Welcome to the Snippet Sunday on the Weird, the Wild, and the Wicked. Thank you so much for visiting. If you choose to comment today, I really appreciate it. The snippets are from my Cloudburst novella, Cloudburst Ice Magic, a paranormal romance sequel to Christmas I.C.E. Magic in the Happy Holidays from the Crescent Moon Lodge Anthology. Cloudburst Ice Magic is out now. You can catch last week's snippet HERE.
In this snippet, Lily is leading the hikers out of the avalanche chute before the day heats up enough to let the snow roll down. The local Ice Demons are ramping up their revels and the way is treacherous. It's not a good time to be distracted.
The ground steepened and she had to shift her path to a more gentle incline to allow for stable footing. Snow stung her ear where her hat didn’t cover and the wind increased in intensity. The scents of wet ferocity filled her nose and she had the sense they were running out of time. The Ice Demons here aren’t fooling around; Zach, I need you.
She almost berated herself for the wish when her latest step gave way under her and she slid back into the avalanche chute. Lily slammed the shovel into the snow above her shoulders, praying it’d catch on something solid and keep her from dragging the others down with her. Panic roared through her, but she fought it back as something caught her hand.
The scents of cloves and cardamom filled her nose and a shadow blocked out some of the blinding snow. Lily tilted her head to stare up into a shape looming over her, connected to the large hand wrapped around her arm. Crimson red Gore-Tex added color to her world as the man with the solid grip dragged her upright against his chest. He wore goggles to keep out the snow, but she recognized the lips mouthing words at her.
“Oh, thank God, Zach.”
See? Heroes show up when they're needed. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writing Warrior list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, SJ Maylee, Gem Sivad, Goran Zidar, Veronica Scott, and Karla Doyle.
If you're interested in more from Cloudburst Ice Magic, here's the blurb:
Avalanches may bring down more than snow…
Working for the Search and Rescue team at the Cloudburst Resort in Colorado, Lily Sinclair figures she’ll do all the rescuing from now on. When hikers are caught in a spring blizzard, Lily and her partner head into the storm. Cut off from communication and facing deadly conditions, Lily fears she’ll never see her Ice Demon lover before death claims them.
Zach Snow encouraged Lily move to Cloudburst to grow and learn, but missed her every day of their months apart. His plans of moving to Colorado get pushed up when he receives her text explaining her situation, and saying goodbye. He must negotiate with the local Ice Demon clan to work in their territory to rescue Lily and the hikers before the Spring Fling blizzard kills them. But he’s running out of time.
Between the amorous hiker hitting on Zach, Lily’s self-doubts, and an avalanche bearing down on them, Zach and Lily must rediscover the love they first kindled in a Christmas ice cave, and create their own Cloudburst ice magic.
Cloudburst Ice Magic is available at Amazon, All Romance, Barnes&Noble, and Smashwords.