It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. - Seneca

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Excerpt from SHADOW FOX ...*Giveaway*

  “Do you mind if we start over?”

“Not at all,” she said and took his hand.

“Hullo. I’m Jared.”

“Glad to meet you. I’m Tarika.”

They shook hands, laughing, and she caught sight of the inside of his wrist. The remnant of his self-inflicted wound, though over a year old, still bore a raw and purplish countenance around the raised and striking white line of the scar, and there was absolutely no doubt as to the nature of it. His breath catching in his throat, he tried to pull his hand out of her grasp but her fingers tightened around his and refused to let go. With the fingers of her free hand, she lightly traced the scar all the way up his forearm. The touch was so incredibly intimate Jared felt as though she had undressed him.

“Why did you do this?” she said, her eyes riveted to the scar.

“I . . .”

She looked up and met his gaze, and he saw that her eyes were glazed over. As many seconds of palpable silence passed, Jared tried several times unsuccessfully to pull away from her.

Finally she spoke, and her voice sounded distant and utterly different. “You don’t know who you are. There is something inside you that . . . you are hiding from yourself and others . . . something you find terrible –”

Politeness be damned, he started to yank his hand out of hers, only to have her fingers tighten so forcefully he started to squirm. A distant voice in his head, oblivious to the circumstances, said, Those are a fencer’s hands, no doubt about it.
“You’re afraid of it, you don’t understand it, you fear it will consume you –”
Using his free hand as leverage, he finally managed to pull his hand from her grip and put both hands on her shoulders, shaking her, furious.


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Tore923 said...

Both books sound great. Please enter me in contest.

Lori said...

What an interesting excerpt. Can't wait to read it

Ashley J. Barnard said...


Debby said...

The books sound great. I love the cover - very mysterious. Please include me in the contest.debby236 at gmail dot com

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