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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Series comes to an end

The last book in my Swords of Gregara series is out now.  I'm currently on a virtual book tour with it, hoping it will spark some sales and interest.  I want to share an excerpt and the cover which I'm in love with.  I hope you like them too.  I think this one is the best of the series by far.  Of course, I'm a little biased.  :-)

I'm a little lost now that it's over.  I'm trying to come up with the next series and I thinks it's going to be heroes rather than heroines whose stories I'll be telling.  This series will be about three male members of the Swords who follow escaped villains to Earth.  Of course, while they are here they'll meet their one true mate.   The first book will be set in San Diego.  I think the second will be in San Francisco and the third in Florida, maybe at Disney World.  That could make for some delightful chase scenes, trying to dodge Mickey and Minnie while running for It's a Small World.  LOL  Seriously, I don't know exactly where I'll set the third one except it will be someplace east.  Maine, maybe.  I've never been there, it would be a good research trip.

For my contest I'm giving one copy of the Centauri series book bundle.  It contains all three of the Centauri books, Centauri Dawn, Centauri Twilight and Centauri Midnight.  You can choose a paperback (sorry, US only0 or a kindle gift or a Smashwords coupon.

Leave me a comment to be entered in the contest.

Excerpt

“Oww” a woman’s voice awash with pain reached his ears.
“You disappoint me, Honora.  You continue to try to escape me.  When will you learn?” asked a whiney voiced man.
The whip struck flesh and the woman moaned but didn’t scream.  She didn’t scream.
When he woke again he was not alone.  Chained across the room from him, hung by her wrists, was a woman.  He could see the lash marks on her back.  Lash upon lash, new over old.  They obstructed the beautiful tattoo of a dragon on her back.
Crawling to her he released her hands from the chains holding her up.  She collapsed in a heap on the floor.  He crawled back to his side of the room as darkness overtook him once more.

*****

The dried blood on her back cracked with each movement, but she worked through the pain as she stretched.  Breathed deep and accepted the pain.
Her sword weighed heavier in her hand than usual.  More evidence of the lashing two nights ago.  She looked down at the unconscious man at her feet.  A new recruit.  A Zolthor like herself.  Another reason Perdor punished her for her attempted escape, her sixth try in as many months.
This last punishment was the worst.  Five lashes.  Not enough to incapacitate her but enough to make her remember.  Perdor wanted her to be able to train the new slave.  He wanted them to be a team, good enough to take on all contenders.  He’d be the only owner with two Zolthor fighting for him.  Not just one, but a team.  He was salivating at the thought of the coin it would bring.
Again she looked down on the naked man.  Long lashes lay against his cheek.  What color eyes did they hide?  Blue?  Green?  Brown perhaps.  She’d find out soon enough. 
He was a beautiful man.  Well formed.  Broad shoulders.  Trim waist.  Long muscular legs.  He looked like a warrior.  Would be a good fighter.  Maybe even a good lover as he appeared well endowed there as well.  
He’d awakened from the drug induced sleep long enough to crawl over and release her from the chains.  For that she was grateful.  Her wrists didn’t hurt as much as usual because of him.  Using her blades was easier than it had been after her previous punishments.
Time to wake up the sleeping man and get him trained.  Time was short and she intended to make the most of it.  He would learn or he would die.


7 comments:

Mary Frances Roya said...

Cynthia I'm sure it's hard to put this series to rest. But it sounds like it's time. I thoroughly enjoy reading your stories. Everything I have read of yours is great. Keep writing so I can keep reading.

Roxy Boroughs said...

I think I have all your books, Cynthia, so no need to enter me in the contest. I just wanted to stop by to see what you've planned to write next.

Rebecca Zanetti said...

I love the excerpt! I think it's so difficult when a series is finished, but it's fun to start anew, also. Good luck with the new series! :)

Candy Burke said...

I know seeing this series come to an end is like saying farewell to good friends. Still, starting a new series is exciting. I look forward to meeting your heroes! Good luck with the virtual tour.

Anne Casey said...

Sounds like an interesting series. I know you hate to see it end, but as a reader that means I won't have to wait for the next book - it's already waiting for me :) I'm sure you'll be deep in the new series soon.

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Love your cover. When I finish a book I have a difficult time shaking off my characters' personalities. I can't imagine shaking off a whole series! Best to you with future endeavors.

Sydney Jane Baily said...

Hard to let go of old friends, but look on them as a job well done. And all the excitement of the new characters awaits you, an enviable position in which to find yourself. Good luck. Have fun.

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