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.
It’s the best time of the year in terms of Halloween and fall colors, and since Halloween is my favorite time of the year, for the month of October I’m going to be sharing from a new Halloween themed paranormal short story of mine. Embermyst is included in Victory Tales Press’ newest anthology release for the Halloween season, Paranormal Pleasures, which is out for sale in eBook and paperback format! It is also my first ever publication! Hooray!
This snippet skips ahead from last week’s snippet to the introduction of my second main character, Morticia. Please note this is also edited from the published version.
Also! Coming up on October 24th, Victory Tales Press will be holding a Halloween Bash Facebook party. Some of the authors from Paranormal Pleasures and other past authors with VTP will be co-hosting the whole day with giveaways, tricks, treats, and more! One lucky trick-or-treater will even have a chance at an Amazon gift card! I will be one of the hosts at 1pm PDT (2pm MDT, 3pm CDT, and 4pm EST) and I will have a giveaway for U.S. participants, so be sure to stop by and join the spooks.
Now for the second peek at Embermyst…
(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?)
Her form wasn’t so hazy, so strikingly white or transparent. Spots of color splashed her figure like a half finished watercolor canvas. The longer a soul was trapped here, the more they began to fade away with time.
Despite the difference in her hazy figure, she didn’t move or react to his touch. Again, unlike the rest who fled at his overwhelming presence, she just stayed there. Vacant eyes still tinged with a fiery orange color stared out from the soul’s pale face, peering into the archway as if she was waiting for something. Or someone.
His touch allowed him to see exactly how she ended up here. Images of scenes flitted across his vision in a flipbook slide show that rested upon each scene for no more than two seconds apiece. A cross waving slowly in the air in the sign of the Father. Droplets of water splashing her brow and face, mixing with sweat. Rope bound wrists jerking against bedposts. Chanted prayer growing in volume. Screaming. Her body arching upwards and an explosion of pain. It felt like she had been ripped in half, the tether between soul and body severing carelessly as he watched her hazy image lift from her still frame. Anger and terror swept through to him from the images. He frowned, letting his hand drop from her shoulder.
The girl had been forced from her body, but why?
And so becomes the question: Who, and/or what, forced Morticia from her body? Perhaps you’ll find out next week, or you can always buy and read.
Paranormal Pleasures: 2016 Halloween Romances
Publisher: Victory Tales Press
Authors: Gerald Costlow, Barbara Miller, Daelyn Morgana (ME!), and Vicki Crum
Format: eBook and Paperback
Release Date: eBook – September 26, 2016
Paperback – October 1, 2016
Length: 59.7k words, 210 pages eBook, 174 pages print
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Short Stories
Price: $2.99 eBook, $9.95 paperback
Victory Tales Press offers four sweet to sensual stories to stir your heart and satisfy your craving for romance. Our talented storytellers dare you to enter a world where romance dwells in the most unlikely places.
By: Daelyn Morgana
As the God of the Afterlife, Death has grown accustomed to his dreary duty until he meets an unlikely soul: an empowered woman named Morticia. She was living with a big secret in a world full of fear before an exorcism gone wrong landed her in his realm.
Was it a twist of the Fates?
Death didn’t think so.
While she hovers between the mortal plane and the land of the dead, can he convince her of the legends of the divine, claiming she is his one perfect Mate? Or will the promise hanging around her neck cause her to return to the land of the living and the man that failed her?
This story is not on Wattpad due to the fact it has been published, but if you wish to read more of Embermyst, and the four other authors within Paranormal Pleasures, you can pick up a copy through Amazon, Smashwords, or Createspace today!
If you wish to read anything else that I have out for free, 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. You can also find my on my Facebook author page to keep up to date with all that’s going on in my writing.
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