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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 138- Devyn

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.

From Shield of Kings. I’m going to be bad, and a tiny bit spoilery. After a few seconds’ contemplation, I decided it would harm no one to know that Devyn and Maryna survive the whole Desolate Empire saga. I was about to say I’m not horrible enough to murder children, but that’s actually a total lie, isn’t it? So let’s just say, I didn’t murder these particular children and I don’t care who knows!. 🙂

While the rebellion in Norovaea is underway, King Arryk manages to send a plea for help to his niece, Princess Maryna, ruler of Terragand. Devyn gets the message first and brings it to his sister so they can read it together. Some editing and punctuation abuse has occurred.

Maryna was alone in her study, except for her secretary, scribbling away at a little desk in the corner.

“News from Uncle Arryk,” Devyn said, waving the pouch, carefully avoiding the secretary’s gaze.

“Oh goodness,” Maryna said, “you’d better have a seat.” She turned to the secretary while Devyn pulled up a chair, “Take a break Lara, and I’ll send for you later.”

The girl slowly left the room, her lively hazel eyes staying on Devyn as long as she could decently manage it.

He kept his eyes resolutely straight ahead even as he felt his ears warm. He’d only ever stolen one kiss from Lara, and he’d been a bit drunk at the time, but she seemed to think more would be forthcoming.

“Goodbye, Lara,” Maryna said, very firmly, and once the door was shut, she smiled at Devyn. “You really need to stop kissing the servants.”

“I don’t kiss them,” Devyn protested, “Usually.”

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 137- Carina

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.

Shield of Kings is off to beta readers- a huge relief! I’ll continue with Carina’s chapters for now. I don’t want to give away too many other characters, since a number of them include Book Six survivors. 🙂

Last week, Carina was hoping to help the rebellion by securing the navy against the king. She’s approached the docks with a small crowd behind her. Edited to fit.

A few royal guards loitered on the approach to the first ship and Carina’s heartbeat sped up.

“What do you want?” the biggest of the guards asked, stepping into her path.

Carina lifted her chin and said, “I’m Carina Felsing, Countess of Malven, and a member of the ruling council; we’re taking temporary command of the navy.”

The guard frowned, but didn’t step aside in spite of the uncertainty in his eyes. “Did King Arryk put you in charge?”

“King Arryk is leaving the capital after failing to resolve his differences with the rest of the government.” At least Carina hoped that was true; she was certain he’d do anything necessary to save the queen’s life. “The ruling council will run the government and the military until an agreement with the king can be reached.”

Carina kept her chin raised and her voice firm, even though she was making this up as she went along. The two hundred-member council had dissolved into chaos after the king stormed out, and before any further plans could be made.

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 136- Carina

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.

Oof. It’s been a rough week. I’d planned to have Shield of Kings done and off to beta readers by the end of Memorial Day, but it was not to be. I ran into a hitch at the end, one that requires some brainpower to resolve, and thanks to a severe, ongoing asthma attack, the brain is on standby until further notice. I’m trying not to panic, and know the brain will shortly follow the lungs back to working order, whenever that happens.

In the meantime, here’s a bit more from Shield of Kings. While the king and queen pack up and leave before an angry mob arrives, on the other side, Carina Felsing is trying to make the most of the situation.

“Come on,” Carina shouted, breaking into a run. She had to reach the docks before the guards there realized something was wrong. Only one member of the ruling council had followed her, but a handful of onlookers joined them as they left the big council chamber of Arenberg’s government hall.

Carina had rushed outside, hurrying in a different direction from the rest of the crowd. She knew who they were after, but hadn’t been able to make them see that the queen didn’t really matter. Even if they killed her today–that thought made Carina feel a little sick–it wouldn’t solve the real problem. If anything, it would make matters worse.

She wasn’t a council member, but always took her husband’s seat when he was away. She wished Tor were here now; he’d keep cool and come up with a good plan. Carina couldn’t ever keep her head from getting much too warm in an emergency; she was sure by now her face was red as a ripe beet’s, and the heat made it hard to think.

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 135- Luzyana

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.

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Hope you’re having fun this weekend. I’m writing a bunch, hoping to finish a first draft of my newest book, Shield of Kings. It’s the first in a new series, a spinoff of the Desolate Empire, so you’ll see a lot of familiar characters. Since I don’t want to be too spoilery, I’ll start with snippets from new characters, though you might spot a familiar one here.

Luzyana Inferrara (a cousin of Teodora’s, but quite a bit nicer) is the Queen of Norovaea, but as a foreigner, she has never been popular. The king has done his best to defend her, but the people of Norovaea want her out. This is still in fairly rough form, and edited to fit. Here are the book’s first lines:

“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,” Arryk said as a deep crease formed between his blue eyes. 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.”

Torches and pitchforks, coming right up!

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 134- Lennart

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 might be my last snippet from Fall of the Titan, since I’m deep into the first book of a new series that I’m anxious to share.

On his way north to rescue his family, King Lennart stops in to visit Trystan’s mom, Princess Edyta. She’s been a reluctant ally so far. Edited from the published version.

Princess Edyta wasn’t happy to see him, especially since he’d misplaced Trystan, as she saw it.

“He’s fine,” Lennart protested, “had quite an adventure in Tirovor and even killed a fearsome Maladene in a duel.”

“Idiotic,” Edyta sniffed, “I can’t believe you let him run off after some little princess.”

“She’s not some little princess; she’s the ruler of Terragand,” Lennart said, sitting down beside her.

“If she can ever get it back.” Edyta shook her head. “If I’d known you couldn’t finish Teodora by now, I would never have lent you my support.”

Lennart breathed in and counted to ten. He couldn’t afford to antagonize this woman right now, unpleasant though she was.

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Fall of the Titan Print Version is Here!

A few days late on this, but if you’re interested in getting a print copy of Fall of the Titan, it’s available now. Click on the pic to get at Amazon.

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 133- 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.

Fall of the Titan is live and still on sale through Sunday! Scroll down for details. Since Trystan is having the most fun at this point in the book, I thought I’d give you another snippet of his. After his unsettling conversation with a local priestess, Trystan returns to where he left Natalya, but she’s gone. He’s told she left with some clerical types, so he hurries back to the temple, where the mean priestess has already arrested Natalya and plans to try her for heresy. The priestess wants to grab Trystan too, but he fights his way through the temple guards. Edited from published version.

An unwary guard stood outside, and Trystan bowled him over, then grabbed the halberd he dropped. The other guards were outside now, and Trystan swung the halberd at them in a wide arc. One blundered past him down the stairs and the other ran into Trystan’s blade face-first.

More guards were coming now; he had to get out of here, and fast. He scanned the temple square and spotted his mule, nibbling at grass growing between cobblestones near the stairs. Trystan gathered up his robes and leapt down the stairs, taking them three at a time, still holding the halberd.

The mule startled at his sudden appearance and jumped away, but Trystan already held the reins. The guards were right on his heels, but backed up as he took another swipe with the blade. He took advantage of a moment’s confusion to leap into the saddle and ride across the square at a gallop.

He needed to get to Allaux and tell the king what was happening.

 

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Launch Sale! Get Fall of the Titan for only $2.99!

It’s here! Book Five is live on Amazon, with the print version coming shortly. Normally $5.99, I’ve discounted it 50 percent through the weekend. Click here to get your copy!

I’ve also got the boxed set discounted through tomorrow. Scroll down for details.

 

Two great generals clash in a battle that will change the fate of a continent.

Only one will survive the encounter.

Years of fighting the Empire have left King Lennart drained and weary. Despite his victories, Teodora remains, her dark magic leaving her stronger than ever, even as it drives her deeper into madness. Now his family is in danger, and Lennart will put everything he’s fought for at risk to save them.

From all corners of the continent, the players gather for the battle that may well end the war …

Elektra plays the dutiful daughter even as she’s horrified by her mother’s transformation. But when her plans go awry, she is forced into an unthinkable alliance.

Braeden has had enough of fighting, but fate has other plans for him, forcing him to orchestrate a risky betrayal that could change the course of the war.

Reeling from her latest defeat, Gwynneth struggles to find purpose while the tide of war sweeps her relentlessly in its path.

Princess Maryna endures endless dangers as she fights to take her place as ruler of Terragand. Shared hardship has drawn Anton close to her, even though they both realize they can never act on their feelings.

Desperate to return to Terragand and the war, Trystan faces unforeseen dangers in a strange land. Will his ambition exact the ultimate price?

The stakes rise and culminate in a vast battle with a faith-shattering outcome in Book Five of the Desolate Empire Series.

Get books 1-3 of The Desolate Empire series for only 99 cents! Sale ends May 11. Contains: Rise of the Storm, Valley of the Shadow and Hammer of the Gods. Click the image to buy or read in Kindle Unlimited.

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 132- 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.

Fall of the Titan comes out on the 10th! So this might be one of the last snippets from it. Trystan has been escorting Natalya Maxima, who is in charge of all of the kingdom’s temples, back to her home. She’s been gone for a year though, and knows she has enemies who might have taken advantage of her absence, so she sends Trystan ahead to a temple to find out what’s going on.  He’s still in disguise, pretending he and Natalya are a simple priest and priestess on a pilgrimage. Severely edited from the published (almost!) version.

“My companion and I have come from Kronland on foot,” Trystan said, “and we’re going to Allaux to receive Natalya Maxima’s blessing.”

The short, plump priestess frowned at Trystan even as she beckoned him inside. “Natalya Maxima is dead, I’m afraid.”

“Holy Mother save us!” Trystan exclaimed, pleased with himself for an almost spontaneous religious utterance, “I haven’t heard; what happened?”

“Taken by Maladene pirates,” the priestess said, “and likely murdered. No one has heard from her in months, so the king appointed a new Maxima.”

But the king knows Natalya is alive, Trystan wanted to protest, but sensed it wouldn’t be wise until he’d determined where this priestess’s allegiance lay. “What a terrible shock,” he said, “I trust the new Maxima is just as devout?”

The priestess looked at him a bit too long. “She is not a heretic, which is a vast improvement over Natalya.”

 

Here’s the blurb:

Two great generals clash in a battle that will change the fate of the continent.

Only one will survive the encounter.

Years of fighting the Empire have left King Lennart drained and weary. Despite his victories, Teodora remains, her dark magic leaving her stronger than ever, even as it drives her deeper into madness. Now his family is in danger, and Lennart will put everything he’s fought for at risk to save them.

From all corners of the continent, the players gather for the battle that may well end the war …

Elektra plays the dutiful daughter even as she’s horrified by her mother’s transformation. But when her plans go awry, she is forced into an unthinkable alliance.

Braeden has had enough of fighting, but fate has other plans for him, forcing him to orchestrate a risky betrayal that could change the course of the war.

Reeling from her latest defeat, Gwynneth struggles to find purpose while the tide of war sweeps her relentlessly in its path.

Princess Maryna endures endless dangers as she fights to take her place as ruler of Terragand. Shared hardship has drawn Anton close to her, even though they both realize they can never act on their feelings.

Desperate to return to Terragand and the war, Trystan faces unforeseen dangers in a strange land. Will his ambition exact the ultimate price?

The stakes rise and culminate in a vast battle with a faith-shattering outcome in Book Five of the Desolate Empire Series.

 

 

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Fall of the Titan: Chapter 9- Gwynneth

 

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GWYNNETH

Gwynneth had joined Braeden and Devyn in the study while they waited for the outcome of Trisa’s surgery. She could tell by the look on Braeden’s face he wasn’t optimistic, but she said nothing, not wanting to upset Devyn any more than he already was.

Princess Galena had sent food and drink, but no one had any appetite. While they picked at their food, Gwynneth tried to think of some other subject to discuss. She couldn’t find a pleasant topic, so she filled Devyn in on what had happened in Terragand.

His noisy indignation helped distract her, and she caught an amused glint in Braeden’s eye.

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