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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 121- 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 snippets from the beginning of Fall of the Titans. The Empress Teodora has temporarily installed herself in the kingdom of Isenwald, where she spends her days arguing with Princess Viviane, its actual ruler, since of course, Teodora has taken over everything. Princess Viviane, every bit as bad a person as Teodora, has been in the habit of bullying Elektra. But not today. Elektra interrupts a conversation between Teodora and Viviane. Massive creative punctuation has been inflicted upon this snippet.

Elektra took several steps toward the princess until she stood beside her; “Get out,” she said, her voice as firm as Teodora had ever heard it.

“You can’t–” Viviane began.

“I said, get out,” Elektra raised her voice, “I have business with the empress.”

Viviane turned toward Teodora, looking outraged.

Teodora raised an eyebrow, amused, and just a little proud. “You’d better go.”

“I won’t be–” Viviane’s voice shook.

“Get out,” Teodora and Elektra said at the same time.

Princess Viviane went, shooting Elektra a lethal glance as she passed.

“Impressive,” Teodora smiled, “what’s happened to you?”

“I’ve grown up,” Elektra said.

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Announcing The Desolate Empire Boxed Set!

Since I’m nearing the end of Book Five: Fall of the Titans (I just keep telling myself that), it seemed like a good time to bundle up some of the earlier books in the series. So I’ve put Rise of the Storm, Valley of the Shadow and Hammer of the Gods into a three-book omnibus. The normal price will be $9.99, a $7 savings from buying them all separately, but I’m running a preorder/launch special at just $4.99. It will also be in Kindle Unlimited, so if you have a membership, you can read for free.

I’m just waiting on the formatter, and hope to have it out around month-end. (Amazon says March 7, but that’s just giving myself a cushion- I’ll release as soon as its ready. So, if you haven’t read one or more of these books, it’s a good chance to save. And to have a completely different, shiny cover to look at. Click on the pic below to reserve your copy.

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 120- Gwynneth

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.

Continuing with Fall of the Titans. The book begins literally the day after Winter of the Wolf ends, so Braeden, Gwynneth and her children have just escaped Teodora’s clutches, arriving at the home of Kendryk’s aunt, Princess Galena, who rules a neighboring kingdom. In the big fight with Teodora, they had to leave most of their troops behind, and the survivors have now made their way to Princess Galena’s palace. Gwynneth’s son, 13-year-old Devyn discovered his friend Trisa is badly wounded and called to Gwynneth for help.

Devyn struggled to get a pale and bleeding Trisa Torresia off her weary horse.

“Gods, what happened?” Gwynneth hurried to support Trisa’s legs, hanging from one side of the saddle. Devyn was trying to lift her down without hurting her, but that appeared to be impossible.

“Moraltans,” Trisa hissed through gritted teeth, then shrieked as Devyn pulled her down.

Gwynneth held on, and helped him lower her into the mud, grateful that Trisa was so skinny. “Run and get a doctor,” she told Devyn, scanning Trisa to see where the wound was; the mud and blood made it impossible to tell.

“I’m not leaving her,” Devyn scowled, “I’m not losing another friend.”

Gwynneth opened her mouth to argue, then changed her mind upon seeing the fear in Devyn’s eyes. “I’ll get the doctor,” she said, patting Devyn on the shoulder.

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Obsidian Sky is Here with a Giveaway!

 

The final book in Amy Braun’s Dark Skies trilogy is here!

The final struggle against the Hellions has arrived. A trapped engineer and a desperate marauder scramble to fight an enemy with unspeakable power on its side. Time is running out, and one world will be destroyed…

After sacrificing herself to save the lives of her friends and family, Claire Abernathy struggles to outwit her Hellion captors. They torment and terrify her into working on a weapon with the sole purpose of obliterating the world, friends, and love she has struggled to save. If Claire has any chance of saving those she loves, she must delve deeper into the Hellion world, and witness nightmares she could never imagine.

In Westraven, Sawyer Kendric is desperate to find the woman he loves. To do so, he must finally embrace his family’s atrocious past and heal the wounds it has caused. He will be forced to make new allies, uncover secrets that change all he knows, and find the courage to lead a ragtag crew into the darkest, deadliest battle of their lives.

Claire and Sawyer fight to save their broken world in the final installment of the epic DARK SKY trilogy.

Click on the cover below to get Obsidian Sky for 99 cents for a limited time at all the major retailers. If you haven’t read the other two books of this great trilogy, they’re also 99 cents right now, so there’s no excuse not to get  caught up.

 

Now on to the giveaway. Just click HERE to enter to win the following: One Paperback Each of: Crimson Sky, Midnight Sky, and Obsidian Sky, PLUS ebooks of Amber Sky and Smoke Sky, AND Book Swag!

 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 119- 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.

This week I’ll continue with an excerpt from my WIP, Fall of the Titans. I reached the halfway point last week! As usual, it’s going to be longer than expected.

Anyway, Anton and Karil, a friend and fellow officer, are escorting Princess Maryna, Kendryk and Gwynneth’s daughter, across a war-torn continent. Anton and Maryna are old friends, but they’re teenagers now, and things have changed.

Anton was sure he would have fallen in love with Maryna if she’d been a regular girl. But she wasn’t and he couldn’t. He spent at least half the day every day telling himself that, and when he forgot, Karil reminded him.

“I don’t know, Captain,” Karil would say when they were alone in the tent they shared, “you looked especially love-struck today. You really need to stop that.”

“Stop making fun.” Anton rolled himself up in his blankets and turned his head away, since it was hard to look Karil in the eye when they discussed this topic.

“Not making fun,” Karil said as he settled into his bedroll, “just telling the truth. You are in so much trouble.”

I am not, Anton told himself, though it was hard to think of anything but Maryna’s face as he fell asleep.

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Character Profile: Maryna

Maryna Bernotas, Princess of Terragand, is the somewhat unlikely fictional counterpart to the grumpy Karl Ludwig. As the oldest child of Kendryk and Gwynneth, she fills the role of the heir to the disputed kingdom.

She’s just a little girl when the war starts, and after enduring six months of siege, leaves her home, unable to return again for an indefinite time period. During the long, boring months of the siege, she spent a great deal of time with Edric Landrus, the cleric who helped Kendryk start all the trouble. Like her father, Maryna is serious, studious, and enjoys pursuits like learning ancient languages and discussing theology.

Warning: light spoilers ahead for Valley of the Shadow, Hammer of the Gods, and Winter of the Wolf!

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 118- Elektra

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.

This week, I’ll finally share a snippet from my WIP, Fall of the Titans, Book 5 in The Desolate Empire Series. At the end of book 4, Teodora’s daughter Elektra acted heroically to save a friend’s life, forcing her to switch sides again. She’d been in the process of becoming allies with King Lennart who’s sworn to take Teodora down. Pretending to reconcile with her mother, she’s gone home with Teodora and is alone in her room, thinking about what to do next.

She was on her own. No one had ever cared about her for herself; they only cared about her position as Teodora’s heir, or as Lennart’s ally. Elektra needed to stop hoping for love, for friendship, and decide what she wanted. Then she needed to take it.

She pushed open the window and leaned out, letting the icy wind caress her face. Her mother thought she was weak–let her. From now on, Elektra would take advantage of that.

She turned away from the window and faced the darkened room. No more wishing for what couldn’t be. It was time to take matters into her own hands.

 

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Major Player: Karl I Ludwig, Elector Palatine

KarlILudwigvonderPfalz02Calling Karl Ludwig a major player is a bit of a stretch, since he played a pretty minor role in the events of the Thirty Years War. Still, he’s a historical figure upon which I base a major character, so he deserves his own entry in that respect.

Prince Karl Ludwig was the second of Frederick and Elizabeth’s thirteen children. As a young boy, he went into exile with the rest of his family when his father lost the Bohemian throne at the Battle of White Mountain, which kicked off the Thirty Years War. Henry Frederick, his older brother and heir to the electorship died tragically in a ferry accident as a teenager, putting Karl Ludwig in first position. With a reserved, humorless character, the boy was not popular among his siblings, and they gave him the nickname of “Timon,” after Shakespeare’s misanthropic “Timon of Athens.”

Raised to be “Jesuit-proof” with a strict Calvinistic education, Karl Ludwig joined his younger brothers at the University of Leyden, receiving rigorous academic and religious instruction. Just three years after his oldest son’s death, Elector Frederick died as well, leaving his heir a non-existent kingdom while the Thirty Years War raged. Karl Ludwig spent much of the 1630’s in England, at the court of his uncle, the ill-fated King Charles I, along with his younger brother, Prince Rupert. He hoped to gain English support in the quest to restore his father’s kingdom, but succeeded only in upsetting his uncle when he became cozy with parliament, which seemed more sympathetic to his cause. Read more ›

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 117- Sonya

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.

Since my WIP is proceeding much too slowly, I’ll give you a bit more of The Forsaken Crown today. Sonya had a somewhat friendly meeting with Andrei Danko, an officer working for Teodora, also in possession of a large, impressive hat. Now the two armies have made camp together and Sonya has a date! Captain Danko just picked her up from her tent and is telling her where they’re going. Edited from the published version.

“My superior officer is hosting a little supper in his tent; he told us all to make a new friend and bring them.”

“I’m glad you thought of me.” Sonya tucked her hands into her pockets and smiled at Captain Danko, matching his stride as they crossed the road to the Olvisyan camp.

“I’ve thought of nothing else since we met,” Danko said, “I’ve never seen anyone appear so striking in military garb.”

“Kind of you to say so.” Sonya grinned. She didn’t believe a word, but it was still nice to hear.

She looked at Captain Danko out of the corner of her eye. He was about her height, though the hat made him seem taller, and he moved with an easy swagger. Nobility most like, and too good for her, but she’d enjoy his company while it lasted.

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 116 – Kendryk

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.

I’m sorry I didn’t get around to all of you last week. About halfway through the day, I got sick and was laid up for the next few days. Just your standard flu, but it came just as I was nearly free of a month-long bout of bronchitis. So I had a lazy kind of week, mostly staring at the wall, but I’m better again. Someday I’m sure I’ll stop coughing again.

On to the snippet! Though I’d love to tease you with my WIP, it has been sadly neglected these past weeks, and I really want to get the first chapters past my alpha reader before I start sharing. Hopefully that will happen soon. In the meantime, here’s more from The Forsaken Crown.

Kendryk is determined to show his regent, the overbearing Duke Desmond, that he’s capable of taking on some  responsibility. So he waits for the duke to leave on business, then writes a bunch of letters to various Terragand citizens serving in foreign militaries. He’s hoping to lure them back to help create a more professional army in Terragand. Kendryk is going to some lengths the duke doesn’t find out about this until it’s a done deal. Edited from the published version.

He addressed the last letter to a Count Ruso Faris serving in the Sanovan army on the Briansk border. Since Sanova was next door to Terragand, Kendryk hoped Faris would receive his letter sooner than the rest.

That done, he called for his hired messenger—a girl who usually worked for the blacksmith’s guild, someone Desmond was sure not to know—and gave her the packet of letters. Once he’d seen the way she and her horse tore into the palace courtyard, he said, “If you deliver the one to Count Faris yourself, I’ll pay you twice the full rate.” Her horse was a splendid creature, so she’d no doubt already made considerable coin on special missions like this one.

“Certainly, Your Grace,” the girl said, then tossed a black braid over her shoulder, regarding Kendryk with a bold, flirtatious grin. “Is there anything else I can do for you?”

“No, that’ll be all,” Kendryk said, feeling a twinge of regret. The girl looked like fun. Unfortunately, he didn’t have time for fun, and even more importantly, he didn’t want the duke thinking he was having any.

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