A to Z Challenge

Saturday, August 31, 2013

WeWriWa - Return of the Crown - When we first meet Ena

Another weekend and more incredible scenes dripped across the pages in eight short sentences!  So many different styles and genre's, it's a literary smorgasbord!  If you are interested in how this whole thing works, visit the folks at WeWriWa (this is a great place to find those other flavors on the buffet today as well!).

Okay, so everyone seems to have been enjoying Ena, and I thought that I'd do something a little different this week.  I'd share some bits from Return of the Crown, which is my first published novel.  I thought you all might like to see how Ena's friendship with Ravyn began.  To sort of set the scene, Ravyn's raft is in need of repairs, and she's landed on Draconis Island, where's she's made a sort of makeshift camp...

A scream woke Ravyn with a start; she rubbed her arms trying to chase away the shivers. She wiped at her eyes, thinking she’d dreamt it, and then the anguished cry ripped through the air again, so she grabbed her things and rushed into the shadows. 

A huge shape flashed in front of the trees, casting shadow over the entire campsite. A monstrous scarlet dragon crashed down in the camp, scattering bits of embers across the sand. Its huge scaly head swiveled left and right, sniffing and growling all the while. It pounced on the raft, snapping the mast like a twig. Ravyn watched in wide-eyed horror as it ripped the sail free of the mast, the ropes snapping like string. A quick blast of fire from its smoking jaws turned everything into a raging bonfire, and the wood crackled and sparked, feeding the hungry flames.


If you are interested in checking out more about Return of the Crown...click here.  I happen to know the author will give folks copies on occasion if they are interested in reading and giving an honest review.  You could always ask for one : )
 
 

42 comments:

  1. Not a good way to wake up. Very intriguing.

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  2. You really painted that scene well, Millie. I could see it. :-)

    I love your "literary smorgasbord" comment.

    I thought of you this week while I was picking beans in my garden! The variety is called "Dragon's Tongue". I'll have to post a pic. :-)

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  3. Catching my breath after reading your eight, Millie. Fire's breath. YIKES! Wonderful eight. Also 'literary smorgasbord' caught my eye. WEWRIWA-good description.

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  4. Strong snippet! Clear details. Sometimes you don't need to paint a detailed picture but in this case I think it helps. I'm envisioning Ravyn shivering in fear as she watches.

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    1. She's a bit overwhelmed at the moment, to be sure.

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  5. Good use of eight. I could sense Ravyn's emotions from the time the first scream awakens her

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  6. Wow, quite a beginning, really amped up my adrenaline levels as your character watched all this destruction. Great 8!

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    1. Yup, that's her only means of travel...she's scared and bummed at the same time!

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  7. beautiful description here. I love how visual this was and how it really painted the picture in my head.

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    1. Thank you Lauren, I'm glad people are able to envision the story, that's what we aim for...right? : )

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  8. They obviously didn't start out friends!

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  9. I'm so glad you brought us to the beginning of how Ena and Ravyn met, and it's not at all what I expected... which is great! I'm really looking forward to more :)

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    1. You're welcome Susan, glad you are enjoying.

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  10. Holy Moly! Amazing imagery in only 8 sentences. Day-yum, I want to write like that! Well done, so very well done.

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    1. Well, thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed and thank you for stopping by this fine Labor Day Weekend!

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  11. Whoa! That's quite an introduction.
    Great description, you can really feel the fear.

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  12. Gah, how did I miss you this week! Another fantastic snippet with thoroughly engrossing details -- JEALOUS! =D

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    1. Aw, you make me blush : ) Glad you enjoyed! I got a couple posts in this a.m. then headed out to the river for some Stand-up Paddle Boarding...only just finished making my way through the list : )

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  13. Wow, that's TERRIFYING! Fantastic descriptions!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, Ravyn admits it gave her quite a fright!

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  14. This snippet has wonderful visuals compounded with powerful emotions. Very nice scene setting and intriguing snippet. Definitely makes the reader wonder how Ravyn manages to escape (and for those of us who've read later parts) how Ravyn and Ena end up as friends. Nicely done!

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  15. Fantastic visual! I could feel the the terror. Great snippet. I guess they weren't exactly buddies in the beginning. lol

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  16. Your writing is very visual. I could see the scene perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Wow, what incredible description! I was captivated as I read this. Wonderful excerpt, Millie! :)

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  18. Oh! Even though I know they'll become friends, the ferocity of the attack is still frightening---great job!

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    1. Ena can be an extremely scary dragon...

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  19. I can see that Ena isn't only trying to get seafood, she can be super scary too.

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    1. She's in momma mode...you'll see why soon : )

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  20. Love that description! Felt like I was there watching the dragon! :D Great 8!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you are able to see Ena, she's so beautiful, even when she's angry!

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