Welcome! Indie Author Excerpts is a new feature allowing indie authors the chance to showcase one of their books and allows readers to find their next favorite story. Each week, an indie author gets to promote a 1-2 page excerpt of their book here at The Bawdy Book Blog. This is a win-win for everyone! This feature was inspired in part by Indie Author Spotlight, a meme hosted by Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment and CYP @ A Bookalicious Story.
This Week’s Excerpt: What Kills Me by Wynne Channing!
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance Publish Date: June 2012 Purchase: Kindle | Smashwords | Nook
An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.
So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.
How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?
“Hello?” I called out. The sound of my own voice, broken and afraid, pushed me over the edge and my body shook with sobs. “Can anyone help me?”
My tears were hot on my face. The pillars around me were carved with undecipherable symbols. I hobbled further and found the source of the light. Hundreds of red candles jutted from the ground, the shining, melting wax creating blood-red pools. They seemed to be arranged around a circular formation of boulders. When I got closer, I saw that the rocks lined a hole in the ground.
What is that?
I looked into that black hole and I shivered.
“Is anyone here?” I said.
I heard the crunch of sand behind me and I spun around. It was Paolo. He opened his arms as if to invite me in for an embrace.
“Why did you run from me?” he asked, sounding surprised.
“Stay away from me,” I said.
“Don’t be like that.” He took a step toward me. I stepped back. I felt the heat from the wax through the soles of my slippers.
“I said, ‘Don’t come near me.’”
“Is that any way to treat me after I rescued you when you were lost? After I took you around Rome, bought you gifts, and invited you to this amazing place?”
My tears pooled under my chin. I lifted my heel and found it stuck to the wax.“Come here, Zee,” he said. “Let me put you out of your misery.”
Horrified, I staggered back. Time slowed. Paolo ambled toward me, a smile spreading on his face. I backed away farther from him, knocking over candles. My heel hit a small rock. I looked over my shoulder and realized with shock I was now very close to that foreboding hole. At that same moment I saw the rock skitter into it. There was no sound of the rock landing.
I’m going to die.
“Stop!” A voice shouted. Startled, we both turned toward the sound. An older man in a hooded blue robe was running toward us.
Suddenly I was off balance, tipping over. I was falling. Falling into the hole. I saw Paolo dive for me with outstretched hands. Screaming, I clawed once at nothing.
Then there was only black.
About the Author
Wynne Channing is a national newspaper reporter and young adult novelist.
As a journalist, she’s interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she’s come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite).
As a crime reporter, she used to wander neighbourhoods investigating murderers and terrorists. Once someone fired a gun on a busy downtown street and while everyone else fled and dived into doorways, she was the one running toward the sound.
She faces her most daunting task yet—capturing the imaginations of fiction readers.
Wynne lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Contact her at email@example.com. She has great advice on how to survive a zombie invasion. Follow her at twitter.com/wynnechanning, become a fan at Facebook.com/wynnechanning and connect with her on Goodreads.
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