Fan the Embers

It had to work

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 will find a way to make this work. I will find a way to make this work.” Xe would need to know who was entering the claiming season when Hugh MacGivens came to their world. “I will also need to know more about Hugh.” It would be best to encourage a friendship between xemself and the ambassador. The more xe knew about xem and xys child, the better chance that xe could choose someone to befriend the Earthen sciate. And once they claimed and bonded, they could work toward the first Figorian born with Earthen DNA.

“This will work,” xe said under xys breath.

It had to work. It was their only chance at survival.


And thus ends the Prologue. Next week, Chapter One starts.

The Figorians use a different 3rd person pronoun than Earthens due to the fact they have no gender. When Earthens refer to themselves, they use the gender-infused he/she 3rd person pronouns. When referring to the Figorians, or in how they refer to one another, the pronouns: xe, xys, xem, xemself (pronounced zee, zis, zem, zemself) are used.

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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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