Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sweet Saturday Sample

Welcome back! Today's sample is from an older work, The Crown of Anavrea. The first book of the Theodoric Saga, it was only my second finished novella and the first one I published.


Eve covered her head and crouched low in the raspberry patch. She concentrated on not making a sound. The blare of the horn and the cries of the hunters faded. Lowering her hands, she strained her ears. Not even the echo of their crashing in the distance remained. The birds stayed silent, but considering the recent ruckus, they might have all fled.

A groan broke the unnatural silence.

She froze and listened, heart in her throat. A pained, male grunt came from about three feet to her left. Cautiously she turned her head. A stranger stared at her through the tangle of bushes between them.
A wild mess of brown hair fell over his dark blue eyes as he regarded her in alarm. Sweat plastered the hair to his forehead. He observed her with more of a feverish glaze than true understanding. Pain etched lines about his eyes.

He opened his mouth as if to speak, but then shook his head. Falling forward, he then rolled onto his back and lay still.

Eve hurried to untangle the thorns from her tunic.

Free at last, she crept out of the patch and approached him. Fear and instinct screamed she should flee. Instead she paused. If she stopped to help him, she would be beaten. Her master warned her to stay away from the king’s men.

Well, the king’s men or not, the pursuers were gone. As their prey, he could hardly be one of them. Was he worse?

She inched forward and a twig snapped under her knee.

“Go away and leave me be,” he ordered.

“What will become of you?”

He stared into the sky above the trees. “My pursuers return.” His chest still heaved from his recent exertion. “I die.” Restlessly, his hand clenched and released at his side as though he was fighting the urge to run.


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Sandra said...

I hope she helps him! Since this was your first published work, I know it must have a special place in your heart. Great job!

Sarah H said...

I would like to do an interview with you for Homeschool Authors. If you are interested, I will e-mail you five to ten questions. Once you have and you would send me back your answers when you had the time, along with a photo of yourself and your book cover images.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Lindsay said...

Something tells me she will stay and help in. Then they will fall in love

Mirriam Smyth said...

She doesn't seem like the kind to just up and leave him there. I hope she'll stay and help him.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Bet she'll stay.