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Sunday, November 22, 2015

NaNo 2015 -Snippet Sunday Edition #3


I'm taking part in Weekend Writing Warrior’s  Snippet Sunday. Throughout November I'll be showcasing my NaNo project, the Sons of Herne novella series. 
At the moment, I'm working on Book 4, Fire of Beltane.

Last week I was working with Book 3, so I'm leaving that aside for now to share a snippet from the new novella. Jorandil, god of Beltane, is preparing to cross the veil for the sabbat ritual. He and his friend, Andero, are discussing his lack of enthusiasm for choosing the human mate who will consent to partner with him in the ritual. For while she will grant consent, she will neither feel his touch nor remember the joining afterward.



A brief shudder went through Jorandil, and along with the surge of blood through his veins came a faint pop of pressure in his ears. The thin veil between worlds was opening, pulling him in.
“I needn’t bother choosing the sabbat maiden,” Jorandil said. “One is exactly the same as the next.”
“And if she is uglier than the back end of a centaur?” Andero asked.
Jorandil shrugged. “The choice matters not,” he said. “I’ll leave it to fate to provide a worthy candidate.”
“Then light the torch, god of Beltane. Call forth the power to seal the veil.”


What do you think?  

About The Sons of Herne:

The god Herne has appointed eight of his most virile, headstrong sons as keepers of the pagan holidays. To honor their sabbat, each must join with a mortal female in a ritual to maintain the balance between worlds.
It is the year of The Thousand Seasons, and the Fates have secretly conspired to mark the end of an era by granting the gods one thing they lack--a true union of male and female that will last beyond the passion of a sabbat joining.
Herne’s sons will wrestle with the conflict between sacred duty and their own yearnings, a struggle will not only challenge their beliefs, but may threaten the success of rituals that must be observed lest the mortal and immortal worlds collide in chaos.

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12 comments:

  1. Seriously cool. Where did you come up with such a fascinating story? Wonderful.

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  2. I like how you described the passage through the veil between worlds -- the surge of blood and the faint pop of pressure. It's nicely sensory.

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  3. Love the dialogue interaction. Wonder how the worthy female will be? ;)

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    1. Really! Will he find her wanting, or has he met his match?

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  4. I have a feeling Jorandil is in for some surprises - delicious setup for the story to come. Excellent excerpt!

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    1. Muwahahaha...whatever makes you think so? :)
      Thanks!

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  5. I absolutely love the witty repartee. "Uglier than the back end of a centaur" indeed. LOL

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  6. Ooh, he is just asking for it with that dismissive attitude!

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