Sunday Snippet: “Emotions that I’d forgotten even existed,” Giveaways, and Happy Holiday Sales

It’s almost Christmas! Is everyone else as stressed as I am? Because I clearly am, and more on that later. Right now, it’s time for my last Sunday snippet of the year! I’m skipping ahead again in this week’s 8Sunday for Weekend Writing Warriors, though I’m still keeping on with Smoke Sky. Since main character/thief/spy Gemma has been having some rough times later, lets give her 8-10 sentences of something happy, shall we?

A heavy, yet gentle hand was placed on my shoulder. I jumped at the touch and whirled to see Nash kneeling beside me. He took his hand back but stayed at my side. Now that he was just inches away from me, I was able to see him in detail. The smooth, velvety shade of his skin, the stubble growing around his mouth to give him a look of maturity and strength. His eyes were darker than mine, yet they weren’t cold. They were warm, trusting, inviting… caring. Emotions I hadn’t seen in years. Emotions that I’d forgotten even existed.

I was surrounded by fresh, cool air and safe for the moment, yet my pulse was racing and I found it hard to breathe.

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To survive in a horrific world overseen by bloodthirsty monsters, young thief Gemma will do whatever she must to see another day. Even though that means working for a damaged man convinced to make her a permanent member of this thuggish family.

So when her employer tells her that he’ll release her from his clutches, Gemma is obviously skeptical. Especially since the job is easy enough– recruit the two marauders that the gang has been spying on to take her place.

But as Gemma lies to Nash and Sawyer, she commits the greatest mistake a spy can make–– she begins to see them as friends, and perhaps more. Soon, she will have to choose: Sacrifice two strangers to ensure freedom from a brutal future, or risk her life to save them…

Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Gemma met Nash and Sawyer, and what prompted her to chose their safety over her own. 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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BLOG TOUR

December 6 – Peachy Keen Reviews (Smoke Sky Spotlight), One Book Two (Review  + Giveaway), The Bookish Crypt (Review + Dark Sky Series Spotlight)

December 7 – Tome Tender (Review + Giveaway), Christina Ochs (Review)

December 10 – Betwixt These Pages (Review + Dark Sky Series Spotlight + Giveaway), Victoria Adams (Smoke Sky Spotlight)

December 14 – The Bookworm Lodge (Smoke Sky Spotlight + Giveaway)

December 15 – Elyzabeth M. VaLey (Guest Post + Smoke Sky Spotlight + Giveaway)

December 23 – Fallxnrobin (Review)

December 29 – Quesarasara (Review + Dark Sky Series Spotlight)

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Also on sale for Kobo users is Storm Born, which is now 40% off its list price for two more days! Click on the image below to find out more!

A single night can change your life… for the worst.

It’s been a century since the last Centennial Storm, the calamitous phenomenon that covered the world in disasters– tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, tsunamis, and dust storms– caused not by nature, but by alien creatures from another realm. The Stormkind.

Ava Reid tries not to think about that night, when she was caught in a hurricane and brought face to face with one of the Stormkind, the man with a dagger, and the agony she felt when he stabbed her with a crystal blade. Yet as she and the rest of Florida’s citizens begin to rebuild their lives, Ava can’t help but notice strange things happening around her. Things she seems to be causing. The gusts of wind and sudden floods attract the attentions of a mysterious stranger who leaves her clues, and the deadlier men following her.

It isn’t long before Ava is swept up into a wild conspiracy, led by a secret society that knows the truth about the Stormkind– and what their enemies have planned for the world she loves. If she wishes to protect her friends and her family, Ava must harness her strange new abilities and become part of the Stormkind society. Because if she loses control, there will be no force strong enough to stop her…

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Anyway, onto news. In just a couple months, Obsidian Sky, the final Dark Sky novel, will be released! I’m very excited and will be starting edits this week (if any reviewers are reading this, the forms are below!), and have heard good things from my editor. I’m really proud of this one (probably why karma was kicking my ass earlier and making me have memory lapses where links were broken and prices were unpublished… sigh), and will be sending out media kits very soon. I’m an eager beaver waiting for responses (I am literally the most impatient person you’ve ever met––be glad that I don’t drive), and will look forward to hearing from reviewers after the holiday bustle is over. In the meantime, I’ll console myself with a little chocolate (don’t ask me where the whole can of Pringles went *shifty eyes*), and the gorgeous cover of Obsidian Sky

The final struggle against the Hellions has arrived. A trapped engineer and a desperate marauder scramble to fight an enemy with unspeakable power on its side. Time is running out, and one world will be destroyed…

After sacrificing herself to save the lives of her friends and family, Claire Abernathy struggles to outwit her Hellion captors. They torment and terrify her into working on a weapon with the sole purpose of obliterating the world, friends, and love she has struggled to save. If Claire has any chance of saving those she loves, she must delve deeper into the Hellion world, and witness nightmares she could never imagine.

In Westraven, Sawyer Kendric is desperate to find the woman he loves. To do so, he must finally embrace his family’s atrocious past and heal the wounds it has caused. He will be forced to make new allies, uncover secrets that change all he knows, and find the courage to lead a ragtag crew into the darkest, deadliest battle of their lives.

Claire and Sawyer fight to save their broken world in the final installment of the epic DARK SKY trilogy.

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I have the next 11 days off of work *sings praises*, which means that after all the parties and holiday fun, I’m going to be retreating into my room to hunker down and get some work done. That sounds like a lot, until you realize that there will only be about 5-6 solid days for me to finish the Obsidian Sky edits, set up preorders, send out review copies, organize the promotions, then move onto urban fantasy re-writes and finally finish my NaNoWriMo project. I’ll be taking some time away from all that to hangout with family and friends, gain ten pounds via delicious food, catch up on my reading pile, and see Rogue One, of course, but I really, really want to get as much work done as I can. I feel like I’ve been overlooking so much lately and rushing things, which I don’t like to do. That will probably be my New Years Resolution. That, and getting a literary agent (“HA! It’s not April Fools!” my realism voice says).

So the blog will be going quiet for a little while now, but stay tuned for more information on upcoming projects and writing news, but more importantly, be sure to check out the Weekend Writing Warriors blogs for other fantastic snippets, and more importantly, have a safe, wonderful, happy holiday season filled with family, friends, food… and books. 🙂 See you all in the new year!

Happy holidays,

Amy

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28 Comments

  1. nancygideon

    What a nice tender moment in the midst of such turmoil. A gift for both the reader and Gemma!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Indeed! 🙂

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  2. Cara Bristol

    Nice description of him. He sounds like a good guy.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      He’s a big teddy bear. 🙂

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  3. Author Charmaine Gordon

    At last a peaceful moment for her and so well written.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  4. Christina Ochs

    Eeee! Love Gemma and Nash so much!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      They are pretty adorable. 😉

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  5. veronicascott

    Happy holidays, first of all and your plans for the next few weeks sound terrific! Enjoyed the exxcerpt – she’s very observant!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! Happy holidays!

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  6. elizabethalsobrooks

    Happy Holidays! You’re going to be very busy the next few weeks I see. Congrats on the new release! I love your covers. Love how up close and personal the couple are in the scene. Nice job adding the chemistry. My post is up, but apparently I forgot to link it.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. 🙂 Happy holidays!

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  7. angelicadawson

    Great sensual teaser. Happy holidays!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! Best wishes this season!

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  8. Ed Hoornaert

    You’ve done a great job in this book with the romance. Merry Christmas and have a prosperous new year.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you, and the same to you!

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  9. Andrea R Huelsenbeck

    Positive thoughts as you hunker down to finish 2016…

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you, I’m gonna do my best… 🙂

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  10. Caitlin Stern

    A little safe and a lot sexy. Not a bad feeling to have…
    Happy holidays, and good luck getting everything done!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Not at all… 😉 And thank you!

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  11. Author Jessica E. Subject

    That’s quite a change compared to what she’s used, but maybe she needs it to remember there is another side to life. Great snippet! And happy holidays! Hopefully you get some time to rest as well. All the best!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yes indeed, and thank you so so much… but what is this “rest” thing you speak of? 😉 Happy holidays!

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  12. elainecsc2013

    What a lovely moment. Well done.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  13. julieevelynjoyce

    This was such a sweet, tender scene. Just in time for the holidays. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  14. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Love the tender moment.

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    1. amybraunauthor

      Thanks. 🙂

      Reply

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