Sunday Snippet: “Didn’t anyone ever tell you to respect your elders?”

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.”

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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!

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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!

Amy

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41 Comments

  1. Teresa Cypher

    Ack! I have NO time to read, but I just bought Amber Sky on Amazon! I LOVE this series, Amy. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      No worries! I try to read a couple hours every day, but my TBR pile grows faster than I can keep up with it! But I really appreciate the support. Thank you so much Teresa! 😀

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  2. Teresa Cypher

    Anyone who loves “Firefly” should read this series! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much for the comparison! I love Firefly! *blushes*

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  3. Kim Magennis

    Awesome standoff, Amy! Love the tension.
    Can’t wait to see the results of your new NaNoWriMo project!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! I’m hoping to send it to literary agents with the fleeting, far flung hope that it’s “The One.” It’s YA fantasy which is super hot right now, so maybe that will help my chances? Regardless, it’s going to be a lot of fun to write once the world building is done. 🙂

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  4. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    The tension is thick in the air! Great snippet, Amy!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks Elyzabeth! 😀

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  5. Ed Hoornaert

    Teresa mentioned Firefly. I’d add: Firefly after the apocalypse.
    Effing forgot to link to my WeWriWa (watch out, cat, or you’ll be replaced by Twiggles the dog!) but here it is.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks so much! 🙂

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  6. Christina Ochs

    This was such a great first meeting. Your NaNoWriMo project sounds really exciting. Worldbuilding is so much fun!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I had a lot of fun with it to be sure, and I love world-building! I’m making a pantheon of unconventional gods (no typical god of wisdom or war, etc), which I’ve never done before but should be a lot of fun. If I can make it work haha.

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  7. racheldevineuk

    Lots of tension. A cold gun barrel pressed against the temple is certainly an incentive not to do anything. But I bet he will. Great snippet.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Nash is no stranger to danger… I didn’t mean that to rhyme. 😉 Thanks!

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  8. Julie Evelyn Joyce

    Sheesh. You’ve got me on the edge of my seat. Now I’m wishing the week away so I can read more! 🙂 Good luck with NaNo!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yay! I know how you feel. Thanks for the comment!

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  9. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Such a tense snippet! Nash doesn’t seem afraid, but neither does Sawyer. Great snippet! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      They both have a habit of getting in trouble. 😉

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  10. Jenna Jaxon

    Great conflict in this confrontation. Can’t wait to see who blinks! Sounds like a fantastic story!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I won’t give anything away, and if you want a copy, you can sign up for my newsletter. Then you should be taken to a link for a free download. 🙂

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  11. naomi shaw

    Great snippet. Can’t wait to read more

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  12. Karen de Lange

    I’m guessing someone will have to stand down – or die. Gulp. Great snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor

      Well they’re both alpha males, neither of whom want to stand down, so… We’ll see what happens!

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  13. Alexis Duran

    He doesn’t seem as worried about the gun to his head as he should be! This seems to be the case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object. Great scene.

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    1. amybraunauthor

      Thank you! Nash has definitely grown accustomed to threats and dealing with them under pressure. 😉

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  14. Daryl Devore

    Great tense scene. A cool hero – not concerned over a gun. Tweeted.

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    1. amybraunauthor

      Thank you so much!

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  15. Aurora Springer

    Great description of Sawyer

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    1. amybraunauthor

      Thank you! I love writing him. He’s a lot of fun. 😀

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  16. veronicascott

    Tense moment, well depicted. I really felt that cold gun barrel! Great snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor

      Thanks Veronica!

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  17. historysleuth1

    Oh great writing, I loved it! You have some awesome book covers too.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! 😀

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  18. elainecsc2013

    Lots of tension with that cold barrel to the temple. Nice.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  19. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Enjoyed the snippet and the banter has me intrigued to know more. I saw Teresa Cypher’s comment that if we like Firefly, we should read your series. Love Firefly. I have your book(s) on my to buy list.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! 😀

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  20. Caitlin Stern

    Sawyer is out-sassing him, which means he’s already lost… 😉
    Good luck on NaNoWriMo! I’m right there with you, trying to get outlines and backgrounds hammered out.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Hahaha! So true!!

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  21. elizabethalsobrooks

    Oh-oh, it would have to be his supplier! LOL! This oughtta be good.

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    1. amybraunauthor

      Tune in next week! 😀

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