Sunday, July 31, 2016

# Post # Snippet Sunday

The Ritual of Grain -Snippet Sunday

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

 This is the last snippet from  Feillor: God of Lammas, which is now available! Squee!

Last time, Salina had explained to Feillor, god of Lammas, that she had been doing a (naked) ritual when she'd inexplicably shown up in his realm. The pair debated whether her ritual was more vital than the one he'd been doing. We ended with, Now, do not speak anymore,” he went on, raising his scythe toward the heavens. “I must complete the ritual of first harvest, preferably before winter arrives.”

We pick up a couple sentences later, after he says a quick invocation to begin his ritual...

Feillor’s blade sliced through the air, cutting through the thick grain. Every stroke sent out shock waves of supernatural energy, warming the already sun-baked field. Salina stood there with her mouth open, letting the breeze caress her skin and blow back her hair while she watched a god perform a harvest ritual. As a pagan, she was overwhelmed by the honor of being the first human to observe this moment. Not only that, but the god himself was mesmerizing, both with the skilled, confident swings of the scythe, and the way Feillor’s powerful muscles flexed and gleamed in the rays of afternoon sun.

She stayed put while he cut a swath through the field, though not in a straight line as she would have suspected. He moved diagonally, one way and then the next, the lines created by his strokes crossing one another at precise, familiar points.

“A pentagram,” she murmured, feeling more in her bones than seeing with her eyes the fact that he had just carved out the symbol of her faith.

 Moved by the power and symbolism of his act, she picked up a small handful of cut wheat stalks and began a dance offering in thanks for the harvest, moving her body in the same side-to-side motion as the waving grain. The field responded, the tall wheat bending more than the current breeze could explain, the amber stalks following her movements except when she turned herself about in circles.



What do you think?  



Feillor is preparing to bring in the first harvest before the celebration of Lammas, a task that has grown more deplorable considering humans no longer show respect for the old ways. He raises his scythe to cut the sacred wheat and nearly "harvests" a woman who appears out of nowhere. Sensing the Fates' meddling hand in the sudden arrival, he demands that they return Salina to earth. The Fates agree on one condition: he must go with her and stay in the mortal realm for three days.


Salina refuses to let a local developer destroy the precious woods where she conducts her most sacred pagan rituals. A prayer for guidance is interrupted when she is sent to the immortal world--almost straight into the blade of a horned god's scythe. She thought her prayers to Herne were being answered, but she learns that Feillor is actually Herne's son--and that he has little interest in the matters of humans. When he is zapped to Earth with her for three days, she decides to convince him that her cause is worth fighting for, and that not all humans deserve his scorn.


Feillor's ideals are challenged during his time with Salina, whose fiery beauty and passion for her cause stirs something he hadn't felt for far too long. Admitting the truth about his view on humans may open his heart to the witch who is quickly enchanting him. But between danger she faces and the Fates returning him to his realm at the exact wrong moment, an epiphany alone won't be enough to see her in his arms at last. He will have to put aside his mortal prejudice and act in the best interests of a race he thought he could no longer abide.


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24 comments:

  1. I think it's fascinating she got to experience that ritual with him. Must have been very intense for her. Nice snippet!

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    1. Yes, indeed it was quite moving for her! Thanks!

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  2. Nicely written. You put me in the scene; I could picture this as if I were watching a movie.

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  3. Your descriptions are rich in color capturing the reader. Beautiful scene.

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  4. Enjoyed the snippet, liked that she felt moved to dance and add to the positive energy of his ritual. Terrific!

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    1. Thank you so much! (Wonder what Feillor will think of it when he sees what she's doing)

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  5. Wonderfully descriptive. You make the scene come alive.

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  6. I love the effect of her dancing. One thing I'm curious about: what era is Salina from? At first I assumed she was from our time, but what with her being openly pagan and unconcerned about nudity, I don't think that is so.

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    1. There are tons of modern pagans who believe as Salina does...so yes, this is a current day piece. :)

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  7. Sounds like the god isn't the only one with power. Great snippet, J. Rose. :)

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  8. Somehow I feel like he's going to take exception to her joining in. He seems grumpy!

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    1. Definitely grumpy...and yeah, not sure he'll be thrilled about a human participating!

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  9. Nice descriptions. interesting snippet.

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  10. I like that she joined in and I especially enjoyed the description of the ritual. Great snippet.

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    1. Thank you! She just couldn't help herself. :)

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  11. Great description and intriguing ritual. Love the dance.

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  12. Great description of her connection to the earth and her faith. I expected her to say Pentacle instead of Pentagram though.

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  13. her swaying with the waving grain sounds very sensuous.

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