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Saturday, 8 September 2018

#SundaySnippets, #WeekendWarriors, 'Dancing With Fate' - "You're safe now, Cora..."


Hello fellow  Snippeteers and readers.  Welcome to my Weekend Warriors post. I'm continuing  with another snippet from my fantasy novella, Dancing With Fate. Thank you to everyone who's been following my snippets so far.

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BACKGROUND:
Having fulfilled the mission set by Apollo, Terpsichore the muse of dance is preparing to return to Olympus when she meets the mysterious Myrddin. Unaware of her goddess status, he invites her to share a meal with him and falls asleep by the campfire. She is lured towards a host of glimmering, evil red lights, and although she senses the danger, she is now without her powers and has no means of resisting them.  This is a few passages on from last week's snippet 

Myrddin has saved Terpsichore and carried her back to safety.


SNIPPET (as usual, some creative punctuation to comply with 10 sentence rule and may differ slightly from published version)


"You're safe now, Cora, I won't let anything happen to you."

He mistook her longing, her desire, for fear, could he not feel the beating of her heart, or did he put that down to fright as well? She took a deep breath, she was a goddess, she would not be seen to be weak and frail, like a mortal woman. 

She drew back from him a little, and gazed up into his eyes. "I know, and I thank you for...saving...me from..."

The words stuck in her throat as she once again lost herself in his eyes. His face wore such a gentle expression, so much concern in his eyes, his lips were so close to hers.

"From what, Cora? Did you know they were the Ellylldan - do you realize how much danger you were in?" He brushed the hair from her face with the back of his hand.

(Note - the Elliyldan are pronounced 'Elch-chilch-dan' as near as I can get to the Welsh!)


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When Terpsichore, the Muse of Dance, is assigned to revisit the land of Wales, her task seems simple enough. She is unaware there is a hidden agenda. Before she can return to Olympus her path crosses that of the mysterious Myrddin, and her heart is lost. But Myrddin is promised to another. His mind is set on the dangerous task that lies before him, and the woman he has sworn to save. Nevertheless, he cannot deny the growing attraction between him and the beautiful stranger he meets along the way. 
 Terpsichore and Myrddin face a deadly force that threatens to part them forever. Is she destined to lose the only man she has ever truly loved? Is there nothing she can do to save him? Finally, when all seems lost, in desperation she finds herself DANCING WITH FATE. 






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32 comments:

  1. Maybe she can get what she wants if she acts like a damsel in distress? Nice snippet!

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  2. Sounds like she's more in danger of losing her heart than she was to the Elliyldan. Great snippet, Hywela.

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  3. It's neat how she isn't trying to be a weak and needy woman, but it perhaps coming off as one.

    PS1: Elliyldan is pronounced 'Elch-chilch-dan'? Uh huh, right, sure it is . . . )

    PS2: in the recent book blast there were FAR more commenters on your site than on any other site in the tour. Thought you'd like to know.

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    1. Yes, she's out of her depth with Earthly perils like this, but not adverse to a few feminine whiles either! Sorry about the Welsh, Ed. It's a genuine Welsh myth, I didn'tmake it up, just borrowed it for this story. Thanks for letting me know about the book blast, so glad - and I hope you got some sales out of the tour.

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  4. Once again you pulled this writer right into the scene. Description are frightening and gorgeous all at once and the romance happening is so real.

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    1. Aw thanks so much for your lovely comment Charmaine, I'm so glad you enjoyed the snippet!

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  5. The goddess had better watch out. Looks like she's falling for a mortal (if Myrddin is truly mortal), but falling for sure. I still have no idea how that word is pronounced! :)

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    1. She certainly is - and your getting fairly warm with your suspicions about Myrddin. Sorry about the Welsh - it'sa very hard word to pronounce even for those of us born in the country - so two 'lls' in a row, which are pronounced quite different to a double l in English!

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  6. Is she truly afraid or is that what she wants him to think? Nice snippet!

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  7. It appears her resistance to her feelings is what's in danger here. Nice snippet, Lyn!

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  8. Did she know what they were, or is she unaware of the dangers of this world (including hunky heroes)? Really enjoyed this scene.

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    1. Thanks Alexis, so glad you enjoyed it. Yes, she's quite unaware of the dangers - this world is so different from Olympus where she lived her whole life, and she hasn't even got her goddess's powers to help her overcome them.

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  9. I think it's impressive that he knew what they were and still rescued her. Great snippet!

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    1. He's that kind of guy! (Plus he had a few tricks up his sleeve to overcome them.)

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  10. Interesting! I wonder how much she can let him know about herself?

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    1. She's being cagey at the moment but the truth will out eventually.

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    1. Oh he is, and wise in the ways of such dangeers.

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  12. *copies and pastes the word into a message for a Welsh friend*

    And I'm pretty sure she had no idea what they were.

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    1. None at all - I wonder if your Welsh friend has heard of the Ellylldan?

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  13. If she didn't know she was in danger, she does now. However, she may be in danger of losing her heart. :)

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  14. Needing help doesn't make you weak. But right this moment, she seems quite confused, not that I blame her. Those evil fairy lights sound terrifying.

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    1. She is, and they are. As I said earlier, it doesn't help that she's without her usual goddess powers so she's pretty helpless.

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  15. Look - your book boyfriend has to stop competing for my attention. I have my hands full with my own book boyfriend.
    I really like this snippet. Well done.

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    1. LOL Sue, I know what you mean. These book boyfriends are just too much *sigh*. So glad you liked the snippet!

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  16. She's really in a dither, isn't she? Good thing he doesn't know what she's really thinking. Not yet, anyway.Very nice.

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    1. Yes, but that may change soon! :) Thanks Diane.

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