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Sunday Snippet, January 17, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride.

Picking up from last week’s snippet.  Pashevel has just taken the stage in the tavern to try to lighten the mood.

“It’s too quiet in here!” he called cheerfully as he picked up his lute. “What would you like to hear?”

A few people called suggestions and he began play, drawing the crowd into the songs until he could stop singing and merely provide accompaniment, a feat which let him listen to the conversations as he left the stage and worked the floor, playing, singing, joking, and listening. 

Especially listening.

And what he heard – and saw – disturbed him.

“I’m worried about what’s going to become of this kingdom when King Kurtzen dies.”

“Yeah, Prince Hierik is no fit replacement.”

“Yeah, the boy’s too soft, too weak. He’ll never make a ruler. We’ll be overrun by barbarians.”

“Barbarians? We’ll be overrun by our own criminals, first.”

“Yeah. He can’t even decide what he wants for breakfast, let alone what kind of punishment to deal out.”

The speakers – all of whom were from the Palace Guard – made no attempt to lower their voices or hide their contempt for the Crown Prince, obviously fearing no repercussions for their words. 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-16-2021

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up from last week. Taliya has been talked into having dinner with her friend Belyn.

“Honey, what you need right now is to let go of that control and just… let go.”

She felt tears welling in her eyes. “Not yet, Bel. I know I need to, but just… not yet.”

“All right. Tonight, after dinner, at my place.”

“Your place?”

“You do need a place to stay, don’t you?”

“Belyn, no. I can’t.”

“Of course you can. I won’t take no for an answer. See you at Curtey’s.”

Belyn cut the connection before she could reply and she laughed, shaking her head. She had known Belyn Weaver her entire life and she never had been able to say no to him and make it stick.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, January 10, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride.

Picking up from last week’s snippet. “He” is Pashevel.

“Quiet in here tonight,” he remarked as the serving girl brought him another drink.

“Always is when they’re here,” she replied, nodding her head toward a group of men in uniform.

“Who are they?” He had noticed them – there was very little that he didn’t notice – but he was unfamiliar with the insignia they wore.

“Royal Guard.”

“Trouble?”

She shook her head. “Everyone’s just afraid of saying the wrong thing, that’s all. They make people uncomfortable – no one knows quite what to say to them or around them.”

“Maybe I should see if I can lighten the mood a bit,” he suggested, nodding toward the raised platform that served as a stage.

She smiled. “It would certainly brighten my mood.”

He laughed and raised his tankard in a toast to her before rising and making his way to the stage. 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-9-2021

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Skipping ahead some from last week. Taliya and her mother have had words and Taliya has walked out of her home, with no plans other than to find Luzita, her lover who her mother sold into slavery. She’s also made plans to have her mother’s household staff hired out from under her, courtesy of a friend who owns the best placement agency on the planet. She has just finished telling him what happened.

“What are you going to do now?” Belyn asked, worry in his brown eyes.

“I don’t know yet, Bel, I just left the house.”

“Well the first thing you’re doing is meeting me at Curtey’s. You need a drink and food, and probably more drink than food.”

Taliya laughed in spite of everything; Belyn was hard to say no to and Curtey’s was one of her favorite restaurants, which he well knew.

“All right,” she agreed. “I’ll meet you for dinner. But no alcohol. I need to stay in control.”

“Honey, what you need right now is to let go of that control and just… let go.”

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, January 3, 2021

Yes, I’m back for Snippet Sunday, too! Looks like it’s been even longer than it was for Rainbow Snippets. Hopefully I’ll be back on track for good now.

I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I don’t have an actual outline (maybe I’ll make one of those this week) so it’s going to be a fun ride.

Pashevel leaned back in his chair, watching the crowd in the tavern’s common room as he sipped his ale; it was dark and slightly bitter, not unlike the atmosphere in the tavern this evening. Pashevel had been staying at the Red Drum Tavern for the past fortnight, sometimes entertaining, sometimes just relaxing, using it as a base as he explored the Human capital city, and this was the first time he had sensed this sort of tension and reserve in the room.

“Quiet in here tonight,” he remarked as the serving girl brought him another drink.

“Always is when they’re here,” she replied, nodding her head toward a group of men in uniform.

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-2-2021

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Yes! I’m back to posting snippets! It’s been a few months, hasn’t it? (My last post was the end of August, I believe.)

Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Anyhow, I’m here with snippets from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel. I’m trying to get it ready for a second round of beta readers (just have a section in the middle to sort out) and my goal is to release it sometime this year.

“We’ve reached an agreement on the contract.”

“When are you coming home?”

“Station morning, as soon as the freighters have set down.”

“When you get back I have another assignment for you. Oh, and your grandmother died yesterday.”

“Pendelia Four is now visible on the monitor.”

The automated voice snapped Taliya Swann back to the present long enough for her to silence it and turn off the view screen. She had neither the need nor the desire to see an image of the planet; not even the thought of being reunited with Luzita could kindle any enthusiasm for her return to her home world.

For the first time since she had received her license she turned control of the company ship over to the port’s computers. The ship had been on autopilot for the entire trip from the Roseeba Sector, and so had she.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-29-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” Picking up from last week, with Danny and James discussing Miss Victoria and her sister.

Skipping ahead a bit from last week (nothing major, just getting Danny unpacked).

I took my bag of tools out to the main warehouse, looking up again at the flying yacht I was here to help with.

James chuckled. “You have that look in your eye.”

“What look?”

“Dreaming of what could be. Miss Victoria gets that same look when she gazes up at it sometimes.”

“I’ve always wondered what it was like, being up in one of the flying ships,” I said. “I know I’m just here to help with the building of it, but it’s hard not to dream.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-22-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” Picking up from last week, with Danny and James discussing Miss Victoria and her sister.

“Did the two of them get along as children?”

“Not as I’ve heard. Cecily was older when Miss Victoria was born, and until then she was the only granddaughter and she didn’t like sharing the attention.”

“I have to admit, I’m relieved to hear that she won’t likely be around much. I only saw her for a minute or two but didn’t much care for her.”

“If she does come around, watch yourself. She’s not to be trusted, that one.”

“Thank you for the warning. I don’t suppose I could set the dogs on her?”

James laughed. “It wouldn’t take much encouragement for them to go after her. They aren’t exactly fond of her, nor she of them.”

“I’ve always found animals to have a good sense about people.”

“Very true. I take it the dogs took to you?”

“I never knew they were there until Miss Madison introduced me to them. Roger slobbered on me and Thomas nearly knocked me over leaning against me for ear scratches.”

“Good. You’ll get on fine, then. Normally they’re a bit standoffish with strangers.”

“Seeing as I’ll be sleeping there, it’s a good thing they didn’t take a dislike to me.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-15-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.

“Cecily… I believe I met her last evening. There was a lady leaving the warehouse when I got there and when I told Miss Madison that the lady leaving had told me to see myself in she referred to her as Cecily and seemed relieved she’d gone.”

James chuckled. “No doubt she was. Cecily doesn’t approve of Miss Victoria and doesn’t try to hide her disdain. Miss Victoria mostly ignores her, which only aggravates Cecily all the more.”

I shook my head. “How can you not approve of your own sister? It’s not like she’s a drunkard or a loose woman.”

“She’s not ‘ladylike’ enough. Cecily is all about appearances, all fluff and bubbles, whereas Miss Victoria is much more practical and down to earth.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-8-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.

“Family should be there for each other.”

“No argument there,” he agreed. “But what should be and what is aren’t always one and the same.”

“True.” I was beginning to wish that I was the prying kind. From what I understood both her mother and father were still alive but the mother’s side of the family wanted nothing to do with her. What could turn a mother against her own child?

“It’s a complicated family,” James said and for a moment I wondered if I’d spoken aloud.

“Does she have any brothers or sisters?”

“An older sister. But Cecily is about as different from Miss Victoria as you can get and neither one acknowledges the other unless forced.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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