Snuffer’s Blurb

Old TypewriterIn case anyone was wondering what happened…no, I didn’t die. I’m quite well in fact, I’m just not blogging three times a week. I thought about for a while, and though I can be convinced of the value of blogging, I think that three times a week saps too many words out of me. I’ve only got so many to go around, you know? I think we’re going to settle into once a week or every other week and see how that goes.

Since I posted it on my Facebook page the other day, I figured now was the time to put out the ‘official’ blurb for my upcoming release Snuffer’s Decision. The Novatera series is a big deal for me. I’m writing the Snuffer series there, and setting all my short stories there. I want to build it out into a dynamic, interesting universe that can contain a wide variety of stories and growth. It’s such a big part of my plans, the series is going to get its own section on my website. That’s in development, and I’ve already got the map up (in a tiny tiny format…bigger soon). Without further delay, then, here’s the blurb:

In the frozen kingdom of Anurakh, King’s executioner Marco stands poised to carry out the sentence of a boy convicted of murder. Uncomfortable with his appointed title, but honor bound to do his duty, the Snuffer, as he is commonly known, resigns himself to adding the boy’s head to a long list he has taken in the name of justice.

With death bells pealing from the Temple of Malock, Marco picks up the heavy sword. As he strikes, the King calls for a stay. Marco twists the blade, missing his target. But it wasn’t the King’s voice, and Marco’s mistake entitles the boy to a fresh trial.

Unsure he is capable of finding the truth, but unable to endure killing someone he sees as an innocent, Marco sets out to find the real killer. As dead ends, royal entanglements, and a brush with the divine disrupt his progress, it appears Marco has little chance of saving the boy or resurrecting the life he built for himself. But is his a life worth restoring?

What do you think? Would love to hear your thoughts…have a great week!


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  1. Paul Xylinides

    Since you asked — to my taste, things should be tight and compulsive. My mind fogs up when I read too much in a blurb especially with exotic names out of context. Below is what would do.

    “In a frozen kingdom, the executioner Marco stands poised to carry out the sentence of a boy convicted of murder. The Snuffer resigns himself to adding the boy’s head to a long list he has taken in the name of justice.

    With death bells pealing, he picks up the heavy sword. As he strikes, Marco twists the blade, missing his target. But it wasn’t the King’s voice he heard, and Marco’s mistake entitles the boy to a fresh trial.

    Unable to endure killing someone he sees as an innocent, he sets out to find the real killer. In a maze of dead ends, royal entanglements, and a brush with the divine, Marco has to save the boy and resurrect his own dubious life.”

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  2. @sweetnan1

    Thank you for following me on Twitter. I had a happy surprise when I followed you back and saw your wonderfully spooky profile page. And another pleasant experience when I read part of your blog. Well written and beautifully set up. I hope you don’t mind if I use your work as an example,

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