Saturday, August 1, 2015

Over the cliffhanger - snippet for #WeWriWa



Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Here, writers showcase their work with 8-10 sentences. Join the fun and read our snippets.

This week, I’ll share a scene from my new release, Grand Master’s Game, Book 2 in my series, Grand Master’s Trilogy. In this series, the portal web is the main means for interplanetary transport. But, the portal has misdirected to a deadly planet, leaving them hanging on top of a cliff.
Last week’s snippet can be read at
http://auroraspringernovels.blogspot.com/2015/07/grand-masters-game-8-sentences-for.html

Standing at the rear of the precarious ledge, Violet leaned against Athanor’s warm body and squinted through the gloomy atmosphere. The portal perched on a cliff surrounded by roiling umber clouds. Far below the clouds, blue green spikes protruded from a glassy blue lake. Ice pillars carved into fantastic shapes were reflected in the mirror of the lake.

Overhead, jagged lightning zipped from the ominous black clouds and struck the frozen peaks. Cracks snapped across a pillar of ice. The severed top tumbled slowly into the lake and the splash rippled outward in concentric circles. Winds roared through the peaks, spinning dark streaks of cloud across the sky towards their shaky perch.

The hazy black swirls fired an alarm in Violet’s mind. “Athanor, it’s the black dust. Port us out of here!” she shouted, fearing the clouds contained the horrid dust that suppressed his telekinesis.




Blurb
Spin across the galaxy as Violet and her Grand Master hunt their enemies.
Cracks in the portal web threaten galactic civilization, and suspicions fall on the mysterious Grand Masters with their immense psychic powers. Once, there were twelve Grand Masters, humans and aliens, on the Council. Now there are eleven. One was killed when the young pawn, Violet, rescued her Grand Master, Athanor, from the Red Queen’s dungeon. The Red Queen fled the fight and now she lurks out of sight, regenerating her energies.
Athanor devises a risky plan to expose his enemies on the Council and force the Red Queen into the open. His strategy will employ Violet’s empathic skills as his secret weapon. Meanwhile, she wrestles with her erratic talents and doubts about their unequal partnership. In their search for revenge, they contend with the portal crisis, psychic traps and hostile aliens. In the inevitable battle of Grand Masters, Violet and Athanor each will face their worst nightmares. What is the sacrifice for victory?



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24 comments:

  1. What a desolate place. Great description.

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  2. Oh dear! I didn't think it could be worse than last week, but I was wrong! They are in Big Trouble!

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  3. Wow, incredible visuals. Too bad they need to leave- it would be hard to tear your eyes away from those sights.

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  4. I love all the colors and the details - it was beautiful in a scary way. Excellent excerpt!

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  5. Awesome landscape- worth revisiting for sure. I mean, once they figure out how to survive it!

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    1. They are too busy dealing with the malicious Grand Masters.

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  6. Oooo! Great visuals! Creates a wonderful picture. Nice job!

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  7. Great description, incredibly visual.

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  8. The description of the place is so vivid. Great job.

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  9. Oh gosh, awful place to get stuck! Will he port them out before the black dust renders his abilities incapable? Great job painting a tension-fraught, dangerous scene.

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    1. Well, there are several more chapters and a happy ending.

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  10. And not a moment to spare! Fantastic description, Aurora! :-) To me it appeared dark, deadly, and almost hypnotically beautiful.

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  11. Fast paced and dangerous. Great atmosphere.

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    1. Toxic atmosphere on the planet. Thanks!

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