Fan the Embers

Muck and Mire

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.


He glanced down at his hands where gauze showed clearly over the back of the right one which meant the IV had been removed. That meant he was close to his destination. If only he could work through the muck and mire that was his head. If he was hung over now, that meant he was drunk out of his head when he left Earth. And why would he…

Oh right. Partying with his cousins. They’d given him a huge sendoff party before he left Earth. It had been fun to spend the last year and a half there. With all the interplanetary travel his father did as a diplomat for Earth, Hugh had still managed to graduate from an Earthen high school.


Figor Book One cover
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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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