Snippet Sunday – The World Tilted

It’s time for Snippet Sunday and the weather outside is winter. That’s it, no cute phrase or fun remark. It’s winter – snowy and cold.

Over the summer, however, I joined a group of fellow authors writing fantasy romances in an alternate world resembling DnD campaigns. The premise was, what if a spell seeking heroes went awry and dragged people from our world into the magical one? What would the new heroes do with their new abilities while on this quest for a magical artifact? THE SORCERESS OF SONG AND FLAME is my answer.

In this snippet, Matsuko Ishikawa has a rude awakening to her new world and new powers.

Finding myself dressed in hooded robes on a dark, windy street I didn’t recognize with blue fire filling my palms, I was understandably confused. And not in my usual way.

Last I checked, I’d been listening to some of my most favorite music, humming along as I ate my evening meal after work. Humming helped me release the pent-up emotions I’d experienced during the day and let them flow away. The scents of the briny coast and an approaching storm had filled my nose as the last rays of the sun caught the land before the clouds swallowed them. I’d tilted my head back and closed my eyes for just a moment.

The same moment the world tilted, and I threw my hands out to grab the railing in front of me.

Except there was no railing, no sidewalk, no beach. And I’d set fire to a handcart and an unlucky pile of rags on either side of me.

The pile of rags jumped up, screaming, and ran down the cobblestone road between oddly ornate buildings no more than a single story tall. Surprise and panic ramped up in my chest and the flames from my hands grew larger.

Shouts came from the buildings around me, waking up what appeared to be a small seaside town. With burning lanterns instead of streetlights. And livery stables instead of covered parking. And swords instead of automatic rifles.

Unfortunately, that only ramped up my anxiety and I hummed louder, which made the flames leap a good two feet off my hands.

“Whoa!” I tried shaking them but that spread the fire in wider arcs. “Oh, glory, not good. Not good!”

Damn, that girl’s on fire! 😉 There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list, the Snippet Sunday Facebook group, and the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group. A few of my favorites are, P.T. WyantKaren Michelle NuttVeronica ScottKarysa Faire, and Iris Blobel.


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Matsuko Ishikawa, Audiologist and Newbie Sorceress

Being autistic, I’ve learned the patterns and rules of my world to make life easier. Everything I know is thrown into disarray when I find myself wearing long robes and setting fire to a wagon with blue flames… From my hands. I don’t know where I am… or how to control my new pyrotechnic talent. Throw in a guy who can turn into a dragon and a goddess-given quest, and I’m totally out of my depth. But if I complete the goddess’s task of finding a magical artifact, I can go home, which is the goal, right?

Arach Uzekamanzi, Third Born Prince of the Dragonkin

Being a 126-year-old dragon, there isn’t much that surprises me anymore, but Matsuko is completely new. And it’s pretty clear she’s not local. Accompanying her on a quest to find magical artifact seems like the best way learn more about her and stave off boredom. Now I just have to help Matsuko acquire the Song Stone, return it to the goddess’s temple, and get her home. But the more I learn about her, it becomes clear I’ll do just about anything to convince her to stay.

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