Famine #71: Fierce

Hello! I’ve been away from the blog for over a month. o.O Thought I’d jump onto the Weekend Writing Warriors hop this week with a post from Famine. Today’s picture and post feature eight-year-old Matilde, and she’s the first to speak in this early scene from the book.

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Famine by Monica Pierce“Gimme a knife.”

Bartholomew paused on the stairs. He turned and found that he was eye-to-eye with the girl. What he had thought was fear driving her to hide beneath her bed, he now saw to be a fierce determination to survive. “After you have had lessons in their use.”

“When?”

“Soon.”

She scowled and said, “That’s a no-good answer.”

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REVIEW COPIES: If you’re interested in receiving an ebook (epub, mobi, or PDF) in exchange for an honest review of Famine, please email me at monicaenderlepierce@gmail.com. Please read the book description and note that this is a historical fantasy. It contains graphic violence, strong language, and sexual content and is intended for mature readers. Thanks!

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And don’t forget to check out all the other WeWriWa snippets this week. Lotsa great writers to be discovered and revisited.

  • Tried three times to comment and kept getting an error message. Nice snippet and pic, Monica. I can feel her determination through your writing. Welcome back!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Nancy, both for the compliment and letting me know about the error. I can’t recreate it, so WordPress musta coughed up a hairball. Thanks, also, for being persistent! 😀

  • daezarkian

    I love the strong, clipped prose. Your writing is always a delight to read, Monica!

  • Always want to keep reading when I get to the end of your snippets:)

  • Soon is never a good answer. He needs to be more specific. Intriguing snippet and love what you’ve done with your blog design 😀

  • Oh, I like 8 year old Mathilde. Very interesting interplay between the two.

  • burnsmillie

    I so enjoy the little girl’s determination and voice. She’s a little toughie! I’m rooting for her.

  • siobhanmuir

    Wow, the expression in the photo says it all. Nicely done, Monica, and welcome back. 🙂

  • Matilde is a tough little one! I like the strong characters you write, Monica, but you probably know that.

    A cope for review?!?!?!? Dear gawd…I thought you’d never ask. 🙂 Email on the way in just a bit!

  • historysleuth1

    So glad your back. I’ve missed this story. Great writing as always. I am intrigued by the little girl and I like the characterization of her.
    The Murders of Polly Frisch

  • That’s a great snippet! The expression of the girl in the photo is perfect.

  • I like her spirit and wonder what’s driving her need for a knife! Great snippet, missed this story 🙂

  • What kind of a knife?

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      The sharp, stabbity kind, of course!

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