Sunday Snippet: “Shame that skill and luck never partnered well together.”

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where authors post 8-10 sentences from their current, newly released, or upcoming work in progress. I’m still posting the first chapter of Storm of the Gods, the first book in my new and upcoming urban fantasy series. Since it’s still being edited, know that some of the dialogue in here has changed. Last time, Derek was starting his fight with the dracanae. It’s still going, but that dracanae is not going down without a fight…

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The dracanae hissed and whipped its good hand at my face. I sliced my sword upward and cut into the beast’s arm. Snakeskin split against the blade and the dracaenae howled again, but didn’t stop rushing me.

I let my body go on autopilot. Twenty-two years of training took over and Adapted with my magic to protect me.

Shame that skill and luck never partnered well together.

Talons hooked into my side, puncturing my armour and skin. Cut-Tex usually protected me from stab wounds and slashes, but a dracanae was far more powerful than a simple knife. Hardening my skin with magic had kept me from instant death, and thanks to the Rage, I could feel nothing.

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Thankfully, the holidays will begin for me, which means I’ll have a lot more time to finish my YA Fantasy story and get started on the edits for Storm of the Gods. It will be so nice to get some work done since I feel like I’ve been lagging behind lately, which I don’t like. But, depending on how busy I get, I should have about five full days to work on my projects. Hooray!

Be sure to check out the other Weekend Writing Warriors blogs and websites for your fill of sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and awesome book deals! Until next time, cheers!

Amy

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30 Comments

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Yikes! Thank goodness for his magic and the rage. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Agreed!

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  2. Jess Schira

    The last sentence feels ominous! Another great snippet. The blog title made me laugh, so I was delighted to find that it came directly from the snippet. That line is pure gold.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Hahaha Thank you!

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  3. Christina Ochs

    Eeek! That’s one scary creature if it can do so much damage even when wounded.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I can’t tell if you’re talking about the dracanae, or Derek. 😉

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  4. nancygideon

    Nice visceral descriptions, Amy. That boy’s going to hurt tomorrow!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha yeah… but he’s used to it, and this is hardly the worst I’ll throw at him. >:)

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  5. Jenna Jaxon

    Boy, those dracanae things must be powerful to pierce his armor so easily. I hope his rage can sustain him long enough to finally take it out. Exciting snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We’ll have to see! Thanks!

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  6. veronicascott

    A Very interesting fight scene, with all the magical details. Enjoyed the snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  7. Alexis Duran

    He can’t feel it now, but how bad is the wound really? I imagine dracanae don’t leave a clean cut. Great fight scene.

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  8. amybraunauthor (Post author)

    You’ll find out soon! 😉

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  9. Kimberly Gould

    Sounds like he’s in trouble! Hope he pull out of it.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We shall see!

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  10. Ed Hoornaert

    If he’s debilitated at all by his injuries, that could have dire consequences, seeing how he has to do so much fighting.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We’ll see what happens!

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  11. elainecsc2013

    If not for the rage and magic he’d be toast. Tense.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Very true!

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  12. chrisgrover

    Interesting snippet. Great job!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  13. Diane Burton

    You make foreign concepts seem familiar by how you use them. I can “see” this fight. You are so talented.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Aww, thank you so much! 😀

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  14. aldreaalien

    Urk. Brutal. That dracanae is tough. Good thing he’s got his magic, although I’m thinking those claws still did a fair bit of damage.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Probably. 😉

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  15. Caitlin Stern

    See, the thing is, pain shows that a person’s injured, and how badly. Not feeling pain means he’s likely to fall over and die after the Rage leaves him. o.O

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  16. amybraunauthor (Post author)

    Exactly. 😉

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  17. Lyn Perry

    Nice. Not sure why Adapted is capitalized? And the sentence throws me a bit as I’m not sure what it means. Maybe *italicized* and re-worked to: Twenty-two years of training took over, my magic *adaption* protecting me. Just a thought. Haven’t read the whole context obviously. Good job on the scene.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      “Adapted” is capitalized because it references his magic. I didn’t choose italicizing because much of the story is italicized because of the main character’s thoughts and telepathic conversations that take place. Thanks for the comment! 😀

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