Saturday, August 27, 2011

Saturday Sample

Today's sample is a continuation of the scene from The Mercenary's Marriage from last week. A clean romantic adventure, the book is rated PG for some violence and a death.

“Hold still,” Darius instructed again.
Tears filled Brice’s eyes. He is going to kill me, she thought as the metal moved against her skin. She squeezed her eyes closed and willed the tears not to fall. I will not die a coward. Courage. Her heart raced as his grip on her slave collar tightened. Then suddenly, with a sharp jerk, it was gone; her collar was gone.
No sooner had she realized what he had just done than his hand was back at her throat. Tilting her chin up, he bent his head to examine her neck.
“Good,” he said mildly. He sheathed his blade and then asked, “Do you want to keep it?” He extended his left hand so she could see the strip of leather that lay there. It was strange looking, lying there limp and broken. Brice never thought she would see it in someone’s hand. Shaking, she turned her face away. “I don’t blame you,” he said. Flinging it into the water, Darius gathered the reins and urged the horse to raise his head.
Tears coursed down Brice’s face. They were not tears of joy. I don’t understand. She had never felt so confused and afraid in her life. This man does not make sense and it scares me.

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the1940mysterywriter said...

Wow, that's powerful. Enjoyed the sample, Rachel.

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

Love your sample. Can't wait to find out more about why she had a slave collar and who this hero is that saved her :)

Rachel Rossano said...

Thank you, Gunnar and Jennifer. I am elated that you enjoyed it so much. Sometimes the intimacy of overexposure deadens the emotional value for the author. It is wonderful to be able to see it again through new eyes. :)

Anonymous said...

Great Rachel, can't wait for more samples. Actually I would like to read the entire story and this is a far cry from my genre!
Barbara b

Rachel Rossano said...

Thank you, Barbara. I am glad you are enjoying it so much.

I was actually considering featuring another story next week.

The whole novel is available as an ebook for $2.99 at or Unfortunately the print option isn't as price friendly.

Thanks for the encouragement. :)

Jessica K said...

This has to be the most emotionally-charged part of the book! Well done!

Rachel Rossano said...

Thank you, Jessica, but it actually isn't. :) This happens early on, a small event in their journey.

Lindsay said...

Oh this story is getting so good. Love her emotions. Great job.
I just put in in my Amazon Wish list

Rachel Rossano said...

Thank you, Lindsay. :)

Beth Trissel said...

Very good sample. I enjoyed this.

Rachel Rossano said...

Thank you, Beth. :)

kayspringsteen said...

I love when one character is expecting something to the point the reader is also...and then it changes up to something different. Very nice scene here!

Rachel Rossano said...

Thanks. I am glad it came across so well. :) It is great when it works.