Cast in Ruin Chapter Two

I hope people aren’t getting tired of seeing this cover, because it’s one of my favourites in the series to date. Which is not, of course, why I’m posting it again.

No, I’m posting it because so many people have asked, here and in email, if I could just possibly post Chapter Two before the book’s release date. I can’t think of any harm it could do, and yes, Chapter One ended in an unfortunate place — which was honestly not my intent, because I didn’t really write Chapter One thinking of it as a separate entity, the way a short story is.

Here, without further preamble, is Cast in Ruin Chapter Two. Enjoy!

I will be sitting here at my computer working on the other half of today’s writing, which has been going very slowly thanks to allergies and the type of sleep allergies sometimes cause. I am certain my children are grateful that I spent time preparing Chapter Two instead of being cranky, grouchy mom <wry g>.

37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ann Kopchik
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 23:35:00

    Huzzah! My first earthquake *and* Chapter 2 of Cast in Ruin? What a banner day!

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  2. Kathy
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 23:59:57

    Oh thank you so much for chapter 2! I’ve been having the month from hell and reading this really gave me a lift.

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  3. Kerri Knorr
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 00:04:21

    Oh, happy, happy evening!

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  4. Carol Duffy
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 00:56:10

    What a treat! Thank you so much!

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  5. Michelle Sagara
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 01:29:12

    And as I just said elsewhere on the internet, I’m at that point in Peril where I suddenly look askance at every word I’ve written in a state of gloomy despair. I have reached that point for every book I’ve written, so I know it’s part of the process of writing – but it’s not, believe me, the fun part. So it’s nice to be able to do something that I’m certain some of my readers will love

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  6. ElizabethN
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 01:38:30

    chapter 2 – yeah!

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  7. Jenni
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 02:18:20

    Oh my goodness thanks so much!

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  8. Christina
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 06:03:47

    Argh!!! I can’t wait to read the rest of it!!! Soooo excited :)

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  9. Michael
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 06:23:50

    Thank you for that. I really enjoyed it. Still a good amount of tension, but less concern that Kaylin is going to commit one of the legal forms of suicide. Also, “Morning happened” is a *great* turn of phrase.

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  10. Mark Galpin
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 08:16:07

    Pure awesomeness. One of the things I love about Kaylin’s life (from a reader’s perspective) is how its complexity just seems to build in that particularly normal awful way Real Life goes.

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  11. Tyronne
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 08:59:11

    Hi Michelle! Thank you for posting Chapter Two. I fully understand everyone wanting this chapter after you posted Chapter One which I found extremely funny even if the ending left one anxiously wanting more. But…..the ending of Chapter Two in its own way is just as frustrating as the end of Chapter One!!!! I’m sure you realized that when you posted it and I’m sure that upon reflection, it brought a huge smile to your face! I am most anxious for this next chapter to released so I can pick it up and spend several hours enjoying myself and I delve into this fantastic world you’ve created! Keep up the GREAT work! Thank you.

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  12. Christy
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 10:10:49

    Thank you, thank you! I’m so pysched for the next release – my productivity dropped to zero last week because I re-read the series, then re-read chapter 1 of Ruin. And have been stalking your blog since, in hopes of seeing chapter 2. Sept 22nd can’t get here fast enough. :)

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  13. yen
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 11:02:20

    thank you thank you thank you! I had started re-reading Cast in Chaos in preparation for Sept. 22 so it was super nice to get a little advance reading this morning.

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  14. Genna Warner
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 14:37:48

    As everyone else here stated, THANK YOU! But it didn’t lessen the need/want/desire for the rest of the book. Sept. 20th cannot come soon enough.

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  15. Hilda
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 17:11:27

    To those of you who gave me extensive Basic 101 classes on “I Readers”, thanks a lot. This past Sunday I was the happy recipient of the latest Color Nook thanks to my 3 grown up kids. They were told that Michelle is first on the list after the Bible. By the way, this birthday was in downtown Luisa, VA. Yes, same one in the news, less than 10 miles from the epicenter. They said it was felt in Toronto??? Son and family are doing OK; house has some minor damage. NOW, I”m going straight to find out if Kaylin used that nice looking sword in a very nasty Dragon. Michelle, this is a birthday present too. Thank you!

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  16. Michelle
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 19:52:04

    Yea!!!!! I’ve been re-reading and re-reading the series for the last week and a half trying to feed my fix while waiting for the new book to come out. Can’t wait!

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  17. MaryW
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 21:16:06

    Thank you. I have ordered the book and can’t wait to read the rest. I may have to order the ebook as well. I do not like to wait for my book to arrive.

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  18. Tracey
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 23:12:51

    Thank you for chapter 2! It gave me something to do during our storm tonight. I’ve pre-ordered from Amazon and can’t wait to get my paws on that book.

    Hilda, glad to hear you’re alright. I’m in Toronto and the earthquake gave my house a little shake. It felt like someone grabbed my chair and pulled it backwards. Sitting through a tornado watch right now. Been an odd week.

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  19. DG
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 02:13:06

    This book can’t release fast enough, lol! I think I’ve run through all your books in every series, the only ones left are the short stories! I was very happy to get a chapter 2, totally unexpected. Oh Sanabalis, I totally dig that dragon.

    DG,
    Self-Proclaimed President of Team Nightshade

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  20. Danita
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 18:56:41

    Oh yummy! Thank you Michelle! Great chapter, love the interactions among characters I adore. It’s a great sign when you can’t decide who your favorites are among the characters. Hope you get over the hate every word phase quickly. Danita

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  21. w-b
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 09:15:38

    Your awesome thats all I have to say.. except I can not wait for the book to be released. I know what I am getting for my birthday LOL

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  22. silentmum
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:40:53

    How about chapter 3, 4, 5, 6,7, 8,9……………and all the rest

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  23. Estara
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 06:30:10

    I’m so looking forward to being finally able to read this ^^ in full (but thank you for the lovely excerpts) – Angela James rated it her usual four stars for this series at GoodReads.com, so I expect – since I like your books even more and this series is five stars for me – I’ll rate it five stars again ^^. September is a good book month for me ^^

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  24. natasha
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 08:57:10

    oh thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!! Although now i want chapter 3 but at last i’ll have to wait for it. :)

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  25. Corine
    Sep 01, 2011 @ 18:34:12

    Thank you for posting Chapter 2!!!!!

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  26. EllenO
    Sep 01, 2011 @ 20:01:48

    Oh thank you! I’m so looking forward to this book.

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  27. predal catherine
    Sep 03, 2011 @ 08:17:28

    hello,
    de tout coeur, je vous souhaite bon retablissement.
    Victime de nombreuses allergies moi même, j’en connais les désavantages comme la fatigue , l’essoufflement, insommnie…ainsi que les effets indésirables supplementaires liés à l’usage des anti histaminiques. l’été, c’est encore pire avec les enfants en vacances scolaires qu’il faut bien occuper, quelque soit notre état.

    En tout état de cause, grand merci pour la mise en ligne du chapitre deux. j’avais peur que la presence de l’oeuf ne soit pas reprise dans ce nouveau tome, mais je me rejouie de voir que ce n’est pas le cas. j’espère que l’oeuf que kaylin aime déjà, couve (et cache) va s’averer un oeuf de dragonne…. de quoi ré-agiter un peu tous les palais dont celui un peu poussierreux de l’empereur!
    je m’en rejouie d’avance.
    kate

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  28. Tess
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 04:58:17

    Thank you so much! both chapters are awesome! cannot wait to get my hands on the whole book ))

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  29. Kyra
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 21:20:51

    I halfway suspect I’m not going to get to class on the 20th, I’m going straight to the bookstore and buying this, and then I’m going to sit in the car and read it in the parking lot.

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  30. Alecia
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 11:39:59

    Can you suggest to your editor to sublicense the books to Easton Press to get leather bound editions? I have them in paperback and e-book, but I need them in hardcover (paperbacks fade, e-book gets deleted, but hardcovers last).

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  31. Hugh S. Myers
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 12:35:07

    Any form of hardback would be good :)

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  32. mariem
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 23:23:52

    I pre-ordered mine on amazon.com,and I recieved an email today saying that it has been SHIPPED !!! IT’s gonna be here on MONDAY.

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  33. shibailan
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 11:39:06

    Thank you so much for posting Chapter 2 – I’ve read through it twice and think it starts off great. By the way, I’ve pre-ordered on amazon.com as well, but Germany seems to receive the books a bit later – should be in my postbox October 4th… I can’t wait!!

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  34. Meagan
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 15:35:15

    Thank you so very much for posting both chapters – I happily received my copy of Cast In Ruin, late this morning and already finished it (for those of you who think being a fast reader is a blessing or a gift…it is as much of a double edged sword as ‘slow’ reading is). Now I will probably be hitting my head against a wall for the better part of a year until the next book comes out, but I wanted to say I loved Cast In Ruin. Looking forward to seeing how everything continues.

    I hope this is the ‘proper’ place to post this…if not, my apologies, but I have been debating leaving a reply for some time now so here goes nothing.

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  35. Hilda
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 18:35:22

    Before I saw Meagan’s message I went to my porch with the clear hope of finding my Ruin book which I ordered months ago. NOTHING !!!!! Sorry Meagan, I don’t feel too friendly now, just jealous. And, even though I read fast, I can’t read that fast. I read Michelle’s books going back and forth; by the time I finish them I had read them like 3 times. I just went back to my porch and the mail box. Nothing.
    (Sigh!!!)

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  36. kyrias
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 15:53:42

    This *is* the prettiest cover of them all. I have all of them, so I can say this with extreme prejudice and certainty. Can Kaylin look like this from now on? :P I can’t wait, cannot cannot cannot wait until Peril comes out. When is it supposed to come out?

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