Sunday Snippet: “My sight was red.”

It’s that time for Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly blog post where indie authors share 8-10 sentences of their newest or upcoming releases, I’m continuing with Amber Sky, the first of two Dark Sky prequel novellas which releases on Tuesday! Newsletter subscribers, you’re getting it free (sign up for the newsletter under the social media icons on the right sidebar) so check your emails. Last week, I introduced you to Nash’s predicament in the fighting pits called the Crater. This week, I’m skipping ahead to the already progressing fight, and to the point where Nash finally loses control…

I clutched the arm and tried to yank it off, but the hold was good. Wasn’t long before my lungs started to burn. Punches started smashing into my battered ribs, each one harder than the last. Weakening me. Keeping me from fighting back. 

But my sight was red. I lost control when I got Dylan on the ground. It was out of my reach now.

And I didn’t want it back.

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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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October is going to be a fun and crazy month. Amber Sky will release, I’ll learn how to send stuff via newsletter, have a contest running, and be on Instagram doing a photo challenge for bookish monsters. I’m also organizing another promotion with my good friend Cassandra from The Bookish Crypt involving a book that will be a joy to experience, and will be preparing for the November release of the Cursed Trilogy Box Set.

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There’s a blog tour open for anyone who wants to help with the book blitz, set up by the wonder-team at Xpresso Book Tours. While all of that is going on, I’m also going to be working on prepping for NaNoWriMo. But my big priority will be the revisions my mentor advised me to make for my next project. As many people know by now, last week I had my world rocked by Michael J. Sullivan, and despite my best efforts, couldn’t buckle down to get the work done. This week will not be the case. I’m ready to crack down and spend the next month on this bad boy then progress from there. An author’s job is all editing, isn’t it?

Be sure to stop by the other Weekend Writing Warriors websites and blogs to discover new books and new authors. Cheers!

Amy

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40 Comments

  1. Christina Ochs

    Most of the way through the book and loving it. AND MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN OMG!! Congratulations!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yay, thank you so much! And that was my reaction exactly. Then came the hyperventilating and happy tears. 😉

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  2. Kristen Clark

    your fight scenes. bless your fight scenes. more please! They’re concise but visceral – even in those short sentences I started to tense up reading them. Congrats on the upcoming release, will definitely make sure I read it !

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      There will be many more, I promise! 😀 Thank you so much for you kind comment! 🙂

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  3. Diane Burton

    Great snippet. You make me feel his rage. Congrats again on being mentored by M Sullivan.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  4. Frank Fisher

    Great snippet! I felt as if I was taking a beating, and the lungs burning part is an awesome touch, Amy! 😀

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  5. Victoria Adams

    That was a painful beating – good job on the description. Tweeted.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Many thanks! 😀

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  6. Gem

    Very intense scene. Sounds like a series I need to read. Good luck with your release this week!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! I’m scrambling a little at this point but I’ll get it done! 😉

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  7. Alexis Duran

    Congrats on all the awesome author-y stuff going on in your life. Another amazing snippet- thanks for taking time out to share!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much, and thank you for posting your own great snippet! 😉

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  8. Julie Evelyn Joyce

    Sounds like a very busy month ahead, but I’m sure you’ll sail through it with great success! Loved the excerpt, and I wish you the best of luck with your release! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I’m hoping so haha. Thank you so much for your support! 😀

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  9. Andrea R Huelsenbeck

    Good transition from being helpless to being rage-fueled.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I put my characters in rotten situations, but I’ll never leave them defenceless… usually. 😉

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  10. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Well, that’s sounds pretty scary, even though it may help him out. So intriguing! And congrats on such a wonderful review! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yup. Nash was a demon at one point. And thank you!

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  11. rharrisonauthor

    I love the cover art. (being deep in the midst of trying to sort that out myself). The Steampunk feeling comes through.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      It was designed by Deranged Doctor Design. They do great work, are very diligent and professional, and their prices are fair. 🙂

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  12. Aurora Springer

    I’m not sure seeing red is the best idea, but it creates a great description!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Some people just get pushed…

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  13. elizabethalsobrooks

    Wonderful snippet, Amy, so much emotion! And you make me exhausted just reading about your month! Good luck!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks so much!

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  14. Caitlin Stern

    Ouch. Things are looking pretty grim, so I guess losing control is rather inevitable.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yup. He hates being part of their crew, but he had no choice.

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  15. elainecsc2013

    Nothing like a good beating to make one lose control.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      They should have thought twice about messing with Nash.

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  16. jroseallister

    Nice! Love that last bit about being out of control and not wanting it back.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Nash can be pretty fierce when he wants to be.

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  17. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Seeing red is definitely not a good thing, but he was provoked.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Believe me, these guys would kill him if they got a chance, which made Nash lose it.

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  18. veronicascott

    Wow, effective yet grim. Quite the fight scene!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks! 🙂

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  19. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Wow! Great snippet! And congrats on all the book stuff!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  20. Joyce Scarbrough

    Excellent! The short sentences really give it urgency, and the whole scene is proof that there is definitely such a thing as “temporary insanity.” Fabulous snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply

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