Sunday Snippet: “You’re the one I need most.”

Whew! Another three day weekend has arrived! And good lord do I need it. I pride myself in being diligent when it comes to deadlines and email replies, but I’ve been running out of time for them lately. More on that later. Right now, it’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly blog hop for authors to share 8-10 sentences of their current or upcoming works in progress. I’m soldiering on with Midnight Sky until the end of the month, carrying on from last week when Claire accurately guessed the reasons for Sawyer’s angst. But he’s on a rant, and she learns that there could be more to his anxiety…

Sawyer must have seen something in my eyes, because he suddenly looked down. When he spoke again, his voice was on the edge of control. “I’m trying to sort out my priorities. Keep my crew alive, find your parents’ ship so we can close the Breach, and watch out for my brother. But you’re at the center of it all, risking your life when you’re the one I need most.”

My hand wavered on his elbow. He couldn’t mean it the way I thought he did. Sawyer made it clear months ago that he didn’t care about me the way I cared about him. I was trying to make peace with it, painful as it was. But then he said things like this, and that peace began to shatter.

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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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Some of you may also have noticed another new cover floating around my website and social media lately. If not, well, here you are!

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Press-ganged into servitude by a ruthless band of marauders who survived the devastating Storm, Nash has grown tired of his career– the young, undefeated champion of the Stray Dog fighting pits. All he longs for is a place to live where his family is not his enemy. 

When his captain gives him an assignment to embed him deeper into the crew, Nash attempts to refuse, until the life of his friend is threatened. Determined to save her, Nash embarks on the mission to subjugate and control a supplier. But the supplier has other clients, one of which could be the son of the most feared pirate captain in all of Westraven.

 And if Nash plays his cards right, the key to his deeply desired freedom, if he can live with the consequences of his choice…

 Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Nash and Sawyer crossed paths– and fists. While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone.

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I’m working to start up my own blog tour, which has gotten some really good responses so far. Some Weekend Writing Warriors have signed up (you know who you are, and know how much I’m thanking you!), but there are still lots of open spots. Sign up by clinking the banner below!

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While I’m very excited about this tour and the last of the promos for Midnight Sky, I do have to look ahead to other projects. Next week I’m going to feature author Sarai Henderson for a blog swap and will be reviewing her new urban fantasy thriller Hunter, will be finishing up my author interviews for the Amber Sky tour so I won’t be delayed in sending them back, will be putting the final touches on the novel I want to send to publishers (one of those last minute edits that I thought about since I’m maybe panicking a little about sending these emails out), and will be working on the second draft of another novel. So you know, more of the usual chaos.

Be sure to stop by the other Weekend Writing Warriors blogs and websites to meet the other fantastic authors. Cheers!

Amy

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47 Comments

  1. elizabethalsobrooks

    August does seems to be an incredibly busy month! Great snippet though! Seems like you’re soldiering on.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thanks, definitely cramming in all that I can. 🙂

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  2. Kim Magennis

    Congratulations on all the things you are achieving, Amy. You are an inspiration.

    I love the cover.

    And your last line is a quotable one. Super snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Aww, thank you so much! *blushes*

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  3. Nancy Gideon

    Nice, meaty piece of development in their relationship! Amy. A lot of depth with few words.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! 😀

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  4. Christina Ochs

    Hm, maybe he’s changed his mind? Or he’s just being ambiguous, like some guys are. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      All I’ll say is that she gets under his skin like nobody else can. 😉

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  5. veronicascott

    I’m with Christina, maybe he’s changed his mind…but confusing to her, I agree! Great snippet…

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Confusing Claire is one of Sawyer’s newest talents. Then again, he’s trying to figure out his own feelings and come to terms with them, so maybe this confusion is going both ways… 😉

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  6. Stephanie Ingram

    Oh wow, I feel for her. Hard to come to terms with a painful truth when the one you care about says something so contradicting. Great snippet! Hang in there.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much. I loved writing their romance. 😀

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  7. Julie Evelyn Joyce

    August is always a crazy time. I wish you luck with everything, Amy, and kudos on a wonderful snippet! His words certainly hint to deeper feelings, but how deep exactly is the question. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  8. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Poor Claire. It’s no wonder she’s so confused. Best to keep him at a distance until he comes right out and says he’s changed his mind. Easier on the heart.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Very true, but since he’s her captain, there’s only so much distance she can keep. 😉

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  9. Karen de Lange

    Oooh – could he be any more cryptic? I don’t blame her for being confused.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Sawyer is good at making her confused. And slightly crazy. 😉

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  10. Shari Elder

    Great snippet. Last line really hits it home, and hints of changes to come.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you. 🙂

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  11. Diane Burton

    Great snippet and a great last line! I’m fascinated by this story.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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  12. Aurora Springer

    She’s in a delicate situation and perhaps he is deliberately restrained.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      You nailed it completely! *high-fives*

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  13. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Has he changed his mind? Will his feeling for her start to develop into something more. I’m sure she’s hoping they will. Enjoyed the snippet.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      They just might. She has a habit of breaking down his barriers that he’s not used to. 😉 Thank you for the comment!

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  14. Rin-Rin

    Uhuh, seems like she might have a chance! And maybe there is a reason why he can’t care about her like she does?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      She does, and that’s what worries him. 😉

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  15. Alexis Duran

    Does he realize what he’s doing to her? Some guys are pretty oblivious, especially guys trying to save the world. Excellent snippet.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      He knows, but he doesn’t know how to handle it.

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  16. racheldevineuk

    He seems to be conflicted about his feelings for her, and maybe she is for him. But when you are trying to save the world, sometimes feelings have to be put on hold. Great writing.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Exactly my thoughts, and thank you. 😀

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  17. Cara Bristol

    He’s giving her mixed messages, but I’ll bet he likes her. I hope so. She needs somebody; she has a lot going on!

    The author does too! You’re one busy lady.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Sawyer gives a lot of mixed messages to Claire yes, and if he’s not clearer, he might lose her to the newest member of their crew, who’s made his intentions clear. And I’m busy and in desperate need of either more time or sleep. 😉

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  18. Elyzabeth M. VaLey

    Great snippet! I’m not surprised she’s confused!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you! 🙂

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  19. Jenna Jaxon

    Sawyer’s certainly got a lot on his plate at the moment. Can he juggle one more thing with Claire? I think he’s on the edge now. Nice snippet.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      That he is, and he tries to resist, but he always finds himself drawn to her.

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  20. Caitlin Stern

    Sounds like he’s not quite sure what he wants. Or he knows what he wants, but isn’t sure he can have it!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      A little of both, perhaps. 😉

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  21. elainecsc2013

    Their relationship is still not there, but it’s getting there.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Patience is a virtue, right?

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  22. chellecordero

    It is so painful not to understand your own feelings or someone else’s, hope they both realize soon what they mean to each other.

    btw, if you’re still in need of places for your blog tour, check out The Potpourri Parlor https://ccepotourri.wordpress.com/be-part-of-the-potpourri-parlor/

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      No kidding, and thank you for the link. I’ll be sure to check it out. 🙂

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  23. Ed Hoornaert

    At least it’s a good breach of the peace, right?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Better than nothing. 😉

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  24. Teresa Cypher

    Such a good book!! 🙂

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