I'm offering snippets of IN DEATH'S SHADOW, Book 3 in the Rifts series. Princess Maia is learning she's stronger than she knows, she's not your typical damsel. But sometimes exhaustion still takes its toll and her companion isn't exactly supportive.
She added the wood to the fire and blew on the embers, gratified when the flames licked over its surface. I did it. Encouraging a fire was a small thing, but satisfaction swirled in her chest and she sat up with a smile.
“I’m surprised you knew how to do that, princess.”
And there went her satisfaction. She stuffed her irritation down deep and shrugged.
“Not all of us are damsels without skills, Mr. Tarlen.”
Maia rolled her eyes before she crawled over to her pack to look for food. If he wanted to be a master at something, she wouldn’t argue. His ego wasn’t her concern. She dug through her pack, carefully setting aside the clothes and minimal toiletries. But her food was missing. It had to be here somewhere. She’d only gotten into the pack once.
“Where are my provisions?”
He said nothing until she looked at him with raised eyebrows. He smirked and tilted is head toward the far wall. She followed his gaze and remembered the bags of their food hanging from rocky hooks in the wall.
“Nice.” She climbed to her feet in an attempt to move to them, but dizziness assailed her and she swayed. “Oh goodness—”
Her head swam and the world shifted. Where the hell did up go? She lost her balance and fell, hoping the impact wouldn’t be too hard.
“Whoa, princess. I’ve got you.”
At least he's useful for catching things. ;) 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, Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Gem Sivad, Jessica Subject, and Iris Blobel. Here's the blurb to THE IN DEATH'S SHADOW:
After three hundred years, Princess Maia is done with dryads.
Imprisoned by the wood folk for a crime she didn’t commit, Princess Maiasora Silvercloak wants her life back. If she finds the Key to the Twelve Realms and returns it to the dryads by the summer solstice, she’s free. Too bad she has no clue where to look. And the dryads’ solution might kill her.
Master Assassin Quinn Tarlen wants safe passage across the dryads’ forest after his last contract put him in the crossfire. The dryads offer him a deal: Escort a princess on her quest to find a magical artifact and he’ll be released. One catch: she’s the daughter of the king who killed his brother.
Spell-bound together, they must scour the world for the pieces of this artifact without getting killed or killing each other. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan as they race against time to secure the Key before the deadline. But nothing’s ever simple when magic is involved and death isn’t the worst outcome if they fail to find the Key.
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