Sunday Snippet: “Which meant the bastard in front of me was a dark-scion.”

I’m back, just in time for Weekend Writing Warriors! The past few week was absurd. I honestly thought I was going to lose my mind at some points. I knew buying a condo was tricky and the challenges I faced were pretty small in the grand scheme of things, but it was still pretty stressful at the time. And now that I’m back in the writing groove (I wrote 5432 words on Thursday, woo!), what better way to celebrate than sharing another snippet from my upcoming urban fantasy novel, Storm of the Gods, which will officially begin its query journey next week? In the previous instalment, someone had been foolish enough to sneak up on the back of our protagonist, Derek. Derek kindly repaid him with an elbow and kick to the face, though the attacker has drawn a sickle. Now Derek can finally see who he’s up against…

I couldn’t clearly tell his age, but he was at least fifty pounds lighter and nearly a head shorter than me. He wore a short black trench coat and black clothes over his lean frame. His whole face, save for his eyes, was covered by a black balaclava. The skin I could see was so pale, it was grey. If he hadn’t been glaring at me with eyes nearly as ashen as his skin, I would have thought he was halfway to his grave.

If the pale man was intimidated by me or the wicked sharp blade in my hand, he didn’t show it. Instead of coming at me with the sickle, he opened his left and called on his magic.

Coils of black smoke seeped out of his skin and pooled in his palm to form an inky black ball of dark magic.

Aether, the fifth element, my personal bane.

Which meant the bastard in front of me was a dark-scion.

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What’s a dark-scion? Does this mean Derek can protect himself, or is he in way over his head? You’ll find out… next week! *evil laugh* In other news, I’m still plugging away at my YA fantasy story, which is going to need some serious work once it’s done. Such is the dread of re-writing when you change the world history and gender swap two of your main characters. Still, it’s getting done and is a lot stronger than before and will hopefully turn out to be a pretty good book that leads to a great series. And if I need inspiration… well, now that my books have been unpacked and stored in their new home, I’m not exactly lacking in it…

In case you were wondering: No, I haven’t counted them all. It took me three hours to do the largest shelf. The packed shelf has all my favourites. My mom did the wallpaper (no, it’s not real brick) on the unread shelf. Yes, I have more books and more shelves waiting to be filled.

I’ve got a couple new favourite reading spots (balcony and leather couch, woo!), and if you like to curl up with a great book like I do, be sure to check out the books in this massive 0.99 cent sale happening this weekend, which includes Crimson Sky!

Remember to check out the other Weekend Writing Warriors authors for romance, sci-fi, fantasy, and more. Happy reading! And to my fellow Canadians, happy Canada Day! 150 years young, woo!

Amy

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30 Comments

  1. Aurora Springer

    Great descriptions, and the question of whether Derek can handle the dark!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We’ll have to see!

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  2. Jacob Rosemeier

    Wow I was definitely not expecting magic. I can’t even imagine how much work goes into gender-swapping main characters once you’re so far into a story- so much editing haha. And WOW you’ve got your own library going on. I only have a quarter of your collection if I’m lucky haha

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Surprise! 😉 And it changes soooooo muuuuuch. These rewrites, however worth it, are exhausting me haha

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      1. Jacob Rosemeier

        That’s crazy I’m looking forward to more! Yeah I’ve heard about those rewrites, while I’m still working on the first draft of my boo I’ve got a friend who’s going trough the whole editing and rewriting process and let’s just say he doesn’t enjoy it too much haha. Can’t say I’m looking forward to it either, but then again I think they’re important- it gives you a change to fix any mistakes or plot holes

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        1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

          You nailed it. The process sucks, but it has to happen one way or another. Sometimes you need to dig around your first draft to find the real story you want to write. Just keep going!

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  3. Diane Burton

    Great action scene.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  4. Jenna Jaxon

    Interesting that the guy is much less substantial than Derek at the beginning, but now muscle and stature seem insignificant next to the dark magic. Can’t wait to find out if this is going to turn out badly for Derek!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you, we’ll have to see! 🙂

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  5. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Sounds a bit ominous. I wonder how much of a challenge the dark-scion will be for Derek.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      It won’t be easy, that’s for sure. 😉

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  6. Alexandra Christle

    Great description. I can visualize all of this. Intriguing snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  7. Author Charmaine Gordon

    Terrific action scene with more to come.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  8. veronicascott

    Really enjoyed the snippet, drew me right into the action, raised good questions and now I can’t wait to find out more about the dark scion. Congratulations again on the condo and getting moved1

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  9. Ed Hoornaert

    I have a one-word solution to your book overload: Kindle! 😉

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Hahaha It’s not the first time someone has told me that. 😉 But holding physical books is so much better! 😀

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  10. Christina Ochs

    Ah, I had definitely underestimated Derek’s opponent. Hope he can handle him. Moving is always a bitch, and it’s magnified with lots of books. Love your bookcases and brick wallpaper.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Derek is pretty tough, so we’ll have to see! 😉 Thanks!

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  11. Teresa Cypher

    I wanted to run!! I guess poor Derek doesn’t have that option. lol

    Congrats on the condo! Your books look fantastic. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  12. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Great imagery and world building. I’m intrigued.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  13. Caitlin Stern

    Sounds like he might be in for some trouble. o.O
    Your books look wonderful! Enjoy your new library space!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you, and I certainly will!

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  14. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    I can’t wait to read more! WIll he defeat this dark scion? Great snippet! And love your book collection! <3

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      We shall see! And thank you!

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