Sunday, January 17, 2016

# Post # Snippet Sunday

Threshold of the Fates -Snippet Sunday

I'm part of Weekend Writing Warriors'  Snippet Sunday.

My snippet this week is from my Sons of Herne novella series (synopsis below the snippet) Book 4, Fire of BeltaneLast time, Jorandil, god of Beltane, made an exhilarating flight up a mountain in search of answers from the Fates. 

Now, let's move ahead a few paragraphs, where he has arrived at his destination...

“Who stands at our door?” asked voices joined in unison. “Lingering near the threshold, loitering on private lands.”
Jorandil spun around to the doorway, a tall, narrow door painted black to match the obsidian mountain.
“Is he unwilling to enter, or uncertain he should bother?” asked a gentle voice.
“He has come a long way for nothing,” said a  harsher, deeper tone.
“I have come to tell you I will not be used by you,” he shouted over the wind that busied itself by whipping his hair around his face. “Release me from whatever magic you have wrought.”
“He comes with demands and accusation,” the chorus said, each s drawn out in a hiss.
The door slammed open, hard enough for Jorandil to jerk backward in alarm.
“Then come in and make your claims face to face.”

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!


  1. This seems like a pretty sinister place, full of beings who don't mean him well. I wish he wouldn't go in, but I'm sure he will!

    1. It is a rather ominous-sounding place, isn't it?? ::biting nails::

  2. This story intrigues me. I'd love to know more

  3. He seems very strong-willed, but I'm not sure that will last in that place.

    1. Yes, the Fates have a way of unsettling the stubborn...

  4. Making demands of the Fates? Oh, dear. Not even the gods can defeat the Fates.

  5. Oh boy! He has himself in hot water now. I wonder how will he manage to get out of this one?

  6. I think Jorandil is up to the challenge. Very effective scene, loved the descriptions.

  7. It has such a great mythology feel to it, Rose. I'm intrigued. :-) good snippet.

  8. Make the Fates angry, that'll help! :/


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