Sunday Snippet: “I needed to get to my brother.”

We’re back with Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where authors post 8-10 sentences from their current, newly released, or upcoming work in progress. I’m still posting from the first chapter of Storm of the Gods, the urban fantasy novel I sent out to the literary agent world. It’s not looking too great on that front, but that might be because urban fantasy isn’t the hot market right now––young adult is… *looks at current WIP and sighs*. Anyway, onto the snippet! Last week, Derek was fighting against a dark-scion with magic, but now that he knows his brother Liam is in trouble and potentially getting surrounded, Derek has to change his tactics…

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He was strong with his magic, an equal match for me, but I couldn’t keep toying with him. I needed to get to my brother.

I changed directions. Rather than trying to burn his hand, I launched a sharp blast of elemental fire at his face.

The flames would dissolve before they could strike him, but he didn’t know that. The dark-scion cursed and backed off, and by the time the blast of fire evaporated, I was in front of him. I pounced and jabbed my knee into his chest. He cried out and hacked a horrible cough that almost, almost, made me feel guilty about nearly caving in his chest, but he had attacked first. 

And I needed to help Liam.

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As I hinted at earlier, I’m currently working on a Young Adult fantasy series, which is probably going to give me more luck than Storm of the Gods *she says with stars blinding her eyes* That said, I love Derek and Liam and their story too much not to publish it, so if I don’t hear anything positive in the next month or so, I’ll be prepping and editing them for final, independent release. It’s been a long time since I released a book anyway, and I miss the feeling of it. Besides, if I manage to find an agent (or if I decide I want to), I can always re-release them down the road. I’m thinking about doing that with some of my books anyway once a few years have passed. It seems to work well for other authors, so I don’t see why I wouldn’t give it a shot. Maybe. We’ll see what happens!

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 week!

Amy

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40 Comments

  1. Author Charmaine Gordon

    The battle is so good, Amy, especially that he needs to care for his brother.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  2. Aurora Springer

    I hope he is in time to help Liam.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We’ll have to see, but Derek moves pretty damn quick when it comes to his brother.

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  3. Kimberly Gould

    Almost. Great tease.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  4. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Such an awesome batter scene! I love how there is the hint of guilt there, but he does have his reasons and priorities. 🙂

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    1. Author Jessica E. Subject

      battle, not batter.

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      1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

        Haha I kinda love that typo, to be honest. And thank you so much!

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  5. veronicascott

    Enjoyed the excerpt – best wishes for your publishing life to work out in the best possible way, whatever that may turn out to be. You write such good books!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! It’s the waiting that’s driving me craziest, I think haha.

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  6. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Huzzah! I loved his change of tactics. Great snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  7. nancygideon

    Great clip, Amy! So many decisions! Thank goodness we have them to make.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Very true, thanks!

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  8. suebarr

    Loved the feint with fire. Proves she’s quite calculated in her attack and a worthy adversary.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yup, Derek definitely knows his way around a fight. 😉

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  9. Jenna Jaxon

    Loved that he almost–almost–had a twinge of conscience. Nah, go for it, Derek. He’s right, he needs to help his brother. Good luck with your publishing, Amy! Whichever way it turns out, it will be awesome.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so so much! 😀

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  10. Alexis Duran

    I like his decision to drop the fancy stuff and go for a good old fashioned punch. Don’t lose heart on the agent front- they seem to work in geologic time. A year to respond is nothing in traditional publishing.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much. I think I’ll keep writing and waiting, but it’s so hard because I would love to do this full time. It’s my favourite thing in the world! But I truly appreciate your comment and optimism. 🙂

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  11. Ed Hoornaert

    Good luck with the agent thing. You have enough of a track record that agents will judge you as much by sales as by the quality of your writing — which seems to be improving with each project. Agents would rather have a sure thing than take a risk.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I’m hoping so! Thank you so much for saying that. 😀

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  12. Andrea R Huelsenbeck

    I sense Derek wouldn’t have hurt his attacker so severely except for his need to help Liam.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Probably not. He usually dishes out what he gets served.

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  13. christinalay

    I like how his urgency to reach his brother helped him overcome an opponent of equal strength.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  14. Trin Carl

    You go girl, go independent! and as for the writing…”he attacked first,” You bet she should get him.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha thanks!

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  15. elainecsc2013

    Good battle scene. I hope he can help his brother.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Derek always finds a way…

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  16. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Great imagery! I could imagine the scene perfectly.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Awesome, thanks!

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  17. racheldevineuk

    Great fight scene to try and save his brother. Good luck with the publishing.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  18. Teresa Cypher

    You show how hopelessly human we all are–that bit of guilt tossed into a well-played bit of battle. Nice job!

    Good luck with your querying. 🙂

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    1. Teresa Cypher

      Oh, no snippet for me this week. Forgot to add that to the comment. 😉

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      1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

        Thanks for the comment, and I’ll be waiting with bated breath for the next snippet! 😉

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  19. Caitlin Stern

    Well, the dark guy did start the fight. Only fair that Derek finishes it.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      True!

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