Sunday, 1 February 2015

Sunday Snippet

It's that time of week again! For this week's 8Sunday sponsored by WeWriWa, I decided to go with a snippet from my second Dark Sky novel, Midnight Sky. The concept that spawned this trilogy, Lost Sky, will be featured in the upcoming Avast, Ye Airships! anthology from Mocha Memoirs. While I expect the rough drafts and initial edits to be completed sometime early this year (I am a very fast writer, and last month I cranked out over 78,000 new words), actual publication won't occur until next year. So I'm going to have to be very careful about the snippets I choose to post. Don't want to give any spoilers away!

In this scene, the protagonist, a young engineer named Claire, is learning to defend herself. She has the son of a solider– Riley– training her, but having struggled for survival for over ten years, running from bloodthirsty monsters and working for ruthless underground tyrants, Claire's first instinct are to run. Constantly being bested, Claire's broody and contradictory captain– Sawyer– decides to step in.

     “Can I offer a suggestion?”
         We both looked at Sawyer, who hopped off the crate and started walking toward us. “You’re good, Riley. Definite soldier material. But Claire is small, and acting like a solider is going to get her killed.”
         While I gave Sawyer a pointed glare, Riley flipped the training sword until the pointed tip tapped against the Dauntless’ deck. “What’s your solution, then?”
            Sawyer’s tawny eyes locked on mine, sending a warm, unwanted shiver through me when he smirked and said, “Speed.”

The story has some more editing to do, but with an earlier work shift followed by two days off, I think I can get a few more chapters in. That being said, there's one other project I want to start and complete before I return to Midnight Sky. I'm hoping to start it next week or the following, and for those of you who haven't been updated, I'll give you a hint: It involves arguably the literary world's greatest spy, who has three numbers tied to his name.

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  1. I like it - felt like I was right there with them in the scene. Terrific snippet!

  2. Nice. It told a lot in the few lines. It not only makes me want to read more, but I can see the action, and feel excitement and struggle between Sawyer and her.

    1. Thank you so much! They'll definitely have some trials ahead. ;)

  3. Play to your strengths, not your weaknesses. Sounds like a plan to me!

  4. The description of Sawyer's look is great.