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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Collision with Fate -Snippet Sunday

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

I've moved on to writing Book 5 of my Sons of Herne series, Magic of Midsummer, this week. (Synopsis below.)  Here's the first snippet from that work, from the opening scene. Devinmar, god of Litha and a half-selkie shape shifter, is in the form of a dolphin and has come alongside a boat, amusing himself by swimming in its wake...

A weight slammed into the surface of the water, square onto Devinmar’s back. He spun out of the boat’s path with the dolphin equivalent of a surprised cry, and the large bulk that had collided with him fell away into the inky darkness. Stunned as he was, Devinmar floated briefly, getting his bearings.
What the devil had hit him? He poked his head above water, blowing out his air hole and watching the white boat disappear in a tumult of churning sea foam. They had lost something important, judging by the size, but the boat gave no indication of turning back.
Curious, he dove underwater, shooting straight down after the abandoned item. His dolphin eyes were not acute enough to see that far, but sounding ahead with sonar turned up a startling fact, one that sped his heart. He tried sonar again, confirming his theory.

The bundle was human.

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. Donning his skin proves he is who he claims, but what he wants from her, well, she isn't quite certain she's up to the task. Should she give into the temptation of a one-night frolic with a sea god, whose long hair, exquisite beauty, and intense stare beckons? 

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!

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    1. Always nice when someone decides to drop in... ;)

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  2. Great start - lots of plot teasers from just a few lines.

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  3. Sounds like someone's in a lick of trouble there. Good snippet. Enjoyed it.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, just a smidge of trouble...:)

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  4. Wow! I kept wondering what it was while reading. Now that I know it was a human, I have so many more questions. Great snippet!

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    1. Thank you!! I'm having so much fun with this story already.

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  5. Great snippet, can't wait to find out what happens with the bundle

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    1. Thank you!! What can our dolphin shifter do about it?

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  6. I think someone just dumped a body. Living or dead is yet to be determined. Great snippet!

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    1. Thank you!! Yes, let's hope Devinmar didn't get conked w a corpse.

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  7. That was an exciting snippet, full of surprises!

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  8. Oh dear. That's not good. Good snippet, J. Rose.

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    1. Certainly not what one expects while out for a swim!

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  9. Wow, a human. That's not something one usually just loses... Great snippet!

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    1. Thank you! LOL, no, people don't normally lose people bundles off the side of a ship. :)

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  10. Great start! And I love stories with shape shifters :-) I wonder what the human thinks about being lost over the side! I look forward to reading more :-)

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    1. Thank you!! Been a while since I worked on a new shape shifter story, so I'm excited!! Yeah, I'm not sure the human appreciated the unscheduled swim...

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  11. Great beginning. The bundle is presumably dead?

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  12. I love shapeshifters, and Devinmar sounds delicious :-) I'm assuming the bundle is Hallie, and wondering why her fellow passengers decided to throw her overboard.

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  13. Wonder why someone would throw a person overboard? It can't be a good sign for that bundle's future.

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    1. Yeah, that bundle's got issues, to be sure.

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  14. Quite the interesting start to a relationship (assuming the bundle is Hallie). Raises lots of interesting questions about her past. Very fun snippet.

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    1. LOL true, not too many people can say they met while one got dropped on the head of the other!

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  15. interesting start to this new story ....

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  16. Loved this. Excited to come back next week and continue this story.

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  17. Wow, nice dolphin POV! That makes it so interesting.

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  18. Love the dolpin's reactions. He seems a bit miffed about being "bombed."

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    1. Thanks for that feedback! Yeah, I don't think he was expecting company to drop in. LOL

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  19. Great opening! Raises so many questions that I can't wait to be answered. Really looking forward to more!

    ~Joyce Scarbrough

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  20. Love it! I hope you don't mind the feedback--the first thought I had was that if it were a big boat, the impact would have broken his back. Then I started thinking about the size of the boat, if he had self-healing powers, maybe it didn't matter.... But I really love the premise and the snippet was great, too.

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