Sunday Snippet: “They were going to get us killed.”

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I’m going to preface this by saying that I’m still working on the kinks for the new website. WordPress is a different beast, so I apologize for any weirdness in structure. Long story short: Editing won’t kill me. Promotion, websites, and formatting will. Anyway, it’s the first 8Sunday on the new website, and what better way than to celebrate with Weekend Writing Warriors and a brand new snippet from the first chapter of Midnight Sky!

They were going to get us killed.

I leaped to the side as Sawyer and the Rattail he was fighting slammed into the tavern wall. Sawyer grunted but kept the larger man at bay. He jabbed his knee into the man’s stomach, getting the advantage and then slugging the grimy-skinned marauder in the jaw. He whirled on me, his tawny eyes filled with wildness and fire.

“What are you doing in here?” my captain growled.

I took a breath to argue, then turned my head when the Rattail surged forward and tried to hit Sawyer again. I made my point by lunging, striking the man in the face with my fist just as Riley had taught me. I didn’t have the muscles the Sky Guard’s son did, but my hit disoriented the Rattail enough for Sawyer to grab him by the shirt and pound his head into the wall.

2016-290 eBook Amy Braun, Midnight Sky

There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices…

The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…

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Most of my writing days have been revolving around setting up this new website and trying to make it look professional and nice. Any thoughts?

I’m also celebrating by offering a giveaway for digital copies of all three Cursed books!

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I’m rushing since I know I have a lot more work to do and I’m a little burnt out from lack of sleep from Canada Day (woo hoo!), but hopefully I can get these damn kinks worked out and figure out how to operate my website. I would love to hear feedback, especially if you use WordPress (somebody help me!!)

Yes, I have had some sugar today. So sue me. I’ve earned it!

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Amy

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27 Comments

  1. Kim M

    Happy Canada Day, Amy! I always love a fist pounding, heart thumping action scene and this one is what the doctor ordered.

    I am a minimalist, so I really like the clean uncluttered lines of your new site. Good luck! I will send my “WordPress Fairies” to inspire and enlighten. Fortunately there are a lot of tutorials for WordPress on YouTube… did I say they were free? Anyway, remember to have fun. (Don’t forget to activate your ‘like’ and ‘share’ options in your page set up and blog set ups.)

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much Kim! I know that this is the go-to-site for writers, but it’s proving to be a challenge for someone who is so not tech savvy… ironically, since my whole career is happening because of the Internet. Anyway, thank you for the support! 😀

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  2. Ed

    Ah yes, this snippet displays the rapid-fire action so typical of you.
    I like the look of the new site, BTW. “Editing won’t kill me. Promotion, websites, and formatting will.” With the possible exception of formatting, I totally agree.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I can’t help it– I love writing action scenes! Thank you! Also, formatting is on the list because it always gobbles up my time and sanity. I’ve started using Scrivener though, so that should help a lot. 🙂

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  3. Nancy Gideon

    How I love a good brawl! Makes you wade right in, ready to throw punches! Great bit of action, Amy!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! 😀

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  4. Jessica E. Subject

    Great action! And I love the look of the new site! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! I might make some changes to the theme down the road, but I’m happy with it for now!

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  5. Aurora Springer

    Great realistic fight!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks! 😀

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  6. Teresa Cypher

    Good snippet, Amy–full of action but some emotion slips through, too. Nicely done.

    The website looks good. I’m curious. Why the move to WordPress?

    I have a Blogger, as well as a WordPress site, and do little with the WP. Are there great advantages to the WP platform?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! I moved to WordPress because I’ve done a little research that claimed WordPress is a lot easier to build a website with. I found that certain things in Blogger required a lot more HTML/coding, which daunt me. A lot of authors I know use WordPress for its cleaner look. I like that WordPress will let me have a book shop, drop down menus, and cleaner formatting. That said it’s a learning curve to be sure. My brain almost exploded with frustration when I learned that WordPress gets snooty about what you can do with a .org (everything) and a .com (nothing) domain. I had to move to a hosting site (ugh, THAT struggle was real), but I feel like I have a lot more control now. Though this is personal preference. 🙂

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  7. Veronica Scott

    Dramatic excerpt! Enjoyed the scene…

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! More of this to come next week. There’s a lot more action than what’s seen here. 😉

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  8. Charmaine Gordon

    Love her spirit and courage. Well done.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! I always find it amusing that I intentionally wrote Claire not to be a combat fighter, yet she still turned out to be one of the strongest characters I’ve written so far. 😀

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  9. Botanist

    Like the action here, and the way the Rattail feels almost incidental to their argument.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      That wasn’t on purpose at al… *wink wink*

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  10. Christina Ochs

    As always, you write the best action scenes. I study and try to learn from them.

    Welcome to WordPress! I made the change a few years ago, and while it was frustrating at first, once you’ve figured it out, making changes is a lot easier. I’m also addicted to plug-ins. But yeah, it’s this stuff that really sucks your time. I don’t want to know how many hours I’ve sacrificed on the altar of Mailchimp!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Aww, thank you so much! That means a lot coming from you. *blushes* And I definitely do want to reap the benefits of WordPress. One of my favourite authors uses it for her website (elisekova.com) and I’m maybe-kinda-most-definitely trying to follow her lead (don’t judge me! She’s at the point I dream of being one day!). I’m eager to use the My Book Table plug-in to set up my book shop, but need to find time to sort it out. Funny you mention Mailchimp, because that’s the next hurtle. I always laugh at myself. I have these moments when I see an author do something to promote him/herself and think: “oh, that’s an awesome idea! I should try it!” Then I do, and all I can think is: “Oh my God– why did I think this was a good idea?!” Ah well… The benefits will be worth the struggle! I also have chocolate to help me cope.

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  11. Elizabeth Alsobrooks

    Wow, so much to do, so little time…. It looks like your hard work is paying off. The site looks great! Also, wonderful snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Truer words never spoken. I actually had a huge massive honour of speaking to a writer I idolize, and when I asked her about traditional publishing and what she knew of it, she mentioned that some of her author friends are traditionally published, but they still have to set up everything themselves from editing and cover artists to book signings and tours. It made me realize that all the work I’m doing is the tip of the iceberg. However… every time I get past a challenge, I realize I’ve improved as an author and a person, which is really motivating. Thank you so much! 😀

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  12. Caitlin Stern

    I’m not sure pounding someone’s head into a wall is fighting fair…

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Well, he is a pirate… 😉

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  13. Rachel Barnard

    Excellent fight scene! The text of the snippet was a bit hard for me to read on my computer, though.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! Was it the text size that bothered you? I’m going to work on the website as a whole so hopefully you won’t have any problems next week. Thank you for letting me know! 😀

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