Woohoo! I’ve been waiting since 21 letters ago on the A to Z blog challenge for this day!
V is for VERY excited to reveal an excerpt from my story in TIDAL WHISPERS!
But first, I’d like to take a moment and introduce you to my lovely anthology-mates!
- Headliner, Jocelyn Adams’s, The Undergarden is a touching story that explores the depths of love shared over a lifetime between two unlikely friends — this one is best read with a tissue handy. She is also author of SHADOWBORN, the anticipated follow up (due Oct 2012) to her debut novel The Glass Man.
- Julie Reece’s story, Heart’s Desire is a beautiful tale about love and loss and having the courage to follow your heart. Her novel, CRUX, will debut in July 2012 and has a wicked cool book trailer that can be viewed HERE.
- Claire Gillian’s story, The Sweetest Song has an interesting twist and definitely leaves the reader wondering what kind of note the story will end on. Her debut romantic suspense novel, The P.U.R.E. is out NOW! woohoo! and you can check out an excerpt HERE.
hehehehehe! I’m grinning like the Cheshire Cat because I’m the luckie duckie who gets to share book space with these supremely talented ladies!
OK, whew! Now, the moment I’ve been waiting oh-so-long to share with all of you! An excerpt from my short story, Pearl of Pau’maa, featured in J.Taylor Publishing’s TIDAL WHISPERS anthology.
PEARL OF PAU’MAA
The cold current exhausted Harmon like no battle ever had. That frigid band of ocean coursing through the Ladali Trench blued the peach of his skin and shriveled the long dorsal fin stretching down his tail. He could handle the intense pressure—accustomed to swimming at all depths—but the Trench waters squeezed precious heat from his blood.
The cold reminded him that he wasn’t a regular to the chilly offshoots of the ocean—a soldier, not a scoundrel. He had honored his people, serving his time in the 7th infantry, in the bright, warm surface waters of the Pau’maa Rim. Not down in the murky nadirs with the thugs and crooks of the sea.
Like his brother Creeb.
Harmon clawed through the water, savoring the heat of anger pumping through his body.
Once I have the curve of my mother’s heirloom pearl in my palm, he thought, my brother’s wrongs will be brought to order.
He pinged the dark waters, outlining the trench walls. He was getting closer.
Miki hugged herself, trying to press down the fear bumps prickling her bare arms. Her toes gripped warm sand, clinging to the beach, worried it would be the last time she’d ever be free to stand there.
If Taigo or any of his friends notice me, she thought, he’ll make sure I never see the shore again.
She gazed at the ocean, marveling at how it spread beyond the horizon’s curve. The salty mist on her face awakened a longing in her heart . . .
excerpt ©2012 Kelly Said
There it is! the first 250 or so words of my short story!
Thank you so much for stopping by! TIDAL WHISPERS will be available JUNE 2012.
So, I have to ask because I’m anxious to know, what’d you think?