TEASER TUESDAY 12-28-2010

Here’s a new Teaser for you all. It’s the first section of my newest WIP. I don’t have a title yet, but hopefully it will come to me soon… Please comment and tell me what you think.

The Funeral

The warm Texas sun beat down on the green canopy above me between passing clouds. Even in the shade I was beginning to sweat beneath my black sundress.  The wind blew just enough to send wafts of hideous smelling perfume across my face. I was thankful for my dark sunglasses, not because they protected my eyes from the peek-a-boo sunlight that bounced out from behind looming rain clouds but because they hid my eyes from the few people sitting around me. I didn’t know half of them and was not looking forward to standing at the end of the service and listening to more sympathetic words from strangers.

The metal chair beneath me cut into my back as I tried my best to get comfortable. I stared at the single white rose clutched in my hands. Its thorns were on the verge of piercing my skin. The words of the pastor were nothing more than mumbling to me. They entered my ears and didn’t register with my brain as actual words.
I want this to be done, over with, finished, so I can go home.

The pain in my chest had subsided for the moment, but I knew the moment I stood to do my part and place the rose on her lowering casket I would feel it again. A part of me wanted to climb inside with her and die so that we could be together again. I couldn’t though, it was bad enough that I was getting swamped with unwanted hugs from women I had never seen before. If I climbed onto her casket they would have me locked up as crazy.
The light squeal of car brakes broke through the mumbling of the pastor. I wanted to turn around and see who was showing up late, but thought better of it. Hopefully, it wasn’t another strangers. Maybe one of my friends, back from vacation early, had come to give me comfort.

What is it about funerals that bring long lost friends out of the woodwork?

I was back to staring at the rose. Its petals were beautiful, just like her, pure and perfect. The thorns reminded me of her strength. She had always been strong. The pastor stopped his mumbling and now stood beside me, placing his hand on my shoulder.
Guess this is my cue to get up and say goodbye.

I stood, on wobbly legs from sitting in the same position for too long, and made my way to the closed casket. A part of me wished it were open so I could see her face just one more time but the man at the mortuary, James, had said it would be better for everyone if it was closed. I stood at the side of the casket; its sleek black paint bounced the sunlight back onto me. A tear fell from my eye, running down my cheek. I didn’t think I had any more of them left. I had cried a lot in the last few days. Placing the rose to my lips I kissed it before setting it on the casket and resting my shaky hand atop it.
“Good bye Mom, I love you,” I whispered.

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TEASER TUESDAY 12-21-10

Here’s a snippet from ‘RISE OF THE WARRIORS’ It’s a short little fight scene where Violet gets to go up against the bad guys.  ENJOY!

IMMORTAL BEGINNINGS:RISE OF THE WARRIORS

Excerpt from pg. 124

 

“Finish him Gabe. I do not have time to waste on saving you again,” Levi said.
Gabe grasped Darius, wrapping his arms around him. He leaned his mouth to Darius’ throat, poised to bite.
“No!” Violet cried out.
Eric rushed to Darius’ aide, grabbing Gabe’s head and pulling him back. Gabe turned his focus on Eric.
“I should have killed you in the mausoleum,” Gabe said.
Violet watched in horror as Gabe grabbed Eric’s head with both his hands and twisted. The sound of bones snapping pierced her heart. Fury filled her as Eric’s body fell to the floor beside Gabe. She blasted Gabe with all her strength, sending him against the wall. Once he was pinned she reached her hand up, extending her fingers as his body reacted, stretching each appendage further apart until his arms and legs disconnected from his body. Gabe cried out in pain as Violet continued to stretch his neck further from his body until his head was separated and crashed into the ceiling. Blood dripped down the wall as she lowered her hand. Gabe’s torso thudded to the floor.
The anger was still boiling inside her. She turned her eyes to Levi. He stared at the remains of Gabe with horror. He had no idea Violet was capable of something that gruesome. He was proud in a strange way. She stalked toward Levi; Darius following close behind her. She was oblivious to anything except him. The soldiers continued to fight as more Night Children filed in the room. Vitus and Trevin fought along side them, making their way to Violet and Levi. It would take more than just her strength to finish him.
She pushed against his mind once more, sending Levi to the floor. He was strong, but her fury was stronger. Vitus saw his chance and used his mind to try and gain control of Levi’s. With the chaos and confusion all around them Levi was vulnerable.
“This ends now… Father,” Violet said as she pointed her sword at him.

TEASER TUESDAY

Well, it’s been five months since my last teaser… Let’s see if I can still intrigue you guys. Let me know what you think.

In this scene Ana-el and Jake have just found Gavin and convinced him to shift back to human form.

The Sacrifices: Lycan Child

Excerpt from pg. 106

“How ya feeling, Gavin?”
He looked up at me, his chocolate eyes brimming with tears. My heart ached at the sad look on his face.
“Did they really take Mom and hurt Dad? Are they gonna be all right? It’s all my fault. If I hadn’t freaked out and ran from you the other day none of this would have happened,” he said.
His voice cracked as he took in a ragged breath and wiped his face with his hand. I had to find some way to comfort him, but he was right. If he had just listened to me we would be safe in Brynmar by now.
“It doesn’t matter now. There’s nothing that can be done about the past. Right now we need to think about getting you to your sister and then getting your mom back. That’s what’s important now,” I said.
The sun was beginning to set, coloring the sky with deep orange and pink clouds. The nighttime insects started to buzz their songs as we trekked through the fallen leaves. It would be a long walk back for Gavin, but there was no way Jake nor I was going to carry him. I led the way as Jake followed behind Gavin. The two of us keeping watch for any sign that something was following us or waiting to ambush our trio. Gavin stayed silent, undoubtedly beating himself up more for running away.
The wind blew through the trees sending my hair into my face. I tucked it back, wishing for a rubber band or something to tie it up with. It was eerie, the quiet of the woods. Our footsteps rustling through the underbrush was the only sound now. The crickets had stopped singing. Possibly because we were there and they felt threatened. Whatever it was I didn’t like it. I glanced over my shoulder to Jake. He had noticed the shift in nature as well. He scanned the trees above us, then back to meet my eyes. Something was wrong.

Teaser Tuesday 11-17-2009

 

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1 of

 IMMORTAL BEGINNINGS: RISE OF THE WARRIORS

 

Rose was pulled out of her thoughts by screams coming from the alley below. She leaned over the side and saw a man holding a young Veneficus girl against the wall.

Ugh. Why is it these mort guys just don’t understand the meaning of the word no!

Rose grasped her Kwan Dao and stepped off the roof. She landed soundlessly in a crouch a foot to the right of the man.

“I’m pretty sure when they scream like that it means they don’t like what you’re doing.”

The man turned around, surprised and eyed her up and down.

“What are you supposed to be? Some kind of cop or something?” He slurred.

He reeked of liquor as he leaned in to get a better look at her. She looked to the Veneficus girl and smiled.

“You can go honey.   I’ll make sure he can’t follow you.”

The girl nodded and quickly ducked under his arm and ran towards Main Street.

“Oh…you are huh? You just sent my entertainment away. Maybe you want to take her place?”

Rose couldn’t help but laugh.

“This must be your first time here. You see, around here we don’t have cops.  We have Warriors, and I happen to be one. If you think you can take me just cause I’m a girl…please be my guest. I would suggest in stead, that you call for a cab and get the hell out of here before you piss off anymore of the locals.”

The drunk stumbled clumsily toward her as she raised the blunt end of her Kwan Dao to his throat.

“You morts really aren’t that bright when you drink are you?”

She lowered her staff as he leaned back against the wall. His eyes were barely open. He raised one finger and tried to talk.

“I…”

Laughter erupted from the front entrance of the alley. She quickly leapt back onto the roof and looked down. The man was joined by a group of drunken teenagers. She watched as they took him by the arm and led him back inside the club. Shaking her head in disgust she returned to her sentry position to continue her watch.

“You know, it’s not really fair if your opponent can’t stand up much less see you clearly?”

Instinctively Rose jerked her broad sword from the sheath strapped to her back and whirled around, extending it toward the voice.

“You really need to get some R & R girl.  You’ve become way too jumpy.” Vitus placed his hand on the blade of her sword and lowered it to her side.

“Sorry, for some reason I’m wound too tight tonight. All of these morts here make it dangerous for our kind. They’re very unpredictable when there’s alcohol involved.” She sighed as she replaced the sword in its sheath.

“I know. Well, your shift is over I’ll take it from here. Darius was asking if you were going to go see him tonight?”

She smiled and cocked her head to one side. The mere thought of Darius sent trills of pleasure down her spine. It had been hours since she left him at The Showroom. She was anxious to see him again. Even though they’d been together for over a year she still longed for him when they were apart.

“What do you think?”

She picked up her Kwan Dao and leapt off the roof into the alley.

“Let me know if you need some backup.” She called as she ran toward The Showroom. Vitus’ laughter echoed behind her.

NaNo Teaser Tuesday 11-3-2009

Here’s part of my NaNo project.  Hope you guys like it.

They took Max and Mom’s bags and we followed them out the doors. The smell of saltwater filled my nose as we walked outside. It was warm as a gentle breeze blew across my face. We reached Daniel’s pick-up and I stopped when I noticed a guy jump out of the back of the truck. He was tall, with deep tanned skin. His black curly hair bounced down into his eyes as he landed on the ground. I felt my heart jump in my chest. I had seen pictures of Michael over the years, but seeing him in person was so much better. I wished I had taken the time to at least go to the bathroom and check my hair and make-up before we left the airport. I knew I probably looked like a complete troll to him. His dark brown eyes locked on mine and he smiled widely at me.

“Here, let me get that for you.” He said in a lightly accented voice.

I felt my face flush and was thankful for the darkness that surrounded us.

“Thanks.” I squeaked.

Max looked up at me and shook his head. “What’s wrong with you?” He asked.

I jerked his hand, pulling him closer to me and glared down at him. He cowered away from me and I released him finally. He rushed to Mom and she patted him on top of his head.

“You wanna ride in the back with Michael?” She asked.

The thought of watching the wind blow his hair across his face made my heart race faster. I tried to make my voice sound as nonchalant as possible. I didn’t want him to know I had been in love with him for years. I felt like I had known him my whole life. Technically I did. I had watched him grow up through the pictures his parents had sent in their emails.

“Yeah, I guess.” I finally answered.

Mom knew I had the hots for him. She always picked on me, calling him my secret boyfriend. The secret being he didn’t know he was. Michael helped Daniel load the last of our luggage into the truck and leapt into the back. He reached his hand out for me and I took it nervously. His skin was soft and warm, just like I had imagined. I placed my foot on the tire and watched as his muscles flexed, pulling me into the truck. My heart was pounding in my ears and I was sure he could hear it. I looked into the cab of the truck and saw Mom and Daniel both looking back at us. They laughed lightly and turned back around. I was wrong, the beach wasn’t the only good thing about Guam. Michael being here made it worth leaving all of my friends behind. As we puled out of the parking lot I could feel the warmth radiating off of his skin. I fought the urge to look at him and settled for watching the scenery. Yeah, Guam was defiantly going to be a lot more exciting than I thought.

Teaser Tuesday 10-27-2009

Page 92 of The HalflingThis is from one that I’m editing right now.  Cami is pretending to be a Pureblood (born Vampire).  She is being hunted by a group of pureists that believe Halflings should not exist.  Zane is her new Pureblood boyfriend and Cason is a Pureblood that she is intrigued by.  Cason has just discovered that Cami is a Halfling and he agreed to keep her secret. 

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING SCENE HAS STRONG LANGUAGE AND ADULT SITUATIONS.

Zane stood there staring at me.  “You sure you’re okay?  You look a little freaked out.”

Great he noticed.  I couldn’t chance telling him the truth.  He wasn’t ready for that yet.  He would probably hate me. 

“Yeah, I’m fine.  I was just worried about being blinded is all.”  I laughed. 

He took my hand and led me toward my room.  I was glad he was there, but at the same time terrified that he would see through my lie and turn on me. 

“You gonna be okay for tonight?”  He asked in a sultry voice. 

I had almost forgotten about the dance.  Would I be able to put on a happy face and fake it for that long?  I wanted to go home and be with J-fer.  I felt safe with her. 

“Yeah, I’ll be fine once I get a shower and change.”  I said. 

“You need some help?  I’m an expert back washer.”  He said as we reached the door to my room. 

I wasn’t ready to go that far with him, but I knew if I wanted to keep the secret going I would need to seal the deal with him.  I decided now was as good a time as any. 

“You sure you’re not gonna get in trouble for skipping out on last period?”  I said as I placed my hand on his chest. 

He smiled at me and reached behind me for the doorknob.  “I could care less about missing class right now.” 

He opened the door and walked into the room.  Once he turned the lock he faced me and reached his hand out to me. 

“I want this to be special.  Something you remember for the rest of your life.” 

I wished I could get Cason’s face out of my mind.  The more aroused I got by Zane’s touch the more I thought about Cason.  He led me to the bed and gently placed himself on top of me, kissing me as he began to remove my shirt.  His touch was so cool against my skin it sent chills all over my body. 

“I want you.”  He whispered as he lowered his lips to my breast. 

I moaned with pleasure as he caressed my skin with his tongue. 

“I want to taste you.”  He said softly as he moved his mouth down my stomach. 

Fear shot through me.  If he drank from me he would know I was a Halfling.  I was certain a guy like him had tasted Halfling blood before and would know the difference.  Before I could move his mouth away from my hip I felt his fangs pierce me.  I cried out as he began to drink from me.  Suddenly he pulled away, looking down at me with shock. 

“What the hell?  You taste like a Halfling Cami!” 

He staggered back from me and stood against the wall.  Questions filled his eyes as he shook his head in disbelief. 

“Zane, please, you have to understand.  I didn’t want to lie to you but I’m in trouble and if anyone finds out I’m a Halfling I could be killed.” 

The words spilled out of me as I sat up and buttoned my shirt closed.  He was still staring at me.  His face turned from shock to anger. 

“You filthy whore!” 

He crossed the room.   I was caught by surprise when his hand landed against my cheek, knocking me back onto the bed.  Tears welled up in my eyes as I looked pleadingly at him.  He stood over me with his fist raised.  His eyes were full of hate as he struck me again. 

“How dare you!  I actually liked you and you lie to me about something this important?  Do you have any idea what you could have done to me?  What you would have cost me if anyone found out?”  

I rolled away from him and curled up into a ball on the bed. 

“Please, stop.  I won’t tell anyone.  I swear.”  I cried as he grabbed my legs and pulled me toward him. 

“You’re damn right you won’t.  I’ll make sure of it!” 

The last blow was hard and sent my head spinning.  I felt the darkness close in around me as his voice echoed in my ears. 

“I’ll make you pay you Halfling whore!”  He seethed.

ETA.  Edited to reflect comment from Jen W.-Thanks