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Sunday Snippet June 18, 2017

 

More from Song and Sword, the first novel I published, since I’m working on a sequel and need the motivation.  This follows immediately after last week’s snippet.

Other voices – male – caught his attention and he turned.  A group of young men were setting out on a hunt, their spears resting on their shoulders, and he smiled, silently leaping from his perch in an old oak and giving a whispered whistle. 

A moment later his mount appeared, his dark red coat appearing brown in the forest shadows, his horn gleaming black in the filtered light.  For a moment he leaned against the unicorn, the only true friend he’d ever had, the only thing that could never be taken from him. “What do you think, Rebel? Should we join the hunt?”

Rebel tossed his head, striking at the ground with one hoof. He seemed uneasy, and Dakkas frowned. “What is it, Reb?”  For a moment fear gripped him.  Perhaps Jehadi or their father had come after him – his death would be easier to explain if it happened outside of Raes’drao-V’len, the Drow Kingdom.  No. If it was a threat to him Rebel would be taking him away by now, not standing here, waiting. 

Song and Sword cover

Blurb:
Pashevel: a simple Elven Bard — and the Crown Prince

Marlia: a Paladin of Arithen, the Elven God of Justice – seeking vengeance for the destruction of her village

Dakkas: heir to the Drow throne — if his father and elder half-brother don’t kill him first

Kashrya: raised among a tribe of nomadic Humans, she is unaware of her true heritage — or of the prophecy that made her mother an outcast

Their goal: build a bridge between the Elves and their outcast brethren, the Drow, reuniting them and undoing the damage caused in a time so far gone that history has become legend and legend has become myth.

But first, they have a problem to solve:  how do you stop a war that hasn’t started?

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-17-2017

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up from last week’ snippet of Onyx Sun.

Taliya sighed. “It’s been a long day – for both of us.  I’m going to bed.”

 

“No,” Luzita pleaded softly.  She stepped closer to Taliya and wrapped her arms around her, and a moment later Taliya was lost in the feel of her lips, soft and gentle, then almost fierce with a growing hunger.

Luzita’s arms and lips – the things she had missed the most, the only things she had been looking forward to when she was heading home from Roseeba Seven – the only things that had drawn her home at all…

And yet she could not quite lose herself in them; she was too hurt, and too mistrustful, and she pulled away.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet June 11, 2017

More from Song and Sword, the first novel I published, since I’m working on a sequel and need the motivation.  This follows immediately after last week’s snippet.

He could hear the voices of the young women, could hear their laughter.  There seemed to be a cruel edge to it and he winced, knowing that it was directed at Kashrya. He had heard enough of their conversations to know how they felt about her, and it both saddened and angered him.  It also gave him hope that she would leave with him, should he ever have the courage to talk to her.

Kashrya moved away from the others, toward the forest, and Dakkas tensed, his breath catching.  Now would be the perfect time to approach her, he thought.  But then what? Aside from the fact his presence would most likely frighten her, he was a Drow. She would never be interested in the likes of him.  He closed his eyes.  He was Drow. He didn’t deserve someone like her.

 

Song and Sword cover

Blurb:
Pashevel: a simple Elven Bard — and the Crown Prince

Marlia: a Paladin of Arithen, the Elven God of Justice – seeking vengeance for the destruction of her village

Dakkas: heir to the Drow throne — if his father and elder half-brother don’t kill him first

Kashrya: raised among a tribe of nomadic Humans, she is unaware of her true heritage — or of the prophecy that made her mother an outcast

Their goal: build a bridge between the Elves and their outcast brethren, the Drow, reuniting them and undoing the damage caused in a time so far gone that history has become legend and legend has become myth.

But first, they have a problem to solve:  how do you stop a war that hasn’t started?

Available for Kindle at Amazon

and at Smashwords for everything else

 

Find more great reading
at the Sunday Snippet group.

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-10-2017

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up from last week’ snippet of Onyx Sun.

“Don’t lie to me, Luz.”

“I’m not.  Please, Taliya.” 

Taliya closed her eyes so she wouldn’t see the tears in Luzita’s.  “All right,” she said finally.  “You can stay.  But if there is any trouble, you go, not Ayess.”

“You would choose… that… over me?”

“I know what you were like in school, Luzita.  If there’s trouble, I’ll know where it started.”  Taliya was surprised at the coldness in her voice.

“I…”  Luzita lowered her eyes and nodded slowly. 

Taliya sighed. “It’s been a long day – for both of us.  I’m going to bed.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet June 4, 2017

 

More from Song and Sword, the first novel I published, since I’m working on a sequel and need the motivation.  I’m skipping ahead quite a bit so I can introduce the other characters.

 

Dakkas watched her from the cover of the forest, just as he had for weeks, ever since the mountain passes had cleared and he had come down to patrol their borders at the edge of Human territory.  He was captivated by her as he had never been by any other woman. 

Her name, he knew, was Kashrya.  He also knew that she was something of an outsider, even as he himself was. Dark eyes closed against the deep ache in his heart as he again wished for the courage to approach her.

But wishes were for the weak.  The strong simply took what they wished for. 

Dakkas sighed, his eyes again seeking her among the other young women.  He was weak.  He simply could not ride out and take her.  It was what his father would have done, or his half-brother. It was what his father said a real Drow would do.  But he could not.  

Perhaps his father was right.  Perhaps he was not fit to rule.  Perhaps Jehadi, his older half-brother, the King’s favorite son, should succeed him on the throne.  Dakkas shook his head; he knew all too well that the only reason that Jehadi was not the Heir Apparent was that Jehadi was the King’s bastard, and could take the throne only if there were no legitimate heirs.  In fact, Dakkas was vaguely surprised that Jehadi – or their father – had not arranged his death before now.

Song and Sword cover

Blurb:
Pashevel: a simple Elven Bard — and the Crown Prince

Marlia: a Paladin of Arithen, the Elven God of Justice – seeking vengeance for the destruction of her village

Dakkas: heir to the Drow throne — if his father and elder half-brother don’t kill him first

Kashrya: raised among a tribe of nomadic Humans, she is unaware of her true heritage — or of the prophecy that made her mother an outcast

Their goal: build a bridge between the Elves and their outcast brethren, the Drow, reuniting them and undoing the damage caused in a time so far gone that history has become legend and legend has become myth.

But first, they have a problem to solve:  how do you stop a war that hasn’t started?

Available for Kindle at Amazon

and at Smashwords for everything else

 

Find more great reading
at the Sunday Snippet group.

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-3-2017

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up from last week’ snippet of Onyx Sun.

Taliya looked down at the collar in her hand and abruptly turned away.  “In the morning I will take you to the planet of your choice, and I will give you money to make a fresh start on a new life.”

“No, wait.  Please.”  Luzita reached out and grabbed Taliya’s arm, turning her around to face her. “Please don’t turn me out.  I… I’m sorry, Taliya. Just, the things she said, she… She made it all sound so reasonable…”

“It’s not just that,” Taliya replied. “The things you said about Ayess…”

Luzita flushed.  “I – I’m sorry.  I… I know how you are, how you feel about other races and… And I was just trying to hurt you the way you hurt me.”


 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet May 28, 2017

 

More from Song and Sword, the first novel I published, since I’m working on a sequel and need the motivation.  This follows immediately after last week’s snippet.

“But – but you are the Crown Prince…”

 He shook his head.  “We are far from the Elven Court, my lady.  In these lands I am but a simple Bard, travelling from place to place and learning of the people who live here.  None know of my lineage, and I enjoy being treated as one of them.”

She stared at him.  He was the Crown Prince.  One day he would be the King, her King. Yet he wanted to be treated as a commoner?

Pashevel saw the hesitation and confusion in her eyes. “Please,” he said quietly.  “I just want to be treated like anyone else. I am no different than any other person you’d meet.”

She studied him for a long moment, thinking back to the tales she had heard of the Crown Prince, of how he preferred spending time in the villages rather than at the palace, of the way he championed the common people –often going head to head with his father over matters of taxation and justice – of the way he truly loved the people that he would one day govern, and of how much he was loved by them in return..  At last she nodded.  “I — I’ll try.”

“That is all I can ask, my lady,” he said, tucking the blankets around her again.  

Song and Sword cover

Blurb:
Pashevel: a simple Elven Bard — and the Crown Prince

Marlia: a Paladin of Arithen, the Elven God of Justice – seeking vengeance for the destruction of her village

Dakkas: heir to the Drow throne — if his father and elder half-brother don’t kill him first

Kashrya: raised among a tribe of nomadic Humans, she is unaware of her true heritage — or of the prophecy that made her mother an outcast

Their goal: build a bridge between the Elves and their outcast brethren, the Drow, reuniting them and undoing the damage caused in a time so far gone that history has become legend and legend has become myth.

But first, they have a problem to solve:  how do you stop a war that hasn’t started?

Available for Kindle at Amazon

and at Smashwords for everything else

 

Find more great reading
at the Sunday Snippet group.

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-27-2017

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up from last week’ snippet of Onyx Sun.

Luzita reached up to touch her neck, not quite believing that it was bare, that there was no band of metal on it.  Slowly she turned to face Taliya.

“You freed me?”

“You know how I feel about slavery.”

“Maureena said that you told her to sell me.”  Luzita’s voice choked off as she broke down.  “I… She demanded that I pay for my room and board and I had no money.  She wouldn’t let me call you – she said she had talked to you and you said you wouldn’t pay it either, and that you told her to go ahead and sell me.”

“And you believed that?”  Taliya wasn’t sure if she was more angry or hurt or outraged.

“I never heard from you after you left and I couldn’t call you, she had my comm blocked.  And she said things that sounded true – that I was no more important to you than any of the servants, that we were all the same to you.”  There was a pleading tone in her voice.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet May 21, 2017

 

More from Song and Sword, the first novel I published, since I’m working on a sequel and need the motivation.  This follows immediately after last week’s snippet.

“May I ask your name?” She was sure she had asked who he was before, but he had been trying to calm her and if he had answered she had missed it.

“My name is Pashevel,” he replied. “And may I ask who I have the honor of sharing my fire with?”

“Pash – !”  She broke off, staring at him, her mouth open, her eyes wide.  “Pashevel, son of Vellindrin?”  He inclined his head in acknowledgement and she gasped.  “My liege!” She tried to sit up again, clutching at the blanket as it slipped and falling backward, weak and unbalanced.  “Prince Pashevel…”

“No, please.  Just Pashevel.”

“But – but you are the Crown Prince…”

Yep.  That’s right.  The man she more or less accused of molesting her a few paragraphs back is the Crown Prince.

 

Song and Sword cover

Blurb:
Pashevel: a simple Elven Bard — and the Crown Prince

Marlia: a Paladin of Arithen, the Elven God of Justice – seeking vengeance for the destruction of her village

Dakkas: heir to the Drow throne — if his father and elder half-brother don’t kill him first

Kashrya: raised among a tribe of nomadic Humans, she is unaware of her true heritage — or of the prophecy that made her mother an outcast

Their goal: build a bridge between the Elves and their outcast brethren, the Drow, reuniting them and undoing the damage caused in a time so far gone that history has become legend and legend has become myth.

But first, they have a problem to solve:  how do you stop a war that hasn’t started?

Available for Kindle at Amazon

and at Smashwords for everything else

 

Find more great reading
at the Sunday Snippet group.

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-20-2017

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up from last week’ snippet of Onyx Sun, in which Luzita accused Taliya of finding her only so she could gloat.

 

“Yes, gloat.  And control me.  Force me to accept whatever miserable freak or low life you come across.”

“For your information, I left home to find you because I missed you, because I loved you.”

Taliya took a step forward and Luzita turned her back on her. “I’d tell you not to touch me, but you own me.  But if you make me pleasure that… monstrosity that met me I swear I will die first.”

“Ayess is my second in command.  Ni will be treated with proper respect due to any person.” 

Taliya’s voice was cold and hard and a brief shiver went through Luzita at the sound of it, but she recovered and snorted in derision.  A moment later she gasped as the cold metal of the implanter touched her shoulder. There was a tug and tingle as the chip was removed, and a moment later the collar loosened and Taliya pulled it from her neck.

“You are free.  That’s why I didn’t bring you to the ship myself: I was getting you removed from the slave registry.”  Taliya’s voice was cold and held more than a trace of disappointment.

 

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.)

 

 

 

 

 

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