Friday, February 3, 2012

SFFSat Feb. 4th: a snippet from Bellica

In this snippet, Bellica Anala is attempting a daring escape from an enemy nation where she has been held captive in a drugged state. This is from my recently released novel Bellica, now available on Kindle.

Through some stroke of luck she made it to the stables, where a young groom got another sleeper hold from her. She found her horse easily, it being the shabbiest creature there.     
She pulled the docile mare about halfway out of the stall when she stopped. What am I doin'? She needed to escape, not go for a gentle city ride. She pushed the mare back into its stall and took a horse from a few stalls down.
This one was a huge, black stallion, who looked as if he normally had a terrible temper. Anala approached him cautiously and held out her hand. He sniffed it, then nickered softly and nuzzled her.
She'd always had a way with horses. 


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24 comments:

  1. Heh, habit is a curious thing.

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    1. I know, right? We've all done things like that. ;) Well maybe not exactly like that.

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  2. Nothing like a good 'sleeper hold'. She's good with horses and stealthy combat, I see. Looking forward to more!

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  3. Great snippet! Sounds like she and the stallion are going to be good buds! :-)

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  4. Fab snippet, and I agree with T.M Hunter, she and the stallion are going to become great partners in crime, I think. :D

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    1. Thank you. Yes, Anala and Endymion become good pals.

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  5. Awesome. I really enjoyed the snippet. I love horses. I can't wait to read more next week.

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    1. Thank you. I love horses too. They're amazing creatures.

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  6. Great snippet, and I'm intrigued to read more. Just might amble across to Kindle...

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  7. Bellica seems like a survivor. Stealing a horse? A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. Interesting.

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    1. Anala definitely is a survivor. I threw a lot of bad stuff at her and no matter what, she keeps going.

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  8. Of course! She has to take the black stallion! It's the only horse worth using! ;)

    I hope Bellica makes it to where she's trying to go! Good snippet.

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    1. Exactly! For a daring escape down a mountain in the middle of the night, no other horse will do. ;)

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  9. Something tells me that in the future Bellica is going to have this same effect on ill-tempered, powerful men.... :)

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    1. Yeah, Anala has that effect on...well, most people. She's always had a strange sort of charisma that extends to humans and horses alike. ;)

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  10. I love that... wait a minute... what was I thinking? You really get a feel for the character and her situation. Excellent snippet. You packed a lot into it.

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  11. Wonder what her mare's gonna think of her :-/

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    1. Well, it's not really her mare. She had to buy a new horse for the ride from the shore to the top of the mountain. Her actual horse is across the water, back in Athering.

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    2. Good idea to leave the gentle shabby mare behind. Sounds like she'll need more power!

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  12. Sounds like she knows her horses and that talent is going to really save her hide right now. :)

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