SFR Brigade Presents: Shadow of a Man

The SFR Brigade Presents is a blog hop where sci-fi romance authors present snippets of their work. I want to share an excerpt from my novella Shadow of a Man.

This is book number XII in Desert Breeze Publishing's Borealis series, written by different authors and with different main characters, but in the same setting.

Check out the other participating authors as well! =)

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The fabric between her fingers distracted her enough to bump into a stranger, and she glanced up with an apologetic smile. An enormous man looked down at her, and he did not seem happy.

"I'm sorry. I should watch where I'm going."

Her smile made the ominous wrinkle between the stranger's eyebrows deeper and the look on his face caused a hoard of Oralinian flutterbugs to set flight in her stomach. Something was wrong, but she couldn't figure out how to set it right. She had made a mistake, but she apologized. What else could be expected from her?

A moment later, Geo had his arm around her shoulders and pulled her away.

"I apologize for my sister. She's unaware of the local customs."

The stranger didn't follow and Geo whispered, "Stop smiling. I know you're a nice person, but Galiadians see smiling as an insult."

"You're joking?"

"Not at all. Didn't Dominic tell you anything about this place? Be careful with smiling and be careful with looking at people. Ranierans tend to dismember anyone who stares."

"Dismember? You don't really mean that, right?"

"Unfortunately I do. Be careful."

He was too close and his words too bizarre. She would have a hard time believing a person could tear someone else's arms off for staring at the best of times. With him touching, keeping her mind on gruesome matters was nothing short of impossible.

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Shadow of a Man

There might be a place Theresa fears more than Borealis, but she can’t think of one. The old and decrepit station houses all sorts of cruelty, and to make it better, this is where her husband Dominic was imprisoned, drugged, and tortured. He returned a mere shadow of his old self, scarred by abuse and Uudon withdrawal.

Borealis is the last place Theresa wants to go, and the only one she can’t escape. Dominic’s apparent madness does nothing to alleviate her fears. Her once sweet husband has turned into a womanizing monster, and will destroy anyone who gets in his way.

Geo, her faithful and all too handsome bodyguard, appears to be the only one on her side. He once helped rescue Dominic, and pays for the insurrection with a lifetime on the run. This might be a situation not even he can handle, and Theresa fears none of them will make it out alive.

Comments

  1. snerk, I like it! I think we all have days like that don't we?

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    1. Haha, hopefully not too often. Thank you for coming over! =D

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  2. Nice touches regarding the different cultural norms! A very intriguing excerpt...

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  3. Love it - staring should definitely result in dismembering. Great excerpt!

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    1. LOL, seems a bit harsh to me, but it's a different world. ;-)
      Thank you!

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  4. I love that you always do so much with cultural impressions within your work, Maria. Another great example.

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    1. Thank you so much! =D I've always been interested in cultural differences. =D

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