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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 147- Anton

It’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors! Every Sunday, a bunch of writers post 8-10-sentence snippets from their WIPs on their blogs. There’s a lot of reading, commenting and great writing. Click on the link to see the full list.

We haven’t seen much of Anton lately, but that’s because he’s been keeping his head down. He and Maryna have a secret agreement that they’ll marry when they’re older, but for now, they don’t want to make waves with her mother. But one evening, Anton just can’t help himself and decides to go see her. She finds him after dark, in the palace garden, and after a bit of kissing, he gives voice to his doubts.

“I probably won’t ever become rich and famous enough for you,” Anton said as fast as he could, before he lost his nerve.

Maryna looked up at him, “Oh, I don’t care about that; not at all.”

“But you can’t marry me the way I am.” It was hard to admit he wasn’t anywhere near good enough.

“But I can,” she smiled, her eyes sparkling. “I’ve decided, especially because I’m angry with Mother.” She frowned and wrinkled her nose, then leaned against him gently. “Once I’m seventeen I’ll do what I want; I’ll make you a count or something, and then marry you. Some people may not like it, but I don’t care.” She tossed her head, becoming for an instant the haughty princess.

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 146- Teodora

It’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors! Every Sunday, a bunch of writers post 8-10-sentence snippets from their WIPs on their blogs. There’s a lot of reading, commenting and great writing. Click on the link to see the full list.

Continuing with Blood of the Empire: Shortly after freeing her, General Mattila demands that Teodora abdicate. Teodora has a seizure at the very idea, blacks out, and wakes up to Elektra telling her how things are going to be. Horrendously punctuated to fit.

Elektra cleared her throat. “I realize you don’t want to abdicate, but I’m taking over for now, until you’re better. Someone needs to be in charge.”

“You? You know you’ll be Mattila’s puppet.”

“I don’t think so,” Elektra’s voice was calm,“I can manage her well enough.”

Teodora couldn’t believe what she was hearing, “You can’t do this; it’s illegal and has never happened in the history of the empire.”

“It’s not at all illegal to remove a mentally unfit sovereign,” Elektra said, patting Teodora’s hand–as if that would make it better. “I know you’re strong, Mother, and that you’ll likely recover. When that happens, I’ll gladly give you your power back.”

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 145- Braeden

It’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors! Every Sunday, a bunch of writers post 8-10-sentence snippets from their WIPs on their blogs. There’s a lot of reading, commenting and great writing. Click on the link to see the full list.

At the beginning of Blood of the Empire, Braeden and Devyn are headed to Norovaea to see if they can convince King Arryk to lend some military support to their cause. Since Arryk’s last attempt to help ended in defeat, it doesn’t seem very likely. Braeden is also concerned because he was part of the army that defeated Arryk. He and Devyn have just arrived at a private audience with the king. Edited to fit.

“How you’ve grown,” the king said, taking Devyn by the arm, then tousling his hair. He offered Braeden an unexpectedly informal smile, “I’m so glad you’ve come.”

Once they were seated, Arryk turned to Braeden. “Thank you for bringing my nephew; I suppose he’s told you I know all about you.”

“He has.” Braeden felt his cheeks reddening, though Arryk looked friendly enough.

“Even though you once fought for Teodora, you have been a wonderful friend to my family. I plan to reward you for that.”

Braeden was so surprised, he couldn’t think of what to say. He finally managed, “That’s very kind, Your Highness.”

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 144- Gwynneth

It’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors! Every Sunday, a bunch of writers post 8-10-sentence snippets from their WIPs on their blogs. There’s a lot of reading, commenting and great writing. Click on the link to see the full list.

Last Sunday really got away from me, so barely any commenting happened. Sorry guys! I’ll do better this week. I’m continuing with Blood of the Empire. At the end of the last book, Gwynneth was forced to confess to her two oldest children about her affair years before. They didn’t take it well, and a month later, Maryna is still mad at her.

When Maryna finally sent for her, Gwynneth was momentarily hopeful that her daughter had forgiven her.

Gwynneth sat across a large table from Maryna in Edric’s library, waiting to hear why she’d been summoned.

“I’d like to discuss some business, Mother,” Maryna said. Her tone was the icy, polite one she used on people she disliked. Gwynneth hated being one of them.

“Of course.” Gwynneth swallowed down her disappointment. She’d been so happy to have Maryna back, but now her daughter hated her. She hoped it wouldn’t last forever.

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 143- Teodora

It’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors! Every Sunday, a bunch of writers post 8-10-sentence snippets from their WIPs on their blogs. There’s a lot of reading, commenting and great writing. Click on the link to see the full list.

Elektra and General Mattila are making a deal to free Teodora. One condition Mattila presents is that Teodora abdicate in favor of Elektra. Teodora can’t figure out how this benefits Mattila, until she hears that Elektra has married Mattila’s son Jozef.  Teodora is speaking:

“Elektra may not be everything I’ve hoped for in an heir, but she’s not stupid enough to want to marry your son. I’ll have the marriage annulled at the first opportunity.”

Elektra opened her mouth, frowned, then shut it again. Teodora really didn’t know what was wrong with the girl.

“She won’t,” Mattila said, smiling, “the archduchess is expecting, so the marriage has clearly been consummated. In fact, I think Elektra is rather taken with her husband; aren’t you?” she turned to Elektra, still smiling.

“I’d like to talk to my mother alone,” Elektra said, though Teodora couldn’t think why. That her daughter was married and pregnant was beyond imagining. And by Jozef Mattila, of all stupid idiots. Teodora would have to worry about feeble-minded grandchildren on top of everything else.

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 142- Trystan

It’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors! Every Sunday, a bunch of writers post 8-10-sentence snippets from their WIPs on their blogs. There’s a lot of reading, commenting and great writing. Click on the link to see the full list.

It’s October, which means it’s also time for the First Page Review Blog Hop. Writers post the first 1000 words of their WIP to get some feedback. I have the beginning of my first in a new series, Shield of Kings, up there.

This week, I’m continuing with Blood of the Empire. While Elektra and Mattila bargain for Teodora’s release with her captor, Trystan’s mom, Trystan himself is headed that way, hoping to reach Teodora before anyone else does. Some of you might recognize the other character. 🙂 Edited and horribly punctuated to fit.

As Trystan neared the border, he kept a cautious eye out for Mattila, but ran into his mother’s army instead. Or at least, what used to be his mother’s army.

“You must not go home, Your Grace,” Sonya Vidmar–the general in charge–said as they sat at a small table set up in the shade of an oak tree, Trystan taking advantage of the break to have a cool mug of ale.

“Isn’t Teodora still there?”

“I don’t know–she was,” Vidmar’s weathered face was anxious, “but your mother let her out of the dungeon a few days ago when she heard about the battle and that Mattila was coming to negotiate Teodora’s release.”

“What?” Trystan couldn’t believe that, even of his mother.

“I wish it weren’t true; it seems both you and I were to join Mattila’s forces.”

“Never,” Trystan had to stop himself from punching the table.

“I agree; I have my own history with Teodora and wouldn’t survive one day in her power. I doubt things would go much better for you.”

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First Page Review: Shield of Kings

This is a cool blog hop I haven’t done since I was first working on Rise of the Storm! Sign-ups are open until the 15th if you’re interested. Shield of Kings is the first book in a new series. It’s already been to beta readers, a few of whom felt the beginning could use some more clarification. So, if you could let me know of any bits that seem confusing, I’d greatly appreciate it!

 

Chapter 1: Luzyana

“You must go,” King Arryk said, rushing into the room where Luzyana sat playing with the baby. “They’re going to kill you.”

Luzyana  handed the baby to the nurse, then stood to face her husband. “Calm down, darling,” she said, taking his hands in hers. “Now tell me what’s going on.”

“There’s no time.” A deep crease was forming between Arryk’s blue eyes, though that was nothing new. The political situation had been deteriorating for months now and he took every setback personally. “There’s a mob coming this way.”

“A mob coming for me?” Luzyana attempted a smile even as her heart banged against her ribs.

“Yes.” Arryk’s hands tightened around hers. “The ruling council said the queen was responsible for my heresy and they’d give in to none of my demands until you were gone. They demanded I send you back to your mother, and when I refused … well, things got worse.” Read more ›

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 141- Elektra

weekend writing warriorsIt’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors! Every Sunday, a bunch of writers post 8-10-sentence snippets from their WIPs on their blogs. There’s a lot of reading, commenting and great writing. Click on the link to see the full list.

I’m finally back! It’s so nice to be writing again and to be back on the hop. I really missed you guys. If you aren’t caught up on the drama, you can read my posts for the past few months. Thanks to everyone who followed along and lent me their support, both moral and financial. Writers really are the best!

At this point, I’m working flat out on the severely belated conclusion to my series. Book Six is called Blood of the Empire, and I’m somewhere in the middle of the first draft. Hopefully I can get it finished during NaNoWriMo. It picks up shortly after the end of Fall of the Titan. Teodora was captured and spent a few months in the dungeon. Serves her right! After being defeated, General Mattila escaped from the battlefield with Elektra, and headed straight to where Teodora is being held prisoner. Now they’re about to negotiate her release.

At first Elektra didn’t recognize Teodora, she was so gaunt, her head shaved. Her eyes were the worst though, hollow and a strange, flat shade of black. When they met hers, Elektra found herself shrinking back, though she forced herself to look happy.

“I’m glad you’re all right, Mother,” she said, taking a chair next to her.

“What are you doing here?” Teodora asked, no hint of any emotion on her face.

“It’s a long story.” Elektra wasn’t looking forward to telling it. “Let’s get you out of here first.”

“Yes, let’s.” Teodora turned away and didn’t look at her again.

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One more update- We’re settling in!

We have actual furniture!

Well, I think it’s safe to say the whole ordeal is finally winding down. We’ve been in our new apartment for nearly two weeks now and aside from bedroom furniture, are pretty well set up the way we want it. The only remaining issue is that we are jumping through major hoops to get our cats approved by the property manager. I’m hopeful that will be resolved in the very near future.

We’re both still working crazy hours, but it’s getting easier as we get used to them and also have our own place. From here, Ben’s commute is much shorter, and my work is easier too when I don’t have to worry about disturbing other household members.

This place is incredibly quiet, and I’m starting to feel my stress dissolve. That means I can write again! I’m just getting back into it, but I’m hoping I can have Blood of the Empire done by the end of the month or shortly thereafter. That means a release date of around year end could be possible. I’m glaring sternly at my manuscript, willing it to not give me any trouble.

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I have a job! And other good news

Getting friendly with a glass of Viognier

It’s been an eventful week! On Tuesday morning, I taught my final trial lesson. It went better than the others, with only five children, all of them well-behaved. I got my feedback (talk with your hands more!) and a job offer the next evening. I’m still on a completely opposite schedule from China- fifteen hours behind Beijing- so everything moves slowly. They message me in the middle of the night, and I respond while they’re asleep.

Well, I’ll be on their time very soon! The hours are … less than ideal. I work from 5-9 pm my time, then a long break and another shift from 3-7 am. But the work is fun, the pay is good, and I don’t have to buy work clothes!

Ben also got a job interview with a local trucking company. It’s not until Wednesday, but we’ve got our fingers crossed because it’s exactly the kind of thing he’s looking for. Hauling wood chips out of local sawmills and delivering them to local paper mills, he’d get lots of overtime and be home every night.

We also got our car back, finally! It runs beautifully and didn’t break the bank. We’re so glad we didn’t listen to the shop who tried to sell us a used transmission for a ridiculous amount when we didn’t even need one. It would have cost a LOT more and not solved the problem. Now that we have the car back we can start the apartment hunt in earnest. This next week should see us driving all over Springfield, checking out the cheap places.

We had time for a bit of fun, too. Last night we went to Silvan Ridge winery, where a friend of my brother’s was competing in a 5k race. We met with a few other friends and had a little potluck. And wine, of course. It was a beautiful, breezy evening, and as you can see above, I enjoyed myself.

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