This week I'm offering snippets from TAKE THE REINS, book 1 in the Rifts Series. It's a fantasy romance where the heroine steps across a dimensional boundary and into a world where the Greek myths are reality and humans are the myths. Bethany is talking to the centaur and asked about her horse, to which he says horses are myths, too.
“I assure you, nothing has been done to your horse--such creatures are as mythological as humans.” The centaur grabbed her arm and jerked her close. “You will come with me and the Council will decide what manner of creature you are.”
“No.” Bethany lifted her chin and faced the man down. She’d had enough of overbearing men telling her how things would be. “If I’m the mythological beast here, you can make the effort to be polite. You don’t understand what I am? Fantastic, I feel the same about you. But I can tell you right now that manhandling me and dragging me off to God-knows-where will not win you any points, mister.”
“You will come with me or you will be hogtied and carried.”
“Not today.” She used her nails to pinch the skin at his wrist like she’d done to her older brother when they were kids.
He yelped and released her. Bethany scrambled out of reach and bolted for the trees. She’d never outrun him, but she bet dollars to doughnuts they couldn’t climb. Yay for being related to apes! She dodged the bigger bodies, and shot for the nearest tree trunk. Leaping for the lowest branch, she prayed her grip would hold and no one caught her ankles.
Shouts and hoof beats clattered after her as her hands grasped the bark and she dragged herself up into the leafy canopy. She’d reached the second set of branches when an angry squeal made her turn and her gaze fixed on the wicked barb of a notched arrow.
“You will get down now.”
“No.” Bethany shook her head.
“You will come down or I will shoot you down. Any questions?”
At least he's clear about what he means. ;) 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, Veronica Scott, Gem Sivad, Jessica Subject, and Iris Blobel. Here's the blurb:
Social change is normal for a senator’s daughter, but affecting gender politics in centaurs wasn’t on Bethany’s agenda.
All Bethany Stanton needed was time away to think. She never imagined a walk with her horse might lead her so far from home. When she steps through a rift between worlds at an old archaeological site, she realizes she has bigger problems than marriage to the man of her nightmares. Like a herd of centaurs with distressing views on gender equality and “mythical” humans.
As part of the Supernatural Anomalies Investigative Field Unit, Major Stephen “Mack” McMacken has seen and done more weird stuff than written in a science fiction novel. When called in to track down a U.S. Senator’s missing daughter, Mack figures it’s more a case of runaway rich girl than supernatural mystery. Until his team finds the portal and he’s nearly torched by a dying phoenix.
In a world ruled by mythical beasts, Mack and Bethany find themselves on trial for endangering the centaur village. With the only escape route they know gone, working together to establish their innocence might prove easier than avoiding seductive Sirens and ravenous native beasts.
And then there’s the not-so-simple matter of finding a way back home…
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