It’s Sunday! You have no idea how glad I am to say those words. It’s the start of my weekend and after a truly awful day yesterday, I’m ready to kick back, write, and relax. Sorry, did I say “relax”? Silly me. I meant release Smoke Sky, the second novella in the Dark Sky series! I can’t believe how badly I rushed this release and vow never to do so again, but I’m also excited to hear what readers think. In honour of that (and Weekend Writing Warriors), I’m continuing with a snippet from chapter one, carrying on from where we left off last week, with main character Gemma finding herself in a tricky situation. We learn a little more about her circumstances below… *Slightly edited to fit 8-10 sentence limit*
Since he wasn’t looking up, he couldn’t see that I was perched on the rafters in the corner of the shadowy attic. I rolled my eyes and shook my head, pushing chin-length, sable hair away from my face. The world had fallen apart in the most abysmal way, but pirate men still thought with their cocks. If there was a decent man left alive in Westraven, I doubted I’d ever meet him. I didn’t run with chivalrous folk. Kind of hard to do when half the people in the city were desperate or dead.
From outside, thunder growled with agitation. The storm had gotten worse in the short amount of time I’d been in the apartment. This wasn’t going to be a fun escape.
“You took something that belongs to me,” the marauder continued, his dark-haired head flicking left and right to scrutinize the crates, “and I’m getting it back, but I don’t care if you’re alive or dead when I do it.”
To survive in a horrific world overseen by bloodthirsty monsters, young thief Gemma will do whatever she must to see another day. Even though that means working for a damaged man convinced to make her a permanent member of this thuggish family.
So when her employer tells her that he’ll release her from his clutches, Gemma is obviously skeptical. Especially since the job is easy enough– recruit the two marauders that the gang has been spying on to take her place.
But as Gemma lies to Nash and Sawyer, she commits the greatest mistake a spy can make–– she begins to see them as friends, and perhaps more. Soon, she will have to choose: Sacrifice two strangers to ensure freedom from a brutal future, or risk her life to save them…
Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Gemma met Nash and Sawyer, and what prompted her to chose their safety over her own. While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone.
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The Smoke Sky blog tour is starting soon! Here’s where we’ll be going!
December 14 – The Bookworm Lodge (Smoke Sky Spotlight + Giveaway)
December 23 – Fallxnrobin (Review)
December 29 – Quesarasara (Review + Dark Sky Series Spotlight)
Thank you so much to all the wonderful bloggers who have signed up to help with this. You’re all amazing!
Be sure to check out the Weekend Writing Warriors blogs for other fantastic snippets, and check out the link below for past Warrior reviews!