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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Millie's WeWriWa#3 Or, The Coming of the Big Red Beasties

It's that day of the week when we share snippets again. Never tried a snippet? You should. They're so delicious and come in many savory flavors; adventure, romance, fantasy, mystery-why the menu is endless. Join these clever literary chefs at WeWriWa , read their tasty morsels, and set your reading buds tingling! First, check out my little appetizer. Love to hear what you think.

Since so many folks enjoyed last week, I am sharing the next eight sentences today. If you remember, the ladies were sipping tea, when Ronan spied the dragons outside his wee cabin which put him in a bit of a panic. Ravyn, giggling, asked if the dragons were red...(you can find last week's eight Here).

Ronan nodded, “Aye, monstrous beasties they are, and redder than a rose, the both of ‘em.”

A humungous roar blasted the air, the thatched roof shivered against the mighty onslaught, raining straw and dust down on their heads.

Ravyn stood and brushed herself off, “Well, let me tell them we don’t need rescuing before they tear your house apart. Or set it on fire.”


She stepped around Ronan and opened the door. Ena, the large red dragon Ravyn had befriended four years before, sat on her back haunches, her serpentine tail lashing back and forth against the walls of the little cabin. Boom, boom, boom. Smoke billowed from her nostrils and she growled low in her throat.




I'm not going to directly toot my own horn, but, this coming week is the Blogger Book Fair, (of which I am a participant)! My first book Return of the Crown will be reviewed by a couple folks, and Zelera will give an interview, and there are tons of authors also participating that are worth checking out (I'm actually not sure of the exact tonnage of all authors and bloggers combined, 'cause it'd just be rude to ask for everybody's weight--but I'm sure we'd be tons and tons and tons). The link to check out the site is just off to the right on my blog. I hear there will be contests with giveaways and such! Make some time next week to travel the BBF, I'm sure you will have a fabulous time!

39 comments:

  1. The visual was perfect and I love the whimsical atmosphere, Millie! "...sat on her back haunches, her serpentine tail lashing back and forth against the walls of the little cabin..." I made a mental leap when I read that--and I saw a dog-like dragon wagging its tale, a very likable sort. :-) And I think your cooking analogy as a greeting was wonderful!

    Excellent 8 :-) !

    If you are on Twitter, and you tweet at me-- @teresa_cypher, about your book reviews for the blogger book fair, I'll retweet it for you. :-)


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    1. Why thank you! I appreciate that very much! Have a really great day!

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  2. I'm really loving this take on dragons! A very amusing excerpt, much enjoyed.

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    1. Ena is one of my favorite characters...shh, don't let the rest of them know that though, they can all get so sensitive!

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  3. Wonderful visual and characterization of the dragon. But is it really necessary to specify BACK haunches?

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    1. Probably not : ) This is first draft, and when folks like you look at it, it shows me easy places to snip!!!

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  4. Nice snippet - what's not to like about protective dragons? Congrats also on the bookfair, reviews and interviews.

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    1. Thanks, you should check it out next week, lots going on!

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  5. Nice! It would be such fun to have a protective dragon. Your description of her reminds me of my dog. He has much the same mannerisms.

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    1. At this point in time, she might seem a bit like a dog...but no one owns Ena.

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  6. Great dialect and wonderful imagery. I really like this so far. Well done!

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  7. Wonderful descriptions! I felt smack dab in the story and loved it. Especially your word choices. Brilliant!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad everyone is enjoying!

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  8. Love that tail swishing back and forth. Great description. :)

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    1. She's not the most patient of dragons : )

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  9. Oh, I definitely love a good dragon, and this one sounds exciting to have as a friend. I can just imagine Ronan's face as his friend jumps up to have a chat with the dragon! Great snippet :)

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    1. Thanks so much, she is a fantastic dragon, I have a special place in my heart for her!

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  10. Everybody's trying to rescue the ladies, and there's no enemy they need saving from! (At least not yet.)

    They'd better get Ena calm before she accidentally brings the house down!

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    1. That's next week Caitlin : ) You will all get a little better glimpse at her character : )

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  11. What a terrific set of bodyguards! This is terrific!

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    1. Thank you Sarah, glad you could swing by!

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  12. Fantastic visuals in this! I could easily picture the dragons, which isn't easy for me, as it's usually difficult for me to suspend my disbelief. Terrific job!

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    1. Well thanks Joanne, I appreciate that!

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  13. I agree with Joanne Stewart. I can visualize these friendly dragons, who seem more like large dogs. :-) Looking forward to the next excerpt.

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    1. Thanks for swinging by. I think you'll enjoy seeing their character evolve over the next few weeks.

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  14. Very nice details. Extremely vivid. Love it!

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    1. Thanks. I've been having a great time writing it : )

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  15. Oooo, a dragon. Scary! Excellent snippet.

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    1. She's scary when she needs to be...thanks for swinging through : )

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  16. Great 8! The imagery leaps off the page!

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    1. Thank you Ann, Ena is larger than life!

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  17. Oh my, I bet Ronan thought she was daft! Very cute and funny. Can't wait to see what happens next week!
    History Sleuth's Milk Carton Murders

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    1. Thanks for swinging by! I'm so happy everyone is enjoying the dragons, as much as I enjoyed creating them : )

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  18. Love dragons! Great voice and the fantasy is captivating!

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  19. The setting is to clear and the tone is so fun. I love the visual and the sound effects were perfect.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you are enjoying it!

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  20. Do I detect a little Scots from Ronan?
    Great 8. Looks like a fun tale to follow...

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