Sunday Snippet: “He cringed at the sight of me,” And Tons of Sales!

Firstly, let me say happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! Are you crying about the snow that showed up uninvited and unannounced? Me too. Good thing it’s Sunday, aka time for Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly blog post where indie authors share 8-10 sentences of their newest or upcoming releases. I’m continuing with Amber Sky, the first of two Dark Sky prequel novellas which has now released, which newsletter subscribers get it free (sign up for the newsletter under the social media icons on the right sidebar)! so check your emails. We’re skipping ahead from last week to the end of chapter 1, where Nash has won the two-on-one brawl and is seeing the horror of what he’s done…

Crushing shame filled my heart and drowned me. I took a couple steps closer to Stanner, wanting to help him. 

He cringed at the sight of me. 

“Nash!”

I stopped and glanced over my shoulder at my captain. He was waiting impatiently. As far as Ryland was concerned, anyone beaten in the Crater didn’t need help from the Dogs. Until they proved otherwise, they were beneath us. Weak and useless.

I grabbed the rope ladder and climbed from the Crater, my victory feeling more hollow with every step.

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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.

Pre-order it here:

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Before I get rambling, I’d like to say thank you so so so much to the reviewers, authors, and bloggers who have helped support Amber Sky whether through a current, past, or upcoming blog/website post. You’re an amazing person and I’m overwhelmingly grateful and honoured. You get all the virtual hugs!

Now, onward! Crimson Sky and Midnight Sky are currently 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–– entering the promo code 30OCT will get you the discount), and Storm Born is part of the October Long Weekend Promotion on Kobo, priced at $1.99! I’m also promoting the Cursed Trilogy Box Setwhich will release November 6!

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An urban fantasy series for fans of the “Supernatural” TV show, CURSED tells the story of Constance Ramirez, a hardened young woman determined to protect her adopted sister, Dro, from the bloodthirsty demons hunting her– and from Dro’s own deadly powers. As the sisters cross paths with demon slayers, psychics, and angels, they become tangled in a dangerous web that brings Constance’s past back to haunt her. Protecting her sister and her new allies will test Constance in ways she never imagined– though she may be too human to survive it.

Preorder it here:

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There’s a blog tour open for anyone who wants to help with the book blitz, set up by Xpresso Book Tours.

While I’m slogging through the edits and nitpicking of one novel, I officially know what I’ll be working on for NaNoWriMo this year: A complete rewrite… in third person. I’ll be doing some updating to the synopsis, since it will now be a full length YA fantasy novel rather than post-apocalyptic urban fantasy (my ideas can’t fit in this mortal world!), and I’ve got some great ideas I can’t wait to construct! Who else is doing NaNoWriMo this year? Anyone else dreading it slightly?

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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32 Comments

  1. Ed Hoornaert

    It’s better not snow in Toronto. I’ll arrive there to spend Thanksgiving with my son.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving and you miss it, because we’ve got a pretty solid layer here. :S

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  2. nancygideon

    Loving this story, Amy!! Snow! Ewww!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yay to the first, nay to the second. 😉

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  3. veronicascott

    I like the emotion the character shows…well done snippet! Glad the book is doing so well 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you, and honestly, I would never have been able to do it without all the help I’ve gotten from other authors, editors, readers, reviewers, and my family. They’ve all been wonderful (and of course I’m including you, thank you!)

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  4. Frank Fisher

    Great display of anguish from Nash. I hope victory won’t be so hallow for him. Happy Thanksgiving to you! Sorry about the early snow (that’s Alberta for you). No snow here in southern Ontario, but I’m looking forward to the white stuff since I’m an avid skier.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Next week you’ll meet his “support group,” and that is definitely a highlight for all that evil snow, if you like skiing. No lie–– I saw a door with a wreath on it tonight. :S

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      1. Frank Fisher

        A door with a wreath on it? Yikes!

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  5. Aurora Springer

    Nice illustration that Nash is not emotionally suited to beating people.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Nope. He’s definitely not.

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  6. Author Jessica E. Subject

    We have no snow yet in southwestern Ontario. Though, it is supposed to go down to 0C overnight. Great snippet! I can feel his regret. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yes, I hear you’ve been lucky in that regard… Want to trade? 😉

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  7. Kim Magennis

    Happy Thanksgiving, Amy! We had snow on the Drakensberg at the start of the week – for us it is a cold snap, and a moment of wonder!

    A very emotionally intense snippet, Amy. Nicely done!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! It’s not the snow that I hate, it’s the cold. I hate being cold. 🙁

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      1. Kim Magennis

        That I can identify with, Amy. Your spring or autumn temperatures are like the depths of our winter. We really cannot complain of cold weather.

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  8. elizabethalsobrooks

    Snow?! Happy Thanksgiving to ya’ll, and you’re more than welcome to keep your snow, too! Whew! Great snippet, very emotional, BTW.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Aww, are you sure you don’t want it? Think of it as an early Christmas gift! 😉 And thank you very much!

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  9. Karen de Lange

    Great snippet – I can really feel how conflicted and unhappy he is!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  10. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Great snippet, you can feel the character’s anguish. I want snow! We’re still wearing sandals in Madrid. Ugh.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you, and I will happily trade you snow for sandals in Madrid! 😉

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  11. Christina Ochs

    This was the spot where i really got hooked into the story- it said so much about Nash’s character.

    I think I’ll be missing out on NaNoWriMo for the first time in several years. I have two books to edit instead!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yay! Thank you! I really appreciated your review. 🙂 And whaaaat?! What is this editing nonsense?! *looks at current work, which is both editing and rewriting.* Oh. I guess my argument is invalid anyway, since my chosen project is a total rewrite. Carry on! I look forward to your books, as always! 😀

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  12. elainecsc2013

    The characters are emotional which is great.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  13. Jenna Jaxon

    Love this aspect about him, that he wants to help him and knows he can’t.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I’ve always described Nash as a big, tough, teddy bear. 😀

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  14. Caitlin Stern

    That’s a tough life, having to prove yourself like that. Removes any compassion–and then what are you left with?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Exactly his thoughts.

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  15. Diane Burton

    You do a great job of making the reader sympathize with him. And you can keep the snow up there. LOL A belated Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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