Fan the Embers

Good enough

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.


“Then you may have no frame of reference,” Blair said, only slightly tripping over the new language.

He and his wife Kathryn, along with a small contingent of Earthen help, had arrived on Figor a month previous. In those twenty-eight days, he had picked up a large part of their language, but had not quite become fluent yet. “Prime Minister Thompson has fully agreed with the alliance and has named who the allied partner shall be from Earth.” He hadn’t, as of yet, told Kathryn about it. That would not go over well.

“Well?” The Empeer pressed. “Is this individual not good enough?” Xe sat up, xys eyes flashing in annoyance. “We expect the most from the one of ours who stands for the alliance.”


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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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