In this snippet, Iliana has returned to her own world. She's still reeling from her return and the long drive from New Mexico to California, and now the trip to Sydney, Australia...
“Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the Sydney International Airport. Local time is twelve twenty-five p.m., Monday, May twenty-first. We hope you have a pleasant stay in Australia and hope you’ll fly with us again soon…”
Iliana scrubbed her face and settled her fleece hat on her head before pulling down her carryon from the overhead bin. A fine spray of white sand sprinkled over her hands as she swung the pack onto her shoulders. At least traveling First Class had its perks. Her body didn’t feel like a stiff pretzel after an eleven hour flight to Australia from L.A. Too bad her heart hadn’t gotten the memo. She rubbed her chest between her breasts to relieve the aching in her heart.
Unfortunately it wouldn’t assuage the certainty that she’d lived a week more than the date on the calendar.
Was it just a dream?
The question had haunted her the whole flight to Sydney. She’d tried to sleep through her upset stomach, but even now as she stepped up the gangplank her gut grumbled with unease. She’d realized she suffered from grief four hours into her flight, but understanding didn’t bring relief. Or certainty. No, no, I lived it. I spent eight days with Brandon Crowe and a talking horse named Aristotle.
Nothing like a little question of crazy to haunt you. ;) 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: Outback Dreams:
Returning to reality isn’t everything Iliana Rory hoped…
As she resumes her A-list actress life, Iliana tells herself she’s home, but the adventure she experienced beyond a dimensional rift comes back to her in daily reminders. A nasty arm wound is bad enough. A sexy costar who happens to be a dead ringer for the man who stole a desert treasure and a piece of her heart is more than any woman deserves to suffer.
Any thoughts that her memories might be the result of fever dreams vanish when her wound reopens while filming a rescue scene. Once her horse starts talking to her, Iliana can’t deny the adventure—and Brandon Crowe—were real. Which means just maybe the newfound love in her heart is real, too. But has Brandon given up on her?
To get back to Brandon, all she has to do is finish filming, evade the paparazzi, survive the social media headlines, and stave off the amorous advances of her cocky costar. After surviving the Knalish army, handling Hollywood is a walk in the outback. Outback Dreams is the second story in the four part serial recounting Iliana’s journey along the Ivory Road.