Wednesday Words: Nothing to Fear

I’ll admit to following a bit of a theme this month. It’s October, capped by Halloween. This last #1lineWed theme of **FEAR** plays straight into the season. In this snippet from my upcoming Halloween release (are you seeing a theme here? 😆 ), Roman is in the Legate’s office, which overlooks Jackson Square. Fear comes in many guises.

As it was always wont to do, Roman’s attention turned to Fortune Tellers Row. Like the artists and performers, the psychics and readers were fewer during the week. He’d long ago learned that most were charlatans but the occasional human psychic or magick appeared, which meant he had to keep his eye on their activities. His eyes sought out hair the color of sunshine capping a gamin face. She was there, tucked beneath her patched umbrella, a paperback book open in her lap and he wondered what she was reading. Her presence concerned him—far more than it should. She’d not come one day and he’d fretted all morning about it before his duties called him away. Even then, thoughts of her remained in the back of his mind, and he’d been far too relieved when she’d arrived at her usual time the next day.

He needed to return to Paris but he was still reluctant to leave New Orleans. Something kept his instincts centered here—something besides the little gypsy. There was oily darkness simmering beneath the gaudy surface of the city and the awareness of it scraped against his senses like sandpaper over sunburned skin. Evil was stalking his city and he was still guardian enough to desire battle.

An image of Le Vieil, leader of the gargoyle realm, shimmered before his eyes and his gut roiled. Roman had a duty to his kind, as well. Crevan, the oldest of them all, had chosen him all those many years ago to fulfill the gruesome task of finding and eliminating the vessel meant to receive the Heart of Stone. The Crucible had been born—though none knew where or to whom. Finding her was a monumental task and all the Sentinels were looking for her. Maybe that’s what was creating the sense of urgency. They’d recovered the Heart of Stone years ago and though it was hidden well, there would be no peace or safety for the Heart or the Gargoyle kindred until the Crucible was destroyed. Things were coming to a head. There’d been reports of more dead gargoyles, of others turning rogue, and the guard doubled upon the Heart.

Movement in the sun-soaked plaza yanked him from his grim thoughts. The little gypsy had put her book away and was rearranging things on her table, filled as it was with the accoutrements of her trade—crystal ball, Tarot cards, crystals.

Four grubby men swaggered along the promenade, their voices loud and obnoxious. They approached the little gypsy’s table and Roman could almost see the calculation in their eyes, and the moment gang mentality took over. Roman tore open the window and leaned out. He could taste her fear on the wind like it was something tangible as they surrounded the table, hemming her in their midst. He couldn’t flash to her as he wished—too many prying eyes. Roman had to respond as a human would—by dashing down stairs and out the door.
This is an unedited version so ignore the typos, etc. I can’t wait for y’all to read this one. Iffy, my Muse, threw me a curve ball that made my brain go all explodey! While this is a story about Roman and Verity, fans will get to see Sade, Sinjen, Caleb, and Ari, too.

Today, instead of asking you to share scary words, how about sharing what you fear? *bwahahaha*

About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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6 Responses to Wednesday Words: Nothing to Fear

  1. Patricia Wissore says:

    My fears are also things I’m extremely fascinated in. I’m terrified of sharks in the ocean and bears on land. My biggest fears are tornado’s or a natural disaster. (And yet I watch all those weird natural disaster movies and 3 headed shark shows!)

    • Silver James says:

      😆 Glad I’m not the only one. However, you should read (if you haven’t already) Shelley Laurentsen’s shifter series. Several of the books are about bear shifters. However, my favorite bear shifter book–and I laugh every time I read or listen to it–is Nalini Singh’s SILVER SILENCE, the latest in her Psy-Changling series. Bears!

      Sadly, I will leave the Sharknadoes to you. They just…I have no words. But disaster movies and “historical” shows about disasters? Oh yeah! 😀

  2. I want the whole book. The waiting is killing me. Argh.

    Fears? I don’t know. I’ve tried to overcome them – the moth fear I’ve had since childhood is almost totally gone now. I touched a cicada the other day. I touched something a praying mantis was sitting on. Closer and closer. I still can’t have anything over my face when I’m sleeping, though. :shudder:

    • Silver James says:

      Soon! Haven’t typed THE END yet. Today. As soon as I get off the stupid internet!

      When I was a kid, I slept with the covers over my head with only a hole created over my mouth and nose for breathing fresh air. I have no idea why. Now, I sleep with almost everything kicked off because…hot! Even in the winter. 😆 You know, in retrospect, there’s not a whole lot that really scares me. I might get a jolt of adrenaline from walking into spider webs, or a mouse running across my foot, but then I get all rational and stuff. Huh. When I asked that question, I hadn’t really considered how I would answer it. *wanders off to think*

  3. Liza Brown says:

    Is it up for reorder? I need Roman on my kindle. 🙂 Also would be happy to do a spotlight post with buy links and excerpt for release day on my blog. Shoot me an email if you have time this weekend.

    • Silver James says:

      Nope. I didn’t do preorder because I’m a little worried I won’t have it ready to go in time for Halloween release. I’ll email this weekend because OF COURSE you need Roman on your Kindle!

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