Fan the Embers

Claiming season

Time for more Weekend Writing Warriors snippets.  We post 8-10 sentences from one of our works every weekend.

From 3/18 through the end of the year, I’m featuring my upcoming novel: Fan the Embers. Each excerpt will begin from where the previous week’s left off. By the release date in November, you’ll be able to read the full prologue and part of the first chapter.


“We have insisted on this type of alliance as from everything I have studied, it is the most likely to bring us what we need. However I do not wish to make you or your child uncomfortable.”

Xe paused and rubbed xys chin in what looked like an absentminded manner.

“Our claiming season is very important,” the Empeer said as xe rose from his chair and walked over to a tall window that overlooked the back garden of the kazdak. “At eighteen, our children become adults. They apprentice for their life’s work and they seek their mate. As I understand it, on Earth you mate at any time, yes?”

“That is correct.”


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Fan the Embers

It’s 2096, Earth is relatively new to the intragalactic game, and 18-year-old Earthen Hugh MacGivens thinks he’s going to spend a few months on a distant world with his ambassador parents. Instead, he steps onto the planet to find he’s Earth’s selection for solidifying an alliance with the genderless people of Figor—by mating with a local.

Trend a’Bahn is ready for xys life to begin. Xe wants to gain an apprenticeship to a master builder and find xys mate in claiming season. Never would xe have expected an attraction to an offworlder.

While the two navigate claiming season, an undercurrent in Figor emerges. They don’t like anything non-Figorian and they hate what Hugh represents. As peaceful as Figorians are, a fire has been lit. If their beloved Empeer won’t stop such a mating from occurring, they will take care of it themselves.

Hugh came to Figor for a few months and possibly the rest of his life. If they have their say, his life ends now.

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