Sunday Snippet: “You didn’t tell me Derek Areios would be with them.”

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 from the first chapter of Storm of the Gods, and the action is still going strong as Derek fights two scions at the same time…

The man opened his palms and called on his magic. Yellowish lightning crackled between his fingertips, and I was barely able to think Oh shit before he shoved out his hands and launched the blasts at me.

I Adapted my skin, pouring magic into it to make my flesh harder and more resistant to damage, and jumped back to avoid the worst of the strikes. The thin, jagged bolts struck the dirt half an inch from where I’d been standing and seared my vision.

“You didn’t tell me Derek Areios would be with them,” the man boomed with a deep voice.

“He wasn’t supposed to be,” the woman beside him protested, readying another sphere of fire into her hand, “so I didn’t see it.”

See it?

She didn’t give me another chance, her hand lashing out and throwing the flaming orb at my skull. I brought up my free hand and called fire out of my skin. My magic demolished hers in an explosion of embers and light, and then I stalked forward.

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While I work on my YA Fantasy (had to add another three chapters to Part One, which I’m halfway through now, making this the longest book I’ve written to date), I have a bunch of books on sale! Dark Divinity and Storm Born are 50% off and the Cursed Trilogy Box Set is 0.99! Some of these deals are only going to last a couple more days, so now is the time to buy!

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It’s been two months since Constance Ramirez’s adopted sister Andromeda was used as the Key to opening the Gates of Heaven and Hell. They escaped with their lives, but made countless enemies as a result.

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Amy

 

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34 Comments

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Sounds like this seer messed up. A good thing Derek was there.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      No kidding!

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  2. Ed Hoornaert

    I gather Derek Areios is the hero? In which case his sneaky arrival makes everything more interesting.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Is he a hero? Well… it depends who you ask. But he’s not a nobody in this universe. 😉

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  3. Aurora Springer

    Did they botch up this ambush?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      YES! And it’s all downhill from here… hahaha

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  4. Author Charmaine Gordon

    Amy, you sure know how to paint a violent picture of your story. I got the shivers and ducked a fire ball while reading.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Looks like I’m doing my job, then! 😀

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  5. racheldevineuk

    Your genre of writing is totally outside my realm of experience, but it is dramatic and full of action, and very well written. I might have to widen the scope of my reading.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yay, thank you so much! That’s one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever gotten. Urban fantasy is one of my favourite genres and that was basically all I read before I started writing. I’m in more a YA fantasy phase right now, but I still go back to UF every once in a while. 🙂

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  6. suebarr

    Oooohhhh, I love the fact he ‘stalked’ forward. Gives you quite the visual.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  7. julieevelynjoyce

    I love the image of his magic demolishing hers! Great description!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  8. Alexis Duran

    So Derek is an infamous badass, eh? Cool!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Yup, He’s pretty intense. 😉

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  9. Andrea R Huelsenbeck

    Amy, you said Derek’s a nobody in this world, but it appears he has a reputation. Even if the female calls him an “it.”

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      She was referring to someone else, but he does indeed have a reputation! 😀

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  10. christinalay

    I wonder what the “it” is that she didn’t see. Is she really referring to Derek as “it”? That would certainly bring up some interesting questions.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Indeed… 😀

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  11. Diane Burton

    Looks like a communication breakdown. LOL This ambush isn’t what they expected. Love your descriptions. It makes me feel as if I’m there. Good job.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  12. Hywela Lyn

    I could have sworn I’d already commented, perhaps Derek inadvertently destroyed it – whatever, I’m glad he seems to be holding his own! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      He’s a more than capable fighter. 😉

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  13. elainecsc2013E

    All this magic makes for an exciting action scene.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      It was a lot of fun to write!

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  14. Caitlin Stern

    It doesn’t sound like he has this two-on-one fight quite under control, but he’s sure projecting confidence! Nice action in this snippet. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Derek can take care of himself, don’t worry! 😉

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  15. veronicascott

    Loving all the magic and the twists and turns. You describe this uncanny fight SO well – great excerpt.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  16. Kimberly Gould

    Someone is in trouble! Great action.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  17. nancygideon

    Awesome images, Amy!! Pulls you right into the action.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks!

      Reply

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