Sunday Snippet: “My eyes were blinded by firelight and blood.”

Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where authors post 8-10 sentences from their current, newly released, or upcoming work in progress. Still going through the first chapter of Storm of the Gods, the first book in my new and upcoming urban fantasy series (which is almost fully edited now, woo hoo!). Last time, Derek became reckless and charged the dracanae without a weapon, and now their brawl will finally come to a close… NOTE: This snippet is a little more graphic…

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Dracanae flesh melted over my hands. They slid into the beast’s body like putty. The dracanae screamed in agony, but I did not relent. I kept pushing my hands through its skin, broiling the monster from the inside out. Its arms batted against my body, but if those claws stabbed me, I couldn’t tell. All I focused on was incinerating this monstrosity.

Howling death-throes echoed into my ears. My eyes were blinded by firelight and blood. The smell of burning flesh was so thick and cloying I could taste it.

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Yup. So, that happened! I’m working on the blurb for Storm of the Gods, which has now had its release date pushed back until August. I didn’t want to do this, but after thinking about NetGalley and consulting the person helping with my blog tour, she let me know that it’s better to go through NetGalley after the cover reveal, which will help gain more readers and more attention for the book. I really want to try NetGalley and give Storm of the Gods the best exposure that I can, since it’s one of my dream projects. This also gives me a little more time to work on the formatting and uploading to Ingaram Spark, which I admit I’ve been slacking on. I’ll likely grit my teeth and get it over with next month. Better sooner than later, as I’ve learned!

Ironic that I say that because with my YA Fantasy, I admit: I didn’t do as much editing as I should have last week. In my defence, it was a stressful week and I was not my best self, but some questions I had have been falling together and I still *might* be able to get the big stuff done before the end of the month if I crunch down, so I really need to catch up. The only way to escape the Real Job is to work on the Career, the sooner the better!

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Cheers,

Amy

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32 Comments

  1. Christiane France

    OMG! Sounds to me as if the dracanae really got his. Great scene.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  2. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Very graphic, but well written. Probably the best way to get rid of the Dracanae.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Maybe not the best, but this is Derek’s method haha

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  3. Christina Ochs

    Ewwwww! Though i must say, you always do these gory scenes really well. I hear ya on working the career in order to give up the job. May we both be jobless in a good way before long. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha This is the result of playing too much DOOM and watching too many R-rated action movies. 😀 And yes! Hopefully soon we can celebrate the good kind of joblessness!

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  4. Teresa Cypher

    That was graphic–and incredibly visual! Nice job, Amy.

    Kudos to you for working so hard on the career! I’m cheering you on. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! It’s not without challenges, but I still love it!

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  5. Eden

    And you said he didn’t have a weapon…. 😉 (my karate teacher never hesitated to remind us that our minds and then our bodies are our two best weapons)

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      My thoughts exactly! Karate teachers have some of the best lessons!

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  6. veronicascott

    A very dramatic continuation of this scene, love the intensity level! Great excerpt…

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  7. Alexis Duran

    Whoa. Brutal but effective. I’m always in awe of your fight scenes.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  8. Aurora Springer

    Pretty disgusting but hopefully effective!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      That’s exactly Derek’s logic hahaha

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  9. Ed Hoornaert

    You do love your fight scenes, Amy!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I do! Hahaha

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  10. nancygideon

    Wonderfully descriptive! Like the reader is right there up to the elbows in yuck. Great job, Amy.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha thank you!

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  11. Diane Burton

    Wow. Talk about using all the senses! Great scene.

    I forgot to sign up in time, but I did post. http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  12. Hywela Lyn

    Well, that’s one dracnae that’s not going to give any more trouble! Great action scene!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! 😀

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  13. elainecsc2013

    It is graphic, but it’s well done. Puts the reader in the scene.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  14. Jenna Jaxon

    Very intense and yes, graphic, but very well done. This would be an awesome battle to see on the screen with all the cool CG effects.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha I wish! Thank you!

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  15. Caitlin Stern

    That’s pretty gross. Sounds effective, though. Now I’m even more concerned about the shape he’ll be in afterwards, though. He still has enemies there.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We’ll see what happens soon!

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  16. Karen Michelle Nutt

    What a visual! Not a fun way to go.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Nope haha

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