Child of War-Rising Son for Sweet Saturday Samples
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My excerpt is from my upcoming novel….
Child of War-Rising Son
Book #3 in the OF WAR Series
As always, my excerpt is PG-13 (or below). The novel and series, however, are written for ADULTS. As such, they are not recommended for the faint of heart.
Staring into his piercing blue eyes Alena started remembering her life with the infamous Ares God of War, almost as though it were playing out before her reflected in those kind orbs. She seemed to recall that, in her last few moments in Ares’ Fortress she had been leaving him. Yes, he was in love with Aphrodite. Yes, he had been lying to her. It was all so fuzzy but she thought she remembered yelling, arguing, but not about what or with whom. The exchange was heated and she was frightened, horrified, she was going to run, and then, “I fell.” Alena mumbled to herself and started to quiver with more than the chill in the air. She let out a grunt of pain and winced as she looked up at Morpheus for answers.
“Yes, you did,” Morpheus agreed as he stood up and then knelt at her side with her icy hand inside both of his warmer ones. “You were grievously wounded and that’s how I was able to save you. When you fell, I snatched from Hades grasp and brought you here to live with me.”
“Save me? Hades?” The weight of his words settled around her ears like a dirty shroud before realization dawned. Alena didn’t know if she should thank him or start screaming like a raving lunatic. “I’m dead?”
Piercing blue eyes gazed at her with sympathy and kindness hiding the lie buried deep behind the glint of sorrow, “Quite, I’m afraid, my darling.”
If she was dead and she never crossed the River Styx she’d never be reborn or be reunited with those she loved. At that thought, Alena let out a snort even as her mind cracked. There was no one in the Upper World who loved her so there was no one with whom to reunite. Ares loved Aphrodite. Raven hated her. “Why? Why bring me here? Why not let me cross the river?”
“It wasn’t your time,” Morpheus shook his head as he traced the back of his long fingers over the curve of her face. “Besides, the Underworld is an ugly place, far too unsavory for one so delicate and fair.”
Another fuzzy distant memory came to a dim light in the back of her mind. Alena’s hands went to her belly, not to still the churning there, but to feel the emptiness. “My baby? I was pregnant, wasn’t I? My baby?”
For a long weighty moment, Morpheus remained silent then he finally spoke in a near whisper, “She was born very prematurely, Ares deemed her too small and weak to survive so he snuffed out her life with the palm of his hand.” Watching her face fall and the tears well up in her misty eyes, guilt sieged his heart as the depths of his deception hit him but it did nothing to dull his desire.
The wounded, shell-shocked, tiny piece of mind Alena had left let go and fell into the abyss. Uncontrollably, she began to wail, a sound so primal and deep, it didn’t even sound human. She doubled over, wrapped her arms around her body, and rocked hard as she sobbed, “No, oh please, no.”
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