Weekend Writing Warriors #84 – Revenant (Part 123)

Sunday once again and that means its time for another 8 sentences from Revenant to share. As always, these carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    They entered the vault side by side. The Augmented Reality Display in their helmets flared to life the moment the pair crossed the threshold. Real-time tactical data superimposed their view and it took them a moment to assimilate all the extra information before moving on.
    Wordlessly the two soldiers split apart, Ryan going left and Marcus right, using the ARD to keep tabs on each other as they worked their way through the massive underground chamber.
    The uniform rows of hermetically sealed storage all bled into one another, and were it not for the map in his head Ryan might have thought he was walking in circles. Eventually he reached the spot where he and Cassandra found the samples. Scorch marks and bits of gore still stained the walls from the plasma grenade he used to clear their path.
    So many husks had died in this place already.


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Weekend Writing Warriors #83 – Revenant (Part 122)

It’s Father’s Day in Australia today. A day when dad’s across the land can sit around the house with a beer in one hand and the footy on TV completely guilt free. This post is as close as I am going to come to doing any work so I hope you all appreciate the sacrifice I am making in sharing it with you ;-)

8 more sentences from Revenant to share, and as always, these carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    Marcus leaned back into the elevator shaft and peered up. “If that’s true then what do you have in mind.”
    Ryan thought for a moment. “The surveillance cameras in the vault are working. We won’t be totally blind in there.”
    “You’re suggesting we lure them inside, and then—”
    “—we spring our trap,” Ryan finished. “I’ve had enough of running.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #82 – Revenant (Part 121)

This weekend has seen the realisation of one of my dreams, seeing Queen perform live. Sure the band consists now of just two of the original members, and Freddie Mercury’s amazing vocals were missed, but the concert was everything I could have hoped for. Adam Lambert did an amazing job. He didn’t try to be Freddie, instead he sang with all his considerable passion and the result was sensational. Roger Taylor and Brian May did what they do best and I could not have been happier with how it all came together. Amazing.

Two Saturday nights in a row with me seeing fantastic bands, I must say I have had a great couple of weeks.

But today I Sunday and that means that I have another 8 sentences from Revenant to share with you. As always, these carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    “Deliberately. Are you saying there are other people in here?”
    “Not people, no.”
    “Then what?”
    “The banshees.”
    “Don’t be ridiculous. They can scream pretty loud, that’s for sure, but they’re mindless zombies like the rest.”
    “No, they’re not.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #81 – Revenant (Part 120)

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Anathema live in the final show of their Australian Tour. A great night out but a late one and at my age – yes I am playing the old man card :-) – it takes a bit to bounce back from such things.

But I digress. I know you didn’t visit my blog to read about my taste in music, so without any further ado I have another 8 sentences from Revenant to share with you. As always, these carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    “This is the vault level I assume.”
    “Only a short corridor before—” A series of loud clangs above them caused Ryan to look up. His eyes widened and he tackled Marcus through the elevator doors just as something dark and heavy crashed to the ground where they’d been standing.
    “Thanks,” Marcus said as he climbed back to his feet. “I guess my parting gift did more damage than I thought.”
Ryan peered through the cloud of dust to examine the object that nearly crushed them. “This had nothing to do with you.” Despite the impact damage, the pile of twisted metal was still recognisable as a desk. “That was thrown down here deliberately.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #80 – Revenant (Part 119)

Sunday has rolled around at it looks like its namesake might actually be shining for the first time in a long while. As usual I have 8 sentences from Revenant to share with you, these carry on immediately from last week. If you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    Ryan finished configuring his gear and pushed out from the wall to dangle in the middle of shaft. He looked on as Marcus set himself up and a less than a minute later the pair began their descent.
    Ryan reached the ground first, surveying the area with practiced efficiency. “Clear.”
    Marcus landed beside him and looked at the carnage littering the bottom of the shaft. “This is your handiwork I assume.”
    Ryan nodded. “We were rather in a hurry last time.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #79 – Revenant (Part 118)

Hello again. Another Sunday is upon us and once again I have 8 sentences from Revenant to share with you. As always, these carry on immediately from last week. If you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    “Talking to yourself again?” Marcus said.
    “Why not. It’s the only decent conversation I’m going to get down here.”
    “Are you still upset over what I did back there?”
    Ryan shook his head. “No, not really. Just tell me that you got them all.”
    “Hard to say for sure. I made the blast pretty big, but some of the ones at the rear might have avoided incineration.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #78 – Revenant (Part 117)

Has it been a week already? It seems like only yesterday it was last Sunday and now its Sunday again… where does the time go? Today I have another 8 sentences from Revenant and, as always, these carry on immediately from last week. If you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    Ryan glared at him, though he knew that look would be totally lost on Marcus. That man was nothing if not earnest in his self-assurance. “Come on then, let’s get out of this air shaft.”
    Twenty metres further along they turned left, and then right again another five metres after that coming to a halt at a metal grill that opened up into the elevator shaft.
    Ryan twisted around so his feet were toward the grill and kicked out. The metallic lattice survived the initial blow, but the second sent it tumbling away into the darkness to land with a clang a couple of heartbeats later.
    “Hello again,” Ryan muttered, seating himself on the edge of the shaft while he secured his rappelling gear to the wall.


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Weekend Writing Warriors #77 – Revenant (Part 116)

Sunday again and that means its time for another 8 sentences from Revenant. As always these carry on immediately from last week. If you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    Sensors in his helmet compensated quickly enough to save his eyesight, but the wave of heat that followed left him breathless. Ryan lay there, his oxygen starved body gasping for air as a shape loomed out of the darkness. He crawled toward his gun, the blast having pushed it a few metres along the shaft.
    “Hope you’re not planning to shoot me with that?” Marcus’ voice said in his ear.
    “Why shouldn’t I?” Ryan managed between breaths. “A little warning might have been nice.”
    Marcus shrugged. “I told you to get going. Not my fault if you have trouble understanding English.”


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Meet My Character Blog Tour

Hello all, and thank you for visiting my blog. I’ve been invited to participate in the Meet My Character Blog Tour by the extremely talented Monica Enderle Pierce. So before I introduce you to Iliya, I’d like to take a few words about Monica.

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Monica Enderle Pierce is an indie author of fantasy and science fiction for adults. She has two books in publication: Girl Under Glass, an ABNA semi-finalist and an Amazon bestseller, and her newest release, Famine, a historical, noir(ish) supernatural thriller.

If you’d like to find out more please click on the book links above. Oh, and please visit her website, check out her Facebook page, or start a conversation on twitter. The links are below, and don’t worry, she won’t bite :-).

Website: www.stalkingfiction.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MonicaEnderlePierce
Twitter: @MonicaEPierce

Thank you, Monica, for thinking of me and I hope you’ll find Iliya an interesting and worthy character for the tour.

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
My character’s name is Iliya. He is a fictional character in a historical setting.

When and where is the story set?
The book covers a period from about July 1944 to November that same year, around the tail end of the War in Europe. Iliya’s part of the story is set in Nazi occupied Poland just as the German’s were pulling out in the face of advancing Russian soldiers.

What should we know about him/her?
Iliya is one of the infused. A once powerful immortal commanding vast magical power and influence. All of which he willingly gave up at the turn of the century to lead a normal life. Settle down, get married and start a family. At the start of the novel Iliya is an elderly widower leading a quite life in a small village with his surviving family; his daughter Anna, and his grand daughter Ilena.

What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The Nazi war effort in Russia has ground to a halt. Undermanned, unprepared, unequipped, and severely underestimating the tenacity of the Soviets the Germans have failed to achieve the quick victory they were looking for.

So with Russian forces pushing them South, and Allied forces pressing from the West the Germans are pulling out of the occupied territories but they are determined not to leave empty handed. Entire villages are being stripped of anything valuable; work’s of art, precious metals and gems, even people.

As an old man, Iliya holds no value to the departing Germans, but his daughter and grand daughter were not so lucky. With his wife deceased, Anna and Ilena are all he has left and the Nazis have taken them.

What is the personal goal of the character?
Iliya is determined to get his family back. Forty-five years ago he abandoned his gifts to try and lead a normal life. It was not a decision he made lightly, but to rescue his children he comes to understand that no such decision is ever final.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The book is called Returned, and I am currently two thirds of the way through my first draft. I have quite a long way to go but if you are interested in learning more about The Infused then please check out Hunter. Hunter is the first novel of the Infused, published in 2013 and available from Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback.

When can we expect the book to be published?
Given that I’m yet to finish writing the initial draft, I would imagine that Returned is still a little ways off. At this stage I’d hope it might be ready sometime in the first half of 2015.

And that, as they say, is that. I hope you found Iliya to be an interesting character. I have certainly learned a great deal about Nazi occupied Poland from walking in his shoes. A beautiful country at a horrific time in history.

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So with Iliya behind us let me take this opportunity to look ahead to next Monday’s Meet My Character Blog, Richard Leonard. In his own words, Richard is a writer of mystery, sci-fi, psych-thriller, YA fiction, romance. Blogger of writing, public transport, astronomy and random rubbish.

Just click on his head to visit Richard’s blog and remember to bookmark it so you can see which of his many characters he will share with us next week.

Weekend Writing Warriors #76 – Revenant (Part 115)

Hi all, another Sunday has rolled around and this one sees me in a much more positive mood. The many balls life makes us juggle remain in the air and one or two have been put safely away which helps immensely. We have another 8 from Revenant, and as always these carry on immediately from last week. If you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    Ryan travelled along the air shaft as fast as his bulk and the tight confines would allow. He’d gone perhaps twenty metres when he heard a strange clumping noise from the tunnel behind him. “Marcus? Is that you?”
    The communication channel remained silent.
    Ryan pressed his body against the wall and dragged his rifle back around. The clumping sound grew louder, and a shudder rippled along the tunnel. Ryan’s ears popped less than a second before a flash of searing white light nearly blinded him.


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