Sunday Snippet: “Don’t.”

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where authors post 8-10 sentences from their current, newly released, or upcoming work in progress. While I try to emotionally recover from Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (one of the best books I’ve ever read but gods above and below, it was brutal and my heart is aching gloriously). I’m still working on the first chapter of Storm of the Gods, the first book in my new and upcoming urban fantasy series. Last week, Derek seemed to about to be bested by a fiery female warrior, but he’s not without his skills, and his dark past…

***

A short flare of light scorched my vision as the woman’s blade hacked toward my skull. I grabbed her wrist with my free hand and saw her eyes widen. Her torso was completely exposed. This was a death sentence.

Or it would have been, if I had still been a killer.

Instead, I jabbed my elbow into her stomach to wind her, hooked her ankle with my foot, and dragged her onto the ground. I yanked the kukri from her grip and tossed it aside. She snarled and tried to get up, halted when I pressed the tip of my sword to her throat.

The Berserker Rage prowled through my heart, teasing my conscience with whispers of do it, do it, spill her blood, take her life, she’s defeated, you have her––

“Don’t,” I told her, and the Rage.

***

I’ve decided to independently release Storm of the Gods. Partly because I don’t think urban fantasy is very popular right now, partly because I noticed a couple mistakes that probably cost me my chance, partly because I haven’t published a book in a while, partly because I want to learn how to expand my release options and reach a larger audience, and partly because I love this book and want to share it with the world. The book will be going to editors in about a month, so I’ll have more updates on the release and the cover reveal when I find an artist.

Be sure to check out the other Weekend Writing Warriors blogs and websites for your fill of sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and awesome book deals! Until next time, cheers!

Amy

Follow, Like, and Share!

31 Comments

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject

    He seems to have a harder time controlling himself than taking her down. Intriguing!

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yup. Derek has some serious magical baggage.

      Reply
  2. Author Charmaine Gordon

    So good. I love the concept, the behavior of the fight.

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  3. veronicascott

    Interesting excerpt…not sure the not-killing thing will work for him in this world you’ve created but I have to admire the effort he’s making!

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      It’s only going to get harder for him as the story and series go on!

      Reply
  4. Alexis Duran

    Ooh, Derek has a dark side. Love it!

    Reply
    1. Alexis Duran

      And I’m glad you’ve decided to self-publish because it means we get to read it sooner! Traditional publishers still move in Glacial time. And they don’t have as much to offer as they used to. Good luck!

      Reply
      1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

        Thank you so much! I do want to publish traditionally because my dream is to be a NYT bestseller, but I have so many stories to write and so many ideas and worlds I want to create, that you’re right, I can’t keep waiting. But I have more stories to submit, and some doors might close now, but will open later! 😀

        Reply
      2. Ed Hoornaert

        This is another example of how the pace of life has accelerated dramatically. Traditional publishing offered a lot more downtime and few instances of ‘this must get done immediately’.

        Reply
        1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

          Exactly!

          Reply
  5. Aurora Springer

    Very controlled – but will it work?

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We’ll see!

      Reply
  6. Kimberly Gould

    Close call!

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Very!

      Reply
  7. Andrea R Huelsenbeck

    Love this sentence: “Or it would have been, if I had still been a killer.” Introduction of mystery.

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      More coming soon!

      Reply
  8. Trin Carl

    Love the reasons for independently releasing the book. Very honest and detailed. Lots of physical action in this snippet that builds tension.Great!

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  9. elainecsc2013

    He has superb self control. Loved the action.

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Most of the time he does haha. Thanks!

      Reply
  10. Caitlin Stern

    The big problem with fighting not to kill when your opponents don’t want to kill you is you’re handing them chances. But I admire his dedication!

    I need to get my hands on Godsgrave! Have you read his Lotus Wars trilogy?

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks! And I haven’t yet, but I’ve bought it. It’s on my shelf waiting for me to read! 😀

      Reply
  11. Hywela Lyn

    Great action scene, and I admire his principles, hope they won’t be his undoin!

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We shall see! 😉

      Reply
  12. Jacob Rosemeier

    Awesome action. I like how the Rage is almost another being within him, whispering evil notions to him. Interesting concept.

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

      Reply
  13. Diane Burton

    While I admire his control, I’m sure letting her live will come back and bite him. Very intense excerpt.

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      You may be more right than you know… 😉

      Reply
  14. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Is he sure that he wants to let her live? Great snippet, Amy!

    Reply
    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

      Reply

Leave a Reply