Sunday, May 06, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Before The Morning #6

Hey beautiful people!

Winter is definitely here, so all I wanna do is curl up under a comfy afghan, with my feet in fuzzy socks, and a cup of coffee+cocoa in my hands (one of my own inventions; might share the recipe one day!)... and I want good stuff to read! Anything to take my mind off the cold and super-lashing rain beating down my window panes. Just as well it's time for Six Sentence Sunday, innit?

Speaking of SSS, this week's excerpt should answer the questions that arose in previous weeks' snippets. (And check out the gorgeous cover Fiona Jayde, the Noble Romance cover artist, did for me! That's Rayne on there, in a pose that totally sums the tone of her characterisation in the book. The lower part of the cover is an image of a sunrise over Charles Bridge, in the center of Prague, where a pivotal part of the book takes place. Anyhow...)

Remember - Ash, the paramedic, has been called to attend to the victims of a drunken brawl. While there, he witnesses a man hit a woman right in front of everyone. Always the knight in shining armour, Ash jumps to her defense... only to find a strange, uncanny resemblance between this girl, Irina, and his childhood best friend, Rayne, whom he hasn't seen in 17 years.

Who is Irina, really?


'...
From the front-facing window on the second floor of the Shepherd's Close freehold, Corpus secret agent Rayne Cheltham watched the ambulance pull away from the curb.
Shivers crept up her arms, and she hugged herself tight to ward them off—Get a grip!
She was a professional on an assignment, an elite, trained operative from a clandestine agency that handled operations for governments and international forces as a stealthy left hand—her agency entrusted her with the most important missions; nothing should faze her.
Before today, she would've said that nothing could affect her when she had her eyes on a goal.
But she wasn't sure anymore—she'd never had her past collide with her present like a few moments ago, in the form of her childhood best friend.
Ashford Gilfoy, better known as Ash; the boy who had been there to catch her when, at six, she had slipped while climbing the chestnut tree that sat right on the border between their two houses in Hastings, two days after her family moved there from Salisbury; the boy who had taught her how to ride a bicycle without the training wheels on the long and winding, gravel-covered lane leading to her parents' mansion; the teenager who had smashed the nose of the first lad who had broken her heart, at thirteen, during recess in the schoolyard; the young man she had left seventeen years ago on a platform at London Waterloo, on the day she bid her old life goodbye. ...'


Catch the rest of the SSS posse over at the official list - and don't forget to check out the surefire goodies to be found at the blogs of Jessica E. Subject, Siobhan Muir, Lorraine Paton, Wildcat's Wife, JM Blackman, Elin Gregory, Angela Quarles, & Sue of Sassyspeaks, among many others!

Hope you're having lovely (& warm!) weekend. I'm all abuzz here because Before The Morning (Corpus Brides: Book 2) is scheduled for release tomorrow, May 7... if everything goes as planned *touch wood*

Thanks for dropping by today; double thanks + XOXO if you leave a comment.

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

60 comments:

Jess Schira said...

Wow,that's quite a history. I suspect there will be lots of sparks between these two.

It's a gorgeous cover.

Jessica Subject said...

I love these two characters, and this story! Can't wait to read it again. All the best with your release tomorrow! Woot! :)

Lisa Fox said...

Beautiful cover! And I loved the six!

Cara Bristol said...

Really enjoyed your six. Felt like I got to know your character.

I will add that you packed a lot into your six -- you practically have a whole chapter! LOL

Sarah Ballance said...

Gorgeous cover! And this six has me wondering why she's "hiding" from him. Can't wait to read more!

J.M. Blackman said...

There's so much history there for her. I'm glad it's equal on both sides because it is clearly something that still strikes her to the core. I thought it very poignant.

Gem Sivad said...

Wow, they definitely have a history and it's definitely starting a new chapter. Great snippet and sounds like a fantastic story.

Krystal Wade said...

Love the cover and you six!

sue said...

I've said this before - love your descriptive sentences. These six says so much (beautiful spring day here but I am at the computer for now...)

maeclair.net said...

They definitely have a lot of history and memories between them. I love where you're headed with this. And the cover is striking!

Zee Monodee said...

Jess, definitely a lot of sparks between them! Their meeting again will be sizzling :)

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

This is my kind of story! Can't wait to read it! Fantastic six!

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Jessica! I'm on pins and needles here, wondering if I'll even be able to sleep tonight :) Can't wait for you to see the final version of this one! XOXO

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Lisa! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol Cara - yep, that was a wallop to pack into the six. But I did it, *grins* Glad you felt in touch with Rayne here. This is the first lines from her POV in the story, so I hoped she came across 'well'. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Sarah! Okay, *secret's out* the whole of Chapter 1 will be up on here tomorrow, to celebrate the book's release. You'll get your answer then, I believe :)

Zee Monodee said...

JM, yes, it's a loaded moment for both of them, that pivotal instant where their lives change... Glad it came across as poignant :) XOXO

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Gem! Yes, loaded history for them both, and definitely a new beginning :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Krystal! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Awww, thank you, Sue! Hope you got to enjoy your beautiful spring day :) xoxo

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Mae! I really took a turn down Memory Lane with these two, exploring their history :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol - Thanks Jennifer! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it :)

Wildcats Wife said...

Their paths meet again. I like stories with old friends/romances. The history and memories -- ah!!!!

Kate said...

I love the way you've given us so much about their history in so few sentences. But who is Irina??? Way to keep us hanging, Zee! :)

Babette James said...

Great six and congratulations on the release.

Monica Enderle Pierce said...

Yes! Two strong characters and an uncompromising goal. This is gonna be a good one!

angelaquarles.com said...

Oh cool, this story gets more and more interesting with each snippet! Love her rundown of their history. And gorgeous cover!!

lilashaw.com said...

Wow sounds like he was a pretty important person in her life but how sad that she hadn't seen him 17 years!

patonlorraine said...

I love your six! And, I'm happy we finally get to meet her! (I checked out your trailer so I had an idea... Great trailer BTW!)

I love how you've shown so much of the history between them, it makes me excited for when they get together.

And, you are wonderful for mentioning me! :) Thank you.

Congrats on your release tomorrow!

J.C. Martin said...

Those two have a history together! Hope they'll be reunited!

Cate Masters said...

He represents a big part of her past. Can't wait to see how she handles this.

Paula Martin said...

Great six - love the past colliding with the present (coincidentally just as it does in my six today also!)

Nichelle Gregory said...

Nice cover, Zee! Engaging six too! I want to know what happens next between these two!

Christine Warner said...

Great six as always Zee...your writing is always so fluid and easy to read :)

diannehartsock said...

So much history between them! I suspect we'll see a lot more in the coming pages. Hope so, anyway. I like these two. :)

Rashda Khan said...

Nice! It's hot as...Texas where I am :)

Tonya Burrows said...

I love when past friends and/or lovers come back into the picture. Always makes for some amazing sparks. Can't wait to read more!

Sadie Hart said...

Wow, what a history between the two of them. I love when an old flame starts to reignite. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Wildcat's Wife - yes, their paths meet again! I too love stories of reunion between past lovers/old friends. Had a blast with these two :)

Zee Monodee said...

LOL Kate - more about "Irina" next week (Already posted a 'chapter' here today; the next six explains it all) :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Babette! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, thanks Monica! It's my favourite story to date; haven't felt as 'rocked' by my characters as I've been in this one, and I so cannot wait to share it with the world! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Angela! I wanted to keep the stakes going up and up the more we go into the chapter. Glad if I managed that :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lila, he was pretty important indeed, the most important part of her life even. But he never wanted them to be more than friends, which broke her heart...

Zee Monodee said...

Lol Lorraine - yup, the trailer does 'give it away' :) It'll be explosive when they get together, I can promise that! XOXO

Zee Monodee said...

J.C, they will be reunited, soon too, but not exactly in the way either hoped... :)

Zee Monodee said...

Cate, she'll be on the rocks for a while thanks to meeting him again :)

Zee Monodee said...

Paula, lol - indeed, that was the theme of your six this week too. :) Don't you just love these stories that stir up the past?

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Nichelle! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Awww, so sweet of you, Christine! xoxo

Zee Monodee said...

Dianne, definitely a boatload of history between them. We're just skimming the surface here, and everything in the story is tied to their past together... :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol Rashda! Send some heat, me feet are freezing here! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Tonya, that's what I love about those stories too: the sparks, the longing, buried feelings coming to the fore! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Sadie, indeed a lot of history! Theirs will be a slow, all-consuming burn :)

JoAnne Kenrick said...

Grats on the release!!! WOOOOT

and loved your snippet ;) two very strong characters, and I'm a sucker for couples with a history together xx

Elin Gregory said...

Lovely cover and WOW, what a MASSIVE six sentences! Brilliant. That filled us in on a lot of what we needed to know.

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks JoAnne! Yep, two very strong characters - there's gonna be a battle of wills in this one! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Elin! Glad this excerpt 'answered' the questions asked previously :)

Alisha Robinson said...

As always a great six, I just loving coming and reading your posts Zee!

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Alisha! xoxo

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