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Weekend Writing Warriors: Yet Another Excerpt from PATH OF BONES

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PATH OF BONES, the second book in the Skullborn Trilogy and the sequel to CITY OF SCARS, will be released on February 7th, and all I’ve been doing aside from going to work has been cranking through last-minute edits on this silly thing…which is why I’m sharing more of it with you today. ;D

In this scene Vellexa, a lieutenant for the shattered crime cartel called The Black Guild, visits the grave of her long dead husband.

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Vellexa’s skin chilled in the evening wind. She stood at the crest of a steep hill surrounded by thorny briars and shallow streams. Ebonmark was many miles to the north, just a dark stain of blood red shadows in the light of the setting sun.

She looked out over a crude graveyard bordered by rune-marked stones. The grave markers were simple and inelegant things: planks of wood or rock with the names etched or burned on, simple crosses tied together with cord, pieces of shattered statue that had been unceremoniously shoved into the soil.

Strong wind blew through the trees, carrying the salty taste of the Moon Sea. Dirt and pebbles flew down the hillside, and Vellexa watched the grave markers shift and wondered how many of them had blown away over the years, leaving those buried anonymous and hidden. 

It doesn’t matter, she thought, because we’re all just food for the worms in the end.

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Find out more about PATH OF BONES here.  In the meantime, have a terrific weekend!

12 Comments

  1. Linda Hamonou

    Nice description. She seems a little bit depressed.

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  2. Anne Lange

    Very vivid description. I feel her sadness.

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  3. Millie Burns

    I can see this bleak setting unfold before me. Nicely done!

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  4. Eleri Stone

    Love the description. Gives a great sense of setting.

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  5. Steven

    Thanks, ladies! =D

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  6. Teresa Cypher

    Incredible description, Steven. Sight, smell, touch, hearing the wind blow–and the emotions that twist in the reader’s mind are excellent! Nobody does it quite like you 🙂

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    • Steven

      Thanks Teresa!

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  7. Kate Warren

    She needs to be more positive. Beautifully written scene!

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    • Steven

      Thanks Kate! In Vellexa’s defense in Book 1 she watched her loyal henchmen die, lost her son to a ruthless mercenary as was coerced into betraying her own crime guild. Things have not been rosy.

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  8. veronicascott

    Vivid description as always, very melancholy but felt SO real. I feel as if I know the place, even though I’ve never been there. Just a terrific excerpt.

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    • Steven

      Why thank you, Veronica! =D

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