Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #20

Welcome to another snippet.

I hope you will enjoy this week’s selection which is but a part of the greater whole. The idea is to present the entire short story to you 8 – 10 sentences at a time.

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Demeas has had little success in Urukan. Other than the thief being a priest, Demeas remains uncertain of his identity. Next, he must cross into Ghendhar to continue his search.

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The old man never got a good look, so it could have been Costane or Faldron. Then again, it could be priest not connected to The Temple. Now he had better idea of what lay ahead, and he was not looking forward to it.

He made his way to the wharf and gave two pieces of silver to a boatman who did not appear busy.

“That’s too much,” insisted the ferryman.

An honest man.

“Get me to Ghendhar quickly and perhaps I’ll give you another silver.”

The boatman bit into one of the coins and smiled which revealed several missing teeth, “We best be leaving then.”

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Currently Reading The Curse of the House of Foskett by M. R. C. Kasasian

I enjoyed The Mangle Street Murders–the first book in the series–and am sure I will enjoy this as well. Sidney Grice is one of the most unlikeable characters I have ever read: I hope he remains thus.

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House of FoskettThe Curse of the House of Foskett: The Gower Street Detective: Book 2
by M. R. C. Kasasian @MRCKASASIAN

Kindle Edition

~~~ Book Description ~~~

125 Gower Street, 1882.

Sidney Grice once had a reputation as London’s most perspicacious personal detective. But since his last case led an innocent man to the gallows, business has been light. Listless and depressed, Grice has taken to lying in the bath for hours, emerging in the evenings for a little dry toast and a lot of tea. Usually a voracious reader, he will pick up neither book nor newspaper. He has not even gathered the strength to re-insert his glass eye. His ward, March Middleton, has been left to dine alone.

Then an eccentric member of a Final Death Society has the temerity to die on his study floor. Finally, Sidney and March have an investigation to mount, an investigation that will draw them to an eerie house in Kew, and the mysterious Baroness Foskett…

~~~ Taken From Amazon Product Page ~~~

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #19

Welcome to another snippet ranging from 8 – 10 sentences long.

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Demeas continues his conversation with the old man.

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The old man squinted, “Not there. Must not be back yet.”

Demeas pulled two copper coins from a leather pouch and gave them to the old man, “Thank you. You’ve been helpful.”

“Do somethin’ wrong did ‘e? I mean, what with ‘im acting so strange and all.”

“No, nothing like that,” answered Demeas with a smile.

He was getting closer to his goal, but two things continued to troubled him. An H’Rhophyan was responsible for the theft and, more disturbingly, the identity of the priest still eluded him.

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The Destroyers

I don’t like to be political in my writings and try to stay away from the subject as much as possible, but today I can’t.

I received an email yesterday in which Ezra Levant of TheRebel.media writes, “No one knows the Alberta NDP better than Sheila. She’s criss-crossed the province documenting how Notley is wrecking the oil and gas industry, and waging war against farmers and ranchers. But this book isn’t just a recap of recent headlines. It’s deep research into who Notley’s wrecking crew are — where they came from, what makes them tick, and what extremist positions they’ve taken in the past.
That’s why the book is called The Destroyers.”

The destroyers

(Receive your free copy here)

What I found was so disturbing I wonder how the NDP were able to form a government.
Sheila Gunn Reid explains it well when she writes: “In a major exit poll, 93% of Albertans said they were simply voting for change; only 7% said they wanted NDP policies.

Has the information information in this book been known, it is likely the NDP would never have been elected in Alberta.

You may not agree with Conservative view presented in this book, but you owe it to yourself to read this book and make up your own mind.

The Destroyers: Rachel Notley and the NDP’s War on Alberta by Sheila Gunn Reid.

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Currently Reading “The Book of Stolen Tales” by D J Mcintosh

Finished reading The Book of Stolen Tales today. I didn’t like it as much The Witch of Babylon, but it was still a good read. If you liked ‘Witch’ you will enjoy this volume. I will give it 3.5/5 stars. I’ll be sure to read The Angel of Eden soon.

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The Book of Stolen Tales: Book Two In The Mesopotamian Trilogy
by D J Mcintosh @djmcintosh1 

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Kindle Edition 

~~~ Book Description ~~~

In this highly anticipated sequel, John Madison travels to London to purchase at auction a rare seventeenth-century Italian book of fairy tales for an anonymous client. Madison is warned about the book’s malevolent history. but before he can deliver it to the buyer, he is robbed by a mysterious man claiming to be the book’s author. When his client disappears and the book’s provenance is questioned, Madison must immerse himself in the world of European artistocracy and rare book collectors. As the dark origins of certain fairy tales appear to come to life around him, Madison discovers that a well-loved children’s story contains a necromancer’s spell and points to the source of a deadly Mespotamian plague.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #18

Welcome to another snippet.

I hope you will enjoy this week’s selection which is but a part of the greater whole. The idea is to present the entire short story to you 8 – 10 sentences at a time.

This link will take you to the Weekend Writing Warriors home page where you can check out snippets from other writers.

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Demeas continues his search by making inquiries in the port town of Urukan.

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H’Rhophyan swords were unique in that the pommel is embossed with the image of a dove that remained upright whichever position the sword was in.

The old man returned his gaze back to Demeas. “You be not dressed like a priest, but I’se can spot one even with these old eyes. Don know ‘ow, but every ‘Rhophyan I ever seen carries hisself in a way. The way they’se walk, sit … ride.”

Demeas smiled and let out a chuckle. “Did you see where he went?”

“I seen ‘im talkin’ to a boatman just after sunrise,” replied the old man pointing to a group of boats near the small wharf.

“That was five hours ago. Do you remember which boatman?”

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #17

Welcome to another snippets. It has been a restful couple of weeks over the Holiday Season and was actually surprised to see how much I achieved with nothing planned or scheduled.

I hope you will enjoy this week’s selection which is but a part of the greater whole. The idea is to present the entire short story to you 8 – 10 sentences at a time.

This link will take you to the Weekend Writing Warriors home page where you can check out snippets from other writers.

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Demeas begins to track his quarry.

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Demeas began his steep descent into the coastal port town of Irukan, a departure point for those heading north across the water to the Kingdom of Ghendhar.

To get to Ghendhar by land would require travelling east, then north and finally back west. It was a journey that took about four days, but Demeas knew that was time the thief didn’t have. By boat, those four days would become a few hours. He made several inquiries before he found someone willing to speak to him.

“Nervous ‘e was for sure,” said the old man. “Kept ‘is ‘ood pulled forward o’er ‘is eyes ‘e did, but ‘e was ‘Rhophyan.”

“Are you sure?”

“Carries a sword,” the old man’s eyes shifted toward Demeas’ sword, “like you ‘ave.”

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Happy New Year

2015 has been an interesting year. I got quite a bit of writing done, having finished the majority of the short story series–The H’Rhophyan Chronicles. The major task for this series is, the completion of one or two more stories and then the work of editing and re-writing. Completion of the outline for the book to follow the stories has given me a good start for the next year.

So what will I be doing this year? After a couple week off, I will continue with the series and begin writing the book–not sure what to call it yet–and hope to have it completed sometime later in the year. The series should, hopefully, begin to be released in May of 2016.

But there a other important tasks as well, such as reading. Here is my reading list for the first part of 2016:

Reading-2016-GIFHarbor Island (Sharpe & Donovan Book 4) by Carla Neggers (Which I am currently reading)
The Curse of the House of Foskett: The Gower Street Detective: Book 2 by M. R. C. Kasasian
The Harvest Man (Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad) by Alex Grecian 
Die Trying (Jack Reacher, Book 2) by Lee Child 
The Book of Stolen Tales: Book Two In The Mesopotamian Trilogy by D J Mcintosh 
Dark Hollow (Charlie Parker Book 2) by John Connolly 

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I’m sure there will be many more.

What are you planning to read? Why not leave your reading list in a comment below.

In the mean time, have a great 2016!

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Currently Reading ‘Harbor Island’ by Carla Neggers

Finished reading on Jan 14, 2016. I found the flow a little sluggish in places, but I kept going. Overall “Harbor Island  was a good read with enough plot twists to keep one guessing and deserving of 3.5/5 Stars. Looking forward to reading “Keeper’s Reach” soon.

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I have read the first 3 books in the Sharpe & Donovan series, along with the Prequel, and enjoyed them…so why stop now?

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HarborIsland_169Harbor Island (Sharpe & Donovan Book 4)
by Carla Neggers  @CarlaNeggers
Kindle Edition

~~~Book Description~~~

Emma Sharpe, granddaughter of world-renowned art detective Wendell Sharpe, is a member of a small Boston-based FBI team. For a decade, Emma and her grandfather have been trailing a thief whose first heist was an ancient Celtic cross. Since then, the Sharpes receive a replica after every new theft—reminding them of their failure to capture their prey.

When Emma finds a murder victim holding a small, cross-inscribed stone—one she recognizes all too well—her fiancé, FBI deep-cover agent Colin Donovan, is troubled. But together they dig deeper, certain there is more to this murder than meets the eye.

As the danger escalates, the couple faces questions about their relationship. Can they give their hearts and souls to their work and have anything left for each other? Before they can focus on their future, they must outwit one of the smartest, most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered.

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Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!

It’s been a fairly productive year so far as writing goes. I should have the entire series finished by the end of the year, but will need some time to edit, format and any number of items which will require my attention. The first installment of the Trilogy has begun as well. Looks like it will be a busy 2016.

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I would like to thank everyone who has come to this site throughout the year and would like to send Best Wishes for the Holidays from my family to yours.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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