Sunday Snippet: “The fight couldn’t have been going worse,” and a HUGE honour!

It’s that time again! For my submission to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly blog post where indie authors share 8-10 sentences of their newest or upcoming releases, I’m turning to Amber Sky, the first of two Dark Sky prequel novellas told from side character POVs. My snippet (which has been creatively edited to fit the blog requirements) is the opening lines from the first chapter, where our hero Nash finds himself in the middle of a brawl in a fighting pit for the amusement of a blood-hungry crowd…

The fight couldn’t have been going worse.

I got that Ryland wanted his champion in the Crater, I got that he wanted to give the Runts and the Dogs a show, and I even got that he wanted to push me so I’d stronger, faster, better. 

But I didn’t get why he had to pick the two biggest, meanest bastards from the crew to fight me; two men who wouldn’t stop beating me until I was just a red stain on the ground. The taunts and advice from the crowd over our head didn’t help either.

“Crush ‘em, Nash!”

“Come on, Stanner!”

“Hit him, Dylan, hit him!”

“Nash is costing me bets! Someone kill him already!”

Being the Crater’s reigning champ definitely had its drawbacks.

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I’m getting really excited for this release (less than two weeks away!), and am looking forward to the giveaway and the blog posts for all those who have signed up. There will also be more promos for Crimson Sky, which is still part of Kobo’s September 30% off sale and earned another bestseller ranking (more on that below, since there was a major reason for it), and Midnight Sky. The novella is available for pre-order now, or free if you sign up for the newsletter under the social media icons on the right sidebar.

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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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Now, onto the big news. It’s been about a week since this happened, and my mind is still reeling. So, story time: If you follow my website and book reviews, you might recall a few months ago I reviewed a novel called Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan, one of my favourite fantasy authors. I loved the book and wanted to share it with other readers to entice them (seriously, I’m not exaggerating–– it’s awesome and if you like epic fantasy you need to check it out), but like all my reviews, I never expected anything to come from it. Maybe a thank you on Twitter or a shout-out on Facebook or something (I get those from Jennifer Estep when I review her work, which always makes me smile). I most definitely, absolutely, did not expect to get an email from the man himself, not only telling me that he’d read Crimson Sky, but that he was impressed by what he read! You can read the post here (it actually put tears in my eyes, I was so happy) but wait–– it got better.

When he offered to briefly mentor me, I couldn’t say no. He pointed out what he thought was lacking in Crimson Sky (hindsight is 20/20, right?), and in passing I mentioned the novel I submitted to publishers. No strings attached, he offered to read and review the first chapter! Of course I took him up on it, and I couldn’t have been more grateful that I gave him permission to pick it apart. He showed me why it was in such rough shape (it’s my baby and I love it, but I knew something was wrong with it) and ideas as to why agents are saying no and how to improve as a whole. In the end, it means I have lots of re-writes in my near future and so much more to consider. While I dread the actual workload, I know it will be worth it. To know that someone I look up to and respect and who has been extremely successful, and is known for his beautiful writing style and detail would take the time to help me out of the blue like this… Well, it’s easy to see why I got teary-eyed, isn’t it?

Anyways, I had to gush about this a little. I’m excited that his review has boosted my sales, but most of all I’m prepared to face this new challenge and become better at my chosen career. This goes to show that there’s no reason to stop writing–– you never know who’s browsing for new books!

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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32 Comments

  1. Kris

    First off :CONGRATS – gushing totally warranted. I have followed you since you were posting small things on silverpen and have loved your work since – so so glad you are having this success! For this post :”just a red stain on the ground” – visual, visceral, and conveying impending brutality, love. Your fight scenes are always a thing of beauty.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much, this really means a lot. 🙂

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  2. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Sounds like he’s in a doomed situation. But, since he’s the hero, he must survive somehow. All the best with your upcoming release! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks, and he should start turning it around during next week’s snippet. 😉

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  3. racheldevineuk

    Wow! Don’t blame you about gushing – help from one of your writing heroes – sounds great. Re the snippet, Nash looks to be in a gut-wrenching situation, fighting with those two. Hope he gets out without too much damage. Great snippet.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! 😀

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  4. Andrea R Huelsenbeck

    Congratulations on your new release and your mentorship.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  5. Aurora Springer

    Double congrats!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Double thanks!

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  6. Ed Hoornaert

    You have a lot of congratulations coming coming your way, Amy. For this snippet, for the upcoming release, and especially for the offer of mentoring. And to think we knew you when. Way to go girl.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Aww thank you so much! 😀

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  7. Shari Elder

    Congratulations on the mentoring and upcoming release. Great snippet.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  8. chellecordero

    Absolutely fantastic recognition! Gushing allowed!

    Thie snippet asks so many questions and just creates a need to keep reading, love the last line :”Being the Crater’s reigning champ definitely had its drawbacks.”

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  9. Julie Evelyn Joyce

    Great snippet, Amy, and OMG, what awesome news! I love hearing stories like that. I think the best authors are the ones humble enough not only to appreciate reviewers, but who actually reach out and help their fellow authors. He sounds amazing!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I agree, which is why I was so stunned. He was so kind and so honest and has helped me exactly the way I needed to be. He challenged me and I couldn’t say no! 😀

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  10. elainecsc2013

    That’s really awesome for him to do that. I know he’ll be a great help to you even though I’m impressed with all of your excerpts. Poor Nash is what I thought today. You’ve gotten him into a rough place! Don’t you love to do that?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      He’s been amazing. The fact that he thinks I can go farther than I am now is heart-warming beyond words. And I do love putting my characters in bad situations. It’s just so much fun! >:)

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  11. nancygideon

    I love reading about secondary characters as leads. Many of my own have gone on to enjoy their own books. Enticing sneak peek, Amy.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Their stories need to be told too, don’t they? 🙂

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  12. Jenna Jaxon

    Congratulations on the mentorship. That is totally awesome! I must say I feel sorry for your hero. I hope he makes it out of that situation.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! And he’ll be okay… It’s the next situation he needs to worry about. 😉

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  13. Caitlin Stern

    Nobody likes a winner unless they’re making money off those wins.
    Ooh, congrats and good luck on those edits!

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  14. amybraunauthor (Post author)

    True story, and thank you!

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  15. Karen Michelle Nutt

    How wonderful that Michael J. Sullivan wants to mentor you.
    Enjoyed your snippet and I sure hope he doesn’t become a red stain on the ground. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I definitely feel incredibly honoured. And Nash is tough and a fighter. If anything, the fighters should worry about how he’ll react. 😉

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  16. Diane Burton

    What a fabulous opportunity! Congratulations. Love the snippet, esp. the last line. Very nice!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  17. elizabethalsobrooks

    OMG, Amy, I am so excited FOR you! That is fabulous! Authors helping authors is the BEST! That’s why we do this, right?! How totally fantastic to have someone whose work you love do such a wonderful thing for you. All the best! Oh, and loved the snippet! LOL!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I was definitely speechless. Still am. 🙂 Thank you so much!

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