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 and will be out December 10, 2014. You can read last week's snippet HERE.
In this snippet, Bethany finds herself talking to the head honcho in the centaur village. He lets her know there might be more to this world than she previously thought. She's the first one to speak.
"What do you call the places on either side of the portal?"
Bethany shook her head. "Of course."
"If you know of these dimensions and portals, why did you step through one and not stay in your own world?"
"Because in my world they're fiction." Bethany threw her hands out from her sides. "They only exist in the imaginations of science fiction authors and storytellers. Hell, all y'all are straight out of a fairytale. Next you're gonna tell me there are gryphons and goblins I should watch out for."
The centaur shook his head. "The gryphons died out long ago and the goblins keep to themselves in their own kingdom."
"Right. Of course. What about dragons, werewolves, or vampires? Am I gonna find some o' them?" Might as well go for broke.
"No. The dragons chose to stay in the human world according to legend. And vampires are a human based species. Surely you've met a few?"
Bethany barked a laugh. "Not even close. They don't exist." She shook her head again. "Like you."
"I exist, I assure you."
Bethany resisted the temptation to poke him in his chestnut side just to make sure. "That's what I said to your captain when he claimed I was a myth."
Sounds like she's getting an education in this side of the Rift. ;) 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 December 10, 2014:
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…
Thanks for stopping by and happy reading. :)