It’s time for Snippet Sunday and school starts next week for the Muirlettes. I can’t believe the summer is over. It went so fast this year.
The serial is moving forward and the muse seems to want to work on it (and I’m completely rewriting the old version to something I like better, so there’s that). Iliana has quite the adventure, but it’s not without drama, that’s for sure.
Today I’m showcasing the first book, IVORY ROAD: A WALK IN THE SAND and it’s available with the old cover. In this snippet, Iliana is trying to get away. She doesn’t know these men and she doesn’t want to interact with them.
Iliana crawled slowly through the brush, hoping the breeze would disguise her movements. If she could get to the horse, she might be able to get away. She still hadn’t figured out where she’d go, but away from these men and their pursuers would be helpful.
“You were dying.” Ahmad crossed his arms over his chest. “How do you know she wasn’t just a hallucination?”
“Because I’m still alive, and there’s her horse. Couldn’t patch myself up, now, could I?”
Crowe paused, cocking his head and Iliana froze. He scanned the space where she’d been crouching with a sharp look.
Please don’t see me. Please don’t see me.
She resisted the urge to close her eyes as she hunkered down under a ground palm. God, I hope there are no scorpions using this as a home. The man named Crowe crouched and met her eyes, a frown creasing his brows.
“Kyra? Is that you?”
Iliana supposed it was too late to do the Jedi mind trick—this is not the woman you’re looking for—but she definitely didn’t own the name he called. She shook her head and he grimaced.
“Please, Kyra, we need your help. My colleagues won’t do you harm.”
She snorted, but short of running straight out—going where, exactly?—she was caught. She drew herself up to her full height of five feet eight inches and faced Crowe, her hand near her sword. She hoped he wouldn’t push her to try to use it. While she’d taken fencing lessons, this guy looked like he had practical fighting knowledge. The cloth of his shirt stretched taut around his biceps and shoulders. Yeah, he could drop-kick me into next week.
When Crowe saw her defensive posture, he backed up a few feet and raised his hands.
Guess he saw her despite her wish. 😉 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. Wyant, Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Karysa Faire, and Iris Blobel.
Here’s the blurb for A WALK IN THE SAND – With a New cover coming soon!:
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.