THE WATCHTOWER #SFFSat Snippet for 07/14/2012

Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. On the surface, it’s a web ring of authors who post snippets of their work for comment. In reality, it’s a close-knit group of friends and colleagues working together to support and encourage one another and promote the science fiction and fantasy genres.

This week’s snippet is a departure from SOVRAN’S PAWN. Don’t worry. We aren’t going far. I’ve been hard at work on Book Two of THE BLACK WING CHRONICLES, tentatively titled THE WATCHTOWER. Still in the first draft stage it’s nearly ready for the endless revisions to begin. Here is your first look:


When he had her arm immobilized against her body, he pulled her to her feet once more. “Come on.”

“Did you have any trouble?” she asked.

“I got it,” he said. “Next time, I’m the diversion and you go after the package, deal?”

Bo smiled to herself and tightened her grip on his hand as she followed him down the steep slope. “Have you seen what he hired for security?” she asked. “There’s no way I would have ever passed for one of them. You’re more the type which is why I contacted you.”

“Here I thought you missed me,” he said lightly.


Well, that’s the Saturday Snippet for this week! If you’ve enjoyed following this little serialized scene week after week, I have the complete scene posted under my Works In Progress tab up at the top, or you can go directly to it by clicking HERE.

Next week, we’re moving on to something else.

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United by extortion, divided by duty, someone wants them both dead. They want each other. The catch is, nothing is what it seems…

Convicted of treason and sentenced to be executed, Bo Barron is the last person who should be infiltrating a Sub-socia weapons auction. But when her father is kidnapped and the ransom demand is the schematics to an experimental weapon, she has no choice but to go under cover with her uncle to get it.

Nobody counted on former-government-agent-turned-holofeature-hero Blade Devon’s infatuation with her. A botched assassination under the guise of a bar brawl leaves Bo blind and Blade wondering if there isn’t more to this job than he was led to believe.

Never able to resist playing the hero, Blade tends her injuries and delves deeper into the intrigue only to find this mission isn’t about a weapon at all. It’s about two Sovrans’ maneuvering for control, with Bo and Blade as their pawns.

All Bo and Blade have to do is figure out how to survive the game they didn’t know they were playing.

15 thoughts on “THE WATCHTOWER #SFFSat Snippet for 07/14/2012

  1. I love their nonchalance. Their used to danger, used to pain, so they carry on as if nothing happened. Just picking something up from the store, no bother. It makes for a great chemistry.

    1. Thank you! I’ve always loved that kind of blase interaction in the face of danger. That’s what made James Bond so cool, I think.

      I got an insight many years ago from a Kathleen Turner interview when she was plugging the movie Undercover Blues. When she pointed out that it was her character’s nonchalance in the face of peril that gave the audience permission to sit back and enjoy the ride, it really clicked for me. That was the difference between adventure and thriller.

      It’s amazing the things that stick with you as a writer.

      1. It is, but it’s crazy helpful. Hell, I’ll probably remember us just talking about this the next time I write. That’s an interesting interview and I’ve always thought Kathleen Turner had spunk.

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