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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Weekend Writing Warriors #75 – Revenant (Part 114)

You know that feeling you get when everything just seems to be piling on and nothing you do seems to make a difference to the amount of stuff that still needs doing? When even the things that used to relax you seem like a chore and crawling into a dark hole to hide from the world begins to sound attractive? Well I am in the grip of that funk right now. But for me the best way to deal with those thoughts is to plough through them and perhaps having Ryan and Marcus kill some zombies will help turn the mood around. :-)

As always these carry on immediately from last week. If you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    “We’ll deal with them like we always do.” Marcus stole a glance back into the room. “Now get going. Those bastards have almost got the door open.”
    Ryan nodded and started to move. He pushed his gun out in front and propelled himself forward with hands and knees. At the corner, he took one last look at Marcus waiting by the opening.
    “You’d better not get yourself killed,” Ryan muttered, and continued on his way.


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Weekend Writing Warriors #74 – Revenant (Part 113)

A big weekend this one. The annual Salami and Prosciutto weekend, where I get to embrace my European heritage and make smallgoods to share with my family and friends. It’s a massive affair with meat, chilli, salt, fire, beer and good company. Something I look forward to every year but despite that, I didn’t want to miss the chance to share the next few sentences of Revenant. So here they are… As usual I have another 8 sentences from Revenant and once again, these carry on immediately from last week. If you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    Ryan pushed himself along the narrow passage, but stopped when he noticed that Marcus remained by the opening. “What are you doing?”
    “Just leaving our adoring fans something to remember us by.”
    Ryan chuckled. Marcus’ peculiar brand of humour always did take the edge off his anxiety. “Well don’t dick around for too long. The two banshees ran off when they saw me climb in here.”
    “So?”
    “So, I wouldn’t be surprised if they figured out what we were doing. We might find the pair of them waiting for us when we come back out.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #73 – Revenant (Part 112)

It’s a cold and wet Sunday in Melbourne today, perfect reading weather. As usual I have another 8 sentences from Revenant and once again, these carry on immediately from last week. If you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    Ryan twisted around in the narrow confines of the air vent and reached down to help Marcus up while the undead horde threw themselves against the security station’s window and door. The room shook with the onslaught but held firm, for now at least. The sheer mass of bodies clamouring to get them would soon find a way through, as he watched a spider’s web of tiny cracks appeared in the corner of the window spreading outward with every blow.
    Ryan lifted Marcus up, moving deeper into the air duct to give his partner room to wriggle into the narrow space. “Where do we go now?”
    “Follow this until you reach a T-intersection, then turn right,” Marcus said. “That’ll take us back to the central hub.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #72 – Revenant (Part 111)

The Sundays are rolling on with alarming frequency. At least this week I made sure I signed up for the list early to avoid an embarrassing repeat of last week’s forgetfulness. Once again another 8 sentences of Revenant. If you didn’t come by last week then you should check out the previous post as well so that you don’t miss out on anything significant. As always, these sentences carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    The pair moved the desk and Marcus climbed up to set about removing the cover while Ryan kept an eye on the still silent husks beyond the room. The banshees remained in place at the rear of the group. Red dress’s eyes narrowed, her mouth curling into a snarl as she watched Marcus work. She reached forward to nudge the professor who looked up just as the metal grate covering the ventilation duct fell to the floor.
    “Come on,” Marcus said kneeling down with his fingers meshed together. “I’ll help you up.”
    Ryan climbed onto the desk, and with Marcus’ help disappeared into the wide metal pipe.
    A piercing wail shattered the silence.


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Weekend Writing Warriors #71 – Revenant (Part 110)

For the first time since I started posting to Six Sentence Sunday it appears I forgot to sign up to the Linky List. Despite my oversight I decided to participate anyway, hopefully my previous loyalty will allow the moderators to forgive me this breach of etiquette.

As always, these sentences carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    One, wearing the tattered remains of a red dress, cocked its head to the side while its eyes scanned the window frame. The other, a former scientist judging from the ruined lab coat he wore, appeared to focus its attention on the door.
    “We have to get out of here,” Ryan said.
    “Already on it. Help me drag the desk over to the wall there.” Marcus pointed to the southwest corner of the room.
    Ryan looked over to where Marcus indicated. Just below the ceiling was the grate of an air conditioning duct. “Good thinking.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #70 – Revenant (Part 109)

My post this week comes to you from the city of Hobart. The capital of Australia’s southern most state, Tasmania. Today I will be doing a tour of a few distilleries with some friends of mine as part of Tasmanian Whiskey Tours so I thought it best to get this post written before the tasting has begun. :-)

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    “Why? What is it?”
    Ryan pointed to a spot at the rear of the unnaturally still mass of undead. At a pair of husks, looking back at them with a malevolent cunning. “The Banshees are here.”
    Dressed in whatever clothes they died in, they looked similar to the rest, desiccated skin over a muscular frame, their fingers curved into claws, but it was obvious that these were different. These possessed something far deadlier than mere strength and speed.
    Reason.


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Weekend Writing Warriors #69 – Revenant (Part 108)

Another Sunday and another 8 sentences for Revenant. Once again, these sentences carry on immediately from last week so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    “And theirs too I hope,” Ryan said as the husks threw themselves against the door and walls. The room shook but the reinforced concrete and steel held fast. Ryan reviewed the building schematics in his heads up display while the assault continued.
    “What are they doing now?” Marcus said.
    “What do you—” It was then that Ryan noticed the silence. The husks outside had stopped attacking the room, they just stood and stared. “Oh shit.”


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