Snippet Sunday – I Mean You No Harm

It’s time for Snippet Sunday and school has started. This is both awesome and hectic, and sometimes awesomely hectic. Muirlette #1 is a senior, so we have all that rigmarole too. Fun times.

The serial is coming along with drastic changes to the original AND this episode is larger than the other two so far – almost 50K words though there’s still more rewrites and editing to be done. We’ll see.

Today I’m showcasing IVORY ROAD: A WALK IN THE SAND and it’s available with the old cover. In this snippet, we’re in Iliana Rory’s (AKA Ivory) POV and she’s talking to a guy who just showed up and calls her by the wrong name.

“Kyra?” The man named Crowe coaxed her to speak.

She returned her gaze to him, taking in his desert costume and his gravelly voice. He sounds familiar, almost Aussie. What were the odds her upcoming costar Taggart Crowe was playing an elaborate trick on her before filming started?

She could adopt the part of the outback woman, complete with Australian accent. Would it make sense out here in this desert? Does any of this make sense? Brandon Crowe thought he knew her, so if she turned out to be someone else, he really couldn’t fault her. She decided against the accent, but she would play Kyra for now.

“I don’t think I am the one you’re looking for.” She met Crowe’s gaze.

“Who else would be all the way out here in this oasis?” He took a few steps closer to her, but stopped when she tightened her hold on her sword. “Easy, Kyra. I mean you no harm, but the Knalish Army is hot on our trail. I need you to show us the way across the desert to the west.”

Yeah, like that’s gonna happen.

“From where do you think you know me? I don’t recognize you or your voice. I don’t even know your name.”

He blinked in surprise over the cloth across his face. “It’s me, Brandon Crowe. I was here two years ago looking for the Treasure Vault. You found me dying out in the sands and brought me to this oasis.”

“Show me your face.” She didn’t think it would help, but it would buy her some time.

He nodded and quickly unwrapped the midnight blue scarf from around his face until it hung down his back. She started and gaped. Sad hazel eyes looked out over a short rounded nose and thin lips. He had a goatee that flowed up his jaw to form a beard. Fury at his games rose in her chest. What the fuck is this guy playing at? Taggart Crowe, her fellow actor and male lead, stood before her with a confident smile.

Oh, that’s not going to go well. 😉 There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list, the Snippet Sunday Facebook group, and the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group. A few of my favorites are, P.T. WyantKaren Michelle NuttVeronica Scott, Karysa Faire, and Iris Blobel.

Here’s the blurb for A WALK IN THE SAND – With a New cover coming soon!:

Available Wide in eBook

The adventure of Ivory’s lifetime might just be the death of her…

When it comes to make believe, A-list actress Ivory is a professional. But when a desert hike takes her across a dimensional rift, her real-life self, Iliana Rory, must separate fantasy from reality. The man she swears is the costar in her next movie might share the same surname and appearance, but there are no sets in this Mr. Crowe’s world, no props, and no director to yell “cut” before blood is spilled.

With a fortune in stolen treasure and the forces of the Knalish army hot on their trail, Brandon Crowe and his partner, Ahmad, must cross a desert neither of them knows well. Mistaken for their guide, Iliana seizes any chance to stay ahead of the army and survive in this new world.

Adventure straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster might be on Iliana’s bucket-list, but she never dreamed there’d be the real possibility of death when the end credits roll. A Walk in the Sand is the first story in the four part serial recounting Iliana’s journey along the Ivory Road.

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