EDITED: We made it! With 93 backers and 113% of goal. Stay tuned for more info on Shadows of Asphodel, which is slated for a September release.
One week to go for the Shadows of Asphodel Kickstarter! Things are looking good:
I have been asked if there’s a sample of my writing online, for interested backers who haven’t read my other books, and so without further ado… here is the first page of Shadows of Asphodel.
Ardis trudged across the blood-churned earth, blinking against spindrift snow and her windblown hair in her eyes. Her arm ached, but she kept a good grip on Chun Yi, her sword. Above her, the drone of aircraft heralded the advance of the medics who would decide the fate of the men and women lying broken on the ground. Ardis tugged her scarf over her nose, trying not to gag at the stench of diesel and blood.
She should hurry. She couldn’t see the height of the sun behind the clouds.
The battle was over, but a storm was coming.
Ardis trod softly among the wounded, giving distance to rebels in their ragtag uniforms. Her enemies looked helpless, but she could hear their groans and prayers. Her fingers tightened around the sharkskin hilt of Chun Yi, and she hoped—
Ardis spun with her sword ready, and saw a man stagger to his feet. His mane of black hair flew in his face, hiding it, and his ragged breath fogged the air. He didn’t look like a soldier or a rebel, dressed in a fine coat of gray wool and wolverine fur, matted flat with blood. His hands hung empty at his sides.
What was a gentleman like him doing on the battlefield?
The man cleared his throat, clenched and unclenched his hands. “I’m unarmed.”
His words were at once smooth and rough, a honey-gravel voice, and he spoke German without any trace of an accent.
“Hands on your head,” she commanded.
The man did as she said, and the wind blew his hair from his face. Ardis had to stare.
He was starkly handsome, with an arrogant elegance only gentlemen have. Dark slivers of eyebrows, cheekbones so sharp you could cut yourself on them, and eyes exactly like those of a snow leopard, a stunning pale gray-green.
A thin smile tugged at the man’s lips. “How are you going to kill me?”
She kept her face blank. “I haven’t decided yet.”
“I would prefer your dagger,” he said. “It looks sharp.”
“Sword,” she said.
“Ah. My apologies.”
Dying to know more about the necromancer? Read the first chapter of Shadows of Asphodel here. And don’t forget to check out the Kickstarter!