30 Books in 30 Days: Scene-Snippet Sunday Edition

dark-secrets-box-set-1Hola, Sunday! Sounds like most of you were having fun yesterday. Well, except, Liz and Linda, who had loooong work days. I wrote for about six hours on top of the weekly chores, which was a typical Saturday for me.


First, though, a little snippet. Well, actually, it is the whole, extremely short first chapter of the novella that will be in the Sept. 29 anthology called DARK SECRETS. My story has undergone several incarnations but has finally been written—I’m doing cleanup work on it now—and is called THE CONSORT. It’s set in the Sentinels world but the only Sentinels characters who appear are the princes of Faerie, Florian and Christof, and the queen Sabine.


Liandra, daughter of Caerne the Ironworker, had prepared well to meet the Queen of Faeire.

For two days, since the summons to the Royal Palace had arrived, she’d practiced her curtsy, her manner of sipping tea, and of crossing and uncrossing her ankles, should she be allowed to sit. She’d refined her diction by talking to herself in the mirror, trying to sound more educated and of higher station than she was.

            She’d been in the throne room less than a minute before she realized how utterly wrong she’d been. She wasn’t prepared at all.

After all, how does one prepare oneself for the news that one has been traded for a horse with a damaged gait?

Poor kid. She’s got some rough times ahead. Because, as I’ve often said, “Faeries are crazy.”


Now, how about some winners from the past week? If you see your name, please contact me at suzannej3523@gmail.com or via the contact tab at the top of the page. You can choose one of my books if you like (Royal Street, River Road, Elysian Fields, Redemption, Absolution, Omega, Allegiance, Storm Force, Lovely Dark & Deep, Deadly Calm & Cold)—only Pirate’s Alley is unavailable.


Or pick a TBR book! Of the Sci Fi, Fantasy, YA, urban fantasy, PNR genres, give me two favorites, and one of those has to be SF, Fantasy, or YA because those are the genres I have the most of. Especially YA, where I have TONS.


Saturday winner: BARBED 1951

Friday winner: ROGER

Thursday winner: BIRGIT

Wednesday winner: MIKI

Tuesday winner: APRIL K

Monday winner: LIZ S, who won Readers Choice of Ink and Bone.

Sunday winner: BETH P


For today’s giveaway, what are your Sunday plans? I will be (surprise) working, as Sunday is my big writing day of the week. I also have the pleasure of hauling a week’s worth of trash and recycling down a steep hill to the curb, which usually takes three or four trips, as we only have one weekly pickup and it’s on Monday.

29 thoughts on “30 Books in 30 Days: Scene-Snippet Sunday Edition

  1. Sunday plans include working retail again, and unfortunately it is Very hot here in the desert in So Cal! but we will get through it as always 🙂 I read on all my breaks so that helps. I’ve read all ur books and would love to win any of them.

  2. We didnt have ant plans today. But ended up going out and cycled to the beach and got a haircut 🙂 otherwise we didnt do anything other than enjoyed the sun

  3. Sunday plans are more sanding on my daughters bed project. Need to move it to her new house on Friday. [Mendota, Illinois] Rough sanding, more sanding, and finish sanding. Running out of time. Congrats to all the book winners, happy reading.

  4. I don’t really have any plans today. Hopefully I can get some reading in though.

    P.S. I love YA books too! 🙂

  5. Being the creature of habit that I am I had fun *haha* doing the laundry and preparing lunch. And maybe I will get some more reading done as well later tonight.

  6. Today is the Wimbledon Men’s Final. As a dedicated tennis fan I’ve got my feet up watching it on TV at the moment. Go Federer !

  7. I’m doing the same thing I did yesterday, which was get up early, go for a walk before it gets too hot, jump in the pool to cool off, and then relax by reading and playing on the computer. I’ll add a trip to the grocery store and laundry though, but that doesn’t take all that much time. 😀

  8. My plans for Sunday is to do laundry, read and play with recipes for dinner tonight.

  9. We went to a VW car show and tonight we’re going out for Chinese. It’s my boyfriends night to cook and other than throwing burgers or London broil on the grill he doesn’t cook.

  10. I cleaned house, did laundry and laughed when work called to see if I would come in. Now I’m relaxing with the pup and watching the last of Shark week 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  11. Another 10 shift and then home to read and relax. Just saw I was a winner this week. Yippee! That sure made my day. Congrats to all the winners!

  12. i spent my day by reading 2 books using my 2 phones so one my phone’s battery low, i read another one lol and watching korea reality show

  13. Looking forward to Dark Secrets. I have set a reminder so I don’t miss it.