Saturday, July 11, 2020

The Dragons of Sythos - snippet from COSMIC LOCK for #WeWriWa

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I’m continuing the story in Cosmic Lock, the sixth book in my epic science fantasy series. At present, I am plodding through edits/rewriting the current draft of the book.
I have skipped to another early chapter with a new set of characters. Violet is taking her baby son to visit their dragon friends on the hot planet of Sythos. Both Violet and her son are wearing protective suits and helmets due to the high temperatures and high levels of oxygen in the atmosphere. Volcanic vents and fires are common on this planet.

Violet and her son emerged on the ledge at the entrance to the Black Dragon’s eyrie, a tall solitary crag protruding from the orange sands of a desert. Far overhead, flashes of lightning flickered in the murky red clouds of Sythos.
Startled by their sudden appearance, the watch dragon spread its wings, reared and hissed a warning. An instant later, the dragon recognized the visitor and hissed, “Zyzost Violet, do you wish to see the Black Dragon?”
Violet said, “Please tell Ythris the Black that I’ve brought my son to play with golden Istros.”
The brown dragon swiveled toward the dark entrance, bent its long neck into the tunnel and uttered a shrill whistle.
The scratching of claws on the stone passage preceded the hasty arrival of a small umber-scaled dragon with outstretched wings. It folded its wings and tilted its head in a question.
Varan cooed in appreciation and waved his arms. Alarmed by the excited baby, the small messenger fluttered its wings and shuffled backward.

End of my ten lines, and a few more follow.

The watch dragon relayed Violet’s message.
“I’ll fly on your command.” Instantly, the small dragon whipped its wings, rose above the floor and dived into the tunnel. 
No more than five minutes later, Violet detected the approach of her friend, Ythris.

 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.

The first book in this series, Grand Master’s Pawn, will be 99c this month. 

Epic SciFi / Fantasy Adventure and Romance
Five star review: This the first novel of the Grand Master trilogy and has the reader on the edge of their seat gasping with pleasure and amazement over the feats of wonder as the new Pawn of an initially fierce new master. Follow her exploits as she teleports across the galaxy at the behest of an enigmatic employer.


Also 99c this month: A Tale of Two Colonies
For refugees from an overcrowded Earth, dreams of a better life on an alien planet transform into a terrifying battle for survival.

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  1. Charmaine Gordon: Aurora, I enjoy your snippets week after week. Interesting and clever.

  2. Cute interaction between the dragon and Varan!

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    1. The messenger dragon is not his playmate. It's the son of the Black Dragon.

  4. A play date! With a dragon! Love it, Aurora.

    1. The two families have a history of helping each other. It started when Violet saved Ythris' life and helped him win his bride despite the opposition of her father, the chief dragonlord.

  5. Such a fascinating world you've built for these characters to live in. The description of the planet fit perfectly for my idea of where dragons would live. :-)

    1. Thank you. I tried to create a variety of worlds - planets and moons - for this series.

  6. I love this visit to the dragon friends! Can't wait for more of the scene, really enjoyed the snippet...

    1. Thank you. I like the dragons too - shades of Pern! The dragons come to the rescue in several of these books.

  7. I love this! A human baby and his playmate, a dragon baby. That is too cute. Love your description of the planet. It reminds me of Mustafar from Star Wars III.

  8. what an interesting combination of playmates. enjoyed the snippet.

  9. Great vivid descriptions! I can picture dragons living on a planet full of volcanoes but the thought never crossed my mind before now. Also the physical description of the interactions were perfect.

  10. Great description of the dragon!

  11. I loved the interaction with the dragons. Great imagery!

  12. Intriguing. Great descriptions. Cant wait for more.