Rightness with you: #Satspanks, #SnippetSunday, #SeductiveSnS, and #Wewriwa

Welcome to Saturday Spankings, Seductive Studs and Sirens, Snippet Sunday, and Weekend Writing Warriors!

We’re continuing sneak peeks of Becoming Clissine, the first book in my Bastia series that will be released on September 11th. Clissa has grown up in a world where heterosexual relationships are forbidden, and she now faces criminal charges for consorting with a boy. Altrea, the head of the Bastil (the governing body of Bastia), has Clissa listen to the charges against her. At the mention of Basti, their deity, the entire assembly–except for Clissa–falls to its knees. Partly in response to Clissa’s show of defiance/lack of piety, Altrea calls the assembly to prayer. Before passing judgment on Clissa, the Bastil needs the blessing of its deity.

Part 1: Introduction to Bastia

Part 2: Prologue of Becoming Clissine, the first book in the Bastia series

Part 3: Clissa’s lack of repentance

The congregation rose again, and two guards hauled Clissa to her feet. The chains got caught in her pants leg, and she pitched forward. At a blow from the rubber baton, she jerked the chain with such force that it tore her pants up to the knee. A bead of dark blood welled up, burst, and trickled down her leg in a fine, cobwebby line.

Altrea turned her back to the crowd, lifting a scarlet surplice over her head and throwing her head back. “Basti,” she called out, “we have sinned, and we are not worthy. Grant us your wisdom in order to bring judgment on your lost child, the sinner Clissa, daughter of Lystel. Show us how we must bring her back to rightness with you.”

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38 thoughts on “Rightness with you: #Satspanks, #SnippetSunday, #SeductiveSnS, and #Wewriwa

  1. Kathryn R. Blake says:

    No, Thianna, I’m with you. Zealots are very dangerous people, and I believe Althea falls into that category quite nicely. However, I do think hitting her over the head will only turn her into a martyr. Probably not a good idea. Very interesting concept, Ana.

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    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      That’s an interesting point, Thianna and Kathryn. Is someone a religious zealot if he/she is the leader of his or her country? I tend to associate “zealot” with someone who is counterculture or otherwise not an integral part of a country’s government.

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  2. Tara Finnegan says:

    Amazing how you have twisted history into a different world and put the shoe on the other foot, having to fight for “straight rights.”
    I’m really looking forward to reading this.Excellent snip

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  3. Celeste Jones says:

    This is such an interesting story, Ana. And an interesting question about what is a zealot. I tend to think that the zealot is someone who is outside the norm, but here it seems that Altrea is the norm, but to us she seems like a zealot because it’s so far out of our norm.

    That’s like a totally “who’s on first” comment. Sorry.

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    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      See, I’d actually pictured Altrea as someone humble and pious, devoted to her religion. It’s interesting to see how differently she comes across to readers here. I wonder if it’s because the snippet is out of context or if people make assumptions based on religion. I don’t think a Protestant pastor at a US church performing these kinds of rites, for example, would be considered a zealot. Yet another reason that reversals and mind-bending attempts can only work as far as readers will allow.

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  4. minellesbreath says:

    I do think it is possible to be a zealot and accepted as a norm. Think about extremists and the interpretation of what is morally correct. They believe it should be the norm. There are all kinds of perceptions as to what is normal aren’t there?

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  5. Elin Gregory says:

    This sounds like an interesting political set up. I’d disagree that zealotry is only linked to the subversive. True that was it’s historical origin but I’ve seen the term applied to very mainstream, if extreme, people. Not long now til the release. 🙂

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    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      A good point…but then what is extreme? Is weekly attendance at a worship service extreme? I love all the nuances people are pointing out. If we consider Altrea extreme/a zealot, what does that say about our views of “extreme” in our own daily lives?

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  6. historysleuth1 says:

    Wondering how Clissa will handle this, and what the punishment will be. Hope she eventually gets to give them her own form of punishment.

    (No snippet for me this week. Just doing a little reading between other stuff.)

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  7. raynegolay says:

    I so like the description of blood flowing down her leg. Great visual. This holds the promise of an intriguing story. I’m wondering about the release date, 9/11, which I said before I think.

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