, and despite that your post is making me very hungry. And their dreams... oh, yow. >.< Hopefully NaNo treats you well!

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

    1. Thank you so much! :D Haha sorry, hopefully you aren't hungry for too long. :) Yeah, I feel bad for all the horrible things I put my characters through; perhaps I'll give Taylan an orange as an apology. Thanks for commenting and good luck with your NaNo Abigail!

  3. I love hearing about your WIP. It inspires me to work on mine. Those food pictures were appreciated, but now I need to eat... Are you participating in July Camp Nanowrimo next month?

    I'm a fellow writer who's new to blogging and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I'd love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

    1. Thanks; I'm so glad it inspired you! :D Haha yeah sorry about that... I'm unsure yet whether or not I'll be participating, considering I have school half of July, but we'll see how I go!

      Oh awesome! I'm fairly new myself, but I think posting consistently and connecting with other bloggers would be my best tips; which you seem to be doing well from what I can see! I'll check out your blog later! :D Thanks so much for commenting!XD

  4. Your WIP sounds so AWESOME. *sends Taylan hugs* Seems like he's got a pretty tough life, so I hope you'll bring him out of it someday ;)

    My characters visit nightmare alley rather often :P In the novel I'm writing right now, I'd say my protagonist most often dreams about being stuck in a dark pit. Alone. No way out. Every sound, whisper or scream, echoing off the walls with no reply... yeah xD

    audrey caylin

    1. Aww thanks Audrey! Taylan says thank you. ;) Yeah it is tough (just a *little*) but things may or may not get worse. We can't have totally perfect endings, can we? XD

      Oh wow that sounds like a nightmare alright. I hope they have good dreams soon! :) Thanks so much for commenting Audrey! <3

  5. I am intrigued by this story. Taylan seems like he has been through a lot the poor thing!

    1. Thanks Skye! He has; I'm such a cruel author. :) Thank you for commenting! XD

  6. I think Beautiful People is going to be one of the posts I schedule for when I'm away. I really enjoyed this Melissa. You make me feel like such a writing underachiever :p I've been having a really good time plotting out Lighter Places, and I'm going to try to outline the rest of it while I'm hiking. Hopefully. We'll see!

    1. Ooh yay, I'd love to see your BP! XD Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! Aww please don't feel like that; every writer works at their own pace. :) Awesome, let me know how it turns out! Thanks so much for commenting Shanti!

  7. I loved reading about Taylan, he seems like an interesting character! Even after learning about him though, it sounds like there's a lot more to his personality and character. I like that he draws too :) I hope to see more of him someday!

    My BP post

    1. Thanks Maggie; I'm so glad you like Taylan! There is definitely more to him, but I have to save some surprises for the book, don't I? ;) I hope you see more of him someday soon! XD Thank you for commenting! <3

  8. Your collage for Golden Revenge is so cool!

    I loved reading about Taylan (awesome character name too!)! He's been through so much. That's so neat that he taught himself to draw!

    1. Thanks so much! :D I'm super happy you enjoyed reading about him (his name is Turkish!). Thank you for dropping by and commenting Jameson! XD

  9. Aw I really like Taylan. That's super cool that he sketches with charcoal and loves oranges. Poor thing seems so batted. :(


    1. I'm glad you like him! :D Haha yeah he's a MASSIVE fan of oranges. XD Thanks so much for commenting Victoria!