Sunday, April 24, 2016

# Post # Snippet Sunday

A God to the Rescue -Snippet Sunday

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

I worked on a couple projects this week, including Book 5 of my Sons of Herne series, Magic of Midsummer. (Synopsis below.)  Last time, Devinmar, shape-shifting god of Litha, was swimming near a boat in dolphin form when he was struck by something heavy falling overboard. We ended with:

 He tried sonar again, confirming his theory.
The bundle was human.

Let's pick up from there...

Devinmar dove faster, pushing his powerful muscles until he caught up with the sinking human. It was a female, unconscious, and bound with some sort of wide, flat tape. He tried twice to get hold of her with his broad mouth, both cursing his current form and feeling grateful for it. God or not, he would never get her to the surface as a man. He caught hold of her with a firm grip and rose, pulling her against the forces of nature, higher until he could see the light rippling at the ocean surface. They broke through, him with a fierce blast from his blow hole as he drew air. The woman made no gasping sounds--she was limp. He had little time, if it wasn’t too late already. 

Using his snout to keep her head above the whitecaps as much as possible, he pressed for the shore he knew was not far off. His teeth and jaw ached from dragging her to the surface, but he hurried on, intent on saving her.

What do you think?  



About Magic of Midsummer

Hallie wakes up on a beach to find she has been rescued from near-drowning by the most exotically gorgeous--and breathtakingly naked--man she has ever seen. Believing that Devinmar is exceptional is no stretch at all, but falling for his stories about selkie legends and pagan gods is something else. Even if he is who he claims, what he wants from her is even more shocking. Should she give into the temptation of a one-night frolic with a sea god, whose long hair, exquisite beauty, and intense stare beckons her touch? 

Yes. She should.

Devinmar will go to the darkest depths of the sea to gather the powers needed for his Litha ritual, all the while anticipating a night of wild passion with the woman who has stirred him like no other. When he arrives for their rendezvous to discover she has been taken, getting her back could mean missing the deadline for the sabbat--and giving up the energies needed to recharge his power. Still, Devinmar will do what he must to make Hallie safe again--even though he knows that once their midsummer night is spent, he must leave her behind and return to the sea.


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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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!

33 comments:

  1. What an interesting challenge! He needs the strength of his god-form, but is missing his human dexterity. Great snippet!

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    1. Thank you!! Let's hope he's up to the task!

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    1. ::fist pump:: Yess! Mission accomplished. :)

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  3. Fabulous! Last week, I wanted to know who the human was. This week, I want to know if she's still alive, and what happened to her. Love it!

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    1. Thank you!! Bet Devinmar is wondering the same thing about now.

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  4. What form is he in? He seems whalelike.

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    1. Last week's snippet mentions he's shifted into dolphin form. I think a tweak of my intro will make that clearer here. Thanks!!

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  5. Very dramatic snippet, loved it! I thought the description of his challenges being a seal (selkie=seal, yes?) instead of human form were an excellent touch.

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    1. selkies have a seal skin and are also shape shifting sorcerers...Devinmar is able to shift into most any marine creature. :)

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  6. Very, very cool, Rose! Excellent snippet!

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  7. Very, very cool, Rose! Excellent snippet!

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  8. I knew it! It had to be a female. I wonder how grateful she'll be?

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  9. I always wondered why dolphins saved humans in situations like this. Now I know.

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  10. It would be very inconvenient not to have hands, would it? Even if they aren't good for swimming. He seems to be managing well, all things considered!

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    1. It's something that one doesn't think about up front when saying, "gee, it would be so cool to shape shift", lol

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  11. Good premise, Rose, and I love the description in this snippet. It really drew me into his struggle. Nicely done!

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  12. Great imagery...enjoyed the snippet.

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  13. Great snippet with great desriptions.

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  14. Now I want to see if I can find out exactly how much weight a dolphin can lift/carry/tow/push...

    Great sense of his frustration at the lack of hands.

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    1. LOL! Love it. And then factor in that he's also half god, so probably some extra ability there...

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  15. Very intense snippet! Love the magical elements and imagery.

    ~Joyce Scarbrough

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    1. Thank you so much for that! I do loves me some magic myself. :)

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  16. Wonderful - you convey so well his sense of urgency and determination. Great snippet.

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  17. Wow a shape shifting god, so unique and interesting. I hope she will appreciate him as a dolphin too.

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    1. LOL! It will definitely be brought up. :)

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