Sunday Snippet: “It was persistent.”

It’s the first Sunday of April! That means new projects are abound (so many projects)! Today I’m happy to introduce the first book in a new urban fantasy series that I’ve been working on for almost a decade. This is my baby project and while I was hoping to keep it secret a little while longer, I do want to move on from Dark Sky and though I don’t know where this story will end up (I’ve got one more edit before I send it to publishers and hope for the best, aka start the countdown before I end up self-publishing. 😉

Anyway, the first book in the series is called Storm of the Gods, and it’s set in an alternate universe where the Greek gods have risen from slumber and are less than impressed that humanity has dissolved them into legends. They’ve isolated California and given their descendants, scions, magic and control over certain elements. Two of these scions are Derek Areios and his younger brother Liam, war-scions who can control fire and are tasked at hunting down mythological monsters. This is the opening scene, which I’m happy to share with readers and regular Weekend Writing Warrior visitors. It’s been edited to fit the 8-10 sentence limit for the weekly blog tour. Enjoy!

Thud, screech, thud, screech.

I had to give the dracanae credit. It was persistent.

“I swear to Zeus and his blazing libido, if that thing doesn’t shut up, I’m going to make a snakeskin suit for myself.”

Raising an eyebrow, I glanced across the cab of the armoured truck to look at my younger brother. Liam’s arms were folded tightly over his chest, his battered black Periochí̱ Polemistés armour pulling at his muscles. Sunlight glinted through the passenger window and threaded through his shaggy mop of dark brown hair. Smears of dirt and small bruises dotted his chin. I looked rougher than he did––blood was caked along my hairline, a welt throbbed on my cheek, and I’d had to use a healing-spell on a rib that the dracanae had broken when its tail smashed me into the dirt––but I was in a marginally better mood. My head was clear, my wounds mostly faded, and I hadn’t used the Berserker Rage. This was a good day for me, which was really, really, saying something.

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I would love to hear your thoughts on this opening snippet! I’m very excited to be on the homestretch (gods above and below I’ve been working on this thing for forever), I’m also finishing the Dark Sky box set. I should have the preorder links live next week, though I might actually be relaxing a little over the next couple days. I know, crazy… but it is my birthday on Tuesday! Woo!

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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Next up, I get to share a new book release! The Shadow Omnibus, a collection of my very first short stories from Mocha Memoirs Press, is now available!

Ghosts, vampires, pirates, and more haunt the pages of this short story collection from author Amy Braun.

In BRIGHT BUTTERFLY, Nova is an urban legend. Newly chosen to carry on the Mothman’s legacy, she believes in using her powers to protect humans rather than feeding from their fear. But the other, older urban legends are becoming desperate as newer generations of legends begin to kill them off for the sake of power. Through trial and tragedy, Nova must bring both sides together before every legend––old and new––is forgotten or destroyed.

In CALL FROM THE CRAVE, a young necromancer is forced to summon the spirit of a ruthless assassin, and fight to stop him when he gets out of control.

HOTEL HELL is the story of a young man looking for his missing fiancee and coming across a mysterious hotel that could lead to her location, or his demise.

LOST SKY is the idea that created the bestselling DARK SKY series, telling of a young engineer choosing to work with untrustworthy marauders to rescue her kidnapped sister from an airship piloted by bloodthirsty monsters from another world.

ENGINEERED DECEIT is an exclusive prequel short story to the best-selling CRIMSON SKY, wherein a young marauder captain and his two crew mates stumble upon an unhinged engineer, who is more dangerous than the monsters they were running from.

Experience adventure, tension, and danger in this diverse and fast-paced horror anthology.

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Happy reading, everyone! Remember to check out the other Weekend Writing Warriors authors for romance, sci-fi, fantasy, and more! Cheers!

Amy

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30 Comments

  1. Ed Hoornaert

    Congratulations on the release, Amy!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  2. jakerose

    Sounds like a very promising series just judging from this opening scene. Good luck with it, and happy early birthday!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  3. Aurora Springer

    Happy Birthday and congratulations on your new book!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  4. Author Charmaine Gordon

    Always exciting to begin a new story. Best of luck with it. Happy Birthday to you, Amy.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  5. Author Jessica E. Subject

    If that’s a good day, I’d hate to experience a bad day. Great introduction! And Happy Birthday! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Ha, let’s just say Derek is notorious for his bad days. 😉 Thank you!

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  6. veronicascott

    Happy Birthday a few days early then! Enjoyed the excerpt, very vivid depiction of the state these guys are in.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! I love writing them into trouble. They’re so much fun!

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  7. Kim Magennis

    Happy Birthday, Amy! And congratulations.

    If this is a good day for Derek, I hate to imagine a bad one! Super snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  8. nancygideon

    I love this, Amy. Of course I have a spot spot for brother stories. Congrats!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  9. Christina Ochs

    I’m a huge fan of Rick Riordan, so naturally I LOVE this premise. This is a great snippet- can’t wait to read the rest of it!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks, the pitch is literally, “Percy Jackson meets the Supernatural TV show for adults.” 😉

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  10. Caitlin Stern

    But it doesn’t want to shut up, it wants to eat you, and you’re not cooperating. See it from a monster’s point of view. 😀
    Congrats!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha I never thought of it that way… 😉

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  11. Kimberly Gould

    A crazy day. I like the description of her brother. Well done.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks 😀

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  12. Alexis Duran

    Love the opening! Promises much excitement in the near future.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  13. Diane Burton

    I love the opening, esp. the bit of humor. It reminded me, too, of Rick Riordan’s YA series. Congrats on the new release and belated birthday wishes.

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    1. amybraunauthor

      Thank you so much!

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  14. Andrea R Huelsenbeck

    Wow! This is the opening scene? Compelling.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  15. Gem

    Congrats on the release! It’s a good day when only a rib or two are bruised and broken. Great scene.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks, and they’re day isn’t over yet. 😉

      Reply

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