Saturday, 26 March 2016

Weekend Writing Warriors 27/3/2016 - Impcatcher


This is my entry for Weekend Writing Warriors. 

Firstly, thank you to everyone who made me welcome last week. 

And secondly, anyone who hasn't come across WeWriWar needs to go here to see all the extraordinary talent on display.

My snippet this week is again from Impcatcher, and carries on from where we were last week. Tal Djandiss, the eponymous impcatcher of the title, is in a pitch black cellar, attempting to catch a rogue imp...


Lady Varra had said the imp was only a recent arrival, a weak little tyke without the experience to be troublesome.

A sudden rattle of movement warned me that said weak little tyke was endeavouring to be thoroughly troublesome. There was a swishing sound in the still air as another choice vintage spun towards where my head currently was. I ducked, tripping against one of the wooden wine frames and jamming the neck of a bottle into my ear painfully. I swore, the epithet drowned by the latest bottle smashing on the arching stonework behind me. My net was draped over a crate of wine somewhere in the gloom. I suspected my catching a Vildani red from 2744AA wouldn’t qualify me for my fee. Come to think of it, if this little bastard’s aim improved, my only reward would be an early arrival in the hereafter.

I love my job. Honest.


Impcatcher is a fantasy novel set in the town of Freebridge. When mages make mistakes, imps and elementals escape and make trouble. The Impcatcher of the title, Tal Djandiss, has the job of dealing with the little horrors. The novel opens with him facing just one such imp...

To find out how he does, and to learn the more worrying plot he becomes entangled with, get the book on Amazon here, or in other epub forms on Lulu, here.

As always, comments are welcome!

38 comments:

  1. Great snippet! Love a good action scene, especially when told from the first person POV.

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  2. I just love the humour, Peter. I saw the whole scene in my head, with a huge smile on my face.

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    1. Thanks - Tal's a bit of a smart-ass, but I like to think he's entertaining.

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  3. Very fun snippet! The first line drew me in and I was right there with him the entire time. Can't wait to read more.

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    1. Thanks! Expect some more next week - I have serious difficulty shutting Tal up!

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  4. Yep, I'd say that weak imp is going to prove not so weak! Is the imp going to embarrass Tal by getting away, or will Tal defeat that annoying mosquito? We gotta come back to find out.

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    1. We'll find out next time if he gets his hands on the little horror.

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  5. This sounds like a fun story. And at work I never trust anyone who says this is going to be an easy task :)

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    1. A wise approach - nothing is ever as easy as someone else claims it will be!

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  6. Welcome to the group, Peter! Sorry I missed your post last week. Love your character's witty line about the little bastard's aim!

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    1. Thanks for the welcome! Tal's got a wry turn of phrase, mostly when he's the one in trouble (which is most of the time!)

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  7. Wonderful imagery. I could picture the whole action scene.

    I've added your link to the Snippet Sunday Pinterest page, too. :) https://www.pinterest.com/karenmnutt/snippet-sunday-posts/

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    1. Thanks for pinning me up - it's appreciated!

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  8. Great combination of action and humor. I missed last week, so welcome!

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    1. Thanks for the welcome, and I'm glad you're enjoying it.

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  9. Lol, love Tal's inner commentary and look forward to finding out what this "weak tyke" really looks like;). Great snippet.

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    1. We'll get a bit more about it next week.

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  10. Welcome to WWW! Fun, fast paced snippet here! I can see the narrator dodging the wine bottles, but I wonder what the imp looks like? Can't wait to find out!

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    1. More about it next time - not that Tal has time to get much of a look at it...

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  11. When will people learn that little doesn't mean safe? Plenty of small things are quite fierce.
    I wonder how much money will be spilled out before this is done...

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    1. Tal is a firm believer that careless talk costs wine.

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  12. If he lassos a bottle of wine, he can die happily, if nothing else.

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    1. The imp reckons if he gets hit by a flying bottle he can die happy, too. Tal's not convinced...

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  13. Love the humour of the last line. :-)

    Tweeted.

    And welcome.

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    1. Thanks for the welcome and the tweet!

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  14. Love the humor of the character. I think that imp is going to be more of a problem than originally thought! And welcome to weekend writing warriors!

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    1. Thanks for the welcome - and yes, I think I can safely say the imp is much more troublesome than Tal anticipated!

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  15. Ooo that little bugger seems like a heap of trouble. Loved the action. Great snippet.

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    1. Yep - the small ones are often the most vicious.

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  16. This tickles me, especially since my daughter's very fitting toddler nickname was The Impinator (part imp; part Terminator). I'm not sure whether to root for Tal or the weak little troublesome tyke!

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    1. I love the nickname "Impinator"! Would have fitted my daughter, too.

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  17. Welcome to wewriwa & I love the premise of your story :)

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    1. I'm glad you like the concept, and thanks for the welcome!

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  18. Delightful writing, Peter! Everything works--painting the scene so that visualizing it happens without thinking, and you have outstanding character development. I already like the main character.

    I think I missed you last week. Welcome to wewriwa!

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    1. Thanks for the welcome, and thanks for the kind words about Tal and the book.

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