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WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS: An Excerpt from CITY OF SCARS

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

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The release of CITY OF SCARS is approaching — check out my blog next week to see how you an get involved with the cover reveal and blog tour!  In the meantime, enjoy another excerpt.

Among the many dangerous groups active in Ebonmark are the Chul, a band of cannibalistic apocalypse cultists searching for Ijanna for reasons dictated by their foul leader, the Witch Mother.  Unfortunately, Ebonmark is full of inhospitable places for these feral warriors to hide out.

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Ebonmark’s central housing district on Monsoon Road had once been filled with the residences of the city’s wealthy and the services catering to them: the area had been known for its fine carriages and marble fountains, and the City Watch had maintained careful vigil over the district to keep vagrants and rogues away.  Now, three decades later, Monsoon Road and its environs was a dilapidated refuge for outcasts, cutthroats, prostitutes and drunks.  Rank cadavers could be found in the gutters, the fountains were cracked and defiled, and the solarium had burnt to the ground.  

A simple two-story house made of old mortared stone stood at the end of the road.  It had once been the residence of a minor ambassador, but now the building was stained with brown blood and scratches, rotted oak boards covered the windows, and the shattered doors lay on the ground like casualties.  Inside the building the cracked and splintered furniture was weighed down with corpses, and half-eaten bodies hung from the walls by wickedly sharp hooks or dangled from rusted chains in the ceiling.  Triangular runes had been carved into the floor in effluvia and blood.  The stench of decay hung in the manor like a cloud, serving as a warning to stay away from the house at the end Monsoon Road, for it was a lair of the Chul.

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Thanks for dropping by, and have a great weekend!

19 Comments

    • Daezarkian

      Thanks Danielle!

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  1. Ryan Derham

    Wow chilling description an detail every step. Anticipating something explosive ahead.

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    • Daezarkian

      Thanks, Ryan! The Chul are nothing but trouble.

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  2. Susan Deborah Schiller

    This is my 1st time on the Weekend Writer’s Warrior blog hop, so I’m jumping into the middle of your story, but you have excellent command of words in describing a building.

    Somehow you’re able to bring all the sights and sounds together in a mental image that is crisp and clear.

    Great job!

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    • Daezarkian

      Why thank you, Susan, and welcome to the crew! =D

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  3. Teresa Cypher

    Oh…the Chul….stay away.

    No problem, Steven. After that description–The Chul are the last thing I want to meet!

    As always, your post is amazing! I really liked the imagery here: “…and the shattered doors lay on the ground like casualties.” Excellent. 🙂

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    • Daezarkian

      Thanks, Teresa! =D

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  4. Linda Hamonou

    Oh god this sounds totally like my favorite place to be. There is so much details that it gives me a cold sweat.

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    • Daezarkian

      Thanks Linda!

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  5. Elaine

    That doesn’t sound like a place I want to add to my must-see destinations 😉 I loved the intensity of the writing and the way you brought that aweful place to life.

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    • Daezarkian

      But it’s such a vacation spot! ;D Thanks Elaine!

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    • Daezarkian

      Thank you!

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  6. Kate Warren

    Ew! How does one get past the smell long enough to get a look inside that house, I wonder?

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    • Daezarkian

      I imagine it would be tough.

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  7. Susan Stuckey

    Absolutely disgusting visual and sense stimulators – so it was very nice writing! Great snippet. I would certainly keep away from these guys if I could.

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    • Daezarkian

      Why thank you!

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