#8Sunday: From the Goddess’s Curse, another attempt to escape

If you were here last Sunday for Weekend Writing Warriors, you know that Reena of The Goddess’s Curse realized she was Garat’s captive and made a break for it. Alas, that attempt failed. But she’s still trying…

After tying her up, the barbaric lout had stomped around the kitchen, muttering, banging cooking pots. He’d chopped some root vegetables and sliced off some meat and had set both to cooking on the stove when the boy and another Lahon had arrived. Their resemblance to the lout suggested blood relations. Brother, nephew? Her captor had lowered the heat on the stove before he and the adult male disappeared into the other room, leaving the boy with her. She could hear the low rumble of their voices but could not make out the words.

She sized up the child. “I’ll bet you’re real good at untying knots, aren’t you, Jerak?”

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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8 Responses to #8Sunday: From the Goddess’s Curse, another attempt to escape

  1. Nice details, and I like how she’s keeping alert and looking for another avenue of escape. Great stuff!

  2. Love the last line. She’s one smart woman. Good writing, as always.

  3. I don’t think she’ll convince the boy to untie the knots…will she? Great snippet, Cara! (and great premise to the novel!)

  4. Great eight, spooky and scary, but great!

  5. Siobhan Muir says:

    She’s gonna have to work hard at convincing the kid…unless the kid doesn’t like his relatives. Great snippet, Cara. 🙂

  6. A risk taker. I like that in a heroine! Great share.

  7. I have to give her credit, she never stops trying! I’m dubious that her ploy will work but I enjoyed the scene – excellent excerpt!

  8. The action is very easy to follow. Reena’s attempt to manipulate the boy is beautiful in its simplicity.

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