Welcome to a late edition of scene-snippet Sunday. I had a harrowing day-job week, which is summed up by my latest digital journal entry. I’m posting these on Pinterest, by the way, although “irregular” doesn’t begin to cover it. But I’m trying to do one or two a week. “Pecked to death by ducks” means not being able to meet deadlines or get the stuff done I need to do because of so many interruptions from people needing me to drop what I’m doing so I can help them with something. Peck. Peck. Peck.
Lots of winners to announce today, but first a little teaser from the very beginning of the fourth Penton novel, written as Susannah Sandlin. Then a look at the busy week ahead! (By the way, I’m running a contest on the Susannah Sandlin website to help name that book, so if you haven’t tossed any possible names in the ring yet, hop to!)
If you’ve read the Penton saga so far, you’re probably wondering whatever happened to Matthias Ludlam, our old friend and…well, okay, he’s nobody’s friend really, is he? Penton 4 begins three months after the end of the third book, Omega…
Movement from above. Unfamiliar voices. The dreams always began this way.
A shaft of light would pierce the darkness from above. Heavy boots would descend the steps. The gleam of a sharpened sword would rivet his attention until his gaze rose to the face of the man who bore it. The Slayer, Mirren Kincaid. The man who’d come to kill him.
In the dream, Matthias Ludlam always met his final moments not with brave defiance but humiliation, pleading for mercy from the man whose life he’d tried to destroy, and failed.
Each day at dusk, as Matthias came out of another daysleep, the dream would reach the same end. Kincaid would smile, and the blade would fall.
Matthias had spent the past three months thinking of little else. Now, finally, could be the night the dream became real.