#8Sunday – A Reap & Repent Snippet: A Reaper & His Scythe

In this eight sentence excerpt (creative editing in play) our reaper hero, Deacon, is about face his former friend and fellow reaper turned nemesis. Kylen has been possessed by a demon for the past century. While Deacon’s sure his friend is gone and what he faces now is only the shell, the fact doesn’t make the confrontation any easier. But what needs to be done must be done. Deacon readies himself and brandishes his scythe.


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It was an impressive weapon and would slice through a human, no problem: the weapon of choice for decapitation. If a supernatural beastie needed to be put down, reapers were the ones who did it. A job perk as it were.

The weapon and the reaper were deadly.

He didn’t know if Kylen still held souls, but he instantly regretted the one he carried himself. If the demon was empty, he’d have a powerful advantage on his side. There was one way to find out.

Deacon summoned an aura of protection around himself and slashed his scythe forward.


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Reap & Repent blurb  


They see death. Can they share a life?

Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

19 Responses to #8Sunday – A Reap & Repent Snippet: A Reaper & His Scythe

  1. This book was scary! If it had been a movie, I’d be watching with my hands over my face.

  2. Avatar daezarkian
    daezarkian says:

    Job perk, indeed! Nicely done! =D

  3. Interesting details and very tense – great 8!

  4. This is an interesting story premise 😀 I like the humor you weaved into it. When writing 3rd person, some writers (myself included) often project the protagonists feelings into the narration. I think it adds a lot of personality to the story and helps the reader bond with the character. It sounds like they can hold onto multiple souls as reapers? Do the souls affect them? It seemed implied here, which is a novel concept. Great snippet ^-^

    About the scythe that easily slices through humans. There’s nothing wrong with that, especially since this guy is a supernatural force. I think it might be more interesting if it sometimes takes more than one whack to do the job, or if he misses sometimes. I know with an axe it used to take them a ton of whacks to chop a head off. That’s what prompted the invention of the guillotine, a far more humanitarian method of execution. But that’s just my opinion :$

    • Thanks for the thoughtful comment 😀 The souls do affect them (weaken them) so it’s not the best situation to be in. Love the guillotine info. It’s never as easy as they make it look in the movies, ha!

  5. Great premise. I like the snippet you posted–and now I’m wondering about the book after reading Cara’s comment. 🙂

  6. Avatar burnsmillie
    burnsmillie says:

    Off with his head…hope his friend is actually “gone”

  7. Sounds like a scary weapon. I wouldn’t want to mess with him.


  8. I like the voice here. The snippet is a great set up, and I like the concept of the book. Good snippet 🙂

  9. sounds like a nasty battle is about to ensue. I hope he can do the job at hand even though he’s facing the face of his friend.

  10. Avatar Karen Michelle Nutt
    Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Intense scene. Your story premise has me intrigued, too.

  11. Avatar Karen Michelle Nutt
    Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    I actually picked up a Kindle copy last week of this book. Haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Hopefully soon..

  12. Great snippet! Love the premise of reapers killing supernatural beasties. I’m intrigued.

  13. “Creative editing in play” – I know what you mean! It’s hard to find eight consecutive sentences that work nicely for WeWriWa. Your eight, even if they were edited, read nicely and I’m intrigued as to what the full story is. Looking forward to more 🙂