I'd said that the theme/topic for the week was a major character overcoming a fear. If you have an excerpt from your published book, or coming soon, you may post it in the comments. Excerpts should be no more than 500 words, and include the name of the book, author name (Sometimes it doesn't show up with the comment) and a buy link. Each time, I will pick a few excerpts as a blog feature, but even if you don't get in on that, the comments are open. Spread the word! The more participation this gets, eventually the bigger the audience. And you want readers to see what you're posting, so please reach out :)
I've got one feature for today's theme. If you want in, the comments are wide open! I'll also post the next theme/topic at the bottom of the post. Ideally, if you want to get in as a feature, the earlier you email me at Stormgoddess925@yahoo.com with your interest, the more likely it is you'll be featured. If you do become a feature, I'd like everything sent to me the Friday before your feature date.
Ready? Let's have a look at today's feature.
Blood's Voice Excerpt feature:
“Ya lost me. Are you saying you’re going to tell me or that you are not willing to be open and honest with me?”
“Declán, I am trying. You’re right; I’m not like other girls. I am not like other . . . humans you know. How to explain? Normal human girls are not cold. They cannot flawlessly hypnotize with nothing but their voice. They cannot outrun even the fastest animal without effort.
“But I don’t see how labels will help either. For now, I will just say that I am forever frozen as you see me now. As much as I want you, I am not a good companion for you.”
Understanding lit his gentle eyes. “You’re afraid I’ll run? I won’t. I don’t care, just be honest with me, please.”
“You may change your mind in time. I risk your safety and life every time I get near you. I would never deliberately harm you, but my very presence is dangerous . . . to you especially.
“I do not believe in harming humans, but you cannot even touch me without problems. Even more of a problem is that I crave your touch, among other things.” Did he understand yet? Would he fear me?
“I don’t understand, Anya. Why do you think you’ll hurt me just by being near me?”
No, he didn’t. Would he really make me use the crude words that Star and Nicholas used to describe us? Yes, he would if he could make me.
“Declán, have you ever seen me eat or drink anything? Do I not stand out to you at all as something not right? You pointed out that Nicholas and I are something other. Can you really not understand why I fear telling you, or worse, fear your reaction?”
“No, I haven’t, but that’s one of the many things on my list of weird things about you. I’ve been trying to figure it out, but I simply can’t.” How could he be calm? It was maddening! “Anya, you look positively ill. Are you sure you’re okay?” His worry was so sweet. Would he still be concerned when he knew the truth?
“Please, listen to what all I have told you and then tell me if you can truly not think of why I am having issues with explaining all this to you.” I could hear the edge in my voice, I knew it would affect him, but this is what I wanted. Really. “Please know that it is only fear that strangles the words within me. Once I say it, I will not be able to take it back.” I smiled, sadly, allowing my fangs to show, fully extended.
His curiosity was only slightly marred by fear. “Anya, what do you live on?” he asked quietly.
“The blood of animals, not humans,” I quickly qualified. “As I said before, I don’t believe in harming humans, not even to live.”
He swallowed hard, seeming to have trouble remembering how. I could hear his heart racing in an uneven dance I had never heard before. “You’re a . . . a-a vampire?”
Looking down, unable to bear seeing the fear and disgust he would finally feel, I simply whispered, “Yes.”
His breath caught and then he was up on his knees trying to turn my face up towards him. But, of course, he forgot he couldn’t touch me like that. Great, dazed again. I just cannot win. It was so maddening!
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So you are free to comment. If you don't have an excerpt to share, that's okay. I'd love to know you stopped by. But I do hope you have some juicy excerpts for me to pawn over!
Now, for NEXT WEEKS Promotion feature: In light of the fact that we just had April Fools day, the theme/topic for your excerpt is going to be....A character is tricked/ had a joke played on them/ fooled. It doesn't even have to revolve around April Fools. As long as somehow someone was messed with as a joke, or even not, say someone lied, or whatever. Be creative! Hope to see you here today, and I hope I get some emails in my inbox for next promotion day.
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Until next time,