Sunday Snippet: “Is this where you think you belong, Claire? Above me?”

Welcome to spring (finally), and welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly blog hop where authors share 8-10 sentences of their current, upcoming, or newly released work! I’ll be adding a couple more snippets from Obsidian Sky, last of the Dark Sky books, before moving onto a new project (let’s face it, I’ve dragged this one out for a while). For now, we’ll get to one of my favourite scenes. Okay, maybe it’s not a great choice of favourite since the main character is in severe peril (shocker!), but it was one of the first scenes I pictured when I started writing this final book. In it, Claire has been pushed to the brink by the Vesper, and pays for her actions.

His grip loosened, and I charged the Vesper with a scream.

I was inches from him when he whirled around and grabbed me by the throat.

I skidded to a halt, clawing at his arm with one hand and swinging my fist with the other. He lifted me off the ground like I weighed nothing, crushing my neck in his icy, bony hand. I gagged pathetically, my lungs burning for air.

“Is this where you think you belong, Claire? Above me? Do you truly think you can outsmart me, after all I have created?” He narrowed his blood-black gaze. “Let me remind you of where you belong.”

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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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Obsidian Sky is 30% off for Kobo readers for a short time!

I’m still working through the re-writes of my urban fantasy story, and might be facing another re-writing crisis. I won’t have to redo the whole thing, but I will have to go backward again. So frustrating, but necessary for the chosen career, right? While I’m doing this, I’m also prepping the Dark Sky box set.

In the post-apocalyptic steampunk-fantasy setting of DARK SKY, a young engineer who struggles to repair a failure of the past, and to ensure a safe future for those she loves by freeing it from hellish monsters bent on revenge…

Ten years ago, vampiric beasts called Hellions invaded the city of Westraven and decimated it with fangs, claws, and cannon-fire. Now, survivors live underground and sustain themselves with the scraps left behind, often under the cruel fist of self-made leaders and grounded sky-pirates. Living under such rule is Claire, a talented young engineer working only to ensure e a life for her sister, Abigail. When Abby is kidnapped by the Hellions, Claire becomes desperate and finds herself allying with marauders– hot-tempered pirates equally as dangerous as the Hellions themselves.

As Claire forges a shaky relationship with them and their cynical young captain, she unearths truths about her past she could never have imagined, and realizes that the only way to protect those she loves is by challenging the Hellions head-on, an endeavour that could see the end of the Hellions once and for all, or secure their reign once and for all…

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Buy links will be coming soon (hopefully by the end of this week), though I have a quick question for WeWriWa authors: Would you place the books in order of release, or numerically? That’s the last thing I need to decide, and I wanted to get a couple opinions before I finalize the collection.

That’s all for now! For those who regularly follow the website, there won’t be a review next week, as I’ll be promoting The Shadow Omnibus (if you’re searching for a new book however, yesterday’s review was for Tin Swift by Devon Monk). In the mean time, be sure to check out the other Weekend Writing Warriors authors for romance, sci-fi, fantasy, and more! Cheers!

Amy

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42 Comments

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Sounds like she’s in a heap of trouble. I wonder how she’ll get out of this situation.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      She’ll have to be very clever. 😉

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  2. Frank Fisher

    A very visual way to describe being choked! I felt his rage, too! I bet she’ll have to be clever to get out of this pickle!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Indeed she will. 😉

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  3. Christina Ochs

    I’m sure you’ve got some cool trick up your sleeve for her, right? That box set looks great!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Of course! Thank you! 😉

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  4. nancygideon

    Whoa! What a tense scene, Amy! I’m holding my breath!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  5. Alexis Duran

    You paint a very vivd, creepy picture the vesper. “blood-black gaze” *shudder*. Hope she gets out of this mess post haste.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  6. veronicascott

    Dramatic, intense moment here! Wow. Great snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  7. Jenna Jaxon

    Terrifying snippet! She’d better think of something fast or it will be too late. Great job of riveting my attention!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  8. Aurora Springer

    Scary! I hope she finds a way out of his clutches.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      She’ll have to try!

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  9. Kim Magennis

    Awesome dynamics, Amy. A great read.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  10. Ed Hoornaert

    You write such good fight scenes.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! 😀

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  11. Teresa Cypher

    Wow. You definitely evoked a visceral reaction with this scene! Good job!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks so much!

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  12. Elaine Cantrell

    Somebody’s in trouble!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yes ma’am!

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  13. Siren X Star

    Yikes, she’s in trouble! Not a good place to be grabbed by either, trust me my human character knows that one all too well 😉

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha it’s so much fun to write, though!

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  14. Caitlin Stern

    Well, you know what they say about pride and falls. She might outsmart him, in the end.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Hopefully! 😀

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  15. Kimberly Gould

    Scary!! Great sample.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  16. racheldevineuk

    Wow! What an intense scene. Great writing.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  17. aldreaalien

    :O Whoa. That’s going to hurt later. Great snippet.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  18. SueBarr

    Great visual. Nicely done

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  19. Gem Sivad

    His words should paralyze her with fear, they do me. Great snippet.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  20. Misa

    You’ve made me fearful for the heroine, which is quite the feat! And your boxset looks lush.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha thank you!

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  21. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Intense snippet. How is she going to escape?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Who knows! 😀

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