It’s time to give away another arc of Deadworld, and this time, my fabulous agent, Ginger Clark is tossing in an arc of Patricia Wrede’s YA Fantasy “Across the Great Barrier,” which is the sequel to her very cool sounding fantasy-alternate-history, “The Thirteenth Child.” Inspired by my equally fabulous former agent, Nathan Bransford’s recent contest for opening paragraphs, I’m going to do the opposite. To enter for the two arcs, all you need to do is give me you best “ending” paragraph. The cliffhanger, if you will. It can be a whole paragraph or just a sentence or two. It can be from current work in progress or entirely made up on the fly. If you aren’t a writer, pick a favorite cliffhanger from you favorite story. The point of the cliffhanger here, is to leave us yearning for what happens next.
I’ll keep this open through the weekend, at which point I’ll put my top five choices up on Monday and everyone will get to vote. I’ll post results and winner on Wednesday. Try to keep entries around 100 words or less, please. Mostly importantly, have fun with it! For those not familiar with Patricia Wrede, here is a blurb about the first book in her series, “The Thirteenth Child”:
Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he’s supposed to possess amazing talent — and she’s supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.