In this snippet, Iliana has been traveling with Brandon and Ahmad, and they've reached a city held by the people after them. Ahmad has gone out to take care of some business and Brandon and Iliana are discussing his qualities.
She sat back and crossed her arms over her chest, surreptitiously checking for her belt pouches and sword. “He’s a safe cracker? A thief?”
Brandon nodded. “One of the best who knows the Knalish pretty well.”
“Why would you need a thief who knows the Knalish?” Before he could answer, she held up her hand. “You know what? I don’t want to know. I’m just getting you across the desert and that’s it. The less I know the better off I’ll be.”
“You’re not even curious?”
Iliana snorted. “Of course I’m curious. But you know what curiosity did to the cat.”
He tilted his head with a half smile. “Actually, I don’t. What did curiosity do to the cat?”
“Killed it.” She rubbed her hands over her face as he chuckled. She tried not to enjoy the way his eyes danced or the happy sound of his laughter. He’s not Taggart Crowe. “Did you guys steal something and that’s why the army is after you?”
“I thought you didn’t want to know.”
“I don’t want to know specifics, but I do want to know if they think I did it, too.”
Brandon's more devious than he might first appear. ;) 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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