Sunday Snippet: “He destroys everything you are, and you never even know it’s happening until it’s too late.”

It’s time once again for Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly blog post where indie authors share 8-10 sentences of their newest or upcoming releases. This week will be the last week for Midnight Sky and I know there are questions so hopefully this post will answer some of them without giving too much away (it’s really hard to narrow it down to 8-10 sentences, even with creative editing!). Last week, Claire watched with horror as her little sister’s eyes became feral and hardly recognizable. Riley managed to calm her down, and it was discovered that Abby had been psychically attacked by the Vesper, the King of the Hellions. While Abby is being monitored and Nash’s wounds cared for, Sawyer and Claire speak with Riley, who spent two years in Hellion captivity. Sawyer pushes Riley (surprise, surprise), and Riley finally snaps, revealing some of the horror of what he endured when he overhead the Hellions, and informs them of just how deadly their enemy can be…

“I learned everything I did when I was chained in my cell, freezing and barely alive. They starved me so I couldn’t move, and then they started tearing at me,” Riley pulled back the collar of his tunic, revealing jagged, angry scars that stretched from his collarbone to his upper left pectoral. “They waited until I begged for mercy, then left me to heal, and did it all over again. Forgive me for not wanting to spy on them and think there was any hope.”

Riley roughly pulled his tunic back in place and bent over again, running his hands through the straight, pale blond hair that now reached his shoulders. Sawyer didn’t press him further.

“I’ve had the Vesper in my mind, too. When he gets inside, he’s like a disease. He festers in your skull, planting words and ideas, making you think what he wants you to think. He destroys everything you are, and you never even know it’s happening until it’s too late.”

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There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices…

The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…

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Yes, that’s where I’m leaving off. If you want to know more, you’ll just have to buy the book! Now is a great time to do it, too, since Crimson Sky, the first novel, is part of Kobo’s September 30% off sale and has been offered the chance to be part of their VIP incentive program! Very exciting times! Next week, I’ll be posting snippets from Amber Sky, the first of two prequel novellas being released this year, and available for $1.99 pre-order now!

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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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In other writing news, I finally finished the second draft edits of my new YA, post-apocalyptic urban fantasy novel, though I need to edit them again before I send it to my editor. It took forever but I’m hoping to get through this next draft without picking it apart too much and sending it off before November. I’m still deciding what to write for NaNoWriMo, but I think I’ll refrain from writing a standalone. I had a cool idea that I will want to do eventually, but I want to focus on my two upcoming series’, especially since I started re-reading and editing the prequel novella for one and fell in love with it all over again. I might not be selling it to publishers, but I’m still super excited to share it and work on it more. All good things to those who wait, I promise!

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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37 Comments

  1. Ed Hoornaert

    I love how the last line hints at his awareness that he himself might not be quite his own man.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      And the plot thickens…

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  2. Christina Ochs

    Poor guy- and Abby too, it seems!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Oh, come on–– you can’t expect me to be kind to any of my characters, even the side ones! 😉

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  3. nancygideon

    Oh, Amy, this is such an awesome reveal!! And plants some intriguing questions. Nice job!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! 😀

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  4. Alexis Duran

    As horrific as his memories are, they offer hope because he survived and escaped. Or did he?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      *zips lips*

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  5. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Things are looking grim. Lots of questions in this snippet, although like Alexis said, if he’s there it’s because he survived. The question is how?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      That is the question indeed… 😉

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  6. veronicascott

    Grim stuff, but makes it clear what kind of stakes are involved here. Excellent excerpt.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks so much Veronica!

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  7. Frank Fisher

    Wow, we learn so much about him in this excerpt! I especially found the story about his captivity to fascinating and stomach-churning at the same time!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yay! That’s what I like to hear. Thanks!

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  8. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Sounds absolutely horrible. But, I hold onto hope if both of them managed to get free.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      They still have a long road to recovery though…

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  9. Aurora Springer

    Pretty awful! Especially for a young girl.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yes, Abby’s endured some terrible things in her life. But she’s surrounded by people who care for her, which is crucial.

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  10. elizabethalsobrooks

    Ewwww, talk about a reveal. How much of the Vesper is still in his head, one wonders? Great snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      You’ll have to either guess or read the book! 😉

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  11. Shari Elder

    Looks like the stakes are being raised, and who to trust becoming more difficult. Great snippet.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks so much!

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  12. Caitlin Stern

    How can you fight something like that? How could you ever be really *sure* you were free? Excellently scary!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Exactly… and thank you!

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  13. Diane Burton

    Wow. This excerpt made my stomach hurt. The torture he had to endure is a lot like what Bond did in Die Another Day where he was bitten by scorpions, given the antidote, then bitten again, and so on. That would be enough to make you want to die to escape.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      No kidding, and that’s a creepy comparison! Thank you so much for the comment!

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  14. elainecsc2013

    Powerful excerpt. Great writing.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! 🙂

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  15. Julie Evelyn Joyce

    Wow, what a chilling excerpt! You can feel the emotion, the tension, the fear…so well done!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! 😀

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  16. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Absolutely horrible. He would have wanted to die just to end the torture. Powerful scene.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      It definitely occurred to him before Claire rescued him in CRIMSON SKY. Thank you!

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  17. racheldevineuk

    Quite gruesome. I can’t read horror stories, unfortunately – one of my many weaknesses – but you are a brilliant writer, and I know that a lot of people love your type of writing. Good luck with it.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! No matter what your prefernce of reading material, your words mean a lot. 😀

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  18. Victoria Adams

    Totally a horrible situation to be in – so sad. Awesome on the scene and the writing. tweeted.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much, Victoria! 😀

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  19. chellecordero

    Very heartbreaking – the memories he has. I am shuddering.

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