Behind the Scenes: The Scoria


The Scoria


Nope, don’t go scrambling through your memory or your bookshelves; this isn’t a book title you should be familiar with!

The Scoria is an idea I’ve had for a very long time; I started working it up in the late ’90s, and then my writing path took me in about ten different directions at once, none of them leaving me time to write this book.  Every once in a while I huge the folder holding my notes for it, though!

And, as it happens, some years ago I had the chance to submit a story to the anthology (edited by Julie Czerneda and Jana Paniccia) UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS.  The antho theme targeted secret societies: “Down through the centuries there have been groups sworn to protect important artifacts and secrets, perhaps exercising their power and connections–possibly even mystical affiliations–to guide the world’s future. ”

My little idea was a very nice fit, in a sly way.  So I had the chance to write the foundation piece for the book-to-be, and I was thrilled, and am still thrilled, to have had it.

And now it’s equally fun to have the chance to put out an e-version–for now, on Kindle (currently a sweet 99 cents at that)–but as I gather momentum, on Smashwords (with its many available formats) as well.  I mean, dig it, man–the muse gets to work on a sleek cover and the prose within!  Oh, the happy!

So guess what!  Here’s a snippet!


Alleksa! Alleksa!

Voices raised in joy, in a rare daring.

Galetia twisted from her sentry spot and raised her own hands high, flashing fingers open and closed in the approval of their kind. “Alleksa!” she shouted down into the bowl of the arena ruin, a midnight darkness spotted with tiny ground fires and fire spinners on the move. A spontaneous, whirling circle closed around the central dark spot that held Alleksa.

Hidden here outside the city, only the Scoria celebrated the night.

And only the Scoria celebrated surviving the coming of age that the citties took for granted. Alleksa proved more blessed yet…she would not only survive, she would thrive. Everyone saw the signs–the flashes of change without fever, without shakes, without chills. The ripples of ethereal otherness across her face, without the rash that so often came with such a strong turning.

She would be one of their strongest.

She might even live through to adulthood, protected by this secret gathering of the abandoned, the discarded…those both lost and found. Each year, more infants were plucked to the safety of loving arms. Each year, more youngsters lived through the change.

But oh, the authorities had begun to suspect.

About Doranna

My books are SF/F, mystery, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. My dogs are Beagles, my home is the Southwest, and the horse wants a cookie!
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7 Responses to Behind the Scenes: The Scoria

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Love the cover. Love the snippet.

  2. Robert says:

    want more!!

    cover is good.

  3. Doranna says:

    Elizabeth, thank you! This is a fun project for me.

    Robert, thanks! I hope you’ll have the chance to read it, too!

  4. Jackie W says:

    I would like to win Survival Instinct so I can say that I’ve read another good book by a good author.

  5. Patty says:

    Cool! Must check out smashwords.

  6. Doranna says:

    Yah, I haven’t done Smashwords yet–gonna get a solid batch up on Kindle first. But then I’ll head to Smashwords (or something similar), where I can offer the stories in a variety of formats.

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