Sunday Snippet: “A sound I knew the way I knew my own soul.”

Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, where I’m continuing on with a new snippet from my upcoming urban fantasy novel, Storm of the Gods. In this scene, Derek and Liam get ready to confront whoever is approaching them  (Note: Derek and Liam are speaking through what’s called a blood-bond, an enchantment that allows them to communicate telepathically with each other)…

<I’ve got somebody coming up behind me, ace. You see anyone else?>

<No, I don’t think…Wait, I––>

His response was cut off, and I couldn’t answer him. I recognized the sound of a blade scraping out of a leather sheath. A sound I knew the way I knew my own soul.

I heard the intake of breath behind me. Right behind me.

Perfect.

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The Young Adult Fantasy story I’m working on is still coming together, though I finally figured out the device that will help drive the plot. It meant I had to go back to the beginning and rework some scenes, but that’s part of the writing process, right? I’m also trying to find time to work on my query letter for Storm of the Gods, since I really want to have it done and sent out into the literary agent world, or at least done enough so I can release it on my own, but doing Real Life stuff for the condo like finding insurance and buying furniture (yay, bookcases!) is taking up most of my time. Still, I have a vacation coming up soon, which will hopefully give me the time I need to crush some words. It’s been so long since I’ve written more than 5000 in a day or edited at least three full chapters. Is it weird to say I miss that?

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Amy

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41 Comments

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject

    The intensity continues this week! 🙂 I have a feeling I know who/what is behind him, but I guess I’ll have to wait another week to find out.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Indeed you will! 😀

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  2. Ed Hoornaert

    I’m glad somebody likes the sound of knives being drawn behind their backs. A lot of people don’t like that sound, for some reason. 😉

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha I’m not sure Derek enjoys it, but he knows it far too well. 😉

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  3. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Does he know who’s behind him? Great snippet! And yay bookshelves! 😀

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      He doesn’t know that, but I pity the guy behind him hahaha

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  4. Elizabeth Alsobrooks

    Right behind…a knife is drawn…tense scene!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  5. Aurora Springer

    His confidence is amusing, but is he correct?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We’ll have to wait and see! 😉

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  6. Jenna Jaxon

    Love that sentence:A sound I knew the way I knew my own soul. And to a warrior, yes, the sound of a blade coming out of the sheath would be that. Awesome!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  7. Christina Ochs

    Still on the edge of my seat here! Based on what I’ve seen of your book-acquisition habits, you’re going to need a huge bookcase! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha yes, yes I will. I really hope they all fit haha

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  8. Kim Magennis

    Excellent cliff hanger, Amy. Very visual scene. I could imagine it clearly.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  9. KC Kendricks

    Great setup for the about-to-happen action. Love it!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks so much!

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  10. Author Charmaine Gordon

    Serious business going on here. Nice writing, Amy.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  11. elainecsc2013

    This is an intense snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  12. Kimberly Gould

    Fantastic tension. I’m holding my breath!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yay! Haha

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  13. veronicascott

    This scene definitely holds the reader’s interest and keeps the intensity ramped up high. Well done snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  14. Caitlin Stern

    Well, yikes! Things just keep getting more tense. Nice snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  15. nancygideon

    What a great freaking line!! Love this scene, Amy!!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha thank you!

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  16. Alexis Duran

    I wonder if that “perfect” remark was sarcastic or if he thinks he’s got them where he wants them? Great tension and a very mean place to leave us hanging.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      It means Derek has him right where he wants him. Derek doesn’t use sarcasm as much as his brother Liam haha.

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  17. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Oh no, who is behind him. You better let us know next week. lol

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I will!

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  18. Andrea R Huelsenbeck

    BOTH brothers have someone sneaking up behind them!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Looks like!

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  19. Diane Burton

    I could feel his dread when he heard that sound. Yikes!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Derek’s not actually that worried. 😉

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  20. aldreaalien

    I’m going to echo everyone else, that was a killer line.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha thank you!

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  21. Teresa Cypher

    Amy, that snippet made me hold my breath– “Perfect.” Has me wondering… 🙂

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