Welcome to Snippet Sunday on Darkling Dreams!
Where writers come together to share a few sentences (8-10) of their current project — whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.
Welcome to August, Darklings! For a couple months — August and September I’m thinking — I am switching back to sharing from my adventure novel, Breaking Point. In October I might switch back to Fated to Darkness as I hope to have the first draft finished by then. (Yes, finished. I can hardly believe I’m saying that.) Should that happen, I’ll be posting to celebrate completing my first ever novel manuscript. Until then, enjoy more horses and mysterious bad guys!
Previously on Sunday Snippets: Our main character, who has yet to be named, has taken a ride through the forest on her horse Midnight, and has found herself racing a buck through the foliage. Midnight and his rider have veered off the path somewhere and have now found themselves in a uncharted part of the forest they have never seen before. They have run into a band of armed riders who seem threatening, and are surrounded now.
Since I left so many of you on a rotten cliffhanger on my last snippet at the end of June, I am going to be nice and pick up from there with what happens next. Feel free to check out that snippet to familiarize yourself with what was going on first!
(Some sentences may have been creatively edited and punctuated to
try to fit the ten sentence limit. I’m over, again. Can we just agree that my snippets will always be a little longer but not too long?)
My heart sank as I realized I probably wasn’t going to make it out of this alive. But I was more afraid for the safety of my horse than I was for myself. Midnight was my baby, and I couldn’t stand to have something happen to him.
I looked back to the stranger and felt a tear roll down my cheek. “Please, don’t. Let us go,” I choked out.
The stranger urged his bay horse towards us. “Do you think I’m going to harm you, my dear?”
I nodded forcefully, too afraid to speak.
The stranger’s face fell at my response. He looked genuinely concerned, but I knew better than to fall for that facade. “I’m not going to hurt you, or your horse for that matter.”
“Then let us go,” I spluttered, my shaking hands gripping the reins. Midnight pranced beneath me, feeling my anxiety and fear mount by the second. He repeatedly pawed the earth and bobbed his head. His message was clear: he wanted to bolt now, no matter the odds of outrunning all of them.
“Ah, but I can’t. I need you. You’re an important piece to my game.”
Dun dun dunnnn! What kind of game could this stranger be talking about?
This story is not yet on Wattpad either as it is another unfinished work and unedited as well. I refuse to put up anything that is unedited. One day I hope to finish this book, but my focus this year is Fated to Darkness.
However! If you wish to read anything else that I do have finished, you can hop on over to my profile on Wattpad and check out what I have to offer. I love to hear any and all feedback on my work as well. Comments are greatly appreciated, as are the reads.
And if you’re looking for some other great snippets of fellow authors,
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