Saturday, April 6, 2013

#SweetSat Sample - Honor

I am almost 8K into the sequel to Duty: a novel of Rhynan. Lord Dentin is proving to be an interesting male lead and I am enjoying getting to know the female protagonist, Elsa. They promise to be an interesting pair.

This section from the second chapter. Dentin is mulling over his task of claiming Lander (5 years-old) from Tomas and Brielle's care to be fostered.

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Lander looked younger than five-years-old as he leaned against Brielle’s hip. I tried to convince myself that he was of the age, but I couldn’t get my own memories of leaving my mother for my own fostering out of my head. Her tear streaked face had been my last sight of her. By the end of my first month under my new master, she was dead. A part of me rebelled at parting this child from the only woman who had ever truly loved him.

“Don’t linger in the shadows.” Tomas prodded my side with an elbow. “The ladies might think you are spying on them.”

“I am simply watching the children.” I tore my gaze from Lander and Brielle to look for Darnay. He was gone from sight.

“Longing for a few tag-a-longs of your own? I noticed you taking an interest in Moriah’s sister earlier. What is her name? Emma?”

“Elsa.”

Tomas’ knowing grin irritated me.

I threw him a glare. “Not an option for me, Tomas, and you know it.”

“Dent, your past does not have to rule your future.”

“My past does. I am not you, Tomas. You didn’t have a choice in who fathered you. My faults are less innocent. They can never be remedied by simply making wise choices. Some mistakes are not so easily cleared away and you know it.”

“Only because you refuse to let it be so.” The note of impatience that always infected Tomas’ voice when we discussed my past vexed me more than normal.

“Life isn’t that simple.”


~~~~~

How do you think Tomas and Brielle are going
 to react to Dentin taking Lander?

~~~~~


The excerpt above is from my current WIP, Honor.

The previous book in the series, Duty: a novel of Rhynan,
is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble,
and other online retailers.

Brielle is a woman backed into a corner, until the arrival of a band of strange soldiers. Their leader claims to be her husband, but she never married anyone to her knowledge. He offers help, but at what cost? Brielle quickly realizes she might not get a choice of accepting or turning down his offer.




Also, come back on Wednesday for my new weekly feature 
MEDIEVAL WORD WEDNESDAY.

6 comments:

trojanwalls said...

Oh but why? Why would Dentin do that? Is it by the king's command? And why on earth would the king give such a stupid ass command? Tomas is valuable and trusted by the king if Brielle is not, so why would the king muck that up? Did he find out about his father?

trojanwalls said...

Oh but why? Why would Dentin do that? Is it by the king's command? And why on earth would the king give such a stupid ass command? Tomas is valuable and trusted by the king if Brielle is not, so why would the king muck that up? Did he find out about his father?

Rachel Rossano said...

It sounds like I hooked you, trojanwalls. ;) The details are still unfolding, but the king intends to use Lander as a pawn to control and humiliate Tomas. Dentin faces a crisis of character. He can see that Lander is healthy and thriving with Tomas and Brielle. Yet, he has to obey his king. Then there is his friendship with Tomas. How can Dentin deliver the power into the king's hands hurt his friend? The plot keeps thickening as I write. I am really curious how I am going to get them out of this one. ;) On top of that, Elsa is bringing more trouble for Dentin (though she is a partially unwilling messenger) from another direction. This is promising to be a complicated novel. :)

Elaine Cantrell said...

Lovely excerpt. I hope the child doesn't have to pay the price for political games.

Jenna said...

Excellent sample! I love medievals so these are going on my TBR. And I'll be by on Medieval World Wednesday!

Rachel Rossano said...

Thank you, Elaine. I hope not too. The boy has had a rough life and more challenges ahead.

Thank you, Jenna. I would love to hear what you think of it. :)