Sunday Snippet: “It was pure, undiluted rage,” And TONS of News!

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly blog hop where over a dozen indie authors share 8-10 sentences of their current/upcoming release or week in progress. I’ll keep the snippets for Midnight Sky going for at least another couple weeks before I start rolling in the snippets for Amber Sky. We’re skipping ahead from last week to the next chapter. To give a little context: The characters have been “relaxing” (Claire has been working on her defence training under the watchful eyes of Sawyer and new crew-mate Riley) while tough-guy-Teddy-bear Nash is looking in on Claire’s sick 10 year old sister, Abby. Everything seems to be going fine, until this happens (slightly edited to abide by posting rules)…

It took another second to recognize the screams weren’t just coming from Abby, but Nash as well.

Gemma was the first one to reach the door. She threw it open and rushed inside, skidding to a stop after only a couple feet. I bumped into her back and peered over her shoulder, blinking twice at what I saw.

Nash, the stocky, muscled marauder I’d seen fight three men at once, who preferred to fight with fists and brass knuckles rather than swords, who would never hurt anyone innocent, was struggling for his life against my sister.

She must have jumped on him, causing the screams we heard, and was dragging her nails down his face. He grimaced and shouted, holding her small waist and trying to pry her off his shoulders. Her legs were locked around his chest, keeping her dangerously close. She wrenched and slapped at him, screaming like a wild animal.

But it wasn’t a scream of fear or pain–– it was pure, undiluted rage.

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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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Worried about Nash? While his situation is looking pretty dire, I promise he’s been through worse fights. If you want to know more of what I’m talking about, feel free to check out Amber Sky, up for preorder now (or even better, sign up for the newsletter and get it free on the October 4 release date)!

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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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That’s not all that’s been going on this week. I’m super thrilled to have Crimson Sky as part of a 0.99 promo going on this weekend!

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They’re always watching. They’re always waiting. They’re always starving…

Ten years ago, the sky shattered and the Hellions emerged. No one was able to keep them from destroying the city of Westraven. Now that the bloodthirsty monsters rule the skies and have forced the few remaining humans underground, Claire Abernathy lives in a nightmare. She survives by using her skills as an engineer for a ruthless tyrant connected to her mother and father’s past failure.

Then Claire’s world is torn apart when her sister Abby is kidnapped by the Hellions, and Claire herself is taken by dangerous sky pirates known as marauders. But Claire will not be intimidated by them while her sister’s life hangs by a thread, and so she strikes a deal with them: If they help rescue Abby, she will fix their ship and give them the chance to take the revenge they desperately seek.

As Claire fights for her sister’s life, she begins to realize that the Hellions are not the only dangers she’ll face. Burdensome secrets and devastating betrayals threaten her at every turn, and if she loses herself to them, it won’t just be her life that is destroyed…

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Nope, still not done with all the news. Yesterday, I had author Sarai Henderson stop by to talk about her new book Hunter (read my review here), while I did the same for Amber Sky. It was a lot of fun to come up with a playlist directly suited to my taste in music, aka, fast and explosive heavy metal. And if you were wondering, yes, I do try to type at the speed of those drum solos when I’m writing a fight scene. No, I haven’t punched through my keyboard yet, but never say never.

Speaking of never, I’ve sent out around 70 emails to literary agents with the faint hope of having my a new novel in a new series selected by them. It’s not looking so hot (which is expected), but it’s even grimmer now that I’m about to start reading the Elementals series by Michelle Madow. Now, I want to clarify a few things: 1. I have nothing but respect for Madow. She’s obviously worked hard to become a bestseller and I know the book will be awesome, 2. I had no idea how similar her book and the one I sent to publishers would be. I didn’t even know about her book until a couple months ago. Basically the only things I noticed that are different so far (gonna start the book tomorrow) are the genders of the main characters, the world, and the targeted age for the audience. But we use have elemental powers (she even uses aether, damn it!), Greek gods, and their descendants. I know that when I’m using the Greek gods I’m playing with a cliche/trope, but can you see why I’m kinda feeling down right now? This won’t keep me from publishing it regardless (since I’m likely out of luck with agents, I’ll reveal this project in its entirety at the end of the year), since I’m madly in love with the characters, the world, their powers, and their adventures, but still. A matter of timing, I suppose.

Anyway, it was bugging me and I had a lot of ice cream during my mini-mope (mini because I’m a busy woman and don’t see the point in crying over things I can’t control when I’m proud of my work and am respecting an author for her hard-earned success), so I apologize for the rant. I’m just going to keep rolling on and work on edits for another new series, which I’m hoping to get done before NaNoWriMo so I can figure out what the hell I’m going to write for that month. Is it cheating if you want to work on a project has it’s first chapter and a half done, as well as random scenes to be added?

*puts down ice cream* Okay, no more ramblings!

Be sure to check out the other Weekend Writing Warriors to read their other (significantly shorter) posts and find new reads in every genre. Hope everyone has a great weekend, and to my fellow Canadians, an extra long weekend!

Cheers!

Amy

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43 Comments

  1. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Why is Abby attacking Nash? :O I’m definitely curious as to what got her all riled up. Congrats for your other news, and as for the similar story thing… I think, that even if there are similarities, there are always going to be bigger differences. Even if the concept is the same, your way of telling the story is probably not the same as the other author’s. Hang in there, Amy!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Find out next week! 😉 And thank you so much Elyzabeth, your words mean a lot. 🙂

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  2. Christina Ochs

    That is one ferocious little girl! Maybe Nash doesn’t want to hurt her?

    Don’t be too discouraged about the querying. One of my friends had an agent turn her down because her book was too similar to another well-known author’s. A few queries later, an agent picked her up BECAUSE the book was similar to well-known author’s. If a series is doing well, I think publishers are often looking for something similar, but a little different.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Nope, he doesn’t. He’s a Teddy bear on the inside. 🙂

      And I didn’t think of it that way, actually. I made some comparisons in my query letters (fans of this author/this series will find a lot to enjoy, etc.), but I know a lot of agents are looking for the “next big thing.” The waiting is killing me! But thank you for the encouragement. 🙂

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  3. nancygideon

    Whoa! Way to grab the attention right out of the blocks! Great scene – filled with action and the need for answers. Now. I want to know now!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Next week! I can’t promise all the answers, only more. 😉

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  4. Author Charmaine Gordon

    Amy, fingers crossed for the best of luck. I promise you, good things will happen.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I’m hoping so. Regardless or not if this new book gets signed, I’m planning a big launch for it. My bank account is going to weep buckets.

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  5. veronicascott

    Enjoyed the snippet, very powerful and of course makes me wonder why the sister is in a rage! Re the querying, best wishes with that of course. Umm, I’ve seen ‘aether’ used in many steampunk novels so I wouldn’t let that bother you at all! Even Marvel and Minecraft use it in their own ways…You write the stories with your unique style and voice….

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Find out next week! And thank you so much. I keep forgetting it’s not as uncommon as I think it is haha. 🙂

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  6. Karen de Lange

    What a fantastic, intriguing scene. I really want to know what set her off so badly.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Next week! 😀

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  7. Rin-Rin

    Oh! I do wonder why she’s so furious, is she possessed? I’m looking forward to next week. :3 Great snippet.

    Hehe, here have a look at a comparison of Star wars and Harry Potter; http://blog.capitalogix.com/.a/6a00e5502e47b288330154339b275d970c-600wi
    Books can seem the same but it doesn’t mean that they are…

    Oh and I’ve heard rumours of NaNo rebels. They continue on novels that they have already started. You can join their club. XD

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! And I didn’t even notice the similarities, so now I’m picturing costume swaps for both films haha. Thank you so much, and I just might rebel for NaNo… 😉

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  8. Aurora Springer

    You’re certainly busy! Yes, it does seem as if Abby is possessed.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Only a little… 😉

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  9. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Uh oh! Sounds like there is some trouble going on here. I thought they would be on the same side. I wonder what happened. such an intriguing snippet! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Find out more next week… 😉

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  10. Ed Hoornaert

    Naughty, naughty sister!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      But, but–– *zips lips to keep spoilers at bay*

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  11. Caitlin Stern

    I’m not sure if he did something to make her angry, or if there’s something wrong with her. But they should probably get them separated so they can find out!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Easier said than done, but let’s just say that Nash is a softie on the inside, and Abby would never hurt a fly… usually. 😉

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  12. elainecsc2013

    Bet Nash didn’t expect that.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Nope. 😉

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  13. Alexis Duran

    Wow, you really packed a lot of action, tension and suspense into such a short scene. Hope they save the poor guy from that little girl.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Find out next week. 😉

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  14. Karen Michelle Nutt

    I want to know why she’s so pissed off at him. Should prove interesting.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I’ll give some answers next week. 😉

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  15. Victoria Adams

    Great snippet. I signed up for your blog tour.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! 😀

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  16. Jenna Jaxon

    Definitely an action packed snippet! I too am fearful for Nash and wondering what set Abby off. Can’t wait for next week.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yay!

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  17. Maggie Bolitho

    What a powerful scene. I could feel fingernails on my own face. Masterfully done.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you. 🙂

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  18. Julie Evelyn Joyce

    Really enjoyed this action-filled excerpt, Amy! As for your similar book, don’t lose hope on the agent front. There are millions and millions of books in the world, so it’s no small wonder that similar themes and storylines will emerge without the authors’ intention. Just look at all the songs in the world that use the same three chords, that have similar lyrics, or even the exact same title. It happens. I wish you the best of luck! Keep your chin up and keep writing! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much Julie. 🙂

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  19. chellecordero

    I wonder if Abby is delirious and seeing Nash as something, or someone, he is not?

    Best of luck with the book, don’t let anyone talk you out of publishing it. In reality there are only so many stories out there, it’s up to the author to use their own unique style in the telling and from hat I’ve seen you definitely have a compelling style.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We’ll find out next week! And thank you so much. 🙂

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  20. Teresa Cypher

    You write awesome fight scenes, Amy! I love this book.

    As far as the similarities in two books? Sheesh, it happens. If two people can have incredibly similar life arcs (happens all the time lol) then fictional characters surely will have them too. But I understand where you’re coming from. When I read Monica Pierce’s SFR “Girl Under Glass” which is an awesome book btw, I actually wrote to her and told her that I’d written ATNS seven years earlier (it’s still not published). I wanted her to know (when I get around to publishing mine) that the similarities in her male MC and mine weren’t because I copied hers.

    Fret not. I’m sure potential lit. agents know that too. 🙂 It may actually work in your favor. When something is hot, publishers look for more of it.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Aw, thank you so much! And I’m finally getting that thanks to all the advice and encouragement. Partially why my next next book is going to be YA instead of NA, because every agent I was looking at seemed to be hunting for that genre. You’re awesome, thank you! 😀

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  22. Karen Michelle Nutt

    I want to know what he did to piss her off. That’s some rage.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      That’s what has everyone confused–– Nash is a teddy bear on the inside. He’d never do anything to hurt Abby, and Abby herself is a shy little girl who likes to map stars. But I’ll post a little more next week!

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