Sunday Snippet: “Still, we got the job done…”

Happy belated (or early) Easter, and welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly blog hop where indie authors share 8-10 sentences of their current, upcoming, and newly released work. It’s been a busy week due to the release of the Dark Sky box set (more on that below) and the super exciting blog post and author interview I had with one of my biggest inspirations, Jennifer Estep, but I was randomly graced with an extra day off this week (not sure why that happened, maybe an Easter gift?), but I didn’t squander it. I’ve been working like crazy to get through these latest rewrites and finalize my new urban fantasy story, Storm of the Gods, for the end of the month so I can send it out to literary agents one last time. Last week we learned a little bit more about our two heroes Derek and Liam, and this week we continue with a little more insight into their world, their job, and what they’re planning to do next (edited to fit the 10 sentence limit)…

Instead of replying, I frowned at the upcoming roadblock. The call for the loose dracanae had come from a metal finishing company near Anaheim Lake. A forger-scion on a smoke-break had seen the beast in the water, panicked, and called for the Region Warriors to capture it before it could do what all mythological beasts did best: rip human beings to shreds.

Liam and I were dispatched from the Strató̱nes to bring it in so it could be processed and brought to a Stockade. The job had been rough––dracanae were comfortable in their water element whereas war-scions favoured heat and flame––but we caught it before anyone could be hurt.

The metal finishing plant had lots of construction equipment around it and blocked off areas, but the roads had been opened for us to get through. Now they were diverting us north past the metalworking plant toward a dirt road covered in discarded construction equipment.

“I’ve heard better sounds,” I agreed, driving the truck onto the rough gravel and flicking my eyes around the construction site. I’d have to go around the industrial buildings an take the backroad to get onto the main street, which was pain in the ass since this road shouldn’t have been blocked off in the first place. “Still, we got the job done, so we’ll take the dracanae to a Stockade, do the paperwork,” Liam groaned and sagged in his seat, “and start our weekend early.”

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As I said, the Dark Sky series has now come to a close, and I’m celebrating by offering the entire five book collection for $4.99 for a limited time. The price will jump back up to $12.99 on April 23, though I expect to be offering frequent sales for it in the future.

In the post-apocalyptic steampunk-fantasy setting of DARK SKY, a young engineer who struggles to repair a failure of the past, and to ensure a safe future for those she loves by freeing it from hellish monsters bent on revenge…

Ten years ago, vampiric beasts called Hellions invaded the city of Westraven and decimated it with fangs, claws, and cannon-fire. Now, survivors live underground and sustain themselves with the scraps left behind, often under the cruel fist of self-made leaders and grounded sky-pirates. Living under such rule is Claire, a talented young engineer working only to ensure e a life for her sister, Abigail. When Abby is kidnapped by the Hellions, Claire becomes desperate and finds herself allying with marauders– hot-tempered pirates equally as dangerous as the Hellions themselves.

As Claire forges a shaky relationship with them and their cynical young captain, she unearths truths about her past she could never have imagined, and realizes that the only way to protect those she loves is by challenging the Hellions head-on, an endeavour that could see the end of the Hellions once and for all, or secure their reign once and for all…

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Happy reading, everyone! Remember to check out the other Weekend Writing Warriors authors for romance, sci-fi, fantasy, and more! Cheers!

Amy

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26 Comments

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Oh, things are going so well for them, but I don’t expect it to stay that way for long. Great snippet and congrats on your new release! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  2. Christina Ochs

    I have a feeling this blocked off road is going to cause a problem. Which is always fun. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Oh yes. >:)

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  3. Author Charmaine Gordon

    I feel for the captured creature. Have they no pity? Good snippet.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Trust me, this is not the kind of creature that you want to pity. 😉

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  4. Aurora Springer

    I am suspicious about that road too.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Next week you’ll start learning why! 😀

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  5. nancygideon

    Famous last words. Something tells me it’s not Millertime yet.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Not quite. 😉

      Reply
  6. veronicascott

    I like the matter of fact reality and details of the totally unreal situation – very well done. Great snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! 😀

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  7. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Trouble is brewing! Great snippet! And many sales with the box set!!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  8. Caitlin Stern

    And, of course, there’s paperwork. No matter the magical monsters in the world, you can’t escape it. 🙂

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  9. amybraunauthor (Post author)

    Exactly. I loved writing that sentence! 😀

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  10. Ed Hoornaert

    Something tells me they might start their weekend early.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Let’s just say paperwork will be the least of their problems. 😉

      Reply
  11. Andrea R Huelsenbeck

    Yeah, no way are they starting the weekend early.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I love my boys, but I don’t give them an easy time, that’s for sure. 😉

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  12. Kimberly Gould

    Sounds like a very interesting job!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      That’s one way to put it!

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  13. Diane Burton

    Uh oh. Trouble up ahead. Good snippet, Amy. Lots of questions.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  14. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Congrats on finishing the series. Enjoyed the snippet.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

      Reply

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