Sunday Excerpt — September 7, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

Sanguine is back from one of two awesome and brave volunteer pre-readers (thank you so much, Sarah W!) so watch this space for a release date.   And, meanwhile, please vote on a cover

Again, I’m skipping ahead a bit from last week.  They have arrived on Earth and are at the castle.  Anca, Gregor’s great grandmother, is the first to offer Kaen her blood.  (As the eldest, the honor was given to her.)

(Pay no attention to random punctuation and run on sentences – they don’t exist in the big version.)


“Anca,” Kaen said, bowing deeply, “Gregor has told me much about you:  it is an honor to meet you.”

She held his gaze for a long moment.  “Master,” she said softly, “I did not think that I would live to see the day you returned to us.”  Then she shook her head.  “It’s about time you came home.”

Kaen laughed and embraced her, lifting her off her feet.  “Yes, yes it is,” he agreed, smiling.  “I promise I will not stay away so long again.”

Gently he set her back on her feet and she smiled, drawing her ceremonial blade, never taking her eyes from his as she raised her wrist and made a cut, speaking the ancient words. 

“I offer freely that which you need,” she said.  “Drink deeply of my life, my lord.”

Kaen took her wrist gently and lowered his head, accepting her blood offering, suddenly overcome with emotion as he began to truly understand – truly know – that these people had been waiting for his return to a place that he could not remember ever having been, but a place that he knew was home.



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7 responses to “Sunday Excerpt — September 7, 2014

  1. You’re very welcome, Paula! I love these characters so much—and I have a special soft spot for Anca, bless her. :)

  2. I like the “drink deeply of my life” bit. Nice snippet. A bit philosophical too.

  3. very emotional scene, and the blood offering… made me cringe but so well done!

  4. siobhanmuir

    Very good that he’s connecting with the whole family. Good snippet, PT. :)

  5. Gem

    Ohhhh, the last line made me tear-up. Beautiful!

  6. This snippet conjures up memories of one of my favorite songs, “Feels Like Home,” by Randy Newman.

  7. Sounds like the Donors get long life out of the bargain.

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