Sunday, April 07, 2013

#snippetsunday From Bk1 INESCAPABLE: 1st peek at #upcoming #indie series Eternelles

Hey beautiful people!

Feels like ages since I last posted a Snippet Sunday... Didn't have the courage to post last week as Mauritius was reeling in the wake of flash floods that hit the capital city, Port Louis, on Saturday March 30. 11 people died, and hundreds of others have lost their homes and all their belongings... A catastrophe of that magnitude had never hit us and it was a dazed wakeup call for all of us Mauritians...

Anyhow, life does go on, and today I'm back on the bandwagon. Not posting from my 1NightStand any longer, since I have a new release coming in May, and wanted to start showcasing that one a bit.

So after 8 years of writing, and being totally happily involved with my main publisher, Decadent Publishing, I'm taking the plunge and going indie on top of epubbed. This project happened mainly through brainstorming between me and my bestie, author Natalie G. Owens. We wanted to write something together, and as we debated over endless emails, the idea for the Eternelles series came into being.

What is Eternelles about? Two immortal women, a mother and her daughter. They fight against evil, and in the year 2012, find themselves at the heart of an upcoming Apocalypse when a prophecy is revealed as to how the portal keeping Evil at bay from the human world is about to be breached...

This one will be an ongoing series, and is written in the format of TV show seasons. Natalie and I each write one POV in the story - I write Adri, the 'mother' and a 2,900-yr-old immortal born during the Greek Dark Ages and raised on Olympus. Natalie writes Sera, the girl who came to Adri in the year 1887 as a baby wrapped in flames that somehow, didn't burn her or Adri when she popped out of thin air into Adri's arms.

What's the mystery behind Sera's origins? The series aims at answering this question, all while embroiling these two women in a prophecy as old as time and a world on the brink of chaos.

The following comes from Chapter 2 in Book1, INESCAPABLE, and is the first lines from Adri's POV. Chap1 focuses on Sera and is written in Natalie's words. I thought I'd feature my writing and leave her to showcase hers on her blog.

Here goes:


'...

Adrasteia ‘Adri’ Dionysios stepped out of the Mercedes McLaren SLR and handed the keys to the uniformed valet as she passed under the bat-wing opened door of the sleek vehicle. The beaded clutch in her hand, she shrugged her shoulders so the fabric of the Burberry velvet blanket coat settled over her frame like a cloak whisper-blown onto her.

Always make a memorable entrance—funny words from her soul brother, the formidable Olympian god, Ares. She’d had to fall back on his twisted conception of living after his father, and her foster father, Zeus, threw her out on her ass for having dared to side with Ares in one of their petty father-son squabbles. Landing on Earth, Ares had followed her and taught her every intricacy of living on the mortal plane.

He did have a flair for the theatrics, though, and with a small smile, she reckoned his advice had guided her in good stead. For over two thousand years, she’d been impersonating the regal socialite heiress of the Dionysios family. This charity gala today should be a piece of cake.

She started up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art off 82nd street. The flash of cameras sizzled and hissed around her, their blinding light almost making it seem like daylight had somehow crept up onto this still-chilly April night. The veil between the worlds that had lifted during the spring equinox would close fully in a few days—the witches and fae expected her and Sera in Shadow Bridge on that morning when they’d seal the fabric between the dimensions until the next equinox.
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Check out the rest of the amazing peeps on the Snippet Sunday list this week. You can find them all here on the FB group.

Excited to be sharing this new series with you, guys! Let me know your thoughts!

And, if you want to know more about Eternelles, and read the first lines from Sera's POV, then head over to Natalie's Snippet Sunday post today!

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

40 comments:

Karysa Faire said...

Love it! Congratulations on venturing out into indie land. :-)

J.Rose Allister said...

I second the congrats on your indie land adventure! Great snippet. And on an unrelated note (sort of), I love the header on your blog!! So awesome.

Sarah W said...

I'm sorry to hear about the recent flooding and the terrible damages to homes and families.

I do, however, love the premise of this story---I'm a big mythology buff and this has all the earmarks of a terrific series!

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Karysa! It's a huge leap but we're in this together so it's not as scary :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, J.Rose. Awww - glad you like the header. I wanted something that would reflect all my writing, and that's what came out when I played with the images. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Sarah. The devastation has been heart-breaking, but the country's come together as one to help out.

And thanks about the series! Nat & I love the paranormal and magical fantasy - we integrated all that together and came up with the premise behind Eternelles. :)

Kate said...

Wow, Zee, so sorry to hear about the tragedies in your homeland. I hope you're safe! Great snippet and nice integration of back story.

Anastasia Vitsky said...

Oh my goodness, what an awful time for you! I am glad you are able to be "back" despite the tragedy.

Love the richness of detail here. Nicely done!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

How scary. I'm so glad you're safe.

Great snippet- I'm intrigued to know more. Sounds like you and Natalie will have fun with this series. Love the book cover!

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Kate. The floods happened in the capital city which is like 20 miles from our place. Thank goodness the torrential rains let up in our town or we'd have been in trouble too.

Glad you liked the excerpt! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Anastasia. It's good to be back :)

Zee Monodee said...

Karen, it was indeed very scary...

Natalie and I had a blast while we were writing. A rollicking adventure to co-write this one. :)

And glad you like the cover - I had lots of fun making it.

Joanne Stewart said...

So sorry about the tragedies! Glad you're safe, though.

This is a very intriguing snippet. I love the concept. Congrats on your new venture. :)

Jane Wakely said...

So sorry to hear about the sad events from last weekend, but I'm glad you're safe!

I love the idea of this project and enjoyed your snippet! :)

Paula Martin said...

So sorry to hear of the tragic flooding but glad you stayed safe.

Intriguing snippet - an interesting combination of the Greek gods and the contemporary world.

History Sleuth said...

Clever concept and I love the way you two decided to write it. Quite unique!

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Sorry to hear of the flooding. Is it unusual? Possibly connected with global warming?
This looks like a fascinating premise.

katewyland.com said...

Wow. Sounds like you all had quite a time. Hope things recover quickly.

Great excerpt. Looking forward to more.

Vivien Dean said...

Glad to hear everything is safe now.

And what a great excerpt to come back with! Well done. :)

Linda Morris said...

Great world-building here! (And I'm sorry to hear about the flooding in your part of the world.)

Claire Gillian said...

Lovely descriptive writing.

I'm so sorry about the troubles plaguing Mauritius. I hope you didn't suffer any losses.

Frank C. Etier said...

Precise details make this a memorable snippet.
Well done!

Veronica Scott said...

Fascinating premise, really enjoyed the detailed description and her thoughts. Excellent excerpt!

Siobhan Muir said...

Wow, it sounds like a great idea and I wish you the best when it comes to independently publishing, Zee! :)

Sharon Buchbinder said...

Congratulations on going indie and on your new series. This looks fab!

Nancy Levine said...

Sorry to hear about the upheaval in your life. I haven't had an flooding (thank goodness), but in 2011, I had complications after knee surgery and at the end of 2012, my parents got sick, ended up in the hospital, then a skilled nursing facility for rehab, and are now living there permanently. As the only child, I'm having to take care of everything.

Loved the excerpt--book sounds great! Good luck with everything!

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Joanne. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Jane. Glad you like the idea behind Eternelles. We had fun with this :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Paula. We had total fun merging old myths with the contemporary world :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, History Sleuth! Nat and I are both headstrong women so we needed a concept where we wouldn't walk on each other's toes. Having 2 POVs sounded like the perfect compromise :)

Zee Monodee said...

Sue Ann, the flooding was really unusual. We've had torrential rains before but not of that scope. The blame seems to be going onto 'wild' construction that have blocked natural drains, hence the water flooding in place.

Glad you like the premise! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Kate. For us, it was more a shock than anything, thank goodness, but others weren't so lucky.

Will be posting more in the coming weeks :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Vivien! Lol, back with a bang, eh? :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Linda! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Claire. Thankfully, no losses for us but we were quite scared and shocked...

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Frank! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Aww, thanks Veronica. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Siobhan! We're both on pins & needles atm with this project :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Sharon! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Nancy, sounds like you have a full load on your plate *hugs*

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