I'm offering snippets of THE VALKYRIE'S SWORD, which is scheduled to release on January 17th 2017 if luck is with me, lol. This has been such a tough tale to write that I'm taking it one day at a time. But I think it's finally ready. Svanhild is a fallen Valkyrie and she's babying her bike to make it to the next town, but she heard someone call for help. She found a guy and his bike stuck under a waterlogged tree and the rain is still falling. She's the first one to speak.
“By Fenrir’s balls, what the hell happened?”
The man scowled. “You’re a woman.”
“Thanks for the update. I’m also the only one here. Want help or not?” She matched his scowl as she steadied herself in the rising stream. “The water’s rising and the current is getting stronger. You’re running out of time.”
He struggled to work himself free, but the tree and the bike had him pinned. “Fuck. Yeah, yeah, I want help.”
“Fine. Tell me what happened while I work on dislodging some of this debris.” She grasped some of the accumulated tree limbs and pulled them out of the tangle, throwing into the water to be carried farther downstream.
“Fuckin’ deer’s what happened.” The man groaned as he tried to shove the stump away. “Came outta nowhere. I swerved to miss the damn thing and wheels lost traction. I had to ditch in the gully. I woulda been okay except this fuckin’ stump chose that moment to fall on top of me and my bike. I got pinned and with the rain, the stream just kept risin’.”
Svanhild nodded and stood back a moment to survey the situation. The stump lay across the bike with the man under it. The old trunk was a good half meter in diameter and solid wood. She’d be able to move it, but only if she tapped into her Valkyrie essence that she’d long forsaken.
Ja, because Odin banished me from Asgard.
Well that puts a damper on the day. ;) 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 VALKYRIE'S SWORD:
Svanhild isn’t looking for a new sword, even when one’s handed to her...
Svanhild Bjørnsdottir doesn’t need much—just a place to work in order to fix her Valkyrie motorcycle before moving on. As a fallen Valkyrie, she has no hope of settling down or returning to the Shield Maidens. Odin exiled her for defying him, and she’s not interested in going back, especially after arriving at the Fix-It Cave in Three Lakes, Michigan. But the last thing she’s looking for is love.
As a Blade in the fanatical Sword of God, a religious group bent on protecting humans from the Elder Races, Balder Templar is haunted by the ghost of his last target and his part in the deaths of her werewolf family. Hunting redemption and respite, his path leads him to Kate Blackamber, the Morukai shaman of Three Lakes. Kate knows who he is, what he’s done, and what he needs.
The Morukai lays a geas on both Svanhild and Balder—to help the other become part of the community. But when Balder rescues a little girl from an apartment fire and is recognized for his past, packmembers of the ghost arrive to demand retribution. In a town that abhors the Sword of God, Balder doesn’t have many defenders, but the Valkyrie may just be his saving grace.
This title should be available on Jan 24th 2017.