Sunday Snippet: “The Rage had almost run its course.”

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. Last time, Derek’s fight with the dracanae became even more brutal, and it’s only going to keep going…

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I lifted my sword and hacked down, severing the dracanae’s hand. Thick, bruise-coloured blood splattered against my ravaged armour. The amputated hand was still embedded in my side. I pulled the severed limb out, feeling the tug but not the torture. I clapped a hand to my side and sent a healing-spell into my body.

The skin around my wound heated and prickled slowly. My magic was starting to run low. The Rage had almost run its course.

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This is my last day at work from the Real Job, which is fantastic because it means I get to go on holidays! Woo hoo! Unfortunately, I’m only going to have about two, maybe three, full days of writing. Hopefully I can finish my YA Fantasy story (which has about 10 more chapters and most of which are shorter chapters to move the action along and wrap things up) and keep going with the edits for Storm of the Gods. I really want to get as much done as possible during the holiday season, since I’ll need some time away from the YA Fantasy that’s been soaking up the last couple of months. I’m not looking forward to editing that bad boy, but if I’m going to send it to literary agents, I’ve got to make sure it’s the best it can be (can you tell I’m being a little too optimistic?).

That, and I’m sure that SOTG’s deadlines will worm their way closer to me before I’m ready. I already have to start prepping some details for the map (it’s going to look sooooo coooool) and figuring out how to use IngramSpark, which I’ve never done before, and doing the biggest launch I can. I love Derek and Liam and I want to share their story with as many urban fantasy lovers as possible. What are some of your favourite release day techniques?

This will be my last post of the year, since Christmas Eve and New Years Eve will be just around the bend. But be sure to stop by for my yearly recap post and news on what I have planned for 2018! It’s going to be an awesome year, I can feel it! And 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 2018! Happy Holidays!

 

Amy

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32 Comments

  1. Author Charmaine Gordon

    Powerful snippet here. Your writing is remarkable. Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you, and to you as well!

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  2. Christina Ochs

    So deliciously graphic, as always. Hope your holidays are wonderful!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you, and I hope yours are as well! 😀

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  3. nancygideon

    Searingly vivid, Amy, and awesome. Have a great holiday, and sneak some time in to enjoy it amid the flurry of writing activity!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! I’m much more likely to do holiday stuff than actual writing, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. 🙂

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  4. veronicascott

    Enjoyed the snippet and best wishes for the holidays!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much, and best wishes to you as well!

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  5. Eden

    I only just was introduced to these characters, but… I get the feeling that the fading of the Rage could be a bad thing in this situation.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      It’s going to cost him later, I promise you that. 😉 Thanks for commenting!

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  6. Alexis Duran

    Wow, that was vivid! Good luck balancing the work and the play over the holidays. A writer’s work is never done, eh?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! And it’s really not hahaha

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  7. Aurora Springer

    Enjoy your holiday!
    Derek’s in trouble again. What tricks can he pull out this time?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      He’s never not in trouble, but he’s very adaptable. 😉

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  8. julieevelynjoyce

    Your writing is always so descriptive and wonderful! Happy holidays to you, Amy! Best of luck with all your projects on the go! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much Julie! 😀

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  9. Diane Burton

    Love your descriptive ability. You make everything so vivid. Wishing you good luck with your projects. Happy Holidays.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  10. Lyn Perry

    Short and to the point. Nicely descriptive. Need longer snippets! lol

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha I’ll work on it!

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  11. Jenna Jaxon

    He’s really strong to pull the hand out of his side and then send a healing spell in. But it sounds like his strength is beginning to slip. I hope he’d got just enough left. Great snippet! Happy Holidays to you too!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks so much Jenna!

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  12. Ed Hoornaert

    I really enjoyed this snippet, partly because it answers a question I had in my mind from before. I had thought “if he’s almost invincible, surely Amy will have to come up with some limitations that render him vulnerable.” The waning of the rage seems like just such a chink in his armor. Or armour, as you would say.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Pretty much haha

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  13. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Good thing he can heal himself, but he better replenish his strength soon! Great snippet and Happy Holidays, Amy!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  14. elainecsc2013

    So vivid and intense. I liked the part where he pulled the hand from his side.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! Haha I had to add it. 😀

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  15. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Vivid scene! Happy Holidays to you too!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  16. Cara Hartley

    You pack a wallop in a few words. It makes the reader want to find out more about this character. Great cliffhanger!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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