Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors in which authors present an eight-sentence excerpt from a work. Mine is from The Goddess’s Curse, my new fantasy/sci-fi release. In this scene, hero Garat has kidnapped heroine Reena. She has been injured (not by him) and when he brings her back to his setttlement, she’s still unconscious. He calls in the medicine man.
“Can you save her?”
Meloni lowered her to a reclining position again. “I don’t know yet.”
He wanted a “yes,” a “this isn’t as bad as it seems,” or a “let her sleep it off.” Uncertainty from a healer who channeled the Goddess’s own power? Not a positive sign.
He paced, too keyed up to remain still. If she died, he would lose his bargaining chip.
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The Goddess’s Curse Blurb
Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the Sharona are forced to mate.
Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Reena, the Sharona queen’s daughter, jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.
Garat, leader of the Lahon, has only hatred for the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to avenge his son’s death by driving the Sharona from their homeland to take what the Lahon need.
When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.
But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lies in the palace in time to save her life?
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