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.
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)!
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!
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…
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!