Saturday, 18 June 2016

Sunday Snippet: "A single snap in battle could get him killed."


Welcome to 8Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly blog hop where indie authors get to share their work in 8-10 sentences. I couldn't really find a snippet appropriate for Father's Day, so instead, I decided to use a snippet featuring a character who acts like a father figure for Constance in Damnation's Door. She seeks Sephiel, a former warrior angel, for counsel and advice about the mass murders in her old hometown, but as expected, doesn't get the answers she wants to hear...

“Seph,” I asked the ex-angel, who stood across from me on the other side of the curtain, watching the opposite end of the street. “These killings, the major ones... do you think Lucifer is behind them rather than Mateo?”

Sephiel went very still. Talking about Lucifer always made him tense, and I had to remind myself not to push him. He was human now, and his emotions weren’t so tightly reined anymore. A single snap in battle could get him killed.

“It is likely they are working in collaboration,” he finally said. “Perhaps Lucifer is feeding Mateo Rocha’s thirst for vengeance, and your former lover is constructing the circumstances for the slaughter. His men are nearly always there, are they not?”

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Still got lots going on. Damnation's Door is still on its blog tour, and one particular stop features an author interview, a character interview, and a giveaway. I've never done a character interview before, and it was a lot of fun to get back inside Constance's head and have her answer questions not typically posed for her. I'm still working on formatting Midnight Sky, editing Storm of the Gods, and rebuilding the world/writing The Iron Gargoyle. I would go into more detail, but I'm half-falling asleep at my desk. Not as comfy as a bed.

Be sure to check out the other Weekend Writing Warriors and leave some love and wishes in the comments of their blogs. You have no idea how much that means to us!

Speaking of love and wishes, I hope everyone enjoys their father's day! Love you, Dad!


Amy

31 comments:

  1. Awesome and exciting stuff, Amy!

    Sometimes that 'former lover' thing bites you in the ... posterior! Super snippet, as always!

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  2. It's nice that she has someone to council and advise her, especially when she doesn't know who to trust. Great snippet! :)

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    1. It definitely took some time for her to trust Sephiel, but he's now one of her closest friends. Thanks!

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  3. I definitely sensed the father figure character in Sephiel. The dialogue flowed nicely too!

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  4. Beautiful, Amy. I look forward toward next week.

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  5. I'm jumping into the middle here, but it's a great scene for tension building for both of them. Interesting that the angel became human but is still fighting Lucifer. Intriguing characters.

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    1. Thank you so much! Sephiel is one of my favourite characters and I had a great time writing him. :)

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  6. Does she still have feelings for her ex-lover?

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    1. Not any happy, affectionate ones.

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  7. Such interesting world building here! Great snippet...

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  8. A former angel is her lover, eh? I wonder if she's the one who seduced him away from divinity.

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    1. Whoops, no, Mateo's human. Though technically, she seduced him to the point where he was willing to do something awful to keep her with him for forever. But your idea is a story waiting to happen!

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  9. Great snippet! I can see him tense up at the mention of Lucifer.

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    1. Yeah, Lucifer is essentially the scariest guy in all of existence, but Sephiel has no problem standing up to him and wanting revenge.

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  10. Just what you always needed--two bad guys working together.

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    1. And those are just the two you know about! ;)

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  11. Oh dear. Going up against a former lover. That's just going to get messy... messier, anyway.

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  12. I can see how anything involving Lucifer would be extremely bad news. Lucifer plus murderous ex-lover even worse. Great dialogue in this snippet.

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    1. Yup, they're a pretty lethal combo. Thanks for the comment! :)

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    1. She does. Ask anyone who knows me or has read my writing– I'm notorious for being a demon to my lead characters. >:)

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  14. Sounds like double-trouble! Great snippet!

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    1. There's only one person missing from that group to be a triple threat! (I couldn't resist.)

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  15. I agree with you about Ed's misunderstanding. Write it! Loving these snippets.

    ~Joyce Scarbrough

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