In this snippet, Iliana has been traveling with Brandon and Ahmad and their men, but only Brandon has made an effort to talk to her. Iliana started to relax about the travel, but not everything is a sanguine as it seems.
“That happens more often than you might believe.” Brandon grunted, but his head came up when a sound filtered through the air from the oasis.
Screams and shouts erupted from the palms still swaying in the pre-dawn desert.
“Holy shit. What’s that?” Iliana scrambled to her knees as she peered into the moonlit sands.
“Be quiet and stay low.” Brandon tugged at her shoulder. He pointed to the rise of the dune as figures fought each other against the lighter sky.
She swallowed back bile. Dear God. Intellectually, she’d known the Knalish army pursued them, but it had always been just a vague threat after the first day. Now they swarmed over the dunes into the oasis with deadly intent.
So much for getting free and clear. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, Jeff Tsuruoka, Gem Sivad, Goran Zidar, Veronica Scott, and Sarah Wesson. Here's the blurb for The Ivory Road: A Walk in the Sand:
The adventure of Ivory’s lifetime might just be the death of her…
When it comes to make believe, A-list actress Ivory is a professional. But when a desert hike takes her across a dimensional rift, her real-life self, Iliana Rory, must separate fantasy from reality. The man she swears is the costar in her next movie might share the same surname and appearance, but there are no sets in this Mr. Crowe’s world, no props, and no director to yell “cut” before blood is spilled.
With a fortune in stolen treasure and the forces of the Knalish army hot on their trail, Brandon Crowe and his partner, Ahmad, must cross a desert neither of them knows well. Mistaken for their guide, Iliana seizes any chance to stay ahead of the army and survive in this new world.
Adventure straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster might be on Iliana’s bucket-list, but she never dreamed there’d be the real possibility of death when the end credits roll. A Walk in the Sand is the first story in the four part serial recounting Iliana’s journey along the Ivory Road.
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