Sunday Snippet: “…he wasn’t the only one who could play with magic.”

Hello readers and writers, and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where authors post 8-10 sentences from their current, newly released, or upcoming work in progress. We’re continuing with Storm of the Gods, the urban fantasy novel I’m trying to find a literary agent for (more on that later). Last week, Derek and the dark-scion faced off… with magic! *cues Mortal Kombat music*

The dark-scion growled and shoved his left hand at my chest. Aether swirled out of the skin of his wrist and balled in his palm. His eyes crinkled at the edges. He was smiling at me, while probably creating the same acid-spell that would eat through my armour and flesh like paper.

Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t the only one who could play with magic.

I snapped up my free hand and called on my elemental fire. It responded instantly, soaring through my veins like flame over oil, pressing against my skin until it threaded out of my hand and exploded against his dark magic.

The acid-spell was erased by my fire, and his eyes widened.

I shoved my magic against his, forcing the sharp tongues of flame to snap over his tendrils of smoke and devour it whole. More aether rippled off the dark-scion’s hand and clashed against my fire.

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I’d booked the day off to go out, but the day’s plans were canceled. It turned out to be (maybe?) fortuitous, because I spent three hours submitting over 40 query letters to literary agents. It was a mixed experience. The good? I submitted to every agent I wanted to reach, haven’t really missed anyone (aside from agents that were closed for queries), and it might, might lead to a book deal and a full time writing gig. The bad? I noticed a typo in the manuscript (a repeated word) for queries that wanted longer manuscript submissions (yes, I’d re-read it, but apparently not thoroughly enough). That was when I got to the half way point. I fixed it, kept going, then got to the three-quarter mark, I noticed another spelling error.

My name.

I’d been spelling it “Any” instead of “Amy.”

You can imagine how pissed off I was, but I kept going, and we’ll just have to see what happens. In the mean time, I’m going to be chilling out and indulging in some treats. I’d say I’ve earned it.

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Amy

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36 Comments

  1. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Good luck with the queries, Amy! <3 Loved the snippet, it's visual and intense.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  2. Ed Hoornaert

    I look forward to reading books by Any Braun. 😉

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Oh God, that’s gonna follow me to the grave now hahaha But thank you, Ed! 😀

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  3. Author Charmaine Gordon

    Dear Ms. Any, I cannot wait to meet you with your fantastic stories. Call my office for an appointment.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks haha

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  4. pumpkinprincess

    It was a very exciting little scene! Good luck with your queries, I hope the only “Writer’s tears” you’ll shed will be out of joy :3

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you, and gods I hope so too haha

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  5. Aurora Springer

    Fiery snippet and good luck with the queries, Any!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  6. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Sounds like quite the battle. A great snippet! All the best with your queries! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  7. Alexis Duran

    I feel for you. It seems like no matter how many times we go through a MS, it can never be perfect. Oh,well, hopefully you’ll hit on an agent smart enough to appreciate great writing and ignore a typo. Awesome description of the magic in this snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Hopefully, haha. Thank you!

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  8. Kimberly Gould

    Describing magic fights can be difficult. I love this imagery.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  9. julieevelynjoyce

    Well, first off, this scene is freaking awesome! Wicked description throughout. Major kudos to you on sending off all those queries, and hey, maybe ‘Any’ will stand out because it’s so different. 😉 Best of luck to you!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Hahaha Maybe! Thank you so much!

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  10. christinalay

    Wonderfully detailed description of a magical showdown. Interested to find out what a scion is and what this whole battle is about.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  11. Jenna Jaxon

    Loved this dueling magic scene. Very exciting. I feel your pain with the typos. My first manuscript I sent query letters on I used the wrong name for the manuscript. Used Seduction instead of Scandal in the title (which was the one i was querying). Hang in there!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks! I’m trying and totally thought I was ready and that nothing would go wrong on my end. Shows what I know! But who knows what will happen… maybe?

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  12. Andrea R Huelsenbeck

    I wish I had magical powers. They sure come in handy.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Wouldn’t they? 😀

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  13. S. A. Hoag

    I like the snippet – very visual. I like having a soundtrack with it! Looking forward to reading more.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  14. Diane Burton

    Good snippet. I never quite understand how magic works, but your description was very good. Good luck on your queries. I hope you get offers. I had to laugh at your mistake. I sent out a letter and left the e off my first name. Still shaking my head.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much, and after I stressed about the typo it did seem pretty funny to me haha.

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  15. elainecsc2013

    Intense and exciting. Well done.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  16. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Great scene. Great powers.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks! I love playing with the magic in this world. 😀

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  17. Caitlin Stern

    I guess you could say… he’s playing with fire. 😉 Seriously, though, loving this magic system.

    Good luck with your queries!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Hahaha thank you for that pun! And thank you for your kind comment! 😀

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  18. Hywela Lyn

    Really good scene, I could visiualise the’magical’ duel! Good luck with the queries – it’s so annoying when you discover a pesky typo after you’ve sent the darn thing off (happens to me all the time in blog posts! 🙂 ) Hopefully the story is so good the agent will overlook the typos or miss them altogether!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! And yes, yes it is, but hopefully you’ll be right. I was talking to a couple friends and they’ve seen some typos in NYT bestselling books. I *think* agents are more concerned with grammar than spelling (its vs it’s). We’ll see what happens!

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