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TGIF! That means it’s tiFriday Freebitsme for Friday FreeBits, six paragraphs from one of my published books.

Today’s entry is from Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter, book One of “The Serpent’s Tooth” historical trilogy, published by Books We Love. Set during the turbulent 18th century, the series follows Anne Darvey from her impoversihed childhood in rural England to the American colonies and the War for Independence.

…I could easily see this series as a movie-maybe one day I will. So, if you are a fan of dark gothic themes, enjoy seeing the underbelly of British society and what goes on behind the scenes, as it were, I highly recommend you buy this trilogy. — LAS Reviews

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As a child Anne often sought and found comfort in her mother’s arms. She found protection and warmth. And solace against the cruelty of other children who didn’t understand…who couldn’t understand. Perhaps her mother’s stories were nothing more than fabrications, or, at best, the stretching of a sordid truth. It had never mattered. She believed.

“Tell me about my father,” she had implored night after night. And night after night, Julia told her the same story until she knew it by rote. Often her mother enhanced the tale; she had a gift for embellishment, a gift that manifested itself in storytelling and in the intricate needlework that kept her busy until the small hours of the morning.

Night after night Anne allowed her imagination to run wild with tales of the handsome young soldier who had left his bride of a week for the New World, and how he died a hero’s death on the Plains of Abraham.

“Did you love him?” she had asked over and over, an expected part of the ritual.

“Yes,” her mother never failed to reply, her eyes glazed with a faraway glow. “I loved him deeply.”

Following these exchanges, they would find themselves close and silent in each others’ arms. And Anne would drift to sleep with fantasies dancing in her mind.

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Friday FreeBits is a regular feature on Ginger Simpson’s blog. To read more excerpts from some great authors, click here: http://mizging.blogspot.com

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Friday FreebitsToday I’m joining author Ginger Simpson’s Friday FreeBits, six paragraphs from one of my published books.

Below is my entry from Winter Fire, an historical romance set during the American Revolution in upstate New York. One reviewer described Winter Fire  as “a beautifully written, well-researched novel of passion and honor” about two lost souls who find love and acceptance despite their differences and the violence that threatens to tear them apart. Winter Fire was a 1998 Golden Heart Finalist.

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In the next instant, a crack—like a musket shot—echoed through the ravine. She reeled as the ice heaved up beneath her amid an angry surge of black water. And then, her face frozen in a look of surprise, her mouth open in a semblance of a silent scream, she disappeared through the widening breach.

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To find out more about Winter Fire, please click on the cover.

His gaze fixed on the roiling chasm, Ethan hurled himself down the slope. She surfaced—flailing arms and legs, and gasping desperately for air—churning up the black water into an icy froth. She grasped at the splinters of ice.

“Keep your head up!”

Racing along the bank, he ripped off his deerskin jacket and hurled it, along with his rifle and belt into the snow. If she went under again, she’d be trapped. Already the current had taken her, sweeping her like a bobbing cork toward the opposite bank where the ice was thicker.

“Keep your head up!”

But the frenzied movement of her arms had slowed. She gasped at the water along with the air. She could barely keep herself afloat. As if she had made a conscious choice to surrender herself to a stronger power, he saw the spirit drain out of her. An eerie calm settled over her eyes as her gaze met his, then she slipped under again without a struggle.

 

Friday FreeBits is a regular feature on Ginger Simpson’s blog. To read more excerpts from some great authors, click here: http://mizging.blogspot.com

 

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