Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sweet Saturday Sample

Welcome back to a Sweet Saturday Sample. I know I haven't posted one of these in a while. Mostly because I haven't been writing much lately. School starting, house needs, kids' schedule changes, and all those other necessities of life have been detracting from my writing time and energy. However, have no fear, I will be back with new and old projects soon.

Today's excerpt is from Duty, my newly finished, currently in editing, novel. This excerpt is from near the beginning of Brielle's adventures as the wife of Lord Irvaine. She is on the trail with her new husband and roughly a third of his armed company, a band of men who have recently fought a war.

From the free section of

“’Tis bitter cold, my lady. You should be wearing gloves.” Antano’s voice startled me out of a half-slumber. My horse snorted at my abrupt movement.

“I have none.” My eyes watered. The wind bit at my fingers, the parts I could still feel. I glanced to check they still held the reins. I feared I would never be able to straighten my fingers again. Should I try, they might not clasp the leather leads again.

Antano grunted. “Fine way to treat his wife.”

“Pardon?” I glanced around, encountering the setting sun in all of its blinding golden glory through a break of trees. It took me a few moments of careful blinking before I could see again. By then Antano moved away.
I shifted slightly in the saddle in an attempt to ease the sharp ache in my lower back. I gasped at a flare of pain and dared not move again. Thankfully, my mount docilely plodded on, following the soldiers’ horses before it.

My respect for the men around me grew as the morning waned. Until their appearance in our village, travel filled most of their days. Hour upon hour with a horse between their knees, backs aching, armor chaffing, they rode in all weather. Only a bit over a day on the trail and I ached for home. I craved the luxury of sitting on something that didn’t move. 


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Patricia Kiyono said...

Very interesting sample. Wish I could have read more. When and where is the story set? Is her husband as uncaring as Antano says? Is he interested in her?

Rachel Rossano said...

Thank you, Patricia. "Duty" is set in an alternative world during the Medieval times. The countries and some social rules are different, but many of them are similar. I don't use magic in my fantasy. :)

Irvaine isn't as uncaring as Antano indicates. He is just distracted by some other cares. I will have to continue the scene next week for you. :)

AlabamianLibrarian said...

this looks like a very interesting story. I can't wait to read the whole thing!

Sandy Nachlinger said...

Great description of her discomfort -- cold, sore, worn out. I'm looking forward to reading more of this story.

elaine Cantrell said...

I bet she is uncomfortable. Nice description.

trojanwalls said...

I remember the last sample you put up of Duty and I was intrigued by her relationship with her husband. I really like where this is going.
I forgot to comment on your last sample from Willow's perspective, but that was pretty cool too. Is the book coming out soon?