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Spring. When most people hear that word they think flowers, bunnies, and things turning green. So while you imagine romance in fields of flowing green grass or singing happy animals, I'm still freezing my ass off. Readers, I live in Colorado Springs, where the weather can be 70 degrees F one day and then a blizzard the next day. Sometimes in the same day. So there are nights where I'm curled up by the fire writing, but there are days where I'm outside with my daughter. It can also range with on what side of town you live on. The south part can be beautiful while the north side is getting hammared. So that's what spring means to me is more snow than we get during the winter, and crazy fluctuating weather! I do take this crazy weather and put it into my writing though. I love that it is an unpredictable force and can force your characters in doors when you need them there, or outside on a beautiful day. With one of my works in progress, I had to do the research on spring in the Highlands only to find out that it is similar and as crazy as Colorado spring weather. Here is an excerpt from the untitled work.
Lilly and Derek's Story, excerpt
Lilly leaned into Derek’s arm. His tall and muscled body did well to block the random gusts of wind that swept by them. The wolves howled at the full moon above them and despite the fact that Spring was here, the air still had a slight winter nip to it.
“Lass, tis cold. Donna ye want tae be inside in front o’ the fire?” HIs deep Scottish voice rolled through her.
She shook her head and pulled her shawl tighter over her shoulders. “No, the cold reminds me of spring back home.” Her heart ached with the thought of home and being away. Only a few months had passed since she appeared in Scotland and met Derek and the other Deartháirs and nothing eased the homesickness she felt in her heart.
“Ooch, the things I do tae please ye.” He muttered under his breath as they continued their walk.
Lilly watched as clouds rolled over the moon, casting shadows onto the ground. The little green starting to show would be nothing compared to the emerald sea true spring would bring to the Highlands. Though with the shifting of the seasons, something felt magical. A strange tingle inside Lilly formed as she thought about experiencing the way of life and seasons that the Highlands had to offer her.
A tiny tap on her head interrupted her thoughts. She looked up expecting to see a playful and guilty look on Derek’s face, but instead found his brow drawn tight in a frown as his eyes swept the area round them. Tapping started up again and as the little white balls of ice fell from the sky she recognized the hail. Derek’s arm dropped away from her shoulder and he grabbed her hand.
“Run.” His legs took long strides as he dragged Lilly with him.
She tried her best to keep up with him. Her short legs struggled to cover the same ground as him. The hail pelted them as they ran through the fields in search of shelter. The white balls started to cover the ground and looked much like the snow she’d grown used to. Her vision became distorted by the white cloud of falling ice. Holding tighter to Derek’s hand she trusted him to get her out of this. Her heart pounded against her chest as they came to a stop in a barn on the property.
Laughter bubbled out of her throat as she saw Derek covered in white. She brushed it off the shoulders of his doublet and out of his hair. He raised a brow at her. “What tis so funny, lass? Ye have just as much covering ye. “ He brushed a hand down her hair and a few hail pieces fell lose. “Ye must be freezing.”
“I guess being a vampire has its advantages.” She chuckled and took her shawl off and shook it off.
“Aye,” he cupped his hand against her cheek. “Now what shall we do tae pass the storm?”
Lilly blushed. “I can think of a few things.” She nuzzled his hand as hers dropped down to undo the sword belt at his waist. It dropped to the ground with a thud and he pulled the shawl away from her shoulders and threw it away from them.
“Ah, lass.” He whispered into her ear as he reached behind her to unbutton her dress. The soft fabric slid over her chest and pooled around her waist. His hands went to her shift, but they both froze when they heard something in the barn. Derek let out a low growl. “Cover up. We have company.”
Lilly rushed to pull the top of her dress up and reached to button up. Panic flooded her as Derek picked up his sword. “Show yerself.”
A man stepped out of the shadows in the back of the barn. He clapped slowly as he entered the light. Black hair fell in front of his eyes and fangs peeked out from his lips. Black wings uncurled behind him as the flames from lamp caught his black, dead eyes. “I was about tae get a show. I hoped ye wouldn’t have noticed, I would o’ loved tae kill you in the throws o’ love.”
Lilly’s heart sank as recognition came over her. “Derek-“
“I kin, lass. He tis the lad who tried tae kill ye.”
What is your favorite thing about the spring? Again comment below (including a valid e-mail) and you'll be entered into both contests! Check out the other authors in this blog hop!
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Smashwords (all formats)
Evernight Vol. 2
Penny Dread Vol. III, featuring my story Of Souls and Steam (March 29th, 2013)
In the Light of the Moon, Book One in the Dark War Chronicles (June 2013)