Sunday, February 17, 2013

Backward in Time Blog Hop Excerpt from Chapter III


Welcome to my new blog, devoted entirely to my novel The Seven Noble Knights of Lara. It will soon have pages with great pictures and features about the inspiration for the book. Follow this blog or subscribe via email so you don't miss out on any of the great stuff!

Fittingly, the first post is an excerpt for the Backward in Time Blog Hop that continues the bullfighting theme on my other blog this week. It also continues on just after the excerpt I offered for the final Six Sentence Sunday. The ten sentences come from what is now Chapter III, a.k.a. the wedding chapter.

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A man on the opposite balcony lowered a red mantle and waved it vigorously. The bull darted across the plaza, the man pulled the mantle away, and, in the absence of the original target, the beast rammed its horns into the nearest door.
“Oh, my door!” exclaimed the shopkeeper, directly above.
The bull wrenched out of the door and turned this way and that until someone else on the opposite side waved a grey cape. This time, the citizens were ready, throwing homemade spears, lances, arrows, and even rotten vegetables at the animal. One lance’s aim was true, and stuck straight out from the colossal muscle over the bull’s neck. The animal stood still, heaving and eyeing the crowd above as best it could under the weakened muscle while objects continued to strike it from all sides. Doña Lambra watched blood run from the wound all the way down to the hard-packed earth street and held her hands over her mouth, forgetting to breathe.
A cabbage knocked the lance loose and fell to the earth with a dull thud. The bull snorted and lowed a long, mournful note that echoed eerily off the wooden fronts of the buildings.


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12 comments:

  1. Action packed ten sentences. The ending was haunting.

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  2. And I am so sorry for the bull! Loved the vivid imagery, though! You transported me. Great snippet.

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  3. Jessica, I'd love to find out more about the book and its setting now! This is a great invitation into the book's world for us all

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    1. Thanks, Richard! The book is going to be sent to an editor very soon, so it's moving along. Thanks for following the blog. I'll be putting all kinds of goodies here about The Seven Noble Knights of Lara.

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  4. Your complicated feelings about bull fighting come through clearly here. While it's arresting, shocking even, it's also fascinating. Great scene.

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  5. Thanks so much! I try to maintain that kind of balance throughout the story.

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  6. What a well drawn scene, Jessica. Although I'm not a fan of bull fighting, I was captivated and wanted to continue reading. Look forward to the release of your novel!

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    1. Thanks, Diane! I hope I captivate readers throughout many brutal scenes in this crazy book.

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