The Shadow & The Sun No. 3 (#8Sunday)

Hello and welcome back, Readers and Weekend Writing Warriors! (If you’re a newbie-dewbie-doo, go to this link. You’ll find a list of this week’s participating authors and learn how you can take part in weekly WeWriWa hops, too.)

The last scene I posted from The Shadow & The Sun was a sneaky peek at Gethen and Halina’s first kiss, but I still haven’t introduced Halina to you. So today’s snippet is the first glimpse we see of her in the book and, not surprisingly, she’s swinging a sword and an attitude.

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Steel rang through King Vernard’s encampment. His bastard daughter, Halina, was dueling with the captain of her guard in an open space among the tents as a group of militairs watched.

“Come now, Thaksin, where are your bollocks, man?” one of the onlookers jeered.

Halina laughed. “I keep them in a little bag around my neck, Charin, right next to yours.”

The soldiers responded with shouts and laughter. But Thaksin seized the moment and lunged into the opening beneath His Ladyship’s guard. Halina blocked, though not fast enough, and her captain’s long-sword smacked her left knuckles.

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Halina’s rapidly become one of my favorite characters. She’s got fire and grit.

I’ve received final feedback from my editor this week, so I’m on track for an early April release. (I’ve already begun the first draft of the next novel containing Gethen and Halina. They’re just too much fun to give up after only one book!)

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Among the living or the dead, he’s never needed anything from anyone …

Shadow Mage Gethen is a powerful necromancer, keeper of the border between the living and the dead, and brother to the king of Besera. But with his dark powers failing and a vengeful entity attacking, Gethen should be happy when a formidable lady knight appears at his gates. He’s not. The price for her aid is steep—his allegiance in a war against his brother.

In battle or in bed, she’s never met a man she considered her match …

Militess Halina is undaunted by the threat of war between her country and neighboring Besera. She earned her titles by shedding blood and breaking bones. She uses her body to reward soldiers who serve her loyally, and to punish those who don’t. And Halina’s never met a man she couldn’t command or crush.

Until now.

Passion and power unexpectedly ignite when a blizzard traps Halina at Gethen’s citadel. With the evil entity’s onslaughts rapidly deteriorating Gethen’s sorcery, they have little time to understand their unexpected attraction. But could their passion be the key to defeating an ancient enemy that’s hell-bent on obliterating their world?

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Thanks for reading and commenting. Please check out all the other WeWriWa snippets this week. Many great writers and books to be discovered!

Illustration © 2016 Qistina Khalidah

By Monica Enderle Pierce

I'm a Seattle author of fantasy and science fiction books that have been called lyrical, powerful, and sensual. I trust readers to fill the gaps with their own imaginations.

  • ““I keep them in a little bag around my neck, Charin, right next to yours.” Oh, good Lord, you’ve given me the giggles! I like this girl!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      I told you she’s got fire! Halina makes all the boys pay to play. ;P

  • Ed Hoornaert

    She’s sassy … but perhaps too easily distracted by her own wit?

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Yeah, she’s good at getting herself into trouble. And, fortunately, even better at getting herself out!

  • Cara Bristol

    What a powerful heroine. I love her.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Cara! I’ve had so much fun developing her.

  • I can see why you like this character; I like her too!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Yay! I’m glad you do, Christina. 😀

  • Steven Montano

    Great back and forth. That “balls in a bag” line is an instant classic!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      LOL! Thanks, Steven!

  • Really fun scene. I can see why you love this character.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Yeah, she’s a no-holds-barred kinda woman. Thanks, Alexis!

  • Veronica Scott

    Wonderful scene, I’m loving these characters after spending even a few moments with them.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      <3! Thank you, Veronica! That means a lot to me.

  • Owllady

    Awesome! Very engaging excerpt. I love FMCs who aren’t afraid to swing swords and tell off the guys. Premise of the book sounds pretty intriguing, too.

    ~Marcia

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Yay! I’m glad you like the premise. And, yeah, Halina’s a soldier first, a lady second (sometimes third). 😀

  • Karen Michelle Nutt

    Love the snarky banter. Great action scene.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Karen! Snark and action are such fun to write. 😀

  • H K Carlton

    Excellent snip. She does have spirit and a sharp tongue!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, HK. Definitely sharp tongued and sharp witted. 😀

  • Shan Jeniah Burton

    Oh! I LIKE her… but maybe show off your wit and any literal trophies AFTER the match, Halina! I read alt the descriptions, and I want more. Much more!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Definitely, Shan. A lesson Halina needs to learn more than once.

  • Kim M

    I love her, Monica! I look forward to reading a lot more. Good luck on your edit, such exciting times!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Kim! So glad you enjoyed the snippet. 😀

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