Sunday, November 4, 2012

NaNoWriMo - First Days of Writing and Excerpt.


My co-blogger Liis encouraged me to share with you how my Nationa Novel Writing Month - NaNoWriMo - has been going.

Well, I started off with 1600+ words during the first day, which was a very good start and it was quite moivating for me. Then came two days and working weekend where I was not able to write as much as I wanted. Luckily I did not have very high expectaiton to myself, so I was not very disappointed when the word count did not show as much as I wanted.

Today was a good day for writing even though the time was very limited, so the word count is up 5701, which is still little below the needed 6668 words after 4 days. At the end of tomorrow, the word count should be 8335. When I decided to participate, I was aware, that I won't have lot of time available, but the good thing is, that I keep writing anyway and I will have two weeks of vacation coming.

Anyway, I have enjoyed it so far. A lot!

Wish me luck! :) Here is a little excerpt for your enjoyment.

Liis, this is for you!



Today, year 201X

„ I think I understand what he found so fascinating about you“. His beautiful hazel colored eyes looked at me seductively sending shivers down in my spine. I was afraid of him and not for the reasons he thought.

Rashid al-Aziz was a powerful and dangerous man, but I was not frightened of him due to his power. It was his personality.

The first time I met him was almost ten years ago during one of my many visits to the country I hold dear – Egypt. Meeting him was brief then, he was the brother of the man that I had loved and we were introduced in Cairo during his wedding with his beloved fiancee Aisha.

Since I was an intruder, an unwanted European girl who had wrong religious beliefs and “had messed with his brother’s head” like he used to say, then he barely noticed me among the hundreds of wedding guests. He ignored me. When Khamis introduced us, his brother was polite enough, but you could see in his eyes that he was unpleased by his brother’s decision. Khamis was the oldest brother in the family and that was the only reason Rashid had accepted me to be in his wedding – as his brother’s lover. Not as a girlfriend, not even like a guest, but a lover. He accepted it only because his respect and love towards his brother and parents. Later I heard that I was allowed to be in the wedding due to Khamis’ saying that if his fiancee is not wanted at his brother’s wedding, then he will not attend his wedding at all and that would have been totally unacceptable for his parents and for the society. That would have been a scandal, a scandal his family went miles for to avoid. So most of the wedding guests thought that I am a family friend from Europe and that our parents have studied together in London during their years of university and I was their invited guest – that was an official story about me. Unofficially I was the girl who” had messed with Khamis’ head”.

“Found?” I said with a smirk on my lips. “I know that he still finds me captivating.”

“I have no doubts about that, but you know what consequences that might have for him.”

“Are you threatening me, Rashid?” I asked mildly.

“Of course not. But to avoid any complications, I will insist that you stay in my house under my surveillance.”

I sighed. “Can’t I just turn back to the hotel; they have secured it anyway because of the convention? I’ll be safe.”

I could see the fire in his eyes, when he blurted “No. Definitely not. I want you here! The last thing I need is you running around freely in Sharm. At least I can control your doings and goings here in the house and can protect you.”

“Protect me? I don’t need any protection!” I realized that I have raised my voice and it was filled with anger.

“Yes, you do!”

With these words, one of the most powerful men in today’s politics and military in Egypt, the military councilor of the president of Egypt, Rashid al-Aziz – my ex brother-in-law, left me alone in my large three-room suite in the palace. I was an unconventional political prisoner in one of the most luxurious palaces in Egypt – in the Presidential Summer Residence in Sharm el-Sheikh.


It does not have a name or blurb yet. It will come soon. Part of the book takes place in different venues in Europe and part in Egypt. I am still not sure what genre either.  

Happy reading!


  1. I am totally intrigued by your excerpt. This sounds so interesting and I hope we get to see more! You're doing really well, Inga! Keep it up. :D

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  2. I enjoyed what you excerpted here.
    Show us more during the month.

    1. Hi Jeff! Good to see you here!
      Thanks and I will.

  3. Way to go on the challenge! Keep up the hard work.


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