As My First Act Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

The WIP is an epic portal fantasy, which is undergoing a final edit and will be released after Star Cruise: Outbreak in the late April/early May 2016 time frame. (NEWS: I have a blurb now! See below the excerpt!)

Sandy and Mark have been transported to an unknown world. This snippet is from  quite a bit further in the novel, after they’ve left the mysterious mountain oasis, in the company of some new friends… Sandy, who picked up an odd stone key in the Oasis, was bitten by a snake named Sherabti, went into the green light with a woman unknown to her and now is sitting in a room she’s never seen before, with four women who seem to think Sandy is someone else…the Lady of the Star Wind…A new player, Haatrin, entered the chamber and scolded the Moon Sisters, after which an even more senior goddess, Nuet, arrived to scold them ALL.

“…you’re dismissed, all of you. Having done your unthinking mischief, your presence is no longer desired.” Nuet waved one hand in a curt, shooing motion. “Be grateful I don’t choose to reclaim my domain here. I might hurtle your namesakes away from this world as my first act.” 

Like children released from school, the Moon Sisters fled in a pack without backward glances, leaving Haatrin, Sandy, and Nuet, the crone.

Sandy studied her. Was it her imagination or did the woman stand taller, her spine not as bent? And her hair had definitely been a wild tangle of dull gray curls, but was now more silver blond, wavy rather than curly. The eyes were the same, deep and unfathomable, but the wrinkles surrounding them were now fewer, the cheeks rosier. 

Nuet has more than one aspect, you see.

Here’s the long awaited story summary for LADY OF THE STAR WIND:

Are they merely luckless lovers … or a legend come back to life?

Mark Denaltieri, ex-Sector Special Forces, has been hired by the Outlier Empress to rescue her granddaughter, Princess Alessandra, from kidnappers. Since the Empress once had him tortured and banished, she’s the last person Mark wants to work for. But he takes the job. He’ll save Alessandra, his first love, and discover why she didn’t speak for him when he desperately needed her. Then he’ll be on his way, finally free of his past.

Alessandra would rather her rescuer was anyone but Mark–after all, he let her believe he was dead all this time. But when the couple are forced to flee her captors by Traveling via a strange crystal globe, they find themselves in a lovely Oasis on a desert planet, the old attraction sizzling between them again.  

They soon discover they are far from alone. The Oasis holds the entrance to another world, one in which the inhabitants are convinced Sandy and Mark are the Lady of the Star Wind and her Warrior, come to free them from an evil Queen.  

Mark and Sandy must work together to unearth an ancient mirror, and crown the true king of this land.  Can they fulfill the prophecy of the Lady and her Warrior … and this time, will their love survive the test?

By the way, I worked with Cathryn Cade, The Blurb Queen, and she TOTALLY rocks at writing blurbs, which I’m not good at.

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38 comments on “As My First Act Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. Interesting how the goddess can change her appearance. Great descriptions. Love the line about the Moon Sisters fleeing, too.

  2. Great blurb! I think it’s intriguing how Nuet’s appearance has changed. Will she have good news for Sandy? I hope so. 🙂

  3. A lot of commenters felt the same way – love the line about being dismissed form school – great analogy that everyone can relate to.
    Tweeted.

  4. I’m kind of glad the Moonsisters split. They were getting on my last nerve! LOL Nuet, on the other hand, is rather intriguing. And the shifting of her glamour is really cool. Nice snippet!

  5. First, I’m jealous that you have a blurb. Intensely jealous. (I hate writing blurbs and I suck at them. Seriously suck at them. So, yeah, jealous.)

    Anyhow, great snippet. I’m really loving Nuet!

    • I;m going to have Cathryn do ALL my burbs from now on and maybe even redo some of my old ones. She is a magician with the blurb! Her Blurb Queen service wasn’t that expensive and well worth it to me to have such an important piece of the book be well done and help convince readers they want to read the story. I just always try to say too much and be too detailed in blurbs….I fail! (And no, I’m not on commission with her LOL. Just happy!)

  6. Love how this story just keeps unfolding. Great blurb! I’m with you on writing them- historical novelist Libbie Hawker does mine. It’s always a huge weight off the mind when it’s done.

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence, Elaine! For sure I’ll let this loop know when the book comes out. I’m still planning on May. Gotta get STAR CRUISE OUTBREAK out first. It’s going to the copy editor in a week….

  7. It almost sounds as if Sandy’s presence is the figurative “fountain of youth”? In which case the “old crone” might not want to let her go.

  8. I love Nuet. I could picture her so easily, not only from your description but from her voice. This sounds like a great read, and the blurb is awesome. Nice work!

  9. I love the blurb! I really want to know more – in general, and from this point forward! Happy you’re nearly done with the revisions (and someday I’ll be able to say that about a novel, too!).

    The tension on this bit is a long slow burn that leaves me itching to know what’s next. Brava!

  10. This crone gets more and more interesting by the snippet! I can’t wait to find out what the cause is for her starting to look…younger.

    Great blurb too! A real hooker, it sounds like a great storyline. 🙂

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