Sunday, December 30, 2012

#sixsunday Before The Morning #35: A Spy Amid Family Chaos! (Last Six From Book2:Corpus Brides)

Hey beautiful people!

Can you believe it's the last Sunday of 2012? Where has this year gone??? I don't think I missed one posting of Six Sentence Sunday this year... and a good many of them gave come from Book 2 of my Corpus Brides espionage/romantic thriller series - Before The Morning.

So, to conclude the year, I'm posting the last snippet from this one. Sad to let Ash and Rayne go, but I have many more couples vying for attention in 2013. Yes, I know that at some point in January, Six Sunday will end, but why not keep up the tradition of a Sunday snippet throughout the year?

Quick recap - Ash is a former cop turned paramedic. Rayne is his childhood best friend whom he hasn't seen in 17 years. Somehow, they got together, and even got married in Vegas.
But Ash, and everyone from Rayne's family, ignores that she used to work as a clandestine asssassin in those 17 years when she was away.
She's left that life behind now... but sometimes, 'real' life can be more treacherous than undercover missions...

Case in point - Rayne has set foot on the family property after all these years, and the people she meets are not the ones she left behind. There are her parents, her brother and his fiancee, her sisters, Ash's brother (who's engaged to one of her sisters - they've come home for the family wedding), and her paternal grandmother (who is Russian).

No one knows yet how long Rayne has been back - they think she just landed. And, of course, no one knows she and Ash are married.
Until her grandmother notices her wedding ring, and a chorus of exclamations goes up, asking why she kept her wedding a secret...


'...
That's when she realised her faux pas; Russians wore their wedding bands on the fourth finger of the right hand, and wearing the ring on the left hand meant the person was married before—divorced, or widowed.
"I didn't realise, Babushka," she blurted as she started to pull off the ring.
"Nyet, don't ever remove your wedding ring; it is bad luck, and your husband should do that, if you don't want an unhappy married life."
In the silence that descended over the garden, not even birds chirped, until Shannon asked, "so, where is he?"
Was that smugness on the perfect face? Rayne couldn't help but think and brace herself at the malevolent gleam she saw in her sister's eyes—What have I done to her?
"Her husband is here," Ash said with a chuckle.
...'


If she thought clandestine life was chaotic madness, Rayne had no clue the family fold could be even more like a one-way trip to Bedlam!
Will negotiating the family proximity be her biggest mission yet? Check out Before The Morning (Corpus Brides: Book Two) and find out!

Don't forget to check the official SSS list, and the amazing peeps on it - JM Blackman, Sue Ann Bowling, Siobhan Muir, Sarah Ballance, Jessica E. Subject, Cara Bristol, Elin Gregory, Taryn Kincaid, C.C. Williams, Dee Carney, Tonya Burrows, Alexa Bourne, Lorraine Paton, Angela Quarles, Sarah Walter Ellwood, Krystal Shannan, & Gemma Parkes - among many others!

Taking this opp to wish you all a wonderful 2013 - Happy New Year, peeps!

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

14 comments:

Jessica Subject said...

Oh, I love the tension in this six! Plus, the reveal of tradition. Well done! :)

J.M. Blackman said...

I love how you stitched the tradition into this scene. This snippet say so much, like how much her family can affect her and that Ash is unafraid of them. Great six!

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Bu what do you do when traditions collide?

Kate Warren said...

Oh, man! Spotlight stolen. Hope the bride is very understanding.

Interesting about the ring. Does that mean she's been married before? I mean I know about the last hit, but does that even count given that it was for work?

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

Love the tension... Great six!

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Jessica! xoxo

Zee Monodee said...

LOL, JM! Ash is more at home in her family than she is, actually. :) Glad you liked the tradition bit XOXO

Zee Monodee said...

Sue Ann, that's a huge dilemma, innit? :) XOXO

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Kate. Yup, spotlight stolen, and the bride will not be so understanding - that's the start of another family drama/conflict in the story. :) XOXO

Zee Monodee said...

And no about the ring - she wears it like British women do, on the left hand, but Russians wear it this way when they've been widowed or divorced. That's all. The marriage with the criminal was not real, since she used an alias for it :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Sara! XOXO

Karysa Faire said...

Fantastic six! The Russian tradition, the set-up for the reveal, the insight into a tense relationship between sisters...

Xandra James said...

I love the feeling of a new beginning - a clean slate to start over again :)

Thanks for the giveaway and happy new year!

xandrajames AT gmail DOT com

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Karysa! I had lots of fun with this family setting! :)

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