Weekend Writing Warriors – The Phoenix: Blue Ruin (Chapter Seven: Lay of the Land) 

I’ve joined this writing group: Weekend Writing Warriors . It is the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Every Sunday, share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing.

This snippet will count as my Weekend Writing Warrior submission. Here, we have Chapter Seven: The Lay of the Land. Maura has scoped out her temporary home, Mystic Academy. While analyzing her room, she catches her reflection in the mirror, only she doesn’t see herself. 

Side note: The Void is the evil that has possessed her soul.


What do you see? The Void’s silk voice penetrated the silence.

A girl – bob-cut black hair with brown eyes – blocked Maura’s view of what actually existed. Her curves flowed to create an hourglass figure. Round hips filled out her skinny jeans while a slender torso stretched into envious cleavage. Her porcelain skin turned flawless with the simplest of charms, making it a perfect canvas. She admired the column of her neck the most when graced with elegant necklaces. But her true reflection rested beneath her perfections.

As much as she wanted to believe this was her, The Void never allowed that comfort.

What do you see? The Void repeated, its voice a haunting whisper.

“What I’m not,” Maura said, tossing a thick quilt over the mirror.


Blue Ruin is the first novel in The Phoenix Series. The Phoenix Series is a dark fantasy with gothic, noire, paranormal, and supernatural elements.

“A hunter and the hunted, Maura Leroux is one of the last of her kind with a dark past that has haunted her. With black magical beings having been hunted for centuries, she’s come to learn a thing or two about survival. But Adrian Wilhelm, a notorious Vampire, threatens to destroy Maura’s newfound life as a detective in the magical world of Mystics. Adrian intends to use Maura as a means of resurrecting the fallen world of black magical beings, Abysm. Maura has made it her mission to stop Adrian while covering her tracks from those that have been seeking her out for centuries.”

Blue Ruin is now available for pre-order as an e-book. Pre-order The Phoenix Series: Blue Ruin — set to release on February 29, 2016.


16 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors – The Phoenix: Blue Ruin (Chapter Seven: Lay of the Land) 

  1. You’re ability to post the most intriguing bits of your writing where you reveal but a taste of what your book has to offer is superb!

  2. That’s a good excerpt. It has me wondering what the purpose is of her seeing a different reflection from her own. Does she look like that reflection to other people, or just in mirrors? Questions that can only be answered by reading more!

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