Not Leaving Alive (Snippet Sunday 12.11.16)

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December is upon us but I’m not at all ready for the snow and cold, I’m wishing we could skip it, as well as the holiday madness. But it’s the last month of 2016 so it better be the best one for it’s our last shot. Since one of my goals for this year was to finish Fated to Darkness — and NaNo still didn’t finish it — I’m hoping to finish it this final month. Which means I’m going to continue to share from it this month as motivation.

We’re skipping ahead just a few paragraphs from last week’s snippet to find out if someone was in fact in the cell Ciara just dragged heather into.

Now for the second peek at Chapter 8: Shifting Fear…


Once Heather’s eyes had readjusted for the second time in a matter of minutes, she saw that the outline from the back of the cell was actually a huddled up girl. She couldn’t be any older than fifteen at best guess. Her clothes were dirty and ragged, torn in places like she had tried to fight. Scratches and dirt marred her skin and her auburn hair was a disheveled mess.

Chains shackled around her wrists rattled when she shielded her face from the sudden brightness of the torch’s light, cowering back against the cold stone fearfully. Heather stood frozen as she looked at the girl. Stirring feelings of a decent human being made her want to run forward and try to help the girl.

The girl finally blinked away the harsh light and looked back up. Her blue-grey eyes were wide as saucers, darting rapidly between Ciara and Heather. She shook a little bit, whether from cold or fright it was hard to tell. Maybe both was more likely. Her eyes traveled past the two of them toward the open door where freedom held a slim chance and a longing look flooded into those haunted eyes.

“P-Please…” she pleaded as Ciara let go of Heather and stepped to the door, shutting it with a cold finality that rang through the room and sent chills down Heather’s spine.

Somehow, she knew this girl wasn’t going to leave this room alive again.


If this girl isn’t going to be leaving this room alive, then what is that going to mean for Heather in this situation?

Fated to Darkness Cover Final

Three year old Heather Fraeis is like every other normal toddler. With a loving family, a family dog, and a little bit spoiled.

But fate can be a twisted and cruel friend.

Kidnapped on the night of her fourth birthday by a woman clad in black, Heather is whisked away to a realm that has never been known to exist. Forced into a life she doesn’t want as her kidnapper’s Heir, she comes to find that monsters do in fact exist, nightmares are more than bad dreams, and magic is more than just the thing of fairy tales.

Lies, fear, secrets, and pain await her around every corner. Swallowed whole by the dark path laid out before her, she is forced to fall with no light at the end of the tunnel to give her hope. Until she meets a young boy that may change everything once more for her…

Can Heather defy all the odds and overcome who is she forced to become? Or will it be too late for her to rise above the fate laid before her?

This story is not yet on Wattpad because it is my baby that I hope to publish one day, and if no one will publish me, I am self publishing. But it’s also not on Wattpad because it’s in first draft phases yet. So there will be no “if you wish to read more…”

However! 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. Or if you wish to read my debut release, Embermyst, you can find out more about that in the tabs above. (I’m working on the tabs, bare with me.) 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 me on my Facebook author page to keep up to date with all that’s going on in my writing.

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9 thoughts on “Not Leaving Alive (Snippet Sunday 12.11.16)

    • Ciara? Get distracted from her task at hand? I think Hell would freeze over first. As many spoilers and hints as I want to give right now in response to more than one of your sentences, I’m going to bite my tongue and say “just wait”. This chapter gets intense.

      Thanks for reading, Linda! :)


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