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 upcoming release, Take the Reins, Book 1 in the Rifts series, a fantasy adventure with romantic elements. This story is connected to my SEALs romantic suspense out now. You can read last week's snippet HERE.
In this snippet, Bethany finds out she has more in common with the Lead Mare of the Forest Edge Herd than she originally thought. We're in Bethany's POV, but the Lead Mare is the first to speak.
"I suppose I should be properly reverent, but I’m finding it difficult to bow to such an insignificant creature.”
Bethany’s anger surged, but she gritted her teeth again and swallowed her words. At least I’m not wearing a horse’s ass. Not very politic and certainly wouldn’t improve her situation. Breathe and remember your political manners.
“Honey, if I wanted bowing and scraping, I would’ve worn my tiara.” She crossed her arms over her chest. “I don’t want your reverence, I just want to go home. Maybe you can convince the general that I’m not a threat to your people, and have no influence at all.”
The Lead Mare’s brows lowered and her frown returned. “I cannot even convince him to hear me out. How will I convince him of what you say?”
Bethany’s gut sank. “Oh.” She eyed the other woman thoughtfully. “So I’m supposed to change your mind to his way of thinking and get you to give up your demands of change?” She snorted and shook her head. “Boy, did he ask the wrong person to do that for him."
Perhaps they're more allies than opponents. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors 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 Sarah Wesson.
Here's the blurb to Take the Reins, available everywhere now:
Social change is normal for a senator’s daughter, but affecting gender politics in centaurs wasn’t on Bethany’s agenda.
All Bethany Stanton needed was time away to think. She never imagined a walk with her horse might lead her so far from home. When she steps through a rift between worlds at an old archaeological site, she realizes she has bigger problems than marriage to the man of her nightmares. Like a herd of centaurs with distressing views on gender equality and “mythical” humans.
As part of the Supernatural Anomalies Investigative Field Unit, Major Stephen “Mack” McMacken has seen and done more weird stuff than written in a science fiction novel. When called in to track down a U.S. Senator’s missing daughter, Mack figures it’s more a case of runaway rich girl than supernatural mystery. Until his team finds the portal and he’s nearly torched by a dying phoenix.
In a world ruled by mythical beasts, Mack and Bethany find themselves on trial for endangering the centaur village. With the only escape route they know gone, working together to establish their innocence might prove easier than avoiding seductive Sirens and ravenous native beasts.
And then there’s the not-so-simple matter of finding a way back home…
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