Saturday, February 8, 2020

Flames - snippet from Cosmic Lock for #WeWriWa

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Okay, take a deep breath. I’m plunging into my new story, Cosmic Lock, the 6th book in the Grand Masters’ Galaxy. This science fantasy series stars Violet Hunter and Athanor Griffin. In the Cosmic Trilogy, books 4-6, they are psychically-linked Grand Masters with immense powers. Their son, Varan, is just over a year old and they left him with their old tutor, Mother Tingu, while they were away for a few days.  
There’s a dramatic beginning. 
(Note, unedited and may change)

   A rippling sheet of vivid orange flames filled her vision.
   Violet had peeped at her son’s surroundings via their resonating amethysts as soon as she had advised the captain of the watch to expect two friendly ships of escapees from behind the Rift. Instead of Mother Tingu’s pristine kitchen on Avalon, a wall of fire filled her senses.
   Stunned and bewildered, her mind whirled with questions. What in the voids was she seeing? Were the flames an afterimage of her violent passage across the Cosmic Rift?
   Acting by instinct, she contacted her psychic partner.
   Their link vibrated with Athanor’s cry, “Avalon’s under attack; the portal is blocked.”
   Trembling in foreboding, Violet cried, “Varan’s with Tingu.”


Draft Blurb
Grand Masters Violet and Athanor Griffin return from beyond the Cosmic Rift with two shiploads of rescued children and escaped slaves, but their enemies have not been idle in their absence. Avalon is in flames and their little son is missing. Finding him may be the easiest problem for the powerful couple. They must unite the fractious Grand Masters, stop the bloodsucking Ixioths from enslaving sentients, and seal the Rift to prevent new incursions of the vindictive Nulls. Can they overcome the challenges and secure peace for the galaxy?

Cosmic Lock is on pre-order at Amazon
I hope to release it well before the listed date.

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  1. Such an action packed and tension filled snippet, looking forward to reading more of this!

    1. Thank you. I'll continue this chapter for a while.

  2. Oh dear, that's not a good thing. Great flash, Aurora.

  3. Good job infusing tension into the opening!

  4. Loved the tension-filled snippet with its impending dread! I want to know what is going to happen.

  5. Wow, what a powerful opening. You've got me on the edge of my seat! Very nicely written! :)

    1. Thank you. I hope the rest of the story will match up to the beginning.

  6. What a dramatic image you've painted. Good job.

  7. Scary stuff, not to know what's going on with her child. A VERY dramatic beginning, thoguht it was a terrific excerpt.

  8. Replies
    1. Thank you. It's good to hear I'm on the right track.

  9. Noooooooooo, no babies in danger. That's just me, it's a great start. Scary and intriguing.

    1. Yes. What's the worst thing that can happen to your characters?

  10. Every mother's fear that something will happen to their child while they're away. Great drama and emotion here, Aurora!!

  11. Very intense beginning. Good job. BTW, I would change the word "peeped", not intense enough.