Friday, October 26, 2012

Testing Fate: Opening Paragraph Teaser

Here's a little sneak peek at the opening paragraphs to Testing Fate ...

One moment I was standing in the trial room and next I was gone—surrounded by darkness. My lungs burned and a squeezing sensation filled my chest, robbing me of breath. Just as I was on the verge of passing out, the world burst into an explosion of color and I dropped to my knees struggling for air.

“What the hell just happened?” I gasped, my voice ragged. I focused on controlling my panting. My head pounded without mercy and my body felt like it would keel over. It was the most disturbing feeling I’d ever experienced and I wanted to kill the one who’d inflicted it on me.

“Calm yourself, young one. Take deep, steady breaths. The discomfort will pass if you don’t fight it,” a soft voice whispered in my ear and I followed her instructions. Slowly the dizziness faded, taking the waves of nausea with it, and I was able to stand without the world spinning around me.

“Where are we?” Mason demanded, his voice filled with annoyance. I watched Devlin place a cautionary hand on Mason’s shoulder, warning him his temper wouldn’t be appreciated by the three Fates standing huddled together - watching us. Mason nodded and corrected himself. “I apologize. I’m simply curious why you’ve brought us here.” He bowed his head in deference to the women and his body relaxed into a less threatening stance.

“This once we will forgive you, Alpha of the Mystic Wolves. We understand your concern and need to protect. We felt it was important to remove the necessary parties from your Council’s meeting room and bring you here,” Atropos replied, gesturing to our surroundings.

“And where exactly is here?” Mason asked. He moved to take my hand, his fingers wrapping around mine and squeezed.
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