Saturday, June 27, 2020

A Family Breakfast - Snippet from COSMIC LOCK for #WeWriWa



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I’m continuing the story in Cosmic Lock. At present, I am plodding through edits/rewriting the current draft of the book.
Over the past weeks, my snippets covered much of the first chapter. To summarize, Violet and Athanor Griffin returned (at the end of the previous book) to find their 13-month old son, Varan, in danger. Null raiders had burned Mother Tingu’s cottage while she was looking after Varan. At the end of this dramatic scene, the Griffin family and Tingu teleported to the Griffin’s castle.   
I’ve skipped a couple of chapters. This scene opens with the same characters. Note, the antagonistic relationship between Athanor and Tingu began when he was a boy and her naughty pupil. He was, and still is, prone to teleport out of trouble. Marriage to Violet has improved his attitude. 

At breakfast on the following morning, Athanor winked at Violet as he bounced Varan on his lap. “If you wish, Violet, I’ll accompany you to the Academy to assess the condition of the children we rescued from the technos’ compound.”
Grinning at him, she said, “Flashy, I’d love to have your company.”
The White Mother groused, “What about my new cottage?”
Athanor said, “Hanuman has graciously agreed to lend his powers for the construction. He will join me on Avalon this afternoon.”
Tingu took a sip of tea, carefully replacing the cup on its saucer, before she replied, “In that case, I suppose I can watch your mischievous child.”
“Excellent. We’ll go as soon as you’re ready.”

A few extra lines for your amusement:
Note: Italics denote telepathic exchanges. 

Varan giggled and demanded, “Out.”
Athanor lifted the boy off his lap, saying, “Yes, Varan, we’ll play on the patio until the ladies have finished their breakfasts.”
Violet telegraphed her amusement, “Do you think Tingu will finish faster without you?
Exactly my idea. She can’t provoke me with her tardiness when I’m have fun with our son. 
His idea proved to be correct. Within five minutes, Tingu had drained her cup and declined Violet’s offer to pour more tea. Leaving Zoe to wash the dishes, the two women joined Athanor and the toddler in the garden.

 Cosmic Lock

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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24 comments:

  1. Charmaine Gordon says: I always enjpy your snippets. As for me, I fell a few days ago so I must be careful.

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  2. liked the snippet and I liked the loving father / son relationship

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    1. It's quite charming, especially if you know Athanor's grim appearance from the first book.

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  3. Enjoyed the snippet, which was a nice slice of life moment! But with your usual vivid details...

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    1. Thanks. It's the calm before the next storm, or emotional scene in this case.

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  4. I like his subtle manipulation of the situation knowing how the old woman thinks :)

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    1. He's a sneaky guy - a plotter and the underdog who rose to be Chair of the Council of Grand Masters by majority approval.

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  5. Very clever use of his knowledge of Tingu to get what he wants. I'm sure that info will come in handy time and again. Great snippet!

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    1. In fact, she has reason to be thankful for his help. She's just old and likes to grumble.

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    1. Thanks. It's a constant challenge to decide what to do with the baby when they are saving the galaxy!

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  7. They have their work cut out for them--but they seem up to the challenge. :-) Lots of affection comes through the words.

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    1. That what I hope to do - show the Griffins' affection to counter the cold-blooded raiders.

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  8. He and the child have a great relationship.

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  9. This is charming and made me smile. It's nice to have a little family slice of life thrown in here. Also he seems like a great father.

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    1. Thanks. I throw in these scenes between the action.

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  10. I like that we had a moment with the family. It just makes them more real. Enjoyed the snippet.

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  11. They know each other well. Nice scene.

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