BOUND Excerpt

As promised, the following is an excerpt from my forthcoming novella, BOUND. That’s so fun to say–forthcoming. Anyway. Here you are, my hearts!

 

Chapter One Excerpt

Ingram checked her over quickly. “She’s alive,” he said, glancing up. He rolled the woman carefully onto her side. There was a gash over her left temple that was still bleeding. She hadn’t been lying there for long. She grimaced when Ingram pulled her out of the water.

Lothar clambered over the rocks to his friend, then helped Ingram get the woman into a sitting position. Ingram yanked off his cloak and wrapped it around her shoulders.

“Where did she come from?” Lothar wondered aloud. She was beautiful, with a delicate nose and heart-shaped face. Her eyes fluttered. She murmured something he couldn’t quite make out.

Ingram examined her for further injuries, but found none. He discovered a tattoo of two bearded axes crossing each other on her left forearm. He wracked his brain trying to think of the chieftain to whom the sigil may belong. He glanced around. The woman had nothing with her aside from the clothes she wore, no weapons, no pack–nothing to spare. He couldn’t see anything floating in the water, either. If she had carried something, it was gone now.

Ingram pressed one of her hands between his own. “She’s freezing. We need to get her to the village.” Lothar nodded. As he shifted to lift the woman, her eyes snapped open.

“No!” she shouted, kicking out. Her foot connected with Ingram’s chest and sent him tumbling into the water. Lothar clamped his arms around her shoulders to subdue her. Fafnir came running to their aid.

“I won’t go back,” she cried, thrashing and clawing at Lothar’s wrists. The big man let her have her tantrum, nodding Fafnir toward Ingram. Fafnir hesitated, his face going white. Lothar gave another pointed glance at Ingram. Fafnir extended a hand and helped the prince back onto the rocks. Ingram crouched beside the woman, prying her fingers from Lothar’s arms, and gripped her hands.

“You’re not going anywhere,” he said calmly. “We want to help.” The woman kicked at him again, but the move was weak. She panted, trying to twist her hands out of Ingram’s grip.

“She’s half mad,” Fafnir said, eyeing the woman dubiously, his color returning. Ingram and Lothar shot him identical scowls.

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Matt King and The Tria

All right, so I recently read a little short story called THE TRIA by Matt King (@kingmatte on Twitter). It is a delightfully dark look at the origin of several badass super villains in King’s Circle War Universe. Because the story is so short, I can’t really give much of a summary other than it was awesome, terrifyingly gory in a short amount of time, and really leaves you wanting more.

King’s debut book, called GODSEND, is still languishing in publishing limbo. Now, my hearts, I want you to send all the good vibes you can to the publishing industry so we can get this thing of the ground. It sounds epic.

The basis for the Circle War Universe is a civil war between immortal beings who are too powerful to fight for themselves, and thus must choose champions–from our modern-day earth. Champions, as in, superheroes.

It’s a series about superheroes, cats and kittens. Real talk: it’s a nerdgasm waiting to happen, I can feel it.

You can meet the main character, August Dillon, here. Once you’ve been acquainted, go ahead and click the link King provides so you can read the first chapter of GODSEND.

Then after that, go read THE TRIA. Immediately, if not sooner.

BOUND Publication

The time has come, my hearts! BOUND is ready for publication.

I will be publishing as an ebook exclusively, available through Amazon Kindle, and I’m really excited about it! Now I just have to figure out how to get my pretty little manuscript into the correct format. Wish me luck.

I expect to release the book in June 2015.

That’s right, this summer. June. As in, two months from now. Hold on to your butts, people, my historical dark fantasy is incoming.

Over the next few weeks, you can expect: 1) A preview of BOUND. I will post a one-page excerpt (spoiler free) right here on this blog, next week. Keep you eyes peeled. 2) A cover reveal! I will reveal the cover image for BOUND the first full week in May.

Keep posted on when these posts are live via my Twitter feed, @JackieHames.

Mark your calendars. June 2015.

Poetry Month: “Weight”

In honor of National Poetry Month, I’ve decided to post this poem. Remember, poetry is for everyone.

“Weight”

I carry it with me.

It’s in my shoulders,

The knotted muscles that pull the s  p  i  n  e,

In my face, clenched jaw and deep fine lines.

I carry it with me in my hair,

Brittle, dull and undefined.

I carry it with me everywhere.

This burden only I can bear.

It hangs heavy—

This constant weight.

I carry it with me.

It’s in my guts.

The twisting pain that leaves you ragged,

In my chest, stiff ribs and shallow breath.

I carry it with me in my arms.

How small it looks, but oh, what heft!

This burden only I can bear.

I carry it with me everywhere.

It leaves me empty—

A   c  h  a  s  m   wide.

I carry it with me.

It’s in my hands.

The tension that makes fi-nge-rs hesitate,

In my legs, crampedcalves and aching knees.

I carry it with me in my heart.

Hollow as the rotting trees.

This burden only I can bear.

We can never be apart.

It drags me down.

It knows my name.

Anywhere else and I could be free.

But it’s in my soul.

I carry it.

I carry it with me.