Sunday, February 14, 2016

# Post # Snippet Sunday

The Crystal Bowl -Snippet Sunday

It's Snippet Sunday, a Weekend Writing Warriors'  blog hop!

I'm still posting from Book 4, Fire of Beltane. The series trailer is live, and in case you missed it, I'm including it below. I'm also excited to announce that Book 3, Spirit of Spring, is out today! 

Last time, Jorandil, god of Beltane, accused the Fates of meddling in the love lives of his brothers, who are also sabbat gods like him. We ended with the Fates calling him faithless, frightened, and desperate.

We pick up a few sentences into Jorandil's reply...


“I cannot be taken by the absurd passions you have stirred in the other gods and still remain keeper of Beltane,” Jorandil said. “The very nature of my ritual precludes it.”
“Duplicitous,” said Decuna, pointing at his reflection in accusation. “You have come for other reasons.”
“Proof,” Morta said before he could argue, and she gave a dramatic wave of a long-fingered hand.
The room plunged into night again, but before Jorandil could blink, they appeared in a room of carved obsidian, where shapes and figures writhed as they crawled around the walls in a strip maybe three hands tall. More compelling was the focal point in the middle—and the only object in the room. A crystal bowl sat on a pedestal, lit from beneath, and within the bowl rippled an unnatural, glowing liquid.
“What is this?” he asked.

“This is the real reason you are here,” Nona said, pushing back the mists of hair that had drifted in front of her 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 and his touch 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. Sealing the veil between worlds divides them, but 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.

....And now, the trailer:







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. I wonder what he will see. Great snippet!

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    1. And what he'll do about it...
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Wonderfully descriptive & makes me want to know more.

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  3. This is an other worldly and spooky story you've written, Rose. Disturbing yet fascinating.

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  4. Love the description of the room and the mysterious bowl. Hope we soon find out what it's for.

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    1. Thank you! Mysterious stuff is soooo fun to write.

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  5. Oo, now he's getting somewhere, literally and figuratively. Can't wait to see what the bowl provides! Great snippet...

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    1. Thanks! That bowl may be a surprise he hadn't bargained for...

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  6. They see right through him! I wonder what they're offering--and at what price...

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  7. Congratulations on your new release! I'm curious as to what is in that bowl. Great snippet! :)

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    1. Thank you! We'll find out about this bowl next week..

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  8. I don't think the Fates should run a pub. Their drinks are suspicious.

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    1. BAHAHAHAHA! A kegger thrown by the three Fates would be something, all right!

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  9. I think he should not tempt the fates that way! Fantastic snippet.

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  10. Oh, the intrigue, the mystery...what's in that bowl. Good snippet, Rose! Congrats on the release! And, Ed's comment is outstanding! lolol

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    1. heh heh, gotta agree! Thanks for the congrats!

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