Monday, April 16, 2007

Random Page Blog from Altered Destiny

How lucky can you get? Page 147 was the start of a chapter :D though I'll admit I included the last five or six words that went on the next page :-)

Here's the blurb for Altered Destiny

Stranded on an alternate Earth, architect and Jill-of-all-trades, Liane Gautier-MacGregor must find her way back to her homeworld before she's enslaved...or falls in love with a man who is the exact duplicate of her ex-husband.

Devyn MacGregor's alter ego as the Reiver Lord is the only way he can fight the Qui'arel and their nefarious Bride Bounty, a tax paid with human females...until he meets the oddly familiar woman who claims he is her husband. And who sets in motion the rebellion that will either free his countrymen or destroy them.

Page 147

Chapter 11
“He looks like the laird o’ fear.”

Devyn pushed the apartment door open, wincing as the fabric of his shirt pulled free of the scabs on his back. Cuini’s flogger had bit deep during the night, a sign of her anger. And her growing mania.

The draperies were still drawn but the dawning light peeped into the room, enough so that he could see Annie lying curled up on the sofa. After quietly closing the door behind him, he made his way to her side.

One hand was curved under her cheek, the other rested on her hip as she slept. She wore her white robe over a silky blue nightgown. Her feet were tucked together, nestled like kittens on the seat cushion. Why hadn’t she gone to bed? Had she been worried about him?

The idea that she’d waited up for him warmed the ravaged places in his soul and a smile flickered across his mouth.

Flickered and faded.

He had to get Annie away from Seagate and soon. He wouldn’t be able to protect her much longer.

Today, he decided and felt the familiar ache of loss.

Automatically, he reviewed his schedule. He’d been putting off a visit to Jasper’s Port down the coast. The trip would provide the alibi he needed to cover his absence when Annie disappeared. She’d be hurt at the betrayal but it had to be done.
On the sofa, the lass stirred. She couldn’t be comfortable. He needed, suddenly, to see to her comfort and swiftly bent, sliding his arms under her. She came awake, gasping, as he lifted her. Her arms flailed for a wild moment then latched around his neck like a vise.


Skylar Masey said...

Great snippet Lynda!

I like Devyn already for his selflessness, and am wondering what Liane did next!


Lynda K. Scott said...

Thanks Skylar :D Liane doesn't know that Devyn is a real she's gonna cause the poor man a little trouble yet.