Sunday Snippet: “This wasn’t going to be a fun escape.”

It’s Sunday! You have no idea how glad I am to say those words. It’s the start of my weekend and after a truly awful day yesterday, I’m ready to kick back, write, and relax. Sorry, did I say “relax”? Silly me. I meant release Smoke Sky, the second novella in the Dark Sky series! I can’t believe how badly I rushed this release and vow never to do so again, but I’m also excited to hear what readers think. In honour of that (and Weekend Writing Warriors), I’m continuing with a snippet from chapter one, carrying on from where we left off last week, with main character Gemma finding herself in a tricky situation. We learn a little more about her circumstances below… *Slightly edited to fit 8-10 sentence limit*

Since he wasn’t looking up, he couldn’t see that I was perched on the rafters in the corner of the shadowy attic. I rolled my eyes and shook my head, pushing chin-length, sable hair away from my face. The world had fallen apart in the most abysmal way, but pirate men still thought with their cocks. If there was a decent man left alive in Westraven, I doubted I’d ever meet him. I didn’t run with chivalrous folk. Kind of hard to do when half the people in the city were desperate or dead.

From outside, thunder growled with agitation. The storm had gotten worse in the short amount of time I’d been in the apartment. This wasn’t going to be a fun escape.

“You took something that belongs to me,” the marauder continued, his dark-haired head flicking left and right to scrutinize the crates, “and I’m getting it back, but I don’t care if you’re alive or dead when I do it.”

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To survive in a horrific world overseen by bloodthirsty monsters, young thief Gemma will do whatever she must to see another day. Even though that means working for a damaged man convinced to make her a permanent member of this thuggish family.

So when her employer tells her that he’ll release her from his clutches, Gemma is obviously skeptical. Especially since the job is easy enough– recruit the two marauders that the gang has been spying on to take her place.

But as Gemma lies to Nash and Sawyer, she commits the greatest mistake a spy can make–– she begins to see them as friends, and perhaps more. Soon, she will have to choose: Sacrifice two strangers to ensure freedom from a brutal future, or risk her life to save them…

Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Gemma met Nash and Sawyer, and what prompted her to chose their safety over her own. While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone.

Buy it here:

Kindle | Kobo | NookiTunesGoodreads | Smashwords 

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The Smoke Sky blog tour is starting soon! Here’s where we’ll be going!

December 6 – Peachy Keen Reviews (Smoke Sky Spotlight), One Book Two (Review  + Giveaway), The Bookish Crypt (Review + Dark Sky Series Spotlight)

December 7 – Tome Tender (Review + Giveaway), Christina Ochs (Review)

December 10 – Betwixt These Pages (Review + Dark Sky Series Spotlight + Giveaway), Victoria Adams (Smoke Sky Spotlight)

December 14 – The Bookworm Lodge (Smoke Sky Spotlight + Giveaway)

December 15 – Elyzabeth M. VaLey (Guest Post + Smoke Sky Spotlight + Giveaway)

December 23 – Fallxnrobin (Review)

December 29 – Quesarasara (Review + Dark Sky Series Spotlight)

Thank you so much to all the wonderful bloggers who have signed up to help with this. You’re all amazing!

You can also be part of the cover reveal for Obsidian Sky, the third and final book in the Dark Sky series. The cover is absolutely kick-ass and I can’t wait to share it.

OBSIDIAN SKY Cover Reveal Sign Up

Be sure to check out the Weekend Writing Warriors blogs for other fantastic snippets, and check out the link below for past Warrior reviews!

Book Review and Excerpt: Reine’s Salvation

Book Review: Winter of the Wolf

Cheers!

Amy

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42 Comments

  1. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Great snippet! Congrats on your release and thank you again for reviewing Reine’s Salvation! <3

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you and you’re welcome!

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  2. Author Charmaine Gordon

    She’s in big trouble way up there. I’ll tune in next week to see what happens next.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  3. Kim Magennis

    Congratulations, Amy on your release!

    Awesome last line. Bloodcurdling.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  4. Cara Bristol

    Such a dire situation. Great suspense! Congratulations on the release.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  5. julieevelynjoyce

    This was so great! Love this bit especially: I didn’t run with chivalrous folk. Kind of hard to do when half the people in the city were desperate or dead. – Scary but true. Congrats on your release, Amy! Hope you get a little time to relax and slow down now! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you, but I don’t know what “slow down” means. 😉

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  6. Victoria Adams

    Congratulations on the new release. And she is definitely in a spot of trouble – that last line of his – uh oh!
    Tweeted.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  7. veronicascott

    Best wishes with the new release! An interesting, tense snippet today…

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  8. angelicadawson

    Great tension. Good luck!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  9. Alexis Duran

    Love this. I can see the scene so well and feel the danger.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  10. Aurora Springer

    Best wishes for the new release!
    It’s good for her the marauder thinks like a low-life! We had a dog like that once – he didn’t know to look up when the cat jumped onto a railing.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha thank you!

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  11. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Well that last line says it all, doesn’t it. Great tension-filled scene.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  12. racheldevineuk

    That last line tells her she can’t rely on his kind nature! Great tension. Good look with the launch.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  13. Andrea R Huelsenbeck

    Wonderful excerpt. Tension rising.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  14. Ed Hoornaert

    She’s such a resourceful woman that I’m sure she’ll get out of this.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha hopefully–– this is just the first chapter!

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  15. Christina Ochs

    Eeee! I should get started on this later today. I feel you on the rushed release, but at least we’ll get it over with quickly. Thanks again for the lovely review!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yay! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts, and you’re very welcome. 🙂

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  16. Diane Burton

    Heart-pounding scene, Amy. Nice job. I think she’s in real trouble here.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you, and yes she is. 😉

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  17. nancygideon

    Love your tough heroine, Amy! I know just what you mean about rushing a new release! I wish I’d waited, too. Next time we’ll both know better!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! And yes, sometimes we have to learn things the hard way. :S

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  18. Caitlin Stern

    When your options are dying or doing something desperate… lots of people would rather live. He doesn’t seem to cut up about being a terrible person, though! o.O

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      He’s not. She’ll just have to escape before he sees her. 😉

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  19. aldreaalien

    Uh oh. Really hope he doesn’t look up.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We shall see… 😉

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  20. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Yikes! That sounds like a horrible situation to get involved in inside and outside. All the best with your new release!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  21. Jenna Jaxon

    Yeah, this does not look good for our girl here. I like how she has no illusions about the world she lives in or its inhabitants. Great insight into her character.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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