The ladies in my writing group have been doing this through November during NANO. I’m a little late on the uptake but never the less, I’ve decided to join in. I’ll be sharing just a snippet of the current work in progress which is the next to be released Valkyrie’s Curse: The Awakening.
This is from Chapter 1: The Viking
The beginning of page 2 of my draft copy. (Formatted will be different.)
The ship slowed as it found the soft sand. Jorvic gave the forward motion. Two men steadied the ship as the others slipped into the surf. It was only knee-deep, the men sloshed forward. By the stealth of moonlight, they slipped silently through the secret door on the outer wall.
Surprisingly, there were no guards stationed on the other side. Sixteen men moved into the tunnels. There were no torches lit nor were there any guardsmen. Once inside the village, the men spread out, killing the pale usurpers.
Olaf and Sven ran to their father’s house while Aella ran to the Temple. His assignment was to get the key. Aella easily slew the two men at the Temple door, they were slow and unprepared. Ahead Aella saw a shadow move beyond the curtain. He took the sword from the hand of the second guard he had killed. Now armed with two swords he moved forward cautiously. Aella moved behind the altar and found the secret compartment in the back opened. The key was gone.
Out of the corner of his eye, he caught a movement. He had to get that key! Aella moved to follow the thief. Swiftly he thrust his sword forward spun around and struck again with both swords, removing the thief’s arm. As the arm fell to the ground, the key dropped free. For a split second, his eyes followed the key, enough time for the man to raise his broad axe, but Aella was faster and thrust again. One sword found its mark in the enemy’s chest, the other slashed across the man’s throat.
Ivan Thorskill, Jorvic’s younger brother fell to his knees, blood flowing from his neck and chest, spurting from the shoulder. Aella watched as if in slow motion. The full weight of his actions bore down with sudden clarity. This wasn’t right.
Does that wet your appetite for more? Does it sound interesting? Share your thoughts on this excerpt in the comments.
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Oh! By the way, this is NOT a romance. It does have a romantic interest however. I can’t wait to introduce you to Scott and Helena.
Till nex time,
write on my friends, write on!