Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Zeke’s Back

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors! Thank goodness it’s May is all I can say.  I experienced an unplanned hiatus in April due to surprise surgery, but everything seems to be back where it belongs, stitched into place and healing.  During recovery I learned that Death by Starlight will be released on July 18th so I’m sharing a bit from Chapter Two, this time in Ian’s point of view.  Ian and his friend Dijeree on the waterfront in Seattle tracking down a trouble-making nymph.

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From a crouched position behind a cement pillar, Ian stood upright, lowered his camera and stared north.

“What are you doing?” Dijeree hissed, still on one knee beside him, night-vision goggles giving her a frog-woman appearance.

“Zeke’s back,” Ian said. It took all of his self-control not to drop everything and start running up Alaskan Way toward home.

“Oh, that’s great! Shitty timing, but great.” She stood as well, shoving the goggles back into her spiky red hair. The top of her head came to the level of Ian’s chin. Diminutive in stature, Ian’s best friend and former roommate was in no way diminutive in personality. She wore all black, the better to blend into shadows, but her hair was like a glowing flame and the porcelain skin of her face shone like a miniature moon.

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Edge of Night 2: Death by Starlight    Release date July 18!

Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together, but just when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave, but it is too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.

As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust of each other to the utmost.

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Edge of Night: Book 1

Book 1 is available at these retailers:  Amazon   Kobo   Barnes & Noble  Books2Read

This post is part of an ongoing blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every Sunday, participating authors post eight to ten sentences from a published work or perhaps their current work in progress. Then we hop to our fellow warriors’ blogs and check out all the fabulous fiction that’s happening! I heartily invite you to participate as a reader, writer, or both. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book. Click here or use the address: http://www.wewriwa.com

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ This Isn’t Fae Magic

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. Good-bye March, Hello April. In Oregon, Spring is afoot and flowers are blooming everywhere. It’s enough to make a writer want to leave the keyboard to go outside and frolic . . . Nah, not really.  I’ll wait for warm weather.  In the meantime, I’m eagerly awaiting the release date for Death by Starlight while penning a follow-up novel to Gryffon Hall.

This week,I’m continuing to share from Death by Starlight, the sequel to Betwixt and Between.  The shaman Alistair has discovered that some entity or other has cast tracking webs on Zeke.  (FYI, svarta are dark elves, and liosa are light elves. They’ve been at war for centuries.)

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“This isn’t fae magic, it’s too metallic, too…” Zeke rolled his eyes skyward, searching his senses for the taste, sound and texture of the magic. His blue-grey eyes— distorted in the surface of a glass float hanging from the ceiling—stared back at him. “Cold, hard-edged, but light-weight; tastes of glacier and rock salt.” After a moment he said hesitantly, “Liosa?”

“Ian?” Alistair asked. “Keeping tabs on you?”

“I would recognize his magic.”

“I thought the svarta hunted down all the other liosa and killed them.”

“There have always been rumors of a few who escaped.”

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Untangling magic can be complicated. Image by Xyee.deviantart.com

Edge of Night 2: Death by Starlight

Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together, but just when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave, but it is too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.

As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust of each other to the utmost.

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Edge of Night: Book 1

Available at these retailers:  Amazon   Kobo   Barnes & Noble  Books2Read

This post is part of an ongoing blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every Sunday, participating authors post eight to ten sentences from a published work or perhaps their current work in progress. Then we hop to our fellow warriors’ blogs and check out all the fabulous fiction that’s happening! I heartily invite you to participate as a reader, writer, or both. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book. Click here or use the address: http://www.wewriwa.com

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Frostbite

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!  Well, I managed a double screw-up last week. Not only did I forget to sign up on the WWW blog hop list, I ended up in a hotel room with iffy wi-fi so I wasn’t able to participate at all.  Alas,  a perfectly good snippet lost to the ether.  However, you can still read it here if you’ve a mind too.  Also, I announced week that I received the contract for Death by Starlight! So, hurrah again for Ian, Zeke and the gang.  I’m jumping ahead a bit from last week (which no one read anyway).  Alistair has discovered that an unknown malevolent force cast a tracking spell around Zeke. They have negotiated a price and Alistair is going to try to remove the spy web.

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Alistair stood, squeezed past Zeke and knelt down to pull a chest from beneath the berth. He removed a dubious looking assortment of ingredients and tucked them between arm and chest, muttering all the while.

“This ain’t no svarta hex,” he said, almost to himself. He returned to his chair and began dumping bits of this and that in a seemingly random fashion into a glass jar.

“What else could it be?” Zeke asked.

“Dunno…been fooling with fairies on your vacation?” The lines had vanished so Alistair threw more of his infernal dust in the air, revealing them to sight again. The webbing was thin, almost like real cobwebs, and white. Zeke ran his fingers through them. They were so cold he yelped and checked his skin for frostbite, but they’d left no marks.

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Edge of Night 2: Death by Starlight

Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together, but just when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave, but it is too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.

As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust of each other to the utmost.

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Edge of Night: Book 1

Available at these retailers:  Amazon   Kobo   Barnes & Noble  Books2Read

This post is part of an ongoing blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every Sunday, participating authors post eight to ten sentences from a published work or perhaps their current work in progress. Then we hop to our fellow warriors’ blogs and check out all the fabulous fiction that’s happening! I heartily invite you to participate as a reader, writer, or both. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book. Click here or use the address: http://www.wewriwa.com

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Honey Instead of Poison

Hello and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where a bunch of really awesome writers dish up excerpts of ten sentences or less from their published work, or works-in-progress.  I’ve been sharing from my recently finished (hopefully soon to be published) m/m urban fantasy, Death by Starlight, the sequel to Betwixt and Between.  Last week, threats didn’t get him anywhere so now Ezekiel is bargaining with the shaman Alistair.  There’s no love lost between them, but they share the common bond of being stubborn and full of mischief.

Zeke speaks first, offering to cast a bit of magic in exchange for Alistair’s services.

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“I can weave a lure which your mermaid enchantress will not be able to resist.”

“When will you learn to lead with honey instead of poison? It will save you a lot of time in the long run.”

“It’s not in my nature.”

“Neither is loving a liosa. Or anyone, for that matter.” Alistair slammed his book shut and turned in his chair to rummage through the shelves behind him. Zeke crossed his arms over his chest and watched sullenly, mind full of dark thoughts.

Alistair was right. For a dark elf to love a light elf—a svarta to bond with a liosa—wasn’t natural.

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Edge of Night 2: Death by Starlight

Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together, but just when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave, but it is too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.

As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust of each other to the utmost.

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Available at these retailers:  Amazon   Kobo   Barnes & Noble  Books2Read

This post is part of an ongoing blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every Sunday, participating authors post eight to ten sentences from a published work or perhaps their current work in progress. Then we hop to our fellow warriors’ blogs and check out all the fabulous fiction that’s happening! I heartily invite you to participate as a reader, writer, or both. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book. Click here or use the address: http://www.wewriwa.com

Weekend Writing Warriors ~Test Me

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Hi! Welcome to my corner of Weekend Writing Warriors.  If you’re a regular, you might have noticed that I kind of took the entire month of February off.  This was semi-intentional as I was overcome by a plague of jobs. Something had to give, and blog hopping was the thing to go.  But during the lull, I completed the sequel to Betwixt and Between, tentatively titled Death by Starlight, and finally hit the submit button yesterday!  To celebrate I’m posting that long promised blurb after the 10-sentence excerpt.

This snippet picks up a little bit further along from where I left off last time.  Ezekiel, an elf recently returned from the dark realm, is visiting his not-so-friendly acquaintance, Alistair the shaman, in order to remove any tracking spells he might have picked up on his recent journey. FYI, a liosa is a light elf.  Zeke is a svarta, a dark elf.

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“And what would a dark elf need from little ol’ Alistair?” A spark of interest flashed in the old man’s green eyes.

“I need you to check me for binding spells, spywebs or listening lines.”

“And what’s in it for me?”

“I won’t summon the leviathan of your nightmares to devour this boat.”

Alistair flinched. “You can’t do that, can you?”

“Test me and find out.”

“You wouldn’t because Ian would never speak to you again!”

Zeke frowned, thinking how very inconvenient it was to care about what some one else thought of you, especially when that someone was a do-gooding liosa.

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Edge of Night 2: Death by Starlight

Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together, but just when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave, but it is too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.

As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust of each other to the utmost.

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Weekend Writing Warriors #37

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Hello warriors and web wanderers!  In this week’s Weekend Writing Warriors snippet I’ve decided to stay put for a while and continue with my fledging mystery, set in Phoenix.  Last week I introduced detectives Lucas Fortier and Sandra Teasdale as they approach a crime scene in the wee hours of a Sunday morning.

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A rare rain had fallen and actual puddles lingered in the busted blacktop of the parking lot. Of course Luke stepped in one and felt the water wick up his socks.

“Rough night?” Sandy asked as they mounted the cement stairs that zigzagged up the front of the building to the third floor. They’d worked together long enough she recognized his silence as a sign of internal pain. He wasn’t much for sharing his personal life, but he knew Sandy would wheedle it out of him with persistent questioning, so he decided to get it over with and hope the case would prove interesting enough to distract her.

“Alan moved out last night, after regaling me for several hours with a recitation of all my shortcomings as a partner, roommate and human being in general.”

“Ouch.”

When they reached the walkway fronting the apartments she reached up and patted his shoulder.

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This post is part of an ongoing blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every Sunday, participating authors post eight sentences from a published work or perhaps their current work in progress. Then we hop to our fellow warriors’ blogs and check out all the fabulous fiction that’s happening! I heartily invite you to participate as a reader, writer, or both. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book. Click here or copy & paste this address: http://www.wewriwa.com