In this snippet, Iliana has been traveling with Brandon and Ahmad and their men, but no one is very happy about the arrangements, what with a bloodthirsty army after them for reasons Iliana doesn't understand. And none of them trust each other much.
After three days in the saddle, Iliana was sure of three things. Her ass would be forever sore, walking straight would be a challenge, and the men she traveled with would never trust her. They barely spoke to her other than to get bearings for the next oasis, and no one would share water with her. Thank God I have my own water skins…or Kyram did.
To get a greater lead on the army pursuing them, they slept in the saddle and she only stayed there because of the rope anchoring her to her horse. Aristotle kept going despite the grueling march and she secretly marveled at his stamina. Not that she told him. The talking horse had a larger ego than most of the Hollywood producers she’d met.
By the time they reached the oasis at the end of their third straight day, Iliana damn near cried in gratitude when Ahmad said they could stop for the night. Oh, thank you, God. The other men with them tumbled gratefully from their saddles and all the horses lay down under the shade of the palm trees. Her legs almost folded up under her as she landed in the sand.
“Jeez, I’m not sure I could ride another mile.” She leaned her forehead against the saddle.
“At least you didn’t have to walk it.” Aristotle flicked an ear at her.
There's something to be said for riding. ;) 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, SJ Maylee, 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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