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The Story – Chapter 172

Oh crap!

“Hello?” I wanted to shake my head. Was I really talking to a snake? Then again, since I got here this was by no means the weirdest thing to happen to me.

“You are hunting the witch? I have a gift for you.”

Ah, wha? I crept forward, still not willing to get too close. Its massive head swung lower, giant eyes blinked spreading mucus over each eyeball. Ewww. “A gift? Why?”

“The witch. She and I are not… friends.”

Ha, I had the feeling the word it wanted to use was a lot nastier than that. “What is the gift?” I held out my hands.

“She has a weakness. No sense of smell.”

That was the gift? What was I suppose to do with that? “Ah, is there any thing else–”

In less than a split second it was gone. Goosepimples spread over my skin. So fast, the snake had moved so fast. I glanced behind my shoulder but there was no sign of it anywhere. What could I do with “no sense of smell?” Useless information. I swiped a hand through the river water and took several gulps of the crystal clear liquid then checked the sun. Getting low. I had to move.

I began to run.

 

TBC

 

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Heartache: a new short story

Hi all

How fabulous. My wonderful Publisher Wyvern’s Peak Publishing have pubbed a new short story I wrote on their blog 😚

You can check it out by clicking the story title below!

Heartache

A curious thing (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

 

I passed it every day. Never once did I think to ask how it got this way, melting into the earth. Brittle concrete exposed steel beams and struts desperately trying to hold it all together and failing with the passage of time. Rain, snow, wind in cycles, then radiating heat that stretching into every crack forcing them wider.

It was the cascading fall of pebbles that first got my attention. I crept inside, eyeing the unstable walls with concern. A long hand with even longer fingers beckoned me forward. Grey skin and giant eyes drew me closer.

“Come with me.”

 

 

This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

word count: 100

 

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Review: His Revenge by John W. Howell

Review: His Revenge by John W. Howell

About the Book

There is no way out as John Cannon either becomes a traitor to America or causes thousands of innocent people to die if he refuses to co-operate.  America loves John Cannon, its newest hero, and the President wants to present him with the highest civilian medal for bravery for saving the Annapolis midshipman from a terrorist plot to destroy them. While in Washington for the award ceremony, John unwillingly becomes an accomplice in another plan by the same group to attack the credibility of the US President and the stability of the worldwide oil market. 

The second John J Cannon Thriller moves from a barrier Island off the coast of Texas to Washington DC, then to Northern California, and finally to Ecuador. John is on the receiving end of an offer he cannot refuse. His avowed enemy Matt Jacobs now wants John to help him shake the reputation of the US in the world political arena. If John refuses, Matt plans to murder innocent Americans including John’s latest relationship. John’s only way out is to pretend to go along with the plan and hope for a miracle. Buy this book if you want plot twists, suspense, a fast paced story, and plenty of thrills.

My thoughts

Poor John Cannon. Recognized as a hero, he doesn’t get the chance to rest because the bad guys want him dead, up until they decide to use him for their nefarious plans.

Author John W. Howell has followed up his action filled first book My GRL with an even more action packed thriller. From shoots outs to kidnapping, the tension is high and ramped higher as the plot develops. This book makes for an enjoyable, fast-paced read. Character John Cannon’s reactions and responses are realistic given the circumstances and all new characters (and the return of old favorites) are well developed. I’m very much looking forward to the next one.

Memories (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

 

It was a printed image. I’d not seen one in years. This one found in a box dad kept under the bed. A note on the back scrawled in dad’s handwriting, Last day before abduction, EARTH 1979.

Wait, what? Abduction?

I took the image out to mum, thrusting it under her nose. Her green skin was a shade darker than mine. Her lavender colored eyes narrowed. “Yeah, I’d hoped you wouldn’t…”

“Tell me.”

“It was long ago, another time. It was what was done back then.

I sighed. Hopefully he was happy now. Maybe in death he would go home.

 

 

This is a Friday Fictioneers prompt

Word count: 100

 

 

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Review: A lunatic’s guide to interplanetary relationships by R L Andrew

A lunatic’s guide to interplanetary relationships by R L Andrew

 

About the Book

When perpetual screw-up Shayne James is transported from Earth to another planet, she has no idea she’s the key to saving the universe. When Annu discovers this puny human on his planet, little does he know that she’s the key to the two of them defeating the enemy. He finds her irritating, annoying, and somewhat attractive! If they don’t kill each other, or get killed by an unknown force attempting to take over the universe, they might live happily ever after.

My Thoughts

Talk about voice. This book has so much voice it hurts! Haha. If you want to read about an Ocker Australian in space this is the book to read.

Shayne is a crass, vulgar, egocentric and physically ill woman who discovers a wormhole in her kitchen pantry – A lunatic’s guide to interplanetary relationships is a non-typical boy who cries wolf story – only the wolf (wormhole) is real. Annu, an Orion native, already caught up in his own crazy adventure is the who discovers Shayne. Hit with her presence – quite literally – he finds they must work together to complete a dangerous quest – that is, if they don’t kill each other first. Together they have to save a universe to help Shayne get home – but by then she may not want to.

RL Andrew does a terrific job with this story. An entertaining tale with characters, magic powers and a quest to save the universe will not get out of your head long after you finish reading.

The only thing that caught my attention was the occasional spelling mistake. Easily overlooked because the story was such a joy to read. I hear there is a book two coming. I’m looking forward to it.

The Story – Chapter 171

…and then a hiss

that sounded an awful lot like a snake. I’d made my decision so there was nothing for it but to keep going. I straightened my back and pushed through the bushes. The water sound I’d heard came from a little cascading river. The water looked crystal clear. I could see the riverbed as clearly as I could see my hand in front of my face. Reeds and long grass grew along the bank. Dappled sunlight cast a camouflaged pattern of shadows along the ground that danced every time the wind blew. My gaze traveled the truck on a large tree that seemed to be reaching into the water, searching for treasure. Wrapped tightly around a branch as thick as my arm was a brown python.

I froze. Has it seen me? I’m not entirely sure what I thought it was going to do but I didn’t want to startle it into moving. A head as big as my own slowly swung in my direction. The hissing cut off suddenly and it’s eyes narrowed.

Don’t move.

Don’t breathe.

“Greetings girlchild, I have been expecting you.”

Oh crap…

 

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