Saturday, January 10, 2015

Snippet Sunday - Take the Reins - Travel Plans


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, Mack is leading the way to figure out what kind of doorway is at the archaeological site. Neither he nor his first sergeant understands what they're getting into.

Mack stepped onto the path and followed the footprints into the clearing. Their boots thumped on the paving stones as the moon crested the trees, throwing their shadows across the granite. The tingling increased in Mack’s nose and he rubbed it to keep from sneezing. Swirls of sparkles kicked up from their feet, glittering in the moonlight.
“Uh, Mack, I’m getting an increase in radiation fluctuations.” Bryant’s voice held caution.
The glittering light grew in brilliance until it drained into the grooves on the floor of the ruins and shot straight for them at the center of the site. The breeze stiffened, kicking up dust and debris as they closed on the center of the clearing. Mack put up a hand to save his eyes as Bryant shouted something, but the sound was lost in the rising wind.
“I think the doorway’s opening, stay with me, Bryant.” He raised his voice to carry over the wind, but he had no idea if she’d heard as the eye of the storm centered over them. Mack reached for Bryant, but the wind knocked him off balance and he stumbled backward across the center block of the site.
“Bryant!”

I don't think they're in Kentucky anymore. ;) 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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26 comments:

  1. Suspense, danger, and fear. All together again for the first time.
    Accurate portrayal of each.
    Great eight!

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  2. Pretty dangerous situation, the storm seems to be so strong.

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    1. It's more disconcerting because he's not expecting it. Thanks for commenting, Linda. :)

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  3. He thinks the doorway is opening? I think he's a master of understatement! Great snippet as always!

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    1. Thanks, P.T. He's never experienced one opening so this is new for him. Boy is he gonna be surprised. :D

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  4. Whoops! There they go!

    Great visuals, Siobhan---can't wait to see what the centaurs make of one (or two?) more mythical creatures appearing in their territories. :D

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    1. They react pretty much the way you'd expect them to, Sarah. This is when the story gets really fun. Thanks for commenting.

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  5. All of that sensory imagery really makes this scene glow. Great stuff, Siobhan.

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    1. Oh, darn, I was going for "sparkly", lol. Thanks so much, Jeff. :)

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  6. Fantastic imagery! You 'sucked' me right in. :) Can't wait for more.

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you were sucked in right along with Mack. :D Thanks for commenting, Karen.

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  7. Sounds like there's magic in the wind. :D

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    1. Oh, yeah, there is. Thanks for commenting, Gem. :)

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  8. Love the sensory images. Felt like I was there.

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    1. Yay! That's what I was going for, Elaine. Thanks for commenting.

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  9. Uh oh! Loved the description of what was going on - I could really see it! Can't wait for him (and Bryant?) to get through the doorway...a fun story, excellent excerpt.

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    1. Thank you very much, Veronica. I had a great time messing with Mack's life. :D

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  10. Fantastic job of painting the scene--with all of it's action. I visualized without trying. Nice! I wonder what's on the other side?? :-)

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  11. Fantastic snippet! I felt swept away too. Can't wait to see what you post later!

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