It’s that time again! 8Sunday, where the Weekend Writing Warriors community gets together and shares 8-10 sentences from their current, new, and upcoming releases. It’s been a busy week for me as I scramble to prepare for NaNoWriMo (more on that later), but I’m still managing to promote my newest novella, Amber Sky. This will be the second last snippet before I more onto another project, so I figured it would be a good time to get into the heart of the action––where Nash meets his future captain for the first time (quick background note: Nash was given the task of intimidating a supplier––Davy––and saw Sawyer leave the man. He assumed Sawyer was still gone and wouldn’t see him confronting Davy):
I froze at the sound of a clicking hammer, and the feel of a cold gun barrel pressing against my temple.
“Didn’t anyone ever tell you to respect your elders?”
I grimaced, keeping hold of Davy as I slid my eyes to the right. Standing beside me with a steady hand, a cold expression, and fiery tawny eyes, was Davy’s supposed enforcer. Sawyer.
“You walked away once before,” I growled. “Better do so again if you still want to use your legs.”
The rogue grinned at my warning. “Guess I’ll have to take the risk. That’s my supplier you’re threatening.”
Press-ganged into servitude by a ruthless band of marauders who survived the devastating Storm, Nash has grown tired of his career– the young, undefeated champion of the Stray Dog fighting pits. All he longs for is a place to live where his family is not his enemy.
When his captain gives him an assignment to embed him deeper into the crew, Nash attempts to refuse, until the life of his friend is threatened. Determined to save her, Nash embarks on the mission to subjugate and control a supplier. But the supplier has other clients, one of which could be the son of the most feared pirate captain in all of Westraven.
And if Nash plays his cards right, the key to his deeply desired freedom, if he can live with the consequences of his choice…
Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Nash and Sawyer crossed paths– and fists. While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone.
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The blog tour is winding down, but Crimson Sky and Midnight Sky are still on sale for $1.99 and $2.99 respectively on Kindle and Kobo (Kobo is running a 30% off promotion for Midnight Sky for the month–– enter the promo code 30OCT to get the discount).
This week will be a lot of fun because I’ll be getting to promote the release of Ghosts, Gears, and Grimoires, a short story collection from Mocha Memoirs Press featuring a variety of steampunk horror and supernatural stories. I’m very excited to have Sawyer’s short story, Engineered Deceit, as one of them, and can’t wait to get a hold of the author copy of this gorgeous book!
Now, writing news. Over the last week, I’ve been skipping my daily writing and editing, because I’ve been working on the new fantasy world and characters for my upcoming NaNoWriMo project. So far, I’ve made the map, named most of the settings, came up with some history, and have new ideas for the gods and goddesses I want to use. I’m still short of a plot and an overarching series, but I have almost all the characters sketched out, and I love them. Even the villains, who will be among the most dastardly I ever write. I used the character template in Scrivener and took full advantage of the “Background” portion. I can’t wait to test out their capabilities!
I do still have a lot of editing to do, but I have some shortened work weeks coming up, which means I can dive full tilt into these two projects consuming my time. I won’t have my MJS editing project done by the end of the month (unless a miracle happens), but I have some new ideas and story mechanics I got through random thinking and research, so I can’t wait to keep exploring them.
Be sure to stop by the other Weekend Writing Warriors websites and blogs to discover new books and new authors. Cheers!