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Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Galaxy of Stars -Snippet Sunday

It's Snippet Sunday, a Weekend Writing Warriors'  blog hop!
Speaking with the blog, I had some fun monkeying around with the layout this week. I think I'm finally pretty much settled on the design. What do you think?

My snippet this week: I'm still on Sons of Herne Book 4, Fire of BeltaneLast time, Jorandil, god of Beltane, had just been invited inside the mountain top tower of the Fates, who seemed less than pleased at his arrival. 

We pick up with the next sentence...
  

Through the door there was nothing but darkness, so that Jorandil could not see what waited within. He strode into the dark doorway, jumping around when the door slammed shut, closing him in with inky blackness.
Tiny lights sprang up around him, fading in one at a time, filling the room with stars. This did not illuminate the space, for now it was simply black night with pinpoints of brilliant white, but it was enough for him to see his palm when he held up a hand close enough to one of the white dots. The stars stretched out into what must be a very large room—or perhaps a vast galaxy in another dimension. He could easily unfurl his wings and fly through the space, and he considered doing so.
“I tire of your games,” he said, and his voice echoed here much the way the Fates' did. “Show yourselves.”
“So impudent, he who came uninvited and unannounced.”
The stars swelled, their luminescence sharpening painfully with an explosion of white light that was bright enough for him to raise his palm to shield his eyes.


What do you think?  


About Fire of Beltane:
It is the time of Beltane, and Jorandil, son of Herne, secretly wishes his presence could be known, his touch felt, by the woman chosen as his sabbat partner. Then Cadence comes along, aware of her angel's visit, mesmerized by the beauty of his wings and the power of his touch. Even after the sealing of the veil between worlds divides them, neither can forget the other. And when their pursuit of answers reveals that dire trouble awaits Cadence, a trouble Jorandil was responsible for creating, he must defy his father and risk unleashing an even greater danger to save her.

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.

Read Book 1 of the series, Season of Light, now available on Amazon!

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I'm J. Rose Allister, wife, working mom, and the author of over twenty-five books. Somewhere in between one and the next, I love hanging out here on my blog and over on Twitter. Give me a comment or follow-I love chatting with people!

20 comments:

  1. Someone not afraid to call the son of a god impudent? Well, this should be interesting!

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  2. I have a feeling things are going to get even more uncomfortable!

    Love the new layout!

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    1. You may well be right about that! Thanks for the feedback on the new layout. :)

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  3. I wonder what they have in store for him. Nice snippet! :)

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  4. I liked it! So cool that he's in a star field. The Fates' one line of dialog was quite compelling. I have a feeling the conversation ahead isn't going to be an easy one. Great snippet.

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    1. Heh, yeah those Fates are interesting conversationalists. Thanks for the feedback!

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  5. Very spooky. He doesn't seem bothered by what's happened.

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    1. He's a pretty cool cucumber, but in the interest of full disclosure I should mention I trimmed a bit of the snippet to fit the format, and some of his reactions just to the open doorway were omitted.

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  6. Great piece. I never read science fiction, and I have great respect for those that do. Their imaginations must be highly developed to think up plots and characters who are so different from the ones we know here on Earth. Even inventing the names would give me a headache!

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    1. Oh I agree with you totally!! Good sci-fi is so impressive. I've never written any myself. This is fantasy.

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  7. I want to know about the light and what it is. Nice snippet.

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    1. Thank you! Won't have to wait long to find out...

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  8. He has a lot of guts approaching and speaking to the gods this way! Great imagery. Great snippet. :-) Love what you've done with the blog, too, especially the word counts for each of your stories. Very cool!

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    1. Thank you!! Yeah, he's got guts--or nerve, ha. Glad you like the blog design.

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  9. Sounds like a beautiful setting, but the Fates are definitely less than friendly!

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    1. Apparently they don't care for drop-ins! :)

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  10. Beautiful job, describing the scene, Rose! I liked the idea of spreading his wings and flying out into those "stars". :-)

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