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snippet – miles and miles of wintry sky

dsc_0305I’m often hesitant to post my writing. I’m not sure why. I guess I’m a little shy, which people who knew me wouldn’t believe, but it’s true.

I was looking over something I wrote years ago, though. Just randomly opened it and slid the sidebar a few dozen times. I landed on something I liked. I thought I’d share it. The way the main character feels upon rescue…I feel that way/this way all of the time with Jon. Like, there’s no one in the world I’d rather see & thank God it’s him.

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“Captain, we’re being hailed,” a voice called.

The Captain spun about. “What? By who?”

“The Archduke, sir,” the same voice answered.

The Captain went still, and then turned to look at Zoe. “What are they saying?”

“Turn over the girl.”

The Captain roared and grabbed Zoe by her jacket, dragging her to the side of the airship where Zoe saw another, smaller but better fortified ship drawing close. Wolfen glittered along the side of the ship in golden paint. As the ship moved closer, Zoe made out the shape of a man, leaning against the high ledge that lined the deck. It was Grey Richter, his face bored.

“You want her?” the Captain barked. “Take her.”

He lifted Zoe above his head and threw her toward the other ship. It was clear he meant for her not to make it. As air rushed past her, Zoe did her best to reach out, praying she at least hit the other airship. If she could at least hit it—but then a hand seized her outstretched arm and impossibly, she was pulled to the deck of the Wolfen. She stood on shaking legs, shivering from the cold as much as from terror. Her body was jittery, her chest near exploding.

“This is the second time I’ve saved your life,” Grey said, amused. “How will you ever pay me back, Ms. Soul?” Zoe turned to him and threw her arms around his neck, unable to keep tears from rolling down her cheeks. “This is…acceptable,” he murmured, holding her carefully. She clutched his shirt, pressing her face tight to his chest.

She realized that he was supposed to be the enemy.

She realized he could very easily turn her in.

But in that moment, she recognized him as her only friend for miles and miles of dark, wintry sky.

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#nohomophobes

alive

10603473_10152717717931303_6320593394518342416_nI’m alive. Kind of. Mostly.

I mean, I am, though I’m still moving slowly in all respects beyond work—& even there, I’m working on keeping my head above the waves of papers. I received the beautiful gift of a stomach virus from a darling angel & it has put even more molasses in my shoes. 

But I am trying to recover as quickly as possible. I have a bad habit of doing too much before I’ve recovered & relapsing. 

I would like to say that I graded some things today, however. I read a chapter for someone who asked me to beta. And I sent a few chapters for reading. That is a step, a baby step, in the right direction.

Here’s hoping everyone gets the baby steps they need.

A Curse Awakened: Cecy Robson Review

acaDiscover Cecy Robson’s sensational Weird Girls series—or return to where the magic first began—with this eBook original prequel novella about four sisters coming to grips with their unique supernatural powers.

Celia Wird shouldn’t possess the ability to transform into a tigress. Her three sisters should never be able to burst into flames, heal wounds, or transform common objects into deadly weapons. And yet they do.

Before they were born, the Wird Sisters were cursed by a spell that was intended to destroy them, not endow them with extraordinary powers. The sisters’ magic is untamed and explosive at best, and time is running out for them to take command.

Vampires have targeted Celia’s sweet, tragically human ex-boyfriend Danny. The sisters rush to his aid, but in order to take down the vamps, first they must face their dark past and break a spell that’s screwing up their powers. Except this curse wasn’t meant to be broken . . . and the witch who cast it isn’t done toying with them yet.

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Whenever I read Cecy Robson’s work I expect a few staples: humor that literally makes me laugh out, plot lines that have me flipping through my reading app in the bathroom during breaks at work, details that submerse me in the Wird girls world no matter where I am. But I didn’t expect all out crying. Nor did I expect it more than once.

I anticipated learning the source of the Wird girls’ curse to be emotional, as if you’ve read Robson’s previous work, you’d be aware that it has been a point of sorrow, confusion and limitation. But the misery and downright cruelty that birthed these characters left me shaken. For such a short novella, A Curse Awakened packed quite the punch.

I did still find those staples I spoke of, though–I knew the Jersey beaches like I lived there, once Robson was done setting the scene. I lol’d quite a few times and the action scenes held me riveted as usual–particularly when the girls discovered the bind of their curse and had the big showdown with some nasty vampires.

But it was the scenes that made me cry that stuck with me the most. When the girls heard the full story of their curse, when they learned how much it had truly scarred their lives, when Celia finally let her sister truly heal her, when the guardian angel who led them to the device of their binding and we learned she truly was that, even when an unlikely ally perished—the tears kept springing to my eyes. And I let them. They felt good.

If you’ve never read a Cecy Robson work, A Curse Awakened is an excellent crash course to the Weird Girls series. You’ll only want more after this small, but delicious bite.

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Advance praise for A Curse Awakened

A Curse Awakened is everything that a prequel novella should be. . . . Five stars.”—The Reading Cave

Praise for the Weird Girls series

“One of my favorite books series . . . so much action, so much violence and, oh, the lust radiating off of our heroes . . . I definitely recommend this series for lovers of all things paranormal and awesome.”USA Today

“[With Robson’s] edgy, witty and modern style of storytelling, the reader will be drawn deep into this quirky paranormal world. . . . Strong pacing, constant action and distinctive, appealing characters—including a gutsy heroine—will no doubt keep you invested.”RT Book Reviews

“A healthy dose of humor, a heaping dash of the supernatural, and a pinch of mystery all laced with a heavy dollop of action . . . Robson knows how to combine all the best ingredients to keep her readers hooked and begging for another hit.”Fresh Fiction

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IMG_2300About Cecy Robson is the New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Robson counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest, she enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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