Famine #72: Say You’re Sorry

Well, I didn’t mean to be gone this long, again, but I’ve missed the past several weeks of Weekend Writing Warriors. I have a good excuse; I was launching Famine. Here’s another excerpt from it. Even at eight, Matilde is willing to take on Bartholomew. (Minor tweak to adhere to the eight-sentence limit.)


Famine by Monica Pierce

While Matilde clung to her governess’s skirt, her regard for him was steely and disconcerting. Bartholomew looked down his nose at his ward and cocked an eyebrow. “You have something to say?”

“Why were you mean to me?”

He dragged on his cigarette then let the smoke slowly escape his mouth as he turned a little toward her. How to answer that question? “It is difficult to explain.”

Her chin jutted up as she gave an angry little jerk of her head and replied, “You should say you’re sorry.”


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!


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

  • I felt for her and I think Bartholomew owes her an apology. Good to see you back on W.W.W. again. It’s hard to be on it all the time. Hope the launch went well.

  • Love, love, love this book! Anyone reading this–take Monica up on her offer of a review copy!

    Monica, be prepared. I’ll soon be heckling you about getting book 2 written. 🙂

  • Lovely snippet and as Frank said I hope the launch was a huge success.

  • Oh yes, she can go toe to toe with him, which is a good thing. Best wishes on Famine! Great snippet today, she seems like such a real little girl.

  • siobhanmuir

    Perhaps he should, or at least explain his actions. Great snippet, Monica. I love how you show her strength in so few words.

  • I may take you up on the review, but I want to see how the radiation + herceptin goes first. I start tomorrow.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Ugh! I’m sorry to hear you’re going through that. One of my other friends just finished a long course of treatments. She’s an author as well and made use of her treatment time to edit. I hope all goes well and doesn’t cause you too much discomfort. {{hugs}}

  • I love her strength and wisdom even at the young age. No wonder Bartholomew wanted to take her on.

  • I love how children can be so bold, and probably correct. He might need to apologize : )

  • Great post!

    Please visit my blog, http://www.thatgirlybookworm.blogspot.ca

    I’m participating in the A-Z Challenge and my theme focuses and books and their titles, which will begin with the letter of the day.

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